Boris Borgolotto, violin
Marc Girard Garcia, cello
Ian Barber, piano

Awarded 11 international prizes, the Trio Zadig captivates audiences with its flawless virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and masculine elegance.

Friendship is at the core of the Trio Zadig’s strength and authenticity. Boris Borgolotto and Marc Girard Garcia are childhood friends who studied together at the Paris Conservatoire National de Musique and at the University of Music in Vienna. Upon their return to France, they crossed paths with Ian Barber, an American pianist from the renowned André Watts’ studio at the University of Indiana. The chemistry between them is immediately apparent. All three men are drawn by a strong desire to live out their passion as sincerely as possible and therefore decided to combine their desires together and found the Trio Zadig.

In just a few years, the Trio Zadig has become very successful and won numerous awards, including the First Prize of the “Fnapec Musiques d’Ensemble” - in the footsteps of renowned ensembles like the Ysaÿe Quartet, the Ebène Quartet and the Wanderer Trio - as well as the Second Prize of the Fischoff Competition (USA). The Trio has performed all over the world, from the USA to the Republic of Congo, and played in several prestigious concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Shanghai City Theater and Paris’ Philharmonic and Salle Cortot. In parallel with this demanding schedule, the Trio Zadig has met with great artists who have contributed to the development of its musical expression, most notably Ivry Gilis and Menahem Pressler. Due to its auspicious beginning, the Trio Zadig has been invited to several broadcast shows : « Génération Jeunes Interprètes » by Gaëlle Le Gallic and « Le nouveau Rendez-Vous » by Laurent Goumarre on French Public Radio (France Musique & France Inter) as well as « Puisque vos avez du talent » by Laurent Graulus on Musiq’3 (RTBF) in Belgium. The Trio Zadig is currently a resident of the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel alongside the Artemis Quartet. It is also the first resident of ProQuartet and is supported by the Banque Populaire Foundation. 

This season’s itinerary will highlight the trio’s commitment to openness and sharing. First the Zadig Trio will tackle the piano quartet repertoire with violists Krzysztof Chorzelski (Belcea Quartet) and Yung-Hsin Chang (Hermes Quartet). It will also participate in a project with the composer Benjamin Attahir, currently in residence at the Villa Medicis. Finally, because its members firmly believe in the universal power of classical music to break down barriers, the Trio Zadig will continue to engage in humanitarian and social projects, notably by playing for prison inmates and handicapped children.

From Haydn to contemporary composers, the Trio Zadig's audacity and freshness gives youth and vitality to the trio repertoire. The depth and sincerity of its interpretations, as well as its vivid poetic sound, make it the creator of captivating performances.

The Trio Zadig participates in ProQuartet professional training program since 2015, meeting with Paul Katz, Heime Müller, Gerhard Schulz, Gary Hoffman, Günter Pichler, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Jean-François Zygel, Marc-Olivier Dupin and Menahem Pressler.


Boris Borgolotto plays a 1750 violin by the famous Italian maker Carlo Antonio Testore. Marc Girard Garcia plays a Frank Ravatin cello, generously loaned to him by the El Pasito association.

Trii Zagig is in-residence at ProQuartet since 2016.