Professor of Violin at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague
Born in Japan, Arisa studied with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she won all the available violin prizes. As a soloist of the long-established Fujita Piano Trio, she has performed extensively worldwide including at more than 120 different venues in the UK alone.
Arisa has collaborated with various artists including Joshua Bell, Martin Lovett, Alexander Rudin and Steven Isserlis with all of whom she has performed on numerous occasions including at the Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and in Japan and in France.
Arisa has released numerous recordings (ASV and Intim Musik labels) including the Ysaÿe Solo Sonatas and Piano Trios by Takemitsu, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Ravel, Schubert, Dvořák, and Smetana. Arisa has been invited to the Open Chamber Music Seminar of the IMS Prussia Cove each year for many years and has also taken part in their national tour.
Arisa is a Professor at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in Holland. A Trustee of the AWCT, she has directed 20 of the main Maiastra courses.
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Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Yehudi Menuhin School
Akiko launched her career after winning numerous prizes in prestigious competitions including first prizes at the Menuhin, Viotti-Valsesia and Forval Scholarship Stradivarius Japan. She was also a laureate of the Concours Reine Elisabeth, Paganini and Szigeti Competition. Since then she has enjoyed performing with major orchestras including the Weimar Staatskapelle, Belgian National Orchestra, Lille National Orchestra, London Mozart Players and NHK Symphony Orchestra.
Aside from solo performances, Akiko sets great value on educational projects such as the Maiastra and Orpheus Sinfonia. In 2016, she launched a new summer violin course MusicSpace at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, in partnership with Cambridge Summer Music.
Akiko’s most recent album “Romance” with Ichiro Nodaira, featuring works including Debussy, Stravinsky, Ysaye and Wagner. The album has been highly rated by top national music publications and newspapers.
Born in Tokyo, Akiko moved to the UK when she was 12 to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Subsequently she studied with Dora Schwarzberg and Michael Frischenschlager at the University of Music and performing Arts in Vienna. Akiko is a violin professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and the Yehudi Menuhin School.
Guest Tutor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Yehudi Menuhin School
Florence Cooke is an internationally recognised chamber musician who has performed extensively around the world. She studied at Cambridge University where she held an academic scholarship, and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she held the Leverhulme Fellowship. Her main violin teachers were Krzysztof Smietana and David Takeno.
Florence is the first violinist of the Pasqualati Quartet, formed during lockdown, and a member of Ensemble Cymru. She has performed as a guest artist with many chamber groups such including the Navarra Quartet, Sacconi Quartet, Razumovsky Ensemble and Chroma Ensemble, and in many festivals including Wye Valley Festival and IMS Prussia Cove. She has played as principal with Arcangelo, Aurora Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia and European Camerata, and she led the Theseus Ensemble, Orchestra of St Pauls and the LPO ‘Future Firsts‘ concert. She is a guest teacher of violin and chamber music at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Junior Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.
Principal Cello Teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School
Matthijs Broersma was born in Holland and began playing the cello at the age of four. After studying at The Yehudi Menuhin School with Louise Hopkins and Leonid Gorokhov, he continued his studies at the GSMD and the Hochschule der Künste, Bern. He received scholarships and awards from the VandenEnde Foundation, Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, The MBF and the Lyra Foundation and in 2010 he won 1st prize in the Kenneth Page Cello Competition. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed extensively worldwide, in venues such as the Concertgebouw and the Wigmore Hall. Recent highlights include a performance of the Elgar Concerto conducted by Christopher Warren-Green, and solo recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room and the Menuhin Hall.
Matthijs is also the cellist of the Gémeaux Quartett, a firmly established international prize winning Swiss quartet. Recently the quartet was guest at festivals in Germany, Austria and Sweden, performed in Hong Kong with clarinettist Paul Meyer, at Kings Place in London, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Philharmonie in Köln and at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Currently the Quartet leads an undergraduate course for string quartets at the Hochschule für Musik, Basel.
Professor at the Royal College of Music and Chamber Music Coach at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Performer, editor, composer and teacher, Simon Rowland-Jones has always led a busy and multifaceted musical life. He was founder violist of the Chilingirian Quartet, in which he played for a total of ten years. He subsequently performed with many other leading chamber groups. His solo CDs, on the Meridian and Etcetera labels, include recordings of Schumann, Schubert, Bloch, Benjamin Dale and the complete Bach Cello Suites, the 6th suite on a specially constructed 5-string viola. Peters Edition published his viola transcription of the suites shortly after the recording was made and he then went on to make a new critical/performing edition of the Haydn String Quartets, a project which lasted 15 years. Recently published is his new edition of Bach’s Violin Sonatas and Partitas, also in a transcription for viola. Simon Rowland-Jones has always been a composer too, taking lessons with Nadia Boulanger at the Yehudi Menuhin School. His many works include works for viola, nine string quartets, two string quintets, a string octet, a string trio, a piano quintet, a piano quartet, a saxophone quartet, two piano trios, a trio for clarinet, viola and piano, songs, and ‘A Turn Outside’, a musical adaptation of a play by Stevie Smith composed for Dame Josephine Barstow. He teaches viola and chamber music at the Royal College of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and is, alongside Barry Cheeseman, a co-director of the North Norfolk Music Festival.
Eugène Ysaÿe International Chair of Violin, Guildhall School of Music & Drama