In 2005, Adrian Oetiker (piano), Christoph Streuli (violin) and David Riniker (cello) formed the Feininger Trio. They named it after painter, designer and Bauhaus co-founder Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), whose former atelier in the Berlin district of Zehlendorf was located in the vicinity of the room where the musicians now rehearse. Having known one another since their studies, the three musicians had gathered experience in the meantime as chamber musicians in other formations. All three of them wanted to apply that experience to an intense, prolonged study of the piano trio, a genre which possesses a rich, wide-ranging repertoire. They started by mastering the Classical and Romantic core repertoire, particularly the piano trios of Brahms and Dvoˇrák. At the same time they pursued a particular interest in Modernism (Ives, Zemlinsky, Korngold). The current release featuring Czech piano trio masterpieces is dedicated to the memory of the great violinist Josef Suk (1929-2011).
The current release featuring Czech piano trio masterpieces is dedicated to the memory of the great violinist Josef Suk (1929-2011).
David Riniker studied cello with Jean-Paul Guéneux and Antonio Meneses in Basel, the city where he was born. He rounded off his musical training by attending masterclasses with Arto Noras, Boris Pergamenschikow, Wolfgang Boettcher and David Geringas. Riniker has often been selected for foundation scholarships and has won a series of competitions. He became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1995. He has also performed widely as soloist and as chamber musician (also with the late violinist Josef Suk) at a great number of European, American and Japanese venues. Riniker is also a member of the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic and of the Breuninger String Quartet.
Swiss pianist Adrian Oetiker received his first piano lessons from his father and from Hans Rudolf Boller. Oetiker studied in the class of Homero Francesch at Zurich School of the Arts and with Bella Davidovich at Juilliard School of Music; Lazar Berman was also one of his teachers. After having reaped a series of successes at competitions, Oetiker won the renowned ARD International Piano Competition in Munich in 1995. Since then he has been pursuing a remarkable worldwide career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He has made appearances throughout Europe, Australia and the US, with orchestras including the Tonhalle (Zurich) and the Bavarian RSO (Munich). Oetiker was repeatedly invited to perform in Australia in the wake of his European tour with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has made guest appearances at the Berlin Philharmonie, at Leipzig Gewandhaus, at Salzburg Festival Hall and at La Fenice in Venice. Oetiker has held a piano professorship at Basel School of Music since 1996, and in 2011 he was also appointed to teach at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Furthermore, in 2010 he was entrusted with the artistic direction of the International Summer Academy in Lenk (Simmental, Switzerland).
Born in Lucerne, Christoph Streuli began playing the violin when he was eight years old. After his first studies in the classes of Rudolf Bauert and Aida Stucki at the Musikhochschule in Winterthur, he pursued his training from 1991 to 1994 under the guidance of Herman Krebbers at Amsterdam Conservatory, and honed his skills in masterclasses with Franco Gulli, Walter Levin and the Melos String Quartet. In 1997, Christoph Streuli became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker. His passion for chamber music has led him to work within two renowned ensembles, the Scharoun Ensemble (Berlin) and Berlin Baroque Soloists. He also performs in tandem with colleagues such as Guy Braunstein, Amihai Grosz and Ludwig Quandt, Ulrich Knörzer, as well as with pianists Yuja Wang and Bishara Harouni. He also forms a duo with David Riniker.