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The Van Halsema Piano Trio

Wed Feb 3rd 2010, 1:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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The Van Halsema Piano Trio
(L→R: Lisa Obert, Janneke Brits, Sebastiaan van Halsema)

The Van Halsema Piano Trio comprises Lisa Obert (violin), Janneke Brits (piano) and Sebastiaan van Halsema (double bass).

Lisa Katharina Obert started playing the violin at the age of 5, and performed in the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, the Young German Philharmonia and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. She gained invaluable orchestral experience, touring through Europe, Asia and South America. Lisa regularly participated in the “Jugend Musiziert” competition and won several prizes. After studying with such renowned teachers as Prof. Jörg Hofmann, Prof. Rainer Kussmaul and Prof. Ida Bieler, she received in 2008 her diploma with the highest mark. Lisa is currently a master’s student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Apart from her engagement in the Van Halsema Piano Trio she especially enjoys playing the Baroque Violin.

Sebastiaan van Halsema (cello) was born in Amsterdam and started playing cello at the age of seven. Since the age of twelve, he has been studying at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Maarten Mostert. For his Bachelor degree he went to study with Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He graduated in 2008 with first class honours. Sebastiaan has performed at major venues including Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and Barbican Hall. He is currently following a Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Originally from South Africa, Janneke Brits (piano) is currently a second year postgraduate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In May 2007, she received her Bachelor's degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. During her studies there she was awarded a Performer's certificate for her accomplishments as soloist. For summer programs she has received grants and full scholarships in the US from the Chatauqua Institute, Brevard Music Centre, Eastern Music Festival and the Heifitz Institute, and in Europe from the Zephyr Chamber Festival (Italy) and Astona (Switzerland). She received first prize at the Eastern Music Festival for her public performances. In 2006 she was awarded a grant by the German Academic Exchange Service for summer study in Düsseldorf, Germany. Janneke is equally active as soloist and chamber musician and has won bursaries and prizes in numerous competitions in the USA and South Africa. These include the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, the Music Teacher's National Association Competition and the ABSA National Youth Competition, where she received the award for most promising young artist. She is also a proficient oboist and harpsichordist and enjoys baroque studies. Upcoming concerts early in 2009 include Bartók’s Sonata for two pianos and percussion, Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen, and various recitals in London with her piano trio at Guildhall.

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.


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