BENYOUNES QUARTET and FRIENDS
The Benyounes Quartet is gaining a reputation as one of the most engaging, dynamic and successful young quartets to have emerged from the UK in recent years.
Formed in 2007 at the Royal Northern College of Music, they were winners of the 2012 1st International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest and 2nd prize winners at the 2014 Orlando International String Quartet Competition, and were recently selected for the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet competition.
They not only perform a broad spectrum of chamber works across Britain and Europe, but continue to broaden itheir repertoire by initiating collaborative chamber music and cross-arts projects and has collaborated with award winning jazz group ‘Empirical’, performing in the London Jazz Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. They are artistic directors of Alfriston Summer Music
This season the quartet will curate a series of concerts in collaboration with ‘Women of the World’ Festival which explores neglected female composers.
Zara Benyounes – Violin
Emily Holland – Violin
Simon Tandree – Viola
Ren Ford – Cello
Rebecca Jones – Viola
Sarah Mc Mahon – Cello
Rebecca studied at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg before winning a prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. She also received a ‘star award’ from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
Sarah studied at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin and at RAM in London where she became deeply committed with historic performances.
Rebecca and Sarah are the violist and cellist of the Callino Quartet, a group founded at the West Cork Music Festival which enjoys a high profile in Ireland as well as regular festival appearances across Europe. They have recorded 3 commercial discs and will soon release their reading of Haydn’s Seven Last Words on the Cross.
Besides chamber music, they both have leading roles with London’s best chamber orchestras including the baroque group Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen.
JEREMY YOUNG – PIANIST
The London born pianist, Jeremy Young, has gained the reputation as one of the UK’s most respected and versatile musicians. He is the founder member of the Manchester Piano Trio.
He studied as a scholar at the Purcell School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, where he is now Senior Piano Tutor and Head of the International Chamber Studio
He performs in major concert halls throughout the world as both a chamber musician and soloist, working with musicians such as Mark Padmore,and Oliver Charlier, cellists Li-Wei Qin and Karine Georgian, and the Talich and Navarra Quartets.
NJABULO MADLALA – BARITONE
Born in Durban, South Africa, he won a scholarship to GSMD in 2002, sang in the Paxos Festival with them and subsequent studied in Cardiff and USA.
Among his many awards, he won the 2010 Kathleen Ferrier Award , the Royal Overseas League trophy for the Outstanding Overseas Musician and Standard Bank Young ArtistAward in 2014.
He performs roles with ROH including the upcoming The Nose ( Janacek ) and other major opera houses in Britain and Europe. and is the baritone soloist at many festivals with leading orchestras.
He champions his fellow Zulu singers through annual masterclasses in South Africa with this years event immediately preceding the festival. He has recorded Songs of Home some of which will feature in this event.
MARK NIXON – PIANO
Mark Nixon also gained his early music education in South Africa before winning many prizes and coming to GSMD, and then to RCM as a junior fellow. He is head of keyboard at Kings College School Wimbleden.
He performs as a solo recitalist, a soloist with orchestras and a piano accompanist in many venues including The Wigmore Hall.