In 2005, Adrian Oetiker (pianist) and the Berliner Philharmoniker Christoph Streuli (violinist) and David Riniker (violoncellist) founded The Feininger Trio. The patron saint of The Trio, Lyonel Feininger is also known as a graphic artist designer, painter and the co-founder of The Bauhaus. Feininger's Berlin studio was not far from the rehearsal site of the ensemble in the district of Berlin-Zehlendorf. The close proximity allowed Him to feel closely connected as a personality as well as to his work.
In addition to the stylistic variety, the three musicians embody warmth, expressiveness and sophistication. The Trio also explores the border areas as part of the basis of their musical interpretations. From the critics, the Trio is repeatedly highlighted for their wide range of nuances and timbres, but also for their expressive and gripping game as well as intoxicating presentation (Fono Forum).
In addition to various concert podiums in Berlin, Hamburg, Salzburg, Munich and also smaller concert cycles, The Feiningers regularly play at the festivals in Baden Baden and Zurich.
The Feininger Trio has been setting programmatic priorities for several years. Music from Bohemia in the center of their performances can be heard on the CD released at Avi Music Cologne in November, 2013. The CD also includes compositions by Suk, Smetana and Dvořák. In the last season, the Feiningers turned to France and appropriately appeared in May 2017. Also at Avi Music preformed The Trios of Debussy and Ravel.
In co-production with Deutschland Radio, the Feiningers have begun this season with a Brahms cycle: the three trios of Johannes Brahms are combined with the trios of Zemlinsky, Korngold and Goldmark.
A special treat in German-speaking countries is the collaboration between the three musicians and the actress Katharina Thalbach. On the occasion of the Easter Festival in Baden Baden they designed a very atmospheric program according to the motto ".... sink down, night of love ..." with works by Schubert and Chopin and poetry by Rilke, Gottfried Benn, Lasker-Schüler and others. This performance is very well received by both the audience and the organizers.
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.