"...a piano trio that already has that vital combination of unanimity of ensemble and musicianship, plus plenty of individual character and vitality."
Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3
"The real highlight of this year’s festival were the performances of the Trio Isimsiz…well-matched players who demonstrated exquisite ensemble playing in their performances."
IOCO - Kultur im Netz
Pablo Hernán Benedí - violin
Edvard Pogossian - cello
Erdem Misirlioglu - piano
Formed in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in 2015 the Trio Isimsiz won 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Trondheim Competition, and in 2017 2nd Prize at the Haydn Competition in Vienna. The Trio was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) between 2013 and 2018, and in February 2018 won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.
The Trio performs widely in Europe, with highlights including recitals at the Trondheim, Stavanger, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Peasmarsh Festivals (broadcast by BBC Radio 3), the Kölner Philharmonie, Tivoli Concert Hall, Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris, Fundación Juan March in Madrid and Marianischer-Saal in Lucerne. Further afield, they have toured in China and Argentina.
The Trio Isimsiz are currently Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. They have collaborated with Anthony Marwood, Krysztof Chorzelski, Richard Lester and Aleksander Madzar and attended IMS Prussia Cove working with Ferenc Rados.
Recent highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall, Jersey Arts Centre, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Aldeburgh Festival’s Schubertiade, the Sage Gateshead, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge, and Hannover Chamber Music Society and Ettlingen Schlosskonzerte, broadcast on SWR Radio. They made their debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in May 2019, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto at the Brighton Festival. Following their debut recording of Brahms, Takemitsu and Beethoven, they released their second disc for Rubicon of works by Fauré, Schubert and Brahms in September 2020. The disc was warmly described by The Strad as "an eagerly anticipated follow up to an impressive debut... it fully meets the high bar set by its predecessor, seamlessly picking up the latter's threads of softly measured romance and taut poise".
Recent invitations include Wigmore Hall in London, L'Auditori in Barcelona, the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, Beethovenhaus Bonn, and the Hannover Chamber Music Society. In January 2022, the Trio gave the world premiere of Francisco Coll's new piano trio at Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical in Madrid in which the "prodigious" Trio "shone" according to Spanish national newspaper El País. Further highlights include the Trio's return to the Aldeburgh Festival for the UK premiere of Coll's piano trio, and the recording of their third album with Rubicon Classics.
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Brahms, Coll, Korngold
Rubicon Classics RCD107; November 2023
An adventurous programme draws fine playing from this rising trio... The programming is satisfying in itself, with Korngold – aged just twelve when writing his op.1 Trio – emerging out of the tradition of Brahms. In between, Spanish composer Francisco Coll’s ear-beguiling, starkly inventive Piano Trio bursts in – just as Takemitsu complemented Brahms and Beethoven in Trio Isimisiz’s preceding release. There are robust strands of youthful joy and Viennese extravagance in the Korngold, the players shifting as one between scampering playfulness and warm lyricism in the middle two movements, always deeply committed but without exaggeration. In the Brahms, too, the playing is never self-conscious or effortful, but surges freely in the weighty first movement, while the theme of the second-movement variations is one of many instances of the unanimity between violin and cello. Coll’s Piano Trio takes us to another world, teeming with rhythmic detail that the players duly translate into suppleness, and with seismic dynamic shifts that are absorbed as natural expression. It’s a vivid testament to the group’s considerable individual skills and collective power. The recording gloriously reflects these gifts, placing the players seamlessly in the Britten Studio acoustic, which itself becomes a fourth silent partner.
Edward Bhesania, The Strad
This impressive recording comes from an ensemble that is reaching its maturity in a superb way...there's an excellent finesse to the group's playing, which holds their individual contributions and their collective, conversational ensemble work in an ideal balance. In the Korngold, they embrace the youthful composer's full-blooded language, but never make heavy weather of it; while it is powerfully played, the touch is predominantly sprightly, making the most of the heady stream of melodic ideas. The Brahms, too, is well calibrated, even well behaved, but still emotionally off the leash and full of high spirits...[The Coll is] ambitious and colourful, setting challenges aplenty to which the trio rises in style...this is a delectable cake on which excellent recorded sound is the crisp bright icing
Jjessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine - 4* performance, 5* recording
Francisco Coll premiere
Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical, Madrid. January 2022
The prodigious Trio Isimsiz shines at its concert in Madrid. The verve of the prodigious young group... unleashes the vigor of Shostakovich's compositions...The concert offers several impressions, the first, of the great quality of the Trio, who succeeded in all of the tests of such a demanding programme.
Fauré, Schubert, Brahms
Rubicon Classics RCD1048; Sept 2020
Eagerly anticipated follow up to an impressive debut... it fully meets the high bar set by its predecessor, seamlessly picking up the latter's threads of softly measured romance and taut poise...
[the Trio Isimsiz] nails with aplomb Fauré's Trio: vibrato employed with clean restraint; climaxes coming as true releases but measuredly so, always gliding onwards with smoothly weightless urgency; nothing overblown; tautness and flow reigning supreme...
Delicate languor comes beautifully into play for the single-movement Schubert Adagio of 1827, via sensitively judged rubato, lucid textures, and more clean, vibrato-light playing from the strings...
Finally, the 1889 revised version of Brahms’s Trio no.1 in B major is presented in a reading serving as a worthy successor to the debut album’s superb Trio no.3, pulling us in from the get-go to Brahms’s intense world of passionate emotion tempered by poised Classicism, confidence and joy tempered by fragility and doubt. It’s a reading to lose yourself in, whether in the ardent sweetness and power of their forte singing, or in the myriad different qualities of silence that they serve. We can only hope that a third album eventually arrives with Brahms no.2.
Charlotte Gardner, The Strad
Schubert 1828, Aldeburgh Festival
Snape Maltings, June 2019
The recital’s centrepiece was the E-flat Piano Trio, D929, given an understated account by Trio Isimsiz, whose restraint beautifully captured the work’s intimacies, Pablo Hernán Benedí (violin) and Michael Petrov (cello) responding expressively to its many confessional-style exchanges and both smoothly integrated with Erdem Misirlioglu (piano). The expansive first movement and discursive Finale held the attention, but it was the rage and resignation of the Andante (and the humour of the Scherzo) that gripped.
David Truslove, Classical Source
The centrepiece in 1828 was the Eb piano trio which in 2019 opened the second half. The highly accomplished Trio Isimsiz had all the notes and more; delicious pianissimos, engaging rhythms and a work that can seem over long never did.
Gareth Jones, East Anglian Daily Times
Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Brighton Festival, May 2019
Cellist Michael Petrov and Pablo Hernán Benedi on violin were, as expected, in total alert accord in their melodic and passage work together, and the awaiting power was obvious when joined by the piano. Benedi has a subtle characteristic style, sometimes understated, sometimes delivering familiar passages seasoned with the freedom of a street fiddler and imparting that welcome sense of spontaneous newness.
Richard Amey, Brighton & Hove Independent
An original programme and pure, sweeping energy... The Trio Isimsiz played with emphasis, fiery Espressivo and the highest concentration… [Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat Major] was intense and powerful, with a rich palette of colour and expression.
Birgitta Schmid, Badische Neueste Nachrichten
Beautiful sonority and perfect synergy… ‘Isimsiz’ is Turkish for ‘indescribable, unnameable’ Trio Isimsiz, founded in 2009 at the Guildhall School, indeed had an indescribably beautiful sound.
Christine Gehringer, Pamina-Magazin.de
Beethoven, Brahms & Takemitsu: Piano Trios
Rubicon Classics (RCD1013), November 2017
The Trio Isimsiz are punctilious...In the Isimsiz's hands, the melodic fragments [of Takemitsu's Between Tides] fit together like an exquisite mosaic...All in all, this is an outstanding debut disc by the Trio Isimsiz, whose unusually thoughtful interpretations are presented with dazzling technical mastery.
Andrew Farach-Colton, Gramophone
An impressive debut for the Trio, it's a piano trio that already has that vital combination of unanimity of ensemble and musicianship, plus plenty of individual character and vitality.
Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 Record Review
This trio with no name is one to remember…Brahms’s Allegro kicks things off in knockout fashion, with a stylistic approach as taut as Brahms’s actual writing is concise. The players display crisply delineated articulation and sparingly employed vibrato/pedal, lending a clean, high-definition quality to the music’s turbulence. The Andante brings magic of a different character, violin and cello fused tenderly and playing with a less-is-more approach to expressivity, complemented by an often achingly soft and luminous keyboard touch from Misirlioglu… Another highlight is the ‘Ghost’ Trio’s Largo: a study in tension and dynamic control... Add the cleverly chosen central Takemitsu with its 20th-century timbral tricks, and it’s hard to know how Trio Isimsiz could have bettered such artistry and distinctiveness.
Charlotte Gardner, The Strad
The Trio Isimsiz is one to watch! They are a modern trio in the best sense of the word: they are noticeably in the know about true-to-original performance practices, while displaying an intuitive feel for contemporary music and a fresh perspective on 250 years of music history. This is a CD that is worth it, as three clever musicians unearth new ideas in old pieces.
Wibke Gerking, WDR 3 TonArt
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Though they may call themselves the Trio “without a name”, these three young musicians, by the sensitivity and intensity of their performances, are rapidly making a considerable name for themselves – a name likely to grow bigger yet.
Seen and Heard International
Festival de Stavanger, Norway
Et une révélation : le Trio Isimsiz, formé en 2009 sur les bancs de la Guildhall School de Londres et distingué l'an passé au Concours international de Trondheim. L'Andante du Trio n°2 de Schubert, idéalement chanté, nous soufflait par le contrôle des timbres et la beauté des changements d'éclairage, entre murmure, exaltation et fatalisme
The real highlight of this year’s festival were the performances of the Trio Isimsiz … they are well-matched players who demonstrated exquisite ensemble playing in their performances. From the Trio Isimsiz we will certainly hear a lot in the future.
IOCO – Kultur im Netz
Newbury Spring Festival
There was an excellent rapport between these artists ... passionate and so expressive … virtuosic playing from all the artists.
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