German-Irish cellist Nuala McKenna will be assuming the role

Delta Piano Trio (Gerard Spronk, Nuala McKenna, Vera Kooper)

The Delta Piano Trio, left to right: Gerard Spronk, Nuala McKenna, Vera Kooper.

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The Delta Piano Trio has announced the appointment of German-Irish cellist Nuala McKenna as its new cellist, joining violinist Gerard Spronk and pianist Vera Kooper. McKenna takes over the role from cellist Irene Enzlin, who has decided to pursue other artistic projects.

‘For ten years we have had incredible adventures, tours, concerts, rehearsals and friendship. I have thoroughly enjoyed having these two beside me during my entire twenties,’ said Enzlin. ‘It has been an amazing time where we were all able to learn so much from each other and I’ll never forget the times we had together!’

The Delta Piano Trio was established in 2013 while its members were students in Salzburg, Austria. It has won the first prize at competitions including the Orpheus Chamber Music Competition in Switzerland, the Orlando International Chamber Music Competition in the Netherlands, and the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy. In addition to two successful CD releases, the Delta Piano Trio has also collaborated with artists such as Nobuko Imai and performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Basel Chamber Orchestra.

McKenna is currently based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, having studied in Lübeck and Freiburg in Germany and in Basel, Switzerland. She has released two CDS, receiving awards such as La Clef D’Or ResMusica and Diapason d’Or, and was a finalist of the Dutch Classical Talent Award. In addition to being an active soloist and chamber musician, McKenna has been the solo cellist of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 2019.

‘We met Nuala McKenna a few months ago and were immediately touched by her incredible playing, her passion for chamber music, her energy and contagious joy in making music’ the trio said. ‘We felt a strong musical and personal connection and enjoyed our first concerts together immensely. We are looking forward to this new chapter of the trio and can’t wait for all the new musical adventures ahead!’

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