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.
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. As a violist, David has worked with several major British orchestras, including the John Wilson Orchestra, Oxford Philomusica, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia, London Chamber Strings, London Musical Arts Orchestra and London Contemporary Orchestra as well as appearing on several major motion picture soundtracks including ‘Anna Karenina’ and ‘Treasure Island’. As a saxophonist, David has been a regular member of the swing band ‘Five Star Swing’ for 9 years now as they tour around the theatres and jazz clubs of the British Isles with their show ‘Swing and Sinatra’.
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 in 1741 around Turin kindly lent to her by anonymous donors.