“From the moment the first notes of the trio by Claude Debussy reached my ears, I knew that this evening would be an unforgettable experience.” (I. León in La Jornada, Mexico)
When the GELIUS TRIO members first played together in 1999 whilst recording a CD with compositions by Dorothee Eberhardt, it was such a positive encounter that they founded their own ensemble.
The two string players' experience as concertmasters of the Munich Phliharmonic Orchestra, playing under the direction of the most famous conductors in our epoch, is exceedingly enriching the cooperation. The eponym Micaela Gelius knows how to let the piano sing, empatheticly accompanying, but also showing her pianistic finesses.
The trio is known for the unity of the musicians' phrasings and for tonal beauty, passion and depth of feeling. Its extensive repertory encludes trios from the classic to the contemporary period documented on six CDs. Sreten Krstic plays a violin made by Nicolaus Gagliano and Michael Hell a cello made by his brother Januarius Gagliano in 1736.
Sreten Krstic, Violin
has been a member of the Munich Philharmonic since 1980 (since 1982 as principal concert master).
Born in Belgrade in 1953, he began playing the violin at the age of seven and completed his musical studies 14 years later in Belgrade under Prof. Toskov and Prof. Pavlovic.The previous year he was prizewinner at the international music competition “Jeunesses Musicales” in the violin and piano duet category. Three years later he won the International competition in Belgrade in the violin category and also received a special prize for his interpretation of Bach´s solo sonatas. Concert tours have taken him throughout Europe, Japan, the USA und the former USSR.
He has been invited to make recordings for the WDR (West German Radio) BR (Bavarian Radio) and BBC in London, and has played in every radio and television studio in the former Yugoslavia. He has given solo performences under Sergiu Celibidache, Hiroshi Wakasugi, Horst Stein, Vaclav Neumann and Dmitrij Kitajenko, amongst many others.
Michael Hell, Cello
was born in Vienna into a family of musicians. He studied cello at Vienna University of Music and completed his studies with distinction in 1980. In 1981 he joined the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra as principal solo cellist. He has performed cello concertos with many well-known conductors including Christoph von Dohnanyi, Herbert Blomstedt, Hiroshi Wakasugi, Dmitrij Kitajenko and Maxim Shostakowich amongst many others. For many years Hell worked on the phenomenological aspects of the music under Sergiu Celibidache. As a solo player, chamber musician and teacher Michael Hell has travelled in many European countries, Southern America and is a regular guest in Japan. He has participated in numerous festivals, as well as in CD, radio and television recordings.
For his services to culture he was appointed Professor by the Federal president of Austria in 2008. He is teaching a cello class at the Innsbruck Conservatory of Music.
In January 2012 Michael Hell and Micaela Gelius released their Duo CD Liebesfreud & Liebesleid.
Micaela Gelius, Piano
appeared as soloist with the Munich Symphony Orchestra even before embarking upon her studies.
She studied in Munich and Würzburg in the classes of Claude-France Journès and Margarita Höhenrieder. A scholarship from the International Society for Chamber Music complemented her studies.
In 1986 she wan the special Mozart Prize at the 3. International Competition of Lied with the soprano Anna Moser.
An extensive concert career followed as soloist, chamber music partner, and song accompanist in Europe and Asia and America with appearances at prestigious music festivals such as the Music Festival in Beijing.
Her playing is documented by numerous recordings for radio, television and CDs.
Her current solo album Piano Night Pieces was released in 2011. Since November 2003 Micaela Gelius teaches piano at Augsburg University and is a regular jury member for piano competitions.