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presents the Vienna Piano Trio
Sept. 25, 2007 --
State University’s Fowler Center Series continues with a performance by
the Vienna Piano Trio, Monday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall,
Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. This appearance by the trio
is the second concert in the Riceland Distinguished Performance Series.
The Washington Post
called the Vienna Piano Trio “one of the world's leading ensembles of
violin, cello, and piano,” and Strad Magazine named them “the leading
trio of the 21st century.”
Frequently described as “youthful” or fresh in their approach to
classical repertoire, their
youthful look is mirrored by their energy. That energy was described by
New York Times critic Allan Kozinn after a 2006 performance at New York
City’s Frick Collection, as that of “a college ensemble just discovering
the power and passion built into the big repertory works, but with the
polish of long acquaintance.”
Known for their ability to make their music accessible to everyone, the
trio has released 12 compact discs and has performed in all the major
halls of Europe, north America, south America, Japan, and China.
Concerts by the
ensemble have been repeatedly broadcast on NPR stations, and the trio
has appeared live on WGBH Boston and St. Paul Sunday.
The Vienna Piano Trio will open their concert with Piano Trio in E Minor
by Franz Joseph Haydn, followed by Smetana’s Piano Trio in G Minor.
After the intermission, they will perform one of the greatest piano
trios of all time, the Brahms Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major.
Founded in 1988 by violinist Wolfgang Redik, cellist Marcus Trefny, and
pianist Stefan Mendl, the original members studied extensively with the
Trio di Trieste, the Vienna Haydn Trio, and the LaSalle and Guarneri
Quartets. The trio also took lessons from Isaac Stern, Ralph Kirshbaum,
the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, and the Beaux Arts Trio. In 2001,
cellist Matthias Gredler joined the group.
Today’s Vienna Piano Trio consists of Stefan Mendl,
piano, Wolfgang Redik, violin, and Matthias Gredler, cello.
Stefan Mendl was
born in Vienna, Austria in 1966. He began playing the piano at the age
of five and had private piano lessons with Prof. Manfred Wagner-Artzt
and later, at the Vienna Academy (now University), with Prof. Alexander
Jenner. In 1993, Mendl was awarded a "Grand Prix Franz Schubert" by the
International Schubert Society for his Schubert recitals during the
Wiener Musiksommer. Besides his main work as the pianist of the Vienna
Piano Trio, he frequently performs with members of the Hagen Quartet and
the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Violinist Wolfgang Redik was born in Graz, Austria in 1968. He has
studied with professor Klaus Eichholz at the Graz Academy of Music,
completing his studies with professor Michael Schnitzler at the
University of Music in Vienna. He has also attended numerous master
classes, with Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo. and Pamela Franck. In 1994, he
received his diploma with distinction and the “Special Prize of Honour,”
awarded by the Austrian Arts and Science Ministry. Next to the work with
his ensemble - the Vienna Piano Trio, he has performed with
chamber-musicians like Auréle Nicolet, Juri Bashmet and Bruno Canino,
among others. Since 1989, he has been teaching at the University of
Music in Graz, where he has held a class for violin and chamber music
since 1998. He frequently is invited to teach chamber music master
classes and work with international youth orchestras. Redik plays a
violin made by J.B. Guadagnini in 1772, which is lent to him by the
courtesy of the Austrian National Bank.
Cellist Matthias Gredler was born in Munich, Germany, in 1975 into a
family of musicians. He received his first cello lessons from his father
Edgar Gredler (solo cellist of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester) and went
on to study under Heinrich Schiff and Clemens Hagen in Vienna from 1990
to 1998. He continued his musical education under Martin Hornstein and
Miklos Perenyi and received further valuable input from such famous
musicians as Arto Noras Hatto Bayerle and Valentin Berlinsky. While
still a student he was awarded numerous prizes, enabling him to play for
an international audience at a young age. Through numerous appearances
at renowned festivals, Matthias Gredler made a name for himself both as
a soloist and as a chamber musician. In addition, he was a founding
member of the Viatores Quartet and most recently held the position of
solo cellist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets for all Fowler Center Series events may be purchased by calling
870-972-2781 or 1-888-278-3267, or online at
performance evenings, the box office in Fowler Center opens one hour
prior to the event.
Ticket prices are $30 and $20
for adults; $23 and $15 for ASU faculty and staff,
senior adults, and K-12 students; and $10 and $6 for ASU students.
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