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Eggner Trio

Group's Bio


Georg Eggner
, violin
Florian Eggner, cello
Christoph Eggner, piano

Founded in 1997 by three brothers, the Eggner Trio from Austria is becoming one of the most renowned piano trios today, performing frequently at such famed venues as Wigmore Hall in London and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

The Eggner Trio has performed throughout Europe, as well as Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, the United States, and has made frequent tours to Australia and New Zealand. Their appearances at international music festivals include the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, the Kissinger Summer, the Heidelberg Spring, and the Chamber Music Festival in Lockenhaus.

The Trio first received international recognition in 2003 when they won the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in Australia. They also won first prize at the 1999 International Brahms Competition in Poertschach. In 2006 through the "Rising Stars" Series, they performed at Carnegie Hall, Cité de la musique in Paris, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the Musikverein in Vienna.

Their main teachers were Guenter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), Juri Smirnov (Brahms Trio Vienna) and the Altenberg Trio. The Trio has worked in masterclasses with Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio), Norbert Brainin and Sigmund Nissel (Amadeus Quartet), Thomas Kakuska (Alban Berg Quartet) and with Steven Isserlis.

In addition to playing chamber music, the Eggner Trio play the triple concertos of Beethoven and Martinů, and have performed with orchestras, such as the Orchestra Filharmonica dell'Umbria (Italy), the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (New Zealand), the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic of Budweis (Czech Republic), and the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna.

Recordings with Live Classics include the Beethoven Piano Trios in D Major Op.70 No.1, the "Ghost" Trio and B-flat Major Op.97, the "Archduke," which was awarded "Best Recording of 2008" from Klassiek Centraal; and a recording of the Mendelssohn Piano Trios in D Minor Op.49 and C Minor Op.66. Under the Gramola label, they have recorded both piano trios by Shostakovich; the Ivan Eröd Piano Trio Op.21; and "Kaleidoskop" a recording of modern works by Austrian composers Johannes Berauer, Sascha Peres, and Gerrit Wunder. Their latest recording is a CD of Brahms' Piano Trio No.2 in C Major Op.87 and Clara Schumann's Piano Trio in G Minor Op.17.

Georg Eggner performs on a violin made by Giovanni Pistucci (1895), and Florian Eggner on a cello made by Carl Richter (1907). They all live in Vienna, Austria.

 

Individual Bios

Georg Eggner, violin
Born in Linz, Austria, Georg started violin lessons in his home village St. Florian near Linz at the age of seven. At eleven he began studies with Boris Kuschnir at the Bruckner Conservatory Linz. Georg later entered the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he became a student of Guenter Pichler. Georg won first prizes in the national competitions Jugend Musiziert and Prima la Musica (Austria), as well as the international competition Concorso Internationale di Musica per I Giovani, Stresa (Italy). He is also winner of the "ORF-Violin" Competition in 2001 sponsored by ORF Austrian Broadcast. Georg has given recitals throughout Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain and Italy.

Florian Eggner, cello
Born in St. Florian near Linz, Austria, Florian started to study the cello at the age of seven. In 1990 he became a student of Wilfried Tachezi at the Bruckner Conservatory Linz and in 1997 of Wolfgang Herzer (former Principal Cellist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) and Stefan Kropfitsch (member of the Jess Trio) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, after which he continued his studies with Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Florian won first prize at the national music competition "Prima la Musica" in 1996. He has given recitals in the former Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Spain as well as his native Austria. His versatility as a musician can also be seen as co-founder of the fusion ensemble "Table 6" for which he also composes.

Christoph Eggner, piano
Born in Linz, Austria, Christoph started piano lessons in his home village St. Florian near Linz at the age of eight. He received a scholarship to the Bruckner Conservatory Linz, where he graduated with distinction in 1990. In 1990 he entered the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna where he studied with Paul Badura-Skoda, Ludwig Hoffmann and Oleg Maisenberg. He has also studied with Brigitte Engerer and Michel Béroff at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris. Christoph has given recitals in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Luxembourg and Turkey.

Website: www.eggnertrio.at

September 2013. Please discard any previously dated materials.