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Leonore Piano Trio - Benjamin Nabarro | violine - Gemma Rosefield | cello - Tim Horton | piano
The Leonore Piano Trio brings together three internationally acclaimed artists whose piano trio performances under the umbrella of Ensemble 360 were met with such enthusiastic responses that they decided to form a piano trio in its own right.

The Leonore Trio has already given a concert series in Italy, followed by a three- week tour of New Zealand, where their concert in Hamilton was broadcast on Radio New Zealand. The Trio also played to and coached a group of young musicians as part of the Sistema Aotearoa programme, gave a concert in the New Zealand Parliament, and were adjudicators of the Royal Over-seas League New Zealand Chamber Music Competition.

They gave the first performance of "Holkam Beach", a piece written for and dedicated to the trio by Simon Rowland-Jones and have been asked by the eminent composer, David Matthews to record his three Piano Trios. The Trio's debut recording for Hyperion records of music by Arensky and Rachmaninov is due for release early next year.
Benjamin Nabarro, violin

"Purity of style, elegance of phrasing and … unsurpassed perfection of technique"
(Musical Opinion)

Described by Musical Opinion magazine as “an outstanding artist”, performances have taken him throughout Europe, North America, Africa, and the Far and Middle East. As a soloist, director and guest concertmaster Benjamin Nabarro has appeared with groups such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia and BBC Symphony Orchestra, among others.

In 2009 he was appointed first violinist of Ensemble 360. Formed in 2005 to take up residency in South Yorkshire with Music in the Round, Ensemble 360 brings together eleven world-class musicians to form one versatile group; five string players, five wind players and a pianist. Benjamin Nabarro also plays regularly with the Nash Ensemble, and has appeared at the BBC proms as well as venues world-wide.

He is violinist of the recently formed Leonore Piano Trio with pianist Tim Horton and cellist Gemma Rosefield. As a recording artist he can be heard on the Hyperion and Dutton labels, among others. Born in Nottingham, UK he attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester before studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Erich Gruenberg, and later in Chicago with Shmuel Ashkenasi.

Future projects include a tour of New Zealand with the Leonore trio, invitations to the festivals of Mecklenberg and Nuremberg, and London engagements including performances of concerti by Mozart, Glazunov and Brahms..
Gemma Rosefield, cello

Winner of the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award at Wigmore Hall in 2007, Gemma Rosefield made her concerto debut at the age of sixteen, when she won First Prize in the European Music for Youth Competition in Oslo, Norway, playing a televised performance of the Saint-Saens Concerto with the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Other numerous awards and prizes include the Premier Prix Maurice Ravel in France. Gemma studied with David Strange at the RAM, where she gained the Vice-Principal’s Special Prize, and then with Ralph Kirshbaum at the RNCM, where she won the coveted Gold Medal.

She has also studied with Johannes Goritzki, Gary Hoffman, Bernard Greenhouse and Zara Nelsova, and has participated in masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis and Yo-Yo Ma. Gemma has performed with eminent musicians such as György Pauk, Menachem Pressler and Stephen Kovacevich, with whom she played last summer at Dartington. Gemma has a deep interest in contemporary music, and works have been written for her by David Matthews, Cecilia McDowall, James Francis Brown, Julian Dawes, Rhian Samuel and David Knotts. Described by The Strad on her 2003 Wigmore Hall debut as ‘a mes- merising musical treasure’, by the London Evening Standard in 2005 as ‘a phenomenal talent’, and featured in BBC Music Magazine as ‘one to watch’ in 2007, Gemma has made her solo debut in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and in the Diligentia, The Hague, in the New Masters Inter-national Recital Series.

She gave the highly successful Pierre Fournier Award recital in September 2008 at Wigmore Hall, and also the 2008 and 2009 Jacqueline du Pré Memorial Concerts at the same venue. She has recently performed on BBC Radio 3, Michael Ellison’s Concerto for cello, Turkish instruments and orchestra with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Future plans include solo recitals and concertos at festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe, together with performances with Machaca, the Čepický, Rosefield, Dussek Piano Trio, and with the prize-winning Fidelio Piano Quartet. Gemma will also be appearing at La Linea Festival at the Southbank with Morgan Szymanski. In Europe, she will be playing in Belgium (Brussels), the Czech Republic (Prague and Litomyšl), France (Paris, Orpheus and Bacchus Festival Bordeaux, Obernai Festival, Strasbourg and Marseilles), Italy (La Mortella Festival, Ischia) and in Sweden.
Tim Horton, piano

Tim Horton studied at Chetham’s School of Music with Charles Hopkins, Ryszard Bakst and Heather Slade-Lipkin. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1995. In the same year he replaced Alfred Brendel at short notice in two performances of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Since then he has played with the RLPO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 Tim was chosen as the scholar of the Klavier Festival Ruhr at the recommendation of Alfred Brendel. Tim has a duo partnership with cellist Adrian Brendel with whom he has given tours of Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK, including concerts at the Wigmore Hall, London. He has played regularly at the Plush, Aldeburgh, Bath and Elverum festivals and has collaborated with many leading chamber musicians including Paul Lewis, Peter Cropper, the Elias Quartet, the Vertavo Quartet, Charles Owen and the members of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio.

With Robin Ireland he released a CD of Shostakovich and Prokofiev viola music in 2010 and a CD of the Brahms Viola Sonatas with Henninge Landaas was released this year as the first instalment of an ongoing project to record the complete Brahms string and piano music for the Lawo label.
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