Matthieu Handtschoewercker, violin
Antoine Landowski, cello
Boris de Larochelambert, piano
Inspired by Ernest Chausson’s stirring and at the same time sparkling music, which is significantly characteristic for an important era of the French art, the ensemble gave its very first concert in the course of the festival de Clairac. This was the beginning of the Trio Chausson’s successful career.
Trio Chausson gave numerous concerts in Europe, the United States and Brazil. Within the series Rising Stars the trio has performed in major European concert halls as well as the Carnegie Hall New York. They gave highly successful concerts at festivals as Folles Journées Nantes, La Roque d’Anthéron, Tours, Prades, Echternach, Vendsyssel and Heidelberg. They lately appeared in Frankfurt, Munich, Venice, Metz, Clermont-Ferrand, Paris and played the first performance of the Triple Concerto by Chausson/Mathieu Lamboley with the Orchestre d’Auvergne and a number of concerts of this composition in France.
Boris de Larochelambert and Antoine Landowski studied individually at the Conservatorium in Paris and had chamber music classes with Pierre-Laurent Aimard together. After graduating they continued studying under Claire Désert, Ami Flammer and Alain Meunier. Admitted to the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), which supports young and aspiring cutting edge ensembles, the trio subsequently gained important impulses by collaborating with significant chamber musicians such as Hatto Beyerle, Anner Bylsma, Gérard Wyss, Eckart Heiligers, Shmuel Ashkenazy, Rainer Kussmaul and Johannes Meissl. Especially by Hatto Beyerle the Trio was intensely fostered.
The Trio Chausson drew the attention as the winner of the International Chamber Music Competition Joseph Joachim in Weimar 2005 as well as laureate of the Joseph Haydn Competition Vienna 2004 with an award for the best interpretation of contemporary music. Owing to these outstanding results, the French Association for Artistic Action (AFAA) chose the Trio to participate in its “Déclic” programme in 2005, which includes a live recording at Radio France and international concert tours. The Trio also received grants from the Société Générale and the ADAMI.
Mirare Records has released five CD’s with trios by Chausson, Ravel, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Cécile Chaminade, René Lenormand, Haydn and Hummel which garnered great acclaim. The Trio Chausson received the Gramophone Editor’s Choice of the month for their latest CD with trios by Haydn and Hummel.
Rare early Debussy, the great but under-rated Chaminade, the unjustly forgotten Lenormand: three French trios take us by surprise with the quality of their inventiveness and beauty. Superbly played.
BBC Music Magazine