The recipient of various international prizes, Trio Jakob is an ensemble with the goal of exploring the piano trio repertoire and the creation of a unique soundscape through the convening of three distinct personalities.
Currently residing in the Netherlands and hailing from both Portugal and Spain, the trio is constituted by the violinist Manuel De Almeida-Ferrer, the cellist Carla Peña Romero and the pianist Imanol Casán. Since its inception in 2014, they have worked with many household names such as Dirk Mommertz, Michel Strauss, Isabel Charissius, Lorenza Borrani, Heime Müller, Peter Nagy and Claire Désert and groups like the Vogler Quartet, Gryphon Trio and Cuarteto Casals.
Trio Jakob is currently in training at NSKA – Netherlands String Quartet Academy- receiving lessons by its artistic leader Marc Danel and guest teachers such as Luc-Marie Aguera. They are also part of the ProQuartet academy, and they have taken part in the annual encounters of Jeunesses Musicales’ International Chamber Music Campus in Weikersheim, supported by a full scholarship of JMI-Deutschland.
Having performed in concert seasons and international music festivals – among which the Fundación Juan March in Madrid, Fringe Festival in Torroella de Montgrí, the Livorno Music Festival (Italy) and in the Jardí dels Tarongers (Barcelona) — the trio has recently won various chamber music competitions including the XVI CIM Les Corts in Barcelona, the II Concurso Cambra Románica in Andorra and La Follia Nuova International Competition in Italy. They are the recipients of the Prix Champagne Mailliard from the European Chamber Music Competition from FNAPEC as well as the second prize winners of the 2021 chamber music competition from Juventudes Musicales España and the third prize in the Anton Garcia Abril International Chamber Music Competition in 2022.
The trio is currently part of the Le Dimore del Quartetto network, providing concerts and residencies in European historical patrimony.