The Serafino String Trio was founded in 2010 by three like-minded musicians who share the passion for the string trio and the repertoire that’s written for it.
They appeared on many chamber music venues in Holland and beyond; their performances have been received with great enthusiasm.
A few quotes from the Dutch press:
“Top musicians.. Homogeneity in sound and full of conviction..”
“From the first notes the Serafino String Trio put their mark on the performance..”
“They skillfully worked through the score in a compelling and expressive way..”
“Love for the music, playing from the soul, warm, colorful, controlled, honest, not imposing but enchanting… Blissful.”
Emi Ohi Resnick (violin), Simone van der Giessen (viola) and Timora Rosler (cello).
Emi Ohi Resnick, violin
A native of New York City, Emi Ohi Resnick made her debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of fifteen and has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan since then. Recently Carolin Bietzker of the Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger praised her with the headline “Interpretation on a World-Class Level”. The NRC Handelsblad wrote that she was, “Spellbinding and virtuosic”. Critic James Connely described her playing as, “Outstanding. Ms. Resnick’s handling of the cerebral music of the Brahms concerto was mature, sensitive and spellbinding”. Ms. Resnick is a founding member of the unique collective Splendor www.splendoramsterdam.com and co-initiator of the strikingly successful String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam www.sqba.nl. Already in its twenty-first year, her Ruysdael String Quartet www.ruysdaelkwartet.nl has started an exciting season which includes concerts in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, De Doelen in Rotterdam, as well as tours of Japan and Turkey. In addition, the Quartet’s summer 2019 is already filled with plans for the sixth edition of the Zoom! Festival www.zoomfestival.nl as well as concerts and master classes in Burg Feistritz, Austria and Linari, Italy. Highlights of the last few seasons include the honor of be invited to accompany their majesties the King and Queen of the Netherlands on their State visit to France, as well as a Wigmore Hall debut and a tour of Russia.
Ms. Resnick has collaborated as soloist and chamber musician with prominent artists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Frans Brüggen, Philip Glass, Gary Graffman, Ton Koopman, Siegfried Palm, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Thomas Riebl and Jörg Widmann. Of a recital given with Dennis Russell Davies, Hans Schurmann of the General- Anzeiger of Bonn wrote, “she has a quasi-devilish mastery as well as tonal beauty… A masterful, accomplished duo presentation.”
Ms. Resnick studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Szymon Goldberg, the Juilliard School with Louise Behrend and Robert Mann, the Prague Mozart Academy with Sándor Végh, and the Mozarteum of Salzburg with Thomas Riebl and Ruggiero Ricci, and has worked closely with the composer György Kurtág. She has been regularly invited to the Marlboro Music Festival and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England.
Ms. Resnick currently divides her time between the United States and Europe, where she was concertmaster of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and Professor of Violin at the North Netherlands Conservatory.
Simone van der Giessen, viola
Violist Simone van der Giessen was born in Amsterdam and moved to the UK in 2002 to continue her violin studies with Jan Repko at the Royal Northern College of Music. It was in Manchester, that as a founding member of the Navarra String Quartet, chamber music became the centre of her musical life. In 2004 she began studying viola with Predrag Katanic and after graduating in June 2006 with First Class Honours she won the RNCM’s Cecil Aronowitz Prize for viola and performed Walton’s concerto for viola with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra.
With the Navarra quartet, Simone has performed internationally for 16 years. There have been many highlights in her years with the Navarra quartet, a few of them performing in the Sydney Operahouse, playing at the Esterhazy castle, and studying with Ferenc Rados.
They have been awarded the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti- Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a Musica Viva tour and prizes at the Melbourne, Florence and at the Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Simone is now a part of the Elias quartet. This stringquartet (made up of 2 Catalan woman, a Scot and herself) is steadily building a recording catalogue that has been met with widespread critical acclaim. They have recorded the Schumann and Dvorak piano quintets with Jonathan Biss, a Britten Quartets disc for Sonimage, a Mendelssohn disc for ASV Gold and most recently Schumann string quartets for Outhere. Their two mixed programme recordings for Wigmore Live were praised unanimously, the first winning a BBC Music Magazine Newcomers award. The final volume of their complete Beethoven Quartet Cycle had just been released. In 2020 they will return to the US with a Beethoven cycle apart from fulfilling a busy concert schedule across Europe.
Outside of the quartet, Simone is in much demand as a chamber musician and is frequently invited to perform with various musicians and ensembles such as the Nash ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, Ensemble 360, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Simone’s biggest influences came from her professors Jan Repko, Predrag Katanic and Chris Rowland at the RNCM and David Takeno at the GSMD. Other musical influences came from studies at festivals and schools like the Cologne Hochschüle and Chamber Studio with the AlbanBerg Quartet, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Thomas Riebl, Gyorgy Kurtag, Eberhard Feltz and Ferenc Rados.
Timora Rosler, cello
Winner of the first prize at the 1996 Stuttgart International Cello Competition, the Israeli/Dutch cellist Timora Rosler also won the Vriendenkrans of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 1997, where she was praised by the jury as follows: ‘Timora Rosler has a capturing talent, intimate expressiveness, virtuosity and a natural feeling for the composition … Her interpretation is exceptionally fascinating.’ A year later she won a special prize for her performance at the XI International Bach Competition in Leipzig. She also won the top prize at the Caltanisetta International Duo Chamber Music Competition in 1996 in Italy with her duo-partner Klára Würtz.
In 1985 Rosler was awarded the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, later becoming a member of the Distinguished Young Artists Chamber Music Group at the Jerusalem Music Centre. She has attended masterclasses with artists such as János Starker, Heinrich Schiff, Boris Pergamenschikov, Anner Bylsma, Daniel Shafran and Lynn Harell, and holds performance degrees from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where she studied with Dmitri Ferschtman and from Yale University, where she was a pupil of Aldo Parisot.
She has participated in numerous music festivals including Ravinia, Aspen, Banff Center for the Arts, the Manchester Cello Festival, the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove (England), Cello Festival Zutphen, Pro Festival in Rolandseck (Germany), the Maurice Ravel Summer Academy in France and the Gaia Chamber Music Festival in Thun.
Rosler has appeared in concerts in Europe, the US, Canada, Argentina and Israel. As a soloist, she has performed with various orchestras such as the Flemish Radio (Martyn Brabbins), Philharmonia of the Nations (Justus Frantz), Janácek Philharmonic, Grazioso Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National
Philharmonic, Slovak Sinfonietta, National Symphony of Ukraine, Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva, Camerata Antonio Lucio and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.
With the Orquesta de Cámara Mayo of Buenos Aires, she toured extensively throughout The Netherlands (including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw) and Argentina with the works of Piazzolla. Both a television and a CD recording were made of this collaboration. She has also made recordings for Israeli, Hungarian, German, Dutch and American Radio.
Her most recent cd release includes the complete works by Beethoven for cello and piano with pianist Klára Würtz.
She is a professor of cello at the Utrecht Conservatory of Music, and has given masterclasses at venues and events such as the International Conservatoire Week in St Petersburg, Francigena Festival in Italy, International Cello Congress & Festival in Israel, Utrecht String Academy in St Vallerin (France), Davos Winter Academy in Switzerland and Instituto Bellini in Italy.
In 2013 she was a jury member at the Aram Khachaturian International Cello Competition in Armenia.
Timora Rosler plays on a Thomas Dodd cello from 1800.