Hanover Piano Trio

Lucja Madziar (Leader of the Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester, Hanover), Johannes Krebs (Principal Cellist of the Bremer Philharmonic) and Katharina Sellheim (concert pianist and collaborative pianist to many world-renown artists) have formed Klaviertrio Hanover to impress the press and public with captivating and diverse programmes, both at home and abroad. The ensemble has greatly benefitted from important musical stimulation from the Jean-Paul Trio.

One of Klaviertrio Hanover’s great passions is to perform special programmes for special occasions. For the 100th birthday of the legendary Leonard Bernstein, the Trio played Bernstein’s seldom-performed Piano Trio (1937). In 2020, they will embark on a Beethoven Project with violist Konstantin Sellheim (Munich Philharmonic), dedicating themselves to the wonderful piano quartets of the unique composer Ludwig van Beethoven to celebrate his 250th birthday.

Katharina Sellheim - piano, performs regularly at international music festivals such as the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Heidelberger Fruehling Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and the Mahler Festival in Toblach. She is active as a soloist, a chamber musician and accompanist, and teaches at the Hanover College of Music and Drama. Friedrich Fischer-Dieskau commissioned her to accompany his master classes in Sankt Paul in 2004 and 2005. She has given master classes in China, and was invited by the Barenboim-Said-Foundation in 2006 to teach in Ramallah, Jerusalem and other cities in Palestine and Israel. Katharina Sellheim won a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation, the Richard Wagner Association, and numerous scholarships from the German Academic Exhange Service (DAAD). She won first prize in the Gedok Music Competition and studied in Hanover with Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling and Markus Becker, and in Paris with Germaine Mounier.

Lucja Madziar - violin, born in Poland, is currently Leader of the Lower Saxony State Orchestra in Hanover, Germany.
From 2006-2010 she was Leader of the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra and during the season 2015/16 she has led the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra as Assistent Leader. During her studies in Rostock with Prof. Petru Munteanu, and in Graz with Prof. Silvia Marcovici she received additional musical influences from artistic collaborations with Ida Haendel, Shlomo Mintz, Stefan Gheorghiu and the pianist Chia Chou. Lucja Madziar won the international violin competition “Kloster Schoental” in Germany, and the Vaclav Huml competition in Croatia, and was a prize winner of the Fritz Kreisler competition in Vienna. In 1999 she was awarded the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) prize for extraordinary achievement, and in 2010 she was awarded the renowned Aalto Stage Prize for young artists. As a soloist and chamber musician she has performed in venues such as the Alfred-Krupp-Hall at the Essen Philharmonic, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and in the Schubert- and Great Hall of the Vienna Concert Hall. Lucja Madziar plays a Carlo Landolfi violin from 1759 and a Nikolai Kittel bow from about 1860.

Born in Goslar, Germany in 1974, Johannes Krebs is today one of the most interesting and multifaceted musicians of his generation. During his studies in Hanover, Madrid, Basilea and Cologne he won numerous prices and awards at competitions in Germany, Austria, England and the USA. Over the last decade, Krebs has developed an extensive career as a soloist, chamber musician and much sought after teacher.
As soloist with orchestras he has performed under the baton of conductors like Ingo Metzmacher, Markus Poschner, Marko Letonja, Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas Milton and Wolfgang Schmidt and as a member of the Streichtrio Lirico he has been appearing in concerts and recitals all over Europe and South America.
Krebs is a frequent guest at important music festivals such as the CASALS Festival in Prades, the festivals in Santander and Albal, Schleswig Holstein Festival or the Braunschweiger Kammermusikpodium. Additionally, Krebs fulfills his duties as Principal cellist of the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006.
He greatly enjoys teaching his cello class at the University of Arts in Bremen. He offers masterclasses in Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain and coaches regularly the cello sections of various German youth orchestras. In the academic year 2015/16 he teaches as guest at the Musicacademy in Cracow, Poland.
In 2015 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Musikfest Goslar.
Krebs plays a marvellous cello by Carlo Antonio Testore, Milano 1746.