Brussels Philharmonic | Trio Zadig

Trio Zadig

Awarded 11 international prizes, the Zadig Trio captivates audiences with its flawless virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and elegance. Friendship is at the core of the Zadig Trio’s strength and authenticity. Boris Borgolotto and Marc Girard Garcia are childhood friends who studied together at the Paris Conservatoire National de Musique and at the University of Music in Vienna. Upon their return to France, they crossed paths with Ian Barber, an American pianist from the renowned André Watts’ studio at the University of Indiana. The chemistry between them is immediately apparent. All three men are drawn by a strong desire to live out their passion as sincerely as possible and therefore decided to combine their desires together and found the Zadig Trio.

The name of the trio was chosen as a reference to Voltaire’s character: Zadig (Hebrew: ‘the just’ and Arabian ‘the true’). The energy and the youth with which the trio performs their chamber music reflects the adventures of Zadig, sometimes amusing, sometimes more serious but always captivating. In just a few years, the Zadig Trio has become very successful and won numerous awards, including the First Prize of the “Fnapec Musiques d’Ensemble” - in the footsteps of renowned ensembles like the Ysaÿe Quartet, the Ébène Quartet and the Wanderer Trio - as well as the Second Prize of the Fischoff Competition (USA). The Zadig Trio is currently a resident of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel alongside the Artemis Quartet. It is also the first resident of ProQuartet and is supported by the Banque Populaire Foundation.

The trio has performed all over the world, from the USA to Taiwan, and played in several prestigious concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Shanghai City Theater, Eslite Hall in Taipei, Salle Cortot and Paris’ Philharmonic, Bozar in Brussels, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester… In parallel with this demanding schedule, the Zadig Trio has met with great artists who have contributed to the development of its musical expression, most notably Ivry Gitlis and Menahem Pressler. Due to its auspicious beginning, the Zadig Trio has been broadcasted on Mezzo TV and is invited by several radio stations: France Musique, France Inter, Musiq’ 3 RTBF and RTS2 all have welcomed the ensemble. Because its members firmly believe in the universal power of classical music to break down barriers, the Zadig Trio will continue to engage in humanitarian and social projects, notably by playing for prison inmates and in schools.

From Haydn to contemporary composers, the Zadig Trio’s audacity and freshness gives youth and vitality to the trio repertoire. The depth and sincerity of its interpretations, as well as its vivid poetic sound, make it the creator of captivating performances. Like Voltaire’s hero, the lifespan of Trio Zadig is sure to be long and packed with adventures.