The musicians

Lucy Gould, Violin

Lucy studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Indiana University, Bloomington, with Gyorgy Pauk and Josef Gingold. In chamber music she is violinist of the Gould Piano Trio, one of the UK’s best known and long running ensembles. From early successes, the Trio now boast an impressive discography, with festival appearances at Edinburgh, Cheltenham, City of London, Bath, Aldeburgh, Spoleto and the BBC Proms. Regular and extensive tours to the United States have covered major venues in New York, including the Lincoln Center, Frick Collection and Weill Hall, and in Europe highlights have included the Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts, as well as recitals in Paris, Cologne, Athens and Vienna, and regular performances at London’s Wigmore Hall. She has performed with orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the English String Orchestra. She regularly appears as guest leader of orchestras such as CBSO, BBC Philharmonic, BBC NOW and BBCSSO. She is principal 2nd violin of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and is a teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where she lives. Lucy Gould plays a Joseph Guarnerius filius Andreae violin from 1703.

Ben Hancox, Violin

 Recently described by the Observer as ‘Fearless and exciting’, Ben Hancox has earned a trusted reputation as a soloist and chamber musician. Having started playing at the age of four, he studied with Faith Whiteley and Serguei Fatkouline in Madrid and Bonn, and with Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music. At the RCM Ben won both the major violin prizes. He left with a first class honours degree and was awarded a distinction in his postgraduate diploma in performance. During his undergraduate studies, Ben received the prestigious Emily English Scholarship from the Musician’s Benevolent Fund. He was then awarded the Associated Board scholarship for his postgraduate studies. Ben is the first violinist and founder member of the Sacconi Quartet, and with them has toured extensively in Britain and abroad. They have won numerous international awards and are constantly in demand on the chamber music circuit. As a chamber musician and soloist, he has collaborated with many renowned artists and orchestras and after many visits to the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, Ben has also formed long lasting friendships and musical partnerships with performers from around the world.

Robin Michael, Cello

 Born in 1976, Robin Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr. Robin is principal cello of the Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique, English Baroque Soloists and regular guest principal of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, English National Opera, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Les Siècles, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Recent premieres include Joe Cutler’s Cello Concerto, the UK premiere of Steve Reich’s Cello Counterpoint, as well as concertos by Roxburgh and Finnissy. Recent concert highlights include touring South Africa with both Haydn concertos, the complete Bach and Britten suite cycles at Wilton’s Hall and Kings Place London, Beethoven sonata cycles in London, Oxford, Paris and Brussels, and the Korean premiere of Harvey’s Advaya for cello and electronics. Recent festival appearances include Regello in Italy, Ochrid in Macedonia, Musica Contemporania in Buenos Aires, Spier in South Africa, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, St Magnus, Huddersfield and Library of Congress in Washington. Robin is cellist in the Fidelio Trio, who have an extensive discography on NMC, Naxos, Col Legno, Delphian, and MN records and have premiered over 50 new trios.

Daniel Tong, Piano

 Daniel Tong enjoys a varied and diverse career, primarily as a chamber music pianist but also as soloist, song accompanist, teacher, writer and festival director. His first solo CD of music by Schubert was released on the Quartz label, Gramophone magazine describing him as “an extraordinarily sympathetic Schubertian”. He has broadcast many times on BBC Radio 3. As chamber musician, Daniel has collaborated with the Elias, Heath, Navarra, Dante and Callino quartets. His London Bridge Trio is a vibrant presence on the UK chamber music scene. Their second Frank Bridge disc was nominated for a Gramophone award and they have given numerous concerts at the Wigmore Hall. He is founder of the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and the Winchester Chamber Music Festival. He has curated series of Dvorak and Elgar at Kings Place in London and Schubert & Brahms at St Georges Bristol. With ‘Music Discovery Live’, Daniel collaborates with musicologist Richard Wigmore on study sessions and concerts exploring a particular theme or aspect of music. ‘Beethoven Plus’ commissioned ten new works to be performed alongside the ten sonatas for violin and piano and has recently premiered at Kings Place. Daniel has been performing this cycle with Krysia Osostowicz at various venues around the UK.
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SCOTT DICKINSON

Scott Dickinson is principal viola with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and former violist of the Leopold String Trio.  He also plays regularly with the Nash Ensemble and as principal viola of the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has appeared with Yuri Bashmet, Karen Cargill, Ivry Gitlis, Steven Isserlis, with the Brodsky, Chilingirian, Elias, Navarra and Royal Quartets, the Gould Piano and London Bridge Trios, Hebrides and Red Note Ensembles and plays flute, viola and harp trios with his wife, flautist Susan Frank, and harpist Lucy Wakeford. He has also played as guest principal viola with numerous other ensembles including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Australian, Mahler and Scottish Chamber, Swedish Radio and London Symphony Orchestras, and has performed with the World Orchestra for Peace.

Scott was born in Glasgow and studied in Manchester, London and Salzburg, where he won the 1996 Mozarteum concerto competition. He joined the BBC SSO in 2002 and has frequently performed as soloist with them, including “Jubilus” by Jonathan Harvey on CD (which was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award) and playing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in Donald Runnicles’ 60th birthday concerts.

He has held teaching positions at the RNCM and, currently, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

TOM DUNN

Tom Dunn was born in Yorkshire and studied on the Joint Course at Manchester University and The Royal Northern College of Music. Since then, he has held positions as Co-Principal viola with the Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment, the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. Tom has appeared as Guest Principal Viola with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Warsaw Chamber Opera, the English Baroque Soloists, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Avison Ensemble and the King’s Consort.

Tom has been a member of the Quince Quartet, the London Bridge Ensemble and the Chamber Players. He has also appeared with the Aiso Quartet, and Ensemble 360.

He is currently Principal viola of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and is very lucky to play on a viola made in 1690 by the Flemish maker Matthijs Hofmans.

 

TRISTAN GURNEY

Tristan Gurney established himself on the British chamber music scene as leader of the Edinburgh Quartet (2007-2016) with whom he appeared extensively across the UK and made regular appearances on BBC Radio 3. The quartet collaborated with many esteemed artists such as harpist Isobelle Moretti, tenor Andrew Staples, clarinetist Maximilliano Martin and flautist Juliette Bausor. They also worked with composers such as Sir James Macmillan, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Helen Grime, Tom Harrold and Howard Blake. The Edinburgh Quartet released several CDs with Tristan, including, recordings of Matyas Seiber Quartets, Robert Crawford Quartets and Haydn, Shostakovich and Prokofiev Quartets. Their disc of Sir James MacMillan String Quartets was awarded a ‘Critics Choice’ and included in the best recordings of 2014 in Gramophone Magazine.

Tristan currently holds the position of Principal Second of Royal Northern Sinfonia where he enjoys a role as director, soloist and chamber player. Recent projects as a director have included performances of Mahler Symphony No 1, Wagner Siegfried Idyll and Sibelius En Saga, a concert of Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings and Vivaldi The Four Seasons (as soloist) and directing the Royal Northern Sinfonia 2016 ‘Baroque Christmas’ Tour. Concerto appearances have included performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and Olli Mustonen’s Triple Violin Concerto. Tristan also enjoys regular chamber music playing, most recently performing the Brahms Horn Trio with Peter Francomb, horn and Lars Vogt, piano, and leading Schubert’s Octet with RNS Principal Players.

Based in London, Tristan regular guests as a principal player with the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Academy of St Martins in the Fields and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  He is also Principal Second of Scottish Ensemble.

Tristan studied the violin at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni and then at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto with Lorand Fenyves and plays on a Ferdinand Gagliano Violin

TOM HANKEY

Tom Hankey studied the violin with David Takeno, Krzysztof Smietana, Levon Chilingirian and Yossi Zivoni at the Purcell school, the Junior Guildhall school for Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.

As violinist and violist he is a member of the Aronowitz Ensemble. The group took part in the Radio 3 New Generation Artist Scheme which involved frequent performances for radio from venues throughout the UK, including the Wigmore Hall, the Sage, Gateshead, and the Bridgewater Hall, as well as from the Bath, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, City of London festivals and the BBC Proms chamber concert series. A Borletti-Buitoni Trust award enabled them to release two CDs on the Sonimage label.

Tom also plays second violin in the Callino Quartet, with whom he has toured extensively and recorded works by Haydn, Schubert and Janácek.  In September 2016 they launched their own festival at Dartington with the help of John Whibley ‘Holidays with Music’. In April 2017 their recording of ‘The Seven Last Words of Christ’ by Haydn will be released by the Coro label.

As soloist he has given recitals and concerto performances including Beethoven’s triple concerto and Prokofiev’s first concerto, Bach concertos, Vivaldi concertos and Stravinsky’s ‘The Soldier’s tale’.

Tom has collaborated with musicians from different genres; most recently touring India with Sarod player AmJad Ali Kahn and a West coast of Scotland tour with a string trio and tabla player Kuljit Bhamra.