The Maxwell Quartet
Colin Scobie | George Smith | Elliott Perks | Duncan Strachan
1st Prizewinner and Audience Prizewinner at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, where their performances were hailed as "superb storytelling by four great communicators" by The Strad Magazine, the Maxwell Quartet is now firmly regarded as one of Britain's finest young string quartets, with a strong connection to their folk music heritage. Formed in 2010 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the quartet studied with The Endellion Quartet through the King’s Place Chamber Studio Programme, and Hatto Beyerle, founding member of the Alban Berg Quartet. The quartet performs regularly across the UK and abroad with upcoming concert engagements across Europe including Denmark, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, France, as well as concert tours in China and the United States. The Quartet's debut CD is due for release on Linn Records in early 2019.
Danielle Price enjoys collaborative projects and is a founding member of the street theatre trio BoldAs who worked in conjunction with CONFLUX and composer Frank Millward. Danielle enjoys a diverse career in music. She is a member of Pure Brass Quintet, is on the extras list for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and regularly performs with New Orleans jazz ensemble The Copper Cats. In 2015, Danielle featured on the album “The Most Important Place In The World” by SAY Award winners Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat. She subsequently toured with the band, performing live on BBC Radio Scotland and Radio 6.
Young Tuba rising star Anthony Hook is the Loch Shiel Festival's Young Artist for 2018. We are delighted to welcome him to the festival for a unique collaboration with former teacher and mentor Mark Reynolds and the crossover visionary tuba player Danielle Price.
Mark Reynolds studied in Glasgow and Munich. During his time there he performed with among others, the Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera and the Munich Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he was appointed principal Tuba of the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, Belgium and became a founder member of the Ottone Brass Quintet. He has frequently performed as a soloist including performances of the Vaughn Williams Tuba Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Tom Hankey studied the violin with David Takeno, Krzyzstof Smietana, Levon Chilingirian and Yossi Zivoni. He studied at the Purcell School, the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.
Tom is a member (as violinist and violist) of the Aronowitz Ensemble. From 2006 -2008 the group took part in the Radio 3 New Generation Artist Scheme which involved frequent performances on the radio – live and pre-recorded from venues throughout the UK, including the Wigmore Hall, the Sage Gateshead, the Bridgewater Hall and the Bath, Cheltenham, Read more>>
Robert is the founder and artistic director of the new music ensemble, Red Note, where he is very active in the producing, funding and performing of new music in Scotland and in a wider context in Europe. His disc, William Sweeney, Tree O’Licht went on to receive a 2011 BASCA composer award. At the recent Scottish Awards for New Music, Robert won two prizes, Best Recorded New Work for his album Songs and Lullabies and New Music Performers of the Year for his work with Red Note Ensemble.
Rachel Spencer studied violin with Peter Lissauer and James Clark at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and later with Alexander Janiczek at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Praised for her “devastatingly beautiful playing” (The Herald), Rachel performs widely across the UK as a soloist and chamber musician. As a singer, Rachel has appeared as soloist on such stages as the Royal Albert Hall, on broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 In Tune and BBC Radio London and on choral recordings for Decca and Delphian labels
Born in Kyoto to a musical family, Yoko started very early her piano lessons, showing at a very early age her talent and musicianship. At age 14 she was already a prize-winner of Kyoto Piano Competition. She moved to London to continue her studies with Nina Sereda and Martino Tirimo. Yoko has appeared as a soloist with conductors such as James Judd and Barry Wordsworth. She gave performances in Kyoto Concert Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Adrian Boult Hall.
Chris Sergeant studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Thomas Martin in 2005. Further studies included a Masters at the RCS in Glasgow where he graduated in 2011 with Distinction. He has performed in the BBC Proms, Singapore Festival of the Sun, Aldeburgh, Buxton, Conwy, Edinburgh International and Schlesswig Holstein Festivals. In 2014 Chris was appointed Sub Principal Double Bass with the orchestra of Scottish Ballet.
CATRIONA MACKAY/CHRIS STOUT
Catriona McKay and Chris Stout have performed, explored and sculpted their musical identities together for around 20 years. Through a respect for tradition and a spirit of experimentation they continue to evolve and create a sound sensation and style “operating at a rarefied level of expertise” (The Herald newspaper, Scotland). They recorded their first duo cd “Laebrack” in 2005 and in 2010 they presened their self-penned album white nights. As trustworthy collaborators they have been part of many projects and are both members of the internationally acclaimed band Fiddlers’ Bid.
NEW ANTONINE BRASS
New Antonine Brass was formed in 2014 by musicians studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Lloyd Griffin, Mark James, Hayley Tonner, Lewis Bettles and Danielle Price. As a group they have enjoyed many highs, such as being highly commended in the David James ensemble prize at RCS and performing James Macmillan's 'Exsultet' for him at the AEC conference hosted in Glasgow. They have affiliations with the prestigious Gleneagles Hotel, providing them with entertainment, and with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, where they are involved with coaching and have performed promotional concerts.