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The Busch Trio


Named after the legendary violinist Adolf Busch, this London-based young piano trio has emerged as the leading piano trio among the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the UK and Europe. Winners of the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, the trio went on to win several prizes including 2nd prize and the recording prize at the 2012 Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition and the 3rd prize at the 2013 Pinerolo International Chamber Music Competition in Italy as well as the 2nd prize at the International Schumann Chamber Music Award in Frankfurt.

Since its formation in 2012 the trio has performed in places such as Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Two Moors Festival, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Sage Gateshead, and in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Denmark. Their recent Wigmore Hall appearance was received to critical acclaim and hailed in The Times as a “most impressive was the group’s effortless musicianship and unity of thought and attack. The threesome even seemed to be breathing in synch.” Highlights of recent and upcoming seasons include a tour of China, collaborations with Michael Collins and Bruno Giuranna, recitals in Wigmore Hall, King’s Place and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

As three soloists in their own right Omri Epstein “the group’s marvellously sensitive pianist”, Mathieu van Bellen, who’s “silvery gleam darted eloquently”, and Ori Epstein, with whom “you felt in the grip of a warm hug”, all won prizes in solo international competitions and among them are graduates of the UK leading musical schools and institutions. Brought together by a shared deep passion for chamber music and inspired by Mathieu’s possession of the “ex-Adolf Busch” J.B. Guadagnini violin (Turin, 1783), they have been recognized for their achievements and playing of “incredible verve”. The trio enjoys the support of the Tunnell Trust, the Kirckman Concert Society, the Park Lane Group and the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust, as well as being awarded the MMSF Philharmonia Orchestra Ensemble Award. Most recently they have completed the prestigious ChamberStudio Mentorship Programme, which exposed them to guidance and teaching from some of the world’s leading musicians. They are currently receiving guidance from members of the Artemis Quartet at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel in Brussels.

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updated January 2015