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The jury has decided: Three piano trios win the 9th International JOSEPH JOACHIM Chamber Music Competition in Weimar

The prize winners and the jury of the 9th International JOSEPH JOACHIM Chamber Music Competition | Photo: Thomas Müller

The jury has decided: Three piano trios win the 9th International JOSEPH JOACHIM Chamber Music Competition in Weimar

At the last competition in 2019, three string quartets secured prizes; at this year's 9th International JOSEPH JOACHIM Chamber Music Competition at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, it is three piano trios.

After the conclusion of the final round on Saturday, April 9, the jury announced the results: The Trio Bohémo and the Trio Incendio, both from the Czech Republic, each won a 2nd prize of 5,000 euros. The 3rd prize, worth 2,500 euros, was won by the Trio Pantoum from France. The 1st prize was not awarded this year.

The award ceremony took place during the prize winners' concert, Sunday, April 7, in the Festsaal Fürstenhaus of the University of Music in Weimar. Three special prizes were also awarded there, donated by the NEW LISZT FOUNDATION.

The Trio Indencio won the special prize of 1,000 euros for the best interpretation of a work from the category “Early Classical Music” and the Trio Bohémo won the special prize of 1,000 euros for the best interpretation of a work from the category “Composed after 1970”. In addition, the Animato Quartet from the Netherlands, also a finalist in the competition, was awarded the special prize of 1,000 euros for being a particularly talented ensemble.

A total of 17 piano trios and string quartets from all over Europe and Hong Kong had traveled to the 9th International JOSEPH JOACHIM Chamber Music Competition (April 3-10, 2022), which is hosted every three years by the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar.

Chaired by Weimar violin professor Anne-Kathrin Lindig, the jury included Miguel da Silva (France/Switzerland), Valentin Erben (Austria), Vera Martínez Mehner (Spain), Angelika Merkle (Germany), Hartmut Rohde (Germany), Bernhard Schmidt (Germany) and Florian Wiek (Germany).

The musicians of Trio Bohémo have been, according to their own statement, “finally” living out of suitcases again since August 2021. Founded in Budapest in 2019, the award-winning Czech trio has been touring across Europe between concert appearances, competitions, intensive rehearsals in Prague and master classes at the European Chamber Music Academy.

At the ECMA, whose courses take place sometimes in Vienna, sometimes in Oslo or Manchester, they receive the finishing touches from luminaries of chamber music such as Hatto Beyerle, Patrick Jüdt, Johannes Meissl, Avedis Kouyoumdjian and Dirk Mommertz. Highlights from their 2021/22 concert season include a debut at the Vienna Musikverein and recitals at the Festival Lago Maggiore Musica in Italy, Gent Festival van Vlaanderen in Belgium, the Black Forest Music Festival, and the Prague Spring Festival in their native Czech Republic.
 
Trio Incendio formed in Prague in 2016 and is currently studying at the decentralized European Chamber Music Academy, a major talent incubator for young European chamber musicians. The trio has already enjoyed a number of successes at international music competitions, including the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award in Lugano, the Coop Music Awards in Cremona, the Concorso Musicale Marcello Pontillo in Florence, the Kiejstut Bacewicz Competition in Lodz, and the Bohuslav Martinů Competition in Prague.

Trio Incendio has performed in some of the most important European concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall in London and the Rudolfinum in Prague. It has also been invited to festivals such as Ticino Musica and Prague Spring, as well as in Davos.
 
As an outward sign of their national identity, Trio Pantoum performed in blue suits, white shirts and red socks in all rounds of judging. They put a whole year of preparation, especially intensive in the last two months, into their current competition success in Weimar. All three musicians live in Paris and are studying for a master's degree at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris.

Like the other two trios in this prizewinner concert, they have also attended master classes at the European Chamber Music Academy. In addition to performing extensively at concerts and festivals throughout France, they have been successful in a number of competitions. In 2021, for example, the trio won 1st prize at the FNAPEC Chamber Music Competition and 1st prize at the Leopold Bellan International Competition.
 
For more information:
www.hfm-weimar.de/joachim 

[11.04.2022]