A native of Toronto now living in the United Kingdom, Nathaniel holds a Bachelor of Music degree with academic honours from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Prof. Paul Kantor. He received his Masters of Music degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London as a full-scholarship pupil of Prof. Maurice Hasson. In February 2011 Nathaniel was appointed to the No. 4 chair of the Philharmonia Orchestra first violins. He leads the Orchestra from time to time, and is also a regular leader of the Orion Symphony and Paradisal Players.
Highlights of recent seasons include performances at the Dartington Summer Music Festival, the Brighton Festival Fringe, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Orillia Opera House, at the Spanish festival Encuentro de Musica de Santander, and at the Festival Pablo Casals in France. As an avid chamber musician, he is a member of the Azalea ensemble; his past performances have been broadcast on SDR radio (Germany), PBS television (USA). He has also held multi- year Fellowships at both the Aspen Music Festival and the Perlman Music Program. Nathaniel plays a violin by G. Cappa, Saluzzo, 1682, generously made available to him on longterm loan by a consortium of investors
Michael Trainor was born in Belfast in 1987 and began learning the violin at the age of 8. He has extensively performed as soloist with orchestra around Northeast America and Europe with concerto and solo appearances including the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (USA), LSO St. Lukes in London (UK), the Ulster Hall, the National Concert Hall (Ireland) and Ljubljana Cathedral (Slovenia).
He has also broadcast many times as a live soloist on RTE and BBC Radio, the most recent of which was with his second appearance with the Ulster Orchestra performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto in the Ulster Hall, Belfast.
At 22, Michael spent nearly a season standing in as leader of the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin with notable solo performances throughout. The highlights of these were undoubtedly the solos in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake at the historic opening of the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin with the Russian State Ballet.
Michael has had several teachers between the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music including Yuri Zhislin, Tomatada Soh and Dona Lee Croft. He has studied privately with a wide range of inspirational teachers thanks to the Young Musicians Platform Scheme from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI). He is one of the few violinists to have had a masterclass with Sarah Chang and has also had masterclasses with Tasmin Little, Michael D’Arcy and Peter Cropper.
Father Aelred Magee, formerly head of music at St. Malachy’s College in Belfast played a particularly inspirational role for Michael during his teenage years, supplying him with many Heifetz CD’s and the loan of a fine violin. His studies have been supported by the Countess of Munster, Royal Academy of Music, and the Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholars Trust.
He currently plays on a 1782 Voller/Gagliano composite.
David studied viola and saxophone at the Royal College of music supported by a Jane Melber Scholarship. Having studied viola with Jonathon Barritt, Jon Thorne and Ivo-Jan van der Werff, David graduated in 2009 with a first class honours degree.
As a founder member of the Piatti Quartet, David has played in concert halls and music societies throughout the UK including prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell room. The Quartet have won numerous awards and competitions including the St Martins Chamber Music Competition and the Park Lane Group young artists award and have also been featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme several times. They are currently Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of music and in July 2011 are one of only eight quartets to be selected to attend the Melbourne International String Quartet Competition.
David started his musical training and career singing as a boy treble in his local church choir and in 1999 attained the award of BBC Radio 2 Choirboy of the year. He found a regular job as one of the principal boy soloists with the English National Opera, appearing in such operas as The Turn of the Screw, Pelleas et Mellisande and Boris Gudonov.
More recently, David’s focus on his two instruments has led to numerous concerto opportunities with various orchestras including the St Albans Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra and the de Havilland Philharmonic. During his time at the Royal College, David led the viola sections of both the RCM Sinfonietta and the RCM Symphony Orchestra and in October 2008 was asked to play the solo viola part in Stockhausen’s ‘Trans’ in the Queen Elizebeth Hall during Stockhausen’s 80th birthday Festival. As a saxophonist, David has been a regular member of the swing band ‘Five Star Swing’ for 5 years now as they tour around the theatres and jazz clubs of the British Isles with their show ‘Swing and Sinatra’.
Jessie Ann Richardson
Jessie Ann Richardson was born in 1987. She joined the Purcell School in 2000 where she studied with Alexander Boyarsky. While there she performed in the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, in Malta at the invitation of the Maltese government and on the east coast of the USA.
She then studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with David Strange and Moray Welsh where she won the Herbert Walenn Prize for cello. At his invitation, Jessie studied with the late Bernard Greenhouse in the winter of 2007.
She is the recipient of an MBF Education Award 2007 and a Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Award 2005. Jessie is a founding member of the Piatti String Quartet, recent winners of the St Martins in the Fields chamber music competition 2010, Martin Fund/Philarmonia Award 2010, chosen by the Park Lane Group for their 09/10 Young Artists Series and currently Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music.
Jessie continued her studies with Lluis Claret (Barcelona, Spain) and is grateful for awards from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Countess of Munster Fund to have enabled her to do this.
Jessie was also a Park Lane Group Young Artist in the 2011 series, which led to her Purcell Room debut last January. Jessie now performs regularly with duo pianist Lynn Carter and amateur orchestras around the UK.