The Trio Liceu was founded in 2002 by the concertmaster, Kai Gleusteen and principal cellist, Cristoforo Pestalozzi of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Orchestra and long time duo partner to Gleusteen, Catherine Ordronneau. These three internationally renowned artists reside and rehearse in Barcelona, Spain.
Thanks to their diverse backgrounds and extensive experience in chamber
music, these three soloists bring a breath of fresh air to the piano
trio scene. Even at their first concert, the critics and the public
were enthusiastic about the creation of a " new great trio." Since
then, they have continued to rehearse, grow, and perform to full houses
in Spain and have performed on numerous occasions the wonderful Beethoven
He continued for a season with Wolfgang Boettcher in the ‘Hochschule der Künste’ in Berlin and was awarded with a Fullbright Foundation Scholarship which allowed him to study with Janos Starker in Indiana University in the USA.
In 1991, after a season in the ‘Philharmonic players of Berlin’ as recipient of a Herbert von Karajan scholarship, Pestalozzi entered into the the Deutsche Oper de Berlin as assistant principal cello and becomes principal cellist in 1999. During this period, he receives various awards including that of the City of Zurich prize and the Swiss Composer Association.
In 2001, Pestalozzi moves to Barcelona, having won the principal cello position in the Gran Teatre del Liceu Orchestra. At the same time, he continues to perform regularly as soloist and as a chamber musician. Together with pianist Martin Hughes and the London Internacional Quintet, he has been invited to the Orangerie de Sceaux Festial in France and the Newbury Spring Festival in the UK, performing among other works, the complete Beethoven Sonatas.
Pestalozzi has taught in counjuction with the Academy Orchestra of
the Deutsche Oper of Berlin and has given masterclasses in Saint-Vaast
la Hougue in Normandy, in Tarragona and Cervera in Spain. Since 2004,
he is professor at the Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona.