2018 Festival Musicians
Piano: Simon Crawford-Phillips, Domonkos Csabay, Daniel Tong
Violin: Malin Broman, Florence Cooke, Tim Crawford, Ben Hancox, Mathilde Milwidsky, Sara Trickey, Matthew Truscott
Viola: Tom Dunn, Hannah Shaw, Kay Stephen, Malin William-Olsson
Cello: Marie Bitlloch, Kate Gould, Hannah Sloane, Abby Hayward, Victoria Simonsen
Kungsbacka Trio: Simon Crawford-Phillips, Malin Broman, Jesper Svedberg
Quartet in Residence: Solem Quartet Amy Tress, William Newell, Alistair Vennart, Stephanie Tress
French Catalan cellist Marie Bitlloch is a member of the Elias String Quartet. They have been BBC New Generation Artists and the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, which is helping them with their Beethoven Project, a journey through the complete Beethoven string quartets. Current and future highlights include a residency at Glasgow Concert Halls, a Beethoven cycle at Wigmore Hall, which will be recorded for the Wigmore Live label, a US tour that includes Carnegie Hall, concerts at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and a return tour of Australia. Their discography includes a disc of Britten quartets, two Wigmore Live CDs, a CD of Mendelssohn quartets, and a disc of piano quintets with Jonathan Biss. Marie studied at the Perpignan Conservatoire, Paris Conservatoire, and Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, with Michel Lefort, Philippe Muller and Ralph Kirshbaum respectively. She plays an eighteenth century anonymous Italian cello on loan from the Fond Instrumental Français.
Born in Sweden, Malin studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno. As soloist, Malin has performed with ensembles including the Gothenburg, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Copenhagen Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, BBC Welsh and Swedish Radio orchestras. Together with Simon Crawford-Phillips and Jesper Svedberg, Malin has toured the world with the Kungsbacka Piano Trio. She was also a member of the Nash Ensemble from 2004 to 2010. In 2008 Malin was appointed leader of the Swedish Radio Orchestra. With the orchestra she has performed Brahms’ double concerto with Steven Isserlis under the baton of Daniel Harding, recorded Nielsen Violin Concerto for Daphne Records and premiered a violin concerto written for her by Helen Grime. She has since been invited to guest lead the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonia and LSO. Since 2015 she is Artistic Director of the Swedish chamber orchestra Musica Vitae. Malin is professor of viola at Edsberg Music Institute. As a violist she has played with ensembles such as the Gaudier Ensemble and Elias String Quartet.Malin plays a 1782 Guadagnini violin and 1861 Bajoni viola, both on loan from the Järnåker Foundation
An avid chamber musician, violinist Florence Cooke has given concerts all over the world with ensembles including Aurora, Arcangelo, European Camerata, the Aronowitz and Razumovsky Ensembles, the Jigsaw Players, Chroma Ensemble and Spira Mirabilis. Appearances at international festivals include Sommerklaenge Festival Zürich, Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele in Germany, Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, Haaglanden International Festival in Holland, Kerry International Festival in Ireland, and Banff Summer Festival in Canada, and she also founded and directed a chamber music festival in France for three years. She won many prizes and awards, and was a student of Krzysztof Smietana and David Takeno, at Cambridge University where she held an academic scholarship and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she held the Leverhulme Fellowship. She is a guest teacher of violin and chamber music at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Junior Guildhall in London. Florence plays on an 1840 violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, made possible by the generosity of several kind friends and sponsors. Her other passions include swimming in the sea, playing with her toddler, and cooking with plenty of spices.
Tim is a sought after musician and instrumentalist, regularly playing at festivals across the UK. He has recently completed his undergraduate degree with Alexander Janiczek at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and was subsequently invited to return as a Chamber Fellow. Upon graduating he was awarded both a Concert Recital Diploma and the Lord Mayors Prize for achieving the highest mark across the music school. He is fortunate to have played with many eminent artists such as Janine Jansen, Steven Isserlis, Philippe Graffin, and looks forward to playing at Wye Valley, Lewes, IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, and Lockenhaus festivals over the next year. Recent performances include the Glazunov Violin Concerto, Mozart 2nd Violin Concerto and he looks forward to performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Forest Philharmonic later this year.
Hungarian pianist, accompanist, répétiteur and chamber musician Domonkos Csabay has been based in the UK since 2015. The winner of several prizes in recent years, including the Brant International Piano Competition, recent work includes solo recitals at the Lichfield Festival and in Birmingham Town Hall. He has also performed concertos with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and London’s Kew Sinfonia. Domonkos’ musical world has its roots in the rich traditions of his home town of Budapest, where he was educated at the Liszt Academy. Once a winner of the Leó Weiner Sonata Competition, he is particularly interested in classical and early romantic chamber literature and has played a large amount of duos, trios and quartets of the 18th and 19th century, including the complete works of Schubert for violin and piano. Domonkos has had a diverse musical career. He started as a choirboy in the St. Stephen’s Basilica, won prizes as a composer in Romania and as a Lied accompanist in Wales. He has recently completed his piano studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Pascal Nemirovski and John Thwaites. Domonkos is now studying for an Advanced Performance Diploma in répétiteurship in the same college.
Coming to the Wye has been a central part of Simon’s musical and social life for the past 20 years and it’s becoming equally important for his children. Simon has made recent conducting debuts with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Musica Vitae, Dala Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble and English Chamber Orchestra and assisted Daniel Harding at the Verbier Festival. In August 2016 he conducted the première of Britta Byström’s Violin Concerto at the Baltic Sea Festival. In 2017 he was appointed chief conductor and artistic adviser of Våsterås Sinfonietta.
Recent performances as a pianist include a series of concerts at Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble, a tour of Europe and Carnegie Hall with the Colin Currie Group and live broadcasts for the BBC. Simon Crawford-Phillips is a founding member of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio.
Simon is the artistic director of the Change Music Festival in Norra Halland in Sweden and co-artistic director of the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival. In 2010, Simon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. Simon’s formative teachers have been John Lavender, Hamish Milne, Ferenc Rados, David Takeno and Mark Stringer.
Tom Dunn was born in Yorkshire and studied on the Joint Course at Manchester University and The Royal Northern College of Music. Since then, he has held positions as Co-Principal viola with the Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment, the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. Tom has appeared as Guest Principal Viola with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Warsaw Chamber Opera, the English Baroque Soloists, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Avison Ensemble and the King’s Consort.
Tom has been a member of the Quince Quartet, the London Bridge Ensemble and the Chamber Players. He has also appeared with the Aiso Quartet, and Ensemble 360.
He is currently Principal viola of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and is very lucky to play on a viola made in 1690 by the Flemish maker Matthijs Hofmans.
Kate has been devoted to chamber music since she formed the Leopold String Trio in 1991 and now focuses on the piano trio through her long-standing ensemble, the London Bridge Trio, with Daniel Tong and David Adams. The trio is featured at the Winchester Chamber Music Festival each April, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Kate is also a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and, in stark contrast, a regular guest principal of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, which means she pops into town to the Albert Hall to play things like Jurassic Park Live, or Space Spectacular. Kate secretly enjoys this aspect of her work. She returns to the Siete Lagos Festival in north Patagonia, at the end of January, which was a wonderful experience last year, performing but also coaching the young, Argentinian string players. Kate plays a 1711 Carlo Guiseppe Testori cello and is seeking some very kind benefactors to donate the remaining shares to her. You never know…
Described by the Observer as ‘fearless and exciting’, Ben Hancox has earned a trusted reputation as a soloist and chamber musician. Having started playing at the age of four, he studied with Faith Whiteley and Serguei Fatkouline, and with Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music. At the RCM Ben won both the major violin prizes. He left with a first class honours degree and was awarded a distinction in his postgraduate diploma in performance. Ben is the first violinist and founder member of the Sacconi Quartet, and with them has toured extensively in Britain and abroad. They have won numerous international awards and are constantly in demand on the chamber music circuit. As a chamber musician and soloist, he has collaborated with many renowned artists and orchestras and after many visits to the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove and the Wye Valley, Ben has also formed long lasting friendships and musical partnerships with performers from around the world. Ben has a wife and two young children. He has juggled flaming torches (not near his family).
Abigail Hayward graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy with first-class honours in 2009 and a postgraduate diploma with distinction in 2010. While studying there with Robert Irvine she won numerous prizes and performed the Elgar cello concerto with the RSAMD symphony orchestra. She has played with all the major Scottish orchestras and in 2009 went on tour with the Scottish Ensemble performing in the Wigmore Hall and in venues throughout Britain. In 2011, with the generous support of the Countess of Munster, Musicians Benevolent and Leverhulme trusts, she commenced her Masters of Performance at the Guildhall with Pierre Doumenge. As winner of an Ian Fleming award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, she continued her studies for a further year with Ursula Smith and graduated with distinction. Whilst living in London she performed chamber music in the Barbican, Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth halls and enjoyed a busy freelance career. Since moving back to Scotland she has joined the Sistema Scotland team at their Glasgow project, teaching children in Govanhill. As cellist of the prizewinning Aurea Quartet she plays frequently throughout the UK and Europe.
The Kungsbacka Trio
Formed in 1997, the Kungsbacka Piano Trio has gained an enviable reputation as one of the most outstanding ensembles of its kind. Having established its credentials early on by winning First Prize in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, they went on to join the Young Concert Artists’ Trust, the BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists’ scheme, and became “Rising Stars” with the European Concert Halls Organisation, performing at venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Konzerthaus, Vienna. In the UK, the Trio performs at the South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, LSO St Luke’s and the City of London, Cheltenham and Edinburgh International Festivals. Recent highlights include concert tours in Germany, France, Switzerland and Sweden, performances at the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria, BBC Proms in London, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and BBC broadcasts from the Lammermuir, Gower and Belfast International Music Festivals.
Mathilde Milwidsky has performed as a soloist at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall as well as widely across Europe. She is regularly invited to festivals such as Prussia Cove, East Neuk, Musikdorf Ernen, Musique à Marsac, Peasmarsh, Three Choirs, Kings Lynn and Roman River, collaborating with musicians such as Anthony Marwood, Avi Avital, Huw Watkins, Christian Poltéra, Alasdair Beatson and Ksenija Sidorova, as well as woodwind principals of the Philharmonia and die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Mathilde recently won the string section of the 2017 Royal Overseas League Music Competition as well as a place on the St John’s Smith Square Young Artist Scheme for 2017/18. She has been awarded scholarships from the Hattori Foundation, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Martin Musical Scholarship, the Drake Calleja Foundation, the Tillett Trust and the Sir John Cass Foundation. Her studies began at the RCMJD where she was a Tsukanov Scholar taught by Viktoria Grigoreva and David Takeno. Mathilde subsequently studied at the Royal Academy of Music as a full scholarship student under György Pauk, graduating in July with First Class Honours and the Regency Award for notable achievement. She is currently studying with Professor Mi-kyung Lee at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.
Violist Hannah Shaw performs as a chamber musician throughout Europe and the US. She is a member of the Eusebius Quartet, a member of the Music in Familiar Spaces Artist Collective, and appears regularly at such festivals as Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Festival de Musique de Chambre à Giverny, Holland Festival, and many others. Hannah has an interest in contemporary music and frequently performs with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble and has worked with composers and conductors such as Reinbert de Leeuw, Kaija Saariaho, Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger, Louis Andriessen, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Elliott Carter. She has performed at the Acht Brücken Festival, Saariaho Festival Den Haag, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and MoMA’s Summergarden series. With Trio De Kooning, she received a grant from the Netherlands-America Foundation for her presentation of contemporary string trio repertoire. Hannah has also served as guest leader with a number of orchestras, including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, The Hague Philharmonic, and Arnhem Philharmonic. Hannah received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Roger Chase. She was awarded a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Samuel Rhodes.
Victoria Simonsen is a passionate chamber musician. A member of the Rautio Piano Trio Victoria previously enjoyed success in the early Barbirolli Quartet. Since 2006 she has been regularly invited to the IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music. From 2008 – 2017 Victoria was a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra. She also is the former Principal Cellist with Opera North and has more recently given televised performances at the BBC Proms as Guest Principal of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has guest led English National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. She also teaches cello at the Royal Northern College of Music. Victoria grew up in New Zealand, and her early love of music was encouraged by her concert-pianist mother. An alumni of the RNCM, Victoria studied cello with Ralph Kirshbaum and Karine Georgian and composition with Anthony Gilbert, culminating with winning the Gold Medal. She continued her studies as a string quartet fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and with Julius Berger at the Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum der Universität Augsburg in Germany.
Hannah Sloane performs regularly in the UK and USA as a chamber musician and soloist. Hannah has appeared with the Blackheath, Haydon, Lambeth and Juilliard orchestras and has played recitals in the USA and throughout the UK.
In 2013 she took part in the IX Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Poland and, in 2010, was a semi-finalist at the Klein International String Competition in San Francisco. As a chamber musician, Hannah has attended the Domaine Forget, Kneisel, Lewes, Taos and Thy chamber music festivals and collaborates regularly with pianists Allegra Chapman and Jillian Zack, with whom she formed the y3 duo in 2012. Hannah studied at The Juilliard School in New York with Darrett Adkins and Joel Krosnick. Hannah has worked with Ralph Kirshbaum at IMS Prussia Cove, and Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris as a recipient of a Carla Bruni Sarkozy French-American Exchange Grant. Hannah currently lives in London, where she teaches privately at Alleyn’s School. She is very grateful to play an Antonio Piattilini cello dating from 1750, which is kindly on loan to her from the Stark family. Hannah enjoys cooking for friends and reading the political dailies.
Born in Aberdeen, Kay Stephen is violist with the Gildas Quartet with whom she has performed widely around the UK and Europe, live on BBC Radio 3 and has recorded for the Champs Hill label. The quartet are currently City Music Foundation Artists and Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
She also is also violinist and violist with the Jacquin Trio with whom she won the Royal Overseas League Competition last year.
Kay has appeared as guest violist with the Elias Quartet and the Edinburgh Quartet as well as playing regularly with Ensemble Deva, resident ensemble of the Storyhouse, Chester, and the recently formed Manchester Collective.
She has been invited as guest co-principal violist with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and as violinist with orchestras including the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Halle, the BBC SSO, Red Note Ensemble and the RLPO.
In 2015 she become a member of Manchester Camerata with whom she performs frequently as principal violist and soloist.
Daniel Tong enjoys a varied and diverse career, primarily as a chamber music pianist but also as soloist, song accompanist, teacher, writer and festival director. His first solo CD of music by Schubert was released on the Quartz label, Gramophone magazine describing him as ‘an extraordinarily sympathetic Schubertian’. He has broadcast many times on BBC Radio 3. As chamber musician, Daniel has collaborated with the Elias, Heath, Navarra, Dante and Callino quartets. His London Bridge Trio is a vibrant presence on the UK chamber music scene. Their second Frank Bridge disc was nominated for a Gramophone award. He is founder of the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and the Winchester Chamber Music Festival. With ‘Music Discovery Live’, Daniel collaborates with musicologist Richard Wigmore on study sessions and concerts. ‘Beethoven Plus’ commissioned ten new works to be performed alongside the ten sonatas for violin and piano and has recently premiered at Kings Place. Daniel has been performing this cycle with Krysia Osostowicz at various venues around the UK. Daniel loves teaching and is Head of Piano in Chamber Music at the Birimgham Conservatoire. But his proudest moment came when he discovered a picture of his fifteen-year-old self in the middle of Marcus Trescothick’s autobiography.
Sara Trickey performs at many of the major UK festivals and venues. She plays regularly with pianist Dan Tong with whom she has recorded the Schubert Sonatinas to critical acclaim. A further CD of Fauré and David Matthews is shortly to be released. She also made a world premiere recording of Mathias’ violin sonatas with Iwan Llewelyn Jones. Sara has performed most of the repertoire for violin and orchestra, with orchestras that include the City of London Sinfonia and the Orchestra of St John’s. She is a founder member of the Odysseus Piano Trio and the Joachim String Trio, the latter playing on gut strings. She is also currently a member of the mixed ensemble Sound Collective, and plays in a violin duo with Andrew Watkinson, leader of the Endellion Quartet. Prior to forming these groups, Sara led the Bronte String Quartet for six years, winning the Royal Overseas League competition and second prize in the Cremona International Quartet competition.
Sara studied with Camilla Wicks and also was very influenced by her studies at IMS Prussia Cove. She read Classics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and this continues to be a passion. She also enjoys teaching, primarily at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Matthew Truscott is a versatile violinist who shares his time between period instrument and ‘modern’ performance, appearing with some of the finest musicians in both fields. One of the leaders of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment since 2007, he has recently been appointed concertmaster of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, dual roles which he relishes equally.
In demand as a guest leader, engagements in this capacity have included projects with The English Concert, Le Concert d’Astrée, The King’s Consort, Arcangelo, Budapest Festival Orchestra, English National Opera, Dutch National Opera and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He is also leader of St James’ Baroque, Classical Opera and the Magdalena Consort.
A keen chamber musician, recent recordings have included a set of Purcell Trio Sonatas with Retrospect Trio, a disc of Bach chamber music with Trevor Pinnock, Emmanuel Pahud and Jonathan Manson, and one of Haydn Piano Trios with Richard Lester and Simon Crawford-Phillips. Matthew teaches baroque violin at the Royal Academy of music in London.
Malin William Olsson alternates as concert master in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2011. She also guests Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the European Chamber Orchestra.
For three years she was a member of the Talisker Quartet, and participated with the group in the Banff International String Competition in 2007. She also is the member of the pop group Se Lest, where classical music meets pop. Malin plays a Giaccomo Zanoli, Italy 1751, on loan from the Järnåker Foundation.
Quartet in Residence: Solem Quartet
Winners of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition, the Solem Quartet were brought together in 2011 by their studies at the University of Manchester. They take their name from the University motto “arduus ad solem”, meaning ‘striving towards the sun’. The quartet recently completed the Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music at the RNCM 2015-17, giving regular coaching to chamber ensembles as well as a series of concerts throughout the year. As part of their work with Live Music Now, they also give concerts and workshops in a number of special needs schools around Manchester. Quartet in Residence at the University of Liverpool, Solem have recently been appointed Ensemble in Residence at Aberystwyth MusicFest. The Solem Quartet have benefited from inspirational teaching from some of the world’s greatest chamber musicians including Gábor Takács-Nagy, Miguel da Silva, Peter Cropper, Thomas Riebl and Hatto Beyerle. In January 2015 they undertook a two-week chamber music residency with Simon Rowland-Jones in Aldeburgh.