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Eben Trio


Eben Trio, founded in 2003 as Puella Trio, is one of the most talented trios of their generation. The group carries the name of noted Czech composer Petr Eben (1929-2007). Since 2005 the trio has worked closely with Guarreri Trio Prague. Under its mentoring they studied at Hochschule für Musik Luzern in Switzerland in 2008 and 2009 and deepened their interpretative skill by participating in numerous master classes under the direction of prominent players and pedagogues of chamber music. Eben Trio is currently studying at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg under the leadership of Niklas Schmidt.

Eben Trio has performed on several noted Czech, as well as international, stages including Prague Spring, Moravian Autumn, Talentium, Emmy Destinn Music Festival, Allegro Vivo (Austria), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Sarajevo Winter (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Flaneries Musicales de Reims (France), and Pau Casals Festival (Spain), among others. They have successfully participated in international competitions. They won second place at International Maria Yudina Competition in St. Petersburg (2005), second place at Rovere d'Oro International Competition in San Bartolomeo, Italy, (2006), third prize at Charles Hennen Concours in Heerlen, the Netherlands (2007), and first prize at the Bohuslav Martin°u Festival in Prague (2010).

Thanks to these international successes, the trio has received invitations for international workshops in German Weikersheim, where they were mentored by Matthias Kirschnereit, Volker Jacobsen, and Miró Quartet (United States), and received the prize for the best chamber ensemble.

In 2009 and 2010 the trio was chosen to take part at the prestigious International Mendelssohn Summer School in Hamburg where they studied under Niklas Schmidt (Trio Fontenay), Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartet), Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri String Quartet), Joseph Kalichstein (Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio), Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio), and many others.

Besides numerous performances throughout the Czech Republic, the trio has toured Slovakia, Russia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Portugal, Italy, and Spain.

In 2007 the trio recorded its debut album at ArcoDiva, featuring works by Martin?, Schnittke, and Shostakovich, that was highly praised by Czech and international reviewers (Harmonie, Gramophone). The next Eben Trio CD, released in 2009 for the 80th birthday of Czech composer Petr Eben, has received two prestigious honors, Recording of the Month (Musicweb International London) and IRR Outstanding on International Record Review. Both CDs were released under the original ensemble's name Puella Trio.

March 2012
Eben Trio