Julia Vaisberg become publicly known as pianist oft he Trio Panta Rhei. She recorded with Gudrun Pagel (violin) and Sonja Asselhofen (violoncello) several CDs on Bechstein and is “trio in residence” of Bechstein Cologne.
Born in St. Petersburg, Julia Vaisberg graduated with distinction from the special school for highly gifted musical children and the "Rimski-Korsakov" music school in St. Petersburg. In her youth was already playing concerts in the great hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. She studied at the Rimski-Korsakov conservatory in St. Petersburg and taught as coach in the conservatory in the famous singing classes of the "Marinski theatre soloists". After postgraduate studies at the conservatory in Cologne with Prof. Pavel Gililov she did her concert exams in chamber music. She is prize winner at the international Chopin competition and taught from 1997 to 2003 at the conservatory in Cologne.She founded with Gudrun Pagel (violin) und Sonja Asselhofen (violoncello) the Trio Panta Rhei. Their concerts brought them – among others – to the music festivals in Lyon, Montepulciano, Schwetzingen and to Rheingau. They performed also at the philharmonic halls in Cologne and Essen. In their hometown of Cologne they are the creators of the “Dialogue of Arts”, a cooperation with the museum society.
As “trio in residence” of Bechstein Cologne they played chamber concerts and special children’s concerts , make open rehearsels and chamber music masterclasses. They have also been part of the cultural program of the “Zentralrat der Juden Deutschlands”.
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Trio Panta Rhei plays jazz-inspired works
If you love trio music, you will be delighted with this SACD from 2011 published on the Ars Produktion label. Trio Panta Rhei — that is, the violinist Gudrun Pagel, the cellist Sonja Asselhofen and the pianist Julia Vaisberg — have collected works and arrangements that form a symbiosis of serious and entertaining music. As the booklet aptly remarks, their “sophisticated use of the full range of classical expression is anything but boring!”The remarkable trio has selected jazz-inspired works: Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, Daniel Schnyder’s Worlds Beyond, a concert fantasia on themes from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Kapustin’s Trio, op. 86, and even a work by Gene Pritsker, an inveterate wanderer between the musical styles that was born in 1972.The CD was recorded on the C. Bechstein D 280 concert grand piano at the concert venue of Düsseldorf’s regional physicians’ association.
Trio Panta Rhei sets to music the tale Thadeus Troll
Trio Panta Rhei sets to music the tale Thadeus Troll with three works for piano trio and ten personal arrangements of piano works.In addition to giving conventional concerts, Trio Panta Rhei also performs for children and records works for the very young. Their musical and narrative CD Thadeus Troll, for example, deals with being different, suffering rejection, the need to adapt and grow, and most of all with true friendship. It was recorded in Düsseldorf with Gudrun Pagel playing the violin, Sonja Asselhoffen on the cello, Julia Vaisberg at the piano and Florian Gehlen narrating. The voice of the C. Bechstein concert grand is particularly rich and colourful in many of the trio’s arrangements, especially Mussorgsky’s Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks, Debussy’s L’Isle joyeuse and Johansson’s Pipi Longstocking.The CD was recorded on the C. Bechstein D 280 concert grand piano at the concert venue of Düsseldorf’s regional physicians’ association.