Biography

Paloma Kouider, piano
Fanny Robilliard, violin
Louis Rodde, cello

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Winner of the ARD international Competition in 2013 – at which the Trio Karénine was awarded top prize and several special prizes –, the young French piano trio is greeted for its musical integrity and its special impetus by both the critic and the most respected artists of today.

The ensemble has performed in major halls including Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Pleyel and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montréal, Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Prinzregentheater and Herkulessaal in Munich. The trio has also made its debuts in China with a tour in the Festival Croisements and in Japan.

Particularly praised in Germany, the trio received the prestigious Nordmetall-Ensemble Prize from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele in 2015 with bassist Laurène Durantel and violist Krzysztof Chorzelski. The trio also appeared in the prestigious Arte’s series « Stars von Morgen» presented by Rollando Villazon.

The three musicians are graduated from Paris and Lyon CNSM, the Paris Ecole Normale and studied further individually with internationally well-known teachers in Leipzig, Vienna and Berlin.

Founded in Paris in 2009 and now formed by Paloma Kouider (piano), Fanny Robilliard (violin) and Louis Rodde (cello), the trio has chosen to bear the name of Tolstoï’s heroine for the vital impulse that lives in her. The ensemble studied with charismatic chamber music artists, such as the Ysaÿe Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Ferenc Rados, Jean-Claude Pennetier, the Wanderer Trio and Hatto Beyerle.

1st Prize of “Charles Hennen” International Chamber Music Competition in the Netherlands, laureate of “Joseph Haydn” Competition in Vienna and of the prestigious Banque Populaire grant, the Trio Karénine was unanimously awarded the “International Pro Musicis” Prize in Paris. At the same time, the trio is laureate of the Maurice Ravel Academy, of the Charles Oulmont Foundation, and is recipient of a grant of the Festival « Musique&Vin au Clos Vougeot ».

Enthusiastic about musical innovation, the trio regularly plays works by Wolfgang Rihm, Hans Werner Henze, Philippe Hersant, Graciane Finzi... It has been dedicated Benoît Menut’s second trio, « Les Allées Sombres ». The trio was also awarded with the special prize for the best interpretation of Fazil Say’s "Space Jump" at the ARD Competition.

The trio is holding a residence at the "Singer-Polignac Foundation" in Paris. It was named « ECMA member » by the European Chamber Music Academy. The ensemble received the support from the Académie Musicale de Villecroze.

The first album of the trio, devoted to Schumann piano trios, was released in April for Mirare French label.