"New York Concert Review" - by Edith Eisler
Piano Trio is a very fine group. The stringplayer's intonation is
impeccable, their tone is rich, beautiful and homogeneous and can vary
from floating delicacy to vibrant full bodied sonorousness.
A large multi-national audience rewarded the performers with warm
approval and prolonged ovations.
Amael Piano Trio was founded by three very accomplished artists, who,
individually, have backgrounds as prominent soloists and chamber
three artists, the pianist, Tatjana Ognjanović, the violinist, Volodja
Balžalorsky and the cellist Damir Hamidullin, have performed
internationally as guests of numerous music festivals and cycles, and
as soloists with many orchestras.
as well, they have also created multiple CD,s and have made extensive
live and archival radio and TV recordings throughout Europe and in the
USA and Asia.
has 15 years of successful performances in a variety of
venues, concert series, and festivals including Carnegie Hall in New York, Grieg Festival in Bergen, Mask Fest in San Mario, Tallinn Chamber Music Festival, Nuovi Spazi Musicali and Festyival of Nations in Rome, The Forge Concert Series in London, Gasteig Chamber Music Concert Series in Munich, Forfest in Kromeriz, Kolarc Chamber Music Podium in Belgrade, Festival NIMUS in Niš, Bled Festival,
Pučišča Summer Festival, Siver Chamber Music Series in Ljubljana, 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.
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.
- concert pianist
Ognjanović, one of Slovenia's leading pianists, has performed at
International Music Festivals and given highly acclaimed recitals in 16
countries throughout Europe, as well as in Malaysia and Singapore. She
has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, interpreting piano
concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Rachmaninov,
Scriabin, and Prokofiev.
has made many CD, LP, radio and TV recordings, embracing a wide
repertory of music from the baroque era to the contemporary. Her
growing interest in chamber music has resulted in her collaboration
with pianist Bojan Gorisek, and more recently, the increasingly
acknowledged Trio Amael.
Ognjanovic is a prize winner of national, as well as numerous
international piano competitions such as the Cidade do Porto in
Portugal (1991), Maria Callas in Athens, Greece (1992), Jose Iturbi in
Valencia, Spain (1992), and Premio Jaen, also in Spain (1993).
daughter of two professional opera singers, she began her music
education at the age of four, studying for 14 years with Darinka
Bernetic. She continued at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana with
Dubravka Tomsic, and furthered her studies with Hans Petermandl at the
Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, and with Viktor Merzanov from the
Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.
her artistic performances, she has been teaching at the Academy of
Music of the Ljubljana University since 1993.
Damir Hamidullin is a virtuoso soloist and an excellent representative
of the famous Russian cello school.
solo cellist of the National Opera House in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and a
member of the Amael piano trio.
throughout Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
as a soloist many times with the Kazan Philharmonic 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.
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.