The Trio Lenitas was formed in 1996 after Serge Charlet, François Martigné and Guillaume Martigné met at a series of masterclasses given by the Borodine Quartet in Tours. The three musicians, driven by a shared passion for composers of the Russian school, went on to deep their artistic collaboration and friendship through numerous classes with maestros such as Mark Drobinsky, Hatto Beyerle and Botvay Karoly. The trio’s reputation has since grown with performances in halls and at festivals in Europe and overseas, including at the Octogone in Pully, the Salle del Castillo in Vevey, the Musikwoche in Braunwald, the Irkutsk Philarmony, the 2012 Semana Musical Llao Llao in Argentina, and the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.

At the heart of the trio lies the desire to make the string trio repertoire, which is rarely performed and often underestimated, known to a larger audience. And that desire nurtures this Swiss-French collaboration.

In addition, the ensemble name bears the Latin word for tenderness: “Lenitas”, indicating the trio's constant search for a sound that is both rich and sensitive. Their success in this endeavour has been recognized in the press: “the Trio Lenitas’ interpretation was subtle and moving, with each piece performed being another display of the musicians’ maestria/ artistry in a delightful harmony.” Le Progrès

The Trio Lenitas regularly performs with artists such as Sofja Gülbadamova, Nicolas Stavy and Mark Drobinsky. The ensemble has also taken part in radio broadcasts, notably for Radio Classique Montréal, China Radio International, France Musique and Radio Suisse Classique. It has recorded two CDs under the Gallo label.

The three musicians are passionate about violin making and they all play 18th-century instruments. To achieve the best sound harmony, they have their instruments adjusted by the same luthier.