The contemporary music ensemble TRIO vis-à-vis was founded in 2012 at the music conservatory in Stuttgart, Germany by Marie Louise Lind (violoncello), Sabine Beisswenger (flute) and Natasha López (voice) during intensive rehearsals for Helmut Lachenmann’s composition temA. From 2017 to 2020 Maria Kalesnikava (flute), Hugo Rannou (violoncello) and Natasha López (voice) formed the trio. Due to the imprisonment of the flautist and politician Maria Kalesnikava in September 2020, the trio was compelled to make another change and Guillermo González took on the role of the flautist. Since then, the trio has been committed to supporting its friend and musician Maria Kalesnikava by dedicating concerts and events to her political activity.
As the name implies, the ensemble works very closely with composers. The trio regularly commissions new compositions for its distinctive instrumentation and is dedicated to experimenting with new ideas. The three musicians combine the love of the unknown and an enthusiasm for contemporary music, leading them to creative, interdisciplinary and highly topical projects that deal with social and human issues in connection with music. The trio regularly works with artists from other fields such as dance, fine arts, puppet theatre, new media, theatre, etc. in order to intensify the musical and artistic experience. Extraordinary projects and venues give these musicians a distinctive identity that shapes them and is characterized by their originality and creativity both as an ensemble and as soloists.
The repertoire of TRIO vis-à-vis includes classical modern works as well as contemporary and experimental works. The trio has worked personally with Lachenmann and has performed many premieres dedicated to it by composers such as Claudio Ambrosini, Jesse Broekman, Ulrich Kreppein, Sophie Pope, Remmy Canedo, Huihui Cheng, Alberto Hortigüela, Koka Nikoladze, Silvia Rosani, Alberto Bernal, Nicolai Worsaae, and Helena Cánovas i Parés, among others.
TRIO vis-à-vis has played at the most important festivals and concert series for contemporary music, for instance at the TonArt Festival Esslingen, the Neue Töne Open (Stuttgart), the concert series Südseite Nachts and Der Sommer in Stuttgart of the Musik der Jahrhunderte in the Theaterhaus Stuttgart, the Lachenmann PERSPEKTIVEN Festival, the lecture recital at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Denmark), the concert series in the Dunkers Kulturhus (Helsingborg, Sweden), the Suså Festival (Denmark), the ECLAT Festival and various concert series of the S-K-A-M e. V. (Stuttgarter Kollektiv für Aktuelle Musik).
They have received the support and funding of institutions and foundations such as the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Science, Research and Art, LBBW BANK Stiftung, Musikfonds e. V., State Capital Cultural Office Stuttgart, Deutscher Komponistenverband (DKV), Stuttgarter Kollektiv für Aktuelle Musik e. V. and Musik der Jahrhunderte e. V.
TRIO vis-à-vis is currently funded by Inszene, a program of the Podium Gegenwart of the Deutscher Musikrat.
Guillermo plays flute and speaks a colourful language
Natasha sings, laughs loud and could eat chorizo every day
Hugo plays violoncello, or is he an actor after all?
Guillermo received his first flute lessons from Javier Contreras at the Conservatory of Music Gonzalo Martín Tenllado in Málaga.
From 2014 to 2018, he studied his bachelor’s degree with Antonio Nuez, Fernando Gómez and André Cebrián at the Conservatory of Music – Zaragoza (CSMA). In 2021 he finished his master’s degree at the Stuttgart State University of Music and Performing Arts with the best grade, under the teaching of Davide Formisano. During his musical training, Guillermo also received lessons from renowned flutists such as Clara Andrada, Alvaro Octavio, M.M.Kofler, Julien Beaudimont, P.E. Davies, Aldo Baerten, Juliette Hurel, Felix Renggli, P.L.Graf and Paolo Taballione.
In 2019, he received the third prize Ex Aequo at the 31st International Flute Competition Emmanuele Krakamp and in the same year the third prize at the 4th Theobald Böhm International Flute and Alto Flute Competition in Munich. In 2020 he received the second prize at the Cark Wendling Chamber Music Competition. Guillermo has been awarded a scholarship by the DAAD/STIBET III and the Society of Friends of the University of Music in Stuttgart from October 2019 to 2021.
He has participated as a flute soloist in important festivals such as ECLAT, Der Sommer in Stuttgart or Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiel and is flute soloist of the contemporary music ensemble TRIO vis-à-vis since 2020.
Since 2021, Guillermo has been a member of the Pforzheimer Kammerorchester. Similarly, since 2022 he is also part in the Frankfurt Opera, being temporary staff Solo-Flute.
Natasha was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was awarded a degree in violin and later singing at the Provincial Conservatory of Music in Guadalajara, Spain. She has studied with María Ángeles Chamorro, Lani Poulson, Barbara Ebel, Angelika Luz, Frank Wörner and Frédérique Friess. She graduated in 2011 with a distinction in singing at the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar and in 2013 achieved the master of contemporary music with honors in the specialization of singing at the Stuttgart State University of Music and Performing Arts, for which she obtained the postgraduate scholarship of the Spanish foundation Fundación Caja Madrid. She has received grants and scholarships from various institutions such as the Scholarship Comunidad de Madrid, Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer der Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar, Goethe Institut, Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg.
She has performed in many theatres and opera houses including the Opera Stuttgart, Landestheater Eisenach, Goethe Theater Bad Lauchstädt, E-Werk-Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar and has worked with orchestra, choir and stage conductors such as Giuliano Carella, Carlos Domínguez-Nieto, Wolfgang Katschner, Johannes Knecht, Giancarlo de Lorenzo, Joan Pagès, Lucas Vis and Karsten Wiegand.
She has also acted in performances and premieres of concerts, operas, and contemporary music festivals, such as the summer courses of the Stockhausen Foundation in Kürten (2013), Festival Mixtur (Barcelona, Spain), the 47th and 48th International Summer Course of Contemporary Music Darmstadt, Novalis art + music Festival (Croatia), Lachenmann Perspektiven Festival, Festival Suså (Denmark), Festival ECLAT, 3. International Musikfest Hamburg, Festival Mostra Sonora (Valencia) and Sampler Sèriesat L’Auditori Barcelona.
She works with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Stefan Prins, Gerhard Stäbler, Charlotte Seither, Klaus Lang, Silvia Rosani, Huihui Cheng, Nicolai Worsaae, Laure Hiendl, Remmy Canedo, Sophie Pope, among others.
Natasha López has been artistic director and soprano of TRIO vis-à-vis since 2012. Since 2016 she has led various interdisciplinary music projects and has received funding from institutions and foundations such as the Goethe Institute, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts, the LBBW Bank Foundation, Musikfonds e. V., Landeshauptstadt Kulturamt Stuttgart, Deutscher Komponistenverband e. V. (DKV), S-K-A-M e. V. and Musik der Jahrhunderte e. V. She was a scholarship holder of the “10 qm/Katalyse” program of the state capital Stuttgart from June to November 2021.
She began a PhD in musicology and linguistics in October 2021 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
Hugo is a northern French cellist based in Stuttgart. In his hometown of Amiens, he graduated from the local conservatory with Michel Poulet and continued his studies with Veronique Marin in Rueil-Malmaison. In 2009 he began his studies at the Freiburg University of Music with Adriana Contino and Daniel Grosgurin and in 2012 he switched to Conradin Brotbek at the Stuttgart State University of Music and Performing Arts. He completed his studies in 2018 in the class of David Eggert in Bern.
In 2015 he won 1st prize at the international button competition in Düsseldorf and 2nd prize at the international competition ‘Julio Cardona’ in Covilha (Portugal).
Hugo Rannou is active in various areas: In addition to collaborating with well-known composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm and Marco Stroppa, he plays early music, chamber music, jazz and chanson.
As an orchestral musician, he played with the Stuttgart State Opera, the Stuttgart Philharmonic and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn. As a soloist, he performs regularly as a soloist with the Orchester de Picardie, among others.
He has played with the contemporary music ensembles Ensemble Ascolta, Suono Mobile and Tempus Konnex. Hugo Rannou has been a cellist with TRIO vis-à-vis since 2016 and with the “Christopher James Hall Trio”. Since 2018 he has been a lecturer at the State University for Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart for the subjects cello and education and since 2020 he has been solo cellist at the Badische Philharmonie Pforzheim.