The Erlangen Piano Trio was founded in 2005. The three young musicians who came to know and value one another already during their music studies, all have a special interest in chamber music.
With the chance offered by the Erlangen Music Institute enabling an ideal combination of a teaching profession at a high level with active music-making, the three musicians were able to start a phase of intensive working-together already some years ago.
A first stage in the career of the Erlangen Piano Trio was the publication of the First Piano Trio by Eberhard Klemmstein on a CD exclusively with his compositions. The CD appeared under the title “Eberhard Klemmstein, Chamber Music” under the label Ambitus in 2007 and is available on the regular market.
A further recording made last year of Johannes Brahms’ Trio in C major. Op. 87 in the Concert Workshop of the Erlangen Music Institute is scheduled to be published in the near future.
On April 12, 2008 the Trio gave their official debut with a very successful performance within the framework of the concert series of the Erlangen Music Institute. A further highlight of 2008, besides concerts in Würzburg and Murnau, was an invitation to perform in the beautiful chamber music hall of the Conservatoire of Music in Esbjerg, Denmark. This debut performance of the Erlangen Piano Trio in the row “Esbjerg Musikforening” received an enthusiastic response from all sides.
In connection with the Mendelssohn anniversary, concerts will follow in 2009 in Forchheim and in the concert series of the Erlangen Music Institute; further concert dates will be published soon.
The pianist Elena Polyakova was born in 1977 in Bulgaria where she received a first-class education in piano and chamber music at the National Music Academy “P. Valdigerov”. She then successfully completed advanced studies at the Academy of Music, Würzburg with Professor E. Török.
Many decorations and awards mark her career, to name only some: the 1st prize in the National Bulgarian Competition for Pianists “Liszt-Bartok” in 1996, as also the 2nd Prize for the interpretation of Russian music “D. Schostakowitsch” and a special prize for the performance of Sonata No. 2 by Dimitri Schostakowitsch.
In the year 2000, she won the National Competition in the subject “The Viennese Classical Age”. She took part in the Festival of Modern Music and subsequently performed in several chamber music and solo concerts.
In Würzburg, she had the opportunity of playing several times in chamber music concerts with the renowned violinist Prof. Grigori Zhislin (Professor of the Royal Academy, London and of the Music Academy, Würzburg). A recording at Deutschlandradio Berlin und several concerts with singers are further cornerstones in her career. In addition, she is a teacher for the piano at the Erlangen Music Institute.
Following this, he studied with Prof. Thomas Egel-Goldschmidt at the Academy of Music Würzburg and graduated in 1999.
He went on with further education at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada where he received lessons from Prof. Thomas Brandis, Prof. David Takeno. In Banff, he participated in concerts as a chamber music partner of Patrik Galois und Prof. Thomas Brandis. In 2002, he completed his studies at the HFM Würzburg in the Advanced Education class of Prof. Goldschmidt with a Concert Diploma. He then set forth his studies with private lessons from Max Speermann.
In the years 2000-2003 he played as a member of the orchestra of the National Theatre of Meiningen in the 1st violinist section and is a regular guest performer there till today.
With the pianist Katia Bouscarrut and the Erlangen Piano Trio he has made several CDs with recordings of works by his father which were published in the albums “Nouveautés” and “Chamber Music by E. Klemmstein” (2007).The Sonata No. 2 by E. Klemmstein, also on “Nouveautés” (1998), has been repeatedly broadcast by the Bavarian Radio Station.His present membership in the Hafnia Chamber Orchestra, Copenhagen takes him regularly on concert tours to Denmark and other countries, most recently to Vietnam und Israel (2007, 2008).
With the Erlangen Piano Trio he gave concerts last year in Murnau, Erlangen, Würzburg and Denmark. He is a teacher for the violin at the Erlangen Music Institute.
The Cellist Emil Bekir was born in 1977 in Skopje (Macedonia). After graduating from the Music High School of Skopje in 1996, he began his studies in Paris with Jean Ferry und Michael Strauss at the Conservatoire National de Region de Boulogne-Billancourt und then studied with Mascha Janushevskaya at the Ecole Nationale de Paris.
He won prizes in several competitions including the first prize for cello and chamber music in the national competition in Macedonia. In the years 1999, 2000 he was awarded a scholarship by the French Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
Since 2001, he was a student of the Academy of Music, Würzburg under Xenia Jankovic and, later, with Janosh Török. During his studies he also gave concerts in trio formation with Prof. Grigory Zhislin and Elena Poljakova. As cellist, he was also an active member of several orchestras in France and Germany and played, for instance, at the Opera de Paris, the Tonhalle, Düsseldorf and the National Theatre of Saarbrücken.
Several tours took him as soloist, as chamber musician or member of an orchestra, to France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Lebanon, Arab Emirates, Jordan. At present, he performs in concerts as a member a cello ensemble, teaches at the Erlangen Music Institute and is cellist of the Erlangen Piano Trio.