Biographies
"The Nash Ensemble's reading of Brahms's String Sextets left me reeling."
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Nash Ensemble

individual musicians' biographies:

Ian Brown (piano)  
 
Ian Brownʼs career embraces chamber music, solo playing and conducting. As concerto soloist he has played with many of Britainʼs leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras, the London Sinfonietta and Mozart Players. He also appeared as soloist at the Proms in Messaienʼs Oiseaux Exotiques. He is the pianist of the Nash Ensemble and during this long association has recorded a large repertoire of chamber music. He is also in demand as a duo player, having worked with many string players and singers. In recent years he has worked as a conductor with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted in Poland and the Czech Republic and at the Israel and Prague festivals. He regularly visits the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra as soloist and conductor and recently had a series of five concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra and toured with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis as soloists.


Philippa Davies (flute)  
 
Since her celebrated performance of Mozart's Concerto in D major at the BBC Proms in 1988, Philippa Davies has established an international reputation as one of the finest flautists currently performing; a' first-rate virtuoso' with 'exceptional eloquence'. She has given many concerto performances and recordings with orchestras in the UK, Europe and North and South America. She was flautist with the Fires of London, Albion Ensemble, Principal Flute with the London Mozart Players and now is a member of the Nash Ensemble and London Winds. She has recorded Mozart's entire original concertos and quartets, the Romance of the Flute and Harp with Thelma Owen, Bach Flute Sonatas with Maggie Cole and William Alwyn's flute music. In 2014 she visits France, Holland performing and giving masterclasses, and plans to record the flute concerto by Paul Reade. Philippa is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music, London.

Gareth Hulse (oboe)  
 
After reading music at Cambridge, Gareth Hulse studied with Janet Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music, and with Heinz Holliger at the Freiburg Hochschule fur Musik. On his return to England he was appointed principal oboe with the Northern Sinfonia, a position he has since held with English National Opera and the London Philharmonic. He is principal oboe with the London Sinfonietta, and with them has performed concertos by some of the world's leading composers, such as Berio, Ligeti, Penderecki and Carter. Gareth is also a founder member of London Winds, with whom he recorded the award winning discs of the complete wind music of Richard Strauss, and the wind serenades of Mozart. He has been a member of the Nash Ensemble for many years, and with them has played in many countries both the classical repertoire and contemporary chamber music. Gareth Hulse teaches at the Royal College of Music.


Richard Hosford (clarinet)  
 
Richard Hosford was born in Dorset. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Thea King and John McCaw and now has a busy career. He has been Principal Clarinet of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 1994, having previously held the same position the London Philharmonic. As a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe he toured extensively, frequently performing as a soloist with them and recording the Mozart and Copland concertos. Richard is a committed chamber musician and has recorded all the major repertoire for wind ensemble with the Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In addition to many Nash recordings he has recorded with the chamber ensemble Domus, the Florestan and Kungsbacka piano trios and the Gaudier Ensemble. In recent years his recordings of the Copland Concerto, the Brahms Quintet (with the Nash) and the Brahms Trio have all been rated "First choice" by BBC Radio 3 Record Review. Richard teaches at the Royal College of Music.

Ursula Leveaux (bassoon)  
 
Ursula Leveaux studied in London, Amsterdam and the Hague. As a student she was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra and was the Gold Medal winner of the Shell-London Symphony Orchestra Scholarsip. As well as being a member of the Nash Ensemble Ursula is Principal Bassoon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She is frequently invited to play as Guest Principal with orchestras and ensembles throughout the UK and Europe and is also much in demand as a performer of Baroque and Classical bassoon. She appears regularly as concerto soloist and her recordings include the Bassoon Concerto(Strathclyde Concerto No. 8) by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, which was written especially for her. In 2003 Ursula was invited to participate in the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival in the USA and will return there next summer.

Richard Watkins (horn)  
 
Richard Watkins has rapidly become one of the most sought after horn players of his generation and is well-known as a concerto soloist and chamber music player. He was Principal Horn of the Philharmonia for 12 years and, in addition to being a member of the Nash Ensemble, is a founder member of the acclaimed London Winds. He has appeared at major venues in this country and abroad, has appeared as soloist with many eminent conductors, and is in great demand as a chamber musician and recitalist. His discography is extensive and includes concertos by Mozart, Sir Malcolm Arnold, Glière and Dame Ethel Smyth, and Poulenc's chamber music for horn. He is closely associated with the promotion of contemporary music for the horn and has given the premières of works by Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies, Colin and David Matthews, Magnus Lindberg, Dominic Muldowney and Nicola LeFanu. As Professor of Horn and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, he is in great demand for masterclasses and lectures worldwide.

Marianne Thorsen (violin)  
 
Marianne Thorsen enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, soloist and teacher. Leader of the Nash Ensemble since 2000, she is also a Professor at the Music Institute, NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. Marianne has performed with all the major Norwegian orchestras, and others including the BBC Symphony, Philharmonia, Stockholm Philharmonic, City of Birmingham and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. As a member of the Leopold String Trio between 1991-2006, she made numerous recordings for the BBC and Hyperion, and toured throughout Europe, Australia and the USA. Marianne plays on the 'Emiliani' Stradivari from 1723.


Laura Samuel (violin) Born in London in 1976, Laura studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music, London. Prizes include the Royal Over-Seas League, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Manoug Parikian Award and the TWIYCA Competition, resulting in her South Bank recital début. In 1994 she co-founded the Belcea Quartet and was a member for 16 years. The quartet won first prize in the Osaka and Bordeaux International competitions. Worldwide tours included regular visits to the States, Far East and throughout Europe as well as a 5-year residency at the Wigmore Hall, London. Their numerous recordings for EMI Classics include Bartók, Janáček and Britten cycles as well as Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy and Ravel quartets and have won Gramophone, Midem, Edison and Echo Klassik Awards. Solo performances this season include Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh (Runnicles) and James MacMillan, A Deep but Dazzling Darkness (with the composer conducting). Laura leads the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and joined the Nash Ensemble in 2010. She plays the 'Nissel' Stradivarius of 1731.

Lawrence Power (viola)  
 
Lawrence Power is one of the foremost violists performing today. He was also selected for the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme. He has worked with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Moscow State Symphony orchestra. He has given premières of works by James MacMillan, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Olga Neuwirth and has premiered works written for him by Colin Matthews and Huw Watkins. He has recorded the music of Arthur Benjamin, concertos by Walton and Rubbra for Hyperion, and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Maxim Vengerov for EMI. Lawrence is a member of the Nash Ensemble, and is a frequent guest at festivals such as Verbier, Vancouver, Oslo, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Cheltenham. Future engagements include concertos with the Brussels Philharmonic, L’Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona, the Lucerne Symphony and the Adelaide Symphony. Lawrence is Professor of Viola at the Zurich Hochschule der Kunst and Founder and Artistic Director of the West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival.

Adrian Brendel (cello)  
 
Born in London in 1976, Adrian Brendel studied at Winchester College, Cambridge University and with Frans Helmerson at the Cologne music conservatoire. Recent appearances include concerts in Calgary, Napa Valley and in the UAE. In Europe, he has performed in Antwerp and across Germany, Switzerland and the UK. He has given performances of the complete Bach cello suites at Lancaster University and The Sage Gateshead, joined Alfred Brendel for evenings of poetry and music at the Wimbledon Music Festival and Kings Place in London, and collaborated with many other artists including Kit Armstrong, Andrej Bielow, Aleksander Madzar and the Jerusalem String Quartet. His piano trio with Till Fellner and Lisa Batiashvili is much in demand throughout Europe and he recently returned to Calgary as part of the jury for the Honens International Piano Competition. Other performances include concerts with Imogen Cooper and Henning Kraggerud in London and Antwer, with Kit Armstrong across Germany, with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, performing works by York Höller and Bernd Zimmerman, and in Taipei for the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival. He returned to Düsseldorf for recitals with Kit Armstrong, as well as giving solo recitals in Salzburg, Bensheim and Cambridge. Adrian Brendel is co-founder of 'Music at Plush', a summer music festival held every year in Dorset, South-West England. www.musicatplush.com

Duncan McTier (double bass)  
 
Since winning the 1982 Isle of Man International Double Bass Competition, Duncan McTier has established a reputation as one of the world's leading double bass soloists. He has appeared as soloist all over the world and made more than fifty recordings for radio, TV and record companies. He obtained a mathematics degree at Bristol University before joining the BBC Symphony Orchestra. After seven years as principal bass of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra he returned to England to concentrate on a career as soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. He has collaborated with many of the world's most distinguished string quartets, and artists such as Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Nobuko Imai and Heinrich Schiff. Composers who have written works especially for him include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Gavin Bryars, Robin Holloway and John Casken. Duncan McTier is Professor of Double Bass at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Winterthur and the Reina Sofia School in Madrid.

Lucy Wakeford (harp)  
 
As well as being a member of the Nash Ensemble, Lucy is currently principal harp with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and a member of the Britten Sinfonia. She was previously principal harp with the Philharmonia Orchestra for from 2001 to 2011. After studying at the Royal College of music with Marisa Robles, Lucy continued her studies in Paris with Gerard Devos and in London with Skaila Kanga. She has been a prize winner in several international competitions including 2nd prize in the Israel harp competition 1st prize in the Cité des Arts international competition held in Paris. Lucy was selected for representation by the Young Concert Artists Trust in 1998. Concerto appearances include the Ginastera with the Israel Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, the Debussy Dances with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Mozart flute and harp concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia.