The Goeyvaerts String Trio was founded in 1997 with the sole aim of performing 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. The trio takes its name from the Belgian composer Karel Goeyvaerts, who played an important role in European new music developments. Not only does the ensemble perform existing works, but it also actively commissions new compositions for string trio.
The Trio has recorded music by Joseph Jongen, Eugène Yasÿe, Louis De Meester, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, Alexander Knaifel, Oleg Paiberdin, Giya Kancheli, Arvo Pärt, Ivan Moody, Henryk Gorecki and Nikolai Korndorf. With regards to their second CD ‘String Trios from the East’ (2012), the Dutch music publication Luister wrote, ‘These three musicians’ performance here borders on the impossible in terms of concentration and precision.’
The Goeyvaerts String Trio is an ensemble in residence at KMSKA, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp.