Jess-Trio Wien and the Beethoven Society for Music and Research
On the 16th of October 2017, the internationally known Jess-Trio-Wien will perform works by Beethoven and Schubert in the historical baroque hall of the old Vienna Municipality. This concert marks the official beginning of our work at the Beethoven Society for Music and Research.
Location: Bank Austria Salon im Alten Rathaus, Wipplingerstraße 8, Wien 1010
Contact: +43 676 541 5241
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano trio op. 1 no. 2
Franz Schubert - Piano trio in B-flat major D. 898
Biography of the Trio
The musical career of the trio has been extraordinary. Already at the Austrian Federal Competition they gained first prizes in the Soloist, Duo and Trio classes. They also won prizes in international competitions as the following: The gold medal in the "Viotti" competition, The first prize in the "Città di Senigallia" competition, the Dr. Karl - Böhm - prize of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra a.o.
They gained their school leaving certificates with distinction and finished their instrumental studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with distinction again.
They play their first international concerts at young age( see the next point International concerts). While studying they already show interest in pedagogic work, work as assistant teachers at the University of Music and Performing Arts and are now teachers at the best known Austrian music institutions:
Dr. Johannes Kropfitsch teaches a piano class both for Bachelor and Master Students at Konservatorium Wien University.
Mag. Elisabeth Kropfitsch teaches a violin class at the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium Eisenstadt (in cooperation with the Hochschule für Musik in Bratislava) and as well teaches at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna (at the Joseph Haydn Institute for chamber music and special ensembles).
Mag. Stefan Kropfitsch is a.o. Univ. Prof. at the Wiener Musikuniversität and teaches his own cello class there. He as well is head of department of the institute no. 5 for string instruments at the Wiener Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst.
The trio records numerous CDs with EMI and RONDO. The strings of the Jess-Trio-Wien pay greatest attention to the tonal beauty of their instruments. Their recordings and concerts are performed on instruments made by Guarneri del Gesu, Antonio Stradivari, Giambattista Guadagnini and Hieronymus Amati. Elisabeth Jess-Kropfitsch plays on her own violin „d’Elia“ made 1751 by Giambattista Guadagnini, Stefan Jess-Kropfitsch is now playing on his own cello built 1620 by Hieronymus Amati.
The trio's development has been documented in the book "JESS ZUR MUSIK - Von den Anfängen bis zum 1.000. Konzert", published by the Niederösterreichisches Pressehaus. On Oct. 26th, 1995 the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published a review of a Jess-Trio-Wien concert entitled "Three Artists - One Event".
The musical career of the trio over the last decades has been remarcable with more than 1000 concerts played and a number of international master classes in different countries. The Jess-Trio performs regularly in the Wiener Konzerthaus and has a tremendous repertoire of music from different epochs. All three musicians hold positions as professors at Viennese Music Universities.