Founded in 1987, the Trio Wanderer won two major international competitions between 1988 and 1990, the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the ARD Competition in Munich. Since then, the trio has made regular appearances in the most prestigious venues (Berlin Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, La Scala Milan, Library of Congress in Washington, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Zurich Tonhalle etc.) and at many international festivals (including Schleswig-Holstein, La Roque-d’Anthéron, Settimane Musicali di Stresa,Osaka, and Salzburg).
Since 1999, the Trio Wanderer has released, on the Le Chant du Monde and harmonia mundi labels, a series of recordings that have received a warm welcome from the press, winning notably a best of the year award (‘Choc de l’année 2002’) from Le Monde de la Musique for its album ofHaydn trios, and numerous international awards forSchubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet and the trios of Shostakovich and Saint-Saëns. Its recording of the Brahms piano trios was honoured by a Diapason d’Or of the year 2006 and the Midem Classical Award in the chamber music category in January 2007. In 2009, the Trio Wanderer was voted ‘Best chamber music ensemble’ at the Victoires de la Musique for the third time (after 1997 and 2000). The trio has made many recordings for European radio and television stations (Radio France, BBC, ARD, DSR, Mezzo), and in 2003 the Franco-German channel Arte devoted a documentary film to it.
Vincent Coq, Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian and Raphaël Pidoux finished their course of study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 1989. They went on to further training in the USA with György Sebök, Dorothy Delay and János Starker, and then to two more years of work on the major pieces in their repertoire with Menahem Pressler (of the Beaux Arts Trio) and members of the Amadeus Quartet.
The Trio Wanderer is supported by the Fondation Accenture in 48 countries.
Header image: © François Séchet 2012 for harmonia mundi