Acknowledged as one of the finest piano trios, The Amael Piano Trio, received outstanding international acclaim performing in New York, London, Rome, Munich, Bergen, Tallinn, Luxembourg, Sofia, Kaunas, Belgrade, Ljubljana etc.
All three members, the pianist Zoltan Peter, the violinist Volodja Balzalorsky and the cellist Damir Hamidullin are very accomplished artists, who individually have backgrounds as prominent soloists and chamber musicians.
The trio has 18 years of successful performances in a variety of venues, concert series, and festivals including: Universal Affair at Carnegie Hall and Spectrum Ferstival at Carnegie Hall in New Your, The Forge Concert Series in London, Grieg Festival in Bergen, Mask Fest in San Mario, Nuovi Spazi Musicali and Festival of Nations in Rome, Festival Spectrum at Gasteig in Munich, Forfest in Kromeriz, Tallin Chamber Music Festival, ISARTI festival in Kaunas, Urbino Chamber Music Series; Foyer Europeqn Chamber Music Seies, Kolarc Chamber Music Podium in Belgrade, Festival NIMUS in Nis, MAG festival Split, Festival at Chateau Bystrice pod Hostynem, CZ, Ljubljana Festival, Bled Festival, Pucisca Summer Festival, Bol Summer Festival, performance at Cankarjev Dom (the most important cultural centre in Slovenia), the International Festival of Contemporary Music in Radenci, Summer Music Festival of Hvar (Croatia), International concert series of Zemono, The Spectrum Festival etc.
The Amael Trio has achieved the status of being among the most sought after chamber groups in Slovenia. In addition to performing known traditional trio literature from various style epochs, the trio is also dedicated to performing contemporary works, and to the promotion, internationally, of Slovenian composers of piano trio literature.
VOLODJA BALZALORSKY – violin
Volodja Balzalorsky is internationally acclaimed violinist. He is Two Time Winner of Independent Music Awards 2014 - on receiving top honors in the Live Performance EP category for Karol Szymanowski: Violin Sonata in D Minor with the pianist Hinko Haas, and Vox Pop Independent Music Award 2014 for Debussy Violin Sonata performing with the pianist Christoph Theiler. He was also Four-Time Nominee of IMAs 2014.
Volodja Balzalorsky is recipient of several further international music awards such as The Hollywood Music in Media Award, The Inland Empire Music Award, The Ontario Independent Music Award, The Canary Island Music Award, Julij Betetto Music Award.
Numerous highly praised concerts, broadcasts, CD and TV recordings in various countries have established his reputation as an artist with a sensitive, intelligent, and intuitive gift of interpretation, a polished technique, and a rich, full tone.
After his successful performance in the international cycle Violin Virtuosos in Belgrade, the esteemed critic in former Yugoslavia, Slobodan Turlakov, defined his artistic personality with the following words: Volodja Balzalorsky is passionately devoted to violin, inspired by the flame which distinguishes the most refined and authentic violinists capable of building the dramaturgy of musical works in the most natural and persuasive manner. His interpretation calls for an exalted and compassionate listener, which is the d i s t i n c t i o n of rare and predestined musicians...(Vecernje Novosti, Belgrade).
Volodja Balzalorsky has been a guest artist at international festivals and concert series in various countries such as Italy, France, Austria, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Portugal, Norway, Denmark and USA.
Volodja Balzalorsky is particularly active in the field of chamber music. He works with many international groups and ensembles, and for several years has successfully performed in DUO with pianists Christoph Theiler and Hinko Haas. Critics comment on the degree to which he is able to develop and maintain unity with his musical partners in this milieu, presenting ...an exceptional harmony of ease and authenticity of performance
DAMIR HAMIDULLIN – cello
Cellist Damir Hamidullin is a virtuoso soloist and an excellent representative of the famous Russian cello school.
He is first solo cellist of the National Opera House in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and a member of the Amael piano trio.
He performs throughout Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
He has played as a soloist many times with the Kazan Philharmonic Damir Hamidulin
and with other symphonic and chamber orchestras in Russia and in
Slovenia. He plays all the famous concertos on his instrument: Haydn, Dvorak, Saint-Saens, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.
He has also been guest artist at various international festivals - Festival Groblje and Festival of Contemporary Music Radenci in Slovenia, Festival of Contemporary Music Kishinjev in Moldavia, Festival of Kazan in Russia, etc.
ZOLTAN PETER - Piano
Pianist Zoltan PETER was born in Vojvodina. He attended the Secondary School of Music in Subotica (directed by Marija Sekelj) and then went on to study under Professor Arbo Valdma at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. His formal study was completed of the piano at the Ljubljana Academy of Music.
As a soloist, chamber musician and piano accompanist for many excellent musicians of the highest level from both the younger and older generations, he has been a guest performer in Italy, Hungary, the former Soviet Union, Germany and Switzerland, and well as at festivals of contemporary music. As a soloist with orchestra, he has performed under the baton of conductors such as Igor Gjadrov, Simon Robinson, Berislav Skenderovic, Hermann Ostendarp, Guido Mancuzzi, George Pehlivanian, Paul Hoskins, En Shao and others.
As well as classical chamber and solo literature, Zoltan Peter often performs the works of Slovene composers, sometimes giving premiere performances. He has recorded many works for RTV Slovenia, RTV Belgrade, RTV Novi Sad in RTV Croatia, as well as twelve CDs of solo and chamber music for RTV Slovenia Publishing and other publishers. As a top-flight chamber musician and piano accompanist with an enormous repertoire, he often participates in domestic and international master classes and competitions.
Zoltan PETER is also the author of the book Korepetiranje – kazen ali ustvarjalnost?, (Piano accompaniment - a penalty or creativity ?), which in 2015 published by Didakta.
In additional to his concert and pedagogical activities, he leads seminars for piano students and teachers, and for piano accompanists in Slovenia and abroad. Piano-main subject taught in lower secondary and university level.
Amael Piano Trio - Basic Requirements
Amael Piano Trio performs without amplification, if possible in Concert Halls with good acoustic!
Trio needs tuned concert size grand piano with artist bench and 2 armless chairs, as well as well lit stage suitable for reading music - standard Chamber Music Lighting.
Special situations: outside stages, big stages - big Halls (not concert halls for classical music) -
PA system to be provided by the Promoter: 3 high quality mics for piano, violin and cello.