Delta Piano Trio

' instant ear grabber...' Norman Lebrecht, Album of the Week

"The Delta Piano Trio is currently one of the most interesting and outstanding groups in its formation. They bring all the necessary tools and talent to become one of the leading piano trios."                       
 Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio) 

The Delta Piano Trio was founded in 2013 in Salzburg (Austria) by three Dutch performers: violinist Gerard Sponk, cellist Irene Enzlin and pianist Vera Kooper. They have made a name for themselves with their raw, uncompromising musicianship, energy and a willingness to invest oneself beyond comfort. They approach chamber music as a form of communication, an exchange of ideas, and a shared road of reflection, discovery and evolution. Aiming to shape its own path, the Delta Piano Trio has an eclectic and personal choice of repertoire, encompassing the entire range of the piano trio literature. Currently one of the most exciting and promising Dutch ensembles, they tour extensively throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

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Delta Piano Trio wins Orpheus Swiss Chamber Music Competition! 22. Dec 2017

The Delta Piano Trio has won first prize at the Orpheus Swiss Chamber Music Competition in Basel. The prize consists of an amount of 5000 Swiss francs and a subsidy from the Pro Helvetia Foundation to commission a work for the ensemble.

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NameDelta Piano Trio Founded2013
Main languageDutch; Flemish Additional languages English,  French,  German 

Im Russland der Gegensätze - Salzburger Kammermusik Festival
2014-06-20 Drehpunkt Kultur , Salzburg
"...Nebulös durchscheinend wie Milchglas und reich an präzisen Konturen wie eine Landschaft nach einem Gewitter schwirren Flageolettklänge durch den Saal. Rasant und beinahe fröhlich schreitet der zweite Satz, man erkennt den Schostakowitsch der Jazz-Suiten, der spielerischen Tänze wieder. Darauf folgen Largo, Allegretto und Adagio und somit die wunderbarste Viertelstunde dieses Abends...

...Mit jugendlicher Frische, mit vielen Ideen, frechem Witz und großem Tiefgang erfreuen sie das Publikum. Nicht enden wollender Applaus ist die Belohnung. Nicht nur, dass ihre große Bühnenpräsenz und ihr wunderbares Spiel eine Wonne sind, ihre Spielhaltung, die Blickkontakte, die sichtbare Kraftanstrengung, mit der beeindruckende Fortissimo-Passagen bewältigt werden – das alles macht den zweiten Teil des Konzerts zu einem absoluten Höhepunkt für alle Sinne. Man hätte gerne mehr gehört...


...harmonic sounds buzz through the hall, nebulous translucent like frosted glass and rich in precise contours like a landscape after a storm. The second movement proceeds fast-paced and almost cheerfully; you can see the Shostakovich Jazz Suites, playful dances again. This is followed by Largo, Allegretto and Adagio and thus the most wonderful quarter of an hour of this evening...

..with youthful vigor, many ideas, cheeky wit and deep thoughtfulness they delight their audience. Non-ending applause is the reward. Not only that, their great stage presence and wonderful playing are a delight, their playing position, the eye contact, the visible effort, the being overcome with the impressive fortissimo passages - all this makes the second part of the concert to an absolute highlight for all the senses. One would have liked to have heard more..
(Stefan Reitbauer)
REVIEW from 2014-06-20  
Review Tanayev/Borodin - Opus Klassiek (Dutch)
2017-05-17 Opus Klassiek,
"Het Delta Piano Trio werd opgericht in 2013 in Salzburg opgericht. Dat doet vermoeden dat er Oostenrijkse musici in het spel zijn, maar niets is minder waar, want het betreft uitsluitend Nederlands musici: de pianiste Vera Kooper, de violist Gerard Sponk en de celliste Irene Enzlin. Het cd-debuut van dit trio mag veelbelovend heten, want er wordt met grote overtuigingskracht en veel verve gemusiceerd, waarbij nog komt dat werd gekozen voor de pianotrio's van Tanejev en Borodin, iets minder bekend repertoire dat zeker voor een debuut-cd van moed getuigt."
(Aart van der Wal)
REVIEW from 2017-05-17  
L. van Beethoven: Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 1 in E flat major - Delta Piano Trio
L. van Beethoven: Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 1 in E flat major

- Allegro
- Adagio Cantabile (11:11)
- Scherzo. Allegro Assai (20:20)
- Finale. Presto (25.34)

Delta Piano Trio
Gerard Spronk, violin
Irene Enzlin, cello
Vera Kooper, piano

Nieuwe Kerk, Den Haag (The Netherlands)
Delta Piano Trio
Amsterdam, 2014 
✮✮✮✮✮ Delta Piano Trio: virtuosity and elegance at Conway Hall
2016-12-05 Webpage, London
"Regarded by fellow musicians as one of the most promising young ensembles, the Delta Piano Trio have made a name for themselves with their raw, uncompromising musicianship, their energy and a willingness to invest oneself beyond comfort...

...It was interesting to hear a less gushy and overblown interpretation of Rachmaninov's G minor trio than one normally encounters. Keeping composure is very important in this work, whose impact is dependent on retention and intensification effects. Yet the Delta Piano Trio managed to keep an iron grip on dynamics and tempo, without tangling up in rubatos. Gerard Spronk and Irene Enzlin were passionate, eluding wanton prettification. As for Vera Kooper, thoroughness and beauty of tone shone in equal measure throughout this 15 minute work. And this was just the opening number.

The Delta Piano Trio then gave a characterful, rhythmically buoyant account of Haydn's E minor Trio (HOB. XV:12). Though the instrument for which Haydn wrote his music differ in many respect from Conway Hall's lustrous Bösendorfer, Kooper managed to find the perfect key dip and lightness of touch, so that she did not overpower her partners. This went hand in hand with a playing style sharply contrasting with what we heard in Rachmaninov – none of the accursed chopping in which even distinguished pianist indulge; a neat and tinkling tone instead, along with insightful phrasing. Lowered dampers allowed her to achieve subtle effects without diminishing the clarity of the right hand, which was always perfectly steady. After a courteous Andante, the Rondo offered us an opportunity to admire both the Trio's technical skill and their flair for choosing a dramatised interpretation that avoided monotony.

(Julien Hanck)
REVIEW from 2016-12-05  
Rachmaninov with a view
Delta Piano Trio cellist Irene Enzlin escaped her room for a practice session outdoors. When you see the view you can't blame her.... 
Lera Auerbach Piano Trio Nr.1 (live Bimhuis Amsterdam)
The Delta Piano Trio was featured on the Dutch TV show "Vrije Geluiden", where they performed the last movement of Lera Auerbach's Piano Trio No. 1. 
Delta Piano Trio
Salzburg, 2014 
Delta Piano Trio
Amsterdam, 2014 
Delta Piano Trio plays Beethoven
The Delta Piano Trio was featured on the Dutch TV show "Vrije Geluiden", where they performed the Allegretto of Beethoven's Piano Trio Op. 70 Nr. 2.  
Delta Piano Trio and Naxos Records present: Taneyev and Borodin
Delta Piano Trio and Naxos present: Piano trios by Taneyev and Borodin.

Sergey Taneyev was a distinguished pianist and influential educator, succeeding Tchaikovsky as professor at the Moscow Conservatory and counting Scriabin and Rachmaninov among his students. The Piano Trio Op. 22 is a demonstration of Taneyev’s technical skill, lled with subtle use of counterpoint, lyrical expressiveness and virtuoso reworks. Alexander Borodin was a leading member of the ‘Mighty Handful’, and his incomplete but brilliant Piano Trio was seen by Glinka as setting a precedent in the genre for its deeply Russian character.

TANEYEV, S.I.: Piano Trio, Op. 22 / BORODIN, A.P.: Piano Trio (Delta Piano Trio)
Naxos 8.573561 
Cliff-edge intensity - The Mirror with Three Faces
2018-01-22 Klassieke Zaken ,

After recording a succesful Taneyev-Borodin CD for Naxos Records - exceptional repertoire and exceptionally well-played - there are many reasons to look forward to a second CD from Vera Kooper (piano), Gerard Spronk (viool) and Irene Enzlin (cello), who make up the Dutch Delta Piano Trio.

There are already quite a few recordings of Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2, a harrowing and poignant lamentation on the death of a friend, but this new recording certainly adds something: a cliff-edge intensity. It is music that leaves the listener sitting on the edge of his seat. It is, however, the combination with the recording with the two piano trios by Lera Auerbach, the composer who left the Soviet-Union at the age of 17 to spread her wings in the US which makes this CD particularly interesting. Auerbach is 44 years old now and her oeuvre is both original and idiosyncratic.

Because of Auerbach's music's refined variety of tonal and atonal elements, you could call her a kindred-spirit of Alfred Schnittke. This music could be labelled "post-modern" or "eclectic", but her music is more; fresher while more intense, exciting and constantly varied. This music fits the Delta Piano Trio like a glove, as they work their way to the top.

(Gerard Schelten)
REVIEW from 2018-01-22  
Delta Piano Trio
Amsterdam, 2014