Beeston, Jessica


Jessica Beeston was appointed violist of the Edinburgh Quartet in summer 2011. She enjoys balancing a busy freelance career in London while fulfilling the exciting performing and recording schedule of her internationally established string quartet.

Jessica plays regularly with the Britten Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra and Aurora Chamber Orchestra, and is a frequent guest principal player with the London Mozart Players, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra. She also enjoys period work with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Jessica is in much demand as a chamber music player, also appearing with Hebrides Ensemble, Mid Wales Chamber Soloists directed by Marcia Crayford, Nephele Ensemble, Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival, and many more.

She was the only violist to appear in the string finals of the Royal Overseas League Competition in 2009, having won the Waddell Trust Prize in 2006, and in 2007-2009 performed in venues across the UK as part of Live Music Now duo with pianist Andrew Johnston.

After studies with David Takeno and Krysia Osostovich at the Guildhall School of Music, Jessica spent some years as a student of Thomas Riebl at the Salzburg Mozarteum. She graduated with a first class performance degree and gained much experience in Europe from regular tours and performances with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Camerata Salzburg and as a member of the Giraldi String Quartet.

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Goff, Morgan


Morgan is currently the violist of the Kreutzer String Quartet, the Locrian Ensemble and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, with whom he records and travels extensively throughout Europe, and the world. He was a founder member of the Solaris String Quartet specialising in the music of composers interned in the Terezin concentration camp, Czechoslovakia, during the second world war. He has worked with many composers in England, Europe and Australia. Composers including Michael Finnissy, David Matthews, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Judith Bingham, David Gorton and Gloria Coats have all written quartets for the Kreutzer Quartet.

He has a busy recording schedule. He features as a solo artist on Naxos, and has recorded both Solo and as a chamber musician for Naxos, Dutton Epoch, GB Label, Toccata Classics, Guild, ABC Classics, BMS, NMC, and Metier.

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Hankey, Tom


Tom Hankey studied the violin with David Takeno, Krzyzstof Smietana, Levon Chilingirian and Yossi Zivoni. He studied at the Purcell School, the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.

Tom is a member (as violinist and violist) of the Aronowitz Ensemble. The group took part in the Radio 3 New Generation Artist Scheme which involved frequent performances on the radio - live and pre- recorded from venues throughout the UK, such as Wigmore Hall, The Sage (Newcastle), Bridgewater Hall and the Bath, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Kings Place, Spoleto Festival and City of London Festivals. In September 2008 the group performed in the proms chamber concert series. The Borletti-Buitoni Trust award enabled them to release two CDs on the Sonimage label.

Tom was a founding member of Ensemble Na Mara - a piano quartet and string trio. The group won the 2006 Royal Over-Seas league ensemble prize, the Tunnel prize and a Kirkman prize.

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Yates, Christopher


Christopher Yates began studying the viola at the age of seven and at sixteen won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. He studied there with Stephen Shingles and other teachers have included Bruno Giuranna, Nobuko Imai and the members of the Amadeus Quartet. Whilst still a student, Christopher gave the UK Premiere of Penderecki’s Viola Concerto in the presence of the composer, which was highly acclaimed in the national press. He was the first viola player to reach the national final of the LSO String Competition where he played the Bartók Concerto with the LSO in the Barbican.

At the age of 22 he became the principal viola with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and became the viola section leader with the CBSO eighteen months later. He has appeared as a soloist with the CBSO on many occasions, playing the solo parts in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, Tippett’s Triple Concerto, and Britten’s Lachrymae.

Christopher has appeared as a soloist at the Aldeburgh and Cheltenham festivals and gives recitals regularly at music clubs around the UK. In addition to his performing commitments he enjoys teaching and has taught for a number of years at Birmingham Conservatoire. He plays on a viola made by John Lott, circa 1830.

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Zaccardelli, Asher


Asher studied at St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh before going on to the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with Garfield Jackson.  Since graduating, he has worked with various orchestras around the UK as a freelance violist including, most recently, the English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Chamber Orchestra, the 12 ensemble (Principal Viola) and the Scottish Ballet Orchestra (Principal Viola).  Asher has been violist of the Ruisi String Quartet since 2014 and performs regularly around the UK and overseas as a chamber musician..

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Rashkovsky, Shiry


Shiry Rashkovsky was born in London to a musical family. She began her artistic education aged five under the guidance of her parents, violin pedagogues Itzhak Rashkovsky and Ani Schnarch, and later studied with Natasha Boyarska and Ian Jewel at the Royal College of Music. A versatile musician, her performances have taken her across the globe to such venues as the Tel Aviv Opera House and Geneva Victoria Hall, including engagements for HRH Prince Charles and the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

Shiry has performed in masterclasses for Ida Haendel, Gyorgy Pauk, Kim Kashkashian, Thomas Riebl, Haim Taub, Lars Anders Tomter, Hillel Zori and Alf Richard Kraggerud. As a chamber musician, she has performed alongside the distinguished Shmuel Ashkenasi, Shlomo Mintz, Atar Arad, Rudolf Koelman, Edith Peinemann, Evgenia-Maria Popova, Stephan Barratt-Due, Walter Delahunt, Hagai Shaham, and Latica Honda-Rosenberg, to name but a few. Since 2010 she has been invited to participate in the prestigious Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions, where she has given concerts with Ian Brown, Adrian Brendel, Min Jin Kym, Pekka Kuusisto and Viviane Hagner, among others. She has participated in numerous festivals, including Keshet Eilon International Mastercourse, the Bowdoin, Harmos, Soesterberg and Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festivals, and Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar. Since 2009 she has been a faculty member of the New Virtuosi International Mastercourse, where she supervises talented young artists from all over the world.

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Winning, Fiona

Scottish violist Fiona Winning studied at St Mary's Music School and the RNCM before graduating from the Juilliard School, New York in 2001. Now based in London, Fiona enjoys a busy and varied performance schedule as chamber and orchestral musician. She is currently Principal Violist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and appears regularly as guest principal with many of the country's leading orchestras, most recently the London Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. She is also a member of the Scottish Ensemble, with whom she has performed at the BBC Proms, the Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh International, Aldeburgh, Lichfield and City of London Festivals.

O'Neill, Richard

Richard O'Neill has made solo debuts at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Salle Cortot, and Seoul Arts Center. A Universal Classics Recording Artist, he has made four solo albums that have sold well over 100,000 copies. His two most recent albums, Winter Journey for Deutsche Grammophon and Mysterioso for ARCHIV Produktion, have both earned him Platinum Disc Awards. His 2nd album, Lachrymae for UNIVERSAL Korea was the best selling Classical as well as International Pop Recording of 2006.

Anders Tomter, Lars

Anders Tomter

Lars Anders Tomter studied violin and viola with Leif Jørgensen at the Oslo Music Conservatory and the Norwegian Academy of Music, and made his debut on both instruments at the age of seventeen. After continuing his studies with Max Rostal and Sándor Vegh, he was awarded a special prize for his interpretation of Bartók’s Viola Concerto at the International Viola Competition in Budapest in 1984, and won the Maurice Vieux International Competition in Lille in 1986. Since then his appearances as a viola soloist have been greeted with the highest public and critical acclaim throughout the world.

Tomter has performed with major orchestras throughout Europe, collaborating with the most distinguished conductors. He is a regular guest at festivals, including Schleswig-Hoistein, Lockenhaus, Kissingen Summer, BBC Proms, Mondseetage, Styriarte, as well as a number of Scandinavian festivals. His recordings include Walton’s Viola Concerto for Naxos. In addition, he is artistic director of the Norwegian Risør Chamber Music Festival. Lars Anders Tomter is a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

He plays a Gasparo da Salò viola dating from 1590.

Silverthorne, Paul


Paul Silverthorne is one of the UK's foremost viola players, holding principal positions in both the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta; he appears regularly as a soloist with these and other major orchestras around the world.

Throughout his career he has worked closely with leading composers, inspiring many of them to write for him and to enlarge a repertoire that already encompasses all the major viola works as well as his own transcriptions and lesser known pieces from all periods.

He has recorded a wide range of repertoire for EMI, Black Box, Naxos, Chandos, Koch International Classics, Meridian, Toccata Classics and others to much critical acclaim.

He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and plays a viola made by the Brothers Amati in 1620 which is loaned to him from the RAM collection.

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