Mosa Trio


Price: € 14.95
Format: CD
Label: Antarctica
UPC: 0608917730623
Catnr: AR 006
Release date: 09 February 2018
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€ 14.95
Catalogue number
AR 006
Release date
09 February 2018

"Music is an art that takes place in time. Of course this is accepted, sometimes not paid much attention. But there are interpretations in which the duration, flow and wait become an element that one would like to escape from. An example: the great debut CD of the Mosa Trio.", 10-4-2018

About the album

If sound is color, and time is space, composers and musicians can be painters. On its electrifying debut CD Portraits, the Belgian-Dutch Mosa Trio interprets three pictures: Shostakovitch's desolately intense tombeau for a friend (the Piano Trio No. 2 of 1944), Sam Wamper's scintilating portrait of his beloved (2015), and Mathias Coppens' versatile celebration of listeners and performers (2015). Whether painting or playing, the Mosa Trio pays a generous homage to the coloristic and expressive power of the modern piano trio.

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Op het opwindende debuutalbum Portraits interpreteert het Belgisch-Nederlandse Mosa Trio drie muzikale portretten: Sjostakovitsj’ intens emotionele elegie voor een vriend (Pianotrio Nr. 2 uit 1944), Sam Wampers sprankelende portret van zijn geliefde (Portrait of Light uit 2015) en Mathias Coppens’ veelzijdige ode aan de luisteraars en uitvoerders (Trio opus 2 uit 2015). Als geluid kleur is, en tijd ruimte, kunnen componisten en musici schilders zijn. Hetzij schilderend of spelend, het Mosa Trio geeft een royaal eerbetoon aan de coloristische en expressieve kracht van het moderne pianotrio.

Het ensemble dankt zijn naam aan de Latijnse naam voor de stad Maastricht Mosa Trajectum. De musici van het gezelschap, violiste Alexandra van Beveren, cellist Paul Stavridis en pianist Bram de Vree, ontmoetten elkaar op het conservatorium in Maastricht. Sinds de oprichting in 2010 heeft het trio in grote zalen in Nederland en België gespeeld en een flink aantal prijzen gewonnen.

Mede door hun kenmerkende manier van spelen is het voor het publiek altijd een mooie belevenis om een van hun concerten bij te wonen, vindt Vincent Coq, pianist van het vermaarde Trio Wanderer. Het Mosa Trio programmeert graag verschillende contrasterende stijlen binnen een concert waardoor het publiek enerzijds altijd iets hoort waar het van houdt en anderzijds ook vaak in aanraking komt met iets wat nieuw voor ze is.

"I listened to the Mosa Trio with the utmost pleasure: three young instrumentalists who master their craft and play together with passion. Not only their technical level and their storytelling, but also the interest they display towards different style periods makes their interpretations interesting.” Jacques Ogg, clavecinist en artistiek directeur Lyra Baroque Orchestra.

Wenn Klang Farbe ist und Zeit Raum, dann können Komponisten oder Musiker Maler sein. Auf seiner elektrisierenden Debüt-CD interpretiert das belgisch-niederländische Mosa Trio drei Bilder: Schostakowitschs desolat intensives Tombeau für einen Freund (Klaviertrio Nr. 2 von 1944), Sam Wampers schillerndes Porträt seiner Geliebten (2015) und Mathias Coppens' vielseitige Feier der Zuhörer und Interpreten (2015). Ob Malerei oder Spiel, das Mosa Trio ist eine großzügige Hommage an die farbenfrohe und expressive Kraft des modernen Klaviertrios.


Thanks to their characteristic way of playing, “it’s always a great pleasure for the audience to attend one of their concerts” (Vincent Coq, Trio Wanderer). The trio likes to challenge their audience by programming different, contrasting styles in one concert, so that the audience not only hears music they know and love, but also discovers new or unknown music. These exciting choices in programming make a concert by the Mosa Trio a unique experience. Or, as Festival Classique wrote in 2013: “Whether the music sounds playful or musing, the Mosa Trio pulls the audience into the music, until we can almost feel the notes. The Mosa Trio excels in creating a story for the audience.” The personal way in which the trio talks about the musical works, also contributes to creating this story. Especially when performing contemporary pieces, this brings beautiful and often new insights to the audience.

The international career of the Mosa Trio took off after winning numerous prizes. Among others, they won the second prize at the 31st FNAPEC Concours européen Musique d’Ensemble (2017, FR), the second prize and honorary prize for the most beautiful performance of the obligatory contemporary piece at the International Orlando Competition (2015, NL), the ‘Supernova – the Future Sound of Classical Music’ in Brussels (2014, BE), the third prize, the audience award and the young jury award at the Concours International de Musique de Chambre d’Illzach (2013, FR) and the jury and audience award at the Storioni Ensemble Competition (2012, NL).

Since it’s foundation in 2010, the Mosa Trio has played in many of the big venues in the Netherlands and Belgium, such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Theather aan het Vrijthof (Maastricht), BOZAR (Brussels) and the Academiezaal (Sint-Truiden). It has also played at numerous festivals, such as the Grachtenfestival (Amsterdam), Festival Classique (The Hague), the Orlando Festival (Kerkrade) and the Klara Festival (Brussels). Apart from these concerts, the Mosa Trio performed around the globe in amongst others the Opera Museum Verona (Italy), the Sichuan Conservatory of Music (China) and at the Festival de Musique d’Illzach (France).

The Mosa Trio has featured in dozens of live radio and television broadcastings, including a concert recording for the program ‘Generatie K’ on Canvas (VRT) and recordings for Klara during the Klarafestival and for Radio 4 in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Not only do the members of the Mosa Trio share their passion for classical music on stage, they also regularly teach in masterclasses and workshops at e.g. the Sichuan Conservatory of Music (China) and the Orlando Festival Ensemble Course.

The name of the Mosa Trio is derived from Mosa Trajectum, the Latin name of the city of Maastricht. The trio was coached at the Conservatory of Maastricht by Henk Guittart (Schönberg Quartet) and Tonie Ehlen. It took part in several masterclasses and lessons from musicians including Menaham Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio), Susan Tomes (Florestan Trio), Marc Steinberg (Brentano Quartet), Andreas Frölich (Mendelssohn Trio Berlin), and Marc Vossen (Storioni Trio). Currently, the trio is studying with Trio Wanderer at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris in the Cycle Concertiste. Furthermore, it is an Aspirant Ensemble of the European Chamber Music Academy.


Music is an art that takes place in time. Of course this is accepted, sometimes not paid much attention. But there are interpretations in which the duration, flow and wait become an element that one would like to escape from. An example: the great debut CD of the Mosa Trio., 10-4-2018

The three works on this CD are all related to certain persons. Mosa Trio shows its deep understanding of Shostakovich’s outstanding Second piano trio, and the technical realization is excellent. The trio is equally convincing in the two short trios written by the Belgian Mathias Coppens and Sam David Wamper from the Netherlands.
Pizzicato, 09-4-2018

The Mosa Trio plays as if they dissected and boned Shostakovich
De Volkskrant, 15-3-2018

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