Beilman, Benjamin

Benjamin
Beilman
Violin

Benjamin Beilman has won praise both for his passionate performances and deep rich tone which the Washington Post called “mightily impressive,” and The New York Times described as “muscular with a glint of violence.” The Times has also praised his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence,” and the Strad described his playing as “pure poetry.” In a 2018 feature in The Boston Globe, David Weininger remarked that Beilman’s “playing already has its own sure balance of technical command, intensity, and interpretive finesse.”

Beilman began playing violin at the age of five and went on to study with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago, Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy.

He plays the “Engleman” Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

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Simmons, Francesca

Francesca
Simmons
Violin

Francesca is a violinist based in London and Bristol.

Francesca is a dynamic, versatile and exciting musician. She plays violin, musical saw, viola, double bass and ukulele. She has also played for recordings with voice, recorder, soprano sax and keys.

Francesca is a regular collaborator with TONAL and is featured on many recordings and live performance. She is the principle musician for Sarah’s new score for The Scarlet Pimpernel, a drama for radio 4 which will broadcast in the Autumn. Other projects include A Tale of Two Cities Tonal’s 10 year birthday album ’10’.  She was a vital member of the ensemble for Yasmine, a Musical, and  War And Peace @ the Circus with Giffords Circus.

Francesca plays extensively across UK and internationally. She works regularly for The Paper Cinema and her own music has been performed on Radio 6 Music, Radio 3 Late Junction, Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales.

She has performed in many venues throughout the UK and Europe – from streets, art galleries, concert halls, clubs, festivals, to big tops.

Srivastava, Sharat Chandra

Sharat Chandra
Srivastava
Violin

Owing allegiance to the 'Senia Gharana', Sharat has been active on the performing circuit for over 25 years. His distinct experimental approach led him to dabble with various genres of music. Sharat is both a Hindustani classical musician and a rock musician. As one of the leading classical violinists in north India, he has toured in many different parts of the world giving performances of Indian classical music, and also as the leader of the Delhi based fusion group Mrigya.

To this end, he was a noted member of India's premier rock band Parikrama for twelve years. They have performed extensively throughout the country, weaving their own expressive interpretation of trans-atlantic rock, blues, metal and Hindustani Classical Music.

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Worswick, David

David
Worswick
Violin

David Worswick became inspired to play the violin after hearing the recordings of Jascha Heifetz. Initially, he was self-taught – the Liverpool Central Library a goldmine for scores and CDs. At fourteen, things got a little more serious and he began lessons at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior School, where his unorthodox violin technique was radically revamped. He then progressed to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, enjoying two riotous years, before moving to his now beloved London to study at the Royal Academy of Music.

In recent seasons, David has performed at many of London’s major music venues – Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Cadogan Hall, Roundhouse, Conway Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Linbury Theatre, LSO St. Luke’s. He has also played in some slightly more unusual venues – City Hall, The Macbeth, Old Vic Tunnels, London Eye, Classic FM Studios, National Portrait Gallery, Village Underground. And, he has featured at many festivals throughout the UK – Edinburgh Fringe, Aldeburgh, Soundings, Johnsmas Foy in the Shetland Islands, Leeds International Concert Series, Sounds New, St. David’s, North Wales International Music, Spitalfields.

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Hewitt Jones, Simon

Simon
Hewitt Jones
Violin

Simon Hewitt Jones performs, records and broadcasts widely as a solo violinist, concertmaster, teacher, writer, chamber musician, music researcher and leader of the Fifth Quadrant (5Q) music collective. His work is strongly influenced by the legacies of Yehudi Menuhin, Pablo Casals, Leonard Bernstein and Daniel Barenboim, and he is involved extensively with projects that explore the intersection of music, technology, education, and cultural diplomacy.


Simon’s solo and chamber music performances have been featured internationally in festivals and TV/Radio throughout Europe, the USA and the Middle East, including NPR’s Performance Today and BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4. His debut chamber music recording won a BBC Music Magazine ‘Premiere’ award. He tours extensively in the UK, and has appeared at most of the UK’s major venues, including the Bridgewater Hall, the Barbican and the South Bank Centre.

Simon has contributed extensively to commercial projects for Universal Music, and his string section has recorded sessions for EMI, Virgin, Naxos and the BBC. He is a regular guest concertmaster of orchestras and ensembles in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

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Living Symphonies

Thom, Eloisa-Fleur

Eloisa-Fleur
Thom
Violin

Eloisa-Fleur Thom is a prize-winning violinist, director and curator. Highlights of her career so far have included performing J.S Bach's Concerto for two violins with the celebrated violinist Maxim Vengerov, and chamber music with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood (LCO soloists). In the past few years Eloisa-Fleur has given performances at the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, the Ashmolean Museum's 'Stradivarius' exhibition, Leeds International Concert Series, St George’s Bristol, been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and collaborated with Rambert Dance Company & composer Kate Whitley. Eloisa-Fleur is the Artistic Director and Leader of 12 ensemble, a virtuosic un-conducted string orchestra of a dozen young elite musicians who are currently taking the London music scene by storm. They recently performed at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2016 alongside Max Richter. Eloisa-Fleur held a 2015/16 creative residency at Heima in Seydisfjordur, Iceland.

Hanslip, Chloë

Chloë
Hanslip
Violin

Chloë Hanslip (b. 1987) has already established herself as an artist of distinction on the international stage. Prodigiously talented, she made her BBC Proms debut in 2002 and her US concerto debut in 2003, and has performed at major venues in the UK (Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall), Europe (Vienna Musikverein, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Paris Louvre and Salle Gaveau, St Petersburg Hermitage) as well as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Arts Space in Tokyo and the Seoul Arts Centre.

 

Chloë studied for ten years with the Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron. She has also worked with Christian Tetzlaff, Robert Masters, Ida Haendel, Salvatore Accardo, and Gerhard Schulz.

 

She plays a Guarneri del Gesu 1737.

Park, Hyeyoon

Hyeyoon
Park
Violin
Hyeyoon Park has emerged as one of the most promising violinists of her generation. In 2012 she received the London Music Masters Award, which brought her to prominent venues in the UK. Passionate about music education, this award has also provided her with a platform to bring her music and performance into London’s schools, many in underprivileged areas. She was previously awarded the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2011 and she was the youngest ever first prize winner of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Hyeyoon Park made her orchestra debut at the age of nine with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, hr Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Tokyo and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
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Benjamin Ealovega

Morton, Jonathan

Jonathan
Morton
Violin
Jonathan Morton is Artistic Director and Leader of the Scottish Ensemble, and enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, leader, soloist, and teacher. His versatility finds him equally at home in the core classical repertoire, 20th and 21st century music, and in collaborations with musicians from different musical traditions. His eclectic and engaging programming has won praise from audiences and critics alike, offering fresh perspectives on familiar repertoire as well as introducing little-known gems and championing new works.
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London Sinfonietta
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