Festival Artists 2018
A truly international festival, our performers this year hail from all over the globe. Find out who'll be playing at this year's concerts, then book your tickets here.
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Freya Goldmark (Violin)
photo: Alex Class
Freya Goldmark, 21 is in her final undergraduate year at the Royal College of Music studying as a Foundation Scholar with her long time professor Maciej Rakowski.
As well as performing often in Britain, Freya has performed throughout Europe and Asia as a soloist, giving performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumper, Penang and Bangkok and at age 12 gave her concerto debut at the Rachmaninov Institute, Russia performing Mozart’s Concerto No.2. Concerto appearances in 2017 have included Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Rutland Sinfonia and Bruch Violin Concerto with Stamford Chamber Orchestra.
Regularly invited to perform at festivals, in 2012 she gave a solo recital at the Albert Hall’s Elgar Room and was invited to the Valdres Festival, Norway, where her rendition of ravel’s Tzigane was broadcast live on Norwegian national radio. In 2013 she made her Cadogan Hall solo debut at the invitation of the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation, later that year travelling to Moscow to take part in the Spivakov Festival.
During her years at the Royal College’s Junior Department Freya was awarded the Gordon Turner Memorial Prize and the Freda Dinn and Ida Mabbett String Prize. Recently she has had masterclasses with violinists Alina Ibragimova, Anna Kandinskaya and Thomas Zehetmair.
As well as enjoying solo playing, chamber music has become increasingly important in her career. As a chamber musician Freya has performed at Wigmore hall and The Elgar Room, Albert Hall, as well as premiering Britten quartets at the Red House, Aldeburgh and performing at Sandringham Palace for HRH Prince Charles. In 2016 she founded her first chamber festival which will continue in 2018.
Freya is playing on her Camilli of Mantua c.1740 violin.
Clara Rodriguez (Piano)
photo: Antolín Sánchez
At sixteen Venezuelan pianist Clara Rodriguez won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music with Phyllis Sellick where she won many of the main piano prizes and played as a soloist with the RCM orchestras. In Caracas she made her debut as a recitalist at fifteen at the Ateneo and with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra under the baton of José Antonio Abreu.
In her career she has played concerts in four continents and in all London’s major halls. Clara is often referred to as an Ambassador of the piano music of Latin America tirelessly promoting it on her CDs for ASV, Universal and Nimbus Records which are played on networks worldwide. She has been a guest on the Music Matters programme on BBC Radio 3; she has also often featured on live broadcasts on Woman’s Hour and on In Tune.
Clara is the dedicatee of an important number of piano pieces and has given the premières of many works including Federico Ruiz’s Second Piano Concerto. Her successful campaign to establish Venezuelan composers output on the ABRSM exam syllabus has seen the music of Federico Ruiz, Antonio Estévez and Miguel Astor performed by thousands of pianists around the world. She has edited piano albums for Spartan Press. A sought-after teacher, Clara teaches the piano privately and at the RCM JD.
In 2015 she was named Classical Musician of the Year by the Latin UK Awards. Copies of her new release 'Americas Without Frontiers' will be available for sale during our Saturday Evening concert, tickets for which can be bought here.
Maja Horvat (Violin)
Having graduated in 2015 from the Ljubljana Conservatoire of Music and Ballet in Slovenia, where she studied under Volodja Balžalorsky, Maja is now a scholar under the Big Give Award attending the Royal College of Music and studying with Daniel Rowland. No stranger to international performance, in recent years she has performed many times in major solo and chamber music concerts and competitions in Slovenia and across Europe from Austria to Germany, Slovakia, Croatia, and Italy.
Maja started to play the violin when she was seven years old under her first teacher, Bojan Ristic, and then later with Blanka Piotrovska. In addition to duetting with Petra Heric and the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, she has also been a member of succesful chamber groups including Crescendo, Prima Roka, and Evigilans and studied under a long list of violinists including Saewon Suh, Vasilij Meljnikov, and Wonji Kim. Maja is grateful to be sponsored by the insurance company Triglav.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wallis Power (Cello)
Wallis is a postgraduate cellist at the Royal College of Music in London, studying cello with Melissa Phelps. She is a Lark Insurance Scholar, supported by an Arthur Bliss scholarship.
While at school, Wallis gained a scholarship to the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music. During that time, she developed her interests in a number of directions. Alongside studying cello with Selma Gokcen, she also performed regularly as a chamber musician and orchestral player, performing at venues including St Johns Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields and Milton Court concert hall. She also took piano as her second study instrument. While at Junior Guildhall, Wallis reached the finals of the Pro-Corda national chamber music and obtained an LRSM performance diploma in her final year. At Wycombe High School, she won the Baillie Murphy competition in both the senior strings and ensemble classes. She also began to develop her love for teaching while at school; Wallis now continues to teach pupils privately around London.
Wallis studied cello with Melissa Phelps throughout her time at Cambridge University, where she read music at Pembroke College. An instrumental award holder of the university, she performed extensively as part of the Aether piano trio, having played in evening recitals at various college chapels, lunchtime concerts at West Road Concert Hall and at the Fitzwilliam museum. Wallis is a keen chamber musician and has attended numerous courses of this type, including ProCorda and MusicWorks. She has also received tuition and masterclasses from Paul Watkins, Hannah Roberts and Steven Doane. Last summer, she enjoyed performing in masterclasses taken by Raphael Wallfisch as part of the Cello Classics summer course in Tuscany. While at Cambridge, Wallis performed in a number of recitals, as both a soloist and with her piano trio, as well as leading the cello section of CUCO, the university’s chamber orchestra.
This year, Wallis played in the St Endellion Summer Festival, the West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival, and the Midsummer Music Festival. She looks forward to playing in the RCM Chamber Ensemble in Switzerland this December, in partnership with the Philharmonia.
Samuel Beck-Johnson (Double Bass)
Starting the double bass at the age of 7, by 15 Sam had begun his professional career with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra in his Nebraska hometown. A graduate from the Blair School of Music, he is now pursuing a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music. Currently, Sam studies under Gabriele Ragghianti. A well-travelled musician, he has been on international tours to Austria, China and Italy and attended music festivals including Colorado's Rocky Ridge Music Center and Florence's Music and Performing Arts Program.
Though an orchestral player at heart, Sam has performed in a number of eclectic musical endeavors, including Roy Wooten's (Aka Future Man) Black Mozart and the premiere of the wind ensemble transcription of Béla Fleck’s Banjo Concerto. He has also relished the opportunity to learn from masterclasses with world renowned artists including Paul Ellison, Edgar Meyer, Ira Gold, and Dan Styffe. In 2016 he was placed on the prestigious BBC Orchestra Scheme, rehearsing, performing, and recording at the BBC studios.