About Trio con Brio Copenhagen
An award-winning piano trio with Danish musician Jens Elvekjaer (piano) and Korean sisters Soo-Jin Hong (violin) and Soo-Kyung Hong (cello), Trio con Brio Copenhagen’s concert is praised by American Record Guide as “one of the greatest performances of chamber music I’ve ever encountered.” In particular, they have gained a reputation for their fresh approach to the core repertoire; DR P2 editor Esben Tange acclaims “works by Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms are transformed in their hands into the alive-and-kicking music of today;” the Washington Post states: “Glowing reports hold true. The Trio con Brio Copenhagen clearly occupies a lofty perch in today’s musical scene.”
Since its inception the trio has won most of the international competitions for piano trio, including the ARD (Munich), Vittorio Gui (Florence) and Norway’s Trondheim Competition. In 2015, the trio became the first ensemble to receive one of Denmark’s most prestigious music awards, the “P2 Artists Prize,” where they performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Other major awards include the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award (USA) and the “Allianz Prize” in Germany’s Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
The trio’s recordings have been praised by critics. Gramophone Magazine wrote: “Any group would be hard-pressed to imitate this blend of verve and poise.” Their Mendelssohn CD was chosen by Classic FM, UK as Chamber Disc of 2011: “Every phrase soars and pulsates with the excitement of a fresh discovery as the Copenhagen players go the full distance with playing of skin-rippling sensitivity… sensational playing.” Their latest recording of trios by Tchaikovsky and Smetana was hailed by The Guardian (UK): “… Trio con Brio Copenhagen scales the Tchaikovsky’s heights with the verve their name suggests.”
Trio con Brio Copenhagen is in great international demand, with an intensive worldwide touring schedule. Appearances include Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles, Seoul, London, Berlin, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Paris, Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. In recent years, it has appeared in major concert halls in Europe, the USA and Asia, such as Tivoli Concert Hall, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Louvre Paris, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Seoul Arts Center, Bunka Kaikan Tokyo and Teatro Olimpico Vicenza.
The trio is frequently featured as soloists in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with orchestras including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen’s Koncerthuset and Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Trio con Brio Copenhagen serves as artistic director of the Copenhagen Chamber Music Festival, the Chamber Music Festival in Kerteminde, and the Hellerup Chamber Music Society in Copenhagen.