Just in: UK trio wins Holland’s biggest prize

Just in: UK trio wins Holland’s biggest prize


norman lebrecht

September 27, 2016

We’ve just been notified that the Busch Trio, founded in London four years ago, has been awarded the 50,000-Euro Kersjesprijs, the biggest chamber music award in the Netherlands.

The trio – pianist Omri Epstein, violinist Mathieu van Bellen, cellist Ori Epstein – is named after Adolf Busch, whose  1783 G.B. Guadagnini violin is played by Mathieu. The group is resident at the Queen Elisabeth Chapel in Brussels.

The citation reads: The young piano trio has quickly developed into an ensemble of the highest level. With an impressive concert schedule at home and abroad, they show promise for a great international career, for which this prize hopes to contribute. With their warm, lush sound, perfect balance and immersive playing, they are the ideal interpreters of the rich repertoire for piano trio.