Trio Wanderer quite deserves their stage-name. Indeed, “Wanderer” pays homage to Schubert, and more widely to German Romanticism which is often imbued with the leitmotiv of the wandering traveler. These three French musicians are avid open-minded wandering travelers, who explore the musical world, spanning the centuries from Mozart and Haydn to nowadays. Acclaimed for its extraordinarily sensitive style, almost telepathic understanding of each other and technical mastery, the Trio Wanderer is one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles.
Winning first prize for chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Trio Wanderer studied from 1987 to 1991 with such masters as Jean-Claude Pennetier, Jean Hubeau, Janos Starker, Menahem Pressler from the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Amadeus Quartet. In 1988, they won the ARD Competition in Munich and, in 1990, the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in the USA.
Called a “Wandering Star” by the Strad Magazine, the Trio has performed on the most prestigious music stages: Berlin’s Philharmonic, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs Elysées, London’s Wigmore Hall, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica, Washington’s Library of Congress, Rio de Janeiro’s Teatro Municipal, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. They have also performed at major festivals such as Edinburgh, Montreux, Feldkirch, Schleswig Holstein, Rheingau Musiksommmer, Colmar, La Roque d’Anthéron, the Folles Journées de Nantes, Granada, Stresa, and Osaka.
Their debut at the Salburg Festival in August 2002 was praised as “a triumphant success” by the critics and led to their return for the 2004 and 2006 Festivals.
Trio Wanderer’s 2010-2011 engagements include performances at Paris Théâtre des champs-Elysées, London’s Wigmore Hall, Jeju Music Festival in Korea, in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and Rheingau Musiksommer in Germany, Schubertiades Gmbh in Austria, as well as concerts in Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Taïwan, Japan…Next spring, Trio Wanderer is invited to play in Moscow the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Ken David Masur.
They have on many occasions collaborated with artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Christopher Hogwood, James Loughran, Marco Guidarini, François-Xavier Roth, Charles Dutoit and James Conlon, accompanied, in triple or double concertos, by orchestras as Toulouse, Nice, Montpellier, Liège, Santiago de Chile, La Coruna, Teneriffe, by Les Siècles orchestra, Radio-France’s Orchestre National and Orchestre Philharmonique, Berlin’s Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Graz’s Philharmonic Orchester, Köln’s Gürzenich Orchester, Stockholm Chamber Orchestra…
Two CDs have been released by Sony Classical (Mendelssohn Trios in 1995 and the Dvorak and Smetana Trios in 1996). In 1999 the Trio Wanderer began a new partnership with Harmonia Mundi, with whom they have recorded trios by Chausson, Ravel, Schubert, Haydn, Shostakovich and Copland, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto (with James Conlon), Schubert’s Trout Quintet, trios by Saint-Saëns Brahms and Mendelssohn, Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps. In 2005, a new CD dedicated to the Martinu’s Triple Concerti was issued by Capriccio. Their recordings have been awarded several prizes including Choc du Monde de la Musique, Fanfare’s Want List, Critic’s Choice de Gramophone, CD of the Month’ by the BBC Music Magazine, Klassik.com Empfehlung, Cds des Monat Fono Forum, Diapason d’Or of the Year, Midem International Classical Music Award… In 2009, a recording of Beethoven-Haydn-Pleyel folksongs with the austrian baryton Wolfgang Holzmair has been released for Cyprès record. The same year, they have published for Accord-universal a recording of Bartok, Martinu, Debussy and Escaich works with the clarinetist Paul Meyer, the flutist Emmanuel Pahud and thre oboist player François Leleux, followed in 2010 by a CD of Fauré Piano Quartets with the viola player Antoine Tamestit for Harmonia Mundi. Next January, Trio wanderer’s new recording will be released by Harmonia Mundi; it will be dedicated to Smetana piano Trio and Liszt’s chamber music.
Besides numerous radio and television recordings (Radio France, BBC, ARD, Mezzo), the French-German television company ARTE made a film on the Trio Wanderer, broadcast in June 2003. They just recorded last July for the National french broadcast France2 three TV programmes dedicated to Mendelssohn, Messiaen and Schubert.
Heralded by the professional music world, the Trio Wanderer has been awarded for the third time in February 2009 (previously in 1997 and 2000) a Victoire de la Musique for Best Instrumental Ensemble of the year.
Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian plays on a violin of Petrus GUARNERIUS (Venezia 1748). Raphaël Pidoux plays on a violoncello of Goffredo CAPPA (Saluzzo 1680).