Nathan Giorgetti

Nathan Giorgetti began studying the cello with Santiago Carvalho and subsequently went on to join the Royal College of Music Junior Department where he was a pupil of Michal Kaznowski. He then continued his studies abroad and gained a Bachelor’s degree studying in Bremen with Alexander Baillie and Madrid with Iagoba Fanlo. He currently studies with Louise Hopkins in London.

Nathan has played with a variety of orchestras including Kapella 19, Melos Sinfonia, The Janus Ensemble, Ad Parnassum and the Jünger Künstler Bayreuth Symphony Orchestra in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, St. John’s Smith Square, King’s Place, and Milton Court with tours to Germany, Italy, France, Portugal and Russia. As a chamber musician Nathan has attended ProCorda and MusicWorks chamber music courses and participated in the Stift International Music Festival, as well as collaborating with established chamber groups such as the Hermes and Anglo-Portuguese Ensembles. He is also the Artistic Director of the Vilalte Music Festival, an annual chamber music festival the first edition of which he organised and hosted in France in the summer of 2014.

Nathan has had the pleasure of performing alongside prominent soloists such as Daniel Rowland, Roland Glassl and Thomas Carroll and has participated in masterclasses with Jens Peter Maintz, Gavriel Lipkind, Wolfgang Boettcher, Guy Johnston and Pierre Doumenge.



Oscar Holch

Born in Yorkshire, Oscar Holch began studying the violin at the age of 9 through his local music service and went on to the study with Penny Stirling at Yorkshire Young Musicians. He is now in his final year at RAM, studying the viola with Mateja Marinkovic and Juan-Miguel Hernandez. Recent highlights have included performing the chamber music of Colin Matthews’ at a BBC PromsExtra concert celebrating the composer’s 70th Birthday, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, performing for Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks in a concert celebrating his 70th birthday and performing  in masterclasses to Garth Knox, Máté Szűcs and Hartmut Rhode. He is hugely passionate about teaching and works for Pro Corda as assistant conductor at their Young String Experience Programme and holds one of their Leverhulme Fellowship post. He also coaches on youth orchestra courses, most recently Yorchestra, has worked with Albert’s Band, the Royal Albert Hall’s resident Education and Outreach ensemble and in summer 2016 was part of a Quartet residency at Dartington International Music School, coaching ensembles and providing viola specific workshops. His work as a conductor has included being Musical Director for King’s College London Opera Society in their production of Acis&Galatea by Handel and directing the Neruda Ensemble, a chamber orchestra he set up in 2015, who recently performed Schoenberg’s Kammersymphonie no.1. Oscar will continue his studies in September at the Guildhall School of Music&Drama with David Takeno.

Ruth Kemna

Music, dance, theater and improvisation - Ruth Kemna is always looking for ways to bring classical music into new contexts. In 2010 she began her viola studies with Prof. Volker Jacobsen at the University of Music, Theater and Media in Hanover. Since 2013 she has studied with Prof. Veronika Hagen at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg and spent an Erasmus year in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She drew further inspiration from masterclasses with renowned professors such as Tatjana Masurenko, Thomas Riebl, Barbara Westphal, Hartmut Rohde and Garth Knox. Ruth was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, the Studio MusikFabrik Cologne and the Junge Kammerphilharmonie NRW. She has toured throughout Europe, China, South America and South Africa. In addition, she also performed with the rock legend Sting for the concerts in Germany at his world tour 2010.

She regularly performs as a chamber musician and has played at international festivals such as the Davos Festival, the Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, the Schlossfestspiele Ludwigsburg, the Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen and the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival. In 2016, she took part in the Klangspuren Schwaz International Ensemble Modern Academy. She also plays as a principal viola with the Hamburger Camerata and regularly performs with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover. As a member of the Orchester im Treppenhaus she gives music a new framework and reaches an ever growing audience through innovative performative and scenic elements and with concerts in unusual places. Such performances have included: concerts at the Fusion Festival, the TV magazine BR Klassik U-21 and the festival classical:Next in Rotterdam.

She also worked with dancers from the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, the London Contemporary Dance School and Dock11 in Berlin and has developed her own choreographies. In 2018 she performed as a soloist touring with "Feuerwerk der Turnkunst", Europe's largest gymnastic show.

Harriet Haynes

Born in 1996 in Gloucestershire, Harriet is now in her third year of the undergraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music where she studies with So-Ock Kim and Nicolette Moonen (baroque violin). During her studies at the Royal Academy, Harriet has been awarded the John Waterhouse prize and the Sir John Barbirolli prize, and this year she is a participant on the Davey Poznanski Quartet scheme as the 1st violinist of the Kirkman Quartet who recently won the Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet competition. Harriet led the RAO orchestra earlier this academic year, and has sat as Principal 2nd violin under the baton of distinguished conductors such as Semyon Bychkov and Jane Glover. As both a chamber musician and soloist, Harriet has performed extensively throughout the UK and has appeared as a soloist with the Welsh Sinfonia. She has also played concerts in venues across Hong Kong and last year participated in the Kyoto International Students Festival in Japan. Harriet has played in solo master classes with Levon Chilingirian, James Ehnes, Lucy Chapman, Dennis Simons, Madeline Mitchell, Sally O’Reilly and chamber music master classes with Sylvia Rosenberg, Guy Johnston, the Fine Arts Quartet and the Escher Quartet. Prior to her studies at RAM, Harriet was a scholar at Wells Cathedral School and learnt with Brigid Kirkland-Wilson. During her time at Wells she was awarded the Vicar’s Close prize, the Silver ABRSM award, the Yfrah Neaman prize, the Vivaldi prize and also the Strings prize. Harriet led both the symphony and chamber orchestras at Wells Cathedral School, playing many concerts in the UK and also across Europe.

Thomas Isaac

Thomas Isaac started playing the cello at the age of six in Fontainebleau. Following a year of tutelage at the Hochschule für Künste, Bremen from internationally renowned cellist, Alexander Baillie, Thomas currently studies with Christoph Richter at the Royal Academy of Music, supported by a Leverhulme Trust Scholarship.

Thomas won numerous prizes and competitions, including the North London Festival Cello Prize, the Norfolk Young Musician competition and the Herbert Walenn Cello Prize at the Academy for a performance of Bach’s Cello Suite No.2 in D minor. He has performed in masterclasses with Tim Hugh, Marc Coppey, Steven Doane, Philippe Muller and Alexander Baillie.

As an orchestral musician Thomas has played principal cello with the Academy Symphony and Baroque Orchestras, the University of London Symphony Orchestra and at the LSO academy. Also a proficient baroque cellist, Thomas has played continuo in the Royal Academy/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. Recent performances include Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the Musique en Re Festival Orchestra, Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in D major with the Academy of St Thomas, concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall and the Tivoli Festival Copenhagen with Rachel Podger, and chamber music by Colin Matthews at the BBC Proms, broadcast on Radio 3.

Future plans include concerts in France, Austria and at St James Piccadilly London, Dvorak’s cello concerto with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and recording a CD featuring repertoire for unaccompanied cello. Thomas’s horizons stretch far beyond classical music: he plays trombone with Moriah, a band broadly based on Jewish Klezmer, which has featured as Band of the Month in Outline Magazine.

Gabriella Jones

Born in 1995, violinist Gabriella Jones studied for ten years at Chetham's School of Music, before graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2016. Her musical successes began at an early age; whilst at Chetham’s, she was awarded the school’s prestigious concerto and chamber music prizes, and led the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, under conductors such as Paul Mann, David Hill and Paul McCreish, amongst others. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the UK and Europe, including appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Cadogan Hall, and combined with musicians such as Leon McCawley, Tom Poster, the Endellion Quartet and the Magnard Ensemble, amongst others. She is now studying for a masters in performance at the Royal College of Music. Gabriella is an RCM scholar supported by the Yehudi Menuhin Award.

Lucia Veintimilla

Born in La Mancha (Spain), Lucia started playing the violin at the age of four studying with Alexei Mijlin in Asturias. Some years later she moved to England where she completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the guidance of Andrew Watkinson.

She has been awarded many prizes in various solo and chamber music competitions, including VI National Instrumental Competition “Intercentros Melómano” Orfeo Foundation (Madrid, Spain), II Chamber music competition Oviedo Conservatoire (Asturias, Spain) and Bancaja Camersim 2009 Chamber Music Competition (Valencia, Spain). Lucia has performed in masterclasses for András Keller, Richard Tognetti, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Susan Tomes, Carole Presland, Ralph and Mark Gothóni, Pavel Vernikov, Enrico Onofri, Levon Chilingirian, Boris Brovstyn, Alasdair Beatson, Belcea Quartet or The Endellion Quartet, among others. A passionate chamber musician, Lucia enjoys a busy career performing regularly with The Armorel Trio, Deco Ensemble, Astedt-Veintimilla Duo and as a founder member of the Silk Street Sinfonia and The Barokers, touring extensively to major concert halls in Europe and Asia. She recently performed at the Warsaw Philarmonic, The Sage Gateshead, Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht, The London Handel Festival, The London Bach Society series, The Mozart in London Festival weekend, The British-Spanish Society recital series, St. Martin in the Fields, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, “Botín” Foundation (Santander, Spain), Sociedad Filarmónica de Gijón (Gijón, Spain), Orpheus and Bacchus Music Festival (France), 2015 One Month Festival (South Korea), Aurora Festival (Sweden), Porziano Musica (Italy), The Akoesticum Talent Programme (The Netherlands), etc. Lucia is the recipient of the British-Spanish Society Centenary Award, The Elizabeth Sweeting Award, The Wolfson Foundation 2014 Instrument Award and a Leverhulme Arts Scholar. She plays a violin built by the renowned Spanish luthier, Roberto Jardón Rico.

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