- Schubert: String trio in B flat, D471
- Brahms: Piano quartet No 3 in C minor, Op 60
- Schubert: Piano quintet in A major, D 667 (“Trout”)
We’re delighted to welcome back the ever-popular Aquinas Piano Trio, who are joined in this concert by Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) and Leon Bosch (double bass) for a performance of Schubert’s much-loved masterpiece, the Trout quintet.
Described by Gramophone as “spot-on in interpretative instinct “, the Aquinas Piano Trio has established itself over the last five years as one of Britain’s most sought-after chamber groups. Following their Wigmore Hall debut in December 2015, Musical Opinion commented: “This sold-out concert hall was in awe, ecstatic with joy at the final cadence.” The trio’s growing list of recordings includes the Saint-Saëns Trios, released on Guild in 2015, and their CD of Mendelssohn Trios was Strad Magazine’s Choice of the Month in May 2015. Recent and forthcoming recitals include a Schumann concert series at Kings Place, London, the Little Missenden Festival, the Chipping Campden International Music Festival and four concerts in Mallorca next May. Their continuing support of contemporary music sees premières of new works by Thomas Hyde and Rob Keeley during the 2016/17 season. They will return to Wigmore Hall in 2018.
Ruth Rogers (violin) studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Herman Krebbers. Described as “the finest of the younger generation of violinists” (Musical Opinion) and hailed by the Guardian as “superb”, Ruth is in demand as soloist, leader, and chamber musician. She graduated from the RCM in 2001 and was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal – the college’s highest accolade. She has an impressive list of awards and has performed as a soloist at such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St John’s Smith Square. Ruth has appeared in concert alongside distinguished performers, including Ida Haendel and John Lill, and has led orchestras under the batons of Lorin Maazel and Colin Davis. Ruth was recently appointed as a leader of the London Mozart Players. She worked as Co-Leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 2008 until 2012, and appears as a guest leader of many other major orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. She has also appeared in Principal roles with the Hallé, English Chamber Orchestra and London Chamber Orchestra. Ruth has played concertos with the City of London Sinfonia, the City of Oxford Orchestra, and London Strings, She plays regularly with the Iuventus Quartet and Aquinas Piano Trio, and has appeared at Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble. Ruth has played to orphans, landmine victims and malaria patients in refugee camps on the Thailand-Burma border.
Katherine Jenkinson (cello) is now recognised as one of the UK’s leading cellists specialising in solo and chamber music. The Independent recently praised her “technical security backed up by rare musical sensitivity”. She was musically educated at the Royal Academy of Music and has since been privileged to become an Associate of this institution (ARAM). Katherine has recently given performance classes at the Academy, masterclasses at Trinity Laban (as part of the International String Quartet Festival), Kazan Conservatory (Russia) and at the Music Conservatory in Kazakhstan. Chamber music is a key part of Katherine’s musical life. She was a founder member of the Rautio Piano Trio, and was a member of the Allegri String Quartet 2008-2011, and Iuventus Quartet and Ensemble. In contemporary music, Katherine has worked closely with composers Arvo Pärt, Anthony Payne, Richard Allain and Thomas Hyde. Since giving her Wigmore Hall debut in 2004 with duo partner Alison Farr, Katherine has performed as recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, in Africa, and in Asia. Highlights in 2015 were performing all Bach Suites over six concerts in Norwich, performing Brahms Double Concerto for the first time in Suffolk, performing with the Dante Quartet and a critically acclaimed and sold out Wigmore Hall concert with the Aquinas Piano Trio. This year will see the release of the Kodaly Duo and Dohnanyi Serenade and further performances of the Bach Suites. Katherine plays on a 1703 Italian cello by Taningardi. She is grateful to the Countess of Munster Trust for their help in the purchase and restoration of this cello.
Martin Cousin (piano) is now regarded as one of the most exceptional pianists of his generation, having been awarded 1st prize at the 2005 Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (Seregno, Italy) and Gold Medal at the 2003 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition (London). Martin appears regularly at the major London musical venues such as Wigmore Hall, the South Bank, Barbican Centre, as well as Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. He has performed as concerto soloist with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Hallé, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras. Performances further afield have included tours of New Zealand, the US, Indonesia and Thailand, concerts in Stockholm, Brussels, Toronto, Tokyo, Berne and The Hague, together with numerous recitals throughout Italy. 2006 saw the release of his debut CD of Rachmaninov’s Sonata No 1 and Morceaux de Salon with SOMM Recordings, which was selected as Classical CD of the week by the Daily Telegraph. The US magazine Fanfare added, “This is the performance of the 1st Sonata that I have always heard in my head but never thought I’d actually get to hear with my ears. This guy’s the Real Deal!” His 2014 CD of Rachmaninov’s Études-Tableaux for SOMM was hailed by the Observer as “a landmark recording” and Fanfare Magazine described him as being “among the most distinguished Rachmaninov pianists of our generation.” Martin’s hands are also featured on the big screen in the Oscar-winning film Shine, for the scenes involving Rachmaninov’s 3rd Concerto.
Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1997, Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) has established a distinguished international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician. Sarah-Jane is a pioneer of new works and has premiered and recorded a number of new concertos for solo viola, including those by David Matthews, Paul Patterson and Matthew Taylor. Sarah-Jane has worked as a soloist with the Philharmonia, Hallé, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and Northern Sinfonia. Her acclaimed solo recordings include 7 CDs of British viola concertos for Dutton Epoch, and two recital discs for Naxos. As a former founder member of the Leopold String Trio and subsequently a member of the Sorrel Quartet, she has recorded extensively for Hyperion and Chandos. Sarah-Jane is in high demand as a recitalist and chamber musician; her work as a chamber musician has taken her around the world to festivals such as Marlboro and Kuhmo. Sarah-Jane collaborates with a number of chamber ensembles, notably “Retorica” and the Karolos Ensemble, who are devoted to the performance and recording of the chamber music of Stephen Dodgson. Sarah-Jane also works with the Aquinas Piano Trio, the Rautio Piano Trio, Ensemble 360, and the London Soloists Ensemble as well as recitals with John Lenehan. Recently Sarah-Jane was invited to be co-artistic director of “sound collective.” Following studies at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Mozarteum Salzburg, Sarah-Jane won many awards and won first prize at Capellades and St Joan de Vilatorrada, Spain in 1995. A prizewinner at the 1994 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Sarah-Jane is now on the executive committee of the Competition and was on the jury in 2013. Sarah-Jane teaches viola at the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban.
Leon Bosch has an honoured place among the select group of virtuoso double bass players worldwide. Concerto engagements in many parts of the world with the likes of conductors Pinchas Zukerman, Nicolas Kraemer, Nicolae Moldoveanu and Guido Johannes Rumstadt have been matched by collaborations with a long line of leading chamber music groups – among them the Lindsay, Belcea and Brodsky string quartets, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, the Moscow Virtuosi and the Zukerman Chamber Players. Partnerships with solo performers have embraced such pianists as Peter Donohoe, Vladimir Ovchinikov, Mikhail Rudy and Maria João Pires.
Leon Bosch has a growing discography of concerto and recital recordings. This will shortly include two albums devoted to the music of the great Giovanni Bottesini and two featuring music by British composers. Then will follow everything from a disc of Russian music and another of compositions by Domenico Dragonetti, to the complete works for solo double bass by Dittersdorf, Menotti’s concerto and recordings of a string of neglected concertos for the instrument.