Laura Rickard (Artistic director and violin)

Laura Rickard

British violinist Laura Rickard is a versatile young musician who enjoys bringing music to the widest possible audience. She recently graduated with a First-Class Honours degree from the Royal Academy of Music studying with Professors Erich Gruenberg and Remus Azoitei having previously spent a year reading music at St. John’s College, Cambridge. Laura enjoys an active performing career with recent performances of concertos by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Sibelius and she gave her international debut with the Michoacan State Symphony Orchestra.

As a keen orchestral player Laura spent two years as co-leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, was leader of the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra and has taken part in side-along projects with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic. Recently, Laura began studying baroque violin with Nicolette Moonen and was chosen to join the RAM Baroque Soloists on a joint tour with the Juilliard School as well as performing at Wigmore Hall with Rachel Podger.

Laura also enjoys chamber music and has participated in masterclasses with Levon Chilingirian, the Henschel Quartet and the Brodsky Quartet. As a member of the Verano String Quartet, Laura was a laureate at the San Miguel International Competition. In 2015 Laura formed the Mila Piano Trio who recently gave their St. John’s Smith Square debut and were finalists of the St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music competition. She held a fellowship at the 2014 Atlantic Music Festival in Maine, USA and was invited to the Orpheus Chamber Music Festival, Vienna 2015-2017.

Laura grew up in Romsey and attended Romsey Abbey Primary School, she played in Romsey Area Schools String Orchestra, led Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and was on the Hampshire Specialist Music Course at Peter Symonds and is delighted to launch RCMF in her home town.

Tabea Debus (recorder and cello)

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With an equal focus on contemporary and baroque music, Tabea Debus’s burgeoning career has taken her to renowned concert halls such as the Konzerthaus Vienna, Tonhalle Zürich, and Wigmore Hall. She has also played in prestigious UK festivals including the London Festival of Baroque Music, Baroque at the Edge, and the York Early Music Festival, as well as festivals in Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States. Tabea has collaborated with leading musicians and ensembles including Rachel Podger, Laurence Cummings, The English Concert, Dunedin Consort, La  Serenissima, and the English Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Early Music Show. In 2011, Tabea won the 2nd International ‘hülsta woodwinds’ Competition and she later won the 8th International ‘Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’ Competition (2014). She released her debut album Upon a Ground in 2012 (ClassicClips), followed by Cantata per Flauto in 2016 (TYXart). After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2017 ‘with distinction’ and the Principal’s Prize, Tabea was appointed a Meaker Fellow for 2016-17. She has also been a St John’s Smith Square Young Artist (2015-16), a City Music Foundation Artist (2016-2018), and a Handel House Talent Artist (2016-17). Since 2017 she has taught recorder at Wells Cathedral School and Millfield School and leads workshops at the Royal Academy of Music.

Tabea plays on an English cello by an anonymous maker, dated to the early 19th century, and a treble recorder after Jacob Denner by Ernst Meyer.

Ziteng Fan (piano)

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Chinese-born Finnish pianist Ziteng Fan is a versatile musician who has appeared in solo recitals and chamber music concerts in the UK, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Belgium and China. She has performed as a soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Camerata and the Helsinki Junior Strings. She has also appeared in various festivals, including Musica Nova Helsinki, SibaFest and Musica Mundi International Chamber Music Festival. Her musical career has been supported by a number of scholarships from organisations, such as Dartington Hall Trust, Finnish Wihuri Foundation and Martin Wegelius Foundation. She was twice selected as “Young Artist of the Year” by Zonta International and Finnish Rotary club respectively.

Ziteng is a prize winner in several piano competitions, e.g. the Helmi Vesa Piano Competition in Helsinki, Finland, in both 2012 and 2015, and the Chopin 200th Anniversary Piano Competition in China in 2010. Her recent recognitions include the Else Cross Prize and a high commendation at the Sterndale Bennett Prize in the UK.

Her career in music began at the age of four, studying piano with Professor Chaoming Chen from the Shenyang Conservatory in China. After moving to Finland with her parents at the age of seven, she studied under Hanna Kamensky at the Northwest Helsinki Music Institute before joining the Junior Department of Sibelius Academy in 2000. Under the tutorship of Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna and Juhani Lagerspetz, she graduated from Sibelius Academy with distinction in BMus in 2013. She moved to the UK in 2015, and between 2015 and 2017, she studied under the tutorship of Professor Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with distinction in MA in 2017.

Over the years, Ziteng has also participated in masterclasses with renowned pianists such as Arie Vardi, Menahem Pressler, Matti Raekallio, Olli Mustonen, Martin Canin, Pascal Devoyon, Pascal Nemirovski, Erik T. Tawaststjerna, Liisa Pohjola and Ivari Ilja.

Ziteng is also a passionate and active chamber musician. Her piano trio, the Mila Piano Trio, made their debut at St. John’s Smith Square and St. James’ Piccadilly in London in the 2016/17 season and regularly gives concerts and workshops across the UK. They have been recently awarded a very high commendation and a high commendation in the Isaacs and Pirani Piano Trio Competition and the Historical Women Composers Competition in London, UK.

Olwen Foulkes (recorder)

‘Olwen Foulkes playing is excellent, producing a beautifully controlled and mellifluous tone which she combines with an impressive sense of musical detail as well as the longer melodic phrase’ – Early Music Reviews 2018.

Recorder player Olwen Foulkes released her debut album ‘Directed by Handel’ on Barn Cottage Records in Winter 2017 and recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London, with a ‘distinction’ and DipRAM award for her MMus degree. Olwen has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, La Serenissima, London Handel Players, Oxford Baroque, and Hampstead Garden Opera. She has recently made appearances as a concerto soloist with Music for Awhile, Oxford Bach Soloists, Amersham Festival Orchestra, 21st Century Baroque, the Amadé Players, L’instante, and the RAM Baroque Orchestra. She was selected as a Handel House Talent artist at Handel&Hendrix House in London in 2015 and her ensemble Flauti d’echo were members of the BREMF Live! Scheme in 2017.

Olwen teaches the recorder for the Junior Department at Trinity Laban, is a classroom music teacher at the American School in London, and gives lectures on Eighteenth Century dance and ornamentation at the Royal Academy of Music.

Olwen’s study has been supported by the San Martino and Christopher Hogwood scholarships at RAM alongside a generous bursary from Help Musicians UK. She is greatly indebted to The Walter Bergmann Fund, EMI Sound Foundation, Loan Fund for Musical Instruments, and the Wolfson Fund for their help with instrument purchase. Olwen is also very grateful for a kind donation from the Society of Recorder Players and Craxton Memorial Trust towards her CD recording costs.

Olwen plays on an Alto recorder in F by Ralf Ehlert, 2010 after Peter Bressan.

Alexandra Gorski

Alexandra Gorski

American violinist Alexandra Gorski began her study of the instrument aged 4, under the tutelage of her mother, Ludmila Tsyganova. Within a few years, she began her performance career, annually winning the American Fine Arts Festival and leading a series of solo recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Weil Recital Hall, and The German Cultural Centre. Alexandra made her solo debut in 2012, after attending the Klaipeda International Music Festival where she won the concerto competition, and a few months later performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto at Boston’s Jordan Hall.  An avid admirer of contemporary music, Alexandra has premiered the works of several composers including Robert Sirota, Paul Patterson, and Marti Epstein.  She enjoyed regular lessons from Magdalena Richter, Yuri Mazurkevich, Dr. Ayke Augus,  and Joseph Silverstein.  A keen orchestral player, Alexandra joined the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra at age 6 with whom she performed for 12 years and led her to complete 6 international tours. She has performed alongside conductors Frederico Cortese, Sir Mark Elder, Marin Alsop, Semyon Bychkov, James Newton Howard and Trevor Pinnock, amongst others.

After moving to London in the autumn of 2013, Alexandra began her undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music under Professor Philippe Honoré. Throughout her course, Alexandra performed regularly with the Academy Symphony, playing in notable venues around London; including The Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall. In 2016 she founded the Euterpe Quartet, who won second place in the Delius Prize in 2016 and completed a residency in Mallorca, Spain. Other recent chamber music highlight includes performing with The Royal Academy soloists in a programme of Schubert and Tchaikovsky in the Wigmore Hall in 2017.

Alexandra is currently completing her Masters degree at the Academy, enjoying regular performances and around London, and teaching her own studio of young musicians.

Alexandra plays on a custom-made violin by Boston based Luthier, Andrew Ryan.

Lydia Hillerudh (cello)


Born in Stockholm in 1993, Lydia Hillerudh started playing the cello at the age of seven under the guidance of Elisabeth Lysell-Bjermkvist. In 2012, Lydia was awarded a scholarship to study for her Bachelor’s degree with professor Mats Lidström at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with a first class honours degree in 2016. She graduated with Distinction from her Master of Arts degree in 2017, also awarded from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with renowned cellist Robert Cohen. She was a Worswick scholar during her Master studies, and was also awarded the Sir John Barbirolli Prize at the Academy in 2014. She recently appeared on BBC Radio 3 with contemporary chamber music ensemble ‘An Assembly’.

An eager chamber musician, Lydia is the cellist of the prize-winning Tritium Trio, of which she is a founding member, together with clarinetist Jernej Albreht and pianist Joseph Havlat. They won the Harold Craxton prize in 2017 and the Isaacs/Pirani Trio prize in 2015, at the Royal Academy of Music, and were also selected as Park Lane Group Young Musicians for the 2015/16 season. They were also awarded the Audience Prize at the coveted St-Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition in 2017, and they have recently been selected as Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music for the 2017/18 season.

The Tritiums regularly perform across London and the UK, with recent concert appearances in venues such as St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, and Colston Hall in Bristol. They have recently recorded their first CD at Turner Sims in Southampton, which includes music by John McCabe, John Ireland, Giles Easterbrook, and Kenneth Leighton. The CD is set to be independently released early 2018. In the summer, they will be performing at the Darlington International Festival, as well as working with Eleanor Alberga and Oliver Knussen on the advanced chamber music composition course.

Lydia is a dedicated teacher and teaches the Primary Years Programme at Centre of Young Musicians (division of the Guildhall school of Music), and an ever-expanding class of private cello students across London. She is also a cello tutor for the music charity ‘Play for Progress’, who provides music tuition for unaccompanied refugee minors in East Croydon on a weekly basis.

Lydia is also an avid arranger, having had her arrangements for cello ensemble played at most concert venues in Stockholm, as well as across Scandinavia.

Charlotte La Thrope (soprano)


English soprano Charlotte La Thrope graduated with first class honours in Music from the University of Durham, majoring in performance and receiving ‘The Most Outstanding Soloist Award’ in her final year. She currently studies with Lillian Watson and Christopher Glynn at the Royal Academy of music and is generously supported by the Derek Butler London Scholarship Prize, the Helen Roll Charitable Trust Scholarship and the Josephine Baker Trust. Competition highlights this year have included reaching the semi-final of The London Handel Festival Competition and winning the RAM Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize two years running.

Charlotte performs regularly across the country as a soloist and her operatic roles to date include Susanna in Marriage of Figaro, Pamina in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Iris in Semele, Eurydice in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, L’Enfant in Ravel’s L’Enfant et Les Sortileges (with Samling Academy) and most recently the Angel in Iford Arts’ production of Handel’s Jephtha in which she was described as ‘a gifted young soprano’ Charlotte Valori – Operissima, ‘Angel stands out from the crowd… the best singing – poised, sweet and true – comes from Charlotte La Thrope as Angel whose last minute intervention saves the day’ Rupert Christiansen The Telegraph and ‘… a young singer to watch out for.’ Andrew Benson-Wilson.

Matilde Loureiro (violin)


Born in Lisbon, Matilde Loureiro regularly performs across Portugal as well as further afield. She has recently performed at Fundação C. Gulbenkian, Foz Palace, Belém Cultural Center, and Palácio Fronteira in Lisbon, the Casa da Música in Porto and the Nogueira da Silva Museum in Braga. She has also performed in  the Netherlands, Italy and France and the Czech Republic (at the Rudolfinum in Prague) and in Brazil (at Theatro da Paz in Belém).

Matilde studied with Luís Cunha at National Music Conservatoire in Lisbon, before moving to study with Ilya Grubert at Amsterdam Conservatory where she graduated with honours in 2016. She also enjoyed regular lessons with Eliot Lawson and Maria Milstein and has recently joined the class of Esther Hoppe at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Alongside her regular studies Matilde regularly attends masterclasses: she has recently benefited from classes with Gerhard Schulz, Liviu Prunaru, Tatiana Samouil, Philippe Graffin, Gérard Caussé and Svetlin Roussev, at academies such as International Music Seminars (UK) and Académie Ravel (France). She is a currently a Fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Matilde has been a prizewinner at many major national and international competitions including Jeunesses Musicales in Belgrade, Fundão competition / Pará Government special prize, Concertino Praga and Prémio Jovens Músicos.  She has also been awarded special prizes at Summer Classics Festival in Lisbon, Stift Festival in Holland and Portogruaro Festival in Italy.

Matilde plays on a 2007 Christian Bayon violin.

Rachel Maxey (viola)


Rachel Maxey is a young British viola player, currently in the final year of her Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2016, she graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford with a first class degree in Music. Since moving to London she has enjoyed studying with her professor Jon Thorne, as well as continuing to perform regularly in London and the South West.

Rachel is an experienced orchestral player and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for three years. She has also won places on apprenticeship schemes with several professional orchestras, such as the Oxford Philharmonic and the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Rachel currently holds the position of principal viola in the Zeitgeist Chamber Orchestra, a London-based professional orchestra which performs across the UK. She also performs annually with the Musique Cordiale Festival Orchestra in the south of France.

Rachel regularly performs as a solo artist, including recitals at the Sheldonian Theatre and Turner Sims Concert Hall. As the winner of the Oxford University’s concerto competition, she performed the Bartok Viola concerto in March 2016- a particularly special concert because it happened to fall on her 21st birthday. She has performed internationally as guest artist for Romsey Youth Choir, with concerts in Italy, France and Austria. Rachel is also a keen chamber musician, and particularly enjoys exploring repertoire with non-standard instrumentation. With the Holywell Clarinet Quintet she performed recitals at the Holywell Music Rooms, Christchurch College, and St Martin-in-the-Fields. Rachel plays a viola hand-made for her by the Scottish Luthier, Douglas Macarthur

Gerardo Mendez (viola)


Gerardo Mendez was born in Morelia, Mexico and studied viola at the Conservatorio de las Rosas with Maestra Gellya Dubrova before gaining a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music under Jonathan Barritt. Gerardo has previously held positions as co-principal of the Michoacan State Symphony orchestra and principal of the University of Michoacan chamber orchestra and has recently taken part in concerts with different RCM Historical Performance ensembles in the UK and France while having lessons with Pablo de Pedro Cano and Annette Isserlis. Gerardo is grateful to be supported in his studies by the H.M.D. Meyer Violin Prize.

Ben Michaels (cello)

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Ben Michaels is an accomplished cellist and passionate musician based in Winchester. He maintains a busy music schedule while continuing his studies with Professor Felix Schmidt alongside a career in management consulting. 
He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a master’s degree in Biochemistry in 2016. Having previously co-led the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, he became principal cellist of Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, continuing his orchestral experience. Throughout his studies, he regularly performed as a soloist, including with the choir of Kings College and performing Brahms Double Concerto with his twin brother. Ben is also a keen chamber musician; having been brought up playing quartets with family and friends, he continued this passion at Cambridge where he became a scholar of the University chamber music scheme. 
Ben takes a keen interest in contemporary music. He worked with Nico Muhly to record and perform the world premiere of his work for solo cello and chorus, coordinated the commission and world premiere of a trombone concerto by Giles Swayne as President of Clare College Music Society, and was chosen to participate as a cellist in composition workshops lead by Judith Weir, Julian Anderson and Anna Meredith. 


Cliona Ni Choileain (cello)


Clíona Ní Choileáin is a London based, Irish cellist. Clíona began her studies in Cork at the age of four and has travelled across Ireland, the UK, Italy, Spain and the USA performing. Clíona is an honours graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Emma Ferrand. She has also recently completed her Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music under Felix Schmidt.

Clíona is very passionate about chamber music; she is currently a member of the Mila Piano Trio. The Trio were finalists at the 2018 St Martin-In-The-Field’s Chamber Music Competition. They perform regularly throughout the UK and had their St John’s Smith Square Debut in 2016. The Trio is currently working with Adrian Brendel through Chamber Studio at King’s Place. She has also performed at renowned festivals such as The Bantry International Chamber Music Festival in 2007 and 2011, and the Lake District Summer Music Festival in 2012 and 2013. Clíona performed at Wigmore Hall in 2015 for a study day of the chamber music of composer Edwin Roxburgh, of which the composer said ‘The virtuosity was one thing, but the artistry which you brought to the piece was stunning’. Clíona is a multi-genre artist and she is currently working with digital music producer Wilma Archer on his upcoming releases.

During her time at both the RNCM and RAM Clíona has become dedicated to working in community music and outreach. She is currently a fellow at the Royal Academy of Music’s outreach department, Open Academy. Clíona has previously organised music workshops for people with Dementia in residential homes in Ireland, while raising money for Alzheimer’s Ireland. She is currently working as a workshop leader and support musician for early years educational programs.

Emma Roijackers (violin)

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 At the age of seven Emma started to play the violin. Her first teacher was Evert Sillem. At the age of twelve she started the young talent program at the Sweelinck Academie of Amsterdam with Prof. Lex Korff de Gidts. Emma graduated from Amsterdam Constervatory having studied with Prof. Ilya Grubert.

She joined the national Prinses Christina Competition multiple times, where she received several different prizes. Each year she participates in a lot of music courses and masterclasses, in Holland, Italy, Portugal, Austria and Sweden. Where she had lessons with for example: Gerhard Schultz, Emmy Verhey, Moshe Hammer, Eliot Lawson, Alissa Margulis. In 2012 she received the prize (‘Laberté Hoedemaker ) at the Peter de Groote Festival for encouragement of her playing. She performed several times in Holland’s greatest hall: the Concertgebouw. In the recital hall during lunchconcerts and during the finals of the Entrée chamber music competition. And in the Main hall as concertmaster of the ‘Groot Entrée orchestra’ with soloist Hannes Minnaar.

Apart from the courses, she received masterclasses from great musicians such as Leonidas Kavakos, Jaap van Zweden and Gordon Nikolic. In 2013 she performed Mozart’s ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ with orchestra in Utrecht.In 2015 she got accepted as one of the twelve participants to the course ‘Crans-Montana Classics’ in Switzerland..

Emma enjoyes all kinds of projects and has experience in various ensembles apart from the ones she works with on a regular base. This includes orchestra projects, mostly classical, but also jazz, filmmusic and more contemporary music.

Emma is playing on a beautiful instrument build by Carlo Giuseppe Testore (Novara, ± 1665 – 1716), provided by the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

Henry Tong (baroque violin)

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Born in Taiwan in 1991, Henry came to England to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Lutsia Ibragimova, and with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has recently completed his Advanced Diploma specialising in Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, receiving guidance from Margaret Faultless, Pavlo Beznosiuk and Carole Cerasi.

A passionate chamber musician, Henry has appeared in festivals such as the City of London festival, the Lake District Summer music festival, HARMOS festival in Portugal and IMS Prussia Cove ‘Open Chamber Music’, and performs regularly with many period ensembles in the UK, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Monteverdi Orchestras/Gardiner, the Academy of Ancient Music, and Brecon Baroque. Equally at home on both modern and historical violins, Henry is currently on trial in London for co-principle second violins with the London Mozart Players and a member position with the OAE.

Henry has also appeared as soloist/director with orchestras including the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, the NSO Taiwan, the Reuleaux Ensemble, Orquesta Filharmonica de Sonora in Mexico and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

During his studies, Henry has been a recipient of many awards and prizes. He would especially like to thank the Help Musicians Award, the Stephen Bell Trust Award, Mica Comberti Bach Prize, Robert Alva Memorial Prize, the San Martino Scholarship, Regent Scholarship, and is very honoured to have been awarded the Christopher Hogwood prize upon his graduation from the RAM. Henry plays on a violin by Carlo Antonio Testore, Milan, 1756.

Benedict Williams (harpsichord and chamber organ)

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Benedict Williams began his training as a chorister at King’s College Cambridge and graduated from the University of York with a First Class Degree. He is currently studying harpsichord and continuo at the Royal Academy of Music.

As a keyboard player he has performed in both the UK, Europe, North & South America. Whilst at the Royal Academy he was awarded first prize in the Nancy Nuttall Early Chamber Music Prize and has worked regularly with some of the leading performers in Historical Performance including Ton Koopman, Rachel Podger, Margaret Faultless, Laurence Cummings and Jane Glover. A major interest of his is continuo playing and accompanying. He has accompanied the recorder player Tabea Debus for the International Telemann Competition in Magdeburg, finalists in the London Bach Society Singer’s Prize and played in performances ranging from Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers to Handel’s Acis & Galatea, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Die Zauberflöte.

He has also played harpsichord & fortepiano continuo for the OAE Experience scheme, with performances at the Union Chapel, Kings Place, Bach Cantatas in Clare College, Cambridge, and most recently for their collaboration with Ryedale Festival Opera & Eamonn Dougan, performing Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. As a solo keyboard player he has performed the W F Bach F minor harpsichord concerto in the UK & United States, and Vivaldi’s Double Concerto for Violin & Organ with Rachel Podger at the Brecon Baroque Festival.

At York he founded The Helios Ensemble and was assistant director for ‘The 24’, directed by Robert Hollingworth. Benedict is equally at home singing. He has played the title role of Le Nozze di Figaro, was a member of Genesis Sixteen run by Harry Christophers and has recorded with I Fagiolini.

Benedict will be playing on a chamber organ built by the Dutch organ builders Van der Putten.

Cydonie Banting (composer-in-residence)


Cydonie Banting is a composer and ethnomusicologist from the UK. Her works have been performed by groups including the BBC Singers, Cavaleri Quartet, Aurora Trio, Canterbury Chamber Choir and Oxford’s Ensemble Isis at various music festivals and for radio, where she recently featured in the BBC’s Composer of Tomorrow series on Radio 3. Under the guidance of Robert Saxton, she read Music at Worcester College, Oxford, graduating with a first-class degree, before studying an MMus in Composition (Distinction) with Gary Carpenter at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Following ethnographic research in the rural south-western Uganda, Cydonie developed an interest in the cross-overs between composition and ethnomusicology; a formative project with the CHROMA ensemble, achieving commendation in the Alan Bush Composition Prize 2015, uses Bakiga folk songs as the basis, drawing from fieldwork experiences in Uganda. In furtherance of these interests, she is undertaking doctoral study at King’s College London with Frederick Moehn on a scholarship from LAHP/Arts and Humanities Research Council examining the role of musical creativity in poverty alleviation. Current commissions include a piano trio for the Mila Trio at Romsey Music Festival 2018 and a three-movement work for solo piano for Presteigne Festival 2018.

Mila Piano Trio

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The Mila Piano Trio is a UK-based ensemble who met whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music in 2015. Recent performances have included debuts at St. John’s Smith Square and at St Martin in the Fields as finalists of the 2018 Chamber Music competition, as well as performances across the UK and Portugal.  The trio enjoys playing wide ranging repertoire from classical to contemporary and have won prizes in the Isaacs and Pirani Competition and in the RAM’s historical women prize.

The Mila Piano Trio is also involved in educational work, recently working with Water City Music giving workshops and concerts to students in Southwark. They will be continuing their educational work in 2018 with workshops in London, Cotswolds, Winchester and Romsey as part of this festival.

Graduates of The Royal Academy of Music, their chamber music tutors have included Amandine Savary, Levon Chilingirian, Michael Bochman and Felix Schmidt and have received masterclasses from Guy Johnston and Sun-Won Yang and Alasdair Beatson. The Mila Piano Trio is currently a member of ChamberStudio at Kings Place where they are mentored by Adrian Brendel. They have also been attending MusicWorks with Catherine Manson and James Boyd and look forward to further masterclasses within the scheme during 2018.