Trio Marie Soldat was founded in 2017 by three internationally renowned musicians based in Amsterdam: Keiko Shichijo (fortepiano), Cecilia Bernardini (violin) and Marcus van den Munckhof (cello). They were brought together by their shared interest and love for the historical performance practices of the Classical and Romantic piano trio repertoire, as well as for the original instruments.
Throughout the years, they have deepened and consolidated their knowledge and practice of the nineteenth-century playing techniques, assisted by musicologist Clive Brown and pianist/musicologist Neal Peres da Costa. Some of the expressive features inherent to nineteenth-century practice that they incorporate in their playing are portamento, a sparing use of vibrato, tempo flexibility, tempo rubato and arpeggiation or dislocation of chords in the piano. The trio performs extensively throughout Europe, and often incorporates explanations to the audience of the unique characteristics of their research and performance style.
The name Trio Marie Soldat was inspired by the outstanding nine teenth-century violinist Marie Soldat-Roeger, who played in the tradition of the French violin school, which influenced many violinists and composers through out the century. There are only a few recordings available of Soldat’s playing, which have been a valuable added source of inspiration and reference in the trio’s quest for the nineteenth-century performance practice.
In October 2021, the first CD of Trio Marie Soldat will be released from Linn Records, Outhere.