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Trio Klavis has quickly established itself as an exceptional new chamber-music ensemble, attracting international attention with their unique combination of instruments and impressively diverse repertoire. Through engaging and creative programming, Trio Klavis invites their audience on a journey through wildly different worlds of music, from the elegant classical era to the age of dodecaphony, from masterworks of the great Romantics to original works inspired by ancient folk melodies, all the while exploring new jewels of the 21st century by living composers.
Trio Klavis has enjoyed great success with its dazzling programs on prestigious stages all around the world, including Tonhalle Zürich in Switzerland, St. Petersburg Philharmonie in Russia, Gasteig Munich in Germany, Vienna Musikverein, Allegro Vivo and Grafenegg Festival in Austria. Their international tours have brought them to many European countries as well as China, Turkey and Zimbabwe.
Trio Klavis performs classical works ranging from Brahms to Shostakovich, Haydn to Rachmaninoff, alongside new arrangements and compositions of their own. They are dedicated to bringing a fresh and noble new sound to these treasured masterpieces and have already successfully convinced some of the world’s most conservative audiences.
As pioneers of this unique combination of instruments, Trio Klavis passionately engages with newly written music and are determined to expand the existing repertoire for this instrumentation, securing a place for it as one of the essential formations in modern chamber-music playing.
Trio Klavis regularly receives original compositions from acclaimed composers, excited to write for their ensemble. Aleksey Igudesman’s “Take It To Eleven” dedicated to the trio has been published by Universal Edition. Richard Dubugnon’s Mikroncerto lllb which he wrote for Trio Klavis has been praised as a “golden addition” to the repertoire. The trio recently produced an independent music video for Hyung-ki Joo’s “Mad For Seven” which he wrote for them, which was awarded Best Music Video by the Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards.
Trio Klavis are winners of the Bank Austria Art Prize, as well as recipients of the Scholarship for Music of the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria.
Their debut CD “Geography of Sound” was released by Orlando Records in 2016.
The name Trio KlaViS derives from the German: "Klavier, Violine, Saxophon".
Even while in the womb, Jenny was immersed by the sounds of the voices of her Mexican mother and Viennese father, as well as the music they loved. Dvorak and Chopin intermixed Mexican danzon and boleros.
When Jenny was ﬁve years old, she was already asked, "How many languages do you speak?" The answer was obvious. "German, Spanish and the recorder." While German and Spanish remained, musical fluency has only increased in diversity of instruments and skill. Shortly before her 10th birthday she discovered the violin to be her voice. Regina Brandstätter was to be her ﬁrst teacher.
If music is to poetry, what the soul is to the body and they are senseless without each other, it was inevitable that her love for music and her love for poetry grew hand in hand.
At the University for Music in Vienna, Jenny eventually met her violin professor, Ernst Kovacic, a tireless explorer of musical worlds. He taught her fearlessness, respect for art, and lasting curiosity. She received artistic guidance from members of the Vienna Philharmonic, such as their concert master Volkhard Steude, iconic quartet members such as Gerhard Schulz, influential instructors such as Igor Ozim and explored the freedom of Baroque players and of contemporary music specialists.
Eventually she received her Masters degree with distinction, only to continue her journey through the wide ﬁelds of music. In the same year, out of her newfound freedom, the "Podium Festival Mödling" came to life, a chamber music festival that aims to tear down creative borders. Jenny proudly founded this unique musical platform together with friends and great musicians.
First and foremost, her heart is with Trio KlaViS, in her mind a wondrous kaleidoscope of colors of sound and emotion.
Where Miha's musical journey began is a tricky question to answer. It may have been the small guitar he was given as a child with which he immediately began composing songs. Perhaps it was the "May Day Parade" of the wind orchestra in his hometown in Slovenia, that convinced him to play the saxophone. It might have been his parents' 50 CD box which drove him into the arms of music for good. Be that as it may, he devoted his life to music and has not looked back since.
Before Miha could ﬁnd freedom as an artist, he had to collect some papers to prove that he had learned and practiced sufﬁciently as a musician. First he ﬁnished Music High School and went to Vienna to study the saxophone, where he received his Master's Degree, both with distinction.
In the meantime Miha played as a soloist with several orchestras, wrote many compositions, did numerous arrangements, listened to volumes of music and went to many museums. He also played in various saxophone quartets, conducted, read books, studied the musical language of Luciano Berio and analyzed Bach's counterpoint. Besides that he met a lot of interesting and less interesting people, often sat alone in thought and enjoyed being in nature as well as partying hard.
Miha is constantly arranging and composing music, often commissioned by great musicians. He is also part of the "Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra", an original ensemble consisting of twelve saxophones. His greatest passion and his strongest musical voice is in Trio KlaViS, for which he composes and arranges as well. Miha's composition "Reﬂection" is the ﬁrst ofﬁcial music video of Trio KlaViS featured on YouTube.
Born in Baku Azerbaijan into a Russian family of pianists and growing up in different parts of Turkey, Sabina has a relatively long answer to those who ask her where she is from.
Her main musical and human inspirations are her parents Olga and Vasif Hasanov, both great pianists and piano teachers. They taught her a great deal about music and art, as well as how to cope psychologically with being the daughter of professors. Wanting to pass her knowledge on straight away, Sabina herself taught at the Kafkas University for two years and did charity work, giving piano lessons to underprivileged children.
When there was time in between practicing, performing, teaching, and winning numerous competitions, she would make large drawings on the walls of the cafeteria of her University. This ﬁnally resulted in her drawings being published by Universal Edition in Aleksey Igudesman’s book „Horoscope Preludes“.
World famous musicians such as Dmitri Alexeev and Boris Bloch, taught Sabina in lessons and masterclasses how to play all the right notes. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Istanbul, she moved to Vienna and made her post-graduate studies at the University of Music with renowned Austrian pianist and conductor Stefan Vladar.
Sabina is also the associate producer, as well as one of the core team members of the ﬁlm “Noseland", a feature length comical documentary starring John Malkovich, Sir Roger Moore, Julian Rachlin and many other star musicians. Noseland has been screened at 15 ﬁlm festivals around the world, including the famous Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where she enjoyed walking in her favorite Louboutin shoes on the red carpet.
She had solo and chamber music appearances around the world, yet her recent secret passion is aggressive skating which, to the relieve of her biggest love, Trio KlaViS, she only does wearing all round protection.
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