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Ensemble 360

Ensemble 360

Ensemble 360 has quickly gained an enviable reputation across the UK not only for the quality and integrity of the members’ playing, but also for their ability to communicate the music to a range of different audiences. Formed in 2005, eleven musicians of international standing came together to take up residency in Sheffield with Music in the Round, establishing a versatile group comprising five string players, five wind players and a pianist. The members believe in concerts being informal, friendly and relaxed occasions, and perform ‘in the round’ wherever possible. Having an audience on all four sides brings with it an intimacy and immediacy between musician and audience that other layouts cannot match.

Critical acclaim has greeted all of the group’s CDs to date: Mozart and Spohr (ASV Gold), Beethoven (Nimbus Alliance) and their latest disc, Poulenc (Nimbus Alliance), which contains all his great works for piano and wind: “A lovely disc” (BBC Radio 3 CD Review); BBC Music Magazine wrote of the recording of Mozart’s clarinet quintet that “This is a performance that can stand as a benchmark for this much recorded work”.


Ensemble 360 appears regularly on BBC Radio 3 and at some of the largest festivals and venues in England including Wigmore Hall, the National Centre for Early Music, Bath International Festival, Buxton Festival, Leamington Music Festival and Manchester Chamber Concert Series. It tours nationally every year with Music in the Round, and has established its own concert series in Barnsley and Doncaster. The group invites other international artists to Sheffield to perform in Music in the Round’s’ nine-day May Festival and Autumn and Spring series.

Ensemble 360 has established its own brand of children’s concerts which play to sell-out audiences. Recently commissioning two scores from award winning composer Paul Rissmann, these unique musical stories combine participation and narration. The ensemble regularly runs schools’ workshops, as well as performance and composition classes with a variety of age groups, and is the Ensemble-in-Residence at both the University of Nottingham and the University of Huddersfield.

Outside Ensemble 360, the musicians all have careers of great success. Some are members of orchestras, including the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Camerata Bern and the Manchester Camerata.  They have performed as chamber musicians and soloists across the UK at festivals including the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, IMS Prussia Cove and Plush, as well as across Europe, America and Japan in venues including the Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Musikverein, Carnegie and Suntory Halls.

Adrian Wilson, Oboe

Adrian Wilson, Oboe

“Adrian Wilson enthralled, as ever, the singing notes dancing gracefully from his oboe”

As well as being a member of chamber group Ensemble 360- Adrian is also the Principal oboe in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra having previously held the principal oboe position in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.
Adrian also appears frequently as guest principal oboe with many of the UK’s leading orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphnoy Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
He is also in great demand as a soloist in the UK and abroad with recent concerto performances including R. Strauss’s concerto with the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra and Dublin Baroque players, Mozart’s concerto with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, J.S. Bach’s Double Concerto with Nicola Benedetti and Ensemble 360 and with Bradley Creswick and the Northern Sinfonia.
Adrian studied Maths and Music at the University of Birmingham followed by postgraduate studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was twice finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and Principal oboe in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia.
Whilst not playing the oboe Adrian indulges in his passions of cooking, wine tasting, half-finishing crosswords and taking walks in the Peak District.

Amy Harman, Bassoon

Amy Harman, Bassoon

Born in London in 1987, Amy Harman began her studies at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music where she was awarded the Sally Wainwright Woodwind Prize. In 2009 she completed her undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, under the tuition of Andrea de Flammineis, Julie Price and Martin Gatt, where she was awarded the RCM Bassoon Prize. Amy also studied with František Herman at the Hudební Fakulta Akademie Múzických Umění in Prague.

As an orchestral musician Amy has performed with the European Union Youth Orchestra, as guest principal with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber, City of Birmingham Symphony and Hallé orchestras and from 2010 was Principal Bassoon at BBC National Orchestra of Wales until being appointed Principal Bassoon of the Philharmonia in 2011.

Amy is also an active chamber musician and has been a member of Ensemble 360 since 2010. She has performed at festivals internationally collaborating with artists such as Radovan Vlatković, Natalia Gutman, Charles Neidich and the Chilingirian Quartet.

Benjamin Nabarro, violin

Benjamin Nabarro, violin

Violinist Benjamin Nabarro has been described by Musical Opinion as “an outstanding artist”. He has performed throughout Europe, North America, Africa, and the Middle and Far East.

As a soloist or guest concertmaster he has played with the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, English Chamber and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, and with the Philharmonia, where he played Scherezade under the baton of Charles Dutoit. His concerto performances have won praise for their “purity of style, elegance of phrasing and unsurpassed perfection of technique” (Musical Opinion).

Benjamin is a member the Leonore Piano Trio and Ensemble 360, and a regular guest of the Nash Ensemble with whom he has appeared in concerts worldwide. He has made numerous recordings for Hyperion and Dutton. His recent and future concerto engagements include performances of works by Glazounov, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven and Vivaldi. He has regularly been invited to the festivals of Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, Nuremberg, Cheltenham, BBC Proms, Aldeburgh and Bath, amongst many others.



Claudia Ajmone-Marsan, violin

Claudia Ajmone-Marsan, violin

“Claudia Ajmone-Marsan fitted seamlessly into her new place with Tim Horton”
Yorkshire Post

Born of Italian and Danish parentage, Claudia is currently principal second violinist of Camerata Nordica, Sweden and a member of Ensemble 360. She served as co-principal second of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London under C.von Dohnanyi, principle of the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the Kammerphilharmonie Amade, Germany. In addition, she is a regular guest with the Berlin Staatskapelle and with Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt.

Always active as a chamber musician, Claudia has collaborated, among others, with Antje Weithaas, Eduard Brunner, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Christoph Richter, Diemut Poppen, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Lawrence Power. She was a co-founder of the award winning Quince Quartet with whom she performed all over Europe. She has featured live on BBC Radio 3 and the Israel, Belgium and Sweden radios.

Claudia has played in festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival at Keshet Eilon in Israel, the International Musician’s Seminar in Prussia Cove run by Steven Isserlis, Perth Festival in Australia, Wellington Festival in New Zealand, the Flanders Festival and the Santander Festival in Spain. In 2007 she co-founded the Alpen Chamber Music Festival in Austria.

As a soloist, Claudia has appeared with the Copenhagen Chamber Soloists, Oberlin Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, and Kammerphilharmonie Amadé. With the Cologne Chamber Orchestra she performed on tour throughout Europe, in concert halls such as the Kölner Philharmonie, the Prinzregententheater in Munich, as well as the Théatre des Champs Elysées in Paris.

A graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School in England, Claudia studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Sylvia Rosenberg and subsequently with Roland and Almita Vamos at the Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree. In 2001 she completed her postgraduate studies with Prof. Mihaela Martin at the Hochschule für Musik Köln.

Gemma Rosefield, Cello

Gemma Rosefield, Cello

‘a mesmerising musical treasure’The Strad, 2003

‘a phenomenal talent’London Evening Standard, 2005

Featured in BBC Music Magazine as ‘one to watch’ and winner of the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award at Wigmore Hall in 2007, Gemma 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-Saëns Concerto with the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Other numerous awards and prizes include the Premier Prix Maurice Ravel in France.

Gemma studied with David Strange at the Royal Academy of Music, where she gained the Vice-Principal’s Special Prize, and then with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she won the coveted Gold Medal. She has also studied or participated in masterclasses with Johannes Goritzki, Steven Isserlis and Yo-Yo Ma, amongst others and has performed with such eminent musicians as György Pauk, Menachem Pressler and Stephen Kovacevich.

Gemma has a deep interest in contemporary music. Works have been written for her by David Matthews, Cecilia McDowall, James Francis Brown, Julian Dawes, Rhian Samuel and David Knotts. She has performed Michael Ellison’s Concerto for cello, Turkish instruments and orchestra with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on BBC Radio 3.

Following a Wigmore Hall Sunday Morning Coffee Concert with Ashley Wass in 2009, Gemma played a very well-received ten concert series in Japan, and has just returned from giving six concerts in Mexico, one televised live, with Morgan Szymanski, her cello/guitar duo partner, and Machaca, their Latin American group.

Future plans include solo recitals and concertos at festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe, together with performances with Machaca, the Čepický, Rosefield, Dussek Piano Trio, and with the prize-winning Fidelio Piano Quartet. Gemma will also be appearing at La Linea Festival at the Southbank with Morgan Szymanski.

Ruth Gibson, Viola

Ruth Gibson, Viola

Irish Violist Ruth Gibson enjoys a varied musical career, performing as soloist and chamber musician across the UK and Europe. During her undergraduate at the RNCM, she founded the Finzi Quartet and was winner of numerous awards in chamber music. As an Allcard Winner of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Ian Fleming award in 2009, Ruth continued her studies at the Royal College of Music with Lawrence Power. In 2010, Ruth performed Holst’s Lyric Movement for Viola and Orchestra on BBC4 and subsequently with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 2011.

As well as her membership of Ensemble 360, Ruth plays regularly with Scottish Ensemble and Nash Ensemble and recently performed at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Berliner Philharmonie. She is currently on trial for Principal Viola with Manchester Camerata and was also selected as Park Lane Group Solo artist this year, having recently performed the solo viola works of Penderecki at the Purcell Room. As founder and artistic director of the String Quartet Collective, she has held a chamber music residency at the RCM since 2013.

Juliette Bausor, Flute

Juliette Bausor, Flute

“…radiating composure and command in equal measure…” The Times

Described by The Times as “a rising star in the arts firmament”, Juliette enjoys a growing reputation as one of the foremost flautists of her generation.  Selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation as one of its Rising Stars for the 2013-2014 season, Juliette will be performing at venues including Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bozar in Brussels, Town Hall Birmingham, Palace of Arts in Budapest, Vienna Musikverein, Stockholm  Konserthus, L’Auditori Barcelona, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Philharmonie Luxembourg, The Sage Gateshead and the Barbican London.

Juliette began her studies with Anna Pope as a junior at the Royal Academy of Music and the Purcell School of Music before going on to study with Philippa Davies, Paul Edmund Davies and Samuel Coles at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She went on to further her tuition at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris with Sophie Cherrier and Vincent Lucas.

Subsequent to a string of prestigious accolades, including winning the Gold Medal in both the Shell LSO Competition and the Royal Over-Seas League Competition, and reaching the televised Concerto Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, Juliette has appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Academy of St Martins in the Fields, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and London Mozart Players, with conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mario Venzago and Sir Neville Marriner.  Success on an international scale is reflected in tours around Europe and beyond, to Thailand, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand.

Juliette is principal flute with both Royal Northern Sinfonia and London Mozart Players and also appears as guest principal flute with orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchetsra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and London Sinfonietta.

As a dedicated chamber musician, Juliette is regularly invited to give recitals at major venues and festivals throughout the UK, including numerous Wigmore Hall and South Bank appearances. She has collaborated with many other leading chamber musicians including violinist Thomas Zehetmair, pianist Llyr Williams, soprano Kate Royal and harpist Catrin Finch as well as groups such as the Coull, Elias, Badke and Carducci String Quartets.


Laurène Durantel, Bass

Laurène Durantel, Bass

Laurène Durantel is an artist who wants to make the most of the variety of different voices and timbres of this incredible instrument.

Laurène was first soloist in the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse for many years and has been a member of Ensemble 360 since 2006. As a chamber music player she has also played with Denis Pascal, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Elias Quartet, Nador Quartet, Valentin Erben and François Salque.

Laurène has also recorded Dvořák’s String Quintet Op.77 with the Škampa Quartet (Suprophon), two volumes of Bottesini’s concertante works with string quintet, violonist Eric Lacrouts and pianist Daniel Benzakoun (Polymnie) and recordings with Ensemble 360; Beethoven and Spohr (Universal).

As a soloist she not only plays parts written for double bass but also dares to perform any other piece she wants but always with as much care to the original as possible. When taking on parts originally meant for cello, no transposing takes place; she plays the part exactly as written. Performances of this type include Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op.73, Schubert’s Sonata Arpeggione, Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata, Robert Schumann’s First Sonata for Violin and Piano Op.105, Fauré’s cello and piano sonatas, Bach’s solo cello suites.

Teaching is a central part of Laurène’s career and she is developing a fascination with pedagogy. In 2003 she founded the Academie de Contrebasse – now one of the biggest in Europe – and the L’Un L’Autre school. From 2009 until 2011 she was a teacher at the National Conservatoire of Toulouse.

Laurène has a diploma from the CNSM of Paris and was a pupil of Denis Pascal and Philippe Noharet. She works closely with composer Julien Dassié, flautist Marine Perez, dancer Shanika Filiol de Raimond, violist Maria Mosconi, violinist Laure Schappler, acrobats Elena Shumskaya and Elena Dvinina, and conductor Nicolas Krüger.

Laurène is represented by GAH Management agency.

Matthew Hunt, Clarinet

Matthew Hunt, Clarinet

“Throughout the piece the out-of-this-world clarinettist shone starlike from above”
Salzburg Festival 2009

Matthew began his musical education as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral. He later studied at the Guildhall School of Music and in Paris with Pascal Moraguès.

In addition to playing in Ensemble 360, Matthew is one of the Solo Clarinettists in the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie (the German Chamber Orchestra).

As a soloist and chamber musician, Matthew has played at festivals and concert halls around the globe, including at Wigmore Hall, the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Lichfield and Edinburgh festivals, at Ivry Gitlis’ Cassis Festival, the Charlottesville and Newhaven festivals in the United States and in Switzerland, France, Sweden, Finland, Romania, Italy, Japan, Germany, Greece, Spain and India.

His chamber music partners have included the Belcea, Elias, Arditti and Meta4 quartets, the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, Pekka Kuusisto, Lawrence Power, Natalie Clein, Emily Beynon, Thomas Adès and Konstantin Lifschitz. Matthew is a regular participant at IMS Prussia Cove, and was part of the group that was awarded the 2008 Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Music Award for a series of concerts given during the autumn of 2007.

As an orchestral musician, Matthew has appeared as a guest solo clarinettist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and many of Britain’s leading orchestras. Matthew has been involved in the recording of many film scores, and recorded the solo clarinet part for the films Love Actually and Pride and Prejudice.

Naomi Atherton, Horn

Naomi Atherton, Horn

“Naomi Atherton fearlessly facing the demands of the fiendish music and conquering it with full-bodied, steady tone”
Sheffield Telegraph

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Naomi took up the horn at the age of eight. She went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Michael Purton and Derek Taylor. Whilst in her first year at college she won the brass final of BBC Young Musician of the Year.

Highlights of her solo career have been with the BBC Philharmonic and the Ulster Orchestras, also performances of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Robert Tear, Neil Mackie and most recently James Gildchrist and the Manchester Camerata. This performance was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 under the baton of Douglas Boyd.

Naomi has been principal horn of Manchester Camerata and Northern Chamber Orchestra for many years, but has also appeared as guest principal with such orchestras as the Goldberg Ensemble, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, English Northern Philharmonia, Northern Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared at many festivals including Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Bath and the BBC Proms.

Tim Horton, Piano

Tim Horton, Piano

Tim studied at Chetham’s School of Music with Charles Hopkins and Heather Slade-Lipkin and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1995.

In the same year he replaced Alfred Brendel at short notice in two performances of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Royal Festival Hall, London. Since then he has played with the RLPO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

In 2005 Tim was chosen as the scholar of the Klavier Festival Ruhr at the recommendation of Alfred Brendel, an honour that included a recital at the Festival and a bursary.

Tim has a duo partnership with cellist Adrian Brendel with whom he has given tours of Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK, including concerts at the Wigmore Hall, London and in 2011 they made their debut at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest. He has played regularly at the Plush, Aldeburgh, Bath and Elverum Festivals and has collaborated with many leading chamber musicians including Paul Lewis, Peter Cropper, the Elias Quartet, the Vertavo Quartet and the members of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio.

He has been playing with violist Robin Ireland since 2008 and they have toured Britain extensively. Their Nimbus Alliance disc of Shostakovich and Prokofiev was highly acclaimed on its release and they have just released a disc of the Brahms Sonatas and the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata.

With the Leonore Piano Trio Tim has given concerts in Italy and throughout the UK, touring New Zealand in 2012, and they have future engagements throughout Europe and in 2013. They recorded a disc of the two Arensky Piano Trios for Hyperion and have plans to record the Trios of David Matthews.

Tim is currently engaged in a four-year cycle of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas at the Crucible, Sheffield.