Anna Maria Friman
Linn Andrea Fuglseth
Torunn Østrem Ossum
The brilliant Scandinavian sopranos of Trio Mediæval have created a fascinating and unique world of sound, which they portray with unerring virtuosity. Founded in 1997 in Oslo, Trio Mediæval has a specialized repertoire of ballads and songs from the Norwegian Middle Ages and of polyphonic music from medieval England, France and Italy that the women arrange themselves, as well as contemporary works written specifically for the ensemble.
Trio Mediæval’s first CD on ECM Records, Words of the Angel, immediately reached Billboard’s Top 10 Bestseller list and was made the Stereophile “Recording of the Month” in April 2002. Further releases on ECM followed in 2004 with Soir, dit-elle and in 2005 with Stella Maris. In October 2007, the trio’s long awaited CD of Norwegian ballads and songs, entitled Folk Songs, was released and immediately received enthusiastic reviews. Folk Songs was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Chamber Music Performance” the following year. Their latest recording, A Worcester Ladymass, was selected by the German Record Critic’s Award as one of the best new releases in the “Early Music” category and was met again with the highest critical acclaim.
Trio Mediæval has performed throughout Europe in prestigious venues such as the Oslo Concert Hall, Bozar in Brussels, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Konzerthaus Vienna. Several engagements have also taken them outside of Europe, including performances at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and Carnegie Hall.
The trio collaborates with a multitude of contemporary composers, including Gavin Bryars, Ivan Moody, Oleh Harkavyy and Andrew Smith. As a result of cooperation with Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe and David Lang, and the musikFabrik Cologne, the trio premiered Shelter, its biggest multi-media contemporary music project to date. Shelter premiered in Cologne, Germany, and it was fully staged the same year at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Julia Wolfe was so fascinated by the Trio’s voices that she wrote a piece for them entitled Steel Hammer. Together with the Bang on a Can All Stars, the trio premiered Steel Hammer in New York’s Carnegie Hall in November 2009 and revived this programme again in 2013 in Bruges, Uppsala and at Barbican Centre London.
All four singers will start the new season with a concert at the Niedersächsische Musiktage presenting their new Icelandic programme From Rivedal to Reykjavik together with trumpet player Arve Henriksen. Further concerts will take the Trio to the Internationaal Festival van Vlaanderen Gent, the Hermitage Museum Music Festival St. Petersburg as well as to the Swiss Schlossmediale Werdenberg. In addition, British composer Anna Clyne’s new commission will be premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.