"Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens." - Maria von Trapp

Since its „official“ debut during the Salzburg Mozart Week (January 1994), the Altenberg Trio Wien – one of the few full-time piano trios in the world of chamber music – has in far more than 1000 performances earned the reputation of one of the most daring and consistent ensembles in this category: its repertory comprises – in addition to a large number of works from directly related fields (piano quartets & quintets, duos, triple concertos, vocal chamber music) near to 200 piano trios, among them many pieces which the Altenberg Trio suggested and first performed itself.
Simultaneously with its foundation, the ensemble became trio in resi- dence of Vienna´s “Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde” (Society of Music Friends), annually performing a cycle in the Brahms Saal for that society.

Among the Altenberg Trio´s other regular activities are the International Brahms Festival at Muerzzuschlag (Austria), whose artistic director Claus- Christian Schuster was for 15 years, and the Accademia di Musica di
Pinerolo (Piemont), where the trio offers monthly master classes for
young ensembles. At the conferral of the Robert Schumann Award of the City of Zwickau in 1999, the Altenberg Trio succeeded in continuing the
“Austrian” tradition of this award (winner 1997: Nikolaus Harnoncourt,
winner 2002: Alfred Brendel); the immediate reason for its success was
the recording of all Schumann piano trios which had just been released.
The Altenberg Trio´s subsequent recording (Ives/Copland/Bernstein)
in April 2000 won the Edison Award in Amsterdam.

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