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The DREISAM TRIO was founded by the three artists Michael Leuschner, Nicolas Chumachenco and Christoph Henkel in Freiburg. The name of this trio has a double meaning in German: It refers to the river Dreisam which is flowing through Freiburg and also to the very special musical and personal harmony between the three musicians.
Each member of the trio has a long and successful career as a soloist and as a chamber-musician. As a trio the three musicians have given concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Ukrainia and South America.
The DREISAM TRIO has a repertoire covering the entire classic-romantic literature, also including contemporary compositions. New works are constantly being added.
Besides the outstanding critiques that each of the three artists has individually accumulated, the reviews greeting the appearances of the DREISAM TRIO have been extremely enthusiastic: "A stellar hour of chamber-music", "A grandiose trio concert", "Virtuosity in its supreme form, an experienced teamwork with mature and incisive interpretations. Add to that a large portion of joy in music-making - one looks forward to more."
The pianist MICHAEL LEUSCHNER, born in Wernigerode (Germany), grew up in Göttingen. He studied at the Musikhochschule (University of Music) Freiburg under Edith Picht Axenfeld and Carl Seemann. A scholarship enabled him to continue his studies in London with Bernard Roberts and in Positano (Italy) with Wilhelm Kempff. Additionally he took part in a Schubert-masterclass with Alfred Brendel.
From 1970 until 1974 Michael Leuschner gave concerts as a member of the Freiburg Ensemble for Contemporary Music and later he continued his career as a soloist giving recitals and chamber music performances in many European countries, Asia, Australia, South America and in the USA. His extensive repertoire includes many of the major works of Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Debussy. He has recorded and performed in several cities the complete cycle of the 32 Beethoven sonatas.
Michael Leuschner was professor at the Hochschule ür Musik and Theater in Hanover from 1984 to 1989 and is now professor of piano at the Musikhochschule (University of Music) in Freiburg. 1990 he was invited as artist in residence at the University of Western Australia in Perth. He has given masterclasses in many cities in Australia, Indonesia, Ukrainia and in the USA.
The violinist NICOLAS CHUMACHENCO, the son of Russian parents, was born in Poland and grew up in Argentina. At the age of twelve he made his debut playing the Wieniawski concerto No.2 for violin and orchestra. He attended the masterclass of Jascha Heifetz in California and continued his studies with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He was a prize-winner at both the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Nicolas Chumachenco performed as soloist under such renowned cunductors as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta, Ferdinand Leitner and Rudolf Kempe. His concert tours have taken him through all countries of Europe, North ans South America, the Far East, Australia and the former Soviet Union. He has been professor at the Musikhochschule Freiburg for many years.
The cellist CHRISTOPH HENKEL, born in Marburg, had his first cello lessons at the age of six. He won a DAAD scholarship which enabled him to study in the USA with Janos Starker whose assistant he was for two years. He has played with many famous conductors including Erich Leinsdorf, Vaclav Neumann and Eliahu Inbal, and has performed as soloist with many orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic. He has become very well known through his concerts in Europe, Japan and the USA as well as through his numerous recordings such as the 6 Bach suites, the 5 Beethoven sonatas, the 2 Brahms sonatas and the sonata for cello solo of Kodaly.