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Tutors 2015

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...
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...
Timothy Walden
Timothy Walden studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and subsequently has held posts of Principal Cello of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de Capitole du Toulouse, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed Principal of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2010.

He has worked with conductors su...
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 has made a wide range of acclaimed recordings including Sonatas by Vivaldi (Hyperion) Beethoven (Chandos) and Francis Pott (Guild), Haydn's Sinfo...
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...
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
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...
David Friedemann Strunck
DAVID FRIEDEMANN STRUNCK has been principal oboe of Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2004. He previously held an equivalent position with Bochum Symphony Orchestra. The recipient of prestigious scholarships, he studied at music academies in Detmold and Stuttgart with Gernot Schmalfuß and Ingo Goritzki. He received awards at woodwind competitions in Mannheim and Bayreuth in 1999, and in 2002 he won First Prize with t...
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 performed...
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 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
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
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
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
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...
Wieland Welzel
It all began with a radio antenna broken in two and a sofa cushion, on which Wieland Welzel drummed out pop music. Before long the sofa cushion was replaced by washing powder tubs until, for his ninth birthday, he was given a drum set. Having played piano since the age of five, Wieland Welzel began percussion lessons since the age of nine. After five years of membership in the Bundesjugendorchester, the German nation...