Everyone hears pop day in and day out … and it is completely taken for granted. “I love Pop” is thus nothing exceptional. But when the ”wild three“ headed by composer and violinist Florian Willeitner take up pop, something very different happens. The innermost heart and the secrets of pop are decoded using the resources of classical piano trio art. The result: high-tension music, coupled with poetry and emotion.
The New Piano Trio has a refreshing emotional directness. Its catchy grooves and fresh sounds go hand in hand with complex compositions. The result: a serious independent voice in contemporary classical music, which is also open to folk idioms, pop and jazz. These three fearless musicians operate at the highest level of chamber music.
Violin and composer Florian Willeitner is the mastermind of the New Piano Trio. The violin virtuoso admits no thought barriers, allowing himself to be inspired by traditional musical cultures and by classical, pop, rock, jazz, or folk in equal measure. Willeitner’s works are performed at famous concert houses such as the Musikverein Wien, Vienna or the Festspielhaus Salzburg. He has also won major competitions, such as the Zbigniew Seifert Competition in Cracow.
Cellist Ivan Turkalj is a passionate and masterful performer on his instrument. He plays the classical repertoire with the same ease and conviction, with which he engages with innovative projects that extend to Indie rock. As a founder member of successful bands like The Hidden Cameras or The Erlkings, he has been a guest at venues including the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Barbican Hall London and the WDR Cologne recording hall. He is also well received by audiences at festivals like the Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival or the Heidelberger Frühling.
Pianist Alexander Wienand is a composer and piano wizard. He does not view the worlds of jazz and of classical so-called “serious music” as separate and draws musical inspiration from both of them. Wienand discovers new vistas of sound in an instrument that everyone thinks they are completely familiar with. He is found at festivals such as the Cologne Jazznight and the Jazzahead Bremen, and has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Musikfest Stuttgart. He has also received the Bayrische Kunstförderpreis.
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