Musicians...

Musicians of the Cardiff String Quartet are drawn from professional players and up and coming young musicians from the Cardiff area. All musicians have been selected by an audition process, so our clients can be assured of our high standards at all times. The musicians listed below work together co-operatively within the banner of ‘Cardiff String Quartet’ and will often work in different combinations, so that we can always be assured of providing you with music, even if one our players is unavailable. As we have a large group of musicians, we can often provide more than one quartet in a day.

We are also in the privileged position of being able to offer other forms of chamber ensemble, so if for example, you would like a Clarinettist or a Flautist to join the strings for a particular piece or for a whole event, please let us know.

Michelle was born in 1975 and began studying the violin when she was seven, her principal teachers being Joan Schmeising of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Richard White of Bath Baroque. During 1989 Michelle joined the Southampton Youth Orchestra and had the opportunity to tour extensively abroad, as well as perform in the major London concert halls. In 1994 she moved to Bath to study for a degree at Bath College of Higher Education. Since then she has performed regularly with a variety of ensembles in Bath and Bristol, including Bath Baroque and Bath Philharmonic and in 1998 she founded the Bath Spa String Quartet, a group which provides music for weddings and other events. Michelle has built a successful career as a professional violin teacher and performer, and often gives recitals as a member of the Bath Spa Recital Quartet. She is director of the music management company ABK Music Solutions, which focuses on promoting musicians and providing professional string quartets across the South-West of England and South Wales. Michelle has studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is continuing violin lessons with Lucy Gould of the Gould Piano Trio and viola with Martin Humbey of the English Chamber Orchestra.

Sarah graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) in July 2005, having performed extensively throughout Wales and England during this time. Upon leaving she was awarded the Peter Esswood Prize for Strings. Whilst studying she was a finalist in the prestigious Cavatina Chamber Music competition, which resulted in performing recitals as a quartet at the new Welsh Millennium Centre. Since leaving college she has performed with several freelance quartets, orchestras and bands for a wide variety of occasions, as well as playing for the backing band of McFly, Hayley Westernra and Katherine Jenkins for high-profile events such as the Royal Variety Show. She has also spent a year working as a resident musician on board international cruise ships. Sarah is currently working in Cardiff and studying part-time for a Post-Graduate Diploma in performance, under the tutorship of John Stein, leader of the WNO.

Laura began studying the violin at the age of seven, where she played an active role in county orchestras which lead to the National Youth Orchestra of Wales of which she is still a member. Alongside the local music scene Laura looked further a field and auditioned for the Merseyside Youth Orchestra eventually to become leader. This gave her the opportunity to work with members of The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Classic FM's orchestra). The orchestra was also given the opportunity to work with the 'Young Musician Of The Year' winner 2000 Guy Johnston. Laura has received work as a soloist and has performed at various functions including the opening of Liverpool’s Raddison Hotel and as orchestral leader on a special episode of Grange Hill. As part of a quartet Laura has performed for weddings, balls and various business functions. To further her study of the violin Laura has attended the Ciaccona International Music Course where she took part in a masterclass with Bela Katona 'the world renowned Hungarian professor of violin of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.' She is continuing her violin studies with Marius Bedeschi at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Adam began studying the violin aged five and has since progressed through City and County youth orchestras in his home county of Derbyshire. As a teenager Adam toured Germany and America with various youth orchestras. Adam is now three years into an undergraduate degree in performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he studies under Peter Hanson of the illustrious Eroica String Quartet. In the college Symphony orchestra Adam has played with many prominent conductors and soloists. With colleagues of the RWCMD Adam performs frequently in string quartets for weddings and have premiered works at RWCMD for new composers in Wales. He is already developing a career as a professional violinist and has had many engagements with the Cardiff String Quartet.

Emma began playing the cello at 8 years old, having lessons through her local county music service. At 16 Emma studied with Sharon McKinley through the Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior department and then privately before being awarded a place at the College to study for her BA Hons. During her Degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Emma studied with Sharon McKinley, Kathryn Rhian Price and Douglas Cummins as well as participating in master classes with Steven Isserlis, Robert Cohen, Julian Lloyd Webber, Raphael Wallfisch and the Brodsky Quartet. Emma also received several lessons with Nathaniel Rosen at the Manhattan School of Music in New York USA during her degree. After Graduating with a BA Hons from the college, Emma spent a year in London at the Royal College of music studying with Lowri Blake and graduated with Post Graduate Diploma in solo and ensemble recital performance. Since finishing her post graduate studies, Emma has worked as a freelance cellist in all kinds of musical genres. Emma has performed as part of many professional orchestras including the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Wales (principal), National Symphony Orchestra (co Principal), New London Symphonia, British Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Swan. Emma has also worked as a session musician for recordings with studios such as Fflach studios, Pravda Studios, Might Atom Studios, BBC Radio Wales, and BMG Zomba for who she used her talents as an arranger to write the string quartet parts for a double album of library music. Emma can be heard on albums by various popular artists and future session work will include recordings with The Lostprophets. Emma has also been involved in TV work for companies such as Boomerang Productions, Apollo Productions and The Pop Factory and was recently featured on S4C as part of a program celebrating the National Youth Orchestra of Wales 60th Birthday. Emma’s freelancing with bands and artists has taken her all over Europe and the USA including appearances in Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Texas, and Manhattan as well as performing regularly in Wales.

Aled grew up in Staffordshire, where he was principle viola of the Staffordshire Youth Orchestra and Youth String Ensemble which toured around Europe visiting countries such as Germany, Holland and the Czech Republic. Aled studies viola with Jon Thorne, who has played with many of the major UK orchestras, and previous to this studied with Philip Heyman, principal viola of the Welsh National Opera.  He has attended many masterclasses with the likes of Matthew Jones and Prunella Pacey and has also received coaching with his string quartet from The Emperor and Eroica quartets. Since its inception, Aled has been a valued member of the Cardiff String Quartet and has played at numerous venues throughout South Wales.

Jimmy started studying the cello at the age of 8, and soon started to get involved in local orchestras and chamber groups. He has since taken part in various tours and concerts with the East Sussex Youth Orchestra, which included traveling to Spain and taking part in the prestigious Pablo Casals festival. He is currently studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in his third year, and has premiered several works for different composers in the area. He is a student of Richard May, a greatly respected cellist. Jimmy is in many college groups including the Millennium Ensemble, a group dedicated to playing new music and is a member of ISG (Improvising String Group), a group that performs free improvisation and is based in Cardiff. He also plays occasionally with a band - the Room Temperature Cats.

Rebecca began learning the violin at the age of 7 with Steven Broadbent. She participated in many competitions and played in several orchestras including the ‘Gloucester Youth Symphonia’. She participated in several music courses including GAMPA (Gloucestershire Academy of Music and Performing Arts) and the Beauchamp House music group. At the age of 13 Rebecca gained a scholarship to study at Wycliffe College and was offered a place at Chethams School of Music. Whilst at Wycliffe she led all the major ensembles including the orchestra, jazz band and was lead alto in the choir. She gave many solo and ensemble performances whilst on tour in France and Italy, including the solo part in Bach’s E major Violin Concerto, the Bach Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe and the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Solo Violins.
Rebecca graduated from the Royal Welsh college of Music and Drama in 2006 with a BMus (Hons), studying under Nick Whiting, the Associate Leader of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. During her time at the college, she has been appointed the leader of the Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing in venues such as Oystermouth Church, St. Davids Hall, London Fairfield Hall, and the National Museum of Wales. Rebecca has performed with many guest soloists and ensembles, such as Chloe Hanslip, Sinfonia Cymru, Bryn Tervil, Hibiki String Ensemble, Emperor String Quartet, Joshua Bell and Maxim Vengerov. She is currently studying for a MMus under the guidance of Peter Hanson, leader of the Eroica Quartet.

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