The Erasmus Trio is founded by pianist Thomas Herrmann and meanwhile enjoys an international reputation. The public and the press are unanimously praiseful about this special ensemle.
The Trio was invited to the prestigious halls of The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France and South Africa. In 2007 the ensemble was the first Dutch piano trio on tour to China. The Chinese National Television (CCTV) and Beijing Media Group devoted special broadcasts to the Erasmus Trio in September 2007. The ensemble also made several radio and television recordings in The Netherlands and Germany.
Besides well-known works from the classic and the romantic periods the ensemble also has compositions on the repertoire that are specially written for the Erasmus Trio.
In 2001 the first CD of the ensemble was released with works of Schubert and Schnittke. In August 2007 the new CD “Musical Gems” was released with a.o. rarely played works of Glinka and three works specially composed for the Erasmus Trio: a Chinese composition and two Tchaikovsky -adaptations.
Vera Laporeva plays a violin built by Italian violin maker C.A. Testore from 1751. Xiaojia Xu plays an Amsterdam cello from 1720, attributed to P. Rombouts. Her bow is a Parisian A. Lamy from 1900.
Press about Erasmus Trio:
“Seamless nuancing, melody take-overs and especially change in intensity fit naturally.
Thomas Herrmann is versatile; sometimes his accompaniment is structuring and leading, sometimes he plays serving and coloring. Xiaojia Xu has a warm and penetrating sound with beautifully timed vibrato and often sets tone. Vera Laporeva shows fine sense of melody and is contagious in her firm conviction.
With this plea for musicality and professionality Erasmus Trio forms a worthy ending of the concert series this season.”
“The Erasmus Trio spreads the music like a treasure.
The deep round, firmly grounded tone of the strings was accompanied by an unusually light, nevertheless pronounced piano tone. The essence of the piano trio was so tuneful, so nimbly described, the music making so inspired, so animated, so obsessed with detail and so wasteful with melody that the performance became an impetuous event, down to a joyous final movement, balancing on the border of the comprehensible.
The enthusiastic audience was not yet satisfied after the first encore, so the Erasmus trio gave a second one.”
“Erasmus Trio plays astonishingly accurately.
Drama was the common denominator of music, like-mindedness that of the three young musicians and then not just regarding the purity of instruments.
Musical mountains and valleys alternated fluently through tightly coupled play and perfect, unison phrasing. Whether it was about the most intimate phrases or explosive crescendos.”
The Erasmus Trio forms a tight trinity, each complementing the other beautifully. The trio works from a clear basis and shows an impressive sense of melody and nuance.
Romance pur sang in the Sunday afternoon concert in the church museum on Schokland (…), pièce de résistance was the Trio No. 1 by Camille Saint-Saëns. It opened excitingly, full of movement in sharp and very precise interplay. The andante was at times almost mysterious and granted beautiful stillness and again exquisite sense of melody in the cello. The ensemble seemed to almost attack the scherzo eagerly and played this fast part swinging and loosely. The last part was again the epitomy of carefulness. Both strings worked robustly and briskly, from almost staccato and beautifully loose piano riffs, full of little interruptions and eruptions.
The prelude to two nice encores because the audience could not get enough of it.”
“Prolonged applause for Erasmus Trio.
…The Erasmus Trio is of international class and demonstrated that too. Besides the chamber music of Isabelle van Keulen concerts of this level are rare in Delft.
(…)With brilliant trio play, many beautiful solo passages, changing moods and a trilling dinamic final trio lived up to its reputation and compeled the prolonged applause. It was honored with Fritz Kreislers Handlers “Liebesleid”. So everyone was happy … ”
“Inspiring concert experience with the “Erasmus Trio”.
With the international acknowledged “Erasmus Trio” was the opening event of the concert series “Hour of Music” undoubtedly a triumph musical-artistic creed.
Three young musicians, each a soloist par excellence, let their interpretational skills especially in ensemble music making to be a manifestation of the joy of music, the young panache and absolute technical precision. (…) The musical events on the podium compelled much more fascinated admiration of the concert audience, wich finally expressed in the enthusiastic Applause. The three great artists said goodby with a playful pizzicato encore.”
“The Erasmus Trio had been already very successful in several European countries and has won several prestigious awards.
Also Zevenbergs audience was very enthusiastic. After the beautiful Gypsy Trio of Haydn played Erasmus Trio excellently the technically difficult Trio élégiaque of Rachmaninoff. After the break been performed the Gassenhauer trio of Ludwig van Beethoven, which was closed by a standing ovation from the audience.
The encore of the Erasmus Trio consisted of a few gems: among others, the second prelude of Gershwin in combination with the superb violin, brought the audience into raptures. “A great concert,” was the frequently heard comment afterwards.”
“A true pleasure.
Fascinating play of the Erasmus Trio in Castle Bökerhof. The spirited, yet slightly flowing piano play, the wonderful soprano sounds of the violin, harmonized wonderfully with the tenor and the bass of the cello, equally fascinate and impressed the audience.”