Musicians, August 20 2022
â€œI found the Mosa Trioâ€™s playing extremely compelling, imaginative and vivid. Their music-making is rhetorically gripping, stylistically varied and sensitively shaped. I am fortunate enough to hear many wonderful chamber ensembles, but I find it very rare to hear one that sounds as distinct and personal as the Mosa Trio.â€â€” Mark Steinberg, Brentano String Quartet â€”
This is a very striking description of the Mosa Trio by Mark Steinberg (Brentano Quartet). Because of the almost inexhaustible energy the members of the young Dutch-Belgian piano trio put into understanding their repertoire, their performances compriseÂ great expression, inner depth and a homogeneous interpretation. The trio displays this in a broad repertoire, ranging from early classicism to contemporary music, showing great interest in the performance practice of these different style periods. As a result, the trioâ€™s performances stand out not only for their technical mastery, but also for their versatility.
Thanks to their characteristic way of playing, â€œitâ€™s always a great pleasure for the audience to attend one of their concertsâ€ (Vincent Coq, Trio Wanderer). The trio likes to challenge their audience by programming different, contrasting styles in one concert, so that the audience not only hears music they know and love, but also discovers new or unknown music. TheseÂ exciting choices in programmingÂ make a concert by the Mosa Trio a unique experience. Or, as Festival Classique wrote in 2013: â€œWhether the music sounds playful or musing, the Mosa Trio pulls the audience into the music, until we can almost feel the notes. The Mosa Trio excels inÂ creating a storyÂ for the audience.â€ The personal way in which the trio talks about the musical works, also contributes to creating this story. Especially when performing contemporary pieces, this brings beautiful and often new insights to the audience.
The international career of the Mosa Trio took off withÂ prizes at prestigious competitionsÂ such as the 14th Concours International de Musique de Chambre de Lyon (2018, FR.), 31st FNAPEC Concours europÃ©en Musique dâ€™Ensemble (2017, FR), the International Orlando Competition (2015, NL), the â€˜Supernova â€“ the Future Sound of Classical Musicâ€™ (2014, BE), the Concours International de Musique de Chambre dâ€™Illzach (2013, FR) and the Storioni Ensemble Competition (2012, NL).Â The Mosa Trio was a semi-finalist of the prestigious Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (2018, AU).
Since then, the Mosa Trio has played inÂ major venues in the Low Countries, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, and BOZAR Brussels.Â International toursÂ took them to concerts in Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, Australia and the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China. In 2017, the Mosa Trio featured as Ensemble in Residence at the world-famous Piano Festival in La Roque dâ€™AnthÃ©ron. In 2018, the trioÂ performed Beethovenâ€™s Triple Concerto with the Orchestre de lâ€™OpÃ©ra de LyonÂ under Bernhard Kontarsky.
The Mosa Trio has featured inÂ dozens of live radio and television broadcastings, including a concert recording for the program â€˜Generatie Kâ€™ on Canvas (VRT) and recordings for Klara during the Klarafestival and for Radio 4 in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2018, the trio released itâ€™s debut cd â€˜Portraitsâ€™ on the label Antarctica Records.
Not only do the members of the Mosa Trio share their passion for classical music on stage, they also regularlyÂ teach in masterclasses and workshopsÂ at e.g. the Sichuan Conservatory of Music (China) and the Orlando Festival Ensemble Course.
The name of the Mosa Trio is derived fromÂ Mosa Trajectum, the Latin denomination of the city of Maastricht. The trio was first coached at the Conservatory of Maastricht by Henk Guittart (SchÃ¶nberg Quartet) and Tonie Ehlen. It then went on toÂ study in ParisÂ with the Trio Wanderer and thanks to the European Chamber Music Academy at institutions like the Conservatoire National SupÃ©rieur in Paris and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. The Mosa Trio attended masterclasses by Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio), Mark Steinberg (Brentano Quartet), Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet), Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet), Mark Steinberg (Brentano Quartet) and Avedis Kouyoumdjian.