The « Stimmung » Trio was born out of the encounter of glowing and generous cello by Emmanuelle Bertrand, ambassador of the French cello school, deep and warm violin by Christophe Giovaninetti, whose experience with chamber music is unequalled, and expressive and delicate piano by Michael Levinas, whose unique playing faithfully mirrors his passion for both interpretation and composition.
« A true revelation » in Henri Dutilleux’s own words, Emmanuelle Bertrand was awarded the greatest prizes (Music Victory, Artist of the Year) and the numerous awards granted to her records (Diapason d’Or, Choc by Classica, Gramophone Music Award, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik) pay tribute to her virtuosity, her exceptional sound range and her musical line of outstanding ease. However, it is her audacious repertoire choices and her underlying insatiable curiosity, which characterise her musical itinerary.
First violin and founder of Ysaÿe and Elysée Quartets, Christophe Giovaninetti counted among his chamber music partners Augustin Dumay, Shlomo Mintz, Maria Joao Pires, Jean-Philippe Collard, Frank Braley, Michel Portal…: this reflects both the richness of his chamber music experience and the repertoire breadth, which this « musician angel » - in Yehudi Menuhin’s words - developed throughout the years, loyal to his longstanding values of freedom and personal commitment.
The singular itinerary of pianist and composer Michael Levinas, a member of « Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France », was marked by his encounters with major musicians such as pianists Vlado Perlemuter and Yvonne Lefébure, as well as Yvonne Loriod and later Olivier Messiaen: alongside them, M. Levinas enriched and diversified his piano repertoire from great classical repertoire to Stockhausen, Boulez and Ligeti. Nurtured by an inherited tradition from central Europe, that of these interpret and creator musicians, Michael Levinas realised an important discography ranging from the integral "Well-Tempered Clavier" to Ligeti's "Studies". M. Levinas is the first French interpret of his generation after Yves Nat to record all 32 sonatas by Beethoven.
The association of these three personalities within the Stimmung Trio appeared as a musical evidence, the three interprets sharing the same passion for the trio form with its strong interpretation tradition and history: the Stimmung Trio thus was founded in 2017 out of the ambition to share rich individual experiences, in order to breath new life into the interpretation of trio repertoire, in which great masterpieces of the classical repertoire intersect those from romantical and 20th century repertoire, up to contemporary works.