Special Prize / Best Interpretation of a Work of Modern Music for Trio No. 1 (1984/85) by Mauricio Kagel € 3,375, -

donated by Grazer Wechselseitige Versicherung AG

Founded in 2001 by three students of the Hamburg University of Music and Drama as the "Trio Zéphyr", today's French-Japanese-German occupation has existed since the summer of last year. Important mentor was Niklas Schmidt (Trio Fontenay), impulses came from Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio, USA), the Florestan Trio (England) and members of the Quatuor Ludwig (France). 2003 at the International Chamber Music Competition "Charles Hennen" in Heerlen (Netherlands) 1st Prize, winner of the Hamburger Kammermusikwettbewerb, 2004 Award of the Annemarie and Hermann Rauhe Prize for New Chamber Music. Commitment to contemporary music, collaboration with composers, such as Jörg Widmann or Elmar Lampson. Concerts and festivals at home and abroad, e.g. Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker (Germany), Musikdage Wittem (Netherlands), Florestan Festival at Peasmarsh (England), Festival Européen (Paris), Festival Autour d'un Piano (Carrouges, France), Nassau Music Festival ( UNITED STATES). Live broadcasts by NDR and Deutschlandradio Berlin. 2003 for NDR film recording of the series "Junge Klassik" with works by Schubert, Haydn, Henze and Martin.

Aurélie NAMONT, Piano (France)
Born in La Ferte Mace (France). Studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse Paris and at the Musikhochschule Hamburg with Claudine Mellon, Théodor Paraskivesko, Evgeni Koroliov, Grigory Gruzman and Niklas Schmidt. Masterclasses with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Pascal Devoyon, Susan Tomes, Anatol Ugorsky, Menahem Pressler ("Beaux-Arts Trio"), Bruno Canino, Laurent Cabasso and the "Quatuor Ludwig". Presenter of the Premier Prix and the Prix d'excellence for piano and chamber music, winner of the International "Charles Hennen" Chamber Music Competition Holland and the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg. Scholarship holder of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Live Music Now.

Naoko OGIHARA, violin (Japan)º
Born in Toyota (Japan). Studied at the University of Arts Berlin and at the University of Music and Theater Hamburg with Koji Toyoda, Kolja Blacher and Niklas Schmidt. Prizewinner at the 5th and 6th Ibolyka Gyarfas Competition and the 4th International Leopold Mozart Violin Competition. Numerous concerts in Germany (including the Berlin Philharmonic), in Japan, the USA; in chamber music ensembles at the Festival Européen Jeunes Talents Paris and at the Festival du Moulin d'Andé. Radio broadcasts from NDR Hamburg, SFB3 Berlin, Bavarian Radio and Radio France. 2004 Culture Award of Toyota City. 2005 Honorary Prize of the Toyoshin Bank Club Foundation. Member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Sonja Lena SCHMID, Violoncello (Germany)
Born in Tübingen (Germany). Studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Hamburg with Niklas Schmidt and Bernhard Gmelin, then with Dimitry Ferschtman in Amsterdam. Masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, Wolfgang Boettcher and François Salque. Winner of the "Klassik Preis" of the city of Münster and the WDR, special prize of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, 2002 1st prize at the Hamburg competition "Elise Meyer". Scholarship holder of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Live Music Now.