To name a piano trio after the popular 19th century German poet Christian Morgenstern was the inspiration of Catherine Klipfel, piano, Stefan Hempel, violin, and Emanuel Wehse, cello, who met during their studies at the Folkwang Conservatory in Essen, Germany.
After only two short years of working together, the Morgenstern Trio burst onto the classical music scene with a succession of top awards in competition. In January 2010, the Kalichstein–Laredo-Robinson Trio Award elected the Morgenstern Trio for the most prestigious piano trio prize in the U.S. The prize includes twenty major debuts, including the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.
The Trio’s debut live CD was released in 2008 and features works by Beethoven and Brahms. Mentors such as the Alban Berg Quartet and Menahem Pressler have given the Morgenstern Trio invaluable coaching and musical insight.