” The performances are marvellous. “Gramophone, April 2019
Toccata Classics CD review
” Wellesz’s chamber music, idiomatically played by the Veles Ensemble,(…) “Guardian, February 2023
Egon Wellesz – Chamber Music CD review |one of two CD “picks of the week”
The Veles Ensemble is a classical string trio based in London, UK, exploring rarely heard masterpieces as well as bringing the classics to life and onto the concert stage.
A special focus of the ensemble is promoting new compositions and contemporary music: the ensemble’s newest CD with chamber music by 20th century composer and Schoenberg student Egon Wellesz was released on the Toccata Classics label in early 2023. The CD was selected as one of the Guardian’s Picks of the Week and earned a four-star review from BBC Music Magazine, commending the Veles Ensemble for their ‘exceptional sensitivity’. It was also featured on Austrian Radio ORF, where the ensemble’s ‘sensitivity and virtuosity’ were highly praised.
Their debut CD with chamber music by British composer Steve Elcock was released on Toccata Classics in December 2018 and was acclaimed for the ensemble’s ‘marvelous performances’ by the Gramophone magazine.
Individually, Evva and Hartmut have been featured on a NAXOS CD with works by late Stephen Dodgson.
Recent performances have taken the Veles Ensemble to festivals and concerts around the UK and Europe, including France, Slovakia and Scotland, and the ensemble has performed live on BBC Radio3’s In Tune.
Our new recording was just released on Toccata Classics:
A CD of chamber music by Austrian/British composer and Schoenberg student Egon Wellesz. This project was kindly supported by the Egon-Wellesz-Fonds, the University of Oxford – Magdalen College, and our generous crowdfunding supporters.
More info here: Egon Wellesz – Chamber Music | Veles Ensemble
The Veles Ensemble was founded in 2016 by three young successful classical musicians – soloists, recitalists and performers in leading London chamber orchestras: Evva Mizerska – cello, Ralitsa Naydenova – viola and Hartmut Richter – violin. The Veles Ensemble occasionally expands to play as a piano quartet and other more rare line-ups.
For more information on Evva, Ralitsa and Hartmut please see the Biography page.