Biography of Absolut Trio:
The Absolut Trio, founded in 2003, consistently pursues the dialogue between contemporary music and the past, and has already commissioned five compositions. In 2005 the trio caused a sensation at home and abroad with Mischa Käser’s staging of B.A. Zimmermann’s “Présence. Ballet blanc” together with Eduard Steuermann’s piano trio version of Schönberg’s “Verklärte Nacht”. During the 2006/7 season, an acclaimed tribute to Schumann with new works by Gary Berger and Junghae Lee, which electronically expand the sound of the piano trio. The Wigmore Hall debut in April 2007 was praised to the skies in the English specialist journals “Strad” and “Musical Opinion”.
The violinist Bettina Boller has distinguished herself as an individual and expressive musician since her childhood. She studied under Ulrich Lehmann in Bern (soloist diploma with distinction), and completed further studies with Itzhak Perlman and Masao Kavasaki in New York. Bettina Boller has made a name for herself with her commitment to 20th century music, and has led Swiss works to international recognition (amongst others, the recording of violin concertos by Schoeck, Suter, Vogel). With her very personal and committed art of playing she appeals to a wide audience, and has prompted many composers to write.
Together with the director Adrian Marthaler she realised five, partly award-winning, music visualisations. With her duo partner Walter Prossnitz she dedicates herself to many other works beyond the established repertoire (amongst others, Reger, Hindemith, Schoeck, Lekeu, Furtwängler) to be issued in a forthcoming Guild release. She is also a member of the soloist ensemble Collegium Novum Zurich. For Bettina Boller music is a language, to which she wants to abandon herself uncompromisingly from all aspects, as a compelling experience for both the audience as well as for herself.
Imke Frank studied under Boris Pergamenschikow, Heinrich Schiff and Thomas Demenga, and also received a scholarship for the Cité des arts in Paris. She studied baroque cello under David Simpson. She has won prizes in numerous international competitions, amongst others, the Nicati competition for contemporary music. Imke Frank has played in concerts as a soloist with reputable orchestras in Europe, Asia and the USA (amongst others, with the cello concertos by Schostakowitsch, Zimmermann, Dutilleux and Penderecki), and has been a solo cellist with the Camerata Bern for a long time. There have been engagements as a chamber musician at the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival, the Oleg Kagan Festival Kreuth, the Handel Festival in Halle, the Festival Delft and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. Imke is an improvisator for film music (ARD, DVD “Freudenberg”). A solo CD (Holliger, Ligeti, Demenga, Berio and Bach), cello duo Frank/Schucan (Offenbach, Baumann, Gubler), and many more. Imke Frank is a professor at the conservatoire/college Feldkirch, and was appointed to act as a deputy for Johannes Goritzki by the Academy of Music in Düsseldorf.
Stefka Perifanova studied at the Academy of Music in Sofia under Prof. Konstantin and Julia Ganev (pupils of Heinrich Neuhaus), and worked there as their assistant for four years. In 1993 she received the Cyrillus and Methodius scholarship (most important Bulgarian scholarship), which enabled her to continue studying with Rudolf Buchbinder, Gérard Wyss (chamber music and song accompaniment) and Bruno Canino in Switzerland.
She has won awards in numerous competitions, amongst others, the Edward Tschumi Prize for the best soloist diploma of the year, and she is the first award winner of the Concurso Internacional de Musica da Ciudade do Porto. Stefka performs as a soloist in international concerts and is a sought-after chamber music partner of well-known soloists in various formations and as a song accompanist.
She assists with master courses, amongst others with Janos Starker, Igor Oistrach, Menahem Pressler, Bernhard Greenhouse, and has been a member of the chamber ensemble Camerata variabile Basel since 2005. Stefka also has wide experience as a judge as well as being a sought-after teacher for master classes. In 1999 she was appointed to the College of Music and Theatre in Zurich.