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Three passionate musicians having roots in Azerbaijan, Slovenia, Austria, Russia, Mexico, Croatia and Turkey, came together in Vienna with a common vision. They have taken it upon themselves to conquer the music world as Trio KlaViS, in the unique formation of piano (Sabina Hasanova), violin (Jenny Lippl) and saxophone (Miha Ferk).
Each member arranges and composes for Trio KlaViS. The trio also commissions pieces from prestigious composers in a multitude of styles. Leading the audience through engaging and creative programs that appeal to youthful listeners and classical music enthusiasts alike, Trio KlaViS communicates with the audience through both speech and music with their unique artistic charisma.
In the fall of 2013 the trio gave its Vienna Musikverein debut followed by an immediate re-invitation. The internationally renowned violinist and composer Aleksey Igudesman wrote a piece called "Take It To Eleven" exclusively for one of their programs. Some of the upcoming performances include the Vienna Musikverein, ORF Radiokulturhaus Vienna and Rudolf Buchbinder's Grafenegg Festival.
The name Trio KlaViS derives from the German: "Klavier, Violine, Saxophon".
Even while in the womb, Jenny was immersed by the sounds of the voices of her Mexican mother and Viennese father, as well as the music they loved. Dvorak and Chopin intermixed Mexican danzon and boleros.
When Jenny was ﬁve years old, she was already asked, "How many languages do you speak?" The answer was obvious. "German, Spanish and the recorder." While German and Spanish remained, musical fluency has only increased in diversity of instruments and skill. Shortly before her 10th birthday she discovered the violin to be her voice. Regina Brandstätter was to be her ﬁrst teacher.
If music is to poetry, what the soul is to the body and they are senseless without each other, it was inevitable that her love for music and her love for poetry grew hand in hand.
At the University for Music in Vienna, Jenny eventually met her violin professor, Ernst Kovacic, a tireless explorer of musical worlds. He taught her fearlessness, respect for art, and lasting curiosity. She received artistic guidance from members of the Vienna Philharmonic, such as their concert master Volkhard Steude, iconic quartet members such as Gerhard Schulz, influential instructors such as Igor Ozim and explored the freedom of Baroque players and of contemporary music specialists.
Eventually she received her Masters degree with distinction, only to continue her journey through the wide ﬁelds of music. In the same year, out of her newfound freedom, the "Podium Festival Mödling" came to life, a chamber music festival that aims to tear down creative borders. Jenny proudly founded this unique musical platform together with friends and great musicians.
First and foremost, her heart is with Trio KlaViS, in her mind a wondrous kaleidoscope of colors of sound and emotion.
Where Miha's musical journey began is a tricky question to answer. It may have been the small guitar he was given as a child with which he immediately began composing songs. Perhaps it was the "May Day Parade" of the wind orchestra in his hometown in Slovenia, that convinced him to play the saxophone. It might have been his parents' 50 CD box which drove him into the arms of music for good. Be that as it may, he devoted his life to music and has not looked back since.
Before Miha could ﬁnd freedom as an artist, he had to collect some papers to prove that he had learned and practiced sufﬁciently as a musician. First he ﬁnished Music High School and went to Vienna to study the saxophone, where he received his Master's Degree, both with distinction.
In the meantime Miha played as a soloist with several orchestras, wrote many compositions, did numerous arrangements, listened to volumes of music and went to many museums. He also played in various saxophone quartets, conducted, read books, studied the musical language of Luciano Berio and analyzed Bach's counterpoint. Besides that he met a lot of interesting and less interesting people, often sat alone in thought and enjoyed being in nature as well as partying hard.
Miha is constantly arranging and composing music, often commissioned by great musicians. He is also part of the "Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra", an original ensemble consisting of twelve saxophones. His greatest passion and his strongest musical voice is in Trio KlaViS, for which he composes and arranges as well. Miha's composition "Reﬂection" is the ﬁrst ofﬁcial music video of Trio KlaViS featured on YouTube.
Born in Baku Azerbaijan into a Russian family of pianists and growing up in different parts of Turkey, Sabina has a relatively long answer to those who ask her where she is from.
Her main musical and human inspirations are her parents Olga and Vasif Hasanov, both great pianists and piano teachers. They taught her a great deal about music and art, as well as how to cope psychologically with being the daughter of professors. Wanting to pass her knowledge on straight away, Sabina herself taught at the Kafkas University for two years and did charity work, giving piano lessons to underprivileged children.
When there was time in between practicing, performing, teaching, and winning numerous competitions, she would make large drawings on the walls of the cafeteria of her University. This ﬁnally resulted in her drawings being published by Universal Edition in Aleksey Igudesman’s book „Horoscope Preludes“.
World famous musicians such as Dmitri Alexeev and Boris Bloch, taught Sabina in lessons and masterclasses how to play all the right notes. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Istanbul, she moved to Vienna and made her post-graduate studies at the University of Music with renowned Austrian pianist and conductor Stefan Vladar.
Sabina is also the associate producer, as well as one of the core team members of the ﬁlm “Noseland", a feature length comical documentary starring John Malkovich, Sir Roger Moore, Julian Rachlin and many other star musicians. Noseland has been screened at 15 ﬁlm festivals around the world, including the famous Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where she enjoyed walking in her favorite Louboutin shoes on the red carpet.
She had solo and chamber music appearances around the world, yet her recent secret passion is aggressive skating which, to the relieve of her biggest love, Trio KlaViS, she only does wearing all round protection.
Trio Klavis: Complete repertoire list