“From the first explosive fanfare to the last climax they played with winning freshness, perfect ensemble and technical command, always responsive to the architecture and balance of this miraculous music.” Haslemere Herald
Olivier Ensemble was founded in 2003 by four of this country’s leading chamber musicians. Their music-making is underpinned by their warm friendship and draws on the wealth of collective experience they have of playing chamber music at the very highest level, with each other and in other esteemed groups. Because of its members’ busy schedules, Olivier Ensemble does not meet every week, but rather for a few periods of intense work each year, which the players relish.
|Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time was the catalyst which spurred the formation of the Ensemble and inspired its name.
Furthermore, the musicians were allured by the flexibility of programming that comes with this particular combination of instruments.
Many different permutations are possible and audiences love this variety, often hearing works for duo, trio and quartet within one recital.
Kate Gould (cello) is well known for her contribution to the chamber music world, appearing regularly at the major international concert halls and festivals world-wide. She is a founder member of the Leopold String Trio, which recently won the Chamber Music category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and in 2004 was the winner of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. All of their discs (for Hyperion) have received immense critical acclaim, including two nominations for Gramophone Awards. She joined the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 2000. Kate is a regular guest of the Nash and Endymion Ensembles and plays as guest principal cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Matthew Hunt is the solo clarinettist of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and a member of the chamber group Ensemble 360. He has appeared with the Nash Ensemble, the Elias, Meta4, Arditti and Accorda string quartets, the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, Pekka Kuusisto, Christine Schäfer, Thomas Adès, Lawrence Power and Emily Beynon. He has also played as guest principal clarinettist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Concertgebouw Orchestra and with many of Britain’s leading orchestras. His 2006 recording of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with the Elias String Quartet for the ASV label was given five stars by the BBC Music magazine and described as “the benchmark recording of this much recorded work”.
Benjamin Nabarro (violin/viola) has a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and guest leader, recent concerts taking him across Europe, North America, Africa, and the Far and Middle East. He has performed concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Elgar, Sibelius, Leighton and Piazzola. He has directed the English Chamber Orchestra, and was recently invited to play Rimsky Korsakov’s Sheherazade with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit. As a chamber musician he appears at international festivals such as Cheltenham, the BBC Proms, Bullawayo (Zimbabwe), Ponte-de-Lima (Portugal) and Schleswig-Holstein. He is a regular artist at ‘Music at Plush’. He can be heard on the Dutton, Hyperion and Black Box record labels, and future plans include a recording of the complete works for violin and piano of Franz Liszt with Leslie Howard.