Free Lunchtime Concert – Busch Ensemble
Schubert – Sonatensatz D28
Schumann – Piano Trio No 1 in D minor
Mathieu van Bellen Violin
Jonathan Bloxham Cello
Omri Epstein Piano
Winners of the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, The Busch Ensemble is a chamber music group founded in November 2010. They perform in various formations and have played in the Netherlands, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in halls such as The Sage Gateshead, Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as the Two Moor Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As a piano trio, the Ensemble are the winners of the 2nd prize and the Recording prize at the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy 2012. Future projects include releasing their Debut CD, continuing to perform and record the works of Adolf Busch, alongside concerts at The Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall.
Mathieu van Bellen (Violin) and Artistic Director of the Busch Ensemble, has performed in Royal Festival Hall, Concertgebouw and Berlin Philharmonie. As a soloist he has given performances with the Philharmonia orchestra, European Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Athena, and Holland Sinfonia. Mathieu plays the ‘ex-Adolf Busch’ J B Guadagnini violin (Turin, 1783), which is on loan to him thanks to private sponsorship, for which he is most grateful.
Artistic Director of Northern Chords Festival and The Busch Ensemble Jonathan Bloxham (Cello) has recently given his concerto debut in the Berlin Philharmonie Hall. As a cellist he is winner of awards such as the Guilhermina Suggia Gift and the Royal College of Music Cello Prize, and as a conductor he has won the Weiz International Conducting Competition.
Omri Epstein (Piano) was born in Israel in 1986. He has given concerts in France, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Denmark, UK and the USA and played with the Israeli Symphony Orchestra and was broadcast on Israeli radio. Since 2002, Omri has lived in the UK and studied at the Purcell School, Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music. His teachers included Ronald Smith, Ruth Nye, Gordon Fergus-Thompson and Sulamita Aronovsky.