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Cecilia Bernardini (violin), Simone van der Giessen (viola), Timora Rosler (cello)


The Serafino String Trio was founded in 2010 by three world class chamber musicians who share a passion for the string trio genre and the diversity of repertoire written for it. The Serafinos have performed at many prestigious chamber music venues in their native Holland (including De Doelen Rotterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Philharmonie Haarlem and various halls in Amsterdam) and beyond, and their concerts have been met with critical acclaim. 

Dutch-Italian violinist Cecilia Bernardini is widely considered to be one of the most versatile violinists of her generation, performing on both modern and baroque violin. As a soloist, Cecilia has performed in many of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Berlin and Wigmore Hall. In 2010, she performed the solo part at the world premiere of Philip Glass’s Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra with the Residentie Orkest.


Photograph Credit - Annelies van der Vegt


Photograph Credit - Annelies van der Vegt

Cecilia frequently leads and directs modern and period instrument ensembles including Ensemble Pygmalion, Tafelmusik (Toronto), The King’s Consort, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg. In 2012, she was appointed Leader of the Dunedin Consort, with whom she features regularly as a soloist, including on their critically acclaimed recordings of Bach’s violin concertos. 

Violist Simone van der Giessen was born in Amsterdam and moved to the UK in 2002. It was in Manchester that, as a founding member of the Navarra String Quartet, chamber music became the centre of her musical life. Since its formation, the Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic string quartets of today. Outside of the trio and quartet, Simone is in much demand as a guest chamber musician and is frequently invited to perform with ensembles such as the Aronowitz Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. 

Winner of the first prize at the 1996 Stuttgart International Cello Competition, the Israeli/Dutch cellist Timora Rosler also won the Vriendenkrans of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 1997. As a soloist, Timora has performed with orchestras including the Flemish Radio (Martyn Brabbins), Philharmonia of the Nations (Justus Frantz), Janácek Philharmonic and the National Philharmonic of Ukraine. Her latest CD release features the complete works by Beethoven for cello and piano with pianist Klára Würtz.

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Top musicians.. Homogeneity in sound and full of conviction..

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media CLIPS

Serafino String Trio- Beethoven String Trio in Eb major, Op. 3. Allegro con brio

Serafino String Trio- Sibelius-String Trio in G minor

"They skillfully worked through the score in a compelling and expressive way.."

"Love for the music, playing from the soul, warm, colourful, controlled, honest, not imposing but enchanting… Blissful."

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