Winner of the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award 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.
Described by The Strad on her 2003 Wigmore Hall debut as ‘a mesmerising musical treasure’, by the London Evening Standard as ‘a phenomenal talent’, and featured in BBC Music Magazine as ‘one to watch’, Gemma has made her solo debut in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and in The Diligentia, The Hague, in the New Masters International Recital Series. She gave the highly successful Pierre Fournier Award recital in September 2008 at Wigmore Hall, as well as the 2008 and 2009 Jacqueline du Pré Memorial Concerts at the same venue.
In 2011, Hyperion released a CD of Gemma playing the Complete Works for Cello and Orchestra of Sir Charles Stanford with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Manze. BBC Music Magazine considered the Stanford Concerto to be ‘superbly played’ and Gramophone Magazine commented that
Gemma ‘plays with disarming character and freshness; her technique too is enviably sure and tone beguilingly rounded’.
Gemma plays throughout the Europe, the USA, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Kenya and New Zealand. She played Michael Ellison’s Concerto for Cello and Turkish Instruments with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, broadcast on Radio 3, performed the premiere of a new work for Cello and Choir by Cecilia McDowall at Westminster Abbey, and in August 2016 gave the UK Premiere of Concello, for Cello and Orchestra, by Maciej Zielinski at the Presteigne Festival. She was subsequently invited to perform Concello in Krakow with Sinfonietta
Cracovia, and to record it in 2019. In August 2017 Gemma performed Edward Gregson’s cello concerto ‘Concerto for Chris’, as well as giving the world premiere performance of Robert Peate’s Knuckles Arches atthe Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts. Other recent engagements include the Dvořák Concerto with the Estonian National Orchestra and Vello Pähn. and the Elgar Cello Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Christopher Warren-Green.
Gemma gives some 50 performances a year as cellist of Ensemble 360, Royal Philharmonic Society Medal Winners, 2013, whose performances are described by the Independent as ‘brimming with body and soul, with passion, vitality and virtuosity, whose performances never cease to amaze’. As cellist of the Leonore Piano Trio with pianist Tim Horton and violinist Benjamin Nabarro, she has made several recordings for Hyperion Records. The Trio’s premiere recording of the two Piano Trios by Arensky was described by the Observer as ‘revelatory’ with ‘sumptuous breadth and beguiling warmth’. The Gramophone commented that the Trio played ‘with truly glorious affection’ and that ‘it is hard to imagine playing of a greater intensity’. This CD was BBC Radio3 disc of the week. The trio has since released a further six recordings for Hyperion, and more are to follow. In 2015 the Leonore Piano Trio embarked on a project to perform all the works by Beethoven for piano trio, violin and piano, and cello and piano, with extensive cycles in Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, and at Kings Place, London, among other venues. At the request of the composer, the Leonore Trio recorded the complete trios by David Matthews, along with Journeying Songs for solo cello. In 2018, with violinist Benjamin Nabarro and violist Rachel Roberts, she recorded James Francis Brown’s Trio Concertante for string trio and orchestra, with Orchestra Nova conducted by George Vass. Gemma studied with David Strange at the RAM and with Ralph Kirshbaum at the RNCM. She has also studied with Johannes Goritzki, Gary Hoffman (Les Dix Stages de Perfectionnement, the Paris Conservatoire), Bernard Greenhouse and Zara Nelsova. Music written for her include works by David Matthews, Cecilia McDowall, James Francis Brown, Julian Dawes, Rhian Samuel, David Knotts and Michael Kamen.
Gemma plays on a cello made in Naples in 1704 by Alessandro Gagliano, formerly owned and played by the Prince Regent.
Described by Musical Opinion as "an outstanding artist", Benjamin Nabarro has performed throughout Europe, North America, Africa, and the Middle and Far East, as a violin soloist, director and conductor. He has performed with the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, English Chamber and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, and Philharmonia, among others. His concerto performances have won praise for their "purity of style, elegance of phrasing and unsurpassed perfection of technique" (Musical Opinion).
Since 2009, he has been first violin of Ensemble 360, and he also plays regularly as first violinist of the Nash Ensemble where he has appeared in concerts world-wide. He has made numerous recording for Hyperion and Dutton. Recent concerto engagements include performances of works by Elgar, Glazounov, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Brahms, Watkins, Piazzola, Barber, Vivaldi and Bach, and he is regularly invited to the festivals of Cheltenham, BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, Bath, Presteigne, Schleswig Holstein, Mecklenberg-Vorpommern and Nuremberg, where he also made his conducting debut in 2012. In 2016 he conducted and played as soloist with the European Sinfonietta in a concert to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in Gibraltar.
Benjamin Nabarro is violinist of the Leonore Piano Trio, together with cellist Gemma Rosefield and pianist Tim Horton. The Leonore Trio has given concerts throughout the UK and mainland Europe, as well as a three week tour of New Zealand, where they broadcast for Radio New Zealand and gave a concert in the New Zealand Parliament. The Leonore Trio’s debut recording for Hyperion records of music by Arensky and Rachmaninov was released in March 2014 to great critical acclaim. Their numerous recordings since for the same label reflect the trio’s interest in discovering rarely-heard works of the romantic repertoire, including works by Lalo, Tanyev, Rimsky Korsakov, Parry, Litolff and Bargiel. All have won universal praise, often being featured as BBC Radio 3’s ‘Disk of the Week’. They have recorded the complete trios of David Matthews, at the composers request. Since 2016 the trio has given performances of complete Beethoven cycles in Sheffield and in London, not only of all works for piano trio, but also the complete works for violin and piano, and for cello and piano.
Benjamin Nabarro has given concerts and masterclasses in Schools and conservatoires throughout the UK, Europe and further afield, including workshops in Otara, New Zealand, as part of the Sistema programme. He has given masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music, London, as well as in Norway and in Canada.
Jenny qualified as a barrister and spent 30 years in industry as a commercial lawyer, followed by a portfolio career in equality and regulation. She now works as a legal adviser to a cross-bench Peer on parliamentary matters.
Music has been a life-long passion – she sings in several choirs and for many years volunteered with the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust which introduces young people to chamber music. Getting involved with the Festival has been a hugely enriching experience.
After completing a BA degree course in Interior Design and Architecture, I worked for Warner Bros at Pinewood Studios as a draughtsman and set designer. However life moves in mysterious directions after which I went on a tangent and entered the estate agency industry here in Hampstead where I have now been for nearly thirty years. Throughout all this time my second love has always been the arts, whether it be drawing, film or music and the opportunity to both support and have an active involvement in the HAF and what it brings to the wider community both within and without NW3 was an opportunity I could not pass up.
Valeria is from Puglia, was educated in Switzerland and the UK, and has lived for years in London. She is an author, literary and opera reviewer and creative writing tutor. Her debut novel, That Summer in Puglia, was launched at the Oxford Literary Festival. She’s now writing her second novel. She teaches workshops on the narrative potential of different art forms, including music, a lifelong passion.
After a successful career in management, Valeria gained an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths (University of London). She is also a Sloan Fellow (MSc) of London Business School.
Maurits is an international lawyer, originally from The Netherlands, who moved to Hampstead in 2010. Apart from his antitrust practice, he is increasingly involved in sustainability and climate matters. He is married to a painter and photographer from Canada. He finds that one of the greatest joys of living here is the fantastic and unsurpassed musical tradition, and especially the transcendental beauty of English choral music. He sings in a choir, chairs the Friends of the Music in Hampstead, and is a Trustee of the Hampstead Church Music Trust. In addition, he enjoys tall ship sailing, maritime history, long distance walking, and travel.
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Louise has been playing the piano since the age of four, and went on to study music at Oxford Brookes University achieving a first class honours in Performance and Composition. During her degree, she taught music to severely disabled children at Soundabout Music Therapy Practice, whilst managing and performing in her University funk-rock infused band.
Since graduating, Louise has helped to produce two festivals at The Roundhouse, worked as Head of Marketing at The Oxford Schubert Lieder Festival, and taught music at Ranum Efterskole in Denmark.
She has a strong love and enthusiasm for youth in music, and has recently finished directing and producing her own spoken word event for young emerging artists in London. Louise sits on the Roundhouse Youth Advisory Board (RYAB) and teaches piano in her spare time.
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