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The Busch Ensemble

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


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The Busch Ensemble

The Busch Ensemble — founded by three friends Mathieu van Bellen from the Netherlands, Soh-Yon Kim from Seoul and Jonathan Bloxham from Newcastle — is a new innovative chamber music ensemble. In 2010, they came across the beautiful unrecorded chamber works of Adolf Busch, violinist of the great Busch Quartet, whose 1783 Guadagnini violin Mathieu plays on (kindly on loan from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins). Over the next two years the Busch Ensemble plan to perform and record many of his works, that range from solo pieces to ensembles of multiple instruments and voices. In 2011 The Busch Ensemble will also be performing other works of the chamber music repertoire at venues across Europe. Further information is available at

Mathieu van Bellen

Mathieu van Bellen was born in Hulst, the Netherlands, in 1988. He started studying the violin when he was 4 in Belgium with Nico Baltussen, at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and at Chethams School of Music, Manchester, with Jan Repko, Royal College of Music, London with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Hochschule für Musik, Berlin, with Ulf Wallin. A laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, Wieniawski Competition, Prinses Christina Competition and Oskar Back Competition, he is also a recipient of the 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.

Mathieu has appeared several times on television and radio, and has played at venues including the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tel Aviv Opera House, and Megaron in Athens, performing with orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Belgium, Holland Symfonia, Southbank Sinfonia, Camerata Athena. He is Co-Founder of the Busch Ensemble and has also played with groups such as the Wu Quartet. Future plans include recording all the violin works of Adolf Busch, whose former violin he now plays on. Mathieu plays the “ex-Adolf Busch” J.B. Guadagnini violin (Turin, 1783) kindly lent to him by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. He is currently looking for sponsors to set up a syndicate to buy this violin.

Soh-Yon Kim

Soh-Yon Kim was born in Seoul and started having violin lessons from the age of four. In 2003, Soh-Yon started at the Yehudi Menuhin School where she studied with Susie Mezaros and Berent Korfker. She has performed in numerous concerts, in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Art Centre, the Royal Albert Hall, Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw, the Abbey Road Studios Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and the Bath International Festival. Soh-Yon won 1st prize at the 12th International Violin Competition "Shabyt-Inspiration" in November 2009, and is a prizewinner of 2010 Buenos Aires International Violin Competition. She has taken part in masterclasses with Ida Haendel, Dora Schwarzberg, Zakhar Bron, Lorend Fenyves, Lewis Kaplan and Zvi Zeitlin. Soh-Yon is currently studying at the Royal College of Music, where she has been awarded a scholarship to study with Itzhak Rashkovsky.

Jonathan Bloxham

Jonathan Bloxham began his 'cello studies with John Finnon and James Craig. From 2004 he studied with Thomas Carroll, first at the Yehudi Menuhin School and then at the Royal College of Music. He is now continuing his studies with Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Jonathan has given concert performances at Wigmore Hall, The Purcell Room, Kings Place, The Sage Gateshead and Cadagon Hall. As a passionate chamber musician he plays regularly different ensembles. In 2006 he recorded Stephen Goss’ guitar quartet "Frozen Music" which is now available on the Cadenza Label. He is a founding member of Fifth Quadrant, and a co-founder of The Busch Ensemble. In 2006 he was awarded the Guilhermina Suggia Gift and a Pierre Fournier Award Grant. In May 2008, during his first year at the Royal College of Music, he won the Violoncello Competition incorporating the Ivor James, Helen Just, Thelma Reiss, Mrs. Will Gordon and Stuart Knussen Prizes. As a conductor he has won the Weiz Conducting Competition 2010. Future plans include solo and chamber concerts in Kings Place and St. Martin's in the Field, a tour to the Middle East and his début at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. Jonathan is also Artistic Director and founder of Northern Chords Chamber Music Festival.

Many thanks to the Busch Ensemble for stepping in as a last-minute replacement for the Gaudi Piano Trio, who are unable to appear due to unforeseen circumstances.

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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