Best Interpretation of a Work of a Music of Modern Times for Trio Nr. 1 (1984/85) by Mauricio Kagel € 3.375,-donated by Grazer Wechselseitigen Versicherung AG
Established in 2001 by three students of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg as “Trio Zéphyr“, today’s ensemble of a French, a Japanese and a German musician teamed up last summer. The name “Montparnasse“ (literally translated as “Mountain of muses“) refers to the Parisian Bohemian quarter which was popular especially in the 1920’s and which has become an important workroom of the trio in the meantime. A first important mentor of the young ensemble was Niklas Schmidt, cellist of the Trio Fontenay for many years. Other impulses were given by Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio, USA), the Florestan Trio (England) and members of the Quatuor Ludwig (France). In 2003, the trio was awarded the first prize of the International Chamber Music Competition “Charles Hennen Concours“ in Heerlen (The Netherlands). The musicians were first-prizewinners of the Hamburger Kammermusikwettbewerb; in 2004 they were awarded the Annemarie und Hermann Rauhe-Preis für Neue Kammermusik, the jury’s acknowledgement of the trio’s commitment to contemporary music which is reflected also by their cooperation with composers such as Jörg Widmann or Elmar Lampson. The Trio Montparnasse is invited regularly to play at concerts and festivals at home and abroad; for instance they have performed at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker (Germany), Musikdage Wittem (The Netherlands), Florestan Festival at Peasmarsh (England), Festival Européen Jeunes Talents (Paris), Festival autour d’un piano (Carrouges, France), Nassau Music Festival (USA). Concerts by the trio have been broadcast live by the German stations NDR and Deutschlandradio Berlin. In 2003 they played Schubert, Haydn, Henze and Martin for the broadcasting station NDR in a documentary of the series “Junge Klassik“.
Aurélie NAMONT, Piano (France)
Born in La Ferte Mace (France). Studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse Paris and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Claudine Mellon, Théodor Paraskivesko, Evgeni Koroliov, Grigory Gruzman and Niklas Schmidt. Master classes with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Pascal Devoyon, Susan Tomes, Anatol Ugorsky, Menahem Pressler (“Beaux-Arts Trio“), Bruno Canino, Laurent Cabasso and with “Quatuor Ludwig“. Laureate of the “Premier Prix“ and the “Prix d’excellence“ for piano and chamber music, laureate of the International Chamber Music Competition “Charles Hennen“, Holland, and of the Hamburger Kammermusikwettbewerb. Grant holder of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and of the “Live Music Now“ Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.
Naoko OGIHARA, Violin (Japan)
Born in Toyota (Japan). Studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Koji Toyoda, Kolja Blacher and Niklas Schmidt. Laureate of the 5th and 6th Ibolyka Gyarfas competition and the 4th International Leopold Mozart Violin Competition. Numerous concerts in Germany, among others at the Berliner Philharmonie, in Japan, in the USA; she played in chamber music ensembles at the Festival Européen Jeunes Talents Paris and at the Festival du Moulin d’Andé. Broadcast performances organized by NDR Hamburg, SFB3 Berlin, Bayrischer Rundfunk and Radio France. In 2004 she was awarded the Prize for the Promotion of Culture of the city of Toyota. Honorary award presented by the Toyoshin Bank Foundation in 2005. Member of the “Mahler Chamber Orchestra“.
Sonja Lena SCHMID, Violoncello (Germany)
Born in Tübingen (Germany). Studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Niklas Schmidt and Bernhard Gmelin and studies with Dimitry Ferschtman in Amsterdam. Master classes with Frans Helmerson, Wolfgang Boettcher and François Salque. Laureate of the “Klassik Preis“ of the city of Münster and the German broadcast station WDR, special prize of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, in 2002 1st Prize of the competition “Elise Meyer“, Hamburg. Grant holder of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and of the “Live Music Now“ Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.
f.l.t.r.: Siegfried Grigg (Grazer Wechselseitige Versicherung AG), Sonja Lena Schmid, Naoko Ogihara, Aurélie Namont, Rector Otto Kolleritsch