Cambridge International String Academy 2013

Specialising in the transition from student to professional

DIRECTORS

Rodney Friend - Artistic Director

Stephen Shipps - Managing Director



VIOLIN

Rodney Friend

Stephen Shipps

Siyeon Ryu - On Leave 2017
Danielle Belen

So-Ock Kim


Simon James
Kirsten Yon



GUEST ARTIST:

Gyorgy Pauk

GUEST CHAMBER MUSIC ARTISTS:
Founder Members of the Internationally Renowned 'Brodsky Quartet'
Jacqueline Thomas - Cello
Paul Cassidy - Viola



PIANO COLLABORATION:

Rohan De Silva
Mark Kinkaid



ADMINISTRATION:

Heather Kendrick
(PA to Managing Director)

Anna Stokes

(PA to Artistic Director)


 "Just walking into Cambridge is like stepping into a perfect little fantasy world...I can only imagine how much information and inspiration the students have absorbed, how much their playing and futures have changed, and wish just a tiny bit that I were in their shoes"

Ariane Todes, Editor, The Strad



Faculty

Rodney Friend - Violin

Rodney Friend is recognised internationally as one of the most outstanding English born violinists. As a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, director and teacher, he has appeared worldwide with the greatest musicians of the last fifty years. He made his London debut playing Sibelius concerto with the Halle Orchestra and his American debut playing Britten concerto with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Centre. He has performed extensively as concerto soloist with major orchestras in Europe, North and South America, Scandinavia and the Far East under such conductors as Haitink, Boulez, Bernstein, Barbirolli, Mehta, Leinsdorf, Solti, Giulini, Davis and Roszdestvensky. Amongst his many recordings, his performances with the London Philharmonic of the Britten and Bach concertos for EMI received the highest critical acclaim.

In 1991 he formed the Solomon Trio with whom he toured Europe extensively, playing at such venues as La Scala Milan and recording much of the great trio literature for Carlton Records. It is however as a Concertmaster, where his experience and reputation is legendary. In 1964 he became the youngest ever leader of the London Philharmonic, working closely with Bernard Haitink, Barenboim, Solti and Giulini. In 1975, he received the unique honour for a British player when he was invited by the New York Philharmonic to be their Concertmaster, playing concerts and recording worldwide with Bernstein, Boulez and Mehta. It is with these two orchestras that he recorded almost the entire orchestral repertoire.

On his return to London, he became concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Roszdestvensky, and a senior lecturer and consultant of violin at the Royal College of Music. He is presently Artistic Director of the Cambridge International String Academy and Professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music London. His many students have achieved success in all areas of violin playing. He travels extensively as a teacher and also as a jury member for the international violin competitions.

In 2008, the first two volumes of his books ‘The Orchestral Violinist’ were published by Boosey and Hawkes, and received universal acclaim as being the most important works so far produced for this discipline.

In 2015, he was conferred a Member of the British Empire by the Queen for services to music. He plays a Joseph Guarnerius violin dated 1696. www.rodneyfriend.co.uk          www.facebook.com/rodneyfriendviolin

Stephen Shipps - Violin

Stephen B. Shipps enjoys a varied professional career as violinist, teacher, editor, administrator, adjudicator and commentator.  He serves as Professor of Violin and Senior Advisor to the Dean for International Study at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He is Director of the International Music Academy Pilsen in the Czech Republic, now entering its seventh season.

Mr. Shipps is presently under contract with Naxos recordings for five CD’s and Lauren Keiser Publishing for a series of print editions of standard violin solo repertoire. An avid chamber musician, he is currently performing and recording with the Vorobiev-Shipps-Aaron Piano Trio.  He serves on the Audition Panel for the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and is returning as Media Host of the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Mr. Shipps pursued violin studies with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, receiving a BM, MM and Performer’s Certificate. He also studied with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School and with Franco Gulli at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.  He began his career as an orchestral performer, serving as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Dallas Opera and Omaha Symphony Orchestras.  As a chamber performer, Mr. Shipps was a member of the Amadeus and Meadowmount Piano Trios.  His recording career spanned all recorded genres and his solo and chamber recordings are available on Albany, American Gramaphone, Equilibrium, Melodiya/Russian Disc and Naxos.  His solo work on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas series has yielded over two-dozen gold and platinum records representing over 20 million copies sold.  His print editions are available from Encore Press in Detroit, E.C. Schirmer in Boston, Editio Amos in Prague and Lauren Keiser Publishing in New York.  Shipps has taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Banff Centre in Canada and the Prague Academy of Music.  He is invited regularly for teaching residencies at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and the Hochschule für Musik Dresden.

In service capacities, he has served on the Board of Advisors of the Sphinx Organization and Competition since its inception.  Mr. Shipps currently co-chairs the Committee for Studio Instruction for the American String Teachers Association and is a long-standing member of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Advisory Board.

Siyeon Ryu - Violin

With a wide background ranging from Baroque to Contemporary, Siyeon Ryu draws her musical inspirations from both the classical and folk music traditions of the world.

The epitome of her musical presence is her annual ‘Siyeon Ryu's Theme Concert’ which started 2002, where the traditional boundaries of musical fusion of tango, folk, and baroque were explored under a new light of expressions. Her vivid interpretations of Piazzolla tango is captured in the album ‘Pasion, Amor & Piazzolla’ released under the Sony Label. Her recent musical interest lies in re-visitation and re-interpretation of traditional Korean folk music through her unique touch of violin, acquired through years’ of her persistent learning of Haegeum, Korea’s traditional string instrument. Ms Ryu's curiosity and interest in experimenting with Korean traditional folk tunes continues in her thrilling Sony Classical Recording of 2014 'Reminiscence'. She has brought the light to the new frontier of beautifully harmonizing different cultures, enchanting the audiences not only in her country but also in Germany and U.K.

Ms. Ryu completed the recital debut in 1995 at the Royal Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Her professional experience began by touring the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, Germany, and Poland. In 2008, 2009 and 2014, she successfully participated in recitals of the Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusik Saal under the auspices of the Green peace International. Moreover, she frequently attends Cambridge International String Academy every summer as a professor and performer.

As for her educational background, her undergraduate studies started at Seoul National University and completed at the Curtis Institute of Music. She received her Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London and Master’s degree from Yale University, then she completed her education with doctorate degree at the State University of New York.

She found early success as a grand prize winner in the series of national competitions such as Korea Times Concours, the Ewha & Kyunghyang Concours, and as a lead violinist of the ‘Young People’s Concert’ with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of 17, she won the very renowned Dong-A Daily News Music Competition, and was awarded the ‘Youth Musician Honor’ by the Governor of Seoul Metropolitan City. In 1995, she was also a leader of Yale’s Resident String Quartet.

Ms. Ryu participated in the master classes of world-class musicians such as Issac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Igor Oistrakh, Josef Gingold. And with Ida Haendel, Herman Krebbers and Rodney Friend with special inspiring influences. Her mentors include NamYun Kim, Aaron Rosand, Rodney Friend, Syoko Aki, and Lazar Gosman. Ms. Ryu has been a professor at SookMyung Women’s University since 2000 and without a doubt, an outstanding concert violinist and an enthusiastic pioneer of violin repertoire through out her musical life.

So-Ock Kim - Violin

Born in Seoul in 1982, So-Ock Kim moved to London at the age of three.   At 15, she was the youngest ever winner of the gold medal in the prestigious Shell/LSO Competition playing the Tchaikovsky concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican Hall. At 19, So-Ock was selected for the Young Concert Artists Trust.
 
So-Ock has given numerous critically acclaimed performances around the world and at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Hall in London. Abroad she has comprehensively toured throughout Asia, Europe and the US, performing concertos and recitals in the various international music festivals, such as Schleswig Holstein, Beethoven Festival, Ravinia, Mecklenburg, BBCProms, Radio France Festival, Herrenchimsee, Seoul Spring, Casals and Aldeburgh. Many of her performances have been broadcast on radio and television worldwide, including the BBC, ABC, Radio France, RAI, KBS, Polish Radio and Classic FM.

So-Ock has made numerous acclaimed international performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Sofia Philharmonic, Orchestre Nationale de Montpellier, KBS Symphony, Torino Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Mexico State, and Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestras. She has performed with Krzystof Penderecki and the Polish Radio Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vassily Petrenko, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Suwon Philharmonic, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Westdeutsche Sinfonia and the English Chamber Orchestra.
 
So-Ock has a keen interest in the performance of new works and has given several World Premieres that have been recorded for Universal (France and Korea) and Naxos. She is also an active chamber musician and is a string consultant at Millfield School in Somerset. Since September 2012 she became Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Danielle Belen - Violin

Newly appointed as Associate Professor and full-time Violin Faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor, Danielle Belen is already making a name for herself as a seasoned pedagogue with a strong studio of young artists. As part of the violin faculty at The Colburn School in Los Angeles, California, her students have won national and international competitions including the Stulberg and Klein competitions, as well as being accepted into major conservatories and universities across the country.  

Winner of the 2008 Sphinx Competition, Ms. Belen has appeared as a soloist with major symphonies across the U.S., including the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Nashville and San Francisco Symphonies, the Boston Pops, and the Florida and Cleveland Orchestras. Zachary Lewis from the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote "Violinist Danielle Belen... captivated every ear with an assured, impassioned performance of Ravel's "Tzigane," knocking off the daunting showpiece as if it were a trifle." She has recently enjoyed working with conductors such as Franz Welser-Mostt, Robert Spano, Keith Lockhart, Yehuda Gilad and Carl St. Clair.  



Ms. Belen released her debut Naxos recording of works by living composer Lawrence Dillon in 2009 to much acclaim. Soon after, she commissioned "Multiplicity", a piece by Dillon for six virtuoso violins which was premiered along with her students at The Colburn School.



A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music and the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where she studied with Robert Lipsett, Ms. Belen joined the faculty of the Colburn School in 2008. In addition to maintaining her own violin studio, she was also the teaching assistant to Mr. Lipsett for over five years, working with talent of the highest caliber from around the world. Additionally, Ms. Belen served as the Director of the Ed and Mari Chamber Music Institute in the Colburn pre-college division. Ms. Belen frequently enjoys teaching master classes and leading community engagements across the country in conjunction with her professional performance appearances. Ms. Belen served as Concertmaster of the New West Symphony and performed as soloist with the orchestra numerous times. 



In 2010, Ms. Belen founded Center Stage Strings, a summer camp and performance festival for gifted young musicians in California.  After gaining national attention, CSS has now moved to the campus of The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as part of MPulse, a summer program run by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. As Artistic Director and pedagogue, she has attracted students and seasoned artists from around the world. Artists, including Lynn Harrell, James Ehnes, Arnold Steinhardt, Sarah Chang and Stefan Jackiw have joined to perform in support of Center Stage Strings. 



Ms. Belen plays on a 1709 Alessandro Gagliano violin from the Mandell Collection of Southern California.

Kirsten Yon - Violin

Violinist Kirsten Yon is currently in residence at the University of Houston where she is Associate Professor of Violin. Past engagements include serving as Associate Professor of Violin at Texas Tech University, a position she held for eight years.

An acclaimed teacher, performer, and clinician, she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music before pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.  During her degrees, Ms. Yon studied with Stephen Shipps, William Preucil, David Updegraff, and Kathleen Winkler.  Additionally, Ms. Yon has worked with Raphael Fliegel, Christian Teal, and Vaclav Snitil. She attended the Meadowmount School for Strings for five summers, where she was the first recipient of the Catherine Tait Memorial Scholarship for Teaching and Outstanding Leadership. The winner of multiple competitions, Ms. Yon has received outstanding accolades for her performances as a concert soloist, chamber musician, and for her concerto appearances.

Ms. Yon has performed with numerous professional orchestras across the United States and South America, including the Ann Arbor Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Concertmaster positions include the Bayou City Chamber Orchestra, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Caprock Pro Musica Sinfonietta, and Ballet Lubbock.  In the arena of chamber music, Ms. Yon was a founding member of the Champlain Trio, the Archiano Ensemble, the Karlin Trio, and the Botticelli String Quartet.  Her concert schedules have included sold-out solo and chamber music recitals throughout Texas, New York (Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall), California, Minnesota, Michigan, New Mexico, Brazil, Honduras, Germany, France, and Norway.  In May 2005 the Botticelli String Quartet and violist Korey Konkol premiered a work by composer Peter Fischer at the International Viola Congress, held in Reykjavik, Iceland.  She has toured Brazil with the Botticelli String Quartet and pianist Cristina Capparelli Gerling, traveling to Curitiba, Florianopolis, and performing several concerti with the Orquestra de Câmara Theatro São Pedro in Porto Alegre (Brazil).

Since the beginning of her professional career, students from both her college and pre-college studios have won numerous solo competitions and awards.  A frequent violin clinician, Ms. Yon has given masterclasses at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and the Universidade Federal do São João del Rey (Brazil) in addition to numerous schools across the United States and Honduras.  Ms. Yon is also a repeated guest artist at the Nathan Schwartzman String Festival in Uberlandia, Brazil (2009-2012).  Ms. Yon served as the president of the South Plains Suzuki Strings Foundation and is a strong advocate of string education.  In her initial year at Texas Tech University, she was honored with a Texas Tech University Alumni Association New Faculty Award for her work at the School of Music.  In September of 2010, she was elected to the Texas Tech Teaching Academy, a distinct honor within the university.

Dedicated to musical outreach at the community and international levels, Ms. Yon is a founder and faculty advisor of Cuerdas de Enlace (String Connection), a pedagogical outreach program with ties to Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Previously on the faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Texas Tech University Orchestra Camp, Ms. Yon also taught at the International Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech Republic from 2009-2011.  In the summer of 2012, she joined the internationally acclaimed faculty of both the Texas Music Festival and the Cambridge International String Academy (England).

Ms. Yon's debut recording will be released by Centaur Records in 2013, featuring the Ravel and Kodály duos with cellist Jeffrey Lastrapes.

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Simon James - Violinist

Australian violinist, Simon James, is Second Assistant Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony and is a founding member of the Australian World Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Orchestra. Mr. James often serves as concertmaster with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and the Seattle Chamber Orchestra and has performed as guest concertmaster with the Vancouver Symphony, West Australian Symphony, and the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with the Seattle Symphony and many Pacific Northwest orchestras and has worked with conductors including Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Mazur, André Previn, and Sir Neville Mariner. As concertmaster and contractor of the Northwest Sinfonia, Mr. James can be heard on hundreds of motion picture and television sound tracks. He contracted and performed on the first ever live orchestra video game soundtrack and went on to record several more such as Halo and World of Warcraft, and worked with Elmer Bernstein, Michael Kaman, Michael Giacchino, and Bill Conti. He has also recorded concerti with the Seattle Symphony and premiered Richard Englefield’s Violin Concerto with the Slovak Radio Symphony. In addition, he has performed at the music festivals of Grand Teton, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Sunflower, St. Barths, Classical Tahoe, and Methow Valley. Mr. James teaches at the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program, has been on the faculty of the Encore Chamber Music, and has given master classes at the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute, Central and Western Washington Universities, and the University of Texas.

Simon joined the Coleman Violin Studio in 2007 bringing increased performance opportunities and a fresh perspective for teaching and coaching. His students have won numerous competitions including the International Menuhin Competition Junior Division, the Stradivarius International Competition, the Aspen Music Festival ACCA Concerto Competition, MTNA National, Division, and State titles, Seattle Young Artists Festival Medals, and all divisions of the SMTA Simon Fiset Competition. They were top prize winners at the International Louis Spohr Violin Competition, the Johansen International String Competitions, ASTA National Competition, and the St Paul String Quartet Competition, and have distinguished themselves in the Stulberg International String Competition and the Fischoff Competition. His students have been concerto soloists with all of the leading orchestras in the Pacific Northwest including the Seattle Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Utah Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, Coeur d’Alene Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Seattle Festival Orchestra; Cascade, Bremerton, and Sammamish Symphonies; and Seattle, Tacoma, Cascade, and Bellevue Youth Symphonies, and as KING-FM Young Artists Grand Prize Winners they have performed in recital for the Seattle Chamber Music Society directed by James Ehnes. Simon’s students have participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, Kronberg Academy (2017), Cambridge International String Academy, Summit Music Festival, Music in the Mountains, Encore Chamber Music, the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program, the National Youth Orchestra, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Starling-Delay Symposium, and have appeared on NPR’s “From the Top”. They have performed in lessons and masterclasses with Leonidas Kavakos, Augustine Hadelich, James Ehnes, Leila Josefowicz, Sergey Khachatryan, Martin Chalifour, Alex Kerr, Andres Cardenes, Vadim Gluzman, Jaime Laredo, Paul Kantor, Martin Beaver, Philippe Quint, Stephanie Chase, Margaret Batjer, Henry Gronnier, Frank Almond, Brian Lewis, Joseph Silverstein, Jacques Israelievitch, Keng-Yuen Tseng, Amy Schwartz-Moretti, Jinjoo Cho, Gerardo Ribeiro, John Adams, and Stephen Shipps, and they have played for many others including Robert Lipsett, Jaime Laredo, Ida Kavafian, Robert Chen, Noah Bendix Bagley, Sarah Chang, Glenn Dicterow, Ray Chen, Silvia Rosenberg, Robert McDuffie, Pamela Frank, Erin Keefe, William Preucil, Renaud Capuçon, Mauricio Fuks, and Aaron Rosand. Simon’s students have gone on to study at the Colburn School, Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, Peabody Institute, Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, and the universities of Indiana, Baylor, Princeton, Colombia, Georgetown, Stanford, and Harvard. His former students currently hold positions in the New York Philharmonic, the Spokane Symphony, the Akron Symphony, and the Canton Symphony.

Jacqueline Thomas - Cellist (Founder Member of the Brodsky Quartet)

Jacqueline Thomas has been cellist with the Brodsky Quartet since she was 10 years old.  She grew up in Middlesbrough, England in the 1970s where an extraordinarily vibrant educational musical environment, almost a forerunner to the famous Venezuelan El Sistema, produced many of today's top professional musicians. She went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music under Raphael Sommer and Ralph Kirshbaum, taking part in masterclasses with Paul Tortelier and Zara Nelsova. Throughout her career she has frequently performed concertos and other forms of chamber music, as well as composing and arranging, but it is the quartet that has been her life since she formed it all those years ago. With over 3000 performances and 70 recordings to their name, the quartet is one of the leading forces of the musical world today.

Paul Cassidy - Violist (Founder Member of the Brodsky Quartet)

Born in Derry, Paul won numerous national competitions including the All-Ireland before gaining a scholarship to study at the RCM in London. Further scholarships took him to America and Germany where he studied with Donald MacInnes and Bruno Giuranna. Paul has often appeared as guest principal in many of the UK orchestras but the main thrust of his career has been the Brodsky Quartet of which he has been a member for 36 years; making more than 60 CDS and playing over 3000 concerts in no fewer than 50 countries worldwide. For 25 years Paul played on the Britten Viola, given to him by Sir Peter Pears. He now plays on the La Delfina Viola courtesy of Senora Entrecanales.

Rohan De Silva - Piano

Rohan De Silva’s partnerships with violin virtuosos Itzhak Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin, Midori, Joshua Bell, Benny Kim, Kyoko Takezawa, Vadim Repin, Gil Shaham, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Julian Rachlin have led to highly acclaimed performances at recital venues all over the world.  With these and other artists he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Philadelphia Academy of Music, Ambassador Theater in Los Angeles, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and La Scala in Milan and Tel-Aviv, Israel.  His festival appearances include the Aspen, Interlochen, Manchester, Ravinia and Schleswig-Holstein festivals, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Wellington Arts Festival in New Zealand. He performs frequently with Itzhak Perlman and was seen with Mr. Perlman on PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center broadcast in early January 2000.  In September 2009, Mr. De Silva performed with Mr. Perlman in Mexico City and in recital at the Moscow Conservatory.  Mr. De Silva regularly tours the Far East with Mr. Perlman, and in October 2011, they travel to Asia for performances in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.  The 2011-12 season will also see them together in recital across the United States, including stops at Boston’s Symphony Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and Washington’s Kennedy Center Concert Hall.  Mr. De Silva and Mr. Perlman recently performed at the State Dinner for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at the White House.

Mr. De Silva, a native of Sri Lanka, began his piano studies with his mother, the late Primrose De Silva, and with the late Mary Billimoria.  He spent six years at the Royal Academy of Music in London as a student of Hamish Milne, Sydney Griller, and Wilfred Parry.  While in London, he received many awards including the Grover Bennett Scholarship, the Christian Carpenter Prize, the Martin Music Scholarship, the Harold Craxton Award for advanced study in England, and, upon his graduation, the Chappell Gold Medal for best overall performance at the Royal Academy.  Mr. De Silva was the first recipient of a special Scholarship in the arts from the Presidents Fund of Sri Lanka.  This enabled him to enter The Juilliard School, where he received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, studying piano with Martin Canin, chamber music with Felix Galimir, and working closely with violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay.  He was awarded a special prize as Best Accompanist at the 1990 Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.  He received the  Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award presented to him by Itzhak Perlman at the 2005 Classical Recording Foundation Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. De Silva joined the collaborative arts and chamber music faculty of The Juilliard School in 1991, and in 1992 was awarded honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.  In 2001, he joined the faculty at the Ishikawa Music Academy in Japan, where he gives masterclasses in collaborative piano.  Radio and television credits include The Tonight Show with Midori, CNN’s “Showbiz Today”, NHK Television in Japan, National Public Radio, WQXR and WNYC in New York, and Berlin Radio.  He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, CBS/SONY Classical, Collins Classics in London, and RCA Victor. 
Photo by John Beebe

Mark Kinkaid - Piano

As a freelance accompanist, Mark Kinkaid has worked for the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Pegasus Opera. He has accompanied the Basingstoke Choral Society since 1976 and was appointed Assistant Musical Director in 1997. Mark is the official resident course pianist for the 'Friend International Flute Academy'. He is an official accompanist on the Cambridge International String Academy Course.

He has also been a repetiteur for Opera South (Manon) as well as completing a season with Opera Integra. Mark was the official accompanist on the ‘Torroella de Montgri Summer Course’ in Spain (1992 / 1993), accompanist in Janacek Cunning Little Vixen (2007) and musical director in four performances of Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel (2008) for ‘Music at Woodhouse’, Surrey.

Mark regularly collaborates with solo flautist, Lisa Friend. Together, they have broadcast a live duo recital on Classic FM, performed at the ‘White Rose Ball’ Holocaust Fundraiser alongside artist Liza Minnelli and recorded a CD of romantic works on the Signum Record Label (released in 2012). Mark has also performed various works with orchestra and played at the Purcell Room with flautist James Dutton as part of the Park Lane Group Recitals.

He teaches at Abercorn School-London, Queen Mary’s College-Basingstoke and is pianist in residence at London’s prestigious Centre for Young Musicians.