Trio Dumas

Trio Dumas


photo by Ors Koszeghy

Joseph Puglia - violin

Violinist Joseph Puglia made his solo debut in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw as part of the 2009 Holland Festival. Reviews from the concert were overwhelmingly positive, with the headlines reading "Exceptional Debut Violinist Puglia" (NRC Handelsblad) and "Puglia Brings Hall to a Boil" (De Volkskrant). He has performed in major concert halls throughout the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (New York), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Cite de la Musique, Salle Pleyel (Paris), and in Australia at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. After hearing a recital, cellist Anner Bylsma was moved to write of his playing "Joey Puglia is the best." Highlights of his 2015 season include performances of concerti by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Pärt, Saariaho, Berio, Denisov, Hillborg, and van Vlijmen, numerous broadcasts on Dutch Radio 4, a CD recording of music by Luciano Berio for the Attacca label, and chamber music performances in The Netherlands, USA, France, UK, Italy, and Norway.

Joseph is an avid promoter of 20th and 21st century music, and in 2015/2016 will give world premieres of two separate violin concerti written for him by composers Joey Roukens and Kate Moore. He has recently started a project dedicated to promoting the music of Luciano Berio which will include a CD recording of Berio's Sequenza, Corale (with the New Utrecht Philharmonic), Due Pezzi (with pianist Ellen Corver), and 34 Duets for two violins. Each duet will be recorded with a different violinist and will therefore be the first recording of these pieces as Berio intended: with as many violinists as possible of all ages and abilities, from 7 year old students to Joseph's own former teachers. In addition to the CD, Joseph will also be giving masterclasses on Berio's music at institutions including the Royal Conservatory (Netherlands), Netherlands Youth Orchestra summer academy, and School for Strings (New York). He will also record bonus versions of Berio's Duets for special release on his website.

Joseph performs regularly as concertmaster of the Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble, the leading Dutch ensemble for contemporary music. He has participated in the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland and the Klangspuren Festival in Austria, where he worked closely with Pierre Boulez and members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has given countless premieres in Europe, the USA, Asia, and Australia, and has worked closely with many of today's leading composers including John Adams, Peter Eötvös, Jörg Widmann, Heinz Holliger, Oliver Knussen, and Louis Andriessen.

As a chamber musician Joseph has collaborated with members of the Juilliard and Brentano String Quartets, Osiris Trio, Brooklyn Rider Quartet, Reinbert de Leeuw, Vera Beths, Gordan Nikolic, and the Rubens Quartet, as a member in their 2010/2011 season. In the 2015/2016 concert season he will create, curate, and perform in a concert series at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, which will seek to create connections between current museum exhibitions and chamber music masterworks, and will provide an opportunity to display the museum's extensive instrument collection which is currently in storage. He has recorded chamber music for the Sony Classical and Hungaroton labels, and his performances have been broadcast on television and radio programs in the US, Netherlands, France, and Australia. He has performed in many chamber music festivals throughout the US and Europe, such as IMS Prussia Cove (UK), Lucerne (Switzerland), Kneisel Hall (USA), Festival dei dui Mondi (Italy), Sacrum Profanum (Krakow), Festival Musique de Chambre Givery (France), Musique a Marsac (France), and the Tiberius Festival (Romania).

As an orchestral musician, Joseph has frequently appeared as guest concertmaster with orchestras such as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Northern Netherlands Orchestra, and as principal second violin with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for concerts in Vienna (Theater an der Wien) and Milan (La Scala).

Born in New York City, Joseph began the violin at age 4 and studied with Louise Behrend at the School for Strings and Juilliard's Pre-College division. In 2002, he was accepted to Juilliard's college division with a full scholarship where he studied under Robert and Nicholas Mann. He received his Master of Music degree with the highest possible marks at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 2008, working with Vera Beths. He has also received coachings and played in masterclasses led by Anner Bylsma, Barbara Hannigan, Anssi Karttunen, Thomas Riebl, David Takeno, and members of the Alban Berg, Hagen, Juilliard, and Guarneri Quartets.

Chaim Steller - viola

Chaim Steller, born in 1983 in Amsterdam, started playing the violin age 4, and with 16 decided to switch to viola. He studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Marjolein Dispa, and continued his studies with Wolfram Christ in Freiburg, where he obtained his "soloist"-diploma with the highest honours in 2009. In the following two years Chaim studied chamber music in Berlin with the Artemis Quartett.

Masterclasses and collaborations with musicians such as Alfred Brendel, Lars Anders Tomter, Thomas Riebl, Antoine Tamestit and Jörg Widmann continue to complete his musical education.

Chaim Steller has been playing as assistant principal violist of the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin under Iván Fischer since June 2015, after his time as first principal with the Duisburger Philharmoniker/Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Until December 2013 Chaim was assistant as well as principal violist of Orchestra Mozart Bologna under maestro Claudio Abbado and other well-known conductors such as Trevor Pinnock and Bernard Haitink. By personal invitation of Mr Abbado, he has also been playing in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2008. Additionally, Chaim works regularly as guest principal with orchestras like the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and the NDR Ochestra Hamburg.

Along with American violinist Joseph Puglia and Hungarian cellist Örs Kőszeghy, Chaim founded Trio Dumas, with whom he recorded for Hungarian record label Hungaroton. Further chamber music experiences include concerts alongside such musicians as Wolfram Christ, Diemut Poppen, Pascal Moragues and Kurt Widmer. Chaim Steller was prize winner at the 42nd International Competition for Viola in Markneukirchen (Germany), and the National Viola Competition in Amsterdam. He was awarded the Gustav Scheck Prize of the Commerzbank in 2008 for outstanding achievements as a student of the University of Arts in Freiburg, and the Alice-Samter-prize with his string quartet from the University of Arts Berlin.

A committed player of 20th century and contemporary music, Chaim participated a number of times in the Lucerne Festival Academy, where he played both in chamber music formations as well as in the orchestra as principal violist under conductors such as Pierre Boulez and Péter Eötvös. He collaborated with composers such as Boulez, Eötvös, and Márton Illés on their pieces, and premiered works by Eötvös, Lachenmann, Pintscher and Stockhausen.

Chaim Steller plays a 1959 Max Möller viola from Amsterdam.

Örs Köszeghy - cello

Hungarian Cellist Örs Köszeghy was the second prize winner of the 7th Hungarian National János Starker Competition and also a finalist of the David Popper International Cello Competition in 2001. He has recorded for various labels and has been featured in a documentary titled "The Secret of Boccherini" with cellist Anner Bylsma, whom he has worked with extensively.

Chamber music and solo performances have taken him to concert halls across Europe, to such venues as a.o. the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, het Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, the Bartók Béla Memorial House (Budapest), the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the Opéra de Lyon. He has a passion for chamber music: next to his string trio 'Trio Dumas' he also performs as cellist of the clarinet trio 'Maneon Trio' and as part of Amsterdam Sinfonietta Soloists.

An avid performer of 20th century music, Mr. Köszeghy played regularly in the world-renowned Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, and in 2007 he was principal cellist in the Luzern Festival Academy Orchestra, where he worked under Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös. Since 2009 he is a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Mr. Köszeghy was born in 1980 in Budapest. He earned his first diploma in the Franz Liszt Academy of Music as a student of Csaba Onczay. He continued his studies with Dmitri Ferschtman in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he obtained his Masters degree in 2006.