Nicola grew up in Bedford and Devon before studying at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Trinity College of Music London. She has won several recognised awards including a scholarship to study at the Musical Academia Chigiana in Sienna, Italy.
Having grown up in Wales, Martin studied at the Guildhall School and is now a freelance Bass player. He enjoys a variety of music, working with London Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, deputising in Les Miserables regularly along with contemporary dance and actor-muso projects. He also runs and surfs regularly.
Martin’s double bass has very unusual ‘Bussetto’ corners that are unique to Mittenwald German basses, particularly of the mid 1800’s.
Jean was born in north Pembrokeshire into a farming family, moving later to Hampshire, but now lives in Oxford. She studied the violin with Emanuel Hurwitz at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, and with Manoug Parikian at the Royal Academy of Music. (more…)
Florence Cooke is much in demand as a chamber musician and has performed extensively in the UK and abroad. She studied at Cambridge University, where she held an academic scholarship, and the Guildhall, where she held the Leverhulme Fellowship. She is the winner of many prizes and awards, including the Myra Hess award, Nigel Brown Prize, Razumovsky Trust award and Park Lane Group award. (more…)
Sara is from Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, where she was taught the violin by Almut Bone and Margaret Scourse before taking up the viola at the age of 15. (more…)
Dublin-born Lucy is currently enjoying a busy career as a chamber musician and teacher. She graduated with highest honours from the Royal Northern College of Music with a Bachelor Degree, a Master Degree in Solo Performance and an International Artist Diploma in Orchestral String Leadership, completed in conjunction with the Hallé. Her teachers have included Simon Aspell of the Vanbrugh Quartet, the late Roger Bigley, and Louise Lansdown. (more…)
Welsh violinist Elenid Owen has, for the past twenty-four years, been a member of the Paris based Ludwig String Quartet, giving over 1500 concerts and master classes worldwide and recording 20 CDs for ‘Naxos’, ‘Naïve’ and ‘Universal’ labels. In 2012 she was made Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry for Culture for her contribution to music in France.
Oliver was guest principal viola with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Schloss Esterhazy in Eisenstadt (where the composer Haydn lived and worked) and performed at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh Festival with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. He has recorded a CD of Handel arias with Classical Opera and the tenor Alan Clayton, and performed and recorded J.S.Bach and C.P.E Bach Magnificats as principal viola with the baroque orchestra, Arcangelo