Amael Piano Trio

Amael Piano Trio

 Ljubljana, Ljubljana, SVN

A top-notch ensemble!
A superb Beethoven's 'Archduke',Magical colouring, highlighting of luminescent thrilling, and fresh shades.
an extremely high level of musical communication


The Amael Piano Trio has received oustanding international acclaim performing in New York, London, Rome, Belgrade, Bergen, San Marino, Munich and some other European cities.

In addition to the repertoire of classical music, the Trio Amael at all concerts promoted and performed a number of works by Slovenian composers.

More about Amael Piano Trio:
The Amael Piano Trio was founded by three very accomplished artists, who, individually, have backgrounds as prominent soloists and chamber musicians.
All three artists, the pianist, Tatjana Ognjanovic, the violinist, Volodja Balzalorsky and the cellist Damir Hamidullin, have performed internationally as guests of numerous music festivals and cycles, and as soloists with many orchestras. Individually, as well, they have also created multiple CD,s and have made extensive live and archival radio and TV recordings throughout Europe and in the USA and Asia.
The trio has 14 years of successful performances in a variety of venues, concert series, and festivals in Europe and in USA.

The Amael Trio has achieved the status of being among the most sought after chamber groups in Slovenia. In addition to performing known traditional trio literature from various style epochs, the trio is also dedicated to performing contemporary works, and to the promotion, internationally, of Slovenian composers of piano trio literature.

In the immediate future, they plan to schedule additional concert-tours and perform in many different countries, make several CDs, and expand their repertoire, exploring the works of lesser-known composers and performing new works created for piano trio. They also plan to commission and record new works; some renowned Slovenian and international composers have already decided to write especially for their trio.


Tatjana OgnjanoviÄ‥, one of Slovenia's leading pianists, has performed at International Music Festivals and given highly acclaimed recitals in 16 countries throughout Europe, as well as in Malaysia and Singapore. She has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, interpreting piano concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, and Prokofiev.

She has made many CD, LP, radio and TV recordings, embracing a wide repertory of music from the baroque era to the contemporary. Her growing interest in chamber music has resulted in her collaboration with pianist Bojan Gorisek, and more recently, the increasingly acknowledged Trio Amael.

Tatjana Ognjanovic is a prize winner of national, as well as numerous international piano competitions such as the Cidade do Porto in Portugal (1991), Maria Callas in Athens, Greece (1992), Jose Iturbi in Valencia, Spain (1992), and Premio Jaen, also in Spain (1993).

In addition to her artistic performances, she has been teaching at the Academy of Music of the Ljubljana University since 1993.

Volodja Balzalorsky is an internationally acclaimed concert violinist who has performed in many international music festivals and concert series throughout Europe, and North America.

Recently he was awarded with several International Music Arards, such as: The Hollywood Music in Media Award 2009 - Best Classical, The Inland Empire Music Award Music Award 2008 - Best International ArtistThe Ontario Independent Music Award 2007 - Best International Artist, The Canary Island Music Award 2007- Best Interpretation, Julij Betetto Music Award 2006 and Nomination for The Los Angeles Music Award 2007- classical.


Cellist Damir Hamidullin is a virtuoso soloist and an excellent representative of the famous Russian cello schoolHe is first solo cellist of the National Opera House in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and a member of the Amael piano trio. 

He performs throughout Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician

He has played as a soloist many times with the Kazan Philharmonic and with other symphonic and chamber orchestras in Russia and in Slovenia. He plays all the famous concertos on his instrument: Haydn, Dvorak, Saint-Saens, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.

He has also been guest artist at various international festivals - Festival Groblje and Festival of Contemporary Music Radenci in Slovenia, Festival of Contemporary Music Kishinjev in Moldavia, Festival of Kazan in Russia, etc.


The release of two LIVE CD's of Amael Piano Trio is planned in March-April 2011 by Cantabel label in Europe and by Eroica Classical recordings in USA: Live in Ljubljana, and Live from The Spectrum Festival.
Streaming Preview at:

CD of Tatjana Ognjanovic:
Ludwig van Beethoven - The last piano sonatas

CDs of Volodja Balzalorsky
New Releases by Cantabel Productions:

CD of Damir Hamidulin: Eroica release
Damir Hamidulin

Set List


Special Program for contemporary music festivals and concert series:
First part: Slovenian composers
Uros Rojko 1954 - Meteor (2005)
Milko Lazar - Five short pieces (2001- dedicated to Amael Trio)
Igor Krivokapic Trio 2005 (dedicated to Amael Trio)
Second part:
Steven R. Mento: Music for Lancaster 2007 (dedicated to Amael Trio)
Hugh Levick: Translation for piano trio

Alfred Schnittke - Trio (1985/1992)
Claude Debussy - Trio
Johannes Brahms - Trio in c-minor op. 101

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Trio No. 6 in C major, K. 548
Franz Shubert - Trio Notturno Es-dur D 897
Ludwig van Beethoven - Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke"

Joseph Hydn-Trio Hob XV No. 18
Milko Lazar - Five pieces
Bedrich Smetana - Trio


Op.1 no.3 in C minor
Op. 70 no.1 'The Ghost' in D
Op.97 in B Flat-

Bloch - Three Nocturnes

Piano Trio Op.87 in C
Piano Trio Op.101 in C m