Anneke Scott and friends perform a selection of works for horn and ensemble from the important collection in Lund, Sweden. Works to include concertos by Schulz, Knechtel, Förster and Quantz.
Anneke Scott - baroque horn
Eva Cabellero - baroque flute
Robert Percival - baroque bassoon
Conor Gricmanis - baroque violin
Sofia Kolupv - baroque violin
Nichola Blakey - baroque viola
Nick Drey - baroque cello
Jan Zahourek - baroque double bass
Masumi Yamamoto - harpsichord
Anneke Scott began her studies at The Royal Academy of Music, London with Pip Eastop and Andrew Clark. She was subsequently awarded prestigious scholarships to further her studies in France (with Claude Maury) and Holland (with Teunis van der Zwart), where she concentrated on aspects of period horn playing.
Since her graduation from The Royal Academy of Music in 2000 she has been in demand with ensembles in the UK and continental Europe. She is principal horn of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and The English Baroque Soloists, Harry Christopher’s The Orchestra of the Sixteen, Fabio Biondi's Europa Galante, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Dunedin Consort and Players, The Kings Consort and Avison Ensemble as well as appearing regularly as a guest principal with orchestras and ensembles worldwide.
For many years she has had a keen interest in chamber music which led her to become a founder member of The Etesian Ensemble. Through this ensemble she met the fortepianist Kathryn Cok with whom she formed a duo specialising in Classical and Romantic repertoire for horn and fortepiano. Kathryn and Anneke were selected as two of Making Music’s Concert Promoters Network Artists for 2008–2009 and toured Holland in 2009 as part of the Organisatie Oudemuziek Netwerk. Their debut disc of virtuosic music for natural horn and fortepiano from early nineteenth-century Vienna was released in June 2011 by Challenge Classics. She is also a founder member of ensembleF2 with whom she performed the Mozart Horn Quintet at London's Wigmore Hall in April 2009.
In 2005–2006 she undertook research at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Early Music Performance, where she currently teaches period horns. As a result of this research she was interviewed in 2006 by BBC TV for the BBC2 series The People’s Museum discussing the Hofmaster horns housed at Edinburgh University. In 2005 she was invited by The Bate Collection, Oxford to perform in concert on one of their magnificent original Hofmaster horns dating from the mid 18th-centur. Since then Anneke has had an active working relationship with the collection which recently resulted in a CD featuring horn works from the late seventeenth through to the early twentieth century all performed on instruments from the collection.
In 2010 Anneke was awarded a Gerard Finzi Travel Scholarship to undertake research in Paris in preparation for her recording of the Jacques-François Gallay Douze Grands Caprices on natural horn release by Resonus Classics in October 2012. This was to form the first disc in a series of three, all featuring the works of Gallay. The second, with the natural horn ensemble Les Chevaliers de Saint Hubert, was released in 2013 with the third, featuring operatic fantasias with Steven Devine (piano) and Lucy Crowe (soprano) released in 2015.
Anneke's activities are not confined to period performance. She has performed the music of Ligeti with The London Sinfonietta, and can be heard on two albums with The Nigel Waddington Big Band. In 2013 she recorded John Croft's work ...une autre voix qui chante... for solo hand-horn, a work written especially for her.
In 2018 Anneke was elected an Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, an honour awarded to past students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a significant contribution to their field.
Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Eva Caballero was awarded a scholarship to study at Trinity College of Music, London, with Daniel Pailthorpe. Towards the end of her BMus (Hons) degree, she discovered the baroque flute with Stephen Preston and continued her studies on historical flutes with Lisa Beznosiuk at the Royal Academy of Music.
Eva took part in the Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience in 2009. After that she completed the ‘Formation Supérieure’ with ‘Jeune Orchestra Atlantique,’ in France, an orchestral and chamber music training on classical and romantic repertoire on period instruments. Langrée, Minkowski, Herreweghe, Lonquich and Malgoire were some of the conductors on these projects.
Her work involves performing in London-based ensembles and a variety of orchestras, including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English
Baroque Soloists, The Sixteen, Solomon’s Knot, Classical Opera and Armonico Consort. She has also given recitals at the Handel House Museum, Raynham Hall, the Wallace Collection and St. Martin-in-the-Fields among others.
Collaborating with dance and theatre companies, she has worked on improvisation and modern techniques performing in the ‘Tête à Tête’ Opera Festival and ‘IV Festiwal Atelier’ in Poznań, Poland.
Eva has won numerous awards as a chamber music performer in the UK and Spain including XIII Paper de Música de Capellades, Premi Ciutat Manresa, IX Pòdiums de St. Joan de Vilatorrada and the Anglo-Czech Trust Competition. She was also a finalist in 2008 at the Fenton House Chamber Music Competition.
Eva is also an enthusiastic educator and works as a flute teacher in North London.
Following studies on modern instruments at the Birmingham Conservatoire and at the Royal Northern College of Music, Robert Percival began playing historic bassoons and contrabassoons in 2001, and now juggles nine different instruments with many leading early instrument groups, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London and the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées in France. Away from playing Robert is busy as a freelance music copyist and editor of 18th and 19th century wind music, and has also arranged many works, including for performances by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and at the BBC Prom concerts. He also currently completing his doctoral studies into early-19th century practices in writing for wind instruments at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Conor Gricmanis is a young and pioneering Baroque Violinist who combines his passions for historical performance and composition to explore never-ending palettes of performance style, colour, and flair. After five years of studying with the world renowned Rachel Podger, Conor graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the Royal Academy of Music in July 2018. Conor is now a Christopher Hogwood Scholar, as a master of performance student, at the Royal College of Music studying under Bojan Cicic, leader of the Academy of Ancient Music. Bojan invited Conor to join the AAM for performances of Handel's Agrippina at the Grange Festival in Summer 2018, and to also perform in world premiere recordings of three Giornovich Violin Concertos with the Illyrian Consort the same season. Conor continues his performances with the AAM, and many other ensembles such as Florilegium. A recent performance highlight was a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast with AAM collaborating with the BBC Singers, and also with the South Asian dance company Akademi for performances of Rameau and Lully conducted by Sofi Jeannin.
Conor has performed in many famous venues and festivals such as Wigmore Hall, St James Piccadilly, Duke's Hall (Royal Academy of Music), Dora Stoutzker Hall (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), Buxton Opera House, the Grange Festival, Llandaff Cathedral, Milton Court, St Salvator's Chapel (St Andrew's), Festival Périgord Noir, Theatre Roger Barat (Herblay, France), Westerkerk (Amsterdam), Utrecht Early Msuic Festival, Brugge Early Music Festival, and is looking forward to performances such as a solo concert in St Martin in the Field, and a performance with Florilegium in the Royal Festival Hall.
During his time at the Royal Academy of Music and further afield, Conor has performed in masterclasses and concerts with stellar musicians and conductors such as Ton Koopman, Rachel Podger, Bojan Cicic, Ashley Solomon, Margaret Faultless, Laurence Cummings, Pamela Thorby, Dorothee Oberliner, Sofi Jeannin, Emma Kirkby, Johannes Pramsohler, John Butt, Andrew Parrott and many others. A particular highlight of his time at RAM, was Conor's participation in a performance of JS Bach Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht, BWV 105, and JS Bach Mass in A, BWV 234 with the acclaimed conductor Philippe Herreweghe amongst many of the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series concerts.
Sofia Kolupov started the violin at the age of five at the Conservatoire in Beziers, France. She joined the Royal College of Music Junior Department when she was eight where she studied with Viktoria Grigorieva. She has been learning with Maciej Rakowski since 2012 and continues to do so at the Royal College of Music thanks to a scholarship awarded by H R Taylor Trust. Sofia is currently the leader of the Fantasia Orchestra, a new London-based young orchestra with whom she has also performed as a soloist. At Royal College of Music Junior Department Sofia was awarded the Freda Dinn prize and the Esther Coleman prize.
Also at RCMJD Sofia won the Hugh Bean Memorial Violin Competition, and was a finalist in the Marjorie Humby and Gordon Turner competitions. Sofia was leader of the Ealing Youth Orchestra for several years and lead the Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra at her school. Sofia has performed in various venues such as Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall and Royal Festival Hall in both solo performances, as a chamber musician and in an orchestra. From 2012-2016 Sofia attended Astona International Summer academy where she was concertmaster. Last year Sofia recorded Schoenberg String Quartet no. 1 after performing it at the Lewes Chamber Festival and recently performed Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet at the Royal College of Music with the Sacconi Quartet.
Nichola Blakey grew up in Manchester and came to London to attend the Royal Academy of Music. There she studied modern viola with James Sleigh and historical with Jane Rogers.
At present she is freelancing on both violas and especially loves chamber music - she has recently recorded several works with Ensemble Burletta and the Kertesz Quartet for Toccata Classics of music by Hans Gál and relatively unknown (but beautiful) quartets by Václav Veit.
Nichola has recently become a local (and a parent) living up the road in Welling, and is relishing life this side of the river and how green it is!
Nick Drey was born in 2000 and grew up in London. He joined the Purcell School in 2014, supported by a scholarship under the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme. Whilst there he studied Cello with Alexander Boyarsky, Composition with Simon Speare, and Harpsichord with David Gordon. In 2016, Nick began exploring historical performance, studying Baroque Cello with Catherine Rimer, which has since become his primary focus. He is currently an undergraduate at the Royal College of music in London, where he continues to study Baroque Cello with Catherine Rimer as a Lucy Anne Jones Scholar.
Jan Robert Zahourek moved to London in October 2005 from Padova (Padua) Italy. His work here includes playing the doublebass and the violone. He also plays viola da gamba. He plays with groups such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Solomon’s Knot Collective, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Jan was born a mile above sea level in Denver Colorado and grew up in New York City and Amherst Massachusetts. He now lives with his wife and children in South Norwood London.
Harpsichordist Masumi Yamamoto was born in Osaka Japan, grew up on Australia's Gold Coast and has been based in the UK since 2001. She has appeared with orchestras including St. James’s Baroque, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and the International Baroque Players, and at venues such as the Purcell Room, the Royal Albert Hall, St. John's Smith Square and Cadogan Hall. Recent concerts have taken her to France, Germany, Norway and Italy, and she has also performed as far afield as Malaysia, Japan and Australia. Masumi was a prize winner at the prestigious International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges in 2007 and became the first Japanese harpsichordist to reach the finals in 21 years. She was also a semi-finalist in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig (2006), and the winner of 2012 Fenton House Keyboard Ensemble Competition with ensemble Akenside Players. A solo recital in London was also given a four-star rating in The Independent in 2012: "her tempi follow the pulse of the heart, and her ornamentation is as natural as breathing".
Masumi graduated with a University Medal from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane Australia. In the UK, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, then at Trinity College of Music as a pupil of harpsichordist James Johnstone and was later "The English Concert" Junior Fellow with ensemble Melopoetica.
Masumi is also passionate about the repertoire for two harpsichords and has appeared in concerts across the UK with her duo partner Takako Minami. They will make their debut in Japan later in 2015. Masumi is also active as a soloist, and during the 2014-2015 season, she made concerto appearances with Paulus Barokk in Norway, and London Concertante, Solisti Divini and the Keld Ensemble in the UK.
Now also a keen teacher, Masumi has given lessons and Masterclasses at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Australia, and is Teacher of Harpsichord at St. Paul's Girls' School.