Windsor Festival International String Competition 2021 Programme

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WINDSOR FESTIVAL Patron: HRH The Earl of Wessex KG, GCVO

8TH WINDSOR FESTIVAL

INTERNATIONAL STRING COMPETITION

In honour of Yehudi Menuhin, founder of Windsor Festival

26TH SEPTEMBER – 1ST OCTOBER 2021 WWW.WINDSORFESTIVAL.COM

WFISC Winners in performance: Top Jonathan Swensen (2019), Bottom Left Nathan Meltzer (2017), Centre Jiyoon Lee (2015), Bottom Right Yuki Ito (2011) © Gill Heppell www.windsorfestival.com

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WELCOME BACK TO WINDSOR FESTIVAL

We are grateful to our Members, Sponsors and Supporters for their generosity as we return to a full programme of events this Autumn. To help us continue to offer inspirational live performances, talks, walks and exhibitions, whilst supporting our artists, please make a donation by visiting our website: www.windsorfestival.com/donate. Every gift is making a difference. Thank you.

SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS SPONSORS

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FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS

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Her Majesty The Queen has graciously consented to the Festival holding a concert in the State Apartments, Windsor Castle

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PROGRAMME OF EVENTS SUNDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER

THURSDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER

From 11am Windsor Festival International String

3pm Henry ‘Chips’ Channon:

Competition: Semi-finals

The Diaries 1938 – 1943 (Volume Two) 5.15pm

MONDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER From 11am Windsor Festival International String Competition: Semi-finals

A History of Pubs in Windsor Walk

FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER 7.30pm Windsor Festival International String Competition: The Final

TUESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 7pm

Chief Of Staff: Notes from Downing Street

SATURDAY 2ND OCTOBER

7pm

High Spirits! Ghost Walk

7.30pm

Handel’s Samson

WEDNESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER

SUNDAY 3RD OCTOBER

7.30pm

3pm

YCAT Artists’ Concert

Operation Pedestal

INCORPORATING 8TH INTERNATIONAL STRING COMPETITION

FRIDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2021 www.windsorfestival.com www.windsorfestival.com

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Competition Timetable SEMI-FINAL SUNDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER

MONDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER

11am

11am

Minchae Kim, Violinist, 26, South Korea

Connor Kim, Cellist, 25, USA

12noon Daniil Bulayev, Violinist, 17, Latvia

12noon Bacem Anas Romdhani, Violinist, 25, Tunisia

1pm

Grace Huh, Violinist, 18, USA

1pm

Julia Angelov, Violinist, 20, USA/Bulgaria/Japan

3pm

Otoha Tabata, Violist, 21, Japan

3pm

Maja Horvat, Violinist, 25, Slovenia

4pm

Maxim Calver, Cellist, 21, UK

4pm

SongHa Choi, Violinist, 21, South Korea

5pm

Ariel Horowitz, Violinist, 25, USA

5pm

Andrew Byun, Cellist, 23, Canada

6.30pm Announcement of 2021 WFISC Selected Finalists, by live video stream from The Old Court Auditorium

WFISC 2021 FINAL FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER 7.30pm Finalist 1 8pm

Finalist 2

8.30pm Finalist 3 9.30pm

Announcement of WFISC 2021 results, by live video stream from The Old Court Auditorium

2019 Winner Jonathan Swensen receives the winning trophy from HRH The Earl of Wessex, Patron of Windsor Festival ©Gill Heppell

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Welcome

to the 8th Windsor Festival International String Competition For the first time ever WFISC is being undertaken digitally in 2021, in light of the ongoing global pandemic. Launched in memory of festival founder Yehudi Menuhin, and the foremost competition of its kind in the world, WFISC seeks out exceptional young string soloists. Reaching all corners of the globe, we encourage, nurture, support and enable prodigious talent to come to fruition, and launch the winner’s professional career. Sharing knowledge and experience, we forge international connections for the future. The exciting array of WFISC prizes are valued at over £20,000 with a unique opportunity for the First Prize Winner to return to Windsor to play a concerto with the world renowned Philharmonia Orchestra, our Associate Orchestra, in the Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle during Windsor Festival. The First Prize also features a solo recording opportunity with our Recording Partner, Champs Hill Records, and cash prizes. The prize concerto performance takes place in the unique and glorious surroundings of Windsor Castle, by gracious permission of HM The Queen. We are delighted and most grateful to be in partnership with our sponsors and exceptional international jury in achieving this.

PRIZES FIRST PRIZE ■ £5,000 cash prize ■ A minimum of one concerto performance with the WFISC Associate Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, in the 2022 Windsor Festival ■ A solo recording opportunity with WFISC Recording Partner, Champs Hill Records ■ A minimum of two recitals, including a performance at Sir William Walton’s home La Mortella, Ischia

SECOND PRIZE ■ £2,000 cash prize

THIRD PRIZE ■ £1,000 cash prize

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MINCHAE KIM

VIOLINIST

NATIONALITY: SOUTH KOREA | AGE: 26 SEMI-FINAL:

J.S. Bach Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003, I. Grave and II. Fugue L.V. Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, I. Allegro I. Stravinsky Divertimento

FINAL: E. Ysaÿe Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 27, No. 3, ‘Ballade’ L.V. Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1, III. Rondo: Allegro J. Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, I. Allegro moderato

Born in South Korea, Minchae Kim began playing the violin at the age of seven. She gave her concerto debut at age nine with Jeonju Philharmonic Orchestra and debut recital at age fourteen in Kumho Art Hall as a Kumho Young Artist. She has won numerous competitions in South Korea and performed with orchestras including Jeonju Philharmonic Orchestra, Moldova Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Gimpo Philharmonic Orchestra. Minchae received her B.M., M.M., and G.D. at the New England Conservatory under Miriam Fried, Donald Weilerstein and Soovin Kim. Currently, Minchae is an Artist Diploma student at Cleveland Institute of Music under Jaime Laredo.

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DANIIL BULAYEV

VIOLINIST

NATIONALITY: LATVIA | AGE: 17 SEMI-FINAL:

J.S. Bach Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003, I. Grave and II. Fugue R. Schumann Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 121, I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft and II. Sehr lebhaft M. Weinberg Moldavian Rhapsody, Op. 47, No. 3

FINAL: F. Poulenc Sonata for Violin and Piano, FP 199, I. Allegro con fuoco J. Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, I. Allegro moderato

Daniil Bulayev is a current student of Professor Petru Munteanu (Leopold Mozart Centrum, Germany) and Nelly Sarkisyan (E. Darzin Music College, Latvia). Daniil has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, Kremerata Baltica, Sinfonietta Riga, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Archi De Sono, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Armenian National Symphony & Chamber Orchestras, Macao Orchestra, among others. Daniil has been awarded Grand Prix at the IX International Balys Dvarionas Competition (2012, Lithuania), 1st Place I Zhuhai International Mozart Competition (2015, China), 1st Prize Il Piccolo Violino Magico, (2017, Italy), 1st Prize Leonid Kogan International Violin Competition (2019, Belgium) and 1st Prize Kloster Schöntal 18th International Violin Competition (2019, Germany). Daniil currently performs on the fine Italian violin by Nicolò Gagliano, on kind loan from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.

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GRACE HUH

VIOLINIST

NATIONALITY: USA | AGE: 18 SEMI-FINAL:

J.S. Bach Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, III. Sarabande and IV. Gigue W. Lutosławski Subito for Violin and Piano E. Grieg Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 13, I. Lento dolorous - Allegro vivace and II. Allegretto tranquillo J. Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, I. Allegro moderato

FINAL: B. Bartók Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117, II. Fuga. Risoluto, non troppo vivo F. Poulenc Sonata for Violin and Piano, FP 199

Grace Huh, 18, is a first-year student in the Columbia University-Juilliard School Exchange studying under Professor Donald Weilerstein and Professor Li Lin. This year, she was awarded the 2nd Prize and the Bach Prize at the 2021 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and was a Semi-Finalist in the 2021 Stulberg International String Competition. She was also named a 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a 2021 YoungArts Finalist of the National YoungArts Foundation, where she was also awarded the Silver Award. Grace will soon perform the Sibelius Concerto with the Diablo Symphony Orchestra this winter.

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OTOHA TABATA

VIOLIST

NATIONALITY: JAPAN | AGE: 21 SEMI-FINAL:

J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008, I. Prelude and II. Allemande F. Schubert ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata, D. 821, I. Allegro moderato, II. Adagio and III. Allegretto G. Kurtág Selections from ‘Signs Games and Messages’ for Solo Viola

FINAL: M. Reger Suite No. 1 in G minor, Op. 131d, I. Molto Sostenuto and II. Vivace-Andante-Vivace F. Schubert ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata, D. 821, I. Allegro moderato N. Paganini ‘La Campanella’ for Viola and Piano (arr. Primrose)

Otoha Tabata performs internationally and across Europe, appearing as a soloist at Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, and Queen Elizabeth Hall. She received First Prize at the 2018 North International Competition, Promotion Prize at the 2018 Anton Rubinstein Viola Competition, and an Honorary Mention at the 2019 Oskar Nedbal Viola Competition. She regularly performs in festivals such as IMS Open Chamber Music and participated in the Verbier Festival Academy where she received the Special Prize of Merit. Otoha is a member of the renowned LGT Young Soloists, performing in numerous concert tours around the world and recording several CD albums.

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MAXIM CALVER

CELLIST

NATIONALITY: UK | AGE: 21 SEMI-FINAL:

J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008, I. Prelude and VI. Gigue D. Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40 N. Paganini Variations on a Theme from ‘Moses in Egypt’

FINAL: G. Crumb Sonata for Solo Cello, III. Toccata A. Dvořák Silent Woods (Klid) D. Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40, I. Allegro non troppo and II. Allegro

Maxim Calver was a grand finalist of the BBC Young Musician Competition 2018, where he made his concerto debut alongside the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall. Highlights since then include appearances at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Pau Casals Festival, Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square amongst others. This season he will make his European concerto debut at the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg as well as recitals around the UK. Maxim currently studies at the Royal College of Music with Professor Melissa Phelps and he is proud to be the Herbert Howells and Thomas Fielden scholar.

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ARIEL HOROWITZ

VIOLINIST

NATIONALITY: USA | AGE: 25 SEMI-FINAL:

E. Elgar Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61, I. Allegro J.S. Bach Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, III. Sarabande and V. Chaconne E. Ysaÿe Sonata No. 5 in G Major, Op. 27

FINAL: J. Achron Hebrew Melody, Op. 33 J. Corigliano Sonata for Violin and Piano, II. Andantino and IV. Allegro P. Tchaikovsky Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34

Hailed by The Washington Post as ‘sweetly lyrical’, violinist Ariel Horowitz has performed as a soloist with orchestras around the world and premiered her original pieces for violin and voice at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall and the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. An avid teacher, she serves on the faculty of Mount Holyoke College and is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Heartbeat Music Project, a tuition-free program for K-12 children living in the Navajo Nation. She is the recipient of numerous prizes and in 2020 was honoured with the Concert Artists Guild Ambassador Prize, joining the CAG roster.

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CONNOR KIM

CELLIST

NATIONALITY: USA | AGE: 25 SEMI-FINAL:

J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012, I. Prelude and IV. Sarabande L.V. Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1, I. Andante E. Bloch Baal Shem, B. 47, Nigun

FINAL: L.V. Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1 B. Britten Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80, V. Ciaccona: Allegro

Connor Kim is a top prize winner of the Schadt National Competition for Strings, Anton Rubinstein International Competition, and more. He debuted with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra after winning first prize at the Young Artist Competition, and performed Dvořák’s Cello Concerto at their 50th Anniversary Gala. Connor, a passionate chamber musician, has shared the stage with many artists such as Itzakh Perlman, Atar Arad and Roger Tapping, to name a few. Kim has received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at The Juilliard School on a full tuition scholarship under the tutelage of Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick.

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BACEM ANAS ROMDHANI

VIOLINIST

NATIONALITY: TUNISIA | AGE: 25 SEMI-FINAL:

J.S. Bach Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, I. Adagio and II. Fuga P. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, I. Allegro moderato M. Ravel Tzigane

FINAL: C. Franck Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, II. Allegro and IV. Allegretto poco mosso M. Ravel Tzigane

Bacem Anas Romdhani is a Tunisian violinist representing the Arab musical elite. Aged eleven he won a full scholarship from Yehudi Menuhin School and settled in the UK. He is currently doing an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music. Highlights of his career include being scouted by the World Philharmonic Orchestra to represent Tunisia, Africa and the Arab world in Paris at age ten, and winning the Vatelot-Rampal International Competition before turning twelve. His early musical journey is chronicled in his documentary ‘Once Upon Our Time’ (2010). Bacem Anas Romdhani plays the ‘ex.Menuhin’ violin by Andreas Hellinge, Geneva (1998).

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JULIA ANGELOV

VIOLINIST

NATIONALITY: USA/BULGARIA/JAPAN | AGE: 20 SEMI-FINAL:

J.S. Bach Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, I. Adagio and II. Fugue W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218, I. Allegro J. Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

FINAL: L.V. Beethoven Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3, II. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso and III. Allegro vivace E. Ysaÿe Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 27, No. 3, ‘Ballade’

Julia Angelov is a Bulgarian-Japanese violinist. She has appeared with American orchestras including the National Philharmonic at Strathmore, the U.S. Army Orchestra, and has performed in Europe and Russia. Competitions won include the Music Teachers National Association’s (MTNA) National Strings Competition. She was a semi-finalist of the 2020 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions, and joined the 2021 Kronberg Academy Violin Masterclasses as an active participant. She currently studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Robert Lipsett, and performs on a violin by Andrea Guarneri on loan from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins, New York.

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MAJA HORVAT

VIOLINIST

NATIONALITY: SLOVENIA | AGE: 25

SEMI-FINAL: J.S. Bach Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, III. Sarabande and IV. Gigue W.A. Mozart Violin Sonata No. 32 in Eb Major, K. 454, I. Largo – Allegro, II. Andante and III. Allegretto A. Schnittke ‘A Paganini’ for Solo Violin

FINAL: K. Szymanowsky Mythes, Op. 30, I. La Fontaine d’Arethuse J. Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, I. Allegro moderato

Maja Horvat shares the spiritual power of music in her performances so that everyone can find comfort in art. She explores the magic of her instrument, giving contemporary pieces a good start in life, playing unknown gems from the 20th century, as well as celebrated masterpieces. Maja made her Wigmore Hall debut as first violinist of the Brompton Quartet, of which she is a founding member. In 2019 she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Emily Anderson Prize. As a scholar she is starting her Artist Diploma studies in the autumn at the Royal College of Music with Alina Ibragimova.

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SONGHA CHOI

VIOLINIST

NATIONALITY: SOUTH KOREA | AGE: 21 SEMI-FINAL:

J.S. Bach Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005, III. Largo and IV. Allegro assai E. Chausson Poème for Violin and Piano I. Stravinsky Divertimento

FINAL: M. Ravel Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, M. 77 E. Zimbalist Concert Fantasy on ‘The Golden Cockerel’ by Rimsky-Korsakov

Described as ‘mesmerising: full of passion, imagination and daring’ by The Times, SongHa Choi is a major prize winner of many international competitions including Yehudi Menuhin 2016, Rudolfo Lipizer 2021 and Jeunesses Musicales 2015. She has recently given solo performances in venues including the Berliner Philharmonie, the Royal Festival Hall, the National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius and the Wigmore Hall in London, and has featured on numerous live media including BBC3, Bulgarian National Radio, Classic FM and Concertgebouw Spiegelzaal Radio. Festival highlights include solo appearances at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Varna Music Festival, Davos World Economic Forum and Gower Festival.

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ANDREW BYUN

CELLIST

NATIONALITY: CANADA | AGE: 23 SEMI-FINAL:

J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008, I. Prelude and IV. Sarabande I. Yun Nore (for Cello and Piano) J. Brahms Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99

FINAL: C. Debussy Cello Sonata in D minor, L. 144 I. Yun Glissées I E. Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, IV. Allegro – Moderato – Allegro, ma non-troppo – Poco più lento – Adagio

Andrew Byun, 23, is a Canadian cellist studying with Natasha Brofsky at the Juilliard School. Byun has appeared in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Jian Wang, Frans Helmerson, and Laurence Lesser among others. Byun has performed at Jordan Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts. He has appeared at festivals including: Taos School of Music, I-M-S Prussia Cove, and L’Académie Musicale de Villecroze. Byun attended the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and graduated from Northwestern University with a dual-degree in Philosophy, Legal Studies, and Cello Performance. Byun has studied with Hans Jorgen Jensen, Myung-wha Chung, and Yeesun Kim.

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Jury CLIO GOULD Clio Gould enjoys variety in her career as a violinist and performs as soloist, chamber musician, director and concertmaster internationally and at home in the UK. She has held major and longstanding positions as Concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Violin of the London Sinfonietta and Artistic Director of Scottish Ensemble, directing from the violin. Clio has appeared as concerto soloist with most of the UK’s leading orchestras covering a wideranging repertoire. Known as one of Britain’s foremost interpreters of contemporary violin music, recent highlights include performances at the Royal Festival Hall of Pierre Boulez’s epic work for solo violin and live electronics, Anthèmes 2, and performances in Sweden of Oliver Knussen’s Violin Concerto with the Royal

Stockholm Philharmonic, alongside directing and chamber concerts in New Zealand and Japan and at the Aldeburgh Festival. The Knussen concerto is a work with which she feels a deep connection, and she has been very fortunate to give many performances of it with the late composer conducting in Finland, Sweden, Japan, Hungary and at the UK premiere with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Aldeburgh Festival. She is the leader of the recently formed Knussen Chamber Orchestra. Clio is honoured to play the Rutson Stradivarius of 1694 which has been generously loaned to her by the Royal Academy of Music. She teaches there and directs the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists. She has been awarded Honorary Membership of the Academy.

MARTIN OUTRAM Martin Outram enjoys a wide-ranging career as chamber musician, soloist and teacher. He studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music. He is a member of the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet and also appears regularly as a soloist. He has recorded over fifty discs with the quartet and other chamber music ensembles and has been the recipient of the Gramophone Award, the Diapason d’Or, a Cannes Classical Award, two Grammy nominations and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber music. Alongside his work in the Maggini Quartet, Martin’s experience includes an extremely

busy career as a freelance player, appearing as principal viola and guest principal with all of London’s premier chamber orchestras. His nine solo discs have received wide international acclaim, including in Gramophone, The Strad and a five-star review in the BBC Music Magazine. Many works have been written for him, notably concertos by Peter Aviss, Adam Gorb and David Gow. He has appeared as a soloist at the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall and performed on tour in South America, Europe and the UK as a soloist with the Britten Sinfonia. Martin is Lionel Tertis Professor of Viola at the Royal Academy of Music.

JO COLE Jo Cole is Head of Strings and Cello Professor at the Royal Academy of Music. She won a scholarship to the Academy aged 16 where she studied with Florence Hooton and David Strange, before further study with Ralph Kirshbaum, Pierre Fournier and William Pleeth. Her performing career includes membership of the Academy of St Martins, the City of London Sinfonia and the Orchestra of St Johns, regular playing with the London Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years, numerous guest principal and freelancing engagements throughout the UK as well as performances, broadcasts and well-received recordings of chamber music and solo works.

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She has adjudicated competitions nationally and internationally and given classes in a number of international institutions including Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Prague Conservatories, the University of Ottawa, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Birmingham Conservatoire. Jo uses these opportunities to share her thinking not only on cello playing but to advocate that developing musicians embrace all forms of performance and the arts in order to be fulfilled and communicative artists. She is Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of Music at the University of London.


MARTIN DENNY (DIRECTOR, WINDSOR FESTIVAL) Martin Denny was a Chorister at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Later, he was educated at Harrow School, where he was a music scholar and studied cello, and at Keble College, Oxford. He has always worked in the music industry and became Director of Windsor Festival in 2001. Under his direction the Festival has seen unprecedented growth in audiences and content; this includes the addition of the Literary Series, the Spring Weekend, the Education Programme, the Spring Youth and Community Festival, singing projects with local schools, and the International String Competition. He has worked at raising the profile of the Festival, particularly through the International String Competition, and building partnerships with over 60 organisations.

ALEXANDER VAN INGEN

He has also spent 17 years as Administrator of William Walton Trust and was agent for The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, for whom he established the series of English Choral Music recordings on the Naxos label. More recently he has managed projects for Royal Collection Trust and The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and now runs The Old Court, Windsor’s Community Arts Centre.

(EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, CHAMPS HILL RECORDS AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE, PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA)

Alexander Van Ingen is Chief Executive of the Philharmonia, one of the world’s leading symphony orchestras whose glorious sound, national footprint, and digital innovation brings music to communities across the UK and internationally. Partner orchestra to the Windsor Festival, the Philharmonia is emerging from the pandemic with strength and ambition, and begins a relationship with a new principal conductor, the young Finn Santtu-Matias Rouvali, this autumn. In Alexander’s previous position as CEO at the Academy of Ancient Music he curated concert seasons, recordings, academic research, and outreach activity, taking AAM to become the most listened-to period instrument ensemble worldwide. A re-invigorated AAM delivered increased audience engagement, donor participation, and landmark, award-winning recording projects. His writing and research has seen Alexander edit and contribute to several substantial and critically acclaimed album booklets in recent years, and in the past to write a column for MUSO magazine.

classical international artist roster, and remains a strong advocate for new artists, composers, repertoire and projects. As a record producer & audio engineer across nearly two decades, Alexander built up a considerable discography, a distinguished client list, and won numerous accolades in the national and international press across over 200 commercial recordings. Alexander also oversaw the creation and artistic planning of the independent non-profit label Champs Hill Records, a Windsor Festival International String Competition partner. Alexander’s advice is frequently sought by those in the arts world. He has consulted on technical matters - the specification and design of recording studios, live sound rigs and acoustics; and musical matters - from festival programming and operation to concert, tour and label management. He has delivered seminars for numerous Conservatoires and the MU, a new Masters degree programme as a Visiting Lecturer for the RNCM, and is a panel member for the University of Oxford’s JDP Advisory Board.

From 2012-2017 as an Executive Producer for DECCA he was responsible for the label’s core

Preliminary Jury MATTHEW TRUSLER, RACHEL ROBERTS, THOMAS CARROLL

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Champs Hill Records is proud to support the Windsor Festival International String Competition and to present six recordings made with WFISC winners

Nathan Meltzer (2017)

JiYoon Lee (2015)

Benjamin Baker (2013)

Critically acclaimed, these recordings – along with many other fine recordings from leading artists featured on Champs Hill Records – are recorded in the Music Room, Champs Hill, in the beautiful and inspiring countryside of West Sussex. Follow Champs Hill Records

Yuki Ito (2011)

Diana Galvydyte (2009)

Brian O’Kane (2007)

available on CD or for download and streaming from all good record shops & online, or direct from:

www.champshillrecords.co.uk

Human / Nature Music for a precious planet Santtu-Matias Rouvali Principal Conductor September – December 2021

Supported by Kathryn and Andrew Davis The Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund

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PATRON

THE COUNCIL OF MANAGEMENT

FESTIVAL MANAGEMENT

HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO

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Martin Denny Management Limited

PRESIDENT

Joanna Barker

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Martin Denny

The Reverend Canon John White CVO

Guy Barlow (Hon. Secretary)

VICE-PATRONS

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The Principal of Cumberland Lodge

Stephen Day

The Provost of Eton College

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TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS Rosemary Taylor

the Household Division

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MEMBERSHIP ADMINISTRATOR

The Dean of Windsor

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(Chairman)

LITERARY EVENTS MANAGER Linda Aitken

The Mayor of The Royal Borough

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of Windsor and Maidenhead

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2017 Winner Nathan Meltzer in WFISC Final Performance ©Gill Heppell

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