Ilya Gringolts / Lawrence Power / Nicolas Altstaedt

String trios by Martin, Schoenberg and Beethoven

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Ilya Gringolts
Ilya Gringolts © Kaupo Kikkas
Lawrence Power
Lawrence Power © Giorgia Bertazzi
Nicolas Altstaedt
Nicolas Altstaedt © Marco Borggreve
Laeiszhalle Hamburg
Laeiszhalle Hamburg © Maxim Schulz

Between tradition and modernity

In the 2018/19 season, the cellist Nicolas Altstaedt made the Elbphilharmonie his home as the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra’s Artist in Residence. And he is now performing at the Laeiszhalle as part of a top-class string trio with the violinist Ilya Gringolts and the violist Lawrence Power. Their programme juxtaposes Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Trio No. 1 with two compositions from the mid-20th century by Frank Martin and Arnold Schoenberg.

Beethoven’s String Trio in E-flat major is the first of five works in the genre that are firmly rooted in the tradition of the Viennese classicists Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As you’d expect from Beethoven, however, this early work already includes innovations that would characterise later compositions. Instead of the usual three or four movements, Beethoven composed no less than six as he sought to harmoniously combine his wealth of musical ideas.

The concert opens with the rarely performed String Trio by Frank Martin, which offers far-reaching insights into the musical world of Switzerland’s most important 20th-century composer. In the work, Martin combines traditional harmonies with the modern compositional techniques of Arnold Schoenberg, whose String Trio then seamlessly follows.


Ilya Gringolts violin

Lawrence Power viola

Nicolas Altstaedt violoncello


Frank Martin
Trio for violin, viola and violoncello

Arnold Schönberg
String Trio, Op. 45

– Interval –

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Trio in E-flat major, Op. 3

Pre-Concert Talk

with Lars Entrich (in German)

19:00 / Laeiszhalle, Kleiner Saal

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Chamber Music at the Laeiszhalle

Promoter: HamburgMusik

Supported by Stiftung Elbphilharmonie

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