Sonata a tre
Emil Drápela – clarinet, artistic leader
Marie Gajdošová – violin
Dana Drápelová – piano
The ensemble SONATA A TRE composed of violin - clarinet - piano emerged in 1992 more or less by coincidence, for the purpose of presenting a piece of the same name by Karel Husa, a Czech composer living in America, for the International Music Festival in Brno; it was taken up by violinist Marie Gajdošová, clarinettist Emil Drápela and pianist Dana Drápelová.
Extraordinary reception of this debut encouraged the musicians to permanent chamber cooperation accompanied by a quick accession among top level Czech performers. Apart from regular concert activities, this ensemble guest performed at international music festivals in the Czech Republic, Austria, Netherlands and Slovakia.
In 1994 Sonata a tre recorded its profile album and during the following years they realized some twenty recordings for Czech Radio.
The ensemble is also significantly active in the field of contemporary music where it presented many new pieces of Czech and foreign contemporary authors. An interesting concert of the recent time included a successful presentation of a triple concerto for violin, clarinet, piano and orchestra by American composer William Wallace, performed in Brno, in Brucknerhaus in Linz and Villach (Austria) in 2005.
Violinist Marie Gajdošová, concert master of Brno Philharmonic, and Emil Drápela, a solo clarinettist of the same ensemble are both simultaneously sought-after soloists with rich solo practice and various other chamber activities. Dana Drápelová is a senior lecturer at Janáček Academy of Arts where she cooperates with wind instruments as a pianist.