"...a beautiful union"
"Suleika seems to be a synonym for treading familiar paths with new insights"
Trio Suleika, founded in 2001, consists of pianist Gabriele Leporatti, violinist Emmy Storms and cellist Pepijn Meeuws. As one of the top piano trios in the Netherlands, Suleika has been awarded both the Vriendenkrans from the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and the Kersjesprijs, a 50.000 Euro award for Dutch ensembles. The repertoire of Trio Suleika unites classical works with more challenging music, from which a growing number of works have been commisioned specifically for the group. Moreover, Suleika regularly works with other artists, notably violinist Frederieke Saeijs, and with poet Ramsey Nasr.
In 2002 - less than a year since its formation, Trio Suleika won the Vriendenkrans, the public prize as well as a masterclass prize at the Vriendenkrans Competititon in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. During this time, Suleika followed a masterclass with Menahem Pressler of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio. A further grant from the Bernard Haitink Foundation enabled the trio to take additional lessons with Pressler. After having been selected in 2004 for the national concert series 'Het Debuut', Trio Suleika gained a prominent place in the Dutch music world.
2005 saw the release of Suleika's first CD, recorded in the 'Kleine Zaal' of the Concertgebouw. Trio Suleika has also performed regularly in the Kleine Zaal as part of the Concertgebouw's Robeco Summer Concert series, the international KAM piano trio series and 'Het Zondagochtendconcert' (the Sunday Morning Concert Series). During the concert season of 2006/2007 Suleika celebrated its fifth anniversary with a concert series of its own in the Bethaniënklooster in Amsterdam. The anniversary was crowned with the celebrated Kersjes Award of 2007. In the same year, Suleika debuted in the Gergiev Festival, and was immediately invited back for the following year.
During the 2008/2009 season Trio Suleika will perform as part of the prestigious “International Piano Trios” series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Furthermore the group will make its debut in Sweden, Syria and France. Suleika’s new CD will be released on November 12th 2008.