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We are delighted to be welcoming the Busch Trio back to Kettle’s Yard once again this year. In advance of their concert this October, they answered some questions for us. Read on to hear about why they like playing in Cambridge, and to find out if ‘arguing’ is a good pre-show ritual.

Can you tell us a little about yourselves? How did you meet/come together as a group?

With the three of us living in the Netherlands (Mathieu) and Israel (Omri and Ori), it was in 2002 when we independently moved to London for the purpose and hopeful progress of our musical education. As brothers, Omri and Ori have known each other from day one. It was about 10 years ago when Mathieu, the Trio’s violinist and Omri, the pianist met at the Royal College of Music. Since then we have been very close friends and began playing trios soon after. We are currently based in Brussels but continue to perform regularly in the UK.

Do you have a favourite piece of music to perform?

That will always be very difficult to decide, but let’s say that we would certainly not complain if Schubert’s Trio in E-flat, op.100 were to be the only piece we could take with us to a lonely Island.

You have played in Cambridge as part of the Kettle’s Yard Chamber Music concert series before. What are you looking forward to on your return to Cambridge? 

It’s almost impossible not to feel and appreciate the great history and influence Cambridge has had on the world of culture and music. It has been on our minds on every previous visit to Kettle’s Yard and perhaps subconsciously this creates a higher sense of responsibility towards the music, especially considering the extremely high level of musicians who are invited to play at Kettle’s Yard every year.

Do you have any pre-show rituals? 

I would like to say “arguing” would have been our pre-show ritual had it not had a negative effect on the following concert! Instead, we have a little motto that we say to each other just before going on stage. Sometimes it works, sometimes not!

What’s on your own playlist?

Luckily we don’t have a playlist! It would go on and on… Fortunately we can carry so many hours of recordings on our phones, so it is always a ‘spur of the moment’ decision on what we would like to listen to next.

What’s next? 

We are looking forward to continuing our project of recording the complete chamber works of Dvorak for piano and strings. Having previously recorded our debut CD with trios No.3 and 4, this year we have released our second CD in a set of four, this time with Dvorak’s two Piano Quartets, having joined forces with violist Miguel da Silva. Later on in the season we will record our third CD as well as performing in Washington, the Louvre Museum and longer visits to India, Germany and the UK.

Busch Trio will perform at the Old Divinity School, St John’s College Cambridge on 26 October. To find out more, and to book tickets now, click here.