MARK NIXON
MARK NIXONARTISTIC DIRECTOR & PIANO
Mark Nixon is a graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the University of Cape Town and the University of South Africa (UNISA). His teachers have included Laura Searle, Lamar Crowson, Håkon Austbø, Graham Johnson and Andrew Ball. From 2000 – 2002 he was the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music.

 

THE HEATH STRING QUARTET
THE HEATH STRING QUARTET
The Heath Quartet formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music. They were selected for representation by YCAT, awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern where they are now regular visitors.

 

AVA DODD
AVA DODDSOPRANO
Ava Dodd is a Lies Askonas Fellow and winner of the Boston District Met Opera/Laffont Competition. Following her performance as Second Niece in ENO’s Peter Grimes, Ava returned to perform the role of Rosina in The Barber of Seville with ENO in February 2024. Further highlights include performing the role of High Priestess in the December 2023 production of Aida at Oper Frankfurt, with an upcoming debut with Opéra National de Lorraine as Fennimore in Kurt Weill’s The Silver Lake in April 2024.

 

ASHLEY FRIPP
ASHLEY FRIPPPIANO
British pianist Ashley Fripp has performed extensively as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. Highlights include the Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Philharmonie halls of Cologne, Paris, Luxembourg and Warsaw, the Bozar (Brussels), the Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (London), the Megaron (Athens), and the Konserthus (Stockholm).

 

CLELIA IRUZUN
CLELIA IRUZUNPIANO
Clélia Iruzun’s endearing artistic personality, which combines her native Brazilian spirit with her exceptional musical gifts, has enabled this much-admired London-based pianist to build an enviable reputation for her performances of a wide range of music, from the great classical repertoire to works by significant figures from across the Americas.

 

ANTONIA KESEL
ANTONIA KESELVIOLIN
Antonia is Co-principal 2nd Violin with the London Mozart Players. She also works with London Concert & Mozart Festival Orchestras, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and London Contemporary Orchestra. Sessions for Hilary Skewes & Isobel Griffiths Ltd.

 

SHELLEY LEVY
SHELLEY LEVYCLARINET
Clarinettist, Shelley Levy, was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She began her studies at the University of Cape Town graduating with a performer’s diploma in 1992. She was then awarded a prestigious Swiss government scholarship to study at the Geneva Conservatoire where she graduated with a Prix de Virtuosite (Premiere Prix) in 1996. Shelley continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where she received a post graduate diploma in Orchestral training in 1997.

 

CHARLES OWEN
CHARLES OWENPIANO
Charles Owen enjoys an extensive international career performing a wide-ranging repertoire to outstanding critical acclaim. He appears at many major UK venues such as Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, The Sage & Kings Place. Internationally, he has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Brahms Saal in Vienna’s Musikverein, Paris Musée d’Orsay, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Moscow Conservatoire.

 

LEO POPPLEWELL
LEO POPPLEWELLCELLO
A dynamic young cellist who plays with “full-blooded commitment” and “delicious dancing grace”, Leo Popplewell studied at Clare College, Cambridge, and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

 

SOPHIE RENSHAW
SOPHIE RENSHAWVIOLA
Throughout her viola playing career, Sophie has sought to develop both sides of her musicianship as interpreter and innovator. Her 38 years of professional playing began as violist in the Orford String Quartet, in residence at the University of Toronto. She later took up the Principal Viola position in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and has performed as a chamber musician at numerous festivals, including the International Festivals of Gstaad, Kuhmo, ISM Prussia Cove, London Proms and Carnegie Hall recital series.

 

RUTH ROGERS
RUTH ROGERSVIOLIN
Born in London in 1979, Ruth Rogers began violin lessons at the age of five. In 1997 she was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music to study with Itzhak Rashkovsky, where she won many major prizes and awards. Ruth graduated in 2001 with First Class Honours and was awarded the Tagore Gold medal – the College’s highest accolade – by HRH The Prince of Wales. Further study followed in the Netherlands with Herman Krebbers.

 

PAUL SHERMAN
PAUL SHERMANDOUBLE BASS
Paul Sherman is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied the double bass with Thomas Martin and Kevin Rundell. He has been a member and principal player with the English Chamber Orchestra for over thirty years and has recorded, toured and performed with them in over 40 countries and was until recently responsible for co-ordinating the ECO’s education and outreach activities.