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The Trio Johannes is an internationally renowned chamber ensemble founded in 1993 by Francesco Manara, Massimo Polidori and Claudio Voghera, three friends who share a passion for chamber music. Each member of the Trio Johannes boasts an impressive list of prestigious competition awards and musical achievements: violinist Francesco Manara won First Prize at the “ Concours International d’Execution Musicale” of Geneva in 1993 and was chosen by Riccardo Muti as Concertmaster of the La Scala Opera Orchestra in Milan; after winning First Prize “Virtuosité” at Conservatory of Geneva, cellist Massimo Polidori took up the position of first cello in the La Scala Opera Orchestra; pianist Claudio Voghera, a pupil of Aldo Ciccolini, won the “Grand Prix de Sonates Violon et Piano” at the Academy of Lausanne in 1993 and is a Professor of Principal Piano at the Conservatory of Turin.
The Trio Johannes studied at the Trieste International Superior Chamber Music School with the famous Italian Piano Trio “Trio di Trieste” thanks to a scholarship offered by “De Sono Associazione for the Music” and were awarded a special merit Diploma in 1995.
Since then the ensemble has performed for important concert series throughout Italy and Europe: for the Music Societies of Padua, Vicenza, Florence, Bologna , Turin, Milan, Suisse Romande Radio of Geneva.
In May 2000 the Trio Johannes toured South America under the patronage of Cidim, appearing in the major concert halls in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
The Trio Johannes recorded their first CD with music by Beethoven and Brahms for “Sicut Sol” with the support of the Music Society of Vicenza, and the ensemble’s release of the complete Brahms Piano Trio for “Amadeus” musical magazine met with great success.
The trio has received important international awards: Second Prize at the Osaka “Third International Trio di Trieste Competition” in 1998, Second Prize at the Osaka “Third International Chamber Music Competition” in 1999 and First Prize at the “50th Concert Artists Guild Competition” of New York in 2000.
The Trio Johannes made their debut in the United States in 2001 holding performances for the most prestigious concert Societies, such as Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society and Market Square Concerts in Harrisburg.
The ensemble’s most recent recordings include Olivier Messiaen’s “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” and Dimitri Shostakovich’s Trio opus 67
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