Festival de Sainte-Mère 2018

Musique de Chambre en Gascogne

– F S-M Musicians

Jennifer Pike ~ violin

Jennifer Pike first came to prominence in 2002 after her performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in the Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis, winning the title of BBC Young Musician of the Year at the age of 12. Earlier that year she became the youngest prizewinner in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Boulogne. Recognized for her ‘dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique’ (Classic FM), she became a BBC New Generation Artist in 2008 and the only classical artist ever to win the South Bank Show/Times Breakthrough Award. The following year she was presented with the first International London Music Masters Award.

Jennifer made her BBC Proms début in the Royal Albert Hall at the age of 15 and gave her Wigmore Hall début recital the same year. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Vienna Symphony. Current engagements include performances of the Beethoven and Bruch concertos with the Philharmonia and Hallé orchestras, the Sibelius concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony, and Mozart concertos with the Singapore Symphony and Rheinische Philharmonie. She also makes her début with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra performing Haflidi Hallgrimsson’s Violin Concerto, a work composed especially for her, having given its world première with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2011. Her enthusiasm for promoting new music also led to the première recording of Andrew Schultz’s Violin Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, released in 2011 by ABC Classics in Australia.

Her recordings for Chandos include the Debussy, Ravel and Franck sonatas with pianist Martin Roscoe, Rózsa’s Violin Concerto and Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song with the BBC Philharmonic and Rumon Gamba, Chausson’s Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet with Tom Poster and the Doric String Quartet and sonatas by Brahms and Schumann. Forthcoming releases on Chandos will include the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic and Sir Andrew Davis and a disc of the complete works for violin and piano byJanáček.

At the age of 16 Jennifer was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, subsequently continuing her studies at Oxford University where she graduated with First Class Honours. She plays a 1708 Matteo Goffriller violin made available by the Stradivari Trust, for which she is seeking further sponsorship.


Reinoud Ford ~ Cello

Reinoud Ford pursues an exciting portfolio of projects in his music career. He was born in 1984 and studied with Louise Hopkins at the Yehudi Menuhin School before graduating with First Class Honours from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2007), where he also completed a Masters (2009).

Reinoud has achieved significant success as a soloist. While still at the Yehudi Menuhin School, he was selected to perform a C.P.E Bach concerto with orchestra at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. As a student at the Guildhall, he won the Guilhermina Suggia Award (2004), the Flame Competition in Paris (2006) and became a finalist in the Royal Over Seas League (2006).

Reinoud continues to be in demand as a soloist throughout the UK, Europe and further afield. Recent performance highlights include recitals in the Villa Borghese, Rome (2013) and for the diplomatic community in Doha, Qatar (2011) as well as other concertos with London-based orchestras (Jupiter Chamber Orchestra, Hounslow Symphony Orchestra) and solo repertoire in the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Dorking Halls and in Schloss Mirabel, Salzburg.

Reinoud also performs as a chamber musician in a number of acclaimed ensembles (Brodowski Quartet, Cellophony). At the Guildhall he was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music (2010). In chamber competition he has won the Royal Over Seas League (2008) and the Tunnell Trust 2011. In 2011 he was selected as a Park Lane Group Young Artist. Reinoud has performed in important European ensemble venues such the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room.

He has made numerous chamber music recordings to critical acclaim (Brodowski Quartet on Toccata Classics and Cellophony on Edition Records). As a chamber musician Reinoud has studied under Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) Gunter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) Bernard Greenhouse and Alasdair Tait.

In 2012 Reinoud inaugurated the Ashdown Music Festival, an annual classical music event that brings together celebrated international performers and musicians from his boyhood home county of West Sussex. As Festival Director Reinoud programs ambitious musical projects, such as the world premier of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons arranged for eight cellos and solo violin (2013).

Beyond the classical music scene, Reinoud performs, tours and composes with critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Keaton Henson and released an album with him in 2014. Reinoud and Keaton have composed  music for a  production by the internationally-recognised BalletBoyz ensemble.


Ayaka Shigeno ~ Piano

ShigenoAyaka Shigeno was born in 1990 in Hiroshima, Japan. Her first piano lesson was given by her mother at the age of 5. 
While in Japan she studied piano with her mother and  received  lessons from Shoko Sugitani, Kevin Kenner, Andrezej Pikul, Maria Szraiber, Bronislava Kawalla, Kazumasa Matsumoto and Valery Gerasimov.
In September 2004 she entered the Yehudi Menuhin School in England, where she studied with Marcel Baudet and Renana Gutman. Since joining the school she has taken part in many concerts as a soloist and a chamber musician, in venues such as Wigmore Hall (UK), Brangwyn Hall (UK), Fairfield Hall(UK), Concertgebouw (Holland) and Menuhin Hall(UK).

Ayaka Shigeno has appeared on stage with many orchestras, including, Globalist Philharmonic Orchestra (with Hiroshi Sasaki as a conductor), Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra with Malcolm Singer and London Mozart Players, once with Malcolm Singer and once with Hilary Davan Wetton.  Since September 2009 she has been studying at the Berlin University of Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin) with Prof. Pascal Devoyon and Rikako Murata. In July 2015 she  successfully finished her Diploma degree with distinction and was admitted to study further in Konzertexamen.

She has been performing actively both as a soloist and a chamber musician, with recent performances including  recitals held in Tokyo, Hiroshima (Japan), Orta San Giulio (Italy) and Berlin (Germany).  In May 2013 she was awarded 3rd prize at the Arthur Schnabel Klavierwettbewerb in Berlin, which resulted in her nomination as one of the six pianists to the concert series of 2014 at the prestigious Steinwayhaus in Berlin. For her successful recital in July 2014 she was given 1st prize (Steinway-Förderpreis) from the Steinwayhaus. In July 2015 she was awarded 3rd prize at the Euregio Piano Award Competition in Geilenkirchen, Germany. Since 2011 she has been a member of Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation


Triona Milne ~ Viola


After completing her first degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Triona Milne went on to gain first class honours in her postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music. She was awarded the George Stennet Award and the prestigious Bank of Ireland Millennium scholarship. Since then she has played all over the world as a chamber musician and orchestral violist at venues which have included the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Centre, the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Barbican Centre, St. Martins-in-the-Fields. She has recorded at the Abbey Road studios and Air Lyndhurst Studios. Based in London, Triona enjoys a varied career as a freelance violist encompassing orchestral, chamber music and solo playing. She regularly plays with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, London Mozart Players, the Aurora Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Verbier Festival Orchestra.

As a chamber musician she has been invited to play with the Verbier Chamber Ensemble in Switzerland, West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the ‘Mendelssohn on Mull’ Festival in Scotland, playing Mozart and Mendelssohn Quintets. She was a 2009 Royal Overseas League finalist with her flute, harp and viola trio, the Hibernia Trio.

Triona has attended masterclasses at IMS Prussia Cove, Tibor Varga Switzerland, London Masterclasses and Clandeboye Festival.  Triona has made television appearances on the BBC Proms, Later with Jools Holland, Horrible Histories Prom, Celebrity Come Dine With Me and The Asian Music Awards.


Oscar Perks ~ Violin

Sm3004lrOscar Perks performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician on both violin and viola, while he also studies at the royal college of music (generously supported by a Gandar Dower and a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award), works as an assistant violin teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School and pursues an interest in composing and arranging. Having started playing the violin at the age of five, Oscar was awarded a place to study at the Menuhin School three years later where he had violin lessons with Hu Kun and Simon Fischer. Oscar went on to read music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he also studied composition with Robin Holloway. During his time at Cambridge, Oscar performed the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky violin concertos with the University Music Society, led the University Chamber Orchestra and was also invited to perform alongside the Endellion String Quartet as a second violist in concerts at West Road concert hall. Oscar is  completed the last year of his masters at the Royal College with Lutsia Ibragimova.

Oscar has performed at many leading London venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall and indeed Sainte-Mere Festival. His composition for string quartet The Twin Towers (2001) won the BBC/ Guardian young composer competition and was also performed at the Wigmore Hall.

Oscar regularly attends the International Musicians’ Seminars and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, and participates in the year’s concert tour, which visits many venues around the UK, including the Wigmore Hall. He has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Steven Isserlis, the Endellion and Belcea Quartets and has recently collaborated with pianist, Caroline Palmer, on Charles Ives’s first violin sonata. Oscar also performs regularly with his brother Elliott; together they have founded The Perks Ensemble.

Rakhi Singh ~ violin

Rakhi Singh comes from a musical family and was raised in west Wales. She attended Chethams School of music, the Royal Northern College of Music and with her quartet – the Barbirolli Quartet – has also been a fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the  Royal Academy of Music.

A prize winner from a young age, she won many major national and international prizes including  the Audi Junior Musician of the year at the age of 14 after performing the Bruch Violin Concerto with the London Philharmonic in the Queen Elizabeth Hall live on Classic Fm., the Texaco Young Musician of Wales, the Inaugural Kazakhstan International Violin competition and she was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of The Year and the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competitions.

Rakhi’s career as a musician is very varied ranging from playing concertos and recitals, leading the Barbirolli Quartet, assistant leader of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, performing with Take That and with singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney as well as with her brother and sister Davinder and Simmy Singh, also violinists.

Through her work she has travelled extensively, performing in all the major venues in Europe and America and has toured Australia and New Zealand and appeared many times on tv and radio.

Iain Ward ~ cello

Iain is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama having recently completed a Masters in Performance with Louise Hopkins. Over the past few years Iain has enjoyed a successful freelance orchestral and chamber career, working with many of the major London orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia (co-principal), Aurora (co-principal), Philharmonia, Southbank Sinfonia (member 2011), Arensky Chamber Orchestra (sub-principal), London Contemporary Orchestra (principal), English Touring Opera (co-principal) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra where he is currently on the LPO Foyle Future First Apprenticeship Scheme. As a member of Southbank Sinfonia Iain has performed alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, St. Martins in the Field and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

In 2008 Iain set up the Arthas Ensemble; a small string based chamber ensemble led by former Young Musician of the Year and BBC New Generation Artist, Jennifer Pike. Recent highlights have included performances at St. James’ in Piccadilly, Institute of Directors, Carnegie Hall Dunfermline and as part of the prestigious New Town Concert Series at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh. Outside of the Arthas Ensemble, Iain has performed chamber music in a variety of ensembles at venues including National Theatre, Royal Opera House Crush Room and the Wigmore Hall.


Rowan Bell ~ violin

Scottish violinist Rowan Bell gained undergraduate and masters degrees as a Douglas Downie Scholar at the Royal College of Music under Professor Dona Lee Croft. As a member of the Vardanyan Quartet he held the Bulldog Junior Fellowship at Trinity College of Music from 2008-2009. The Vardanyan Quartet were the MBF Ensemble in Residence at Lake District Summer Music and Park Lane Group Young Artists in 2009-10. Rowan has performed as a chamber musician at many of the most prestigious venues in the UK including the Purcell Room, King’s Place, the Wigmore Hall and the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, and has performed chamber music with artists includingMartin Frӧst, Kathryn Stott, Jennifer Pike, Philip Higham, Levon Chilingirian, Simon Roland-Jones and Arisa Fugita. He has also performed as second violin in the Fitzwilliam Quartet – the quartet who premiered Shostakovich’s last three quartets.

Rowan is a Director and principal second violin of the Arensky Chamber Orchestra and a professor of violin on the Ciaccona International Music Course, as well as being a regular teacher at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Rowan is also a Trustee of the Dorothy Croft Trust for Young Musicians and Ciaconna International Music Course.

Tetsuumi Nagata ~ viola

Tetsuumi was born in Canada in 1988 and began his study of the violin when he was five with Marlin Wolfe. He made his debut as a soloist at the age of eleven, playing Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with the Vancouver Island Symphony. In September 2000, he began his studies at The Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK where he studied with Hu Kun and Maciej Rakowski. Tetsuumi obtained BMus and MMus Degrees at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, studying with David Takeno and Krzysztof Chorzelski, all on a full scholarship and as a recipient of a Martin Musical Award. In the UK, Tetsuumi has performed with the Tudor, Guildford Symphony and Polesden Lacey Orchestras. He has also given major concerts at the Wigmore, Barbican, Cadogan and Menuhin Halls and The Sage Gateshead. He has participated in numerous festivals such as the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland, Freden Music Festival in Germany, City of London Festival, Soundwaves Festival in Brighton, Charente Music Festival in France and the Paxos International Festival in Greece.

An avid chamber musician, Tetsuumi has collaborated with Alexander Rudin, Adrian Adlam, Arisa Fujita, Krzysztof Smietana, Pierre Doumenge, Charles Owen, Caroline Palmer and the Belcea Quartet and has attended masterclasses at IMS Prussia Cove, Aldeburgh’s String Quartet Academy and ProQuartet in France with András Schiff, Thomas Adès, Zvi Zeitlin, Dora Schwarzberg, Sir Colin Davis, David Alberman, Ilan Gronich and members of the Alban Berg, Artemis, Belcea, Chilingirian, Cleveland, Endellion, Mosaïques, Takacs and Wihan Quartets. He has recorded the “Four Seasons” with the Vancouver Island Symphony, Korngold Sextet on the Tacet Music Label and a new work by Stephen Goss, “Frozen Music” for the Cadenza Music Label. Tetsuumi is a member of the Nadocci String Trio and Eka String Quartet.

Mark Derudder ~ Violin

Mark Derudder  won the first prize in the National Competition ‘Axion Classics’ in 2002. In 2004 he won the Gold Medal at the Marlow Music Festival.

He was born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1984, moved to Belgium in 1986 and began playing the violin at the age of six. In 2002 Mark moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Yfrah Neaman. He then continued his studies with Krzysztof Smietana and is now a student of David Takeno. He received the MBF Ian Fleming Charitable Trust Award and the Martin Musical Fund Award to support his studies at the Guildhall.

Mark has participated in masterclasses with Herman Krebbers, Zakhar Bron, Miriam Fried, the Emerson Quartet, Borodin Quartet, Samuel Rhodes (Julliard Quartet).  He has played with distinguished artists such as Alexander Rudin, Malin Broman (Kungsbacka Trio), Arisa Fujita, Natalia Lomeiko, Yuri Zhislin, Krzysztof Smietana and Caroline Palmer.

Mark has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and U.S.A. in venues such as  Carnegie Hall, New York,   Wigmore Hall, London,   Beethoven Haus, Bonn,   La Monnaie, Brussels.


Pau Codina ~ Cello

Pau Codina was born in 1988 in Barcelona (Spain) and began studying the cello at the age of five with Eulalia Subirà. Other teachers to date have included Ivan Chiffoleau, Daniel Grosgurin, Peter Thiemann and Louise Hopkins.

Pau graduated from the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2006, and from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with first class honours in 2010. He has participated in public masterclasses with teachers such as Lluís Claret, Anner Bylsma, Frans Helmerson, Mstislav Rostropovich and Steven Isserlis.

He has taken part in International Music Festivals, including the Manchester  Chamber Music Festival and the Kronberg Cello Festival. He has also performed extensively throughout Spain, England and Germany, at the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, the Pau Casals Auditorium, and the Palau de la Musica Catalana Concert Hall in Barcelona.

Pau Codina has performed as a soloist with several orchestras including the Barcelona Sinfonietta, the Empordà Chamber Orchestra, the Andorra Chamber Orchestra, the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest.

Away from the concert platform, Pau has won several competitions and awards, including the MBF’s Guilhermina Suggia award 2004 & 2007, the Geofrey Shaw Scholarship, the Kronberg Cello Festival Schlosskonzert prize, and third prize together with the Critique’s award in the Primer Palau Competition in Barcelona.

Miguel Angel Rodriguez ~ Viola

Miguel Ángel Rodríguez was born in Murcia (Spain), in 1989 and began playing the viola at the age of 6. In 1997 he entered the Conservatorio Profesional de Música and studied with Joaquín Toledo and Antonio Clares. From the age of 10 he was a member of the Orquesta de Jóvenes de la Región de Murcia.

In 2008, he won the first place in the auditions for the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, of which he was member until 2011, playing on several occasions as principal violist.

He has taken part in orchestras such as Orquesta Presjovem, L’Incontro Fortunato, Sinfónica Juvenil Teresa Carreño and Simón Bolívar from Venezuela and has played for the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, Orquestra de Cadaqués and BandArt, conducted by Gordan Nikolic.

His solo performances include Telemann’s viola concerto with Orquesta de Cámara de Cartagena, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Orquesta Sinfónica del Conservatorio Profesional de Murcia and J.C. Bach’s concerto for viola with Orquesta de Jóvenes Solistas de Moscú.

He took part in the Ancient Music Festival Il Estilo Classico in Verona (2005), the Festival Internacional de Música de Lucena-Presjovem in Córdoba (2007, 2009 and 2011), the Summit Music Festival in New York, (2008), where he won a prize for “Outstanding Performance” with his chamber music group, and the International Chamber Music Campus of Jeneusses Musicales in Weikersheim, Germany (2010), where he received lessons from Heime Muller and the Casals Quartet.

He has also had lessons with Ashan Pillai, Yoram Youngerman, Karen Richster, Ettore Causa, Patinka Kopec (Assistant Professor of Pinchas Zukerman in Manhattan School of Music, New York),Pauline Sachse of the Hanns Eisler, Berlin, Tatjana Masurenko of the Hochschulefür Musik und Theater von Leipzig, Alejandro Garrido, David Quiggle and Natasha Tchitch.


Chloé Boireau ~ Violin

Chloé Boireau was born in Bordeaux (France) in 1983. She started the violin at the age of five at the Pierre Rode Centre under Robert Papavrami. She studied with Vladimir Nemtanu at the Bordeaux Conservatoire where she gained her music diploma (D.E.M) and in 2002 she won the gold medal with honours in chamber music.

In 2003 she moved to the U.K. to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with Krzysztof Smietana and graduated (Bachelor of Music) in 2007. Chloé continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with David Takeno and received her Masters degree in Performance in 2008.