Claus-Christian SCHUSTER (piano)
Amiram GANZ (violin)
Alexander GEBERT (cello)
S ince 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 over
900 performances earned the reputation
of one of the most daring and
consistent ensembles in this category.
Its repertoire comprises, in addition to
a large number of works from directly
related fields (piano quartets & quintets, duos, triple concertos, vocal chamber
music) no less than 250 piano trios, among them numerous pieces that
the Altenberg Trio suggested and first performed itself.
Simultaneously with its foundation, the ensemble became a trio in residence
at Vienna’s Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, annually performing a cycle
in the Brahms Saal for that society; as a trio in residence at the Vienna Conservatory,
the trio runs a seminar course for chamber music majors. Among
the Altenberg Trio’s other regular activities are the International Brahms Festival
at Muerzzuschlag ( Austria), whose artistic director is Claus-Christian
Schuster, and the Musical Academy at Pinerolo, Italy, 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; the immediate reason for its success was the recording of
all Schumann piano trios that had just been released. The Altenberg Trio’s
subsequent recording (Ives, Copland, Bernstein) in April 2000 already won
the Edison Prize in Amsterdam.