In 1994 three international soloists, Yukiko Sugawara, Christian Dierstein and Marcus Weiss, joined together to create Trio Accanto. In only a short time the ensemble established an excellent reputation, and over the years the group has commissioned and premièred more than 40 works. Trio Accanto receives regular invitations to perform at celebrated festivals for new music (Donaueschingen and Witten Festivals, New Music Summer School in Darmstadt, Vienna Festival, Tage für Neue Musik in Zurich, the Biennale of Munich and of Berlin, music festivals in Hanover, Cologne, Munich, Saarbrücken and Stuttgart as well as Chicago, Madrid, Seville and others).
The group has provided new impetus to numerous contemporary composers. The trio’s programmes are often enhanced with solo pieces for piano, saxophone or percussion.