Founded in Paris in 2009, Trio Karénine bears the name of Tolstoy’s beautiful and emotionally honest heroine. The trio is acclaimed by critics and audiences for its musical integrity and passionate interpretation, and was the top prizewinner at the ARD International Competition in 2013, including a special prize for the best interpretation of Space Jump by Fazil Say. The ensemble received the prestigious Nordmetall-Ensemble Prize from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele in 2015 for its interpretation of Schubert’s “Trout” quintet, performed with bassist Laurene Durantel and violist Krzysztof Chorzelski (Belcea Quartet). Trio Karénine received the first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in the Netherlands, is a laureate of the Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, and the recipient of the prestigious “Banque Populaire” grant. The trio is also a laureate of the Maurice Ravel Academy and the Charles Oulmont Foundation, and was unanimously awarded the International Pro Musicis Prize in Paris.
"Trio Karénine, perhaps currently world's best piano trio..."
"The Trio Karénine were joint winners ... of the 2013 ARD Competition in Munich.... There’s an effervescence and litheness that underpins their approach (not for nothing are they named after Tolstoy’s heroine Anna Karenina, ‘for the life force she represents’).... A most impressive debut."
"The Karénines know how to bring Schumann’s music to life with talent and genius."
"With Trio Karénine one can experience an organic piano trio culture. The two strings are not covered by the piano but relate to it in intelligently modulated balance. In addition, all three musicians transition alertly and sensitively between their roles as soloists and accompanists."