Tutors for 2017
Marie Bitlloch, cello (Elias Quartet)
Michael Gurevich, violin (London Haydn Quartet)
William Coleman, viola (Kuss Quartet)
Daniel Tong, piano (London Bridge Trio and WVCM Festival Director)
The 2016 ensembles were:
Birgersson Bäckström Duo
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 and he has also recorded short works by Frank Bridge for Dutton as part of a London Bridge disc, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and given a series of lecture-recitals on Beethoven piano sonatas at St Georges in Bristol. As chamber musician, Daniel has collaborated with the Elias, Heath, Navarra, Dante, Callino and Allegri quartets. He is founder of the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and the Winchester Chamber Music Festival. He has curated series at Kings Place in London, and at St Georges, Bristol, frequently performed at Wigmore Hall and appeared on BBC Radio 3. His London Bridge Trio is a vibrant presence on the UK chamber music scene. Their most recent Frank Bridge disc was nominated for the Gramophone chamber music award and their latest Dvorak disc was recently released to a double five star review in BBC Music Magazine. 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, performed with Krysia Osostowicz at various UK venues.
Dutch violinist and violist Michael Gurevich is the second violinist of the London Haydn Quartet. As a chamber musician he has appeared at, amongst others, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Louvre, Melbourne Recital Center and at the Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier Festivals, collaborating with the Florestan Trio, the Nash Ensemble, the London Bridge Ensemble, and the Navarra and Heath quartets amongst many others. Radio broadcasts have included regular appearances on BBC Radio 3 as well as SWR2 in Germany, ABC Classic FM in Australia, and CBC Radio in Canada. His recordings include Haydn’s op.20 and op.33 quartets with the London Haydn Quartet for the Hyperion label, and a disc of Schumann’s piano trios with the Rhodes Piano Trio on Champs Hill Records. Michael is assistant concertmaster of the Oxford Philomusica and has appeared as a guest leader and section principal with various major UK orchestras. Passionate about teaching, Michael is a tutor at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and has given chamber music masterclasses at the Juilliard School, Oxford University, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Nothern College of Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore and at the Domaine Forget in Canada.
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.
William Coleman has made many appearances as a chamber musician and soloist, and as violist of the acclaimed Berlin-based Kuss Quartet. He has performed as chamber musician with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Christian Tetzlaff, Yuri Bashmet, Miklos Perenyi, Kim Kashkashian, Boris Pergamenschikov, Til Felner, Antje Weithaas and Leif Ove Andsnes, as well as working directly with contemporary composers such as Helmut Lachenmann and György Kurtag. He has been invited to give masterclasses worldwide, including at universities in the U.S., the Kronberg Academy, in Japan at the Suntory Academy, Tokyo, as well as recent return visits for concerts and masterclasses in Singapore and Australia. The Kuss Quartet has recorded numerous CDs and also worldwide for radio and television. Most recently the quartet broadcast for the BBC, live from the Frick Collection in New York. Recent appearances include an evening of solo viola and chamber works performed with Alfred Brendel reading literature in the Berlin Philharmonie. Since 2015 he has been Professor for Viola at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. William Coleman plays on a Carlo Antonio Testore of 1736, once owned by the legendary violist Lionel Tertis. He is a Pirastro artist and plays exclusively Evah Pirazzi Gold strings.
Klee Quartet was formed in 2008 by the current members, Naoko Senda, Emi Otogao, Jun Ohta and Ruri Kuroda at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. After studies in Japan, they continued further chamber music studies at the Hochschule für Musik, ‘Hanns Eisler’, Berlin in the class of Eberhard Feltz. They are at present based at the Birmingham Conservatoire studying under the direction of Oliver Wille. They have been invited to perform in festivals such as Festival International der Quatuors à Cordes du Lubéron, Orlando Festival, Ludlow Arts Summer Festival and have participated in masterclasses such as Internationale Sommerakademie für Kammermusik Niedersachsen, International Mendelssohn Summer School and Festival, Internationale Konzertarbeitswochen Goslar and Proquartet Academy. Recent concert activities include at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ Berlin, recitals in Seine-et-Marne, at Schloss Roskow, at St John the Baptist in Great Rissington and at Hannover Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien and the concert series ‘Für György Kurtág’ given to celebrate the composer’s 90th Birthday. In 2014 and 2015 they also performed at the Konzerthaus Berlin with ‘Musica Reanimata’, an organisation dedicated to rediscovering music destroyed during the Second World War, both of which were broadcast by the Deutschlandfunk.
The Cygnus Trio represents the capacity of music and musicianship to transcend physical and geographical boundaries, with twin homes in Valencia and London. In Valencia, Javier Montañana (violin) and César Saura (piano) initially studied together before enrolling at the Royal Academy of Music, where they respectively studied violin with Richard Deakin, and piano with Daniel Ben-Pienaar and William Fong. In London, Hannah Lewis (cello) won a scholarship to continue her cello studies with David Smith at RAM. In 2012, the three formed the Cygnus Piano Trio and have been playing and travelling together ever since. They have performed at a wide range of venues, including churches, at a London hospital in aid of the Trust’s charity, at the opening of an art exhibit in Villareal, the University of Valencia, and La Beneficencia cultural centre, Valencia. They were invited to play in the International Classical Music Festival in Villanueva de los Infantes, Ciudad Real, Spain, in both in 2013 and 2014. The following year, they travelled to Scotland to take part in the residential course Music Coll (organised by the Tunnell Trust). In 2016, the Cygnus Trio has won prizes in four Spanish chamber music competitions, and as a result they are engaged to perform in Toledo and at the Santander Festival.
Birgersson Bäckström Duo
Both members in the Duo BirgerssonBäckström grew up in Gothenburg but got to know each other in London through studies at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2014, the duo started their collaboration with a tour of 20 concerts on the Swedish west coast and has since then been active in Sweden as well as in the UK. Focusing on music written by Scandinavian composers, the ensemble in 2015 received a grant, handed out by the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, to promote nordic music abroad. Felix Bäckström (violin) is studying for his Masters degree at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and Karin Birgersson (piano) will begin her final year at the Royal Academy of Music in London in September. The ensemble has received coaching from musicians such as Simon Crawford-Phillips (Kungsbacka Piano Trio) and Johanna Persson (Trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen). Upcoming engagements include a tour with music by Ludwig van Beethoven, a concert for the newly founded Gothenburg Piano Society and participation in the CHANGE chamber music festival.
Violin, Ernö Quartet
Osian Dafydd is in his fourth year at the Royal College of Music studying under the renowned international violin soloist Daniel Rowland. He is twice winner of first prize in the National Eisteddfod of Wales string solo competition. He was co-leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and worked under prestigious conductors including Jac Van Steen, Carlo Rizzi, Takyo Yoasa and Grant Llewelyn. He has played with a range of orchestras and ensembles within the RCM performing under inspirational conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington. Beyond the RCM he has played in projects with BBC NOW, Sinfonia Cymru, Welsh Sinfonia. He played in the Royal Albert Hall as one of selected RCM string students performing with Nicola Benedetti. In an international masterclass he performed the Vivaldi Concerto for four violins with Daniel Rowland. He leads the Banks Quartet named after the English violin maker Benjamin Banks and plays one of his violins made in 1792.
Greta Mutlu, Ernö Quartet
Currently based in London, Bulgarian violinist Greta Mutlu is enjoying a busy and varied performance schedule. Recent engagements include international tours with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Aurora Orchestra, recitals in her home country, as well as a performance of Alban Berg’s violin concerto in Pittsburgh, USA. A dedicated chamber musician, Greta is a former member of the Honors String Quartet at Carnegie Mellon University and has taken part in the Intensive Quartet Seminar at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her mentors include members of the Cleveland Quartet, Timothy Ying, and Noah Bendix-Balgley. In masterclass, she has worked with members of the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, and the London Haydn Quartets. Greta’s festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival and School, Le Domaine Forget, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford University. A former pupil of renowned American pedagogues Paul Kantor and Andrés Cárdenes, Greta holds a Bachelor ‘s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and a Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University.
Cara Coetzee, Ernö Quartet
Cara Coetzee was born in South Africa but has lived in London for many years. She has just completed her Masters in performance at the Guildhall school of Music under Rachel Roberts. Prior to this she spent a year at the Royal College of Music before studying languages at University College London. She subsequently freelanced in South Africa for several years. Cara has had masterclasses from many world-renowned musicians such as Lawrence Power, Hariolf Schlichtig, Jan Repko and Gerard Caussé. She is particularly passionate about chamber music and has participated at festivals in Brazil, Sweden, Spain, South Africa and the UK.
Cello, Ernö Quartet
Leo has recently graduated with honours from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied on a full scholarship with Richard Lester. Leo started cello lessons at the age of five and studied with Sebastian Millett at the London Oratory School. As a member of the Royal College of Music Junior Department, he won all the major prizes, culminating in a performance of the SaintSaens Cello Concerto. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and played in all the major concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall in the BBC Proms. More recently, Leo has performed several Concerti with various orchestras such as Sinfonia D’Amici and Kings Sinfonietta and recorded a solo cello track for Howard Goodall’s CD release ‘Enchanted Voices.’ In September 2013, Leo was invited to play with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe on their Academy Program and performed with the orchestra in Dijon. Leo then moved to Hamburg to study with professors Kleif Carnarius, Claudio Bohorquez and Troels Svane. He has since moved back to London and has formed a string quartet with his brother Will Melvin, Cassi Hamilton and Julia O’Riordan. Future plans involve further development of this quartet as well as the Melvin piano trio with Will Melvin and pianist Jongsun Woo.