The Stradivarius Piano Trio

Andrew Bernardi (1696 Stradivarius Violin) Jonathan Few (Edmund Ayrton 1769) and Maria Marchant  (Steinway Model B piano) at Knepp Castle with photography by Sir Charles Burrell. (Paintings by Sir Godfrey Kneller and John Piper) 

Maria Marchant,  An award winning British pianist. Maria Marchant is much in demand as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician since giving her Wigmore and Southbank debuts to critical acclaim. She performs regularly in prestigious venues around the UK and abroad and has performed for numerous festivals, music societies and Radio 3 broadcasts.  Recent concerto appearances include concerts with the Bernardi Chamber Ensemble and European Union Chamber Orchestra.  Maria is a passionate advocate of British music and is delighted to be pianist-in-residence at the Shipley Arts Festival.


Jonathan Few started playing the cello aged six and as a teenager attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. He then went to study with Joan Dickson at the Royal College of Music where he was awarded a number of chamber music prizes. He continued studying after College at UCLA the Banff Center and finally the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Dusseldorf with Johannes Goritzki.

 Since 2004 he has been a freelance player touring with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra working for the conductors Daniele Gatti and Charles Dutoit in Europe the United States and Asia. Jonathan has also worked as a principal player in the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Wexford Opera Festival. He formed the Piano Trio Triptych with Pianist Ruth Herbert and recorded for the British Film Institute. He has been playing for the Shipley Festival since 2001 and has performed with the Stadivari Trio for the last three seasons.

Andrew Bernardi graduated from Leeds University and was the Lebel Scholar leading all the Orchestras at Trinity College of Music. He has progressed to become one of England’s most versatile and successful violinists. He regularly performed with Guildford, The Royal Philharmonic and currently London Concert Orchestra whilst forming Bernardi Music Group.  He was greatly inspired by teachers John Ludlow,  the late CBE Hugh Bean CBE and Lord Yehudi Menuhin, and is a passionate advocate for English music. The  support Andrew received from such inspirational musicians has led to a life time commitment to perform at the highest level and with a vision to galvanise and elevate communities through music.  In 2014 Andrew lead the acquisition of the 1696 Stradivarius bought by ‘the English violinist who leads a British Music Festival.’    We are delighted to celebrate that success in all our Concerts and particularly with the Stradivarius Piano Trio.