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Tutors 2014

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, Zsol...
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 thir...
Jan Bjøranger
I Violin
Jan Bjøranger is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Bjergsted 1 – 1B1. As a professor and head of the string department at the University of Stavanger, Bjøranger occupies a prominent position among Norwegian musicians, as well as pusuing a very active career as a performing artist.
Bjøranger is a sought-after leader for ensembles and orchestras in Europe, including Camerata Salzburg, the Scottis...
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...
Nicholas Trygstad
Cello
A native of Minnesota USA, Nicholas came to the United Kingdom to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Hannah Roberts and Ralph Kirshbaum. Upon completion of his studies he was offered the principal cello position in the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and soon afterwards became principal cello of the Hallé Orchestra. He has been a guest principal of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Orc...
Yuko Inuoe
Viola
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
Viola
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...
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...
Samuel Coles
Flute
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 Sche...
Dominique Descamps
Oboe
Winner of the first prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

At the age of 21 he was appointed Solo Oboe at the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine (ONBA). As an orchestral musician, he is often invited to perform and tour with various ensembles as a solo oboe, including Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

As a soloist, he makes regular appearances with the ONBA, havi...
Mark Van de Wiel
Clarinet
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 performed...
Robin O'Neill
Bassoon
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 Dram...
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 Bri...
Alistair Mackie
Trumpet
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 Sinfoniett...
Dan Jenkins
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 p...
Andrew Cresci
Tuba
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, w...
Bryn Lewis
Harp
Bryn Lewis has been Principal Harpist with the London Symphony Orchestra since 1994, prior to this he was Principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra. As a guest he has played with all the London orchestras, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Leipzig Gewandhaus, BerlinPhilharmonic and many others. Independently he is also active in the London studio scene recording music for Film and Television.

As a soloist, recita...
David Jackson
Percussion
From 1989 to 1992, David studied Percussion and Timpani at the Royal College of Music under Kevin Hathway and Janos Keszei. During this time he performed as both soloist and orchestral musician and was awarded the British Reserve Percussion Prize 3 years in a row.

David Jackson was awarded a Countess of Munster Scholarship (1991) and a Martin Musical Scholarship (1991 & 1992) enabling him to study marimba wit...
Tony Bedewi
Percussion
Tony joined the London Symphony Orchestra as Co-Principal Timpanist in 2012, and can be heard with the LSO in London and throughout the world with many of today’s illustrious conductors including Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Harding, among many others. Prior to this he freelanced for over a decade as guest timpanist and percussionist with many of t...