Gorjan Košuta, violin
Miloš Mlejnik, cello
Rainer Gepp, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827), Kakadu Variations, Op. 121a
Ljubo Rančigaj (1936), Metamorphoses for piano trio
Franz Schubert (1797–1828), Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 99, D. 898
Trio Arcadia, named after the Greek landscape, symbolizing pastoral idyll and noble simplicity, is another name for a long-standing artistic harmony and chamber music path. Trio has been active since 1978, when they met at the College of Music in Cologne. Since then, the ensemble, who’s remarkable continuity is rare in today’s haste in the music scene, has built a rich repertoire, that includes nearly all the literature for the piano trio from Haydn to contemporary music. The ensemble has performed throughout Europe and toured in the USA. Its important performances include the New York’s Carnegie Hall (1998), and Paris halls – Salle Gaveau (as part of Festival Estival) and Salle Pleyel (broadcast live by Radio France).
The variety of Trio Arcadia’s programs is complemented by thematic concerts and performances designed as a cyclical presentation of various composers’ opus – for example the concert cycle with all Beethoven’s Piano Trios.
Gorjan Košuta studied in the USA under prof. Carroll Glenn at Eastman School of Music in Rochester (New York). He continued his studies at the College of Music in Cologne under Igor Ozim and completed it with a concert exam in 1971. His violin and artistic development was significantly influenced by his participation in master classes under Ivan Galamian, and Max Rostal. Concert performances have led him all around the world. He is valued as a soloist and a chamber musician. He has been pedagogically active since 1973. At first he was an assistant to Igor Ozim, and in 1978 he became a violin professor at the College of Music in Cologne. From 2001 to 2009 he was also the Dean of the Orchestra Instruments Division. In 2008 he became a full professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He runs master classes in Slovenia, Austria, Greece, South Korea, and USA. In collaboration with the violinist Zahar Bron and the Hermitage Orchestra of St. Petersburg he recorded a CD with Mozart’s Concert Symphony.
Miloš Mlejnik inherited his love for the cello after his father from whom he also received his first pedagogical guidance. He studied under Oton Bajdet in Ljubljana, and with Siegfried Palm at the College of Music in Cologne. He perfected his skills with Enric Mainardi and André Navarra. From 1977 to 1990, he was the soloist of the Slovenian Philharmonic. He has performed at many reputable festivals, and as a soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and at the Schauspielhaus in Berlin. Among the awards he received are the first prize at the Alfred Vorster Competition in Cologne, the second prize at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Competition in Berlin, the first prize at the Yugoslav Young Artists Competition in Zagreb, the Prešeren Fund Award (1984, 2001) and the Grohar Award (1989). Since 1979, he has been leading master classes at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. In 1990, he became a professor at the Klagenfurt Conservatory of Music.
Rainer Gepp began to learn the piano at the age of five from his father. At the Cologne College of Music, he studied piano under Tiny Wirtz, chamber music under Günter Kehr, and lied interpretation under Wilhelm Hecker. As a recipient of a scholarship from the French Government, he studied with Pierre Sancan and Thierry de Brunhoff in Paris. Great encouragement for him were masterclasses under Claudio Arrauu, Tatiana Nikolayev, and Vitaliy Margulis, and personal meetings with Peter Feuchtwanger and his artistic and pedagogical concept. Besides performing solo, he plays in a variety of chamber ensembles (Trio Arcadia, Trio Meininger, Trio Arion, and Baroque and Blue). He toured Europe and USA numerous times. Radio recordings and CDs document Gepp’s artistic openness and versatility.