Nella Hunkins

         Nella picture


           Brief biography

                workshops and

          Concert schedule

          Solo cello

           The Bochmann Trio

         The Bach Duo

         The Rose Duet

         The Montpellier Duo 

         The Tivoli Trio

The Bochmann Trio

"Although only together for a fairly short time, the Bochmanns have
much individual
experience under their belts, meaning that they have
quickly reached a state of evident
musical empathy. This was
demonstrated to the full in Mozart’s magnificent Divertimento,
Closing your eyes, it was difficult to believe that only three players were involved,
such were the depth and variety of sound colours
achieved, with the players making light
of the bravura demands of  
the final Rondo."

Giles Woodforde, Oxford Times,

"[Holst's String Trio in G minor] is music which sounds very original and ahead of its time.
... It was evident that Michael Bochmann (violin), Carol Hubel-Allen (viola) and Nella
Hunkins (cello) had invested considerable effort in getting under the skin of this intriguing
piece, and their performance made a convincing case for it. ...
The recital had started with a
well-crafted performance of Beethoven's String Trio  in G major. It ended on a lighter note
with Ernst von Dohnanyi's Serenade in C major with its playful march and wistful,  then
passionate, Romanza. The crisp Scherzo was nimbly executed, and after the thoughtful
Theme and Variations the sparkling Bochmann Trio sent the audience away smiling with
a jaunty rondo."

Roger Jones, Gloucestershire Echo, 18 April 2012

Michael Bochmann, violin
was brought up in Turkey and England and has been well known in British
musical life for several decades. He has performed in the USA, all over Europe
and in India. He was a prize-winner in the 1972 Carl Flesch International Violin
Competition and in the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris. He also received
lessons from Sandor Vegh and Henryk Szeryng.
      For many years he was the leader of the Bochmann Quartet with whom
made many broadcasts and recordings. He was appointed concertmaster of
the English String and Symphony Orchestras by William Boughton in 1988.
Two years later he partnered Yehudi Menuhin in Bach’s Double Concerto in
a tour of 18 concerts in the USA and Britain. His recording of "The Lark
Ascending" by Vaughan Williams with the ESO for Nimbus Records
has been broadcast many times on Radio 3 and Classic FM. He frequently
visits Germany to perform and teach.

Nella Hunkins, violoncello
was born in New York and studied with Leonard Rose and Janos Starker.
Associate principal cellist with the Cleveland Orchestra and member of the
Casals Festival, she has performed solo, chamber and orchestral concerts
throughout the world. Her 1980 appointment to the Music Hochschule in Berlin
led to playing, touring and recording with the Berlin Philharmonic, and as a
member of chamber groups such as Philharmonia
Ensemble Berlin, the
Scharoun Ensemble and the Kreuzberger String Quartet. She can
be heard
on Denon Records.

      She joined the trio after living in Asia (2001-2009) where she was principal
cellist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. and was a founding faculty
member of the music conservatory at the National University of Singapore.
      Career highlights
include a Fulbright grant to study in Paris, coaching for
Jeunesse Musicale, and longer orchestral  tours in Russia, China and Japan.

Carol Allen, viola
received her musical training at the Royal Academy of Music, London. She
studied with Sidney Griller, Gwynne Edwards and Max Rostal and had master
courses with Louis Persinger, Bruno Giuranna and Sandor Vegh. After having
played in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, she joined the Pfeifer String
Quartet Stuttgart, with which she toured all over Europe. She also gave solo
concerts with piano and orchestras. During a 18-month stay in Princeton, NJ
(USA), she was a member of the Princeton Chamber Orchestra and the
Chanterelle Quartet. Later she was a member of the Dehler String Quartet of
the StaatskapelleWeimar, Germany.
      She received awards from the Royal Academy of Music, London and the
Quartet Competition Colmar (France), made numerous radio and TV
and recorded Beethoven and Reger string quartets. Together with
Ivan Sokolov she recorded a CD with works for viola and piano.

For details of forthcoming concerts, please go to the concert schedule page.

For bookings and other information, please contact:

Karadys, Oakley Road
Battledown, Cheltenham
Glos. GL52 6NZ
Tel: 01242 226257 Fax: 01242 231448

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