Lawrence Power

Lawrence Power - viola

Considered one of the leading violists today, Lawrence combines a busy career performing as both soloist and chamber musician. He regularly performs with some of the worlds greatest orchestras, most recently at the Proms last month with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Jarvi. Also in New York with the Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia,Royal Concertgebouw, Melbourne and Sao Paulo Orchestras. As well as recent recitals in San Francisco, Verbier Festival, London, Washington and Rotterdam.

He has recorded extensively for the Hyperion label, his most recent recording being a critically acclaimed disc of French Viola Music. He regularly collaborates with composers and has premiered works written for him by composers such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, James MacMillan, Thomas Larcher, Huw Watkins and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Future plans include appearances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Gothenburg SO, Warsaw Philharmonic. As well as Artist residencies with Aalborg Symphony and Turner Simms Hall where he will be resident for two seasons. Lawrence plays a viola by Antonio Brenzi from 1590.

Annabelle Meare

Annabelle Meare - violin

Since studying with Yfrah Neamen in London and Lorand Fenyves in Toronto, Annabelle Meare has gone on to enjoy a varied career as both chamber musician and orchestral principal. Annabelle regularly performs with such groups as the Nash Ensemble, the Kungsbacka piano trio, and the Schubert ensemble. She is a regular guest at various chamber music festivals both in the UK and abroad. She currently holds the position of Principal second violin with both the Philharnonia and English Chamber Orchestras with whom she tours and records extensively.

Annabelle has been a member of the Vertavo String Quartet for the past seven years. Vertavo tour extensively throughout Europe, Japan and the US. In the past season, tours and concerts have taken them to Norway, Spain, Mexico, Sweden, Poland, the US and the UK. They gave concerts at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Barbican, London; Kings Place, London. The quartet's discography is a diverse one and includes Schumann, Brahms, Grieg, Debussy, Bartok, Nielsen, Asheim, all for SIMAX Classics. Their Debussy and Grieg recording received the Diapason d'Or. Their most recent SIMAX release is of Beethoven's Op.130 and Op.133. Vertavo Quartet are Artistic Directors of Vertavofestivalen held annually in Norway.

Annabelle plays a violin by Francesco Goffriller.

Simon Crawford-Phillips

Simon Crawford-Phillips - piano

Simon Crawford-Phillips has established an extraordinarily varied career as soloist, chamber musician, lieder accompanist and most recently as a conductor. Performances this season include recitals from Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw and the Royal Festival Hall together with artists such as Pekka Kuusisto, Anthony Marwood, Mark Padmore, Lawrence Power, the Elias Quartet, Kungsbacka Piano Trio and the Colin Currie Group. As a conductor he makes his debut with Musica Vitae, Dala Sinfonietta and Västerås Sinfonietta and returns to the Swedish Radio Orchestra as well as assisting Daniel Harding at the Verbier festival. He has recently given world premieres of music by Steve Reich, Mark-Anthony Turnage as well as working alongside Sofia Gubaidulina, Simon Holt, Colin Matthews and Huw Watkins. In June 2010, Simon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. He holds a teaching positions at the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama. CDs due for release this year are on the Hyperion, Channel Classics and LSO live labels.

Vilde Frang

Vilde Frang - violin

Vilde Frang's profound musicianship and exceptional lyricism has elevated her as one of the leading and most individual young artists today. In 2016 she made her acclaimed debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle as part of their Europa Konzert. Regularly appearing with the world's leading orchestras, her recent highlights have included performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Dallas Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris. Vilde Frang is an exclusive Warner Classics artist and her recordings have received numerous awards. She is the recipient of the Edison Klassiek Award, Classic BRIT Award, “Diapason d'Or” by Diapason Magazine, Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and Echo Klassik Award. She also received a Gramophone Award in the Concerto category for her recording of Korngold's Violin Concerto and Britten's Violin Concerto.

John Myerscough

John Myerscough - cello

John Myerscough leads a busy international career as the cellist of the Doric String Quartet. Regular visitors to Wigmore Hall, since 2010 the Quartet has recorded exclusively for Chandos Records, with recent releases including the complete Britten quartets, works by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Brett Dean, as well as its continuing series of Haydn string quartets. The Quartet performs at major concert halls throughout Europe including Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus and Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Berlin and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. It tours annually to the USA and this year undertakes concerts in Australia and Japan. The Quartet also has a busy festival schedule and has performed at the Aldeburgh, Delft, Edinburgh, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Risør, Schwarzenberg Schubertiade and West Cork festivals.

Alongside his work with the Doric, John performs widely as a solo cellist and chamber musician. In 2006 he won the Gold Medal and First Prize at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition and has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, and abroad in Australia, France, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA. Since 2018 he has been a faculty member at the Yellow Barn festival in Vermont, USA. In chamber music settings he has collaborated with Nicolas Altstaedt, Alasdair Beatson, Jonathan Biss, Pavel Kolesnikov, Vilde Frang, Elizabeth Leonskaja, Anthony Marwood and Lawrence Power, amongst others. He is also active as a baroque cellist and has appeared with groups including La Nuova Musica and La Serenissima. Away from the concert stage John is a dedicated teacher and mentor. The Quartet is ‘Teaching Quartet in Association' at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where John is also a professor of cello.

John performs on a 1587 Brothers Amati cello.

Tim Crawford

Tim Crawford - violin

Tim regularly appears in Europe's finest chamber festivals, appearing alongside artists such as Steven Isserlis, Lawrence Power, Alexi Kenney, Antje Weithaas, Amy Norrington, Alasdair Beatson, Yura Lee, Vilde Frang, and having recently finished his Chamber Fellowship at the Guildhall School with Alexander Janiczek he is now beginning a Solo Masters degree at the Musik-Akademie In Basel with Rainer Schmidt.

He regularly leads the string ensemble Collegium, setup by Lawrence Power, and has also been invited to perform with Nash Ensemble in October at the Wigmore Hall. Later in November he will be playing Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Ben Tarlton at St John's Smith Square in London. Directly after Lawrence’s festival he will be playing chamber concerts Cowbridge Festival and then spending a week at Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music.

Garth Knox

Garth Knox - viola

Garth Knox was born in Ireland and spent his childhood in Scotland. Being the youngest of four children who all played string instruments, he was encouraged to take up the viola and quickly decided to make this his career. He studied with Frederic Riddle at the Royal College of Music in London where he won several prizes for viola and for chamber music. Thereafter he played with most of the leading groups in London in a mixture of all repertoires, from baroque to contemporary music.

In 1983 he was invited by Pierre Boulez to become a member of the Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris, which involved regular solo playing, including concertos directed by Pierre Boulez, and chamber music, touring widely and playing in international festivals.

In 1990 Garth Knox joined the Arditti String Quartet, which led him to play in all the major concert halls of the world, working closely with and giving first performances of pieces by most of today's leading composers including Ligeti, Kurtag, Berio, Xenakis, Lachenmann, Cage, Feldman and Stockhausen (the famous“Helicopter Quartet”).

Since leaving the quartet In 1998, to concentrate on his solo career, he has given premieres by Ligeti, Schnittke, George Benjamin and many others, including pieces which were especially written for him by composers like Henze, Haas, Saariaho, James Dillon. He also collaborates regularly in theatre and dance projects, and has written and performed a one-man show for children.

He has recently become a pioneer of the viola d'amore, exploring its possibilities in new music, with and without electronics, and is in the process of creating a new repertoire for this instrument.

Garth Knox now lives in Paris, where he enjoys a full time solo career, giving recitals, concertos and chamber music concerts all over Europe, the USA and Japan. He is also an active composer, and his «Viola Spaces », the first phase of an on-going series of concert studies for strings (published in 2010 by Schott) combines ground-breaking innovation in string technique with joyous pleasure in the act of music making. The pieces have been adopted and performed by young string players all over the world.

Garth Knox is Visiting Professor of viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Timothée Botbol

Timothee Botbol - viola

Swiss cellist Timothée Botbol is a Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and a Park Lane Group Young Artist. He has given solo performances in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy, in venues including St John's Smith Square, Royal Albert Hall, Kings Place, St James's Piccadilly, Chapel Royal, Lausanne Steinway Hall and Kultur-Rockt Festival. He has appeared as guest principal cellist with the Welsh National Opera orchestra, principal cellist of ensemble Collegium under direction of soloist Lawrence Power, as well as chamber musician in the 2017 Concerts in The West series, the Royal Overseas League and St Martin-in-the-Fields. In February 2017, he was awarded the Grand Prize Special from all categories at the II Augustin Aponte International Music Competition in Tenerife.

A keen orchestral musician, Timothée has performed with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and the European Philharmonic of Switzerland in venues including Geneva's Victoria Hall, Lausanne's Salle Metropole and Palais Beaulieu, Montreux's Auditorium Stravinsky, the Opéra de Vichy under conductors including Charles Dutoit, Markus Stenz, Carlo Rizzi and Christian Zacharias, and with soloists including Martha Argerich and Leonidas Kavakos.

In addition to cello, Timothée has performed regularly as a baritone soloist, singing at Geneva's Victoria Hall accompanied by the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.

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