Tessera Piano Quartet
Sunday, February 12th 2023 @ 7.30 pm
Mahler - Quartet Movement for Piano,
Violin, Viola and Cello in A minor
Mendelssohn - Piano Quartet in B minor Op.3
Brahms - Piano Quartet in C minor Op. 60
Sini Simonen - violin Hélène Clément - viola
Tim Posner - cello Kiveli Dörken - piano
Sini Simonen is an award-winning violinist leading an active career as a chamber musician and soloist. She is the leader of the London-based Castalian String Quartet. She has won top prizes in the Lipizer, Flesch and Cremona violin competitions, and Lyon, Banff and ARD chamber music competitions. Her cd recordings include Bach’s double violin concerto with Helsinki Strings (Warner) and Vivaldi’s concerto for three violins with Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
Born in France in 1988, Hélène Clément moved to London in 2013. Her enthusiasm and thirst for the chamber music and viola repertoire leads her to constantly expand her musical horizons by performing with a wide range of different collaborations, playing in the most prestigious concert halls in Europe and around the World.Her chamber music partners have included Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Biss, Benjamin Grosvenor, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Alexander Melnikov, Mitsuko Uchida and Peter Wispelwey, as well as the Brentano String Quartet and the Nash Ensemble. Since September 2013, she is the viola player of the Doric String Quartet. She is Principal Viola Player of the innovative Aurora Orchestra based in London, taking part in exciting projects such as playing symphonies by memory and chamber music projects in the most prestigious concert halls. She teaches viola and chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music of London. Mentoring and coaching young talents is taking a growing place in her life, and she is with her String Quartet the Artistic Director of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival. Ms Clement is currently playing on a 1843 Italian viola owned previously by Benjamin Britten and Frank Bridge. The viola is generously lent to her by the Britten-Pears foundation.
Tim Posner - cello - became the first ever British prizewinner at the International Karl Davidov Competition in Latvia. Born in 1995, he began playing the cello at the age of eight, studying with his mother, Julia Desbruslais. He studied at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music with Robert Max and is currently studying in the ‘Solo Class’ of Leonid Gorokhov at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover. Tim made his debut concerto performance at the age of 14. Since then he has performed as soloist with renowned orchestras including the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Mozart Players with conductors such as Andrew Manze. Highlights of the 2021/22 Season will include the world premiere of Polo Piatti’s Cello Concerto and a recital debut at the Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Between 2017-2019 Tim was the recipient of the prestigious ‘Gundlach Musikpreis’ award. As a chamber musician, Tim regularly plays in various ensembles. In 2010 Tim founded The Teyber Trio with violinist, Tim Crawford and violist, Timothy Ridout, with whom he continues to perform internationally. As a former member of the Celan Quartet he recorded a debut CD of Berg’s Op. 3 in the Menuhin Hall. He has since made a number of recordings including a CD of duo and trio works with Ioana Cristina Goicea and Anastasia Sokolova. As an orchestral musician, Tim has performed as principal cellist of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and as a guest cellist in Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Kiveli Dörken was born in Düsseldorf in 1995 and received her first piano instruction at the age of five. She often garnered First Prizes at the German music youth competition. She obtained the First Prize as youngest participant at the International EPTA Competition in Croatia. She has performed at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Kölner Philharmonie, at the Mozarteum Salzburg as well as at festivals. She also takes pleasure in performing chamber music with the Szymanowski Quartet.