Trio Ceresio

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Trio Ceresio
Background information
Origin Lugano, Switzerland
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Chamber ensemble
Members Anthony Flint (violin)
Johann Sebastian Paetsch (violoncello)
Sylviane Deferne (piano)

The Trio Ceresio is an internationally renowned Swiss classical music piano trio founded in Lugano, Switzerland, which has performed worldwide much of the piano trio repertoire.

A piano trio is a group of piano and two other instruments, usually a violin and a cello, or a piece of music written for such a group. It is one of the most common forms found in classical chamber music. The term can also refer to a group of musicians who regularly play this repertoire together; for a number of well-known piano trios, see below.

Lugano Place in Ticino, Switzerland

Lugano is a city in southern Switzerland in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino bordering Italy. It has a population of 63,494, and an urban agglomeration of over 145,000. The 9th largest Swiss city, it is the largest in Ticino and largest with an Italian speaking majority outside of Italy. The city lies on Lake Lugano, surrounded by the mountains of the Lugano Prealps. The eastern part of the city shares a border with Italy.

Switzerland federal republic in Western Europe

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country situated in western, central and southern Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. The sovereign state is a federal republic bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning a total area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million people is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are to be found: among them are the two global cities and economic centres Zürich and Geneva.


Its current members are:

Johann Sebastian Paetsch American musician

Johann Sebastian Paetsch is an American cellist and musician.

Sylviane Deferne Swiss musician

Sylviane Deferne is a Swiss pianist and musician.


Three internationally renowned artists who share the same passion decided to bring their music to audiences throughout the world. Anthony Flint violinist and cellist Johann Sebastian Paetsch, conceived the idea of the Trio Ceresio in their homes on the shores of Lake Lugano, which is known locally as Ceresio. The pianist Sylviane Deferne, who also shares the desire to explore the piano trio repertoire. The union of these three artists and with their combined artistic qualities has ensured the group instant success from the promoters and their audience since their first performance.

Lake Lugano lake in Switzerland and Italy

Lake Lugano is a glacial lake which is situated on the border between southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. The lake, named after the city of Lugano, is situated between Lake Como and Lago Maggiore. It was cited for the first time by Gregory of Tours in 590 with the name Ceresio, a name which is said to have derived from the Latin word cerasus, meaning cherry, and refers to the abundance of cherry trees which at one time adorned the shores of the lake. The lake appears in documents in 804 under the name Laco Luanasco.


The concerts held in Italy, the Summer Festival of Verona, Cremona and Switzerland to Schubertiade Festival of Freiburg and in Switzerland, have all had a great success. After another successful series of concerts held in Lugano, the Trio Ceresio were asked to record the compositions for piano trio from the composers Beethoven and Arensky for Radio Svizzera Italiana.

Verona Comune in Veneto, Italy

Verona is a city on the Adige river in Veneto, Italy, with 258,108 inhabitants. It is one of the seven provincial capitals of the region. It is the second largest city municipality in the region and the third largest in northeast Italy. The metropolitan area of Verona covers an area of 1,426 km2 (550.58 sq mi) and has a population of 714,274 inhabitants. It is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy, because of its artistic heritage and several annual fairs, shows, and operas, such as the lyrical season in the Arena, the ancient amphitheater built by the Romans.

Cremona Comune in Lombardy, Italy

Cremona is a city and comune in northern Italy, situated in Lombardy, on the left bank of the Po River in the middle of the Pianura Padana. It is the capital of the province of Cremona and the seat of the local city and province governments. The city of Cremona is especially noted for its musical history and traditions, including some of the earliest and most renowned luthiers, such as Giuseppe Guarneri, Antonio Stradivari, Francesco Rugeri, Vincenzo Rugeri, and several members of the Amati family.

A recent Swiss television production featured the works of Shostakovich and Dvorak. This season, the Trio Ceresio performed with great success the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Orchestra of Gunma in Japan. In 2009 a series of concerts was devoted entirely to Mendelssohn.

Antonín Dvořák Czech composer

Antonín Leopold Dvořák was a Czech composer, one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition. Following the Romantic-era nationalist example of his predecessor Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed rhythms and other aspects of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. Dvořák's own style has been described as "the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them".

Ludwig van Beethoven's Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56, more commonly known as the Triple Concerto, was composed in 1803 and later published in 1804 by Breitkopf & Härtel. The choice of the three solo instruments effectively makes this a concerto for piano trio, and it is the only concerto Beethoven ever completed for more than one solo instrument. A typical performance takes approximately thirty-seven minutes.

Felix Mendelssohn 19th-century German composer, pianist and organist

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's compositions include symphonies, concertos, piano music and chamber music. His best-known works include his Overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, the oratorio Elijah, the overture The Hebrides, his mature Violin Concerto, and his String Octet. The melody for the Christmas carol "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is also his. Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words are his most famous solo piano compositions.

The Trio Ceresio has had a significant impact on the public, offering an unforgettable listening experience wherever it plays.

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