We are delighted to announce that cellist Leo Melvin has joined the Villiers Quartet!
Leo is London-born and graduated with honours from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied on full scholarship, with Richard Lester. Leo also studied in Hamburg, Germany with professors Kleif Carnarius, Claudio Bohorquez and Troels Svane. He has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, given solo and chamber recitals across the UK, and he also teaches cello and piano in London.
Leo has performed several Concerti (including Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn D and Brahms Double) with various orchestras such as Sinfonia D’Amici and Kings Sinfonietta and recorded a solo cello track for Howard Goodall’s CD release ‘Enchanted Voices.’ In October 2013, Leo was invited to play with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe on their Academy Program and has performed with the orchestra in Dijon.
Leo comments “I am really honoured and hugely excited to join the Villiers Quartet. I have worked for some years now as an orchestral musician and a teacher, but all the while I was playing chamber music with friends and colleagues and it was always my favourite thing to do. I have dreamed of being in a professional chamber group for some ten years now, and despite finally achieving my goal at such a difficult time for professional music-making I am still extremely excited and feel so privileged to work on and perform such great music with such wonderful musicians as the members of the Villiers Quartet. In short, I’m ecstatic to be here and can’t wait to get to work!”
International Classical Music Award Nomination
Matangi Quartet’s Album VII LW, with Haydn’s composition ‘Die Sieben Letzen Worte’, has been nominated for an International Classical Music Award. Earlier, the CD received the Luister 10 and a Supersonic award, supported by beautiful reviews:
“Nuances in dynamics and colour, subtle phrasing, expressive pauses let the music appear in all its significance, without any exaggeration, always tasteful and with an excellent knowledge of the appropriate performing style. All this makes this release another reference recording of one of the greatest works of quartet literature.” (Remy Franck)
(VII-LW is released on Matangi Music)
Thanks to Bert van der Wolf, Martijn van der Wolf, Christel Drees, Marcel van den Broek (Oak-Studio), [PIAS], de Doelen.
Other artists nominated in this category: Quatuor Ébène, Tabea Zimmermann, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Meta4, G. Capuçon, G. Kremer
Duo Camiel Boomsma and Marieke Vos (clarnet) played live at the studio of Radio4 programme Podium.
They played a beautiful Busoni together and Camiel played a Mendelssohn solo:
The programme started at 16:00, scroll to 1:20:00 https://www.nporadio4.nl/gids-gemist/2020-05-22
You can hear Camiel’s podcast every week in Lex Bohlmeijer’s programme Passaggio. The last two were about Bruckner and Wagner:
Podcast Wagner Radio4: https://www.nporadio4.nl/fragmenten/audio/385584-brief-aan-wagner-van-camiel-boomsma
Podcast Bruckner Radio4:
Jean Johnson and Steven Osborne were guests at BBC’s In Tune. To hear them scroll to 1:26 in the programme: http://ow.ly/fsqF50zX5lL
Beautiful live recording! You can hear Steven in Ravel’s piano concerto, just before the interview.