Richard is one of the UK’s most versatile young musicians, pursuing a varied and colourful career as cellist, arranger, composer, and lyricist. As a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra he performs regularly in the great concert halls of the world, and has appeared as guest Principal Cello with the Northern Sinfonia, Irish Chamber Orchestra, and as concertmaster of the London Cello Orchestra; his solo and chamber work has ranged from Wigmore Hall to the catwalk at London Fashion Week.
Richard has completed commissions from the Park Lane Group, London Cello Orchestra, Doric, Barbirolli, Tippett and Piatti Quartets, Minerva Piano Trio and the Ernest Read Orchestra, and his music has been performed at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, The Sage Gateshead, King’s Place and other festivals across the UK, in France, Germany, the USA and Korea. His Psycho Suite, commissioned for the Tippett Quartet’s disc of Bernard Herrmann’s chamber music, is available on Signum Classics and has featured on BBC Radio 3 and France Radio.
Matthijs Broersma was born in Holland and began playing the cello at the age of four. After studying at The Yehudi Menuhin School with Louise Hopkins and Leonid Gorokhov, he continued his studies at the GSMD and the Hochschule der Künste, Bern. He received scholarships and awards from the VandenEnde Foundation, Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, The MBF and the Lyra Foundation and in 2010 he won 1st prize in the Kenneth Page Cello Competition. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed extensively worldwide, in venues such as the Concertgebouw and the Wigmore Hall. Recent highlights include a performance of the Elgar Concerto conducted by Christopher Warren-Green, and solo recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room and the Menuhin Hall.
Matthijs is also the cellist of the Gémeaux Quartett, a firmly established international prize winning Swiss quartet. Recently the quartet was guest at festivals in Germany, Austria and Sweden, performed in Hong Kong with clarinettist Paul Meyer, at Kings Place in London, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Philharmonie in Köln and at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Currently the Quartet leads an undergraduate course for string quartets at the Hochschule für Musik, Basel.
Pau Codina is currently studying at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth with Professor Gary Hoffman, having graduated from the Yehudi Menuhin School and GSMD. Other teachers to date have included Ivan Chiffoleau, Daniel Grosgurin, Peter Thiemann and Louise Hopkins.
Pau has taken part in several International Music Festivals, including the Manchester Cello & Chamber Music Festival and the Kronberg Cello Festival; he has also performed extensively throughout Spain, England and Germany, in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, the Pau Casals Auditorium, and the Palau de la Musica Catalana Concert Hall in Barcelona. He has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras such as the Barcelona Sinfonietta, the Empordà Chamber Orchestra, the Andorra Chamber Orchestra, the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest and the Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie. He recently debuted with the RTVE Orchestra in Madrid playing Saint-Saens concerto no. 1, broadcast live on Spanish National Radio. He also recorded Saint-Saens Suite op.16 for cello and orchestra with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liege and conductor Christian Arming on the label Fuga Libera.
Away from the concert platform, Pau has won several competitions and awards, such as the MBF’s Guilhermina Suggia award 2004 & 2007 and the Geoffrey Shaw Scholarship, the Martin Musical Scholarship, the Kronberg Cello Festival Schlosskonzert prize, both third prize as well as the Critique’s award in the Primer Palau Competition in Barcelona, and the first prize as well as the EMCY award in the Concurso Permanente competition of Jeunesses Musicales of Spain.
Reinoud Ford pursues an exciting portfolio of projects in his music career. He studied with Louise Hopkins at the Yehudi Menuhin School and subsequently GSMD. While still at the Yehudi Menuhin School, he was selected to perform a C.P.E Bach concerto with orchestra at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. As a student at the Guildhall, he won the Guilhermina Suggia Award (2004), the Flame Competition in Paris (2006) and was finalist in the Royal Over Seas League (2006). Recent performance highlights include recitals in the Villa Borghese, Rome (2013) and for the diplomatic community in Doha, Qatar. Reinoud has performed from the solo repertoire in the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Dorking Halls and in Schloss Mirabel, Salzburg. In chamber competition Reinoud has won the Royal Over Seas League and the Tunnell Trust, and in 2011 he was selected as a PLG Young Artist. He has made numerous chamber music recordings to critical acclaim (Brodowski Quartet on Toccata Classics and Cellophony on Edition Records).
In 2012 Reinoud inaugurated the Ashdown Music Festival; as Festival Director Reinoud programmes ambitious musical projects, such as the world premiere of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons arranged for eight cellos and solo violin (2013). Among the 2014 Festival programme highlights are British tenor Mark Padmore and a Royal Ballet soloist dancing to a series of original compositions. Reinoud also performs, tours and composes with critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Keaton Henson. Reinoud and Keaton are composing the music for a planned production by the internationally recognised BalletBoyz ensemble (2015).
Ashok has performed all over the world and currently leads a busy and varied career combining solo performances and teaching with a variety of chamber music. He made his solo Wigmore Hall debut in 2010 as a result of winning the Worshipful Company of Musicians/Concordia Foundation Young Artists Fund award. Other awards and prizes include 1st prize in the 2006 J. & A. Beare Solo Bach Competition, the 2007 Royal College of Music Cello Competition and the 2009 Tunnell Trust concert scheme.
Currently a member of the Artea Quartet, the London International Players, the Callaghan Piano Trio, the Klouda/Zagoranski cello & classical accordion duo, cello octet Cellophony and the Klouda Ensemble, chamber music forms a huge part of Ashok’s life. From 2009 to 2011 Ashok was cellist in the Barbirolli Quartet, during which time he toured Singapore and New Zealand, appeared throughout Europe as part of the ECHO ‘Rising Stars’ scheme and performed on the 1692 ‘Segelman’ Stradivarius cello kindly loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music. Ashok is a Founder and joint Artistic Director of the Highgate International Chamber Music Festival.
Hailed by the Irish Times for being “as free in touching the heartstrings as he was in dashing off dazzling runs”, Bartholomew’s highlights with orchestra include performances of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Walton and Elgar Cello Concertos in the Barbican Hall as well as appearing as soloist with the City of London Sinfonia. He has also performed The Brahms Double Concerto with Daniel Stabrawa and the Poznan Philharmonic in Poland and Elgar’s Cello Concerto at the Sibelius International Music Festival in Helsinki.
He was the first recipient of the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s honorable Ardan Award which led to appearances throughout the British Isles.
Bartholomew engages in a rich variety of musical collaborations and has recently performed, amongst others, with Anthony Marwood, Christian Tetzlaff, Janne Thomsen, Olli Mustonen and Andras Keller. He frequently appears with the award winning Doric String Quartet with whom he recorded Eric Wolfgang Korngold’s string sextet for Chandos. In 2011 at the age of twenty-six, Bartholomew LaFollette was appointed professor of cello at the Yehudi Menuhin School. He is especially grateful for the private loan of a Benjamin Banks Jr. cello made in 1785.
John Myerscough leads a busy international career as the cellist of the Doric String Quartet. Regular visitors to Wigmore Hall, their first CD was released to critical acclaim on the Wigmore Hall Live label and was Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Since 2010 the Quartet has recorded exclusively for Chandos Records and have released recordings of works by Chausson, Korngold, Schubert, Schumann and Walton. Recent concert highlights include performances in New York and Washington, at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and in Geneva, Milan, Paris, Prague, Stockholm, Vancouver and Tokyo. Future engagements include tours to the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Holland and Israel as well as at venues across the UK.
John also performs widely as a solo cellist. In 2006 he won the Gold Medal and First Prize at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition and made his London recital debut in the 2007 Park Lane Group New Year Series at the Purcell Room. He has subsequently given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Holywell Music Rooms in Oxford, at the Brighton, Cambridge, Edinburgh Fringe and Kings Lynn Festivals and abroad at venues in Australia, France, New Zealand and Singapore.
Cellist Ella Rundle performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.K. and Europe. She studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Louise Hopkins and is now completing her Masters degree at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, with Konstantin Heidrich.
Ella has won prizes in several competitions including the Israeli International Music Competition (2012), and the concerto competition at the ISA festival, Vienna (2009). Most recently she was chosen for the Tillett Trust Young Artist Scheme and gave her Wigmore Hall recital debut in November 2013. She is grateful to hold scholarships from the Countess of Munster, DAAD, Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, Drapers’ Company and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Ella has performed in venues such as the Barbican, Fairfield Halls, Purcell Room, Snape Maltings and Wigmore Hall. She has also toured extensively throughout Europe including France, Denmark and Istanbul and played on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, Portuguese radio RTP and on SWR Germany. She has been invited to play in festivals such as Thy (Denmark), Aurora (Sweden), Viana (Portugal), where she has performed alongside artists including Peter Donohoe and Jean-Guihen Queyras. This year she was also given a scholarship from the English Speaking Union to attend the IMS Prussia Cove masterclasses with Ralph Kirschbaum. As a concerto soloist Ella has appeared with orchestras such as the New English Concert Orchestra, the Spirit of Europe Orchestra and the Chichester Camerata.
Irish cellist Brian O’Kane is in increasing demand as both a soloist and chamber musician. He came to prominence by taking first prize at the Windsor International String Competition and subsequently made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. Brian recently made his Wigmore Hall debut as a Kirckman Concert Society Young Artist and made his debut with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, live on Lyric FM in Dublin. He is also the recent recipient of Ireland’s National Concert Hall “Rising Star” Award. An avid chamber musician, Brian has toured extensively throughout Europe, the Far East and Australasia, has collaborated with a wide variety of artists such as Michael Collins, Pekka Kuusisto, Aleksandar Madzar and Antoine Tamestit. He also performs regularly as a member of the Cappa Ensemble and Navarra Quartet. An award winning graduate of the RAM & GSMD, Brian‘s biggest influences have come from Louise Hopkins and at the International Musicians Seminar from studies with Ralph Kirshbaum, Gabor Takacs-Nagy and Steven Isserlis. Brian currently plays on a Francesco Rugieri cello made in Cremona c.1690.
French‐English cellist Vladimir Waltham joined the Toulouse Conservatoire at the age of 6, where he studied Cello in the class of Lluís Claret, and Piano with Thierry Huillet. He went on to study with Pierre Doumenge at the Yehudi Menuhin School and GSMD, where he also studied baroque cello with Alison McGillivray and Viols with Liam Byrne.
An extremely versatile musician, Vladimir divides his time between solo, chamber and teaching work on both modern and baroque Cello. He has appeared as a concerto soloist in England and France, is a founding member of the Linos Piano Trio (formerly the Lakeside Trio), which has earned high praise for its “slow-burning, gripping” performances and made its debut at the Wigmore Hall in March 2012; in September 2011 he founded the Hieronymus Quartet with three fellow postgraduates from the Guildhall. Vladimir’s early career has taken him to halls all over the world, including all of London’s major halls, but also Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Musiekgebouw aan t’Ij, Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall, Vienna’s Schönberg Center, and many more. He has shared the platform with Philippe Graffin, Daniel Phillips, Daniel Rowland, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Karine Georgian, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Baillie and many others.