Busch Trio
St Peter's Church, Shaldon
Bridge Road
TQ14 0DB
United Kingdom
Type: Concert
Date: Sunday 19 June 2016
Start Time: 7.30pm
Performer(s): Busch Trio
Host Organisation: Shaldon Festival
Box Office Contact: Malcolm Watson
Box Office Email: tickets@shaldonfestival.co.uk

Omri Epstein - Piano
Mathieu van Bellen - Violin
Ori Epstein - Cello

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN Trio in E flat minor XV:31 ‘Jacob’s Dream’
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Trio No.2 in E minor Op.67

FRANZ SCHUBERT Trio in E flat Op.100


Concert Review

The final concert of the Festival was very special. The Busch Piano Trio, playing with a maturity way beyond their years, was an absolute treat.

They began with Haydn’s Trio in E flat minor. The first movement, a poignant and simple Andante was beautifully played and contrasted with the livelier Allegro known as ‘Jacob’s Dream’ owing to the energetic scalic passages.

Lovely to hear the violinist Mathieu van Bellen then speak about his violin, previously owned by Adolf Busch, and his connection with Chetham’s School of Music, as an ex-student.

The Shostakovich Trio No.2 in E minor is an extraordinary piece, typically full of contrasts, and taking us from high excitement to the depths of despair. The piece began with the eerie thin texture leading to an energetic dark and angry Allegro. The trio showed their amazing technical skills in this very demanding movement as well as their ability to convey a huge range of emotion often changing very quickly. The following dance based Allegro was frantic and gripping, the Largo bleak and heart wrenching and led straight into the urgent driving final movement with quotes from previous movements and the 8th quartet. The Busch Trio played this piece with such skill and intensity; one was totally immersed in the emotional experience.

The Schubert was much needed after this and was again played with total understanding, warmth and stunning ensemble. From the lively and complex Allegro through the well-known melancholy canonic Andante, the sparkling Scherzando and the inventive and dazzling virtuosic finale, the Busch were the highly competent vessels through which this music flowed abundantly.

The Busch Trio were as one, moving together, almost breathing together as the Times put it, and even synchronizing their vibratos! Their sensitivity, range of tone, and superb musicianship gave us an absolutely memorable experience. The players magically held the audience in silence at the end of every movement of each piece - by holding themselves, their breathing and ours in perfectly still contemplation for several seconds. I have never seen this done before so well.
How fortunate we were.

Kate Hill-Art

Named after the legendary violinist Adolf Busch, this 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 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 highlights of the Trio’s performances in the UK have included the Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Sage Gateshead, and they have also given concerts in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and Denmark. Their recent Wigmore Hall appearance was received to critical acclaim, with The Times commenting: “most impressive was the group’s effortless musicianship and unity of thought and attack. The threesome even seemed to be breathing in synch.” Recent and forthcoming seasons include a tour of China, collaborations with Michael Collins and Bruno Giuranna, and recitals in the Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Brussels’s Bozar and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. They are frequent visitors to BBC Radio 3 InTune programme and have been broadcasted live on Belgium’s Musiq’3.

As three soloists in their own right, 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” J.B. Guadagnini violin (Turin, 1783), they have been recognized for their achievements and their playing with “incredible verve”. The trio enjoyed 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 has offered them teaching from some of the world’s leading musicians. They are currently receiving guidance from members of the Artemis Quartet at the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. The Busch Trio can look forward to their first CD recording project with Outhere Music on their Alpha Classics label of the complete Dvorak piano and strings chamber works.

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.