Formed in 1986, the Guarneri Trio Prague has reached the pinnacle of the international chamber music world. A prizewinner at the Van Cliburn and Warsaw Chopin Competitions, Ivan Klánský is founder and artistic director of the Marianske Lanske Chopin Festival in the Czech Republic, and also teaches at the Prague Academy of Music and the Lucerne Conservatoire. Cenek Pavlík studied at the Prague Academy and with Nathan Milstein in Zurich, and at the age of twenty performed the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Henryk Szering in London. He plays a violin by Guarneri del Gesù. Marek Jerie studied with Casals, Rostropovich and Navarra. He is professor of cello at the Lucerne Conservatoire and plays an instrument by Andrea Guarneri, made in 1684.
Guarneri Trio Prague first appeared in the UK in 1994 at Wigmore Hall, and since then have visited annually. At Wigmore Hall they performed the complete Beethoven Piano Trio Cycle in October 1996 and the complete Dvorák Trios in January 1999.
The three international soloists who formed the Rosamunde Trio have been performing together since 2002, but this tells only half the story. Martino Tirimo and Daniel Vels have been playing and recording together for more than 25 years, while Ben Sayevich and Daniel Vels performed chamber music together for several years before the Rosamunde Trio was founded.
Martino Tirimo is especially known for his Schubert interpretations, having given numerous Schubert series and recorded all 21 Piano Sonatas for EMI. He has a big repertoire which includes seventy concertos and has also given four cycles of Beethoven's 32 sonatas and other complete series devoted to the works of Robert and Clara Schumann, Chopin and Debussy. At twelve he conducted La Traviata seven times and has since conducted many leading orchestras as well as directing all Mozart's and Beethoven's concertos from the keyboard.
Lithuanian-Israeli violinist Ben Sayevich studied with Dorothy Delay, Eric Rosenblith and Louis Krasner, the dedicatee of the Alban Berg violin concerto. It was Krasner who chose Sayevich to be the soloist in this work at the Boston Festival in celebration of the composer's centenary. He has played widely in the USA, Europe and Asia, and, apart from his solo engagements, is also a highly experienced chamber music player. He plays a fine example of a J B Villaume instrument, made in Paris in 1847.
Daniel Veis is widely regarded as the finest Czech cellist of his generation since winning first prize at the 1976 Prague Spring International Competition and the silver medal at the 1978 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. Born in Prague, he is a frequent soloist with the Czech Philharmonic and other major orchestras and has recorded extensively, including the complete works of Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Martinu as well as contemporary Czech compositions. He plays a G B Guadagnini instrument, made in Milan in 1754.