Our Story

“A perfect afternoon of music!”. “Amazing!” These are just some of the audience reactions to the performances of this outstanding group of international artists whose enthusiastic and dedicated following continues to grow with every concert.

The ChamberMusicBox journey originally started in the most unlikely of ways when, halfway through 2015, the weekly delivery of organic vegetables landed on the doorstep of the food-obsessed household of violinist Yuri Kalnits and cellist Julia Morneweg, both at that point well-known on the chamber music circuit as two thirds of the Erato Piano Trio. As Julia marvelled at the wonderful quality and variety of these ingredients in her veg box that had led her to discover so many new flavours and recipes, a thought came to her mind: “Why not come up with a similar concept for chamber concerts? Why does it always have to be a whole programme of string quartets, piano trios or cello sonatas when there is so much fabulous chamber music repertoire out there that barely gets heard and we have so many amazing musician friends from all over the world to play it with?” She shared her thoughts over dinner with Yuri – a man well-accustomed to his other half’s late-night musings – and, several glasses of wine later, the idea had a name: ChamberMusicBox!

Six months later, in January 2016, the first ever CMB concert took place in the cosy surroundings of Burgh House in Hampstead, North London, a picturesque historic building and museum that became our first ‘home’ for two seasons. The artist roster grew quickly, with renowned soloists, members of leading ensembles and principals of top UK and European orchestras all joining forces to perform programmes that are as diverse as they are unique. Having outgrown the capacity of Burgh House by 2018, ChamberMusicBox moved its base to nearby Rosslyn Hill Chapel, a wonderful concert venue boasting ample space and a Steinway concert grand piano. In the first four seasons, more than 55 CMB artists from over 20 nations performed more than 60 different works ranging from duos to nonets! 

Then came the 2020 season and with the arrival of Covid-19 everything changed. As lockdown #1 dragged on, the loss of live performance was keenly felt, by our musicians as much as by our audience. A couple of hastily arranged, but hugely successful, outdoor concerts confirmed our instincts that live chamber concerts had to return as quickly – and as safely – as possible. With our Hampstead base having decided to keep its doors shut to concerts until further notice, ChamberMusicBox suddenly found itself homeless, forcing a total rethink of our plans. With audiences not just in London, but especially further afield so deprived of live classical musical performance, our Artistic Directors and Trustees quickly agreed that we shouldn’t find “a” new venue, but as many as we could make Covid-secure on short notice. Within less than two weeks, we had agreed dates with venues in London, Surrey, Kent, Sussex and Suffolk and in early October we performed our first indoor concert since the start of the pandemic in front of a large, but socially distanced audience at St Cuthbert’s Earl’s Court. With the incredible support – both financial and otherwise – of our loyal and ever-growing audience, we managed to put on a sold-out autumn season of concerts in between lockdowns before everything ground to a halt once again in December 2020. 

With the end of this – hopefully final – lockdown in sight, we are now planning to continue performing concerts of exceptional calibre across London and the rest of the UK, both in our own series as well as by invitation for some of the country’s leading chamber music promoters. We look forward to the next chapter of this unique journey that is made so special by the incredible talent, friendship and dedication of all those involved.

ChamberMusicBox is a registered charity and continues to be run entirely by its players and trustees.

Our Artists

Yuri Kalnits

violin

Anna Kandinskaya

violin

Vadim Tsibulevsky

violin

Evgenia Epstein

violin

Tom Aldren

violin

Maria Fiore Mazzarini

violin

Roger Chase

viola

Mikhail Bereznitsky

viola

Matthew Quenby

viola

Lisa Bucknell

viola

Kay Stephen

viola

Julia Morneweg

cello

Alexander Volpov

cello

Pierre Doumenge

cello

Tony Hougham

double bass

Oleg Poliansky

piano

Zeynep Özsuca

piano

Dina Duisen

piano

Simone Tavoni

piano

Kathryn Thomas

flute

Emanuel Abbühl

oboe

Chris O'Neal

oboe

Philip Haworth

oboe

Peter Cigleris

clarinet

Sacha Rattle

clarinet

Igor Ahss

bassoon

Susana Dias

bassoon

Ashley Myall

bassoon

Mark Smith

horn

Martin Grainger

horn

Our Repertoire

Duos

  • Beethoven Duo in G major for clarinet and bassoon WoO 27
  • Dvorak 4 Romantic Pieces for violin and piano
  • Franck Sonata in A major for cello and piano
  • Handel/Halvorssen Passacaglia for violin and viola/cello
  • Martinu Sonatina for clarinet and piano H.356
  • Mozart Duo for violin and viola in G major K423
  • Mozart Sonata for piano and violin in e minor K304
  • Mozart Sonata for bassoon and cello in B flat major K292
  • Poulenc Sonata for flute and piano
  • Schnittke Moz-Art for two violins (1783/1976)
  • Schubert Sonatina in a minor for violin and piano D385
  • Schumann Fantasy Pieces for clarinet/cello and piano Op. 73
  • Schumann Märchenbilder for viola and piano Op. 113

Quintets

  • Bowen Phantasy Quintet for bass clarinet and string quartet
  • Brahms String Quintet in G major Op. 111
  • Debussy Danse Sacreé and Danse Profane for harp and string quartet
  • Dvorak String Quintet in G major Op. 77
  • Elgar Piano Quintet
  • Faure Piano Quintet in d minor Op. 89
  • Glazunov String Quintet Op. 39
  • Jacob Suite for bassoon and string quartet
  • Mozart Clarinet Quintet K581
  • Mozart Horn Quintet K407
  • Nielsen Serenata in Vano
  • Prokofiev Quintet in g minor for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and double bass
  • Schubert String Quintet in C major D956
  • Shostakovich Piano Quintet in g minor Op. 57
  • Strauss Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders for violin, clarinet, bassoon, horn and double bass

Trios

  • Arnold Divertimento for flute, oboe and clarinet
  • Beethoven Serenade for flute, violin and viola Op. 25
  • Bruch Eight Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano Op. 83
  • Haydn London Trio in C major for flute, violin and cello
  • Ibert Cinq Pièces en Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
  • Glinka Trio Pathètique for clarinet, bassoon and piano
  • Khachaturian Trio for clarinet, violin and piano
  • Klein String Trio
  • Kodaly Intermezzo for string trio
  • Mozart Divertimento “The Marriage of Figaro” for two clarinets and bassoon
  • Mozart Trio for clarinet, viola and piano “Kegelstatt” K498
  • Piston Three Pieces for flute, clarinet and bassoon
  • Reger Serenade for flute, violin and viola
  • Rota Trio for flute, violin and piano
  • Schubert String Trio in B flat D471
  • Schumann Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola and piano Op. 132
  • Shostakovich Piano Trio no. 1 in c minor Op. 8
  • Shostakovich Five Pieces for two violins and piano
  • Saint-Saens – Tarantella for flute, clarinet and piano
  • Suk Elegy for piano trio
  • Whitlock Three Pieces for wind trio

Sextets

  • Beethoven Sextet for two horns and string quartet Op. 81b
  • Ireland Sextet for clarinet, horn and string quartet
  • Prokofiev Overture on Hebrew Themes for clarinet, string quartet and piano
  • Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht
  • Strauss Sextet from ‘Capriccio’
  • Tchaikovsky Souvenier de Florence for string sextet Op. 70

Quartets

  • Britten Phantasy Quartet for oboe and string trio
  • Copland Two Threnodies for flute and string trio
  • Devienne Quartet for bassoon and string trio in g minor Op. 73 No. 3
  • Elgar Andante and Allegro for oboe and string trio
  • Jacob Four Fancies for flute and string quartet
  • Mahler Piano Quartet in a minor
  • Mozart Flute Quartet in D major K285
  • Mozart Oboe Quartet K370
  • Mozart Piano Quartet in g minor K478
  • Ravel Chansons Madécasses for mezzo-soprano, flute, cello and piano
  • Ravel String Quartet

Septets

  • Beethoven Septet Op. 20
  • Ravel Introduction & Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet
  • Strauss (arr. Leopold) Metamorphosen for string septet
  • Zemlinsky Maiblumen blühten überall for soprano and string sextet

Octets

  • Balakirev Octet for flute, oboe, horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano

Nonets

  • Martinu Nonet flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello and double bass

 

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