Interview with Trio Dali – part 1
Waterloo is a tiny train platform a short, rattly ride from Brussels. There is no trace of either Napoleon or the Duke of Wellington, and no two-cornered hats in sight. Instead, there is a blast of exuberant energy from the three young musicians awaiting me in the miniscule station car-park.
Violinist Vineta Sareika, pianist Amadine Savary, and cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca exude so much good humour and cheer that the short drive to the Queen Elisabeth College of Music seems like a party.
Trio Dali has a concert a few days hence in Liege, and the college where the trio’s collective life began offers a peaceful setting where the musicians can rehearse together.
The three musicians, all embarking on successful solo careers, met at a Spanish chamber music festival in Santander five years ago and became firm friends. It was only when the same festival brought all three back the following year that they decided to play together.
“We found we still had the same kind of friendship, so we decided to make some music together,” recalls Sareika.
“We agreed on everything,” explains La Marca. “It was easy.”
“We understood quite early that it was something special, and we just wanted to continue,” says Sareika.
The group was accepted by the Queen Elisabeth College, where Sareika had already begun studying, and were taught by the eminent Artemis Quartet. The geographical challenges were considerable.
“We were living in three different countries – ” begins Savary,
” – studying in four different places,” interjects La Marca.
The Trio’s members have a habit of finishing one another’s sentences that is amusing and occasionally unnerving. Sometimes all three answer simultaneously.
Four different places? How did that work?
“It was really difficult,” they chorus.
“Christian-Pierre was living in Paris and studying in Cologne. Amadine was in London, and I was already here,” explains Sareika.
“But we wanted to do it. And we did. And now we are very happy,” continues La Marca.
© Shirley Apthorp 2011