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Trio Ismena

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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.