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The Storioni Trio has established itself as the leading Dutch piano trio, with concerts in Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall and the most prestigious European festivals. The Trio has worked with national and international orchestras, like the Münchner Kammerorchester, the RTE Orchestra Ireland and Orchèstre de Chambre de Wallonie. The recordings by the Storioni Trio, for the Pentatone label, have received great international acclaim.
The members of the trio are artistic directors of the annual Storioni Festival in Eindhoven, of which the 5th edition will take place in January 2012. Guest musicians from all over the world will join the trio for a festival during which unique chamber music programmes with top international musicians as well as upcoming talented musicians of the highest calibre are presented. In the last editions they had special guests like Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Natalia Gutman, Mischa Maisky, the Brentano and Skampa Quartets and many others. In addition, the Storioni Festival presents a yearly commission for a new work for piano trio.
The Storioni Trio was founded in 1995 by Bart van de Roer (piano), Wouter Vossen (violin) and Marc Vossen (cello). The trio derives its name from the Laurentius Storioni violin from Cremona, which dates from 1794 and is played by Wouter Vossen. Marc Vossen plays a Giovanni Grancino cello from Milan, dating from 1700. In order to develop its ensemble-playing, the trio has worked over the years with great musicians such as Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Menahem Pressler, and Ralph Kirshbaum, as well as members of the Emerson Quartet and the Vermeer Quartet.
The Storioni Trio offers an expansive repertoire ranging from Haydn and Mozart via Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Ravel and Shostakovich, to exciting works by contemporary composers. Composer Kevin Volans wrote a triple concerto for the 10th anniversary of the Storioni Trio. The season 11-12 saw performances of the Martinu Triple Concerto with Musikkolegium Winterthur and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and Jan Willem de Vriend. In the 2012-13 season the Storioni Trio returns to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2013-14 the Storioni Trio will undertake a huge task: to perform all Beethoven’s piano trios in Switzerland (Fribourg), the Netherlands (Eindhoven) and in other countries.
The 2012 Storioni Festival showed two world premières: a new piano trio by Peteris Vasks and a special commission by the Storioni Festival: a Triple Concerto by Willem Jeths. Recently the Storioni Trio has performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the orchestras of Limburg, Brabant, Enschede, Mannheim and Dortmund. The performance of Beethoven’s triple concerto during the New Ross Piano Festival will be the 27th time the Storioni Trio performs this masterpiece.
The trio has received various prizes and awards, and performs regularly on radio and television. The 4 CDs recorded for the label Pentatone - including the piano trio’s of Brahms, Röntgen, Schubert and Beethoven – gained international recognition from the music press, like the Gramophone and The STRAD. In July 2012 the Storioni Trio recorded the Beethoven
Triple Concerto with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and Jan Willem de Vriend. Together with this piece the Storioni Trio will record Beethoven’s Archduke trio. The CD will be released on Challenge Classics during the Storioni Festival 2013.
On an international level, the trio is also highly active, giving concerts at various festivals like Kuhmo, Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, Osnabruck Kammermusiktage, Trio Festival in the Philharmonie Moscow, and goes on tour to India, the Middle East, Australia, Taiwan, Japan and the United States.
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra is based in Enschede, in the province of Overijssel. Performing at an international level, as evidenced by its highly acclaimed CDs and invitations for international tours, the orchestra is firmly rooted in society.
Jan Willem de Vriend has been its artistic director and chief conductor since 2006. Under De Vriend’s leadership, the orchestra has expanded its repertoire to cover music from four centuries. Its use of period instruments in the Classical repertoire gives the orchestra a distinctive and highly individual character.
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra performs amongst others in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Enschede, Zwolle and Deventer. In addition, it often works with the Dutch National Touring Opera Company. In its home town Enschede, the orchestra builds on a symphonic tradition of more than 80 years, and it is known as one of the most modern and entrepreneurial orchestras in the Netherlands. Its international partners include the BBC Philharmonic and the Liszt School of Music Weimar.
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra created a number of ensembles, such as a chamber orchestra, the Baroque Academy of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (BANSO) and various chamber music ensembles.
The orchestra’s commitment to expanding its social relevance is also reflected in the large number of projects in which education is a key element. The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra has made successful tours of the United States, Spain and England, and it has performed in such famous venues as Carnegie Hall in New York and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Its CDs of the complete Beethoven symphonies (for Challenge Classics) and music by Dutch composers such as Julius Röntgen and Jan van Gilse (for the CPO label) were very well received by the international music press.
The orchestra has worked with distinguished conductors, such as its former chief conductor Jaap van Zweden, Vasily Petrenko, Edo de Waart, Hans Vonk, Gerd Albrecht, Marc Soustrot, Eri Klas, Ed Spanjaard, Claus Peter Flor and Tan Dun.
It also has accompanied many celebrated soloists, including Gidon Kremer, Ronald Brautigam, Natalia Gutman, Charlotte Margiono, Antje Weithaas, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Hélène Grimaud, Robert Holl, Fazil Say, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Thomas Zehetmair.
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra is financially supported by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Province of Overijssel and the Municipality of Enschede, as well as annual contributions from sponsors.
Jan Willem de Vriend
Jan Willem de Vriend is the chief conductor and artistic director of The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra since 2006 and the artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam.
Since De Vriend was named chief conductor, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra has become
a notable phenomenon on the Netherlands’ musical scene. It has presented semi-scenic performances of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Mendelssohn. There were premieres of works by Offenbach, Say and Mahler. And by substituting period instruments in the brass section, it has developed its own distinctive sound in the 18th and 19th century repertoire. Recently,
the orchestra caused quite a stir by performing music by Schumann at festivals in Spain. It has also recorded Beethoven’s complete symphonies conducted by De Vriend. Its long Mahler tradition is being continued in recordings and tours. In addition to being the chief conductor of The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, De Vriend is the regular guest conductor of the Brabant Orchestra. He has conducted many distinguished Dutch orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra. De Vriend is also a welcome guest internationally and has conducted orchestras in China, Germany, Austria, Italy and France. He is the musical director of the Opernfestival St. Moritz.