Lendvai String Trio

The Lendvai String Trio are Nadia Wijzenbeek (violin), Ylvali Zilliacus (viola) and Marie Macleod (cello).

Founded in 2004 the Lendvai String Trio is celebrating its 12th season performing regularly at major venues throughout Europe such as Wigmore Hall, London and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. The trio has recorded extensively to great acclaim, including the complete string trios by both Beethoven (BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Choice in June 2013) and Martinu for Stone Records. Their most recent international success is the completion of a three year project uncovering, performing and recording all sixteen string trios by Dutch composer Julius Röntgen for Champs Hill Records.

In 2011 the trio was awarded the prestigious Kersjes Ensemble Prize in Holland, as well as being selected for the Concertgebouw’s Young Artist Series in Amsterdam. In 2005 they were selected for the Holland Music Sessions ‘New Masters on Tour’, resulting in a series of concerts across Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Netherlands.

The trio regularly performs at festivals in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden and their concerts and recordings are broadcast by Dutch Radio 4, Swedish Radio P2 and BBC Radio 3.

The trio enjoys and gets inspiration from regular collaborations with other artists. Recent highlights have included concerts with oboists Alexei Ogrintchouk and Nicholas Daniel, and pianists Paolo Giacometti, Tom Poster, Charles Owen, Alasdair Beatson and Martin Sturfält. As well as regularly commissioning new works, the Lendvai String Trio is also keen to uncover and revive forgotten works for the genre.

Alongside the trio Nadia is concertmaster of the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Ylvali is guest principal at the Royal Swedish Opera and Marie solo cellist of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Lendvai Story – where did the name come from?

In 2004 chamber musical fate brought us together and thanks to a junior fellowship at the GSMD and unwavering support from David Takeno we were able to start our journey as a trio. But we needed a name. On our return from IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses in Cornwall where we had been studying with Hungarian pianist Ferenc Rados, we were given the score of a string trio by a certain Hungarian composer Erwin Lendvai. Feeling inspired by the rich Hungarian approach to music that we had just been immersed in we all took an immediate liking to the name Lendvai – and the rest is history!