Sarah Sultan, cello
Pierre-Kaloyann Atanassov, piano
“Thanks to an overdeveloped sense of dialogue, [the musicians of the trio Atanassov] invite us to delve into the depths of the score, and on many occasions, to strike the right chord in us. Confident in their technical skills and their phrasing, they give a noble opulence to the pathos of both works [trios of Smetana and Dvorak]. Their skilful use of dynamics, with large (de)crescendos, sudden contrasts, and meticulous attention to detail, contributes to building shapes of such coherence that it surpasses one’s imagination.”
Diapason, Nicolas Derny, mai 2014
The trio Atanassov was awarded a Diapason d’Or for its first CD. With these words, Nicolas Derny pinpoints what has become, over the years, the trademark of the ensemble: interpretations subtly merging emotion and clarity.
The complicity which unites Perceval Gilles, Sarah Sultan and Pierre-Kaloyann Atanassov since forming the Trio in 2007 comes from a common state of mind, based on shared values: integrity, artistic demand, musical curiosity, human simplicity, along with a deep sense of sharing.
These artistic qualities have been acknowledged by the great masters of chamber music coaching the three musicians during their musical training within prestigious institutions (Conservatoire de Paris, Vienna University, ECMA). Christoph Richter, for one, mentions: “This trio bases its interpretations on constant research and ceaseless work, and has a very accurate image of the works within their repertoire.”
The craftsmanship of these three musicians allows for clarity in their playing. Unanimously praised, this clarity has enabled the artists to stand out in major competitions around the world. Winner of the Frankfurt and Graz competitions, the Trio Atanassov was also awarded in other piano trio competitions: in Osaka, Trondheim, Vienna (Joseph Haydn) and Weimar (Joseph Joachim), to mention a few.
These awards have paved the road to a career which sees the Trio performing all over Europe, from the Vienna Musikverein to the Alte Oper in Francfort, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Ars Musica Festival in Brussels, the Sofia Philharmony or, in France, the Radio-France Festival in Montpellier as well as the Cité de la Musique in Paris.
One can hear recordings of the Trio’s concerts on European radios (ORF, HR2, RTS Espace 2, Musiq’3, BNR) as well as France Musique, where Frédéric Lodéon gave his Coup de Coeur to their Smetana/Dvorak CD.
In regard to repertoire, the three musicians’ insatiable curiosity has led them on the most diversified paths. Whether in Haydn’s first trios or in most recent compositions - some of which are dedicated to them -, the musicians show a musical insight that enables them to highlight the features of each work they tackle, according to its proper style.
The Trio relies on this eclecticism to create programs where works from different periods and inspirations echo around a common theme.
Seeking to pass on emotion and knowledge, the trio Atanassov sees the value of sharing as their deepest motivation: “Moving, surprising & even touching our audience by sharing the emotions we have experienced as we discovered the performed works - these are the things we most fervently believe in.”