The love for chamber music, especially for piano trio led to the creation of the SOTA Piano Trio which is based in Berlin and Leipzig. Sonia Achkar and Jonathan Weigle have been playing together intensively as a duo and in different chamber music formations since 2013. They were supported and inspired by members of the Artemis Quartett. Their appearance in festivals include Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival (Germany), Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), ARD Preisträger&Friends on board of the MS Europa and Festival de Música Camara León (Spain). In 2018 they were joined by Julius Bekesch, associate concertmaster of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Ever since, they are invited to international festivals and chamber music series. Highlights in 2019 are a concert at Nancyphonies (France) and a performance at the Gewandhaus Leipzig. The trio is praised for their elaborate interpretations that focus on the main statement and therefore renounce empty straining after effect. The State Of The Art Piano Trio is named after their first international festival appearance at the SOTA Resonance in Hyderabad (India) where they were invited in January 2019. The three accomplished and passionate chamber musicians are all laureates of international competitions and were supported by many foundations and trusts. Besides, the members of the SOTA Piano Trio worked together with well-known artists such as the Armida Quartett, Antje Weithaas and Kirill Troussov. One of their goals is also to pass on their passion for piano trio to younger generations and socially disadvantaged people. Therefore they give masterclasses and organize childrens concerts. In 2020 their first CD album will be released.
"Bravo! The Audience experienced an evening full of emotions on the highest musical level. Immensely thrilling and captivating." (Die Rheinpfalz, 6/2019)