Beginning in 2008, international award-winning Trio Anima Mundi (TAM) is regarding as one of Australia's best-known chamber groups. The trio are made up of pianist (Kenji Fujimura), violinist (Rochelle Ughetti), and cellist (Noella Yan). The group has become renowned for the unearthing and performing of forgotten works, labelled the 'Piano Trio Archaeology', and playing them alongside masterpieces of the piano trio genre. The trio's recordings are frequently broadcast throughout the world and they are often invited to perform on radio, at popular festivals and to teach masterclasses.
2019 sees TAM present their twelfth subscription series, labelled 'Three's Company'. Each of the three concerts in the series are performed at three different locations - Montsalvat in Eltham, Geelong, and Melbourne City. I was fortunate enough to attend Concert 2 of the 2019 series, 'The Kapellmeisters', within the beautiful and artistic surrounds of Montsalvat. It included the stunning and emotive works of the composers, Franz Joseph Haydn and Carl Gottlieb Reissiger. With 2020 being the Beethoven anniversary year (250 years since his birth), we were treated also to a special piano trio composed by the musical great. It was such a magical and special event, such a high-quality performance.
I was actually not very familiar with TAM prior to attending this event. Now, I am especially keen to attend Concert 3 of the 2019 series, in October. With the option of obtaining a 3-concert subscription pass, at a reduced price, I plan to indulge myself further with the euphoric melodies emanating from TAM, in 2020, the Beethoven Anniversary Year.