Eckart Heiligers, piano
Ulf Schneider, violin
Martin Löhr, cello
The Trio Jean Paul, founded in 1991, is one of today's most distinguished chamber music ensembles and a popular guest at the international concert venues. In the season 2011/12 the TRIO JEAN PAUL will celebrate its 20 years anniversary, amongst other with the WDR Köln. All Schubert Trios will be in focus.
Among the highlights of the last seasons are concerts at concert house Vienna, at "Philharmonie" Berlin and Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, at "Glocke" Bremen, Wigmore Hall London, "Musikhalle" Hamburg as well as at the renowned Sociedad Filarmónica in Bilbao and at Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon and Auditorium Madrid.
In 2009/10 the trio has had a residency at Tonhalle Zurich with programmes honouring jubilees of Haydn and Mendelssohn.
The CD with Brahms' Trio B major (version 1854) and Schönberg's "Verklärte Nacht" (adaptation for piano trio by Eduard Steuermann 1931/32), published in 2005, has been honoured with the "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik". In summer 2009 the trio's latest CD, featuring the two piano trios by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, was published for the Cavi-music label and won the "Supersonic-Award" november 2009 in Luxemburg.
By naming their ensemble after the author Jean Paul, the three musicians not only refer to their special affinity for the works of Robert Schumann, but also to the fundamental artistic idea of making the music’s speech-like and rhetorical elements to the point of departure for their interpretations. This approach draws a bow from the works of the Classical period, via the Romantic idea of “poetic music” to the music of today. An important area of the Trio’s work is therefore its occupation with the contemporary repertoire as numerous world premieres by famous composers such as Martin Christoph Redel, Kee Yong Chong, Michael Denhoff, Gordon Kerry, Volker David Kirchner und Albrecht Gürsching show.