Festival Artists 2019
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Freya Goldmark (Violin)
photo: Alex Class
Freya Goldmark began her music ‘career’ aged 2 when she started attending Music Makers at Stamford Art Centre. This ignited her love of music and she began playing the violin at the age of 4 after begging her parents for lessons. Freya made her concerto debut aged just 13 at the Rachmaninov Institute [Russia]. By the age of 14 Freya had already performed in Hong Kong, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Norway and Germany.
Now 22, she has gathered an ensemble of exceptional young players from the UK and Europe to perform with her for the 2nd Stamford International Music Festival, of which Freya is founder and Artistic Director. The Festival features six concerts of chamber music that includes works by Mozart, Schumann, Schubert, Elgar, Britten and Bach – full details here – with performances at both Stamford Arts Centre and Browne’s Hospital from 17-19 May inclusive.
Freya comments: “Much of my formative education took place in Stamford and recitals back ‘home’ are always a special experience for me as I see familiar faces, catch up with old friends and, hopefully, make new ones. However I wanted to do something more to mark both Stamford’s love of music and the influence it has had on my own career.
“I came up with the idea of the Stamford International Music Festival. It is exhausting yet exhilarating to organise a whole festival by myself but I believe that the audience will identify with my vision for the event and, hopefully, feel an ownership of it given my own strong relationship with the town.
“I find chamber music to be one of the most rewarding forms of music to play as the intimacy between the players gives a mood of spontaneity rarely found in larger ensembles and the energy and freshness of a group of young players creates a special experience for the audience.”
Freya, who plays a violin made around 1740 by Camilli of Mantua, recently graduated from the Royal College of Music where she studied as a Foundation Scholar with her long time professor Maciej Rakowski. Her career includes performances at Cadogan Hall, The Wigmore Hall, Sandringham House, the Elgar Room at the Albert Hall, The Red House, Aldeburgh and the Purcell Room in London’s Southbank Centre. Freya works with a number of English orchestras and later this year she will be playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with The City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.
Kalliopi Mitropolou (Violin)
Kalliopi Mitropoulou is a London based musician. She studied Musicology in her home town of Athens, Greece and continued her violin studies in Germany. She has played with EUYO, Guerzenich Orchestra in Cologne, Athens State orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia and London Philharmonic Orchestra. She studied classical singing and worked as a soprano in the National Opera of Thessaloniki and has also played in contemporary music festivals, music for films and theatre, various chamber ensembles, rock bands, electronic artists, is a member of an Early Music ensemble based in Athens, where she sings and she is a member of Psyche Trio and Krystallos quartet.
Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux (Violin)
Charlotte had an early start when she begged her parents for a violin at the age of two. Born in France she was taught by François Gilles and Aude Périn-Dureau at Montpellier's Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional. She has received masterclasses from violinists including Ana Chumachenco, Zakhar Bron, Pavel Vernikov, Olivier Charlier, Leonid Kerbel, András Keller and Gordan Nikolic and recently played Sibelius Violin Concerto for Maxim Vengerov at the RCM.
In 2009, Charlotte entered the Yehudi Menuhin School to study with Natalia Boyarsky and is further pursuing her studies at the RCM in a shared class between Natalia Boyarsky and Alina Ibragimova on a full fees scholarship as a recipient of the Geoff and Carole Lindey Award.
Charlotte won the RCM Violin competition in her 1st year at college in 2016, as well as the Bach prize. She was previously top prize-winner in the international Postacchini violin competition, Thomas Kuti european prize and Ginette Neveu Violin competition. Charlotte was chosen to be concertmaster of the RCM Symphony and Philharmonic orchestra on several occasions including for the well acclaimed performance of Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade in June 2017 which was also recorded in the Abbey Road studios.
A passionate chamber musician she has taken part in the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar masterclasses as well as the Open Chamber Music in Cornwall, Santander Encuentro Festival, Musethica Chamber Festival and East Neuk chamber music retreat.
Charlotte recently performed Joseph Joachim violin concerto in Budapest and at the Wigmore Hall in quartet. She is currently playing on a Giovani Batista Ceruti violin, kindly loaned to her by the RCM.
Samuel Staples (Violin)
Samuel was born in London in 1996 to a musical family and began playing the violin when he was five after a short-lived but enthusiastic career as a cellist. Aged eight he was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied with Natasha Boyarsky and Boris Kucharsky, also receiving classes in chamber music and improvisation from David Dolan. He is currently a pupil of Hungarian violinist and conductor András Keller at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he also studies the baroque violin with Pavlo Beznosiuk.
As a soloist he has performed concertos and recitals in France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Ukraine, Sweden, Norway and the USA as well as many major UK venues including St.John’s Smith Square, the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Brighton Pavilion, Menuhin Hall, Windsor Castle, Cadogan Hall and Milton Court and has performed live twice for 'In Tune' on BBC Radio Three. He has also appeared in several festivals worldwide including the Reims Festival, Menuhin Festival (Gstaad), Sejong international music festival (Philadelphia), AIMS festival (Catalonia), Langvad chamber music jamboree (Denmark), Grieg in Bergen (Norway), Mendelssohn on Mull (Scotland), Brighton Early Music Festival and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove.
Samuel is also a keen orchestral musician and has performed as concertmaster with Orpheus Sinfonia, Outcry Ensemble, AIMS Chamber Orchestra and the Orion Orchestra. Since 2017 he has been the Artistic Director of the Alderney Chamber Music Festival which he runs each summer with his younger sister Louisa.
Samuel would like to thank the Albert & Eugenie Frost Trust for their continued support of his studies and the Kucharsky family for the generous loan of their beautiful Neapolitan Violin, c.1780.
Marsailidh Groat (Viola)
Marsailidh is currently studying as a Royal College of Music scholar on the Masters course under Professor Andriy Viytovych. She is generously supported by the Derek Butler Trust.
Before moving to London, Marsailidh was a pupil at the City of Edinburgh Music School, where she studied with Michael Beeston. She worked in collaboration with Drake Music Scotland, the nation’s leading arts organisation providing music making opportunities for people with disabilities. Marsailidh regularly tours with the Street Orchestra of London as principal viola, an orchestra committed to bringing music of all genres to people outside the traditional setting of the concert hall. With SOL, Marsailidh has debuted works by composers Charlotte Harding and Sally Beamish, and performed in the Barbican Sound Unbound Festival 2017. She has also performed in a range of unusual settings including Heathrow Detention Centre, King’s Cross station and even a moving carousel in Greenwich Cutty Sark!
Marsailidh enjoys performing chamber music, playing with various ensembles within RCM and around London in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and Wigmore Hall. She was recently invited to perform in Klosters, Switzerland in partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has performed with NYOS in collaboration with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, led the RCM Chamber Orchestra performing alongside musicians from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and worked with prestigious conductors in the RCM Symphony Orchestras including Peter Stark, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Roger Norrington and Bernard Haitink.
Francesca Gilbert (Viola)
Francesca Gilbert was born in London and began playing the viola at the Junior Guildhall's String Training Programme. She has studied with Susan Thompson, David Takeno and Matthew Jones. Francesca has recently graduated from the Advanced Instrumental Studies masters course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama having previously graduated from the GSMD undergraduate programme with first class honours. Francesca enjoys a varied performance career and has performed in major venues across the UK, Europe and America. Francesca is grateful for the generous support she receives from the Guildhall School Trust, the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust and the Old Wellingtonian Society.
Francesca’s main passion for chamber music and she regularly performs with various ensembles and at international chamber music festivals. This year’s highlights include the Marryat Players Chamber Music Festival, the Vindeleia Ensemble in the La Rioja Chamber Music Festival and the iPalpiti Chamber Music Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles.
Francesca is a member of the Manciu Trio, founded in 2013, and the Myriad Quartet, 2018. With these groups Francesca has performed in venues across the UK and has also undertaken a concert tour of Germany with the Trio and Bulgaria with the Quartet.
In addition to this, Francesca has collaborated with many artists and chamber ensembles in the UK including Jennifer Pike, the 12 Ensemble, the London Chamber Collective and the Janus Ensemble. Francesca also plays in a quintet with jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock, performing both original compositions by Simcock and his arrangements. The group recently performed and recorded Simcock's arrangement of Debussy's Children's Corner Suite for BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up, which was broadcast on the 24th of March this year.
James Douglas (Viola)
Festival co-organiser James is proud to say he was raised in Rutland, the smallest county in England. A pupil at the local Oakham School for seven years, he first learnt the violin with Martin Cropper and the piano with Anne Bolt. In 2011 he moved to Greenwich to continue his study of the violin at Trinity Laban Conservatoire with Diana Cummings. Two years into his degree, however, and after much deliberation, he decided instead to focus on playing the viola.
James transferred from Trinity to the Royal College of Music, where he began studying under Susie Meszaros. During his time at RCM he performed with every college orchestra, from Stravinsky Symphonies in the Royal Festival Hall to Brandenburg Concertos in Covent Garden. A regular chamber musician, he was also lucky enough to work on new music by aspiring college composers. Having graduated, he now attends courses at the London College of Alexander Technique Training.
Zoe Saubat (Cello)
French-born Zoé Saubat obtained her Music Diploma from the Conservatoire of Bayonne at the age of 15 before moving to study at the Conservatoire of Paris, simultaneously achieving a bachelor’s degree in literature from Sorbonne University.
Zoé subsequently moved to London and studied at the Royal College of Music of London (RCM) with Alexander Boyarsky, winning second prize in the RCM Cello Competition. During her studies, Zoé has worked with numerous world-renowned teachers including Philippe Muller, Roland Pidoux, Emmanuelle Bertrand and Xavier Gagnepain amongst many others.
A keen orchestral musician, Zoé works with CBSO in Birmingham, BBCSO and LSO in London and was regularly the leader of the cello section in the RCM Philharmonic Orchestra, String Band and Symphonic Orchestra, performing at Buckingham Palace as leader of the RCM Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, Zoé performed Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto with the London City Orchestra in 2013 and was part of the Rising Stars Concert Series at Cadogan Hall.
Zoé won first prize at the UFAM competition in Paris and has participated in many festivals, including Académie Ravel, Festival de Prades, Les Arcs, les Rencontres Musicales de Saint-Cézaire and Festival Artenetra.
Zoé is a versatile cellist, passionate in all aspects of her art: particularly interested in contemporary music and creation, Zoé has worked with composers Philippe Hersant and Edith Canat de Chizy, and was part of contemporary dance creation La Follia with Compagnie Chantier, which toured France for one year.
Zoé was part of Southbank Sinfonia and of the LSO scheme programme.
Nina Kiva (Cello)
Nina Kiva started playing the cello at the age of four, joining the Royal College of Music Junior Department at the age of ten. She went on to join the Purcell School three years later, continuing her studies with Alexander Boyarsky. Nina has given two recitals at the Beniamino Gigli Concert Hall as part of Boyarsky's annual masterclass courses in Italy, and has performed as a soloist with the Vanbrugh Ensemble. She was one of the finalists at the Purcell School Concerto Competition, a finalist for the Arthur Felsenstein Leavers’ award and was awarded the Erik Houston Prize at the school. In 2018, Nina received the Unaccompanied Bach Prize in the RCM Cello Competition.
Alongside solo performance, Nina has performed with various chamber groups in venues such as Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James’ Palace, as well as at the Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival, organised by Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Nina is a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra 2018, where she has performed in concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Berlin and the Wolkenturm Grafenegg. The Orchestra worked with Vasily Petrenko, Manfred Honeck and Gianandrea Noseda. She recently performed at the Teatro Claudio Abbado in Ferrara, Italy as part of an EUYO Chamber Orchestra project with COE members Mats Zetterqvist and Richard Lester. She is taking part in the English National Opera Evolve Scheme 2018-2019.
Nina is now in her final year of Undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, with Thomas Carroll. She has participated in various orchestral projects, and has worked with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Juraj Valcuha and John Wilson, and has also played alongside Maxim Vengerov and Nicola Benedetti. Aswell as her orchestral experience at the RCM, she is also part of the Alessio Piano Trio. They have performed at various venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the Cadogan Hall, and the UK Embassies in Washington, Beijing and Delhi. Nina has also participated in many masterclasses, and has played to Guy Johnston, Johannes Goritzki, Torleif Thedeen and Pinchas Zuckerman.
Corentin Chassard (Cello)
Sten Heinoja (Piano)
Sten Heinoja is one of the most promising young artists of his generation.
He started his musical studies in the Tallinn Music High School under the tuition of Marju Roots. He then continued his studies in Estonian Academy of Music and Theater with prof. Ivari Ilja where he gained his Bachelor degree in 2015 with summa cum laude and started his Masters degree at the Royal College of Music London under full scholarship with prof. Vanessa Latarche.
Sten has successfully performed at several competitions in Estonia, as well as abroad. In 2014, Sten won the 8thEstonian Piano Competition, the previous laureates of which include currently some of the most renowned pianists in Estonia: Lauri Väinmaa, Ivari Ilja, Mati Mikalai, Age Juurikas, and many others. In addition, Sten was awarded a special prize by the Estonian Composers’ Union at the same competition for the best performance of a new piece, as well as a prize by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, a special prize by the Estonian Piano Teachers’ Association, and the Helmi Valtman and Lilian Semper scholarships.
In the spring of 2016, Sten won the large competition “Klassikatähed 2016” organised by Eesti Kontsert, Klassikaraadio and Estonian Public Broadcasting, similar to BBC Young Musician. In 2018 he won the Kendall Taylor Beethoven competition held in London.
Sten has preformed in many countries including most of European countries and regularly returns to US, China, Israel, India, Canada and Turkey.
In March 2018 Sten was selected to participate in a prestigious piano competition Honens 2018 in New York and Calgary.
Sten performs regularly in Estonia as well, as part of different chamber groups, as a soloist, and as an accompanist. In March 2015, Sten and violinist Linda-Anette Suss, as part of a chamber group, were granted the laureate diploma at the In Corpore competition. The duo was also awarded a prize by Eesti Raadio and a special prize for the best performance of a classicistic piece. In addition to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Sten has also performed as a soloist in front of the symphony orchestra of the Tallinn Music High School and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Järvi Academy Youth Orchestra, Tel Aviv Opera Orchestra, Moscow State Chamber orchestra, FLSO, Kymi Sinfonietta, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra etc.
In recent years, Sten has improved himself in several piano masterclasses with Professor Vanessa Latarche, Professor Claudio Trovajoli, Professor Eteri Anjaparidze, Docent Lauri Väinmaa, etc. Sten has collaborated with conductors such as Mihhail Gerts, Paul Mägi, James Feddeck, Olari Elts, Risto Joost, Alexei Izmirliev, Eimear Noone, etc.
Anna Webster (Clarinet)
Anna Webster is a clarinettist from Liverpool, currently in her first year of postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music having graduated from the RCM with a Bachelors degree with First Class Honors in July 2018. She is currently studying with Richard Hosford, Tim Lines, Barnaby Robson and Janet Hilton. Anna is a keen orchestral musician and has been fortunate enough to work under the batons of esteemed conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Edward Gardner, Francois Xavier Roth, Rafaele Payare and Thomas Zehetmair and has performed in all of the U.K’s major concert halls.
Anna has participated in orchestral academies and chamber music festivals both at home and abroad – most recently the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute, Voksenaasen Summer Academy, British Isles Music Festival and the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy.
Anna is a Wilkins-Mackerras Scholar at the Royal College of Music and is also grateful for the support of the Henry Wood Foundation and the EMI Sound Foundation.