BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van

Piano trio in E flat major op 70 no. 2

11-December-2009 Auditorio Sony de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía

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Trío Ismena

Trío Ismena

The group was formed in 2004 at the Royal Danish Academy of Music under the direction of Professor Tim Frederiksen. Now is a part of the Piano Department Groups of the International Institute of Chamber Music in Madrid, under the direction of Professor Ralf Gothoni, Head of Department. Since its formation, its components have been taught by the Tokyo, Vermeer and Jerusalem Quartets and Gerhard Schulz, a member of the Alban Berg Quartet. The Trio consists of violinist Monika Malmquist (Denmark, 1982), the cellist Nørholm Ida (Denmark, 1986) and pianist Christine Raft (Denmark, 1981), all former students at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2009 received the First Prize for Chamber Music Competition of the Danish Radio, and in 2007 the Third Prize of International Competition for Piano Trio Trondheim. They have performed at major festivals of Danish music and festivals in UK, France, Latvia, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. Likewise, their interest in contemporary music has led them to work with different composers, mostly with Danish Ib Nørholm. Between 2009 and 2010 have performed several times in the Da Camera Concerts Series in the Auditorium Sony.

Raft, Christine

Raft, Christine

Christine Raft (1981) started playing the piano at the age of 4. From 1999-2007, she studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Prof. Anne Øland, Prof. Niklas Sivelöv and Bohumila Jedlickova. In 2001-2003, she has also studied with Russian Professor, Rena Shereshevskaya in France. From 2008, she participated in Soloist class at The Royal Danish Academy of Music with Prof. Jens Elvekjær until 2010. She has attended masterclasses with Leif Ove Andsnes, Vladimir Feltsmann, Louiz de Mourra Castro, Liisa Pohola, Solomon Mikovsky. Christine has received a great number of prizes and awards, "Hågs" Artist Prize 2005, "Ester Vagning" Young Students Prize 2007, etc, and latest the "Odd Fellow Logen" Foundation Scholarship 2009.

Malmquist, Monika

Malmquist, Monika

Monika Malmquist, born 1982, began playing the violin at the age of 6. In 1997 she was accepted at the pre-school for the conservatory with teacher, Lars Bjørnkjær (concertmaster of the Royal Opera Orchestra), and in 1999 she was enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Milan Vitek. In 2001-2003 she was enrolled at a Performance Diploma Degree with Prof. Milan Vitek at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, USA. 2003-2005 Monika was a student at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Prof. Serguei Azizian. 2005-2008 soloist class (masters) same place. 2007-2008 studies in Chicago with Prof. Shmuel Ashkenasi. Monika has been a soloist with different orchestras in Denmark. (Sibelius concerto, Mozart D-major concerto, Bach E-major concerto, Schnittke Concerto grosso no.1, C.Nielsen violin concerto and the Beethoven violin concerto). She has participated in a great deal of mastercourses around the world; Internationale Meisterkurse Koblenz 1999 Cassalmaggiore music festival 2002 Bowdoin Summer academy 2000 Litomÿsl violin mastercourse 2000, 2006 and 2008 Keshet Eilon mastercourse 2004 Zeist Music Festival 2005 and 2006 ect. Monika has also participated in the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition 2004, the Danish national Strings Competition 2001 and 2005, 2007 (2.prize and “the orchestras prize” winner), and was in the final round at the Melbourne International Chambermusic Competition 2003 playing in a string quartet. Winner of the Yamaha Foundation of Europe 2004 and the Conservatory violin competition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Norholm, Ida

Norholm, Ida

Ida Nørholm (1976) studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Troels Svane, Stanimir Todorov and Kim Bak Dinitzen and in Groningen, Holland with Jan-Ype Nota. After her graduation in Copenhagen, she continued her studies in Chicago with Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen. She has furthermore participated in master classes with Pieter Wispelwey, Torleif Thedéen, David Geringas and Michel Strauss. Ida is a founding member of Trio Ismena, with whom she has won numerous prizes and awards and performed in prestigious halls and festivals both in Denmark and abroad. In 2008 she took part in a televised concert at the Millenium Park in Chicago. The same year she performed in a cello ensemble concert in Copenhagen with some of the finest cellists in Denmark. CD recordings include chamber music works of Kari Bæk recorded with Chamber music group Aldubaran and 2 albums with Danish group Oktober with music by Torben Westergaard. Ida plays on a cello by Stefano Scarampella.

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