Berlin based Israeli born Pianist Ohad Ben-Ari, violinist Daniel Bard and cellist Hila Karni create a unique musical tapestry of exquisite sounds that expresses their extraordinary sensitivity, mature understanding and rich experience of music making.In 2007, the Trio won first prize at the prestigious International Chamber Music Competition in Trieste, Italy, as well as receiving the Special Prize for their interpretation of a Brahms Trio and the "Young Award". In addition, they have won the audience prize at the 2008 Bologna Festival. Marcello Abbado, the noted Italian musician and composer dedicated a new work to the group, titled "Trio Mondrian".In 2009 the trio has been awarded a fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust in London after being selected as winners of the Trust for that year.Trio Mondrian performs regularly in Israel and Europe. Their first recording has been released with works by Brahms and Dvorak. A second album, with the trio masterpieces of Ravel and Shostakovich was recently recorded in Berlin and is about to be released early in 2012 on dutch classical music label "Challenge Records".This year the trio is giving their debut performances in London, Berlin and Amsterdam.“The tremendous intrinsic ability of the Mondrian Trio... the music is magic in their hands... lightness, precision, a polished style... these are the moments that make concert experience memorable.”Ha'aretz, Gallery Magazine“The innate talent of the three Israeli musicians puts them firmly in the ranks of recognized trios. The soulful rendering of Ben-Ari, the masterful playing of Bard, the passionate artistry of Karni... this is a trio that compares with the best.”IL Piccolo
Israeli born pianist Ohad Ben-Ari performed already at age 12 with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. He has won numerous top prizes at international competitions, among them the ARD Competition in Munich and the Arthur Rubinstein Master Competition in Tel Aviv. As a result, he received many invitations to appear as soloist with orchestras around the world. In 1996 Ohad Ben-Ari headed for the USA and set to work as a music producer specializing in pop and in jazz music. Since 2010, Ohad Ben-Ari resides with his family in Berlin, where he continues his work as a classical pianist and composer. His partnership of many years with Berlin based violinist Guy Braunstein has been reinstated and the two often record and perform together. Together with Guy Braunstein, Ohad serves as an artistic director of the music festival Bahnhof Rolandseck. Ohad’s first original composition for piano and orchestra, Tips, took place early in 2013 with the Hamburger Symphoniker. In 2014 his concerto for Marimba was premiered in Tokyo and in 2015 Ben-Ari’s composition Violins of Hope was commissioned and performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker. In the season of 2015, Ben-Ari also appeared as a soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, performing Hans Werner Henze’s epic Nine Sacred Concertos.
The violinist and violist Daniel Bard found his passion for chamber music already in his early years. He studied in Toronto with David Zafer and at Yale University with Peter Oundjian from the famous Tokyo Quartet and at the Guildhall School in London with David Takeno. He was a member of the Metro String Quartet, who collaborated with artists such as Menahem Pressler, Laurence Lesser and Gilbert Kalish. Daniel Bard is concertmaster of the Swedish Camerata Nordica and in 2007 he was invited by Tabea Zimmermann as a guest leader for the Camerata Bern. Since 2009 he is the first violist of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Daniel Bard plays a violin built in 1686 by Giovanni Grancino, on loan from Yehuda Zisapel.
Born in Tel Aviv, cellist Hila Karni studied in the USA with Bernhard Greenhouse, who described her as »one of the most musically sensitive and technically exciting cellists of the younger generation.« Later she continued her studies with David Geringas in Lübeck and Berlin. Hila Karni appeared both at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and as well in Stresa and Ravinia. She has performed with renowned musicians such as Boris Pergamenschikow, Walter Boykens, Ralf Gothóni, Maxim Vengerov and the Scharoun Ensemble and has played in all the major concert halls. Well-received was her CD recording of the Robert Volkmann Cello Concerto as a soloist with the Hamburg Camerata.