Great friends form trio to make great music

Trio Aeternus will be performing a concert at Quintinha da Música, near Tavira on Sunday, November 20 at 4pm.

Three classical musicians – an English violinist, a Polish pianist and an Armenian cellist – recently decided to form a piano trio. The musicians are great friends and they had, at one time or another in the past, performed with each other but never as a piano trio.

A unified desire to explore the vast and magnificent trio repertoire finally bore fruition during the early months of 2013 and Trio Aeternus was formed.

Violinist Alexander Stewart, a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is one of the concert masters of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa in Lisbon.

Cellist Varoujan Bartikian originally from Armenia has been performing the cello as a soloist since the age of 10 and joined the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra in 1989 (also in Lisbon) where he is now principal cello.

Pianist Lucjan Luc who studied at the Katowice Music Academy in Poland with the internationally-acclaimed piano professor Andrzej Jasínski also lived many years in Portugal and has since performed all over the world as a pianist and accompanist. At present, Lucjan Luc is based in the Conservatory of Badajoz in Extremadura, Spain.

Alexander Stewart and Lucjan Luc first met in Poland in 1986 as they were studying in Katowice and later performed many times together in Portugal and England. They both moved to Portugal and became great friends with the cellist Varoujan Bartikian.

True friendship is eternal and so is great music, thus the choice of the name Aeternus.

Trio Aeternus will be playing Trio élégiaque No.1 in G Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff, the Piano Trio in F sharp minor by Arno Babajanian and the Piano Trio No.1 in D Minor Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn.

Tickets cost €25 per person.

To reserve your place, email [email protected]


Photo: From left: Lucjan Luc, Alexander Stewart and Varoujan Bartikian