The English Concert at Kings Place: Biber’s Rosary Sonatas

Otherwise known as the ‘Mystery’ sonatas because of the enigmatic woodcarvings that adorn the manuscripts, Biber’s Rosary Sonatas are the perfect showcase for our principal violinists.

The English Concert
Nadja Zwiener violin
Tuomo Suni violin
Emilia Benjamin viola da gamba
Tom Foster harpsichord/organ

Corelli Trio sonata in F Op. 3, No. 1
Matteis Passagio Rotto for solo violin
Biber ‘The Annunciation’, Sonata No. 1 in D minor from Rosary Sonatas
Purcell Sonata in G minor Z. 807
Biber Partita VI in D major from Harmonia Artificiosa
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Simpson Division for viola da gamba in E minor
Purcell Sonata No. 3 in D minor Z. 792
Biber ‘The Nativity’, Sonata No. 3 in B minor from Rosary Sonatas
Rosenmüller Sonata No. 2 in E minor
Corelli Trio Sonata in A Op. 3, No. 12

SOLOISTS & PLAYERS
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Our Musicians

German born violinist Nadja Zwiener studied in Berlin and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she specialised in historic performance practice of music from the 17th to the 19th Century.

Leader
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Tuomo Suni studied baroque violin in his native Finland with Kreeta-Maria Kentala before attending the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, studying with Enrico Gatti and graduating with a master's degree in 2005.

Principal 2nd violin
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Emilia Benjamin came to the viol by a somewhat circuitous route. Initially interested in studying English Literature, she chose the University of East Anglia based upon a hazy memory of the campus - hazy due to the effects of her father's sleeping pills, two of which she had taken the night before her interview in a panic about not sleeping. Given that he ordinarily took only one half which was sufficient...

VIOLA DA GAMBA
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Harpsichordist Tom Foster holds a first-class honours degree in Music from St. Catherine's College, Oxford and gained a Distinction in Performance from the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of Trevor Pinnock. Alongside numerous chamber music partnerships with singers and instrumentalists, Tom is also a respected solo recitalist. As an orchestral player he has performed with The English Concert,...

HARPSICHORD/ORGAN