Founded in Paris in 2009, Trio Karenine bears the name of Tolstoi’s beautiful and emotionally honest heroine. The trio is lauded for its musical integrity and joie de vivre by critics and audiences alike. Top prize winner at the ARD international Competition in 2013, the ensemble has performed in major halls including Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Pleyel and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Musee des Beaux-Arts in Montreal, Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, and Prinzregentheater and Herkulessaal in Munich. The trio has toured Asia, both in China with the Festival Croisements, and in Japan.
In Germany, the trio received the prestigious Nordmetall-Ensemble Prize from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele in 2015 with bassist Laurene Durantel and violist Krzysztof Chorzelski. The trio also appeared in the very famous Arte’s series « Stars von Morgen », presented by Rollando Villazon. Trio Karenine received First Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in the Netherlands, laureate of the “Joseph Haydn” Competition in Vienna, and the prestigious Banque Populaire grant. The trio was unanimously awarded the International Pro Musicis Prize in Paris, and is laureate of the Maurice Ravel Academy, and the Charles Oulmont Foundation.
Regular performers of new music, the trio plays works by Wolfgang Rihm, Hans Werner Henze, Philippe Hersant, Graciane Finzi. Benoit Menut’s second trio, Les Allées Sombres, was dedicated to the group. The trio was awarded the special prize for best interpretation of Fazil Say’s Space Jump at the ARD Competition.
The first album of the trio, devoted to Schumann piano trios, was released in 2016 on the French label Mirare. Gramophone proclaimed it “a most impressive debut,” adding “there’s an effervescence and litheness that underpins their approach.”
The three musicians graduated from Paris and Lyon CNSM, the Paris Ecole Normale, and studied further individually with internationally well-known teachers in Leipzig, Vienna and Berlin. The ensemble studied with charismatic chamber music artists, such as the Ysayee Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Ferenc Rados, Jean-Claude Pennetier, the Wanderer Trio and Hatto Beyerle.