About Us

Ares Trio was founded in 2019 in Düsseldorf, the city where the three young artists met, as students and alumni of the Robert Schumann Music Hochschule, and where they were based while carrying out their artistic and professional activities.
During the early stages of their artistic career they had the privilege of training with artists such as Noè Inui, Lisa Smirnova and Pieter Wispelwey.

Since 2020, the trio has been attending the International Biennial Course of Chamber Music at the Avos Project academy in Rome, regularly attending lessons and Masterclasses with Avos Piano Quartet, David Romano, Massimo Spada and Brannon Cho, among others.
In 2019 and 2020 they had the opportunity to work with Dagmar Birwe on several recording projects, recording Trio No.1 in C Minor by D. Shostakovich and Trio in G Minor by E. Chausson.

In 2021 they won scholarships from the “Takaya Urakawa” and “Neustart Kultur” foundations. In collaboration with C. Bechstein Centrum Düsseldorf, they made a video production of Trio in F# Minor by A. Babadjanian.
In winter 2021, they performed in Rome at Teatro de’ Servi, in collaboration with the Cultural Association “I Concerti nel Parco” and in Naples at Villa di Donato, in the Max70 season of chamber music.
In 2022, they again won the ‘Neustart Kultur’ scholarship.
The trio is the winner of the First Absolute Prize at the ‘Music and Stars Awards’ competition and the First Prize at the ‘Clara Wieck’ competition in Massa.
During the summer of 2022 the ensemble is invited to perform at some of the most renowned Italian chamber music festivals, such as “Classiche Forme”, artistic director Beatrice Rana, “Villa Pennisi in Musica”, artistic director David Romano, “I Tramonti di Tinia”, artistic director Massimo Spada and at the IUC concert season “Concerti al Tramonto”.
In the autumn of 2022, the first CD recorded by the Trio is released, produced by the German label ‘Coviello Classics’, focusing on the works of Dmitri Shostakovich and Arno Babadjanian.
In October 2022, the Trio is invited by the Circolo Dell’Unione to perform at the Royal Palace in Naples.

The ensemble performs regularly in Germany and Italy.

The Members

Carlotta Malquori – Violin

Carlotta Malquori (*1995) grew up in a musical environment in Rome, and began learning the violin at the age of 10.
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Andrea D’amato – Piano

Born in Rieti (Italy) in 1993, Andrea D’Amato received his first piano lesson at the age of eleven.
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Matthias Balzat – Violoncello

Although New Zealand remains the place of birth and childhood to him, Matthias is a well traveled cellist, and a frequent conspirator of musical shenanigans since the spritely age of three. Learn more.