Biography

Paloma Kouider, piano
Fanny Robilliard, violin
Louis Rodde, cello

Founded in Paris in 2009, Trio Karénine bears the name of Tolstoy’s beautiful and emotionally honest heroine. The trio is acclaimed by critics and audiences for its musical integrity and passionate interpretation, and was the top prizewinner at the ARD International Competition in 2013, including a special prize for the best interpretation of Space Jump by Fazil Say. The ensemble received the prestigious Nordmetall-Ensemble Prize from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele in 2015 for its interpretation of Schubert’s “Trout” quintet, performed with bassist Laurene Durantel and violist Krzysztof Chorzelski (Belcea Quartet). Trio Karénine received the first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in the Netherlands, is a laureate of the Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, and the recipient of the prestigious “Banque Populaire” grant. The trio is also a laureate of the Maurice Ravel Academy and the Charles Oulmont Foundation, and was unanimously awarded the International Pro Musicis Prize in Paris.

Trio Karénine has performed in prestigious halls such as Wigmore Hall, Salle Bourgie in Montreal, Herkulessaal and Prinzregententheater in Munich, Leiszhalle in Hamburg, Forbidden City Auditorium in Beijing, and Palazetto Bru-Zane in Venice. The trio had recent debuts in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berlin Konzerthaus and the New York Frick Collection. The group has also toured in China, Japan, and the USA.

Very involved in the musical language of their time, the trio often performs works by Wolfgang Rihm, Hans Werner Henze, Philippe Hersant, and Graciane Finzi. The piece Les Allées sombres by Benoit Menut was dedicated to them. Their first album devoted to Schumann piano trios was released in 2016 on the French label Mirare. Gramophone proclaimed it “a most impressive debut,” adding that “there’s an effervescence and litheness that underpins their approach.” The second recording was released in the spring of 2018. Centered on 20th-century French repertoire, the album includes masterpieces by Fauré and Ravel as well as the lesser known piano trio by Germaine Tailleferre.

The three musicians graduated from Paris and Lyon CNSM, the Paris Ecole Normale, and studied further individually with internationally well-known teachers in Leipzig, Vienna and Berlin. The ensemble studied with charismatic chamber music artists such as the Ysaÿe Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Ferenc Rados, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Trio Wanderer and Hatto Beyerle.

In January 2019, Trio Karénine was appointed to teach chamber music for one year at the Royal Northern College of Manchester.

 

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