After winning the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, they added the 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. They also are recipients of the 2012 Tunnel Trust Award, the 2013 Kirckman Concert Society Award and the 2013 MMSF Ensemble Award. Most recently they have been awarded the 2nd prize at the International Schumann Chamber Music Award in Frankfurt. They have played at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Two Moor Festival, Southrepps Festival and Northern Chords, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Sage Gateshead, and in the Netherlands, France and Germany. They have been appointed Park Lane Group Artists for 2013 and look forward to a busy schedule of concerts in the year ahead, which includes appearances at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St. David’s Hall, Cardiff and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
Mathieu van Bellen has performed as a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, European Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Athena, and Holland Sinfonia, and collaborated with artists such as Shlomo Mintz, Roger Vignoles and Walter Delahunt, performing in the Royal Festival Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Wigmore Hall, as well as the US and Asia. He won prizes at the Menuhin, Wieniawski, Prinses Christina and Oskar Back competitions. An active chamber musician, he co-founded the Busch Ensemble in 2010. He plays the “ex-Adolf Busch” J.B. Guadagnini violin (Turin, 1783).
Guilhermina Suggia Gift winner cellist Jonathan Bloxham gave his Berlin Philharmonie concerto debut in 2011 to critical acclaim. He was born in 1988 in Gateshead and studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal College of Music and Guildhall and has since performed as a soloist in halls such as Wigmore Hall, The Sage Gateshead and Purcell Room. He has won competitions including the Pierre Fournier Grant, Royal College Cello Prize and Weiz International Conducting Competition. Jonathan is co-founder of The Busch Ensemble and Artistic Director of Northern Chords Festival and Festival de Musique de la Vallée du Cougain.
Omri Epstein was born in Israel in 1986. He began his piano studies with Sarah Tal at the Israeli Conservatory and went on to study with Ronald Smith at the Purcell School, with Ruth Nye and Gordon Fergus-Thompson at the Royal College of Music and with Sulamita Aronovsky at the Royal Academy of Music. He has played with the Israeli Symphony Orchestra, has broadcast on Israeli radio and participated in international masterclasses as well as being a winner of prizes at international competitions. Omri performs across Europe and the US both as soloist and chamber musician.