There are times when two plus two can equal three. Trio con Brio Copenhagen is one such instance, where family ties, cultural blending, and musical connections all converge to color, shape and energize the concerts they present worldwide. Korean sisters Soo-Jin and Soo-Kyung Hong and Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer created the Trio in Vienna in 1999 with the concept of pairs coming together. The sisters had played together since childhood, and Jens Elvekjaer and Soo-Kyung Hong (who are now married) had played piano and cello duos together for years. According to Mr. Elvekjaer, “We have always felt that this ‘two and two equals three’ dynamic provides a uniqueness and intensity to all of our performances. The strong personal bonds among the three of us greatly affect the way we conceive music together... and our different cultural backgrounds have provided an unusual perspective that shapes all that we do.”
The Trio first commanded international attention with a performance that took the highest prize at Germany’s prestigious ARD-Munich Competition in 2002. Since then, it has won First Prize in additional competitions: Italy’s Premio Vittorio Gui (Florence), Norway’s Trondheim Chamber Music Competition, and the Danish Radio Competition. The ensemble also won the “Allianz Prize” for Best Ensemble in Germany’s Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Second Prize in the Vienna Haydn Competition, and the Premio Trio di Trieste in Italy. In 2005, they were the recipient of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, one of the most coveted in the world of chamber music. And the Trio has been praised since its inception. About their debut CD, Gramophone magazine wrote: “It’s easy to see what so impressed the judges...[the] performances can compete with the best available...airtight ensemble...a superb, greatly gifted chamber group.”
Come see for yourself what the new math - as applied to the concept of the classical chamber trio - can do. Join us for this evening of chamber music in the great tradition of the Patten Performances!
Photo by Søren Svendsen
adults - $22
seniors (age 60 and over) - $19
students - $15