The musicians of the Volkmann Trio have shared their passion for both the famous and lesser known piano trio repertoire since 2013.
The musicians of the Volkmann trio (Valentina Tóth, piano, Coraline Groen, violin, and Jobine Siekman, cello) have shared their passion for boththe famous and the lesser known piano trio repertoire since 2013. They met at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. The trio received master classes from e.g. David Dolan, Ellen Corver, Vera Beths, Michel Strauss, Richard Lester, Peter Brunt and David Kuyken. They won the Chamber Music Prize from the Royal Conservatoire in 2015. In the same year, they were invited by the Dutch embassy in Lithuania to play a concert in the National Philharmonic hall in Vilnius, and in 2016 they played for the Dutch embassy in Brussels. Last October they debuted in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. The Volkmann trio named themselves after Robert Volkmann (1815-1883), one of the more unknown composers the trio likes to stand up for.
“vol overgave en passie werd dit stuk gebracht…..- Een concert met een gouden randje’.’”
Nel Kerkman, Zandvoortse Courant
Born in 1996, Coraline Groen took up the violin at the age of three. In December 2019 she hopes to finish her master studies with Vera Beths at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. From February 2020 on she will have a fixed position in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. During her bachelor studies in London and The Hague, her teachers have included Peter Brunt, Philippe Graffin and Rodney Friend. Groen won first prize at the Britten Violin Competition and at the regional finals of the Princess Christina Competition, as well as second prize at the Davina van Wely National Violin Competition. She was a member of the academies of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (2018/2019) and the Residentie Orchestra (2017/2018). Groen was appointed principal violinist of the Royal Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and principal of the second violins of the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, the RAM Symphony Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Academy Orchestra. She has also taken part in projects with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Antwerp Philharmonic and Asko|Schoenberg. Groen is, apart from the Volkmann trio, a member of ‘De Formule’, an experimenting ensemble which won the 2018 Grote Kamermuziekprijs and performed at the Harmos Festival in Porto (www.ensembledeformule.nl). She has a duo with bayan player Robbrecht Van Cauwenberghe (www.vioolbajan.com). Coraline plays a violin built by W. Crijnen in 2006 and a bow built by A. Grütter in 2003, both of which are on loan to her from the Dutch National Musical Instruments Fund.
Dutch cellist Jobine Siekman is quickly building her career as an exceptional chamber musician and soloist. She has won prizes both as a soloist (National Cello Competition of Cellobiennale Amsterdam 2016) and with ensembles including the Alkyona Quartet and the Chloé Trio. For the 2019-2020 academic year she has been awarded the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship supported by the Royal College of Music in London. Previously she completed a Bachelor degree there with professor Melissa Phelps and last July she obtained a Masters of Performance diploma with professor Richard Lester as Irene Hanson Scholar. In 2017 she performed the second Bach Suite at Wigmore Hall as part of the RCM String Showcase concert. Jobine was awarded second prize in the National Competition of the foundation Young Music Talent of the Year (2011) and the Anna Shuttleworth Prize in the RCM cello competition (2016). BBC 3 has broadcasted her recording of Webern’s 2 pieces for cello and piano. Jobine is a passionate chamber musician and is a member of several successful ensembles with whom she performs regularly in the UK and the Netherlands. She participated in masterclasses with Gary Hoffman, Johannes Goritzki, Frans Helmerson, Anner Bijlsma and Jean-Guihen Queyras. The Hendrik Muller Fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds have sponsored her studies.
Valentina graduated with distinction for her Bachelor Studies Piano at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She also studied Acting at the RITCS (Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound) in Brussels.
In April 2013, at the age of 18, Challenge Classics released her first CD, Hungarian Horizon. Valentina received a Diapason d’Or for this CD.
She received the first prize and audience prize at the National Princess Christina Concours in the Hague and the first prize at the International Music Competition Stockholm. Amongst others, she was finalist of the Steinway Concours and YPF piano competition, where she soloed with the Enaccord string quartet.
In 2009, when she was 15, she gave a concert in Carnegie Hall in New York. In the same year, she performed live on Dutch Television for Menahem Pressler at the “Edison Gala 2009”. In 2015, she gave a lunch concert at the Concertgebouw (small hall) in Amsterdam.
She soloed with the Frisian Symphony Orchestra, the Haydn Youth String Orchestra, the Northern Philharmonic, The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Dutch Wind Ensemble (NBE) and the National Youth Orchestra.
Valentina is the pianist of the Dutch TV show “De Tiende Van Tijl”.
Concert ‘Light and Dark’ at the Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam Join the Volkmann trio as they discover music in the paintings of Rembrandt and celebrate the 2019 Rembrandt year. They will present music by Mozart, Abrahamsen and Bloch and share their insights on a painting by...
Our pianist, Valentina Tóth, has just released her 2nd CD, Ruralia Hungarica / Humoresken in Form einer Suite, with Challenge Records. She has been touring the Netherlands for the past month to promote her CD and it has received many wonderful reviews! Click here to...
We closed last season in the spectacular 'Museum Voorlinden' (picture). 2018-2019 has now started and we have been busy bees! After performing two of the most wonderful piano trio's (Dvorak no. 2 and Beethoven op. 70 no. 2) last year, we have started rehearsing new...
On the 25th of April Coraline won the audition for the Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orkest Academy place for violin in Amsterdam. Next concert season 2018-2019 she will be playing with this prestigious orchestra en will be receiving coaching from members of...
After our inspiring masterclasses in London, we started 2018, filled with energy. We had rehearsal sessions in Groningen, Brussels and The Hague. Sunday 8th of April we will play our favourite piano trios by Bloch, Dvorak and Beethoven in Voorschoten, and...
Concertgebouw Amsterdam On Wednesday the 11th of October, the Volkmann Trio gave a lunchtime recital in de Kleine Zaal in Concertgebouw Amsterdam. They were invited by the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation to play this concert, because Jobine and...
Alles wat zij ten gehore brachten was mooi, verantwoord, evenwichtig’
Willem van de Vrande
2nd of August, 14:30
Karmelklooster, Drachten, NL
works by Frid, Babadjanian and Shostakovich
12th of September, 14:00 and 16:00
De Duif, Amsterdam, NL
As part of Grachtenfestival, works by Frid, Babadjanian and Shostakovich
11th of October, 15:00
Theater de Mythe, Goes, NL
works by Haydn, Volkmann and Dvorak
16th of January 2021, 20:15
Soefi Tempel, Katwijk, NL
works by Haydn, Volkmann and Schubert