The Oberon Trio, founded in 2006, brings together three musicians who are well-established in the international music scene, each in his and her own right: violinist Henja Semmler, well sought-after as a chamber musician, concertmaster and soloist; cellist Antoaneta Emanuilova, in demand as principal cellist with leading orchestras in addition to her work in ensembles and as a teacher; and pianist Jonathan Aner, Professor of Piano Chamber Music at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. These three artists not only share their passion for chamber music and for the piano trio repertoire with each other; they are also keen to share it with their audiences, whom they "captivate with their transparent playing, eloquence and sonority." (Garmisch-Partenkirchner Tagblatt)
Immediately after the trio's first concert, the Flensburger Tageblatt lauded the trio for its "...enormous interpretative achievement, which attests to this new ensemble's deep maturity and stylistic command." Since then, the Oberon Trio has appeared at venues including Berlin's Philharmonie, Vienna's Konzerthaus and Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, and has toured in Italy, Bulgaria, Israel, India and Egypt.
The Oberon Trio gained valuable insight into music making through its studies with the Alban Berg Quartett and the Artemis Quartet, as well as through collaborations with composers such as Jörg Widmann, Benjamin Yusupov and Charlotte Bray. The trio has benefited from the support of organizations including the Villa Musica Foundation and the Goethe Institut.
In addition to performing masterpieces of the established piano trio repertoire, the Oberon Trio is committed to promoting the lesser-known gems of trio literature. It explores a wide spectrum of works written for this formation, including some of the earliest works written for the piano trio - such as Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's piano trios, or the early trios of Joseph Haydn - to works by contemporary composers. The Oberon Trio strives to bridge the distance between audience and performer by offering insight into the background and process of its musical interpretation, be it in the form of moderation at concerts or programme notes written by its members.
The Oberon Trio's name is a reference to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which Oberon, the king of the fairies, leads and oversees the realm of magic, fantasy and playful delight. The members of the Oberon Trio have come together to explore the magical world of play and fantasy that lies at the heart of music-making. With a sense of fresh curiosity and discovery, they convey to their audiences the message that music is something perpetually vibrant, personal and alive.