Tutors for 2017
Marie Bitlloch, cello (Elias Quartet)
Michael Gurevich, violin (London Haydn Quartet)
Robin Ireland, viola (Lindsay Quartet 1985-2005)
Daniel Tong, piano (London Bridge Trio and WVCM Festival Director)
Vandepeer Quartet: Ana Vandepeer, Rebecca Perry (violins), Rebecca Stephenson (viola), Eleanor Boney (cello)
Jacquin Trio: Kay Stephen (violin/viola), Jessie Grimes (clarinet), Charis Hanning (piano)
Moody Trio: Innis Oirr Asano (violin), Anoushka Sharp (cello), Tiffany Cheung (piano)
Hayward Trio: David Shaw (violin), Cara Coetzee (viola), Abigail Hayward (cello)
Thanks to the Spoff’s Scholarship Fund for their support of David Shaw
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.
Robin was violist with the celebrated Lindsay String Quartet between 1985 and 2005. He now performs as a soloist and freelance chamber musician. He had a short spell as leader of the Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra and subsequently became a founder member of the Piano Quartet, Domus, which toured with its own portable concert hall (a geodesic dome) as well as having great success in more conventional venues. He is Head of Chamber Music and Senior Viola Tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire and also teaches on the Cadenza International Summer School and on courses at Pro Corda. During 2011 he was chamber music coach at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Robin is also a composer. His String Quartet was premiered and recorded by the Lindsay String Quartet in 2005, alongside three Duos for Viola with violin, cello and a second viola. His set of 12 Viola Etudes were published by Spartan Press in 2014. A short piece for six violas, The Deviant Jig, was premiered in November 2014 at the International Viola Congress in Portugal. Robin plays on an Amati viola made in the early 1600s.
The Vandepeer Quartet were formed at the RNCM and have been playing in their current formation for 2 years under the tutelage of Petr Prause and Donald Grant. They have performed around the UK including recitals at the Buxton Pavillion, Whitworth Art Gallery and Heron Theatre. They performed in the final of the RNCM’s Weil Prize both in 2014 and 2017. The quartet’s repertoire is wide ranging and they have showcased pieces by relatively unknown composers such as Szervansky’s 1st quartet, which they performed in the RNCM concert hall as part of ‘Budafest’ 2017, and the Novacek string quartet. They also share an enthusiasm for collaborating with contemporary composers and have played and recorded works by Katie Chatburn, Anna Appleby and Percy Hearne. They will perform compositions by prize winning composer Tansy Davies in the Wigmore Hall in May. The quartet’s members Ellie, Ana and Becky have all known each other since they were members of the National Children’s Orchestra aged 9. Meanwhile, Bec grow up in Australia where was a member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, played in projects with the Melbourne Symphony and received a Young Musician’s Prize.
Winners of the Royal Overseas League and the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competitions, the Jacquin Trio has performed extensively across the UK. They have been recognised with awards and prizes from the International Music Competition ‘Salzburg’ Grand Prize Virtuoso 2016, Park Lane Group, the Solti Foundation, the Fidelio Trust, the 19th International Chamber Music Competition in Thessaloniki, Greece, the RCM’s Douglas Whittaker Prize, and the Tunnell Trust, the latter seeing them complete a critically acclaimed tour of Scotland in 2014. The Jacquins were also delighted to be ensemble in residence at The Forge, Camden where they curated a successful series. In 2015, the trio received enthusiastic reviews for their performances at the Banff Centre‘s prestigious summer chamber music residency, where they studied with the pianist Gilbert Kalish. They performed at the 2016 IMS Prussia Cove supported by the Solti Foundation, working with Thomas Adès. In addition to their concert schedule, the trio are experienced in music education and outreach projects, particularly through their ongoing association with Live Music Now. The Jacquin Trio have already had several works written especially for them, including one from composer Charlotte Bray to be premiered at St John’s Smith Square.
Anoushka, Inis oirr and Tiffany formed a piano trio at the start of their time together at North London Collegiate School, where they are all music scholars. Over the past 6 years, while developing a strong bond as musicians and friends, they have enjoyed working on repertoire including Shostakovich’s piano trio in E minor, Arensky’s piano trio in D minor, and Schubert’s piano trio in Bb major. The trio have participated yearly in the ‘South-East Schools chamber music competition’, qualifying on many occasions to the final round, a concert at St John’s Smiths Square, and winning multiple category awards including first prize. The competition also gave them the opportunity to receive masterclass-style coaching from Richard Ireland, Michael Doussak and Daniel Tong. Anoushka, Inis Oírr and Tiffany would like to warmly thank Pamela Moody and Lawrence Haigh, chamber music coach and head of music respectively at North London Collegiate School. They are proud to have used music making to help others, for example giving a concert in 2013 to raise money for the Japanese tsunami appeal.
David Shaw is 20 and originally comes from North Wales. He is enjoying his second year at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studies with So Ock Kim. He has given many recitals throughout the UK, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Norway. In 2009, David was the youngest musician ever to have reached the final of Texaco Young Musician of Wales. As a result of this, David was invited to perform in ‘One Thousand Christmas Voices’ in Llangollen. David has performed alongside Orchestras such as the Cardiff Symphony orchestra, the Chester Philharmonic, and more recently, the Welsh Chamber Orchestra. David also has a great passion for chamber music, and his quartet have performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Kings place , Dingley music festival and Norwich chamber music festival. David looks forward to attending Musique a Marsac chamber music festival this summer, alongside musicians such as John Myerscough.
Cara Coetzee was born in South Africa but has lived in London for many years. She recently obtained a Masters in performance (with distinction) at the Guildhall school of Music under Rachel Roberts. She spent several years freelancing in South Africa and more recently has worked with various chamber ensembles in the UK, namely the English Chamber Orchestra. 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 and the UK.
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 Flemming 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.