Three musicians with different geographical, cultural and professional backgrounds met in Vienna: the Russian pianist Stanislaw Tichonow, the Austrian violinist Klara Flieder and the French-speaking Swiss cellist Christophe David Pantillon. Their joint creation, the Leschetizky Trio, bundles their respective experience, interest and ambition, as reflected in the variety of their repertoire and program offerings. The trio is named after Theodor Leschetizky (1830-1915), pianist, piano pedagogue, composer and conductor, who was an important figure in the Viennese musical life of the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. His international fame was a valuable asset to the multicultural and artistic reputation of the Habsburg Empire. The Leschetizky Trio made its debut at the Schubert-Saal of the Vienna Konzerthaus in November 2003. It has appeared in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, the US and the Ukraine. Since the summer of 2006, the Trio has been invited to the Norfolk Festival. The Trio’s first CD (Preiser Records) was released in September 2004; the second, with works by Shostakovitch and Weinberg (Cascavelle VEL 3104) appeared in November 2006, and received the Pasticcio Prize from Austrian radio for the best recording of the month, as well as excellent reviews from all over the world.
Stanislaw Tichonow (pianist) was born in Pskow (Russia) and studied at the Novosibirsk Glinka-Conservatory with Professor Iser Slonim. He was a postgraduate student of Professor Rudolf Kehrer at the Moscow Tschaikowsky Conservatory, where he also obtained his musicology doctorate in 1990 with Professor Mstislav Smirnov; and where he pursued his career as piano teacher and musicologist. Since 2006, he has been Professor of Piano at the Eisenstadt Haydn Conservatory.
Klara Flieder (violinist) comes from a family of Viennese musicians and studied with Grete Biedermann at the Vienna Conservatory, obtaining her diploma "with honours." She then completed her studies with Christian Ferras in Paris and Arthur Grumiaux in Brussels. She took part in master classes with Henryk Szeryng, Nathan Milstein and Augustin Dumay. Since 2005, she has been Professor of Violin at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and member of the Hyperion Ensemble Salzburg.
Christophe David Pantillon (cellist) was born in Neuchâtel into a Swiss-American family of musicians. He started playing the cello with J.P. Guy and Elena Botez before continuing his studies with Heinrich Schiff at the Music Academy in Basel, with Valentin Erben at the Vienna Music University, and with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He has attended numerous master classes, in particular with Mischa Maisky. He was a founding member of the Aron Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna.