Michael Trainor has a varied career as soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster.
His solo performances have included many BBC radio broadcasts but the standout performances have included Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and a world premiere of Philip Hammond’s ‘Concertino,’ both with the Ulster Orchestra. He has also been a guest solo and chamber artist at the Clandeboye International Music Festival along with Southwell, Marylebone and St. Mere Festivals. More recently, he was selected to feature as a soloist for BBC’s ‘Classical Connections’ programme for 2018//19 broadcasts and he also performed Beethoven’s ‘Triple’ Concerto with his two brothers back in Belfast!
Michael is in high demand as a chamber musician and has devoted his musical life to chamber music since leaving the Royal Academy of Music. He is a founding member of the Piatti Quartet and the quartet has won many plaudits and awards along the way (see quartet biography), while their recordings for Linn Records, Champs Hill Records, and 33 Jazz record labels have all received critical acclaim. He enjoys swapping between the two violin positions in the quartet.
Michael was acting leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Dublin) for a season whilst still at the RAM and has been invited for concertmaster performances with different orchestras around the UK and Ireland since then. His most recent concertmaster invitations have included the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,the John Wilson Orchestra (including the 2017 BBC Proms and the Harrogate and Aldeburgh Festivals in 2018), the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and performances with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at the Royal Albert Hall.
He plays on a 1735 Gennaro Gagliano violin on loan from an anonymous donor.
Rebecca Chan was born in Melbourne and studied violin with Alice Waten at the Australian National Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium and with William Hennessy at Melbourne University, where she also completed degrees in Medicine and Arts.
Rebecca has played as soloist with many of Australia’s major orchestras, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide, Tasmanian and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has been the winner of the string section and Nelly Apt Scholarship in the ABC Young Performers Awards, the ANAM concerto competition and the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition and was a prizewinner at the International Citta di Brescia Violin Competition.
As a chamber musician, Rebecca has toured around Australia, Europe and Asia and played in numerous festivals around the world. She is a member of the Australia Piano Quartet and the Hamer Quartet (winners of the first prize, the audience prize and Musica Viva award in the 2009 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition).
Rebecca has been guest concertmaster with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and guest principal second violin with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Bern and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Rebecca was a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra from 2010-2015. She has also been a member of the Australian World Orchestra and is a core member and regular guest director of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
Tetsuumi Nagata was born in Canada and began studying the violin at the age of five. When he was twelve, he was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he studied with Hu Kun and Maciej Rakowski. He continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under the guidance of Professors David Takeno and Krzysztof Chorzelski.
Tetsuumi has performed regularly at venues such as the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, The Sage, Gateshead and at the BBC Proms.
He has attended masterclasses at IMS Prussia Cove, Britten Pears Aldeburgh and ProQuartet in France with András Schiff, András Keller, Thomas Adès and members of the Alban Berg, Artemis, Belcea, Cleveland, Endellion, Hagen, Mosaïques and Takacs String Quartets.
As a former member of the Benyounes String Quartet, the quartet were 2nd prize winners at the Orlando Competition in Holland and performed at the Wigmore Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus and at the Britten 100 Centenary weekend in Aldeburgh which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Tetsuumi is a member of the Nidum Ensemble and the Arensky Chamber Orchestra.
He plays a viola by William Hill, London, 1776
Jessie Ann Richardson
Cellist Jessie Ann Richardson is rapidly establishing herself as both a soloist and chamber musician around the UK and Europe, having thrilled audiences with her virtuoso and sensitive musicianship. Chosen by the Park Lane Group for their prestigious Young Artist Series, Jessie made her London Purcell Room Debut in January 2011.
Having studied at the Purcell School, then at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Moray Welsh, Jessie won the Herbert Walenn Prize for cello and graduated with the highest honours.Musical inspirations include the late Bernard Greenhouse, whom Jessie was very fortunate to have studied privately with, at his invitation during the winter of 2007 in Cape Cod, USA; And Lluis Claret whom Jessie studied with in Barcelona in 2011 and is very grateful for the Countess of Munster and Martin Musical Funds to have enabled her to do so.
Jessie is a founding member of the renowned Piatti Quartet, which has won many prizes including the St Martins in the Fields Chamber Music Competition, Martin Fund/Philharmonia Award, Park Lane Group Artist 2010-2013 and were for two consecutive years, Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music. A busy concert schedule has taken the quartet all over the UK and also performances in Australia, Spain, Austria and France. They have appeared several times live on BBC3 both in concert and for the programme ‘In Tune’, on Dutch radio and on Australia’s ABC network. Several recent CD releases include a Mozart CD for Linn Records and a Mendelssohn recording for Champs Hill.
Jessie is looking forward to recitals on the countess of Munster Recital Scheme and currently plays a Celoniatus Cello made made in 1741 around Turin kindly lent to her by a patron of the Beares International Violin Society.