Annette von Hehn violin
Stefan Heinemeyer cello
Thomas Hoppe piano
“Three voices – one sound” (Detroit Free Press). Annette von Hehn, Thomas Hoppe and Stefan Heinemeyer are the Berlin-based ATOS Trio, a leading light of the international chamber music circuit since 2003. Praised for its warmth of sound, pitch-perfect unanimity of phrasing and dynamic interpretations, the Trio impresses both audiences and critics alike “… a true ensemble with an admirable fusion of voices and the gift of finding an expressive depth in their performances” (The Age, Melbourne). ATOS performs regularly at such venues as Carnegie Hall, New York; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Wigmore Hall, London and also appears at noted festivals all over the world including Budapest Spring, Cheltenham, City of London, Enescu in Bucharest, Ludwigsburger Festspiele, Rheingau Musikfestival and Schleswig-Holstein. Recordings include acclaimed CDs of repertoire by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn, plus explorations of trios by Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Josef Suk and Leon Kirchner and, most recently, a celebration of modernistic French composers on The French Album. A collection of awards and prizes includes America’s prestigious Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and First Prize, Grand Prize, Musica Viva Tour Prize and Audience Prize all in the same year at the 5th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. The Trio became a BBC New Generation Artist 2009/11 and won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Special Ensemble Award in 2012 which it used to support Heimathafen, a pioneering concert series in the Neukölln neighbourhood of Berlin. Annette von Hehn plays the Yfrah Neaman Stradivari, kindly loaned by the Neaman Family, with help provided by Beare Fine Instrument Society London.
To form our very own recital series, complete with adventurous programmes, connected school concerts and intensive work in a school with strong migrational background – the BBT Award and its wonderful staff enabled us to do all of that. Thank you, BBT, and may we continue together to show people of all backgrounds and ages that chamber music is not an elite luxury, but a necessity and regular part of life.
Photographs by Steve Haberland