Monte Piano Trio


Francesco Sica - violin

Claude Frochaux - cello

Irina Botan - piano


The three musicians of Monte Piano Trio have performed in major concert halls, such as Berliner Philharmonie, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Covent Garden in London, Daning Theater in Shanghai and the Romanian Athenaeum. They have been broadcast on TV and Radio on BBC, CBS, DLF, WDR, SWR, TVR and Radio Clasica.The Trio was founded in 2008 at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt am Main. They were invited to play at renowned festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Osnabrück, Mozartfest Würzburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommen and Heidelberger Frühling. Monte Piano Trio has played in Germany, UK, USA, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Romania, Turkey, Holland and Brazil. The trio has "a noble sound quality, high sensitivity and great energy." (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). They won first prizes at the Mirabent Competition in Spain and at the European Karlsruhe Competition in Germany. They are also prize winners of several international competitions including Schumann (Germany), Maria Canals (Spain), Brahms (Austria) and Almere (Holland).They have received a Diploma with Honours from the Music University in Essen and then continued their studies at ”Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia“ in Madrid, where they have graduated with the highest honors. The Trio has received artistic inspiration from distinguished musicians such as Menahem Pressler, Günter Pichler, Ralf Gothóni, Dirk Mommertz, Ferenc Rados and Eberhard Feltz.They are founders and artistic directors of the annual ”Kammermusikfest Sylt“ in Germany and are featured on the soundtrack of „Maestro“, a documentary film which explores the life of musicians through the eyes of Paavo Järvi.