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B108093   B 108 093
ATOS Trio: the czech album
B108083   B 108 083
ATOS Trio: the russian album
B108073   B 108 073
ATOS Trio: the french album
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The Atos Trio (A nnette – T(h)o mas – S tefan) was founded in 2003 by the violinist Annette von Hehn, the cellist Stefan Heinemeyer and the pianist Thomas Hoppe. It has now become one of the very few German chamber-music ensembles to have made its way into major concert series worldwide.

In October 2007, the Atos Trio received the ‚Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award‘ – the most prestigious American prize for the genre of piano trio. For several years, this led to concerts all over the USA, including in New York’s Carnegie Hall in February 2010. The Atos Trio has also been appearing in Australia and New Zealand since 2010. In Europe, BBC Radio 3 included the trio from 2010 to 2012 in the very exclusive‚ New Generation Artists‘ scheme. This resulted in several studio productions for the BBC and numerous concerts at big festivals and in music clubs throughout Great Britain. All around the world, the Atos Trio has been enthusiastically acclaimed by audiences and showered with superlatives by critics. The Age in Melbourne writes rapturously: "A true ensemble with an admirable fusion of voices and the gift of finding an expressive depth". The Detroit Free Press is also full of praise. "Three voices – one sound: The kind of pitch-perfect unanimity of phrasing, tone, feeling and interpretation that distinguishes the finest chamber ensembles."

For the musicians in the trio, playing in the ensemble has complete priority over any other musical activities. The Atos Trio embodies the realisation of string quartet philosophy applied to the genre of piano trio. Its aim is to go to the very limits of
expression and dynamics, without shying from extremes. Outstanding characteristics of the ensemble are its warm, homogeneous trio sound, its variety of approaches depending on the style and epoch of the music being played, and above all the artistic communication between the players and their complete dedication to the music. Audiences immediately feel the resulting enthusiasm and expressive power, as was again evident in recent concerts in the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest.