Formed in London in 2012 and named after the legendary violinist and chamber musician Adolf Busch, the Busch Trio is comprised of pianist Omri Epstein, violinist Mathieu van Bellen (who plays the Guadagnini violin once used by Busch himself), and cellist Ori Epstein. Winners of the Royal Overseas League Competition in 2012, the Busch Trio has given concerts all over Europe and in China. Their debut recording was a critically acclaimed disc of Dvořák, including the mighty Piano Trio in F minor, which will be performed in this concert. The other work on their program is Schubert’s much-loved and life-affirming B-flat Major Piano Trio.
FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, D. 898
Andante un poco mosso
Rondo. Allegro vivace
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, B. 130 (Op. 65)
Allegro, ma non troppo
Finale. Allegro con brio
In partnership with the Embassy of Belgium and the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.
Named after the legendary violinist Adolf Busch, the Busch Trio has emerged as one of the leading piano trios among the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across Europe. Omri Epstein “the group’s marvellously sensitive pianist,” Mathieu van Bellen, whose “silvery gleam darted eloquently,” and Ori Epstein, with whom “you felt in the grip of a warm hug,” have all won prizes in solo international competitions. Brought together by a shared deep passion for chamber music and inspired by Mathieu’s possession of the “ex-Adolf Busch” G.B. Guadagnini violin (Turin, 1783), they have been recognized for their achievements and their playing with “incredible verve.”
Since its formation in London in 2012 the trio has developed an extensive performing schedule across Europe’s leading concert halls and festivals. Their recent Wigmore Hall appearance was received to critical acclaim, The Times commenting: “what impressed most was the group’s effortless musicianship and unity of thought and attack. The threesome even seemed to be breathing in synch.” Recent seasons included a tour of China, collaborations with Michael Collins, Bruno Giuranna, and recitals in London’s Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Brussels’s Bozar, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Their recent performance in Brussels of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra and Karina Canellakis was broadcast live on Belgium’s Musiq3, and they are frequent visitors to BBC Radio3’s InTune program as well as Dutch Radio4 and Germany’s Deutschlandfunk.
In 2016, the trio released their debut recording of Dvořák’s trios to critical acclaim, receiving a five-star review in the Diapason magazine. Gramophone also remarked that “the youthful Busch Trio can boast one of the most notable features of their namesake: a pooled decision to put the music, and only the music, first.” The recording is part of a four part project of the complete chamber music for piano and strings by Dvorak, after French record label Alpha Classics engaged the Trio in 2015. Part of the success of their debut recording saw it being selected as album of the week by several radio stations across Europe and helped win the trio the 2016 Kersjesprijs, the Netherlands’ premier chamber music award.
As winners of the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, the trio went on to win several prizes at international competitions including the Salieri-Zinetti Competition, the Pinerolo Competition in Italy, as well as at the International Schumann Chamber Music Award in Frankfurt. They enjoyed the support of Kirckman Concert Society, Park Lane Group, as well as being recipients of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Ensemble Award. The Trio has received guidance from distinguished artists such as Eberhard Feltz and Andras Schiff and are currently mentored by members of the Artemis Quartet at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels, where they are Trio in Residence.
Highlights of 2017 will include the release of their second album featuring Dvořák’s piano quartets with violist Miguel da Silva, a return to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and debut performances at the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Morgan Library in New York.