The Oberon Trio was founded in 2006.
ANTOANETA EMANUILOVA Cello · HENJA SEMMLER Violin · JONATHAN ANER Piano
Shortly after the ensemble‘s première concert, the Flensburger Tageblatt already credited the Oberon Trio with “enormous interpretive abilities, which testify to this new ensemble’s enchanting maturity and stylistic command.”
Meanwhile, the trio has given performances at the Berliner Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, and Esterházy Palace, as well as in Italy, Bulgaria, Israel, India, Egypt, and the Ukraine.
These three musicians are committed to offering performances of lesser-known compositions alongside established masterpieces. Their repertoire extends from piano trios by CPE Bach and Joseph Haydn – the pioneers of the medium – to those by Jörg Widmann and Charlotte Bray, whose trios were recorded for the first time by the ensemble.
The trio also works together regularly with chamber music partners such as Tabea Zimmermann, Ian Bostridge, Christoph Prégardien, and Shirley Brill. A special passion for the Oberon Trio is to establish greater intimacy between performers and the audience. Through moderated concerts and by publishing their own program notes they provide listeners with insights into the processes and background of their interpretations.
The first album released by the Oberon Trio, entitled Passacaglia, was recommended by hr2, mdr figaro, and NDR Kultur. Their second CD appeared in 2016 under the title Oberon Celebrates Shakespeare.
The magazine Das Orchester commented: “Featured here is an ensemble that merits serious attention: [the three musicians] display captivating technical virtuosity, musical verve, and consummate chamber music coordination.”
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.
Mendelssohn is often compared to Mozart. Both of them were child prodigies, both had a talented sister and they both died at a young age. Mendelssohn, who as a child also painted wrote poetry, was born in small family which converted to christianity from judaism. As a composer he preferred looking back, rather than forward: his main examples were Bach, Handel and Mozart. It was Mendelssohn who retrieved Bach from oblivion and pushed for a revival of his music, which still lasts today. One century after its premier, Mendelsson performed the St Matthew Passion for the second time ever, in 1829.
Three years, earlier, on his 17th, he had already composed his masterfully overture A midsummer night's dream op. 21, based on Shakespeare's play. Today, it is still considered as one of the absolute masterpieces in all of the orchestra reperoire. His Violin Concerto op. 64 belongs to the most beautiful works of the 19th century as well. During his travels through Europe, he wrote his brilliant Italian Symphony, Scottish Symphony and the overture The Hebrides.
Although Mendelssohn had a prosperous career, his weak physique made him emotionally vulnerable. The death of his favourite sister Fanny became fatal: Mendelssohn died in the same year, at the age of 38.