Francesco Sica Violin
Claude Frochaux Cello
Irina Botan Piano
The musicians of Monte Piano Trio have performed in major concert halls such as Berliner Philharmonie, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Covent Garden in London, Daning Theater in Shanghai and the Romanian Atheneum. They have been broadcast on TV and Radio on BBC, WDR, CBS, DLF, SWR, TVR and Radio Clasica.
They were invited to play at renowned festivals including Schleswig-Holstein, Osnabrück, Mozartfest Würzburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Heidelberger Frühling, Stift and Constella Festival. Monte Piano Trio have played in Germany, USA, UK, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Romania, Turkey, Holland and Brazil.
In 2015, the trio released "From a Tender Age", a CD in partnership with Genuin Classics, which received many accolades and was chosen as CD of the Month on Stereo Magazine. Their next CD on Genuin Label is due for release in 2016.
Monte Piano Trio has had the privilege of performing as Monte+ the premiere of the newly discovered first piano quintet by George Enescu in June 2015 at the Enescu Museum in Bucharest.
The trio is featured on the sound track of "Maestro", a documentary film which explores the life of musicians through the eyes of Paavo Järvi.
Since 2012 they are founders and artistic directors of the annual Kammermusikfest Sylt in Germany.
The Trio was founded in 2008 at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt am Main (with Anca Lupu until 2012). They won first prizes at the Mirabent Competition in Spain and at the European Karlsruhe Competition in Germany. They are also prize winners at several international competitions including Schumann (Germany), Maria Canals (Spain), Brahms (Austria) and Almere (Holland).
They have received a Diploma with Honors from the Musikhochschule in Essen and then continued their studies at "Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia" in Madrid where they graduated with the highest honors.
The Trio has received artistic guidance from distinguished musicians including Menahem Pressler, Günter Pichler, Ralf Gothóni, Dirk Mommertz, Ferenc Rados and Eberhard Feltz.
The trio has " a noble sound quality, high sensitivity and great energy".
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"The trio has reached the front row level in their field with their profound, refined and highly structured way of playing". FonoForum Magazine
"The outstanding musicians of Monte Piano Trio capture in an extraordinary way the soul of these pieces; they delight their listeners with insightful and vivid interpretations which also exhibit a perfect technical mastery".
"An exceptional trio, passionate and perfectly matched. Their playing reveals the meaning and the beauty of the music with the professionalism, freshness and clarity only heard from the very top international groups."
Radio Romania Muzical