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Merry Christmas... 12/21/2018

...and a happy New Year!

We are already looking forward to an eventful year 2019!

1918 - 1938 - 2018 06/14/2018

With several concerts we celebrate the 100th birthay of the Austrian Republic.

100 years ago out of the catastrophy of World War I the Austrian Republic was founded. Times were hard and instable then and Austria wasn't a "desired child", so it didn't exist very long. IIn 1934 the republic was destroyed by civil war and Austro-fascism followed by Nazi-occupation in 1938 and Worls War II. Only after the reestablishment in 1945 Austria became a stable democracy. Political consensus, social balance and economic growth made the Second Republic a success and finally a wealthy member of the EU.

In our concerts we perform music from the early years of the republic, but also works of contemporary composers. Most particular attention we give to those composers who were expelled in 1938 an forgotten after 1945.

Back then as well as today we find a  fascinating artistic range, which can only be indicated in the works selected. But the variety 100 years ago was the result of insecurity, despair and social changes, while today it is the sign of an open and globally interconnected society. As we can learn of the history of our republic this openness and freedom are by no means granted, which we should never forget.

Christmas Greetings 12/22/2017

Every year again...

A great and successful year is coming to its end, and we would like to thank our audience, promoters and everyone who supported us.
Next year is going to be even more intense and rich of fascinating concerts. We're looking forward to it!

Merry Christmas and our best wishes for 2018!


Josef Labor - Pianist, Organist, Composer in Vienna in the Fin de siƩcle 11/12/2017

A trio of the blind and today nearly forgotten composer can now be rediscovered.

"15. November 1917" is written by hand at the end of Josef Labor's Trio in e-minor for piano, clarinet and cello. Exactly 100 years and one week later this trio will be performed again in our concert on November 22nd at Haus Hofmannsthal in Vienna.

Josef Labor (1842 - 1924), left blind since childhood due to contracting smallpox, was highly notable pianist, organist and teacher in Vienna at the turn of the century.  Arnold Schönberg, Julius Bittner, Alma Mahler and Paul Wittgenstein were amongst his students. For Paul Wittgenstein, who had lost his right arm as a soldier in World War I but nevertheless intended to pursue his career as a pianist, Labor wrote the  aforementioned trio. The piano-part thus is written for the left hand, one of the first works of this kind, which was to be followed by many others, for example by Ravel, Hindemith, Britten, Korngold and Franz Schmidt.

Today Josef Labor is almost forgotten, even his memorial opposit of the Konzerthaus in Vienna is hardly known.

November 22nd 2017, 07:30 pm
Concert in Haus Hofmannsthal
Reisnerstraße 37, 1030 Vienna
Phone: (01) 714 85 33, Fax.: DW 9


Alexander Zemlinsky (1871 - 1942) 09/30/2017

Two concerts presenting the composer's chamber music.

75 years ago, on March 15th 1942, Alexander Zemlinsky, one of the most important composers of his age, died in exile in the USA in poverty and almost forgotten. At best he was remembered as Arnold Schönberg's teacher, friend and brother-in-law, while his music remained unheard for many years. Like many otherss of his generation he was twice a victim of history: Menaced as a Jew and forced to emigration by the Nazis, the post-war avantgarde regarded him as conservative and therefor ignored his music completely.

Only in the nineties of the 20th century Zemlinsky's importance became rediscovered and appreciated. Meanwhile his status is unquestioned, his operas and orchestral works being performed all over the world. TRIS, too, has been playing his music for many years. In November we invite you to attend two concerts with Zemlinsky's complete chamber music for clarinet, cello and piano.

On November 6th you will hear his Fantasy pieces op.9 for clarinet and piano as well as his Cello Sonata in a-minor dating from 1894. The heaading of this concert is "Zemlinsky and Jewish Vienna", so we will also perform Joachim Stutschewsky's "Klezmer's Wedding music" and Carl Frühling's Trio op.40.

On November 22nd we will perform Zemlinsky's Three Pieces for cello and piano and his famous Trio op.3 in d-minor. And you will hear Josef Labor's Trio in e-minor, which he composed exactly 100 years ago for his pupil Paul Wittgenstein. Wittgernstein had lost his right arm in WW I, so the piano part is written only for the left hand!

November 6th 2017, 07:00 pm
Amtshaus Wieden, Festsaal
Favoritenstraße 18, 1040 Vienna

November 22nd 2017, 07:30 pm
Haus Hofmannsthal
Reisnerstraße 37, 1030 Vienna

Tradition is the spread of Fire 09/10/2017

Concert at the Schönberg-house in Mödling

The term “school” is seldom more appropriate in music history than in the case of Schönberg and his group of associates. Members of this school did not belong merely because of their direct status as pupils, but rather due to their identification with the compositional ideals that link the composers whose works are performed this evening. Wellesz, Schmid, Spinner and Skalkottas also make obvious, how different the directions taken nevertheless may be.

This includes Beethoven as well – Viennese Classicism is the source from which the teaching of the Viennese School takes its inspiration. The “Gassenhauer-Trio” will be performed as a reference to Mödling, where Beethoven spent the summer months of 1818/19 not far from Schönberg’s House.

The concert will take place at September 28th at 7:30 pm at the Schönberg-house (Bernhardgasse 6, 2340 Mödling).

Come and listen!

"Vienna in Days of Yore and Now" at the Viennese District Festival in June 05/20/2017

Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, but also Hans Gál and Wolfram Wagner - Viennese music from the Classical period up to present age will be performed at our next concert in Vienna.


What's next? 02/18/2017

Here we go again: we have a lot of plans in 2017! Here Is a short preview on our next concerts.

31.03.2017, 07:30 pm, Concert in Purkersdorf

In our program series "Discovering Europe" we will perform chamber music of French Romanticism from 19th century to Impressionism. You will hear works by Adolphe Blanc, Claude Debussy, Nadia Boulanger and Jacques Ibert.

26.06.2017, 07:00 pm, Concert in Vienna

At the local city festival in Vienna we're going to perform "Vienna in Days of Yore and Now", a programm with music by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Hans Gál and Wolfram Wagner.

28.09.2017, 07:30 pm, Concert at the Schönberg-House Mödling

"The Second Viennese School: Ideals and Pupils" is the headline of this concert. Enjoy music by Erich Schmid, Egon Wellesz, Leopold Spinner, Nikos Skalkottas and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Come and listen!


New Program Series "Discovering Europe" 01/24/2017

Our new program series invites you to several journeys discovering the diversity of the "old" continent.

Our first stops are France and Great Britain. "French Romanticism" will present music from 19th century to Impressionism by Adolphe Blanc, Claude Debussy, Nadia Boulanger and Vincent d'Indy. "Here Come the British!" takes you to a foray through the extraordinary varied musical life of the UK. We will perform a successful contemporary like Marc Anthony Turnage and also Cipriani Potter, John Ireland, Donald Francis Tovey, Graham Waterhouse, Percy Sherwood  et al.

We will continue this series "Discovering Europe" with further countries and regions as "Balkan", "Danmark", "Scandinavia - The Far North" etc.

Don't miss our next concert: On March 3rd 2017 we will perform in Purkersdorf "Discovering Europe - French Romanticism"!


TRISmas 2016 12/21/2016

No review, no preview, no stock taken.

Just this very briefly:

TRIS wish you a merry Christmas
and an inspired, peaceful New Year!
We'd like to say thank you to our faithful public
and are looking foreward to many wonderful concerts in 2017!

The New Jewish School 10/10/2016

Jewish music between St. Petersburg and Vienna: Around 1900 jewish composers in Russia began to care about traditional jewish music and to develop an own national music.

Please see the german page.

America, America! 05/16/2016

An expedition into American contemporary music.

America, USA, country of boundless possibilities, place of desire and of refuge for so many people from all over the world. Boundless, too, are the forms of music, which bloom and prosper here, not caring for schools, traditions or dogmas like in ol' Europe.

For a long time Europe refused to take American culture seriousely, thus much of the riches of American music - with the exception of jazz or pop - remained largely unknown. Bernstein, Copeland, Cage - what else? And yet there is so much to discover: In our next concert in june we will start with music of Robert Muczinsky, John Biggs and Mary Jeanne van Appledorn - all together well acknowledged composers, but hardly performed in Europe. Their music is a wonderful example for the unforced and open intercourse with traditional and contemporary techniques of composition. In the USA tonal music has never been frowned upon like in post-war Europe; affiliation to any school or avantgarde doesn't matter nor is it regarded as an attribute of quality. Thus american composers naturally use a vast range of expressions, that were almost impossible in Europe for a long time.

Robert Starer again is one of those millions of Europeans who were forced into emigration in the 1930s. Born in 1924 in Vienna he got his musical education there, but had to leave the country in 1938. He went to Palestine first and after WW II resumed his studies in New York. He became American citizen in 1957 and teached at Julliard School and Brooklyn College and was awarded many times. Starer uses contemporary methods of composition including dodecaphony, but is never hermetical and doesn't reject "melodies".

Gernot Wolfgang finally is an example for all those musicians, who hope to find new and even boundless possibilities in America and its music- and filmindustry. Born in Bad Gastein in the Austrian Alps Wolfgang made his way and is now living in L.A. successfully writing music for Jazz-musicians as well as for "classical" ensembles.

Save the date: America, America!
June 8th 2016, 7:00 pm
Amtshauses Wieden
Favoritenstrasse 18, A-1040 Vienna


Concert celebrating the 125th birthday of Joachim Stutschewsky 03/30/2016

Modernism and New Jewish School

April 7th is the 125th birthday of Joachim Stutschewsky. We will celebrate this day in a concert at the Schönberg-House in Mödling near Vienna, where Arnold Schönberg lived from 1918 to 1925.
The relationship between Stutschewsky and Schönberg was very close: As a member of the Vienna String Quartett (later Kolisch Quartett) Stutschewsky often was the first and also best interpreter of the Second Vienna School; Schönberg in his turn highly esteemed the cellist as well as the composer Stutschewsky.
Thus the Schönberg-House is a very harmonious and atmospheric location for this concert, in which we will perform music by Stutschewsky as well as works of Webern and Zemlinsky and the "Elegy" of hte Israeli composer Ella Milch-Sheriff.

Thursday,  April 7th 2016, 07:30 pm
Schönberg-House Mödling
Bernhardgasse 6, 2340 Mödling
Tickets and Infos: +431-712 18 88,
Tickets: 14€/erm. 7€

Joachim Stutschewsky, 1891 - 1982 03/16/2016

Cellist, composer, writer and theorist.

2016 we will celebrate the 125th birthday of Joachim Stutschewsky, who was one of the best cellists ever and an important pioneer of Modernism as well as the New Jewisch School.

Stutschewsky was born in Romny (Russia, today Ukraine) in a family of klezmerim, jewish musicians. He learned to play the violin first and at the age of 11 he turned to the cello. Soon after he played with the Nikolajew Symphony Orchestra and performed solo recitals.
In 1909 he went to Leipzig to study with Julius Klengel. From 1912 he started a career as a soloist and chamber musician as member of the Jena Strig Quartett. When the First World War broke out, he had to move to Switzerland, where he organized the first concerts of Jewish folk and art music.

In 1924 he moved to Vienna, where he became member of the Vienna String Quartett (later Kolisch Quartett) and devoted himself to Modernism and the Second Vienna School. He also wrote a famous method of playing the cello and several compositions and arrangements for his instrument. And he continued his activities in the area of Jewish music and became a leading composer and theorist of the New Jewish School. Being a great "networker" he made Vienna an international center for Jewish music.

When German troops occupied Austria in 1938 he had to flee to Switzerland and emigrated to Palestine soon after. There he established himself as one of the most influential personalities and helped to build up musical life.
From the 1950's on, he devoted himself nearly exclusively to composing and collecting Jewish music.

TRIS is offering several programs focussing on the music of Stutschewsky and his connections to the Second Vienna School and the New Jewish School.

Celebrating Robert Kahn's 150th birthday 10/19/2015

Concert in Memory of the Pogroms of November 1938 dedicated to Robert Kahn.

This year's memorial concert we will dedicate to the 150th birthday of Robert Kahn.

Kahn was on e of the greatest composters of late romanticism. As a pianist he performed with the leading musicians of his time, such as Joseph Joachim, Richard Mühlfeld or Adolf Busch. As a composer he mainly wrote chambermusic and lieder.

He teached at the Königliche Hochschule for Music in Berlin and became member of the der Prussian Academy of Arts. The pianist Wilhelm Kempff as well as the composers Günter Raphael and Nikos Skalkottas were among his students. Also Arthur Rubinstein attended his lectures.

After the Nazis had come to power in 1933 Kahn had to withdraw from his posts und finally emigrated to England in 1938, where he spent the rest of his life.

Kahn's fate was like many others of his generation: he was persecuted and expelled by the Nazis, and regarded as too conservative by the Avantgarde after 1945. So he became almost completely forgotten. It was only in the last years that his music was re-discovered and performed.

We will perform Robert Kahn's Serenade and his Trio op.45 together with musuc of his students Günter Raphael and Nikos Skalkottas as well as of his idol Johannes Brahms.

Come and listen!

Monday, November 9th 2015, 07:00 p.m.

Festsaal im Amtshaus Wieden
Favoritenstraße 18; 1040 Vienna

Soundfiles 10/07/2015

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TRIS - the first 10 Years 10/05/2015

On October 4th 2005 TRIS performed live for the first time.

Beethoven's Trio op.11, the "Gestural Variations" by Graham Waterhouse, Trio-Miniatures by Paul Juon and Brahms' Trio op.114 were the program of our first public concert on October 4th 2005 in Vienna.

Much has happened since that: concerts in Austria, Germany, Italv, Croatia, Spain, Poland, Hungary, England, in Slovakia, Turkey, in Iran and Jordan with a repertoire grown to more than 100 trios and at least the same number of duos and sonatas. We also performed some premièrs dedicated to Tris.

10 years are a very long time for a chambermusic-ensemble. Anyway we renounce all celebrations and talkings, we prefere to work on our next projects. What is coming up: Some more concerts of course. A new homepage. And perhaps finally a CD.

The next chance to hear Tris in concert is on November 9th and on Dezember 2nd 2015 in Vienna.

Come and listen!

asdf 10/04/2015

Einen schönen Start in den Frühling wünscht TRIS!