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The Nimrod Ensemble was founded in Berlin in 2015. "Nimrod" was the nickname of August Jaeger, the closest friend of British composer Edward Elgar; Elgar dedicated him the ninth of his Enigma Variations.
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The Swiss Violinist Christophe Horak began playing the violin at the age of four. He studied with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was awarded a Bachelor and a
Concert Recital Diploma in 1999 and 2000, as well as numerous awards such as the Max and Peggy Morgan Concerto Prize and a grant from Migros cultural foundation.
Between 2000 and 2002, Christophe Horak was granted a place at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where his mentors were Toru Yasunaga and Axel Gehrardt. He subsequently won a position at the Berlin Philharmonic in 2002, and became Principal Second Violin in 2008. Christophe Horak is a dedicated chamber musician. He is a member of the Scharoun Ensemble and a founding member of the Berlin Piano Quartet, whose debut recording in Sony Classical was released in February 2016. Christophe Horak has been a teacher at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 2010 and is presently performing on a 1719 Francesco Goffriller violin, on loan from the Society of the Friends of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Italian violist Francesca Zappa had her first music lesson aged seven in her hometown Florence. After Highschool she moved to Germany to further her studies, first with Felix Schwartz from
Staatskapelle Berlin, then with Ulrich Knoerzer and Wilfried Strehle from the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Universität der Künste. Further impulses were given in masterclasses with Nobuko Imai, Jürgen
Kussmaul, Maxim Rysanov and Hartumt Rohde.
Francesca has played with orchestras as the Berliner Philharmoniker, RSB, DSO and MDR Leipzig. She won the audition for the European Youth Orchestra and is since 2015 a scholarship holder of the Live Music Now association founded by Yehudi Menuhin.
Pursuing her passion for chamber music she has taken part in several festivals: Zermatt and Schloss Werdenberg in Switzerland, Aurora Chamber Music in Sweden, Moritzburg in Germany, Encuentros Musicales de Santander in Spain, L´Aura des Arts in France; she also performed in Gewandhaus Leipzig with the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
The Belgian Pianist Yannick Van de Velde was born in Antwerp. He studied the Piano with Klaus Hellwig, Elisso Virsalladze, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden and Jan Michiels and participated in several Master Classes with Pavel Gililov, Arie Vardi, Menahem Pressler, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, Brigitte Engerer, Frank Braley, Evgeny Koroliov, Robert McDonald, Jerome Lowenthal, Rudolf Buchbinder and others. Yannick received the Price of the Chopin Foundation and Artist of the Year. Won 1st Prize in the Nany Phillepart Competition, 2nd Prize of the "Piano Campus d'Argent", Prize of the Public, Prize of best interpretation and finalist of the famous Busoni Competition in Italy and reached the Semi-Finals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Yannick performed with several orchestras such as Il Nuovo Musici, Orchestre Symphonique de l'Université de Paris, Orchestre Royale de musique de chambre de Wallonie, Symfonieorkest van Vlaanderen, Orkest der Lage Landen, Brussels Chamber Orchestra and Bruoscella Orchestra. Yannick preformed together with Nobuko Imai, Frans Helmerson, Michel Arrignon, Eldar Nebolsin, Zakhar Bron, and performed at the Centre for Fine Arts and Flagey in Brussels, at the Elizabethzaal in Antwerp, at the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Berliner Philharmonie and more.
The Israeli Clarinetist Nur Ben Shalom started to learn the clarinet in the age of 10 years with Prof. Izhak Katap and preformed as a Soloist with different orchestras as the Ra’anana Symphony,
Ashdod Symphony, the Jerusalem Chamber orchestra, the symphonic rishon le’zion and was member of the Jewish- Arab Orchestra.
he continued his studies at the Hochschule Für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin with Prof. Diethelm Kühn and played in several orchestras, as the German Opera House Berlin, DSO Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, the Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth and in Luzern Festival.
Nur preforming Chamber music concerts on a regular basics in the Konzerthaus Berlin, Berliner Philharmonie, KKL Luzern and in the Musikverein Wien. Nur is a member of The Galil Trio (for Clarinet, Cello and Piano), that perform in addition to the repertoire classical, pieces of forgotten and unknown Jewish composers from the Second World War, bringing them back to the culture musical discuss of today.
In Addition, Nur was invited to Hollywood for Film recordings working with the classical composer John Wiliams.