The The Irida Trio, named after the Greek messenger of the gods Iris who connects heaven and earth with a rainbow, was founded in the fall of 2018 (initially as Odeon Trio) by three musician friends at the University of Music Saar under the direction of Prof. Tatevik Mokatsian, where they have been actively exploring the immensely diverse repertoire of piano trio music ever since. Since then, the Irida Trio has had many opportunities to showcase their shared joy of chamber music in numerous concerts and festivals across Europe. As of 2022, they have been studying with the Artemis Quartet at the Berlin University of the Arts. Johanna Hempen (violin), Oliver Léonard (violoncello), and Alexander Baier (piano) are committed to combining contemporary repertoire with traditional works, thus revitalizing the way we look at the old through the experience of the contemporary. In the summer of 2019, the ensemble’s meticulous chamber music work culminated in winning first prize at the 20th Walter Gieseking Competition in Saarbrücken, followed by a radio production by ‘Saarländischer Rundfunk’. In 2020, the Irida Trio also won the prestigious Hans and Ruth Giessen Founda- tion Scholarship. The ensemble reached the semifinals of the 2021 ‘Deutscher Musik Wettbewerb’ in Freiburg and is sponsored by the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now e. V. Association of the Saarland. In autumn 2022 the Trio published their debut album “Phoenix” at KKE Records succesfully in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. The love and passion towards chamber music as well as the constant dialouge with everlasting cycles in the musical context can be found in all three pieces. The “Trio” by Éric Tanguy, Kelly-Marie Murphys composition “Give Me Phoenix Wings To Fly” and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdys 2. piano trio in c-minor op. 66 form a colourful combination which is received with enthusiasm. The ensembles has made concert appearances in Germany, Italy as well as upcoming in England. Among many festivals, the Irida Trio is constantly working on creating own concepts as well as performing classical concerts. The Irida Trio has already received musical influences from renowned ensembles and chamber musicians such as the Artemis Quartet, the Vision String Quartet, Christoph Callies (Trio Adorno), Prof. Martin Funda (Armida Quartett), Prof. Gerald Fauth, Prof. Heime Müller, and Prof. Eberhard Feltz.