RIO PALLADIO was named after Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) – one of the most influential architects of all time. The Renaissance genius drew inspiration from a concept by legendary Roman architect Vitruvius: architecture requires a connection with both the arts and the sciences, based on numbers and proportions. Andrea’s teacher Gian Giorgio Trissino, a renowned poet, playwright, and linguist, designated the young master as Pallas, the epithet of Athena – goddess of wisdom, knowledge, arts, crafts, warcraft, the mind, mastery, dexterity, and invention. Incidentally, classical Greek and Roman forms and proportions settled in Palladio’s buildings and ideas which had a powerful influence across both coasts of the Atlantic Ocean.
In his collected musings Maxims and Reflections (1833), published shortly after Goethe’s death, the poet wrote: “A noble philosopher [poet, mystic Novalis] spoke of architecture as frozen music; and it was inevitable that many people should shake their heads over his remark. We believe that no better repetition of this fine thought can be given than by calling architecture a speechless music.”
The musical aspiration of Trio Palladio is to bring to life Palladio’s architectural values and Goethe’s ideas about the connection between architecture and music, when he wrote in passing that “the sounds fade away but the harmony lives on”.
Eva BINDERE is one of Latvia’s most dazzling violinists – a solo performer, chamber musician, orchestra concertmaster. Winner of Latvia’s Grand Music Award in 2016 in the category Musician of the Year.
In recent years she frequently performs with The Russian Virtuosi of Europe, an orchestra led by professor at the London Royal College of Music Yuri Zhislin. Since 2012, Eva is assistant concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic, where Maxim Vengerov is an artist-in-residence. Latvian audiences have witnessed Eva’s brilliant solo performances in works by Magnus Lindberg, Alfred Schnittke, Pēteris Vasks, and Kurt Weill.
Eva Bindere is a lecturer at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music since 2008, where she was appointed associate professor in 2013. She has taught workshops in the Järvi Academy in Pärnu, in Piła Festival in Poland, and in the Schloss Pommersfelden Summer Academy.
First violin of the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra from 1997 to 2012. As a member of the orchestra, Eva toured the world, performing in duet and in chamber ensembles with Gidon Kremer. Together with her Kremerata Baltica colleagues, Eva established the Euphonia quartet, which earned the Grand Music Award in 2006.
Kristīne BLAUMANE is one of Latvia’s most brilliant cellists – a solo performer, chamber musician, principal cellist of an orchestra.
She has performed the solo with Latvian orchestras, Britten Sinfonia, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Kremerata Baltica, and others. Kristīne’s chamber ensemble collaborations include performances with Isaac Stern, Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma, Yuri Bashmet, Leif Ove Andsnes, Nikolaj Znaider, Oleg Maizenberg, and others. She performed with violinist Roman Mints and violist Maxim Rysanov in the String Trio ASCH.
Kristīne became the principal cellist of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta in 1999 and continued working in the orchestra until 2010. Principal cellist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra since 2007.
Kristīne has recorded several CDs. Two-time winner of Latvia’s Grand Music Award (2005 and 2007).
Reinis ZARIŅŠ is a London-based Latvian concert pianist, one of Latvia’s most striking talents, a master of carefully conceived interpretations, a soloist and chamber musician, participant of conceptual interdisciplinary art projects.
Reinis has received awards in eleven international pianist competitions. Three-time winner of Latvia’s Grand Music Award (2011, 2013, 2015).
The pianist has participated in Bath International Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, Kremerata Baltica Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Nova Scotia Festival of Music, MasterWorks, Crescendo, and Holland Music Sessions. He has performed at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Weill Recital Hall and Steinway Hall in New York Carnegie Centre, Wigmore Hall and Steinway Hall in London, Glazunov Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.
Zariņš has recorded several critically acclaimed CDs: Beethoven’s Hammerklavier and Schubert’s works in London Wigmore Hall (Lemniscat Productions); recording of a concert performance of Bach, Brahms, Liszt and Schubert at the Cēsis Concert Hall; two Circus & Magic studio albums, and Jāzeps Vītols – Works for solo piano (British record label Champs Hill Records), as well as two CDs with the Latvian record company Skani: Volfgangs Dārziņš’ Piano Concerto no. 2 (with the LNSO and conductor Andris Poga) and Lūcija Garūta’s compositions for piano and her Piano Concerto (with the Liepāja SO and conductor Atvars Lakstīgala).