CASSIUS TRIO 

Australian violist Ann Beilby made her solo Sydney Opera House debut at 18. Having started her musical life as a violinist, Ann has always been keen to champion the viola as a virtuosic instrument, having fallen in love with the rich depth of sound when she was very young, the unique role of the instrument in chamber music, and the particular character it lends to an ensemble. Ann was a founding member of the Cavaleri Quartet, with whom she made several commercial recordings and toured across the world, as well as the Jackson Beilby Duo with her ex-Cavaleri colleague, violinist Martyn Jackson, making their Wigmore Hall debut as a duo in 2016. 2017 shall be the beginning of her new ensemble, the Cassius String Trio, with Martyn Jackson and Reinoud Ford.

Ann has been recognised at several international music competitions, having been awarded major prizes in different guises at prestigious events such as the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, the Premio Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition, Hamburg International String Quartet Competition, Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and the UK’s Royal Over-Seas League Competition. She has been fortunate enough to be mentored by Guenter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet, and has also worked with such inspiring artists as Andras Schiff, Menahem Pressler, Valentin Erben, Simon Rowland-Jones and Garfield Jackson and Björk to name a few. 

In the next season Ann is looking forward to working with Ensemble 360, the Carducci Quartet, Piatti Quartet, Guy Johnston & Hugo Ticciati, as well as various solo engagements. She also appears on numerous recordings for films and television. She plays a wonderful modern viola made for her in 2011 by David Milward.

Reinoud Ford, aged 33, pursues an exciting portfolio of projects in his musical career. He began to play the cello at the age of eight under Marina Logie. At the age of twelve he was given a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, a school for gifted string and piano players, where he was taught by Louise Hopkins. Reinoud continued his studies with Louise at her Cello Class at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, from which he graduated with First Class Honours. He next went on to gain a Masters from GSMD.

As a soloist, Reinoud enjoyed playing the 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, the Flame competition in  Paris and was a runner-up in the final of the Royal Overseas League Competition. He has performed as a soloist in the UK and abroad. Most recently he performed the Haydn C Major Concerto with the 12 Ensemble in the Ashdown Music Festival and has performed unaccompanied Bach in the Concertgebouw and Theater Carre (Amsterdam) , the National Concert Hall (Dublin) and the Roundhouse and the Palladium (London). 

Reinoud has extensive experience as a chamber musician and has played in several acclaimed ensembles ( Idomeneo Quartet, Brodowski Quartet and as a temporary member of the Cavaleri Quartet). He is currently a member of the Cellophony Octet (who have released several CD’s) and has played with the Benyounes Quartet.  At the Guildhall, Reinoud was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music; in chamber competition he won the Royal Overseas League and Tunnell Trust. In 2011 he was selected as Park Lane Group Young Artist. As a chamber musician , Reinoud has performed in prestigious venues in the UK such as the Barbican , the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. Reinoud was privileged to hone his chamber musicianship under the tutelage of Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Gunther Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) Bernard Greenhouse, Alastair Tait and others. As an orchestra player Reinoud plays regularly with several London Orchestras, among others the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with whom he has toured in the USA and Australia.  He is currently associate Principal  of the Aurora Chamber Orchestra.

In 2012 Reinoud inaugurated the Ashdown Music Festival, an annual classical music event that brings together celebrated international performers and local musicians from his boyhood county of West Sussex. As Festival Director Reinoud programs ambitious projects, such as the World Premiere of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons arranged for eight cellos and solo violin (2013) and British tenor Mark Padmore performing Vaughan-Williams (2015). Reinoud was Musical Director of the Sainte Mere Festival from 2011-2016. 

Reinoud pursues a number of unique projects outside the classical music scene. He performs, composes and tours with singer-songwriter Keaton Henson. In 2014, Keaton released a critically-acclaimed album, Romantic Works, co-written by and featuring Reinoud. Reinoud and Keaton have composed the music for the ballet Young Men for the internationally-recognised Ballet Boyz, an all-male ballet ensemble which was premiered in Sadler’s Wells. Reinoud (summer 2016) recorded the Solo Cello parts with BBC Concert Orchestra for the Ballet Boys for the on-screen version of Young Men which was screened in November 2016. Reinoud also finds time to play on diverse recordings as a session musician. He is himself increasingly requested to “fix” musicians for musical events. He is currently the musical director for the Ballet Boyz. 

British violinist Martyn Jackson has been acclaimed by The Berliner Morgenpost as “a truly sensitive musician, impassioned playing and utterly compelling” and as “stunning, a player of great intensity …. a remarkably accomplished young violinist” by MusicWeb International. Legendary violinist Ida Haendel described him as “one of the most exceptionally gifted violinists I have ever encountered.”

Martyn’s recent concert schedule has included solo and chamber music performances at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Musikverein, Berlin Konzerthaus, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Gasteig Philharmonie, Purcell Room and King’s Place. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Berliner Capella. He has performed chamber music with principle players from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Milan and Rome and has also collaborated with musicians such as Henri Demarquette, Guy Johnston, Valeriy Sokolov, and Guy Ben-Ziony.

In addition to his solo concert schedule he is now leader of the Allegri Quartet, having led the Cavaleri Quartet until February 2016 when the quartet disbanded. Whilst Martyn was performing with the Cavaleri Quartet they won Second Prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition 2014. Highlights of the quartet’s last few seasons included appearances at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Schubertiade in Austria and major tours of New Zealand, Australia and Colombia. They were also Quartet in Residence at Oxford University for three years.

Martyn and duo partner violist Ann Beilby were winners of the Royal Overseas League Competition Ensemble Award 2015 and look forward to future engagements at Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a series of concerts in Lucerne. Martyn has served as guest Assistant Concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, and BBC Scottish Orchestra and is frequently invited to appear as guest leader of Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa da Música in Portugal.

In 2008 Martyn featured alongside internationally renowned violinist and conductor Shlomo Mintz in the Holocaust documentary film “Amnon’s Journey”, a film depicting the intricate relationship between musicians and their instruments while giving voice to a lost generation. He has also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Suisse Romande Television et Radio, Suddeutsches Radio and on BBC 4 television.

Martyn studied at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin with Professor Stephan Picard and was a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music, studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky. He has frequently attended the International Musicians’ Seminar Prussia Cove and has also studied with Zakhar Bron and Ana Chumachenco. He performs on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume kindly on loan to him from Frau Angela Schmeink.

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Hailed as ‘a major new talent’ International Piano and a ‘pianist of splendid individuality’ Arts Desk English pianist Sam Armstrong has made solo recital debuts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York as well as at the Wigmore Hall in London, and as concerto soloist with the National Symphony of Ecuador.

Passionate about chamber music, he has performed with musicians including Ralph Kirshbaum, William Bennett, Hannah Roberts, Ju-Young Baek and Randall Scarlata in festivals such as Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Ravinia and venues such as Seoul Arts Centre, Esplanade Singapore, Kumho Art Hall Seoul, and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. He has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio Suisse-Romande/Espace 2, WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago and Radio New Zealand.

He was a prize winner in the Porto International Piano Competition, the Brant Piano Competition, Beethoven Society of Europe Competition, was laureate of the Epinal International Piano Competition in France and was among the last six pianists in the prestigious Concours Clara Haskil in Switzerland in 2007. He has received awards from the Philharmonia Orchestra/MMSF, MBF/Help Musicians Fund, Wingate Foundation, Kirckman Concert Society and the Solti Foundation.

He studied with Helen Krizos in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music and later with Richard Goode at Mannes College of Music in New York. He also worked in masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Mitsuko Uchida.

 

THORNE TRIO

The Thorne Trio is an established wind group formed in 1999, comprising graduates of the Royal College of Music. In their time together they have achieved success with a varied and wide range of experiences. The Thorne Trio was accepted onto The Blackheath Halls Young Artists Scheme, where they gave a series of recitals and education workshops and were also winners of both the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Music Trust Scholarship Fund Education and Outreach Award and of the Anglo-CzechSlovak Music Competition. As a result of the latter, they travelled to Prague where they gave a recital in Martinu Hall at the Liechtenstein Palace. During 2004/06 they held the post of Junior Fellows of the Royal College of Music, and more recently, were semi-finalists in the prestigious Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy.

Engagements have included recitals for St. George’s, Brandon Hill, Leeds International Concert Series, Hampstead and Highgate Festival, North Wales International Music Festival, Bryn Terfel’s “Faenol Festival” alongside Jamie Cullum and Jools Holland, Shrewsbury Cathedral, Fishguard Music Festival, Beaumaris Music Festival, Criccieth Music Festival (Ensemble in Residence 2004), and numerous concerts for music clubs and societies nationwide.

In addition to a busy recital schedule, they are also dedicated to their education and community work. They have worked for the Yehudi Menuhin Scheme, Live Music Now!, Wigmore Hall Community and Education Department, The Council for Music in Hospitals, Cavatina Chamber Music Trust, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama giving demonstrations, workshops and concerts to people of all ages throughout the United Kingdom.

The trio have played for a variety of audiences and clients including guests at Buckingham Palace, St. James, Kensington and Lambeth palaces. At the Houses of Parliament, Lincolns and Grays Inn, The Wallace Collection, Tate Britain, The National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum and for events at The Dorchester, Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental hotels in London. The Thorne Trio recorded their first CD ‘3’ in The Adelina Patti Theatre in Craig Y Nos Castle. The CD includes works by Mozart, Gershwin and Ibert. They are currently putting the finishing touches to their second CD recorded in 2013. A very exciting project, this CD includes not only the work, Century Dances, written for them by Cecilia McDowall but also the Britten Metamorphoses for solo Oboe and Poulenc’s Clarinet and Bassoon duet.