In 2006, Karla Haltenwanger, Birgit Erz and Ilona Kindt fulfilled the dream of devoting their lives to chamber music when they founded the Boulanger Trio. Twelve years afterwards, the three musicians still find that it is a privilege to be able to practice and study the abundant, variegated repertoire of chamber music on a daily basis. Based in Hamburg and Berlin, the trio still plays in its original lineup; in the past years, it has gained an excellent reputation in the world of chamber music. The German newspaper Die Welt described a performance of the Boulanger Trio as “irresistible”, and composer Wolfgang Rihm wrote in a letter: “To be interpreted in this way is surely the great dream of every composer”.
The ensemble has performed at the Vienna Musikverein, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Fest- spielhaus in Baden-Baden, and London’s Wigmore Hall. They have also been invited to festivals including the Heidelberg Spring Festival, the Kissingen Summer Festival, and the Dialoge Festival in Salzburg. Their début performance at the Berlin Philharmonie took place in 2009 with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto along with the Berliner Symphoniker. Ever since then, orchestras such as the Nieder- rheinische Sinfoniker, the Brandenburger Symphoniker, and the Berne Symphony Orchestra have regularly invited the Boulanger Trio to perform concertos with them.
In addition to works of the Classical and Romantic period, the commitment to contemporary music is an important focus within the trio’s repertoire. The ensemble is collaborating with some of today’s foremost composers including Beat Furrer, Wolfgang Rihm, Johannes Maria Staud, and Friedrich Cerha. In 2012, the trio launched its own concert series, the Boulangerie, which is now held on a regular basis in the cities of Hamburg, Berlin, and Vienna.
The Boulanger Trio can already look back on an impressive, wide-ranging discography of eight CDs, each one featuring a special programmatic concept.
The ensemble is named after the sisters Nadia and Lili Boulanger, whose exceptional personalities and uncompromising devotion to music continue to be a great source of inspiration to the trio.
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