The Austrian Eggner Trio is one of the most recognised and well-known of today's leading piano trios.
Founded in 1997 by three brothers - Georg (violin), Florian (cello), and Christoph (piano) – the trio regularly performs in such distinguished venues as Wigmore Hall in London and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
The Eggner Trio has appeared throughout Europe, in Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and quite frequently in Australia and New Zealand. International festivals in which they have performed include the Kissinger Summer, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, the Heidelberg Spring and the Chamber Music Festival in Lockenhaus.
The trio received international recognition in 2003 when they won the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in Australia. In 2006, through the European Concert Hall Organisation “Rising Stars” series, they played concerts in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Musikverein in Vienna.
Besides playing chamber music, the three brothers have played as soloists in the triple concertos of Ludwig van Beethoven and Bohuslav Martinu, performing with the Orchestra Filharmonica dell‘Umbria (Italy), the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Australia), the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic of Budweis (Czech Republic), and the Tonkünstler Orchestra (Austria).
Recordings with Live Classics include the Beethoven Trio in D Major op. 70 Nr. 1 (Ghost Trio), the Archduke Trio in B-flat Major op. 97 (for which they were awarded “Best Recording 2008” from Klassiek Centraal), and Mendelssohn’s Trio in d minor, op. 49, and Trio in c minor op. 66.
With Gramola they have recorded both piano trios by Shostakovich, the Ivan Eröd Trio op. 21, the CD “Kaleidoskop” with modern works by Austrian composers (Johannes Berauer, Sascha Peres, and Gerrit Wunder), Brahms’ Trio Nr. 2 in C Major op. 87, and Clara Schumann’s Trio in g minor op. 17 (for which they were awarded “Pasticciopreis” in Radio Oesterreich 1).
Georg Eggner performs on a violin built by Giovanni Pistucci (1895) and Florian Eggner on a cello of Carl Richter (1907).
Christoph Eggner, piano, is a multiple winner of competitions and studied with Paul Badura-Skoda and Oleg Maisenberg at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, as well as Brigitte Engerer and Michel Béroff at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. He received the Merit Scholarship from the Alban Berg Foundation. Since 2000 he is the assistant for Oleg Maisenberg at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Georg Eggner, violin, won first prizes in the national competitions Jugend Musiziert, Prima La Musica (Austria),as well as the international competition Concorso Internationale di Musica per I Giovani, Stresa (Italy), and "ORF-violin" 2001. After eleven years of lessons with Boris Kushnir, he studied with Günter Pichler of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He received scholarships from the Alban Berg Foundation, the Dürr Foundation and the Tokyo Foundation.
Florian Eggner, cello, was the first prize winner of the Austrian Federal Competition Prima La Musica in 1996. He studied with Wolfgang Herzer (former principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic) and Stefan Kropfitsch at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.