After many years of performing as a duo, Prof. Magdalena Rezler and Prof. Aziz Kortel developed the wish to widen the group to a trio. In 2009, young and talented cellist Antoine Billet, then a student at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, joined them to become part of the ensemble. Billet already highly impressed the duo a few years before that and complements the experienced musicians with his young spirit.
The first performances of the trio in 2011, including the participation in the prestigious Lutoslawski festival in Warsaw/Poland with a live radio broadcast, showed the already wide scope of the young trio’s repertoire with compositions by Beethoven, Brahms, Henze, Bartok and Lutoslawski.
During their collaboration the musicians of Trio Manaz continuously expand their repertoire with an open mind: they perform pieces by Polish composers like Ludomir Różycki as well as the classics like Fauré, Schumann, Dvořák and Haydn. Their concert schedule has already brought them to Germany, Switzerland and Poland. The trio is especially distinguishable not only for its interesting repertoire but also through their stylistic and tonal diversity which is always warmly welcomed by its audience.
The typical repertoire is further widened with female composers, rarely played pieces of famous composers (for example transcriptions of Franz Liszt, the trio by Ernest Chausson or “Fantasiestücke” by Robert Schumann) as well as collaborations with other instruments.
Magdalena Rezler comes from a famous Polish family of musicians. In 1970 she completed her studies with distinction at the Warsaw Academy of Music having studied with Professors Tadeusz Wroński and Stanisław Kawalla, and then started an intense period of concert giving. For sixteen years she led the successful “Rezler Quartet”.
Magdalena Rezler is a prizewinner in international violin competitions in Budapest, Bordeaux, Brussels (Queen Elizabeth), Paris (Jacques Thibaud) and London (Karl Flesch). In her repertory she has about 20 different recital programs and over 30 concertos with orchestra.
In addition to numerous appearances in Europe, Asia and America that earned her an international reputation, Magdalene Rezler has dedicated herself to teaching. She regularly gives master classes in South Korea, Germany, USA, Austria and Poland. After being a long time professor at the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, she is now a professor at the College of Music in Freiburg.
Many of her recordings were acclaimed by the NDR, WDR, and the Polish Broadcasting – including a recording of all the works for violin and piano by K. Szymanowski. Her CD recording of “Con Bravura e Sentimento” of Polish virtuoso music for violin and orchestra won wide popularity and had enthusiastic reviews. She is also dedicated to contemporary music and has recently recorded two CDs with the National Polish Radio Orchestra in Katowice. These include Krzysztof Meyer’s second Violin Concerto and his Double Concerto for violin and cello (with Julius Berger).
Magdalena Rezler was awarded the 2012 “Gloria Artis” medal for her contribution to Polish culture.
Antoine Billet started learning the cello at the Clermont-Ferrand Conservatory which was linked to his school where music formed a large part of the curriculum. The diverse experiences which he gathered at this school led him to study music.
His desire to broaden his horizons has brought him to study at various conservatories in Strasbourg, Paris and surroundings as well as at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, where he got familiar with music history, music theory, solfège, chamber music, historical performance practice and contemporary music. He studied in France with Xavier Gagnepain, Hortense Cartier Bresson and Florian Lauridon, and in Freiburg with Prof. Adriana Contino and Ms. Beverly Ellis.
In 2008 he received the award of the Hochschulrat competition in the piano quartet category, followed by a promotion of the Bank Sparkasse Reutlingen in the form of concert appearances in a piano quartet as well as soloist.
He teaches at several music schools in the district of Freiburg.
Aziz Kortel was born in 1952 in Istanbul where he received his first musical training in the conservatory. He continued his studies in conducting and piano at the Munich Academy of Music and graduated with distinction. In addition, he studied “Liedgestaltung” with Erik Werba and composition with Harald Genzmer.
In 1974 he was awarded the Richard Strauss Prize of the City of Munich. Following this he worked as Dean of Studies and Kapellmeister at the theaters in Kaiserslautern and Freiburg. Several times he ran song classes at the Richard-Wagner-Festival in Bayreuth, and made numerous recordings for the German, Austrian and Swiss radio, including a highly acclaimed CD recording of lieder by Othmar Schoeck. Master classes and concerts have taken him to Japan, Korea, the United States and Mongolia.
His song compositions based on poems by Hilde Dominguez were premiered in Dortmund, Heidelberg, Frankfurt and elsewhere. Aziz Kortel performs as a pianist, conductor and chamber musician in many cities at home and abroad. As a chamber musician and accompanist, he performs with renowned artists such as Christoph Henkel, Nicolas Chumachenko, Kurt Widmer and Hedwig Fassbender. Since 1985, Aziz Kortel is a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg.