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Curtain closes on Town House classical concerts - for now

By SPP Reporter

The Busch Ensemble
The Busch Ensemble

AFTER 14 successful seasons in Inverness Town House, Inverness Chamber Music holds its last concert there on Wednesday before moving out while essential restoration work is completed on the building.

The climax to the current season will be a return performance by the Busch Ensemble whose concert in March 2014 was very well received.

Named after the legendary German violinist Adolf Busch, this London-based group has emerged as a leading piano trio among the new generation of classical musicians, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the UK and Europe.

As three soloists in their own right, pianist Omri Epstein, his younger brother Ori on cello, and violinist Mathieu van Bellen, have all won prizes in solo international competitions.

Brought together by a shared deep passion for chamber music and inspired by van Bellen’s possession of an 1783 J.B. Guadagnini violin formerly owned by Busch, they have been recognized for their achievements and their playing with several prizes.

These include winning the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, second prize and the recording prize at the 2012 Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition and the third prize at the 2013 Pinerolo International Chamber Music Competition in Italy, as well as the second prize at the International Schumann Chamber Music Award in Frankfurt.

Their programme for Inverness starts with Haydn’s Piano Trio No 39 Gypsy Rondo, continues with Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No 1 in D minor and concludes with the Piano Trio No 2 in E flat major by Schubert.

The Busch Ensemble’s concert begins at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £13 for adults, with a discount for Eden Court Friends, and £4 for Students etc.

They can be booked on line at www.invernesschambermusic.com or bought in advance through Eden Court box office, and they will be available on the night at the door from 7pm.

Duo Diez
Duo Diez

While work continues at the Town House, Inverness Chamber Music’s 2015-16 season will find a new home at Smithton-Culloden Free Church, Murray Road, Smithton, commencing on Thursday 24th September with the Aurea String Quartet.

Lunchtime concert series, At One With Music, will also present one final concert in the Town House this month before the enforced move.

The guitar and violin of Duo Diez will end the season with a performance at 1pm on Friday 24th April.

Duo Diez is a new musical collaboration between former Royal Academy of Music students, Athens-born guitarist Dimitris Dekavallas and Spanish/Swiss violinist Violeta Barrena. The name for the duo comes from the Spanish word "diez", which means 10, the number of their combined strings, and their repertoire encompasses a wide range of styles from Bach, Mozart and Schubert to Sarasate, Piazzolla and Villa Lobos.

Admission to the Duo Diez concert costs £6 for adults and £1 for children. Doors open at 12.30pm and the performance lasts for about 55 minutes.

From June onwards, At One With Music will be holding its concerts in the Spectrum Centre in Margaret Street.

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