About FRATRES TRIO
The traditional classical instruments (piano and violin) are joined in the Fratres Trio by what is generally considered a pure jazz instrument: the saxophone.
The ensemble impressively demonstrates that the saxophone has become firmly established in both domains. The worlds of jazz and classical, which are often presented as opposites, have much more in common than one might think. The combination of saxophone, violin and piano gives rise to a new kind of trio: virtuoso, gripping and explosive.
Three internationally successful soloists inspired by the musical heritage of the great masters of their field - Daniel Gauthier, Pierre Amoyal and Vassily Lobanov - have come together to form a new ensemble offering a perfect combination of string, keyboard and wind instruments, adding an entirely new dimension to the listening experience.
Since its foundation in 2012, the Fratres Trio has performed at music festivals such as the Summerwinds Münsterland Festival, Musikfestival Rheinhessen and the Young Classic Europe Festival (Germany), the Musica Riva Festival (Italy), the International Return Festival in Yerevan (Armenia) and Festival Européen Jeunes Talents in Paris (France). The trio’s performances have been broadcast live on WDR Radio. In January 2014, the Trio was invited on a two-week cruise through Asia on the MS Europa 2.
In March 2013 the Fratres Trio won Second Prize at the 18th International Chamber Music Competition in Illzach, France and was selected to perform as part of the “Best of NRW” concert series later that same year. In May 2015, they were awarded a grant at the FNAPEC European Chamber Music Competition in Paris.
The ensemble’s first CD recording “Couleurs d’un rêve” has been released on the ARS production label in April 2015. Excellently acclaimed by the international press, it also became laureate of the “Supersonic Award” by Pizzicato Magazine.
"Technical and rhythmical perfection were a real treat for the eyes as for the ears" (Westfälische Nachrichten)
Current program "MUSIC & IMAGES"
Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974)
Le Voyageur sans bagage, Op. 157b
Francis POULENC (1899-1963)
L'invitation au château
Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
L'Histoire du soldat, Suite
Fabrice GREGORUTTI (*1960)
Uccelli di notte, written for Fratres Trio (2017)
Russel PETERSON (*1969)
Tribute Trio #2 for alto saxophone, violin and piano (2014)
Paul SCHOENFIELD (*1947)