Outstanding UK-based chamber groups The Busch Ensemble, Bernadel Quartet and Ruisi Quartet are the recipients of ChamberStudio’s prestigious Mentorships for 13/14. ChamberStudio is based at Kings Place, London, and this newly-expanded Mentorship programme is generously funded by the Albert & Eugenie Frost Music Trust, Fidelio Charitable Trust, John Lewis Partnership, Musicians Benevolent Fund and The Richard Carne Trust.
The programme is fully subsidised and tailor-made for each recipient, and allows the highest level of study. Mentorship ensembles will receive extensive coaching throughout the season, primarily at Kings Place in ChamberStudio’s regular Sunday open masterclasses. Other benefits include support and advice on all aspects of running a professional chamber group. Each group has a chosen Mentor to guide their progress through the year. ChamberStudio’s Artistic Director violinist Richard Ireland will be Mentor for the Busch Ensemble and the Bernadel Quartet, and viola player Simon Rowland-Jones for the Ruisi Quartet. They will have opportunities to be coached by other members of ChamberStudio’s highly respected roster of internationally renowned chamber musicians and by visiting artists such as Shmuel Ashkenasi and Steven Isserlis.
The 13/14 Mentorships stem from the success of ChamberStudio’s inaugural Mentorship programme in 2013 in which the award-winning Navarra Quartet has been mentored by violinist and pedagogue Eberhard Feltz and Endellion Quartet ‘cellist David Waterman. Observers are welcome to attend the Navarras’ final open coaching session with Professor Feltz on Sunday 10 November from 2.30pm at Kings Place following their performance with Guy Johnston of Schubert’s Quintet in C in Hall One at 11.30 in ChamberStudio’s annual fundraising concert. 13/14 Mentorship group The Busch Ensemble makes its Kings Place Hall One debut opening the concert with Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor and will also receive coaching from Eberhard Feltz that afternoon.
On awarding the ChamberStudio 13/14 Mentorships Richard Ireland said “I’m thrilled that we’re able to offer three fully-funded Mentorships this year. For 2013/14 we’ve selected outstanding groups in the early post-college stage of their careers when they will most benefit from the support of the scheme. The tailor-made programme provides each group with the highest level coaching with flexibility to fit around busy professional freelance schedules.”
“This year with the careful and experienced guidance of Richard Ireland we will be able to enjoy intensive rehearsal periods, teaching of the highest calibre from world famous artists and the ability to develop our individual identity. For a young group such as us, who have enjoyed considerable success in the short period that we exist, to be able to take the time to reflect on and consider our musical future and statement is a privilege to say the least. To do all this with the help and structure that ChamberStudio can offer us will most certainly prove a defining experience in our development.” The Busch Ensemble
“We are honoured to have been chosen as one of the ensembles. The opportunity to work with world-class chamber musicians regularly in such a focused and nurturing environment will give us the best chance of breaking onto the professional quartet scene.” Bernadel Quartet
“It is a great privilege to have been selected. At our stage of development the programme offers exactly what we need to allow us to grow and improve as an ensemble. We are particularly grateful for the opportunity to continue working closely with Simon Rowland-Jones.” Ruisi Quartet
The Busch Ensemble is one of Europe’s most exciting young piano trios. Based in London, the trio has enjoyed many recent competition successes. 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 are also recipients of the 2012 Tunnell 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, Royal Festival Hall, and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. www.thebuschensemble.com
First prizewinner of the 2013 Royal Greenwich Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition, the Bernadel Quartet was formed in 2009 at the Royal Academy of Music. Recent engagements include performances at the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Colston Hall. Future engagements include recitals at St. James’ Piccadilly, Senate House and St Peter’s Eaton Square. In 2012 the Bernadels won a place on the Royal Academy of Music’s Davey-Poznanski Quartet Scheme. They are currently Cavatina Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music. They recently received coaching from Thomas Brandis, Eberhard Feltz and Christoph Richter (at ChamberStudio), and the Endellion, Doric, Wihan and London Haydn Quartets. In July 2013 the Bernadels were selected as the only UK quartet to participate in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival’s masterclass programme where they received coaching from Cuarteto Casals and the Jupiter, Vanbrugh and Kelemen quartets. www.bernadelquartet.com
Formed in 2012, the Ruisi Quartet is quickly establishing a reputation as an exciting, expressive ensemble and is increasingly in demand for recitals throughout the UK. In January 2013, they were recipients of a full scholarship from the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Foundation to study with the Maggini Quartet – a collaboration they will be continuing into 2014. As well as concerts in London, Cambridge and Norfolk, this Autumn sees the quartet’s first visit to Finland for a number of performances and to work with the New Helsinki Quartet. www.ruisiquartet.com