The string trio „trio oreade“ is based in Zurich, Switzerland. The ensemble received a lot of attention at the International String Trio Competition in Munich in 2012, where they were awarded the First Prize. Since then, the trio have performed in renowned Swiss and international chamber music series and at various prestigious European festivals. festivals, The ensemble has been invited to the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad in 2016. After winning the August-Pickhard Foundation's Chamber Music Competition in January 2014, the ensemble was invited to give a concert in the „Basel Kammermusik-Gesellschaft“ series in March 2015. The concert has been recorded on both CD and DVD and is available for sale. The three musicians had played in various ensembles before they decided to concentrate their energies on the String Trio, possibly the most transparent and soloistic of all string genres. Yukiko Ishibashi (vl) and Ursula Sarnthein (va) were awarded a 1st prize in the Kiwanis chamber music competition in Zurich 2001 with a previous string trio. Since 2012, trio oreade has been playing with cellist Christine Hu. It is important to the trio to present their audience exciting, well thought-out programs and to relate „old“ to „new“ music. Beside the great master pieces from Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert until Schönberg, the trio performs lesser known music for string trio, with special interest in the music of the 20th century. All three musicians play instruments by Stradivarius, a generous loan of the Stradivari foundation Habisreutinger.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yuki Negishi started playing the piano at the age of 5 in New York City. At the age of 10, she was accepted to The Juilliard School Pre-College Division as an honorary scholarship student. Yuki has since worked with such eminent figures as the late Takahiro Sonoda, Christian Zacharias, the late Irina Zaritskaya, Dominique Merlet, Dr Peter Katin and Murray Perahia at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Amsterdam Conservatory and the Royal College of Music where she obtained her Masters in Music degree with distinction and Artist Diploma. At the age of 16, she was the youngest prize-winner at the Takahiro Sonoda Piano Competition and she was awarded the 2nd prize at the 2000 International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Bucharest. Since coming to the UK in 2001, she has additionally won no less than 10 coveted prizes at the RCM and elsewhere.
She is now established as a pianist of rare poetry, passion and virtuosity with a vast repertoire and a charismatic stage personality.