Rodion Trio

Rodion Trio

The member of the Rodion Trio are Diederik Ornée on clarinet, Annelies Vrieswijk on saxophone and Mark Toxopeus on piano. The combination of their instruments is completely unique and therefore the Rodion Trio only plays their own arrangements and compositions. This way Diederik, Annelies and Mark aren’t restricted in any way in their musical choises and choose musical pieces from all musical styles, from piano solo pieces to pieces for symphonic orchestra. Now wonder their programs are so versatile and they feel such a personal connection to every composition.

The Rodion Trio is winnar of the “International Chamber Music Competition Almere” 2013.

duo-vrieswijk-toxopeus-06The name Rodion is borrowed from the main character of the novel ‘Crime and Punishment’ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikoff. In this novel Rodion commits a murder, because he feels that the rules of what is socially acceptable don’t apply to him.

The members of the Rodion Trio took this name with a little sense of humor: they choose to play arrangements, while some people claim this is a musical crime. Diederik, Annelies and Mark just believe it’s more important to create extraordinary programs, in which the versatility of the combination of their instruments is even more emphasized.

Programs 2015/2016

Crime & Punishment

The Rodion Trio took their name from the protagonist in Dostojevsky’s master piece Crime and Punishment: Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov. The members of the Rodion Trio commit a ‘musical crime’ Misdaad&Straf-fotothemselves, by arranging a wide variety of pieces from many different stylistic periods for their unique combination of instruments: clarinet, saxophone and piano.
This coming season, the Rodion Trio takes it a step further: in their new programme, it’s all about crime…

Crime as an inpiration for programmatic works.
Music that was so different from the esthetics of the time in which it was performed, that some considered it to be a real crime.
And even music by a composer who actually committed a real crime…

Carlo Gesualdo, from the Madrigals book 6: Beltà poi che t’assenti and Moro lasso
Johann Sebastian Bach, from the cantata: Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht
Georges Bizet, from: Carmen
Franz Liszt, Mephisto Waltz
Emil von Reznicek, Raskolnikoff Overture

All pieces were arranged by Mark Toxopeus.

Programs 2014/2015

Dead or alive
a program from the end to the beginning

These are frightful times we are living in. It’s not completely clear what will be changing, but what is clear, is that we can not continue in the same way as we always have. It’s history that tells us that life is an everlasting cycle. There is no ending, there is no beginning. After every winter, spring comes.

The Rodion trio is presenting an audiovisual concert with the message that only the here and now really counts. Enjoy, go to a concert, be alive!

Leoš Janáček, On an overgrown path
Maurice Ravel, La Valse
Alexander Skrjabin, Vers la flamme
Antonio Vivaldi, La Primavera

Trouvère Machault

In their everlasting search for wonderful and interesting music, the Rodion Trio has become smitten with the medieval composer and writer Guillaume de Machaut. It all started with one ballade called “Doulz amis”; the enchanting simplicity of two voices with a melody that immediately inspires the imagination.

Ibo Bakker seemed to be a present day Guillaume de Machaut for the member of the Rodion Trio. Being a singer, instrumentalist, poet and visual artist, Ibo also writes his own songs with their own poetic lyrics. And his music is also about very mundane matters: particularly about love… Together, the Rodion Trio and Ibo Bakker are discovering all the links between ballades and chansons that have been written with almost 700 years in between.

Guillaume de Machaut, Riches d’amour
Guillaume de Machaut, Doulz amis
Guillaume de Machaut, Je ne cuit pas
Guillaume de Machaut, De petit po, denient volente
Guillaume de Machaut, Se quanque amours
Guillaume de Machaut, De Fortune me doy pleindre et loer
Guillaume de Machaut, De toutes flours



Let yourself be taken away on a flying carpet to worlds far from here, to places where physics has no place and magic has taken over. Walk through an enchanted forest, save an oriental princess, experiment with white and black magic or join the Suger Plum Fairy to the land of Cockaigne. The Rodion Trio is offering you bewitchingly beautiful music in which your imagination can run wild.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Magic Flute; Ouverture
Pjotr Iljitsj Tjaikovsky, The Nutcracker Suite
Nicolai Rimski-Korsakov, Scheherazade; De Prince and the Princess
Paul Dukas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

With the pieces of the ‘Enchanted!’ program the Rodion Trio has won the International Chamber Music Competition Almere 2013!

«Wonderful! You are no sorcerer’s apprentices, you are full blown sorcerers!»