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Tutors 2013

Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay
I Violin
German-Hungarian violinist Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay began playing in 1988, taking lessons athe music school in Magdeburg, and went on to study under Professor Jost Witter at the Schloss Belvedere Music School and the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Weimar.

Laureate of several international solo prizes, including the International Louis Spohr Competition and the International Henry Marteau Violin Competition, Zs...
Nathaniel Anderson-Frank
II Violin
A native of Toronto now living in the United Kingdom, Nathaniel received his Masters of Music degree from the Royal Academy of Music as a full-scholarship pupil of Maurice Hasson. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree with academic honours from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Kantor.

In June 2013 Nathaniel joined the Piatti Quartet as first violinist. He has already appeare...
Clare Thompson
II Violin
Clare Thompson has spent her career in the top flight of British orchestras. Appointed at an early age to a principal position in the English Chamber Orchestra, she then went on to hold one of the leading violin positions in the Philharmonia Orchestra. Clare has worked with many top conductors and soloists, including Maazel, Muti, Salonen, Ashkenazy, Zuckerman to name but a few. Her career has taken her to over thi...
Yuko Inoue
Winner of the 17th Budapest International Viola Competition, Yuko Inoue has performed as soloist throughout Europe and Japan with many orchestras, including the Hungarian State Philharmonic Orchestra, F. Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and with such eminent musicians as Gidon Kremer, Sir Charles Groves, György Pauk, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Heinrich Schiff and Thomas Z...
Paul Cortese
Paul Cortese, an active protagonist of his instrument, graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with the famed violist Joseph dePasquale. Previously, under the tutelage of Stanley Nosal, Guillermo Perich, John Garvey, and Burton Fine, he pursued his studies at the University of Illinois and the New England Conservatory in Boston.

While completing his studies, Cortese performed with th...
David Watkin
"He not only brings that dedicated scholarly view of playing characteristic of period instrument specialists, but he plays with such huge commitment. He is a great inspiration to me, especially in Mozart." (Sir Charles Mackerras , BBC Music Magazine)

David Watkin studied the cello with William Pleeth, whilst reading Music at Cambridge, where he was also a Choral Scholar. He was a Shell/LSO Finalist and was...
John Heley
John Heley was born in London and began playing the cello aged six. He won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music to study cello and Chamber Music with William Pleeth, while at GSM he was a regular prize winner.

On completion of his studies John became the youngest ever member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming sub-principal for nine years under Maestros Kempe and Dorati.

Leon Bosch
Double Bass
The South African-born virtuoso double bassist Leon Bosch is one of today’s most versatile and imaginative artists. His wide-ranging interests have taken him in many directions, all of which have fed into a unique career and helped to establish his international reputation as an outstanding musician. In addition to a high-profile orchestral life – he is currently principal double bass of the Academy of St Martin in t...
Elizabeth Bradley
Double Bass
Elizabeth Bradley represented Scotland as a finalist in the Shell/LSO scholarship whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music.

She enjoys a varied freelance career regularly appearing with groups such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre Revolutionnaire conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. Her appearances as a chamber musician include performances with the Barbican Trio, Florilegium, Acade...
Samuel Coles
Samuel Coles is Joint Principal Flute of the Philharmonia Orchestra. He was educated at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Paris Conservatoire. The Principal Flute Chair is endowed by Mrs Elizabeth Meyer.

Samuel Coles was educated at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at the Paris Conservatoire winning the Premier Prix in 1987. His many other awards include first prize in both the Sc...
June Scott
June Scott was born in Perth in 1960. She studied the flute with David Nicholson at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, where she was the winner of the Agnes B. Miller Prize, and later at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies with Patricia Lynden and Peter Lloyd. Upon leaving the NCOS June Scott was appointed Sub-Principal Flute in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. As well as appearing as a concerto soloist with ...
Philip Nodel
The musician was born in Moscow. He began to study music at the age of 5. In 1984 – 1986 he attended the Children’s Choir Studio “Radost”. The musician studied at Wind Instruments Children Musical School № 80 named after V. Blazhevich in 1986 – 1993 (pedagogue N. A. Ekimov).

Since 1993 till 1997 P& Nodel was educated at Moscow Musical College named after A. Schnittke (pedagogue А. I. Frolov). In 2002 he gr...
Mark van de Wiel
Mark was born in Northampton and educated at Merton College, Oxford and the Royal College of Music. On graduating, he was immediately appointed principal clarinettist with Welsh National Opera and subsequently with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Since 2000 he has been principal clarinet with the Philharmonia Orchestra and was appointed principal with the London Sinfonietta in 2002.

As a soloist he has perform...
Robin O'Neill
Robin O’Neill is principal bassoonist with the Philharmonia Orchestra and has held the same position with the English Chamber Orchestra and as a founder member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

At 16 he was principal bassoonist with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where he played under Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit and Rudolph Schwartz before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Dr...
Jeff Bryant
French Horn
Jeff studied the French horn at the Royal Academy of Music, in London with Ifor James. He has played principal horn in London for 43 years holding positions with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a soloist Jeff has performed frequently with all the above orchestras, playing the Mozart and Strauss concertos in addition to performances of the Br...
Alistair Mackie
He has been a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 1996 where he holds the position of Joint Principal Trumpet. Alistair is also currently Principal Trumpet in András Schiff’s own chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca, and was formerly Principal Trumpet in the Orchestra of Glyndebourne Touring Opera. He played in the Orchestre Symphonique d’Europe in Paris, he works regularly with the London Sinfonie...
Dan Jenkins
Trombone & Bass Trombone
Dan Jenkins is Second Trombone of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Trombone of the City of London Sinfonia.

I went to the Guildhall School of Music in 1984 and studied with Peter Gane, Eric Crees and Dudley Bright. My professional life started with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, and I travelled all over Britain with them for six years, while cultivating a fledgling freelance career. It was slow...
Marie-Pierre Chavaroche
Marie Pierre Chavaroche joined the Orchestre de Paris in 1996 as a Principal harpist. She holds degrees / premier prix in both piano and harp from conservatories of Toulon and Rueil Malmaison.

In 1984, after styding harp for four years, she entered the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris, to study harp with Gérard Devos and obtained a Premier prix in 1987.
During that same year, she m...
Damien Bassman
Damien Bassman wrote & played the drum/percussion books for the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning Next To Normal, The Color Purple, The Addams Family, High Fidelity and Mario Cantone’s Laugh Whore. As principle percussionist of Absolute Ensemble he’s toured and recorded with fusion legend Joe Zawinul and world-renown artists such as Paquito Di Rivera, Mike Keneally, Marcel Khalife, and Gregor Bregovich. Damien has pe...
Andrew Cresci
Born in South Wales in 1959, Andy Cresci was educated at Neath Boys Grammar School where he began playing the cello. Andy took up the tuba as a second study instrument, and realised quite quickly that his vocation was on tuba not cello.

After studies at the RNCM with Stuart Roebuck, Andy moved in 1980 to Glasgow to join Scottish Opera as principal tuba and then, in 1986 he joined the BSO as principal tuba,...