Trio Jean Paul combined an extraordinary degree of mutual understanding and suavity with an exceptionally developed responsiveness to dramatic and colouristic potential...the audience was rocked by stormily emotional but always cultured playing.
— The Strad

The Trio Jean Paul in its present form has remained unchanged for more than 2 decades and continues to rank among the most successful and sought-after chamber music ensembles today. The trio captivates audiences around the world with its sophisticated ensemble culture, keen sense of tonal aesthetics not to mention the musicality of the three artists with their poised style. 

The decision to name the ensemble after author Jean Paul (who was the favourite poet of Robert Schumann) reveals what the musicians value most in their interpretations: refining the linguistic and rhetorical elements of their music so they can be heard by audiences.   

Their engagements regularly take the ensemble to major concert halls around the world such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Berliner Philharmonie, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels or Wigmore Hall in London. Their extensive tours take them to the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria.

The ensemble’s work focuses on the performance of contemporary repertoire, which also includes numerous original premieres by famous composers. In the past season, Wolfgang Rihm dedicated his newly composed "Trio Concerto" to the ensemble; they performed the original premiere at the Berliner Philharmonie together with the WDR Sinfonieorchester under Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Further performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover followed.

Numerous CD productions by the trio garnered prizes: The recording of Brahms' Trio in B major and Schönberg’s "Verklärte Nacht” was awarded the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik"; the recording of the two Mendelssohn trios in 2009 and the Schubert trios in 2012 under the CAvi Music label were distinguished with the "Supersonic-Award". The latest CD featuring piano trios by Joseph Haydn (also under the CAvi-Music label) was released in 2015.

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Eckhart Heiligers, Piano

studied under Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hanover and Leon Fleisher in Baltimore (USA). His achievements earned numerous scholarships early on fromthe Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb as well as a France Graage Performance Scholarship. Eckart Heiligers delivered award-winning performances at numerous international competitions in Vercelli, Athens, Salt Lake City, Oslo and others. His concert work is characterised by tremendous breadth ashe regularly performs as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. He also serves as professor for piano and chamber music at the Zurich University of the Arts. His work also has him offering master classes both in Germany and abroad as well as participating as a jury member at international music competitions

Ulf Schneider, Violin

studied in Hanover, New York and Berlin under Jens Ellermann, Masao Kawasaki, Felix Galimir and Thomas Zehetmair. During his studies, he won numerous prizes as well as scholarships and was a member of the Zehetmair Quartett for several years. Today, he performs internationally both as a soloist as well as in various chamber music formations ranging from the duo to quintet.

The recordings of his ensemble with the Ars Musici, Membran, Cavi and ECM labels have earned widespread praise and accolades among the critical press.

He has served as a professor at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media for over ten years where he is passionately committed to supporting his students.

Ulf Schneider plays a Carlo Giuseppe Testore instrument from 1725, a generous loan from a private collector in Germany arranged by Violin Assets GmbH.

Martin Löhr, Cello

completed his studies under Wolfgang Mehlhorn in Hamburg, Zara Nelsova at the Juilliard School in New York and Wolfgang Boettcher at the Berlin University of the Arts. He is also a recipient of a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, a Masefield scholarship, was included in the Federal Selection of Concerts for Young Artists and was awarded the prize of the Mozartgesellschaft Wiesbaden. In 1995, he won 1st prize at the "Jeunesses Musicales" International Cello Competition in Belgrade.

Martin Löhr is a solo cellist for the Berliner Philharmoniker, teaches at the Orchestra Academy and is a regular lecturer at master courses in Germany and abroad. His extensive concert performances include, in addition to orchestral concerts, solo performances as well as chamber music in a variety of formations. 

(February 2018. Please discard previously dated materials and contact before making any alterations or cuts.)