Tutors for 2018
Marie Bitlloch, cello
Krysia Osostowicz, violin
Tom Dunn, viola
Daniel Tong, piano
Arcus Piano Trio
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.
Krysia Osostowicz is one of the leading violinists of her generation and founder of the Dante Quartet. She has given concerto and recital performances across Europe and made a series of award-winning recordings. From 1985-1995 she played with Domus, the pioneering piano quartet which toured with its own portable concert hall – a geodesic dome – winning a worldwide audience and two Gramophone awards. Krysia has made over 30 CD recordings of solo, duo and ensemble repertoire, including the sonatas of Brahms, Fauré and Bartók for Hyperion. Her recordings of Edmund Rubbra’s violin sonatas are described as “performances of flawless integrity”. Krysia is also principal violinist of Endymion Ensemble, teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and gives masterclasses in England and France. Born in London of a Polish family, Krysia studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Cambridge University and her teachers have included Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy, Sándor Végh and Ferenc Rados.
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.
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.
Formed at the Royal College of Music in 2018, the Maconchy Quartet is formed of prize-winning musicians, passionate about championing lesser-known works and music by female composers. First exploring the string quartet cycle of Dame Elizabeth Maconchy, the group has performed at the RA event ‘In Tune with Feminist Futures’ and is also featured in upcoming the BBC 4 documentary ‘Musicians, Maestras & Mothers’. The Maconchy Quartet also play on period instruments, and enjoy repertoire from the Baroque to the contemporary, giving the world premiere of ‘Clouds: Fading Knowledge of the World’ by Lisa Burgess. The quartet is regularly coached by members of the London Haydn Quartet in masterclasses at King’s Place.
Maren Bosma, Violin; Eloise MacDonald, Violin; Joanna Patrick, Viola; Lily Hope, Cello
The Odora Trio was formed in 2016 at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2017 the trio were prize winners at the Isaacs and Pirani piano competition at the Royal Academy with their performance of Tchaikovsky’s piano trio in A minor. Since then, the trio has been under the guidance of eminent professors such as Andrew West, Richard Lester, William Fong, Melissa Phelps and Jo Cole. The trio has performed widely throughout London and the UK including recitals at the Royal Academy of Music, The Korean Cultural Centre, The London Charterhouse and St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square and Herefordshire, performing for Concerts for Craswall, a music society set on bringing classical music to rural areas. In the next year the trio looks forward to performing for Hay Music in Hay on Wye, in Shropshire and in a recital at Southwark Cathedral in May.
Sophie Hinson, violin; Hattie Butterworth, cello; Songeun Choi, piano
Arcus Piano Trio
The Arcus Piano Trio is formed of students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Its three members have worked together in different combinations throughout their studies at the Conservatoire. They have recently come together as a trio, aiming to explore unique repertoire featuring the viola.
Yue Yu, viola; Thomas McMahon, cello; Arthur Bocăneanu, piano.