The genre of the string trio (in the classical lineup featuring violin, viola and cello) is little represented in the field of chamber music for string instruments - especially in comparison to string quartet. In the works of some composers string trios are completely missing (Schumann, Brahms, Dvořák etc.).
As a result, string quartet ensembles are offered the opportunity to participate in a number of international music competitions to promote young talent, but this opportunity is rarely available for young string trio ensembles.
The scarce literature for string trios since Beethoven until very recently has hindered the formation of string trios as a permanent association.
The question of the connection between cause and effect for the lack of qualified ensembles is probably futile, when the necessary support, for example through music competitions, is not forthcoming. But this goes not about the critical question of why this phenomenon can not be counteracted effectively.
The string trio genre, which has gained additional importance through new creations by Schnittke, Penderecki, Henze, Rihm and others, is certainly being upgraded by joint compilations of Beethoven with contemporary works, as required in music competitions. Such requests mobilise new string trio formations of the younger generation, which result in necessary modifications of our concert's programs.
In addition, it is important to draw attention to the special position of the string trio within chamber music in general.