“(...)Miha Ferk hatte (beim Klaviertrio Nr. 1 op. 8 von Dmitri Schostakowitsch) einfach das Cello durch sein Saxophon ersetzt, und die Wirkung war verblüffend. Denn durch die größere klangliche Variabilität des Blasinstruments kam die Leidenschaftlichkeit des erstmals verliebten jungen Mannes wesentlich besser zur Geltung. (...)”
„(…) In Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 1 Op. 8 Miha Ferk simply replaced the cello by the saxophone, achieving an astonishing effect. The great variability of the wind instrument’s sound brings out the passion of a young man’s first love much better. (…)"
"(...) Spätestens bei Brahms' Horntrio op. 40 im Rossini-Saal wurde deutlich, was für fantastische Musiker die drei sind. Sie spielten mit einem unglaublichen Zugriff aufeinander zu - es standen ja auch keine Pulte zwischen ihnen - und lieferten eine unendlich spannende Verdichtung dieser romantischen, gerne zelebrierten Musik mit neuen Aspekten. Der olle Brahms hätte seine helle Freude gehabt. Man sollte die drei jungen Leute unbedingt auf dem Radar behalten. (…)"
"(…) At the latest during Brahms’s Horn Trio Op. 40 in the Rossini hall it became clear what fantastic musicians those three are. They played towards each other with incredible interaction - there where no music stands between them either - and showed an immensely fascinating density of this romantic, otherwise often traditionalised, music with new aspects. Good old Brahms would have been delighted. One should definitely keep these three young musicians on the radar. (…)"
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Trio Klavis has quickly established itself as an exceptional new chamber-music ensemble, attracting international attention with their unique combination of instruments and impressively diverse repertoire. Through engaging and creative programming, Trio Klavis invites their audience on a journey through wildly different worlds of music, from the elegant classical era to the age of dodecaphony, from masterworks of the great Romantics to original works inspired by ancient folk melodies, all the while exploring new jewels of the 21st century by living composers.
Trio Klavis has enjoyed great success with its dazzling programs on prestigious stages all around the world, including Tonhalle Zürich in Switzerland, St. Petersburg Philharmonie in Russia, Gasteig Munich in Germany, Vienna Musikverein, Allegro Vivo and Grafenegg Festival in Austria. Their international tours have brought them to many European countries as well as China, Turkey and Zimbabwe.
Trio Klavis performs classical works ranging from Brahms to Shostakovich, Haydn to Rachmaninoff, alongside new arrangements and compositions of their own. They are dedicated to bringing a fresh and noble new sound to these treasured masterpieces and have already successfully convinced some of the world’s most conservative audiences.
As pioneers of this unique combination of instruments, Trio Klavis passionately engages with newly written music and are determined to expand the existing repertoire for this instrumentation, securing a place for it as one of the essential formations in modern chamber-music playing.
Trio Klavis regularly receives original compositions from acclaimed composers, excited to write for their ensemble. Aleksey Igudesman’s “Take It To Eleven” dedicated to the trio has been published by Universal Edition. Richard Dubugnon’s Mikroncerto lllb which he wrote for Trio Klavis has been praised as a “golden addition” to the repertoire. The trio recently produced an independent music video for Hyung-ki Joo’s “Mad For Seven” which he wrote for them, which was awarded Best Music Video by the Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards.
Trio Klavis are winners of the Bank Austria Art Prize, as well as recipients of the Scholarship for Music of the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria.
Their debut CD “Geography of Sound” was released by Orlando Records in 2016.
The name Trio KlaViS derives from the German: "Klavier, Violine, Saxophon".
The daughter of both a mexican mother and a viennese father, Jenny Lippl grew up in Vienna and was shaped by the city’s cultural diversity and musical richness. She started to play the violin at the age of 9 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz with Regina Brandstätter. After having won national and international competitions, Jenny began her studies with Sylvia Viertel and continued with Ernst Kovacic at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Being taught by such an inspiring explorer of musical worlds encouraged Jenny to seek inspiration and further training from different musicians, such as Gerhard Schulz, violinist of the legendary Alban Berg Quartett, Volkhard Steude, concert master of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and renowned Russian violinist Dora Schwarzberg. Diversity of styles became Jenny’s passion as she explored a wide range of music from Baroque to contemporary music.
After receiving her diploma with distinction in 2013, Jenny began her professional career and became a co-founder of the innovative Podium Festival in Mödling which concentrates on creative programming and combination of different art forms. As part of the artistic direction team she was heavily involved in the development of the festivals character.
Jenny gets invited to take part in chamber music festivals such as Podium Festival Esslingen, Kammermusik.Mariasaal, Brücken-Festival Mürz or Trigonale. At the Trigonale Festival she participated in the production of the church opera „Christophorus“ by Tristan Schulze as first violinist and even had a small acting role.
In Bernd Bienerts productions with „Teatro Barocco“, Jenny has been a part of a special ensemble which plays only on historic instruments. The string parts are played by one player each which means that full operas by Mozart are delivered in a quality that is very close to chamber music, a special challenge that has been received with great enthusiasm from both audience and the press. Jenny is a part of the Baroque orchestra „Orchester 1756“, with whom she appears as a soloist and ensemble member.
Her extraordinary musical creativity has also lead her to collaborate with artists such as the singer-songwriter Clara Blume and most renowned silent film narrator in german speaking countries, Ralph Turnheim, for whom she both composes and plays.
However, at the center of her work and career is the ensemble Trio KlaViS, which continues to inspire Jenny like a musical kaleidoscope of both sound and expressivity.
With his broad and unique artistic portfolio, the Vienna-based Slovenian Miha Ferk can be described as an exemplary modern classical musician. Active as a composer, arranger, conductor, soloist and co-explorer of new classical sounds with his ensemble Trio Klavis, he has dedicated his life to discovering the secrets of music.
Miha’s compositions consist of more than 80 original works and arrangements which are regularly performed by numerous ensembles around the world. His work Caprice for solo violin, dedicated to Dimitris Karakantas, received standing ovations in the grand hall of Megaron in Athens and was praised by the music critics of Greece. During the 2016/17 season, he was Composer in Residence at "Dora Schwarzberg’s House Concerts" where he presented new works every month. One of his earliest compositions, dedicated to Khatia Buniatishvili, Petra Horvat and Nora Romanoff entitled Reflection No. 1, is being played regularly by ensembles in Europe and Japan. Miha is also the author of the famous, provocative and experimental composition “Archetype”, in which he explores a new compositional technique based on graphic emojis.
Miha also regularly dedicates himself to advancing the art of arranging, discovering extraordinary combinations of works that in turn become completely new compositions with their own character. Some of the ensembles and artists he has worked with include the Philharmonic Ensemble Vienna consisting of members of the Vienna philharmonic orchestra and lead by Shkelzen Doli, violinist and composer Aleksey Igudesman, pianists Hyung-ki Joo, Ferhan and Ferzan Önder, Signum Saxophone Quartet, Arcis Saxophone Quartet, SOS Saxophone Orchestra, Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra, Trio Sonore, LadieSaxophone Quartet and many others.
Miha’s arrangement of the Tango Suite by Astor Piazzolla was published by Doblinger Editions in 2016. Recordings of his works are being broadcasted on many classical radio stations such as the Austrian national radio station Ö1, SWR2, Ars, Radio Koper and even the Mexican national Radio station Opus 94.
In 2017, Miha conducted his own arrangement of Friedrich Gulda’s famous Concerto for Cello and Wind orchestra. Arranged for Solo Violoncello and Saxophone Orchestra, it was performed by the acclaimed Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra.
As a chamber music saxophonist he is an active member of Trio Klavis and Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra. He has performed in many established concert halls around the world.
Miha is currently working on a book about his new approach to the sound of classical saxophone, including 24 originally composed caprices for Solo Saxophone.
Sabina was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and moved to Turkey with her family at the age of 7, beginning to study piano with both her parents. Her father, Prof. Vasif Hasanov, student of Dmitri Bashkirov, was responsible for the majority of her training. Sabina continued her formal training in Turkey, eventually going on to receive a masters degree from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul. During the course of her studies, Sabina won numerous competitions, performed at international festivals and played as a soloist with orchestras. One of her most notable performances at this time was with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in the Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, at the age of 14.
In 2004 Sabina was one of two musicians from Turkey to receive the scholarship to attend the “Playing for Peace” Festival and summer school in Apple Hill, New Hampshire, USA. She worked with inspiring musicians such as Eric Stumacher and Kinan Azmeh. It was during this time that Sabina began to discover her potential as chamber musician.
She began playing in a four hand piano duo with her sister, which had great success touring across Turkey. The duo made an appearance in Lunz am See „Wellenklänge“ Festival in 2010, collaborating with the beloved Stermann & Grissemann duo.
In 2008 Sabina moved to Vienna, Austria to pursue her postgraduate studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Prof. Stefan Vladar. Alongside her professors, Sabina also had the chance to work with musicians such as Dmitri Alexeev, Boris Bloch, Milena Mollova (st. of Emil Gilels), Johannes Meissl, and Rolf Plagge (Mozarteum).
Sabina was closely involved in the production of the award-winning music documentary Noseland, directed by Aleksey Igudesman and starring Julian Rachlin, John Malkovich and others. Since then, she has been regularly involved with writing, producing and editing video and film projects. She specializes in classical music videos, producing for her ensemble Trio Klavis and others. Her video Mad For Seven went on to win best video at the Monkey Bread Tree Awards in 2017.
Sabina has had drawings published by Universal Edition and is currently working on a children’s book and a mobile game based on an animated character of her own creation.
Additionally Sabina is working as the head of external relations for the innovative online platform Music Traveler, which provides practice rooms for musicians all over the world.
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