Sarah Sultan, cello
Pierre-Kaloyann Atanassov, piano
Besides winning the 2010 International Commerzbank Chamber Music Competition in Frankfurt and the 2015 “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” Competition in Graz, the Trio Atanassov has been awarded numerous other prizes in major piano trio competitions around the world, including the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, the Trondheim International Competition in Norway, the Haydn Competition in Vienna, the Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition in Weimar, the Vibrarte Competition and the FNAPEC Competition in Paris.
Although successful as soloists, the musicians decided to found the Trio in 2007, after they graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. The Trio has been a member of the European Chamber Music Academy since June 2008 and has been particularly marked by the musical influence of its artistic director, Hatto Beyerle.
The Trio Atanassov has also won recognition from the critics:
"...talent, enthusiasm and an unusually strong artistic collusion." (Le Journal de Saône-et-Loire)
"An always controlled interpretation, technically sure from every point of view" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
The Trio Atanassov is now one of France’s most prominent young ensembles, regularly touring France and throughout the rest of Europe. The Trio released its first CD in October (Smetana & Dvorak, Hänssler Classic). This recording met with great critical acclaim and was awarded a DIAPASON D’OR.
Highlights of 2015 include concerts at the Festival de Radio-France et Montpellier, Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux, and performances in Belgium, Germany and Austria. Extending from Haydn trios to the newest works of the 21st century, the repertoire of the Trio Atanassov covers a vast period of time and spreads over a wide range of musical traditions.
Emphasis is placed of course on the main works from the long history of this venerable instrumental setting (Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Dvorak, Brahms, Ravel), but the piano trio has kept fascinating composers over the years – a series of outstanding works were composed during the last decades, the strong originality of which breathed new life into the old model.
Thus, imaginative and full of personality, the Trio Atanassov perpetuates and freshens up the tradition of piano trio by putting forward unique compositions that cross cultures and have their roots in the most various musical influences.