Verena Stourtz – violin
Clemens Zeilinger – piano
Franz Ortner – piano
Why van Beethoven?
- Beethoven stands for independence of mind, for revolutionary ideas, for music that reaches far beyond his own time. Beethoven was a lone wolf, but at the same time the central figure to begin new traditions of composing that influenced many of his successors.
- Beethoven as a symbol of the three musicians’ closeness to the works of Viennese Classic, but also as a visionary and the creator of a new mode of composition – this fits in with the main mission of the TrioVanBeethoven: the care of the classical trio works, but also the commissioning of new compositions or crossover projects.
In its foundation year in 2011, the Trio held its debut at the renowned Festival Tage der Alten Musik in Herne (Germany). Since then, the ensemble has performed in many countries throughout Europe. They have given guest performances in the Vienna Konzerthaus, at the Brucknerfest Linz, the Festwochen Gmunden, the Haydn Festival Bruhl (DE), in London Kings Place, Glasgow and Edinburgh (GB), at the Pažaislis Music Festival in Kaunas (LT), the Haydn Biennale in Mechelen (BE), the Festival Nuova Consonanza in Rome (IT), the Festival Imago Sloveniae in Ljubljana (SL), the International Chamber Music Festival in Esbjerg (DK) and the Festival Rencontres Musicales en Artois (FR). Besides concerts in Austria, Germany and Scotland, the trio will tour in China this year.
Since 2014, the Trio holds its own season series in series in Upper Austria (Kremsegg Castle) and at the new MuTh concert hall in Vienna.
The ensemble released all of Beethoven’s piano trios on 4 CDs, with Austrian label Gramola. This recording has been awarded the Ö1 Pasticcio-Prize by Austrian Classical Radio in 2017. In July 2018 a CD comprising Scottish, Irish and Welsh folksong arrangements by Beethoven with Lorna Anderson, soprano and Jamie MacDougall, tenor, has come out again for the label Gramola.
Clemens, 2011/12 “Artist in Residence” at the Brucknerhaus Linz, ranks among Austria’s leading pianists. He was winner of the European Youth Musik Competition in Antwerp and won awards at the European Chamber Music Competition in the Hague and at the Beethoven Competition in Vienna.
As soloist he has performed with renowned orchestras such as the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg. He performs regularly in Europe, USA and Japan as well as in Korea, Morocco, Iran and Oman.
In 2008, Clemens Zeilinger played all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas at the Brucknerhaus in Linz followed in 2010 by a series of Schubert’s piano works.
He teaches at the University of Music in Vienna and at the Anton-Bruckner University in Linz.
Verena Stourzh was a member of the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt from 1998 to its disbanding in 2010 and has an impressive record of concert appearances in Austria and abroad: Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna, Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Stadtcasino Basel, Louvre Auditorium Paris, Kings Place London, the Cheltenham Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Musikverein Zagreb, Festival EuroArt Prag, International Performing Arts Center Moscow, Kiev Philharmonic, International Center of Performing Arts Beijing, Metropolitan Museum New York, Library of Congress Washington, as well as in Canada, South America, South Africa, Australia and East Asia.
As the violinist of the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt Verena Stourzh released the complete CD-recordings of Haydn’s piano trios, as well as Mozart’s, Beethoven’s and Schubert ‘s and the first complete recording of Haydn’s 429 folksong arrangements of Scottish and Welsh folk songs (with Lorna Anderson, soprano and Jamie MacDougall, tenor).
Verena Stourzh plays a violin of Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, 1770.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Franz Ortner acquired an international reputation at an early age. He was a prize winner of the International Brahms Competition in 2004 and at the Cello Competition „Gradus ad Parnassum“ in 2005 and was also a scholarship holder of the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez for two years. From 2006 to 2009 Franz Ortner was the principal cellist of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra in Lisbon (Portugal) and from 2009 to 2014 he was the cellist of the Esbjerg Ensemble in Denmark. Currently he is a member of Musikkollegium Winterthur, Switzerland as well as of Le Concert Olympique, Belgium.
As a soloist he has appeared with the Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie, the Kammerorchester Rheinland-Pfalz, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Musikkollegium Winterthur.
In 2010, together with the pianist Caroline Boirot, Franz Ortner released a CD with works by Brahms, Fuchs, Kirchner and Schumann and in 2011 a live CD was published with the Cello Concerto by Antonín Dvořák.
Franz Ortner plays a cello of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, 1856.