Busch Trio - Biography

Busch Trio © Alexander Popelier

Busch Trio

Mathieu van Bellen - violin

Ori Epstein - violoncello

Omri Epstein - piano

Named after the legendary violinist Adolf Busch, this piano trio has emerged as the leading young piano trios, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics internationally. 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.”

The trio started an extensive collaboration with the French record label Alpha Classics, with whom it released a 4-CD project of the complete chamber music for piano and strings by Dvorak (piano trios, - quartets and - quintet together with the violinist Maria Milstein and the violist Miguel da Silva). The four CDs were highly praised by the international press. A complete recording of Schubert’s piano trios as well as his Trout Quintet will be released in 2020.

Motivated by their desire to support aspiring young chamber musicians, Mathieu, Omri and Ori, together with Maria Milstein, are the founding members of MuziekHaven: They have acquired a 1695 wooden church on the outskirts of Amsterdam, where they are based and which they are in the process of turning into a chamber music centre dedicated to rehearsal, master classes, recording and performance, and where musicians can reside and work in ideal conditions.

In 2016, the trio received the Kersjesprijs, the Netherlands’ premier chamber music award. Winners of the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, the trio went on to win several prizes at international competitions in Germany, UK and Italy. They came off as winner of the NORDMETALL ensemble award 2018 from the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The trio received guidance from distinguished artists such as Eberhard Feltz, Andras Schiff and the Artemis Quartet. As part of their development, the trio were based at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels, where they were the trio in residence.

Recent seasons included a tour of China, Germany, France and the US, where their performance at the Phillips Collection was remarked upon by the Washington Post as possessing ‘remarkable maturity’. The trio collaborated and most notably performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra and Karina Canellakis. Further concert partners were renowned musicians such as Michael Collins, Bruno Giuranna, Gregor Sigl as well as Miguel da Silva, with whom they also recorded. They frequently perform on all major radio stations in Europe.

This season’s highlights include the opening concert at Heidelberger Frühling and concerts at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Berlin, and London Wigmore Hall, in Frankfurt, Liederhalle Stuttgart, as well as a tour of the US.

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