Trio con Brio Copenhagen
Trio con Brio Copenhagen is an award-winning piano trio based in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was formed in 1999 and consists of the Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer and the two Korean sisters Soo-Jin Hong and Soo-Kyung Hong.
Subsequently Trio con Brio settled in Copenhagen and In 2003 it performed the complete Beethoven piano trio cycle in three concerts at Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen to much critical acclaim. In 2005 Trio con Brio became Ensemble in Residence at Copenhagen's historic Round Tower. These concerts were broadcast on the European Broadcasting Union and the national Danish broadcaster DR.
Parallel to these engagements, Trio con Brio continued to win awards at competitions and festivals around the world, culminating with the highly prestigious Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award in 2005. This gave them concert engagements in twenty major concert series across the USA as well as a record deal. In their review of trio's resulting debut CD, the American Record Guide wrote: “One of the greatest performances of chamber music I’ve ever encountered [...] What stands out from this ensemble is the range of tone and sound [...] They command an amazing range of timbres. Melodies sing with an aching sweetness, or seduce with wild eroticism, or haunt with impenetrable mystery" while Gramophone wrote that "it’s easy to see what so impressed the judges [...] [the] performances can compete with the best available [...] a superb, greatly gifted chamber group".
Since then the trio has performed at numerous music venues around the world. These include New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Trio con Brio Copenhagen tours worldwide, giving concerts in major concert halls and at festivals in Europe, North America and Asia. In Copenhagen the trio gives regular concerts at venues such as the Queen's Hall of the Black Diamond.
Trio con Brio Copenhagen is frequently featured as soloists in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with orchestras such as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, l’Orchestre Syrinx (France), and the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea).
- 2nd Prize, Vienna Haydn Competition. Austria
- 2002 Danish Radio Competition. Denmark
- 2002 ARD International Music Competition
- 2002 Premio Trio di Trieste. Italy
- 2003 Premio Vittorio Gui, Italy
- 2003 Trondheim Chamber Music Competition . Norway
- "Allianz-Preis" for Best Ensemble at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Germany
- 2005 Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award
- Carnegie Hall, New York
- the Gilmore Keyboard Festival
- Wigmore Hall, London
- Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
- Musikhalle Hamburg, Hamburg
- Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
- Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen
- Konzerthaus Berlin, Berlin
- Mozart-Saal, Vienna
- Herkulessaal, Munich
- Beethoven House, Bonn
- Mozarteum, Salzburg
- Alte Oper, Frankfurt
- Library of Congress Washington DC
- Yale University
- Chicago Chamber Music Society, Chicago
- Newport Music Festival, Newport
- Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
- Sejong Center, Seoul
- Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza
- Società Filarmonica Trento, Italy
- Schwetzingen Festival, Germany
- Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Germany
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Mendelssohn Piano Trios, Marquis Classics 2009
- "Trio con Brio Copenhagen". Copenhagen Artists. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Trio con Brio er udnævnt til Rundetaarns Tårnensemble 2005!". Copenhagen Artists. Retrieved 2010-02-10.