Trio Somni successfully emerged on concert stage throughout Europe in 2018. From 2020 violinist Nils Friedl joined the founding members Ionas Mercadal (clarinet) and Nino Gurevich (piano), who met at the EUMWA (European Music Workshop Altomünster), where Ionas as a student and Nino as an accompanist participated for many years.
The great passion for music performing as well as high level of musical intellect are few of many wonderful features that brought the three instrumentalists together into a chamber group harmoniously. The trio delivers ardour, excellence, dynamic interpretation, sensitivity, virtuosity, offers wide range of repertoire and a unique sound colour. Playing in chamber music is an essential part in personal and musical development of young and adult professionals alike and rewarding for the audiences both intellectually and emotionally.
This musical group is truly a joyful friendship of like-minded, passionate musicians who are able to communicate their musical ideas masterfully both with each other and with audiences who enjoy their high quality music-making.
Nils Friedl- violin
Born in Munich 1998, Nils Benjamin Friedl, a son of well-respected classical-jazz guitarist Robert Friedl was inspired by the musical surroundings and started to play violin at 4. Together with his father they have been performing many successful concerts since.
Concert tours via Europe brought Nils as a member of the German National Youth Orchestra to the famous halls such as Berliner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie, Herkulessaal Munich under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and Mariss Jansons. This was a great professional experience and an early success for a young violinist.
As a founding member of a string quartet Annielka, Nils won a 1st prize at the Bundeswettbewerb "Jugend musiziert" with the quartet in 2014. Earlier he was the 1st prize winner of "Jugend musiziert" several times as a soloist too. Since 2021 he has been a scholarship holder at "Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now"
Pursuing a career both as a soloist and a chamber musician Nils was guided by many renowned teachers: Fagu Turku, Claudia Sutil, Peter Michielsen and Georg Pfirsch. Currently he studies with professor Mi-Kyung Lee at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich and improving his skills as a jazz violinist with professor Gregor Huebner.
Ionas Mercadal - clarinet
Ionas Mercadal Euler was born in 2003 in Sant Cugat del Vallès into a family with a long musical tradition. He received his first clarinet lessons at the age of 6 from his father Juanjo Mercadal and then he continued studies at the music school Fusió de Sant Cugat. In the winter term of 2014-2015 he started his professional studies at the Conservatori de Sant Cugat with Professor Clara Font. In the summer of 2019 he completed his studies of the clarinet in "Grado professional” and graduated from the Conservatory of Sant Cugat del Vallès. In the winter term of 2019-20 Ionas began his studies as a junior student at the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya) with Professor Josep Fuster.
Since 2010, as a student of the German School in Barcelona (Abitur - High School Graduation 2021), Ionas regularly participated in the "Jugend musiziert" competition, receiving numerous first prizes on the national level (Spain/Portugal) as a soloist and in the category duo (clarinet and piano). In 2018 and 2021 he won 2nd prize in the Bundeswettbewerb in Germany (Lübeck and Bremen) in the category solo clarinet, and in 2019 he was also a prize winner in the category duo (clarinet and piano) in Halle. In January 2020, at the age of 17, he won the 1st prize in the "International Mozart Competition" in Tbilisi (Georgia) in the 17-20 year rating. It was the only first prize in the wind instruments category. In August 2020 he was awarded the "Assoluto Prize" of the competition "Internationaler Wettbewerb Musikalisches Feuerwerk Baden-Württemberg" in Karlsruhe (Germany), in November 2020 he was awarded the “First Prize” in the International Music Festival-Competition “Stars at Tenerife” (Canarias/Spain), in January 2021 he won the 3rd prize in the “Junior” category of the “1st International Online Clarinet Competition‘ Guy Deplus ’, Gran Canaria”, in February 2021 he won the “First Prize” in "XII Savshinsky International Music Competition Saint Petersburg", Russia, and in July 2021 he won the "First Prize" in "VIII Stockholm International Music Competition", Sweden.
Ionas regularly attends international masterclasses, in Germany with professors Harald Harrer and Norbert Kaiser, in Portugal with António Saiote and Spain with Dmitry Rasul-Kareyev and Josep Fuster.
He has a considerable concert experience both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. His successes have been highly praised by the press in Germany. In April 2018 "Süddeutsche Zeitung" wrote: "The clarinet-Mephisto, who truly took the audience's breath away and received a thunderous ovation."
Ionas is considered an exceptional talent not only due to his technical abilities but also because of his musical maturity.
Nino Gurevich - piano
Born in Tbilisi (Georgia) into a family of musicians, pianist Nino Gurevich is an excellent soloist and chamber musician on international stage. She debuted with Mozart's Piano Concerto in A major KV 488, accompanied by the Georgian Symphony Orchestra at 9 years old. Among several prestigious prizes at the national and international competitions Nino was a recipient of the international "New Names" and of the international Vladimir Spivakov Foundation’s scholarships.
Nino studied with professor Edisher Russishvili first at the music school for children with extraordinary talent and then at the State Conservatory in Tbilisi, where she graduated with honors. In the same year Nino continued studying in the „Meisterklassenpodium” (Master) for piano with Prof. Elisso Wirssaladze at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Munich. She was the winner of the concert competition (Konzert-Wettbewerb der Hochschule) and finished her studies with honors.
Nino gives concerts throughout Europe and Asia and is invited to many festivals while holding a position at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Munich (Dozentur Korrepetition) as well as at the Leopold Mozart Center at the University of Augsburg.
Her recent solo CD titled “the whole world disappears when...“ received a big attention from the audiences. The music reviews describe Pianist Nino Gurevich as an extraordinary master of the instrument with a deeply introspective musical nature.