Biography

     Each member of the Trio Metral grew up and learned chamber music between siblings in their own family. Furthermore, they share a connection and sensibility shaped over years of stage experiences, travels and encounters. Thanks to a common curiosity, their repertoire brings together all styles of music.

They are winners of numerous international solo and chamber music competitions, in particular the First Prize at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, as well as the Audience Prize and the Prize for the best performance of the Haydn Trios in 2017.

They studied at the Superior Music Conservatories of Paris and Lyon, where they were respectively students of Yvan Chiffoleau (cello), Olivier Charlier (violin), Anne Queffélec, Bruno Rigutto, Claire-Marie Le Guay and Michel Dalberto (piano). Laure Hélène Michel, Joseph Metral and Victor Metral choose to orient their careers towards chamber music and devote themselves to the vast repertoire for trio with piano, constituting the Trio Metral.

A first CD of the two Mendelssohn Trios, very warmly received by critics and complimented by pianist Martha Argerich, was released by Aparte in 2018. The second opus, the two Trios by Shostakovich and Weinberg, recorded at the Arsenal of Metz in the fall of 2019, marks the beginning of a collaboration with the label La Dolce Volta.

The Trio studied with Claire Désert, Amy Flammer, Yovan Markovitch ("Their very high instrumental level and their respective talent force admiration, but even more, their deep artistic research, going to the very heart of the human, emotional and spiritual message particularly moves me"), and François Salque, in whose class they validated their Masters, then obtained a doctorate in concert performers under the tutoring of Michel Dalberto, for whom "the Trio has all the qualities of a large ensemble. A beautiful course which allows them to compete with the most famous groups of its kind”. The Trio Metral also received advice from great Masters including Gary Hoffman, Krzysztof Chorzelski of the Belcea Quartet and Alfred Brendel. They participated at the European Chamber Music Academy, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and ProQuartet. They also have taken part in the master-classes of the Trio Wanderer, the Quatuor Ysaÿe, the Quatuor Ebène and Renaud Capuçon (at the Radio-France Festival in Montpellier and at the Mozartfest in Würzburg).

They performed at the Cité de la Musique in Beethoven's Triple Concerto conducted by Philippe Aïche (at the “Avant-scene” Concerts of the Philharmonie de Paris), at the Konzerthaus and at the Musikverein in Vienna, at the Royal Albert Hall in London , at the Folles journées de Nantes and at the Festival de la Roque d'Anthéron, the Pablo Casals Festival and the Bel-Air artistic meetings, the “Young Talents” Festival in Paris, etc. The Trio Metral also plays in various European countries and cities including Florence, Turin, Vilnius, at the Mosan Summer Festival in Belgium, as well as in Morocco and the United Kingdom (recital at the Piano Festival in Oxford at the invitation of Alfred Brendel and Menahem Pressler). They also participated in a “Music Lesson” by Jean-François Zygel.

Laureate of the Fondation Banque Populaire, the Trio Metral is a resident at the Fondation Singer-Polignac and benefits from the support of the Fondation l'Or du Rhin.