PURPOSE THROUGH OUR Faith PASSION IN OUR Hope PERSEVERANCE WITH OUR Love
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ABOUT

Three Sisters Trio is an exciting ensemble of Canadian cellist sisters Mari, Ine & Luka Coetzee whose mission is to share their faith, hope, and love of music with audiences around the world. Although they had been playing together as siblings since 2007, the trio was officially formed in 2017 with the debut of their music video, Journey of Remembrance. Filmed by Emil Agopian in Canmore, AB across from the Three Sisters Mountains (which inspired the group’s name), the video was released in honour of Remembrance Day. It was received with acclaim and featured at The Military Museums in Calgary, and shared on such news channels across Canada as Global News, CBC, and The Canadian Press.

The group has since continued their performance projects and worked closely with composer Michalis Andronikou in commissioning a set of cello trio pieces titled “Hope,” “Faith,” and “Musical Playground” which were filmed in support of Musicians without Borders and World Vision Canada. They are also passionate about investing into the cello trio repertoire, and have made original arrangements of Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto in G minor, released as a music video, Illuminating Hope (2019), Dvorak’s Largo from the New World Symphony, and Elgar’s Salut d’Amour among others. They were also recently featured in the St. Albert Chamber Music Society’s concert series of 2019/2020 and the High River Gift of Music’s series of outdoor concerts in Fall 2020. The Three Sisters Trio is committed to sharing their love of music with audiences of all ages and settings and frequently perform at churches, senior’s homes, elementary schools, youth outreach programs, and house concerts across Alberta, New York City, and South Africa.

OUR STORY

 Born in South Africa, Mari and Ine immigrated to Canada with their family in the year 2000. Four years later the youngest sister, Luka, was born. From the very beginning of their lives, it was evident that music was knit deeply in their hearts, and it was a love that would be developed later.
Their mother, also a lover of music, started taking cello lessons after listening to opera her whole childhood. Cello, having the sound nearest to a human voice, was obviously the instrument of choice. When Mari heard the cello for the first time she was very eager to start lessons. Subsequently, Ine begged for lessons after two years of seeing her older sister start to learn. Mari then gave Ine her first lesson. A year after, Luka was born, and she also followed in the footsteps of the family, starting to play cello on a full sized viola with an endpin inserted.
When the three sisters started traveling from the small town of their childhood, Brooks, Alberta, to Calgary in order to study with Canada’s top instructors at the Mount Royal University Conservatory, they knew that cello was something that they could never let go. After many years of playing together and apart, they started realizing that all three had the same goal in mind. Moving to Calgary, near the Rocky Mountains, the three cellists were inspired by the glorious peaks of the mountain ranges. One day, driving past the famous Three Sisters mountains in Canmore, Ine, Mari and Luka realized they themselves were the three sisters. From there the name was born. Later they found out that each peak has a nickname: the oldest sister is called “Faith”, the middle “Charity”, and the youngest “Hope”. This was exactly in line with what all three strive to create in their music.
Three Sisters Trio is the story of sisters, each unique, but united by the same purpose, came together through their shared passion to form a trio that celebrates music’s unique power to communicate profound emotion and connect people from all backgrounds and languages.

ABOUT

Three Sisters Trio is an exciting ensemble of Canadian cellist sisters Mari, Ine & Luka Coetzee whose mission is to share their faith, hope, and love of music with audiences around the world…
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OUR STORY

 Born in South Africa, Mari and Ine immigrated to Canada with their family in the year 2000. Four years later the youngest sister, Luka, was born. From the very beginning of their lives, it was evident that music was knit deeply in their hearts…
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Mari Coetzee

Mari Coetzee

Cellist Mari Coetzee (b.1996) is an exciting, versatile performer and teacher, who is passionate about traditional and contemporary music alike. Included in CBC Music’s 2015 Edition of 30 Top Canadian Classical Musicians under 30, Mari received first place in the Shean Strings Competition. She was also a grand prize winner in the Canadian Music Competition and has performed as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Symphonique de Quebec, and the Calgary Youth Orchestra among others.

A frequent recitalist and chamber musician, Mari has performed across the USA, Canada, France, Switzerland, and South Africa. She received a Bachelor of Music with Academic Honors from the Juilliard School in May 2019 and continued her studies at Juilliard, receiving her Master’s of Music (’20) in Juilliard’s 5-year accelerated program, studying with Richard Aaron. Mari was also recently featured in a masterclass at The Juilliard School with Steven Isserlis, broadcast worldwide on MediciTV. Outreach and education in the arts are an important part of Mari’s, commitment to bringing music to diverse audiences. She has taught children in public schools and participated in multi-disciplinary performances at pediatric centers, nursing homes, and other health care facilities around New York City and in southern Alberta.

Mari Coetzee

Mari Coetzee

Cellist Mari Coetzee (b.1996) is an exciting, versatile performer and teacher, who is passionate about traditional and contemporary music alike. Included in CBC Music’s 2015 Edition of 30 Top Canadian Classical Musicians under 30, Mari received first place in the Shean Strings Competition…

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Ine Coetzee

An artist with a unique musical voice, Ine-Wilme Coetzee (b. 1999) began her love of the cello at age five with Christine Bootland. She currently studies with Arnold Choi, principal cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic. She was a student in the Advanced Performance Program at Mount Royal University and recently received the ARCT Royal Conservatory of Music diploma with First Class Honours. Ine has performed in numerous music festivals and competitions provincially and nationally, such as in the Canadian Association of Music Festivals and the Canadian Music Competition. Ine has also performed as soloist with the Medicine Hat Academy Orchestra under conductor Mélanie Léonard, former assistant director of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. An experienced chamber musician, Ine was a member of the award-winning YIP Piano Trio. They received first prize at the Provincial National Class Chamber Music Festival and went on to represent Alberta in the National Music Festival in Ottawa.

Also an accomplished dancer, Ine studied various schools of ballet, lyrical, and modern, learning the terminology, techniques, and choreography of the French, Russian, and English traditions. Ine studied dance for 15 years under the internationally acclaimed dancer Ms. Wendy Wright, as well as working with Ms. Nathalie Hope at the School of Alberta Ballet in Calgary.

Ine Coetzee
Ine Coetzee

Ine Coetzee

An artist with a unique musical voice, Ine-Wilme Coetzee (b. 1999) began her love of the cello at age five with Christine Bootland. She currently studies with Arnold Choi, principal cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic. She was a student in the Advanced Performance Program at Mount Royal University and recently received the ARCT Royal Conservatory of Music diploma with First Class Honours…

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Luka Coetzee

Luka Coetzee

Music has been a part of Luka Coetzee’s (b. 2004) life for as long as she can remember. She enjoys a musical life combining the richness of art, travel, and performing. Luka made her solo debut at age eleven with the Calgary Civic Symphony as a winner of the Calgary Concerto Competition. She also received Second Prize at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition and is a semi-finalist of the 2020 Stulberg International Strings Competition.

As a member of the The Liechtenstein Global Trust Young Soloists, Luka performed at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Victoria Hall in Singapore. She is also featured on a recording of the Beethoven A major Cello Sonata arranged for solo cello and strings on NAXOS. In 2018, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation filmed a documentary on her life as a musician. Luka has worked with many renowned artists including Andrés Cárdenes, Johannes Moser, Frans Helmerson, and Laurence Lesser, At the age of one, Luka had her first cello lesson with Christine Bootland. Other prominent teachers include John Kadz, Johanne Perron, and Horacio Contreras.

Equally talented on the piano, Luka started playing at age 3 and studies with Derek Chiu. When not playing music, Luka enjoys reading, swimming, and playing with her Yorkshire Terrior, Lacie.

Luka Coetzee

Luka Coetzee

Music has been a part of Luka Coetzee’s (b. 2004) life for as long as she can remember. She enjoys a musical life combining the richness of art, travel, and performing. Luka made her solo debut at age eleven with the Calgary Civic Symphony as a winner of the Calgary Concerto Competition…

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PORTFOLIO

“The reason all three sisters play the cello is simple. ‘It’s the sound… it sings and it’s beautiful.'” – The Canadian Press

Journey of Remembrance

Illuminating Hope

MINISTRY & PARTNERS

Outreach and education in and through the arts is an important part of who we are and why we exist as the Three Sisters Trio bringing music to diverse audiences.

We work with you and our partners to serve through multi-disciplinary performances at pediatric centers, nursing homes, and other health care facilities, as well as fundraising events for our partners from Calgary to New York.

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