Serafino string trio

Serafino string trio
februari 20, 2016
  • The Serafino String Trio was founded in 2010 by three like-minded musicians who share the passion for the string trio and the repertoire that’s written for it.
    They appeared on many chamber music venues in Holland and beyond; their performances have been received with great enthusiasm.
    A few quotes from the Dutch press:
    “Top musicians.. Homogeneity in sound and full of conviction..”
    “From the first notes the Serafino String Trio put their mark on the performance..”
    “They skillfully worked through the score in a compelling and expressive way..”
    “Love for the music, playing from the soul, warm, colorful, controlled, honest, not imposing but enchanting… Blissful.”

    Cecilia Bernardini (violin), Simone van der Giessen (viola) and Timora Rosler (cello).
    The trio has been named after Cecilia Bernardini’s violin, a Santo Serafin from 1750.

    Cecilia Bernardini, violin
    Dutch-Italian violinist is widely considered to be one of the most versatile violinists of her generation, performing on both modern and baroque violin.
    As a soloist, Cecilia has performed in many of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Berlin and Wigmore Hall. In 2010 she performed the solo part at the world premiere of Philip Glass’s Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra with the Residentie Orkest.
    Cecilia frequently leads and directs modern and period instrument ensembles including Ensemble Pygmalion, Tafelmusik (Toronto), Ensemble Zefiro, Arcangelo, The King’s Consort, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Holland Baroque Society, Arion Baroque Orchestra and The Netherlands Bachvereniging.
    In 2012 Cecilia was appointed leader of the Dunedin Consort (John Butt). She features regularly as a soloist and appears on their critically acclaimed recordings of Bach’s John Passion and the award-winning Brandenburg Concertos and Mozart Requiem. Upcoming releases with the Dunedin Consort include Bach’s violin concertos and the Christmas Oratorio.
    A keen chamber musician, Cecilia regularly performs with her partner on the fortepiano, Keiko Shichijo and with her Serafino String Trio. Other chamber music partners include Rick Stotijn, Richard Egarr, Petra Somlai, Alfredo Bernardini, Colin Carr and Kristian Bezuidenhout.
    Recent and future engagements include a performance at the Bruges Early Music Festival (Biber’s Rosary Sonatas with Richard Egarr, her solo-debut at the Philharmonie de Paris with Orchestre Pygmalion and Raphael Pichon, appearances at the Prague Festival and the Great Mountains Festival in Corea. She is also embarking on a long-term project studying and recording the music of Louis Spohr, in a collaboration with harpist Masumi Nagasawa.
    Cecilia plays on a 1750 Santo Serafin violin, kindly loaned by the Netherlands Musical Instruments Foundation; in baroque repertoire she plays a 1743 Camillus Camilli violin kindly loaned by the Jumpstart Foundation.

    Simone van der Giessen, viola
    Violist Simone van der Giessen was born in Amsterdam and moved to the UK in 2002 to continue her violin studies with Jan Repko at the Royal Northern College of Music. It was in Manchester, that as a founding member of the Navarra String Quartet, chamber music became the centre of her musical life. In 2004 she began studying viola with Predrag Katanic and after graduating in June 2006 with First Class Honours she won the RNCM’s Cecil Aronowitz Prize for viola and performed Walton’s concerto for viola with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in the Royal Festival Hall after receiving a Martin Music Scholarship.
    Since its formation in 2002, the Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. Selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) from 2006 to 2010, they have been awarded the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti- Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a Musica Viva tour and prizes at the Melbourne, Florence and most recently in 2013, the Banff International String Quartet Competition.
    Outside of the quartet, Simone is in much demand as a chamber musician and is frequently invited to perform with various musicians and ensembles such as the Aronowitz Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, Ensemble 360, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    Simone’s biggest influences came from her professors Jan Repko, Predrag Katanic, Alasdair Tait and Chris Rowland at the RNCM and David Takeno at the GSMD. Other musical influences came from studies at festivals and schools like the Cologne Hochschüle and Chamber Studio with the AlbanBerg Quartet, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Thomas Riebl, Gyorgy Kurtag, Eberhard Feltz and Ferenc Rados.

    Timora Rosler, cello
    Winner of the first prize at the 1996 Stuttgart International Cello Competition, the Israeli/Dutch cellist Timora Rosler also won the Vriendenkrans of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 1997, where she was praised by the jury as follows: ‘Timora Rosler has a capturing talent, intimate expressiveness, virtuosity and a natural feeling for the composition … Her interpretation is exceptionally fascinating.’ A year later she won a special prize for her performance at the XI International Bach Competition in Leipzig. She also won the top prize at the Caltanisetta International Duo Chamber Music Competition in 1996 in Italy with her duo-partner Klára Würtz.
    In 1985 Rosler was awarded the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, later becoming a member of the Distinguished Young Artists Chamber Music Group at the Jerusalem Music Centre. She has attended masterclasses with artists such as János Starker, Heinrich Schiff, Boris Pergamenschikov, Anner Bylsma, Daniel Shafran and Lynn Harell, and holds performance degrees from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where she studied with Dmitri Ferschtman and from Yale University, where she was a pupil of Aldo Parisot.
    She has participated in numerous music festivals including Ravinia, Aspen, Banff Center for the Arts, the Manchester Cello Festival, the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove (England), Cello Festival Zutphen, Pro Festival in Rolandseck (Germany), the Maurice Ravel Summer Academy in France and the Gaia Chamber Music Festival in Thun.
    Rosler has appeared in concerts in Europe, the US, Canada, Argentina and Israel. As a soloist, she has performed with various orchestras such as the Flemish Radio (Martyn Brabbins), Philharmonia of the Nations (Justus Frantz), Janácek Philharmonic, Grazioso Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National
    Philharmonic, Slovak Sinfonietta, National Symphony of Ukraine, Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva, Camerata Antonio Lucio and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.
    With the Orquesta de Cámara Mayo of Buenos Aires, she toured extensively throughout The Netherlands (including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw) and Argentina with the works of Piazzolla. Both a television and a CD recording were made of this collaboration. She has also made recordings for Israeli, Hungarian, German, Dutch and American Radio.
    Her most recent cd release includes the complete works by Beethoven for cello and piano with pianist Klára Würtz.
    She is a professor of cello at the Utrecht Conservatory of Music, and has given masterclasses at venues and events such as the International Conservatoire Week in St Petersburg, Francigena Festival in Italy, International Cello Congress & Festival in Israel, Utrecht String Academy in St Vallerin (France), Davos Winter Academy in Switzerland and Instituto Bellini in Italy.
    In 2013 she was a jury member at the Aram Khachaturian International Cello Competition in Armenia.
    Timora Rosler plays on a Thomas Dodd cello from 1800.

  • The Serafino String Trio was founded in 2010 by three like-minded musicians who share the passion for the string trio and the repertoire that’s written for it.
    They appeared on many chamber music venues in Holland and beyond; their performances have been received with great enthusiasm.
    A few quotes from the Dutch press:
    “Top musicians.. Homogeneity in sound and full of conviction..”
    “From the first notes the Serafino String Trio put their mark on the performance..”
    “They skillfully worked through the score in a compelling and expressive way..”
    “Love for the music, playing from the soul, warm, colorful, controlled, honest, not imposing but enchanting… Blissful.”

    Cecilia Bernardini (violin), Simone van der Giessen (viola) and Timora Rosler (cello).
    The trio has been named after Cecilia Bernardini’s violin, a Santo Serafin from 1750.

    Cecilia Bernardini, violin
    Dutch-Italian violinist is widely considered to be one of the most versatile violinists of her generation, performing on both modern and baroque violin.
    As a soloist, Cecilia has performed in many of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Berlin and Wigmore Hall. In 2010 she performed the solo part at the world premiere of Philip Glass’s Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra with the Residentie Orkest.
    Cecilia frequently leads and directs modern and period instrument ensembles including Ensemble Pygmalion, Tafelmusik (Toronto), Ensemble Zefiro, Arcangelo, The King’s Consort, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Holland Baroque Society, Arion Baroque Orchestra and The Netherlands Bachvereniging.
    In 2012 Cecilia was appointed leader of the Dunedin Consort (John Butt). She features regularly as a soloist and appears on their critically acclaimed recordings of Bach’s John Passion and the award-winning Brandenburg Concertos and Mozart Requiem. Upcoming releases with the Dunedin Consort include Bach’s violin concertos and the Christmas Oratorio.
    A keen chamber musician, Cecilia regularly performs with her partner on the fortepiano, Keiko Shichijo and with her Serafino String Trio. Other chamber music partners include Rick Stotijn, Richard Egarr, Petra Somlai, Alfredo Bernardini, Colin Carr and Kristian Bezuidenhout.
    Recent and future engagements include a performance at the Bruges Early Music Festival (Biber’s Rosary Sonatas with Richard Egarr, her solo-debut at the Philharmonie de Paris with Orchestre Pygmalion and Raphael Pichon, appearances at the Prague Festival and the Great Mountains Festival in Corea. She is also embarking on a long-term project studying and recording the music of Louis Spohr, in a collaboration with harpist Masumi Nagasawa.
    Cecilia plays on a 1750 Santo Serafin violin, kindly loaned by the Netherlands Musical Instruments Foundation; in baroque repertoire she plays a 1743 Camillus Camilli violin kindly loaned by the Jumpstart Foundation.

    Simone van der Giessen, viola
    Violist Simone van der Giessen was born in Amsterdam and moved to the UK in 2002 to continue her violin studies with Jan Repko at the Royal Northern College of Music. It was in Manchester, that as a founding member of the Navarra String Quartet, chamber music became the centre of her musical life. In 2004 she began studying viola with Predrag Katanic and after graduating in June 2006 with First Class Honours she won the RNCM’s Cecil Aronowitz Prize for viola and performed Walton’s concerto for viola with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in the Royal Festival Hall after receiving a Martin Music Scholarship.
    Since its formation in 2002, the Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. Selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) from 2006 to 2010, they have been awarded the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti- Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a Musica Viva tour and prizes at the Melbourne, Florence and most recently in 2013, the Banff International String Quartet Competition.
    Outside of the quartet, Simone is in much demand as a chamber musician and is frequently invited to perform with various musicians and ensembles such as the Aronowitz Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, Ensemble 360, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    Simone’s biggest influences came from her professors Jan Repko, Predrag Katanic, Alasdair Tait and Chris Rowland at the RNCM and David Takeno at the GSMD. Other musical influences came from studies at festivals and schools like the Cologne Hochschüle and Chamber Studio with the AlbanBerg Quartet, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Thomas Riebl, Gyorgy Kurtag, Eberhard Feltz and Ferenc Rados.

    Timora Rosler, cello
    Winner of the first prize at the 1996 Stuttgart International Cello Competition, the Israeli/Dutch cellist Timora Rosler also won the Vriendenkrans of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 1997, where she was praised by the jury as follows: ‘Timora Rosler has a capturing talent, intimate expressiveness, virtuosity and a natural feeling for the composition … Her interpretation is exceptionally fascinating.’ A year later she won a special prize for her performance at the XI International Bach Competition in Leipzig. She also won the top prize at the Caltanisetta International Duo Chamber Music Competition in 1996 in Italy with her duo-partner Klára Würtz.
    In 1985 Rosler was awarded the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, later becoming a member of the Distinguished Young Artists Chamber Music Group at the Jerusalem Music Centre. She has attended masterclasses with artists such as János Starker, Heinrich Schiff, Boris Pergamenschikov, Anner Bylsma, Daniel Shafran and Lynn Harell, and holds performance degrees from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where she studied with Dmitri Ferschtman and from Yale University, where she was a pupil of Aldo Parisot.
    She has participated in numerous music festivals including Ravinia, Aspen, Banff Center for the Arts, the Manchester Cello Festival, the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove (England), Cello Festival Zutphen, Pro Festival in Rolandseck (Germany), the Maurice Ravel Summer Academy in France and the Gaia Chamber Music Festival in Thun.
    Rosler has appeared in concerts in Europe, the US, Canada, Argentina and Israel. As a soloist, she has performed with various orchestras such as the Flemish Radio (Martyn Brabbins), Philharmonia of the Nations (Justus Frantz), Janácek Philharmonic, Grazioso Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National
    Philharmonic, Slovak Sinfonietta, National Symphony of Ukraine, Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva, Camerata Antonio Lucio and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.
    With the Orquesta de Cámara Mayo of Buenos Aires, she toured extensively throughout The Netherlands (including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw) and Argentina with the works of Piazzolla. Both a television and a CD recording were made of this collaboration. She has also made recordings for Israeli, Hungarian, German, Dutch and American Radio.
    Her most recent cd release includes the complete works by Beethoven for cello and piano with pianist Klára Würtz.
    She is a professor of cello at the Utrecht Conservatory of Music, and has given masterclasses at venues and events such as the International Conservatoire Week in St Petersburg, Francigena Festival in Italy, International Cello Congress & Festival in Israel, Utrecht String Academy in St Vallerin (France), Davos Winter Academy in Switzerland and Instituto Bellini in Italy.
    In 2013 she was a jury member at the Aram Khachaturian International Cello Competition in Armenia.
    Timora Rosler plays on a Thomas Dodd cello from 1800.

 
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