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Concert: The Epstein Trio

Saturday 5th May 2012. 19.30

In aid of Leukaemia Research

Ticket Information: £15.00 Tel: 01983 740609

Chamber ensemble comprising: Ori Epstein (cello) Omri Epstein (piano) and Matthieu van Bellen (violin).

The Epstein Trio

Picture of The Epstein Trio
Picture by: Tony Gamble

Ori Epstein

Picture of Ori EpsteinBorn in Tel-Aviv in 1993, Ori began his cello studies at the age of 6 at the Israeli Conservatory. In 2002, Ori and his family moved to the UK where he studies at the Purcell School with Pal Banda. In July 2005, Ori won the Three Rivers Young Musician of the Year MultiInstrumental Competition and became the youngest winner to have won this competition. He later on performed the Haydn Cello Concerto in C with his School's Sinfonia Orchestra.

Ori has had lessons and master classes with Ralph Kirshbaum, Mischa Maisky and Bernard Greenhouse, among many others. Recently, Ori traveled to Budapest to study the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Miklos Perenyi. Ori has attended courses around Europe and is a regular participant of the Kronberg Cello Festival. Impressed with his playing at the Kronberg Cello Festival, Bernard Greenhouse invited Ori for an intensive period of private studies at his US home in spring 2009. During the summer of 2010, Ori was awarded the Diploma of Merit by the prestigious Academia Musicale Chigiana, Siena. There he performed in numerous venues including the famous Palazzo Chigi Saracini. In September 2010, Ori began studying with renowned cellist, Antonio Meneses at the Bern University of Arts. In October, Ori performed a solo recital in London’s Wigmore Hall.

Ori is a prize winner at the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists Competition 2008 and 2009. Most recently, he won the third prize at the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Croatia. In 2011, Ori was invited to give concerts in the Isle of Man, the Isle of Wight, Denmark and Switzerland. Ori is the recipient of the MBF Jeffrey Shaw Award and is also supported by the John S. Cohen and the Morris Leigh Foundations. Apart from his solo concerts Ori regularly performs with the Epstein Trio, which includes his brother Omri (24, piano) and sister Shira (21, violin).

Omri Epstein

Picture of Omri EpsteinOmri Epstein was born in Israel in 1986. Showing great promise from an early age, he commenced his piano studies at the age of 7 with Sarah Tal at the Israeli Conservatory in Tel Aviv and has been performing regularly since, both solo and chamber music. Omri won the Israeli Conservatory junior and senior piano competitions and was a recipient of the prestigious America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship. Subsequently he has given concerts in France, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, UK and the USA. In September 2002 he moved with his family to the U.K. and was accepted to study at the Purcell School with Ronald Smith.

In the UK he went on to win further prizes in competitions. Having won the Purcell School concerto competition, Omri performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 conducted by Damian Iorio at the Royal College of Music. He also played with the Israeli Symphony Orchestra and broadcast on Israeli radio. His concerts took place in such halls as the Marlowe Theatre (Canterbury), Chateau de Versailles (France), Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall among others.As well as participating in international solo and chamber music courses in Belgium, USA and IMS Prussia Cove, Omri has also attended master classes given by distinguished artists such as Alexander Satz, Cecile Ousset, Murray Perahia and Itzhak Perlman. Having won a full scholarship, Omri studied and graduated from the Royal College of Music and also completed an exchange programme with the Universität der Künste in Berlin. His teachers included Ruth Nye, Rainer Becker and Gordon Fergus-Thompson.

In addition to his solo concerts, Omri holds a busy schedule of performances with his family trio, giving concerts around the UK. Most recently he has won the 2nd Prize at the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition.In 2010, Omri was accepted at the Royal Academy of Music on the MA postgraduate course. He is currently working with Sulamita Aronovsky.

Matthieu van Bellen

Picture of Matthieu van BellenPhoto copyright: Alex Rumford
Mathieu van Bellen was born in the Netherlands, Hulst, 1988, and started studying the violin when he was 4. He studied in Belgium with Nico Baltussen, at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and at Chethams School of Music, Manchester, with the help of a scholarship of the VandenEnde Foundation, with Jan Repko, Royal College of Music, London with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Hochschule für Musik, Berlin, with Ulf Wallin. He had masterclasses with Ida Haendel, Shlomo Mintz, Pinchas Zukerman, Maxim Vengerov and Bernard Greenhouse. Laureate of Yehudi Menuhin Competition, Wieniawski Competition, Prinses Christina Competition and Oskar Back Competition he is also a recipient of MBF, RPS Emily Anderson Prize, Philharmonia Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Awards and Making Music Awards. He was also awarded the Bach Prize and the String Player of the Year 2008 at the Royal College of Music. He has given concerts in Europe, Asia and the USA, playing in major music festivals like Festspiele MV in Germany, Haagse 3daagse, and Chamber Music Festivals in Manchester. He has appeared several times on television and radio, and he performed in halls like the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tel Aviv Opera House, and Megaron in Athens, performing as a soloist with orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Belgium, Holland Symfonia, Southbank Sinfonia, Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra, and Camerata Athena.

Co-Founder of the Busch Ensemble, Mathieu is an active chamber musician, having played chamber music concerts with artists like Shlomo Mintz, Ani Schnarch, Mark Padmore, Roger Vignoles, among others, as well as with his ensemble, the Busch Ensemble. Future plans include recordings of all violin works written by Adolf Busch, whose former violin he now plays . Mathieu plays on a violin made by Allesandro Gagliano, 1710, which he is able to use with the help of Delta N.V. As part of the Busch Ensemble, 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.

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