Miha Ferk, saxophone
Jenny Lippl, violin
Sabina Hasanova, piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Kegelstatt Trio, KV 498
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), Trio élégiaque, No. 2, Op. 9
I. Moderato – Allegro moderato
Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942), Jazz Concertino for violin, sax and piano, WV154
Unfinished work by Erwin Schulhoff, completed by Miha Ferk. World Premiere on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Schulhoff’s death.
Miha Ferk (1985), Vsi so venci vejli (trad.)
Trio Klavis have established themselves as an exceptional new chamber music ensemble, attracting international attention with their unique sound and impressively diverse repertoire. Pioneering the formation, the trio passionately engages with any style or era they find relatable—from the classical and romantic era of Mozart and Brahms and the Second Viennese School of Schönberg and Krenek to original works inspired by ancient folk melodies and 21st century jewels by modern composers. Determined to expand the existing repertoire for piano, violin and saxophone trio, Trio Klavis regularly premiere original compositions by acclaimed composers, as well as their own compositions. They play by heart in all their performances, always devotedly internalising the music prior to offering it to the audience. Trio Klavis have given concerts at major classical venues such as the Musikverein Wien, Tonhalle Zürich, St. Petersburg Philharmonie, Gasteig Munich, and at renowned festivals such as Grafenegg Festival, Allegro Vivo and the Kissinger Sommer in Bad Kissingen. International tours have taken the trio across Europe, Asia and Africa. In 2015, the ensemble received the Austrian Federal Chancellery Scholarship for Music and was awarded the Bank Austria Art Prize that same year. In 2016 the trio released their debut album with Orlando Records–Geography of Sound is a compilation of classical works with folk music influences from all over the world. Austrian Musikfonds supported the production of their second album, which includes works by Johannes Brahms, Dmitri Shostakovich and Ernst Krenek. Trio Klavis were Musik Aktuell artists in 2015 and were chosen to be New Sound of Austrian Music artists for 2020-21 by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
With his broad and unique artistic portfolio, the Vienna-based Slovenian Miha Ferk can be described as the consummate modern classical musician. Active as a composer, arranger, conductor and soloist, he dedicates his life to music and the development of saxophone as a contemporary classical instrument. His opus consists of more than 100 original works and arrangements which are regularly performed by numerous ensembles around the world. Ensembles and artists who have performed his arrangements and compositions include the Philharmonic Ensemble Vienna, which consists of members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist and composer Aleksey Igudesman, pianists Hyung-ki Joo, Ferhan and Ferzan Önder, Signum Saxophone Quartet, Arcis Saxophone Quartet, Symphonic Wind Orchestra Ravne and many others. Miha’s works are regularly broadcast on classical radio stations such as the Austrian national radio station Ö1, SWR2, Ars, Radio Koper and even the Mexican national radio station Opus 94. He has also worked as a conductor, most notably at the Brahms Hall of the Vienna Musikverein.
Growing up in Vienna, Austria, the violinist Jenny Lippl was shaped by the city’s cultural diversity and musical richness. She started her education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz with Regina Brandstätter and Sylvia Viertel and continued her studies with Ernst Kovacic at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, graduating with distinction in 2013. She has also trained with Gerhard Schulz of the legendary Alban Berg Quartett, and Volkhard Steude, the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. She is currently studying historical performance practice with baroque violinist Hiro Kurosaki. Jenny is a versatile chamber musician with a passion for diverse styles and her engagements have led her to perform at festivals such as Podium Festival Esslingen, kammermusik.mariasaal, Brücken-Festival Mürz, Trigonale, Düsseldorf Festival, Schleswig-Holstein and Händel Festspiele Halle. As a soloist she frequently performs with Orchester 1756 on the baroque violin and is a member of the baroque ensemble Nuovo Barocco. She has also collaborated with the singer-songwriter Clara Blume and Ralph Turnheim, a renowned German silent film narrator, for whom she composes and plays. She is also part of the founding and artistic direction team of the innovative and interdisciplinary Podium Festival in Mödling.
As a concert pianist, Sabina Hasanova has performed on stages in Europe, Asia and the USA. Her international debut was with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in the Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow at the age of 14. Since then, Sabina has been laurelled at numerous international competitions. Born into a family of musicians in Baku, Azerbaijan, she grew up in Edirne, Turkey, receiving musical education from her parents. After receiving her Master’s Degree from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, she found a new home in Vienna, Austria in 2010, where she completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Stefan Vladar. She has had a successful piano duo with her sister and formed numerous collaborations with singers and cellists. Sabina regularly performs solo and chamber music works by female composers. A prolific educator, Sabina taught at the Kafkas University State Conservatory in Turkey between 2006-08, and has become a sought-after piano teacher for students of all ages. In 2018, she was the Music and Arts Academy Manager at the Amadeus International School in Vienna. Sabina is also a producer of awarded film and music videos.
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