Festival de Sainte-Mère 2018

Musique de Chambre en Gascogne

– F S-M Musiciens

Jennifer Pike ~ violon

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 ~ violoncelle

Born in the UK in 1984, Reinoud started to play the cello at the age of eight. In 1998 he joined the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music as a student of Louise Hopkins, with whom he continued to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, graduating in 2007 with a high-class First. Reinoud also gained high-class Firsts for a Post Graduate Diploma and a Chamber Post Graduate Diploma, following which he became a Chamber Music Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

During his time at the Menuhin School and the Guildhall, Reinoud gave many performances both as soloist and in chamber ensembles, in the UK and abroad, in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Fairfield Halls, The Sage Gateshead, The Queens Hall Edinburgh, The Purcell Room, The Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

With The Jupiter Chamber Orchestra he performed the Haydn C Major Concerto, the Dvorak Cello Concerto and the C. Ph. E. Bach Cello Concerto in A minor. Reinoud also performed the Bach concerto at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland with the Menuhin School orchestra. In November 2006, Reinoud held a recital for the diplomatic community and government officials in Doha, Qatar. As a Chamber musician Reinoud has toured all over England and Scotland and has been invited to numerous festivals in Europe including the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Brazil.

As a soloist, Reinoud won the Guilhermina Suggia Gift for a Gifted Young Cellist and the Gwyneth George prize from the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. Reinoud was string finalist in the 2006 Royal Overseas League and winner of the Flame competition in Paris in that same year. Part of the prize was holding a recital in Schloss Mirabell in Salzburg. The Manchester Midday Music Society awarded Reinoud a concert in the Bridgewater Hall in 2007. As a chamber musician, he has won the Tunnell Trust prize and has been awarded concerts in the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room as a Park Lane Group artist. In addition, he has won various prizes and awards abroad.

In early 2009, Reinoud was a founder-member of the Idomeneo Quartet which was coached by the Vogler Quartet and the Hagen Quartet (Rainer Schmidt) in Basel, and by Gunter Pichler in Madrid. The quartet toured extensively in Europe. Reinoud is currently a member of the Cellophony cello octet and joined the Brodowski Quartet in 2011.

Formative musical experiences include masterclasses from Yehudi Menuhin, Bernard Greenhouse, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis, Gunther Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), Martin Lovett (Amadeus Quartet), Johannes Goritzki, Lyn Harrell, Heime Muller, Paul Katz and Alexander Baillie.

Rakhi Singh ~ violon

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.


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, Bratislava 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 Award Piano Competition in Geilenkirchen, Germany. Since 2011 she has been a member of Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation.

Triona Milne ~ Alto

TMTriona 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.

Iain Ward ~ violoncelle

Iain is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama having  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’s 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.

As a soloist Iain has performed with numerous ensembles including Southbank Sinfonia, The Orchestra of the Royal Artillery, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Orchestra and the Trinity Docklands Sinfonietta.

Rowan Bell ~ violon

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 ~ alto

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.

Sm3004lrOscar Perks ~ alto

Oscar 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  invited to perform alongside the Endellion String Quartet as a second violist in concerts at West Road concert hall. Oscar completed the last year of his masters at the Royal College, studying with Lutsia Ibragimova.

Oscar has performed at many leading London venues including the Wigmore Hall, Barbican and Royal Festival Hall. His composition for string quartet The Twin Towers (2001) won the BBC/ Guardian young composer competition and was also performed at the Wigmore hall. He regularly attends the International Musicians’ Seminars and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, and will be participating in this 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.

Mark Derudder ~ Violon

Né en 1984 à Fukuoka, au Japon, Mark Derudder commence l’étude du violon en Belgique à l’âge de six ans. En 2002, il remporte le premier prix du concours ‘Axion Classics’, puis en 2004 la médaille d’or du Marlow Music Festival. Il s’installe ensuite en Angleterre pour poursuivre ses études à la Guildhall School of Music and Drama auprès de Yfrah Neaman, puis de Krzysztof Smietana et David Takeno.

Il a remporté au cours de ses études  de nombreuses récompenses, telles que le MBF Ian Fleming Charitable Trust Award et le Martin Musical Fund Award. Mark s’est produit en soliste et en musique de chambre dans des salles aussi prestigieuses que  Carnégie Hall de New York, le Wigmore Hall de Londres, la Beethoven Haus à Bonn et la Monnaie à Bruxelles.

Mark est premier violon et membre fondateur du Quatuor Idomeneo avec lequel il poursuit une brillante carrière de chambriste. Musicien éclectique, il joue en outre fréquemment au sein du Philharmonia Orchestra, et de l’orchestre du Royal Opera House, à Londres.


Pau Codina ~ Violoncelle

Né en 1988 à Barcelone, Pau Codina a étudié à la Menuhin School, à Londres, une école pour jeunes prodiges, puis à la Guildhall School of Music and Drama de Londres auprès de Louise Hopkins, avant de rejoindre la classe de Gary Hoffman à la Chapelle Royale Reine Elisabeth, en Belgique.   Pau s’est produit en soliste a de nombreuses occasions : avec l’Orchestre de la « Fundació Jove Nacional de Catalunya, le Barcelona Sinfonietta avec la fondation Pablo Casals, avec l’orchestre de chambre Emporda, l’orchestre Franz Liszt de Budapest, l’orchestre de chambre d’Andorre, et avec le Menuhin School Orchestra sous la direction de Malcolm. Parmi les prix et concours qu’il a remporté, citons notamment le 1er prix pour soliste du concours de la fondation Ariau de Barcelone, le 1er prix de Musique de Chambre au concours de Musique de Chambre des Ecoles de Barcelone,  ainsi que le premier prix au concours Guilhemina Suggia de Londres en 2004.


Miguel Rodriguez photo croppedMiguel Angel Rodriguez ~ Alto

Miguel a commencé l’étude d’alto à l’âge de 6 ans en 1995 et s’est inscrit dans le Conservatorio Profesional de Música en 1997 où il a étudié avec Joaquín Toledo et Antonio Clares. En 2008 il est entré au Joven Orquesta Nacional de España.

Il a participé à plusieurs orchestres tels que Orquesta Presjovem, L’Incontro Fortunato, Sinfónica Juvenil Teresa Carreño, Simón Bolívar de Venezuela et Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, Orquestra de Cadaqués et BandArt, sous la direction Gordan Nikolic.

Miguel s’est produit en soliste avec Orquesta de Cámara de Cartagena, Orquesta Sinfónica del Conservatorio Profesional de Murcia et Orquesta de Jóvenes Solistas de Moscú.

Il a participé également à de nombreux festivals tels que Il Estilo Classico, Verona (2005), Festival Internacional de Música de Lucena-Presjovem, Córdoba (2007, 2009 and 2011), Summit Music Festival, New York, (2008),où il a obtenu le prix de “Outstanding Performance” avec son musique de chambre, et International Chamber Music Campus of Jeneusses Musicales, Weikersheim, Germany (2010), où il a reçu les conseils de Heime Muller et du Casals Quartet.


Chloé Boireau ~ Violon

Chloé Boireau a commencé le violon à l’âge de cinq ans au Centre Pierre Rode avec Robert Papavrami. Elle entre au conservatoire de Bordeaux dans la classe de Vladimir Nemtanu et obtient son Diplôme de Musique et une Médaille d’Or en musique de chambre. En 2003, Chloe étudie à la Guildhall Scool of Music and Drama de Londres avec Krzysztof Smietana et David Takeno.  Elle obtient le diplôme “Bachelor of Music” en 2007 et celui de “Master in Performance” en 2008. Chloé travaille avec English National Opera Orchestra à Londres, L’Opera North Orchestra, le Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra, le City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra et le BBC Concert Orchestra, le City of London Chamber Orchestra et l’Orchestre  du Royal  Opera House en Grande Bretagne