World-renowned Vienna Piano Trio to perform in Ottawa as part of their farewell tour!

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Ottawa, Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – Music and Beyond is excited to announce that the  Vienna Piano Trio will perform in Ottawa on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 7:30 pm. This concert  is part of the trio’s Farewell Tour of North America and is the last opportunity to hear this  remarkable ensemble in Canada. The concert will take place at Carleton Dominion-Chalmer’s  Centre.

For many years, the Vienna Piano Trio has been acknowledged as one of the world’s finest piano  trios. Recent performances have included such venues as the Vienna Konzerthaus,  Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall London, and Cité de la Musique  in Paris.

In 2018, the trio was joined by Clemens Hagen, one of the great cellists of our time. As a  founding member of the Hagen Quartet, together with his three siblings, Hagen has performed in  venues around the world, and counts Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Mitsuko Uchida, Valery  Afanassiev, Gidon Kremer, Leonidas Kavakos, Maxim Vengerov, Yuri Bachmet and Sabine  Meyer amongst his other chamber partners. He has also performed as a soloist with orchestras  including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He performs on a superb Stradivarius cello from 1698.

“The Vienna Piano Trio has been a favourite with Music and Beyond audiences since the festival  was founded in 2010,” states Music and Beyond’s director, Julian Armour. “We are honoured  that this group has included Ottawa in their Farewell Tour, and we are especially delighted that  they arranged their tour so that their Ottawa performance will be held on a Saturday!”

The trio will perform three of the gems of the chamber music repertoire: Schubert‘s Piano Trio  No.1 in B-flat major and his beautiful Adagio, Notturno, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No.1 in  D minor.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students. Special Reserved Section seating is $75. Tickets  for the live concert are limited due to social distancing requirements. The concert will also be  livestreamed. Tickets for the livestream are $15. Ticket holders for both the live concert and the  livestream will be able to watch the filmed concert for two weeks. Tickets can be ordered  through  

Vienna Piano Trio – The Farewell Tour

Saturday, April 2, 2022 

David McCarroll – violin / violon

Clemens Hagen – cello / violoncello

Stefan Mendl – piano

Program / Programme 

Schubert – Adagio, Notturno, D.897

Mendelssohn – Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, opus 49

Schubert – Piano Trio No.1 in B-flat major, D.898, opus 99

The Vienna Piano Trio

Long established as one of the world’s leading chamber ensembles, and perennially fresh in its  artistry, the Vienna Piano Trio was founded in 1988 by the Viennese pianist Stefan Mendl. His  partners are the Californian violinist David McCarroll, a member of the trio since 2015, and the  Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen, who joined in 2018.

Together, the players embody the ensemble’s continuing commitment to bridging the traditions  and practices of Europe and America. This philosophy stems from the trio’s early years and its

mentoring by such ensembles as the Trio di Trieste, the Haydn-Trio Wien, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Guarneri and LaSalle quartets, and by the violinists Isaac Stern and Jaime Laredo.

Both sustaining and renewing the repertoire for piano trio, the ensemble complements the  masterworks of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries with new works, the product of collaborations  with such leading contemporary composers as Friedrich Cerha, Georg Friedrich Haas, György  Kurtág, Johannes Maria Staud and Jörg Widmann.

Since the 2006-7 season the Vienna Piano Trio has had its own subscription series at the Vienna  Konzerthaus and it is a regular visitor to the world’s major concert halls (such as Concertgebouw  Amsterdam, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall  London and Cité de la Musique in Paris) and festivals (such as the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg,  Wiener Festwochen, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Grafenegg, Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein Musik  Festival, Flanders, Aix-en-Provence, Prades-Casals, Kuhmo, Princeton Summer and Caramoor).

Engagements in 2018-19 included a concert cycle at Vienna Konzerthaus and a performance at  the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, and the 2019-20 season brought an emphasis on Beethoven  and, in series at the Vienna Konzerthaus and London’s Wigmore Hall, the piano trios and string

sonatas of Brahms. In 2020 the trio made a tour of the USA and Canada, visiting Philadelphia,  New York, Houston, Los Angeles and Ottawa.

The Vienna Piano Trio’s extensive prize-winning discography on the Naxos, Nimbus and MDG  labels embraces the complete piano trios of Brahms, Dvořák, Saint-Saëns, Schönberg/  Steuermann, Schubert, Tschaikovsky and Zemlinsky, as well as works by Beethoven, Haydn,  Ravel, Schumann and others. The ensemble’s recent recordings include the Ravel and Chausson  piano trios as well as Beethoven’s ‘Archduke’ and Op. 1 No. 3. The Penguin Guide to Recorded  Classical Music has described the ensemble’s playing of Schubert as “outstanding in every way  … wonderfully fresh and spring-like … true chamber-music-making by a beautifully matched  team,” while its Dvořák led the Washington Post to write of “a rapport that makes the  performance feel like a conversation among friends, and a high level of technical precision … an  almost transcendent experience.”

David McCarroll plays a 1761 Gagliano violin and Clemens Hagen plays a Stradivarius cello  from 1698. Stefan Mendl will be playing on a 9-foot Steinway Concert Grand Piano, provided by  the Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa.

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