The name “Wanderer” pays homage to Schubert and more widely to German Romanticism and the leitmotiv of the wandering traveler. These three French musicians are wandering travelers, exploring the musical world, spanning the centuries from Mozart and Haydn to the present. Acclaimed for its sensitive style, almost telepathic mutual understanding and technical mastery, the Trio Wanderer is one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles.
All gratuated from the Paris’ Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. In 1989/90 they studied in Bloomington’s School of Music and New York’s Julliard School. At the same time, they participated in master-classes 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, Wiener Musikverein, 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, Osaka, Salzburg.
They have on many occasions collaborated with artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Christopher Hogwood, James Loughran, Fayçal Karoui, Marco Guidarini, François-Xavier Roth, José Areán, Charles Dutoit and James Conlon, accompanied, in triple or double concertos, by orchestras as Toulouse, Nice, Pau, Montpellier, Liège, Santiago de Chile, La Coruna, Teneriffe, by Les Siècles orchestra, Radio-France’s Orchestre National and Orchestre Philharmonique, Malaysian Philharmonia Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, Berlin’s Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Graz’s Philharmonic Orchester, Köln’s Gürzenich Orchester, Stockholm Chamber Orchestra.
After producing two CDs released by Sony Classical, the Wanderer Trio began a new partnership with Harmonia Mundi in 1999. Since then, twenty recordings have been released: trios by Chausson, Ravel, Haydn, Shostakovich, Copland, Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn, Smetana, the complete piano trios of Schubert and Brahms, Schubert’s Trout Quintet Schubert, Hummel’s Quintet, Beethoven Triple Concerto conducted by James Conlon, and pieces of Liszt and Messiaen. For Capriccio, they recorded Martinu’s Triple Concerti.
With a particular fondness for contemporary music, the Wanderer Trio has premiered several works by Thierry Escaich (Lettres Mêlées, 2004), Bruno Mantovani (Huits Moments Musicaux, 2008), Frank Michael Beyer (Lichtspuren, 2008) and Matteo Francescini (Triple Concerto ‘Ego’, 2011), Philippe Hersant (Chant de l’Isolé for piano trio, percussions and string orchestra 2014). This interest has resulted in recordings produced by Universal Accord (works by Thierry Escaich) and by Mirare (Mantovani, released in 2012).
An auspicious meeting with the Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair led the Trio to make a recording with him of the folksongs of Beethoven, Haydn and Pleyel, released by Cypres Records in 2009.
In 2012, the complete Beethoven piano trios were released by Harmonia Mundi, followed in 2013 by Tchaïkovsky piano trio op. 50 and Arensky piano trio op. 32, Fauré and Pierné piano trios in 2014 and in January 2016 by a recording dedicated to Brahms ( Trio op. 8 1854 version and Piano Quartet op. 60).
Their recordings have been awarded many prizes including Choc du Monde de la Musique, Fanfare’s Want List, Critic’s Choice of 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…The New York Times declared their interpretation of Mendelssohn’s piano trios "the new reference"and this past March Trio Wanderer’s ‘Schubert Trout Quintet and Hummel Quintet recording was included in Forbes’s Top Quality Music Library.
The trio's numerous radio and television recordings include three TV programmes dedicated to Mendelssohn, Messiaen and Schubert, for France2.
Heralded by the professional music world, the Trio Wanderer has been awarded three Victoire de la Musique Awards for Best Instrumental Ensemble of the year.
In 2014, Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian and Raphaël Pidoux took the position of Professor of violin and cello at the Paris’ Conservatoire national supérieur de Musique et de Danse . Vincent Coq has been Professor of Chamber Music at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne since 2010.
In 2015, Trio Wanderer’s members were bestowed the honour of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et Lettres).
Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian plays on a violin of Petrus GUARNERIUS (Venezia 1748).
Raphaël Pidoux plays on a violoncello of Goffredo CAPPA (Saluzzo 1680)
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The rich, velvety sound of the trio makes every note and nuance tell
mingled poetry and white-hot intensity
a sheet miracle