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Trio Ismena has celebrated its 10th anniversary and is a well-established ensemble on the Danish chamber music scene. After forming as a trio in 2004, Monika Malmquist (violin), Ida Nørholm (cello) and Christine Raft (piano) have thrilled audiences with their musical insight and seriousness. The award-winning Trio Ismena took 1st Prizes in both the Danish Radio P2 Chamber Music Competition in 2009 and in Trondheim International Piano Trio Competition in 2007 and has since become a sought-after ensemble with numerous concerts in Denmark and abroad. Trio Ismena has played concerts in USA, China, Germany, Spain, Holland, England, France, Italy, Latvia and in the Nordic countries. The trio has sought to develop further as an ensemble through intense study. At first under Professor Tim Frederiksen, and in 2009 Trio Ismena began a 2-year study program in the Chamber Music Class at the Escuela Superior de Musica Camara, Reina Sofia in Madrid with teachers such as Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Art Trio, Professor Ralf Gothoni and pianist Bruno Canino. Ismena is versatile as for choice of repertoire, and the interest in new music has led to exciting and developing collaborations with contemporary Danish composers.

Live Dates

16/09/2015   Trio Ismena present debut album
Trio Ismenas debut-CD udkommer mandag 21. september, og fejres med koncert og reception i Literaturhaus på Nørrebro.
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14/04/2016   Der Neue Merker

Buxtehude and his Circle
"Paul Hillier hat mit seinem formidablen Sängern und einem achtköpfigen Instrumentalensemble wieder einmal einen Hit gelandet."
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01/02/2016   Gramophone

"The piece is worth the price of the disc alone, and suggests that Nielsen's legacy of individuality has eclipsed Gade's ideas of conformity when it comes to Denmark's most worthy 21st-century music."
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04/01/2016   The Classical Reviewer

"Here we have five very fine works that, in different ways bring much enjoyment. There isn’t one disappointing work here. Trio Ismena provide first rate performances, often bringing a real eloquence. The recording is excellent."
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01/11/2015   Magasinet Klassisk

Trio Ismena: Five danish piano trios
"(...) En stærk enhed af tre individer, der tør profilere sig, spiller præcist, saftigt og med kant (...) Trio Ismena er klart værd at lære at kende."
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09/10/2015   David's Review

Five Danish Piano Trios
"Dedicated to Trio Ismena, the young group who have rapidly found a place among today’s outstanding chamber groups, and here show a dedication and affinity to modern Danish music"
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Five Danish Piano Trios
Five Danish Piano Trios
Nørholm, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Hvidtfelt-Nielsen, Hegaard, Koch

CD 8.226583 (2015)

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