Dexter Duffy-Howard

Please welcome Dexter!
We met Dexter when he
came with his parents
to the preview event,
all the way back in
April!He is 13 and 
studies at Wolfreton
School as well as
performing in the Intermediate East Riding Orchestra. He will be performing a short piece in our May concert.

Thomas Bertolotti 
Born and raised in Hull, Thomas Bertolotti, whose playing has been described as "stunning" and "passionate", graduated from his Masters studies at the Royal Academy of Music in the class of Christoph Richter last year. He received the Zara Nelsova Trust Award towards his postgraduate studies and is a recipient of a highly sought after Help Musicians Postgraduate Scholarship.Thomas began playing at the age of eight. By the age of 15, he was awarded a highly sought-after scholarship to study at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. During this time highlights included performing Kol Nidrei with the JRNCM Chamber Orchestra, and reaching the Pro Corda Chamber Music Competition Finals two years running.  Aged just 19, Thomas made his professional concerto debut with orchestra performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra to critical acclaim. He has also performed in the premiere series of the opera "Manga Sister" by Harry Blake. He has had success in numerous competitions including being a finalist in the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Brahms Competition as well as receiving a diploma from Stockholm International Music Competition and third prize in the "Grand Virtuoso Prize" competition.He is increasingly performing internationally and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in festivals in Europe and the USA.As a chamber musician Thomas is a founder member of the Gilbert Trio, an exciting venture started between friends and already receiving plaudits for their innovative programmes. They have been in demand in london and Manchester, with other engagements across the UK.As an orchestral musician, Thomas is vastly experienced, having performed in a number of exciting student orchestras, often as principal and professional session orchestras, covering most of the orchestral canon. He has worked with conductors such as Mark Elder, Semyon Bychkov and Vladmir Jurowski. In his final year in Academy Thomas has performed as Principal Cellist in the Royal Academy of Music Sinfonia, in a performance of a Puccini.
David Johnson
Hull-born violinist David Johnson studied in Manchester at the RNCM under the Polish violinist Bronislaw Gimpel. In 1978 he won a DAAD scholarship to study in Germany with Lukas David and Tibor Varga. During this time he became the leader of the Kammerorchester Tibor Varga. In 1980, he came to Cologne becoming a member of the Gürzenich Orchester. Shortly afterwards he was invited to join the Märkl Quartet in which for over ten years he performed in many German cities and abroad. During the early 90´s he was a founder member of the Spanish Arts Quartet. With both ensembles he made many radio and CD recordings. He has continually followed an intense activity as a chamber musician and soloist, playing concerts in Germany, England, USA, India, Norway and Brasil. He has played in many festivals, including the Rio International Cello Encounter in Rio de Janeiro performing as soloist in Mozarts Sinfonia Concertant together with the Belgian Violist Marie-Christine Springuel and I Musici de Montreal under Yuli Turovsky.
Ivan Alekhin

Ivan Alekhin is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London (RAM) where he studied with William Bennett and Clare Southworth and is currently taking his postgraduate course at RNCM with Richard Davis.
 He actively combines his solo performances with chamber music and orchestral playing. His performances at Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall included working with such conductors as Jac van Steen, Edward Gardner, Trevor Pinnock, Robin Ticciati, Paul Mann, Mark Heron, Clark Rundell and Philippe Bach. 

 His professional orchestral experience includes working with the Constella Orchestra at the Royal Opera House, the Philharmonia Orchestra with Yuri Timirkanov and coachings with the members of Halle Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and Netherlands Wind Ensemble. 

 During his postgraduate he was selected to take part in special performances at the John Ryland’s Library, Lasham Chamber Music Festival and New Music North West Festival where he had an opportunity to work with and perform for Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

 He combines his flute playing with composition and conducting.

He was awarded scholarships into Chetham’s School of Music and RNCM and he was recently named a Trevor James Artist.

Kate Bateman
American-born, British-trained flute player Kate Bateman performs regularly throughout England with her duo partner, Seungwon Lee. She has been named prizewinner in many solo competitions, including the Jonathan Myall Piccolo Prize, the British Flute Society’s Young Artist Competition, the 15th International “Friedrich Kuhlau” Flute Competition, and the Washington Flute Society’s Young Artist Competition. She has also given recent solo performances at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, as a guest artist at the British Flute Society’s bi-annual convention, and with the Türingen Philharmonie Gotha in Uelzen, Germany.

 Kate also works as an active orchestral musician. She worked with many well-recognised names during her studies, including Yan Pascal Tortelier, David Zinman, Trevor Pinnock, Heinz Holliger, and Sir Mark Elder. She was a part of the National Repertory Orchestra in 2015, and will spend the 2016 summer season with the Verbier Festival Orchestra.

 Kate attended Northwestern University for her undergraduate degree, where she graduated magna cum laude after studying flute with Walfrid Kujala, and baroque flute with Richard Graef. She holds a
master’s degree with merit from the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Clare Southworth on flute and Pat Morrison piccolo.

Trio Indigo
Cristine Avila Martinez started her musical studies in Bogota, where she had the opportunity to learn diverse repertoire from traditional classical to Colombian rhythms, later she could travel to Caracas – Venezuela whereshejoinedtheNational FluteOrchestra and had the chance to study with some of the most prestigious flute players from “El Sistema”. Cristine studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – London with Anna Noakes and MargaretCampbell andshefinishedher Bmus inJune2015, nowshehas been accepted to the Diplome d’execution course at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris to study the flute and piccolo with Jean Ferrandis.  Cristine has been part of numerous orchestral projects including Westminster Opera and Westminster Philharmonic, she has played venues such as Saint Martin in the Fields, St James’s Church and Blackheath Halls in London. Cristine plays concerts regularly with chamber music groups, she has a passion with for performing with fellow musicians.
Lithuanian born clarinetist ​
Antanas Makštutis started his studies at Juozas Naujalis music            gymnasium in Kaunas and received a bachelor‘s degree from Royal Academy of Music in London. Currently heispreparingfor DiplômeSupérieur deConcertisteat EcoleNormalede Musique in Paris as well as studying for his master‘s degree at Conservatorium van              Amsterdam. Antanas is a laureate of 20international competitions suchas the Grandprix in International competition " Music without limits“ 2016 in Druskininkai, Lithuania and was awarded the             gratitude diploma from the previous and current president of Lithuania. He performed as a soloist with Lithuanian Chamber, Kaunas Symphony, St. Christopher Chamber and Šiauliai Chamber orchestras as well as in side-by-side projects with London Sinfonietta, Nash ensemble and Orchestra of St. John’s players and played principal clarinet in Royal Academy of Music symphony and Ecole Normale de Musique orchestras.

Beatrice Stelzmuller is an Austrian-born pianist based inParis.Recent performances have            included Orchestra concerts with the Busan Symphony Orchestra, the Pannonic Philharmonia, the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra Klassika and the Styriarte Orchestra and as a soloist she has performed in many cities in Europe such as London, Cambridge, Brussels, Paris, Moscow and Vienna, in Asia in cities in Russia and Korea and in Madagascar and the Carribean. She is a prize-winner at several international competitions, including Lagny sur Marne, Bluthner and Takacs to name a few. A native of Austria, she started her studies on piano performance in Austria and continued studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she finished her Bachelor with Honours in Summer 2015. She has started her master studies at the Conservatoire de Paris in the same yea
lisa hagemann
Lisa Hagemann began the study of the viola at the age of 6 at the Conservatoire Populaire de Genève, where she studied for 15 years under the teaching of Miguel Da Silva and Nobuko Imai. Coincidentally, she graduated from the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève in 2014, and is completing her Master’s Degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Lisa is passionate about chamber music, and has played in a string quartet since she was 13. Her quartet won a first prize at the Concours des Jeunesses Musicales Suisses, a prize of the SUISA Foundation for the best interpretation of a Swiss work, and the prize of the Thiébaud Frey Foundation. Lisa got deeply into early music with learning the viola da gamba, and now plays equally on that instrument as with viola and the baroque viola. In addition to early music, she shares a love for contemporary music as well
Francisco Coser
Born in 1992 in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Francisco began his violin studies at age 7 and soon became a protégé of Dr. Marcello Guerchfeld, one of... the foremost violinists and pedagogues in Brazil. Francisco is an active soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, having performed in important venues across Brazil, in the US, in the UK, Italy and China.

Francisco has had masterclasses with world-class musicians such as, Maxim Vengerov, Tasmin Little, Miriam Fired, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ilys Gringolts, James Ehnes among several others. He has worked closely with chamber music coaches from groups such as, Chilingirian String Quartet, Doric String Quartet, Brodsky String Quartet, Badke String Quartet, Vermeer String Quartet, Dussek Piano Trio, among several others.

As a soloist, Francisco has performed with different orchestras in Southern Brazil, and had his solo debut in London, at the St James’s Piccadilly Church in June 2015. A few highlights upcoming in the 2016-2017 season are: debut at Musikverein - Vienna, a performance of the seldom performed Enescu Octet at St. James’s Piccadilly - London and being a co-commissioner of the “World Sonata Project” by American composer Stephanie Ann Boyd, a solo violin sonata project including violinists from all over the world. Francisco is a award-winning violinist, being a 2nd prize winner at the “Grand Prize Virtuoso - Vienna 2016” and during his time at the Royal Academy of Music he was awarded 2nd prize in the “2016 Winifred Small Prize” for solo violin and 4th prize in the “2015 David Martin/Florence Hooton Concerto Prize”, and also won several awards in Brazil, before leaving the country to study in 2010.

Francisco is an avid chamber musician, having performed with the most varied formations and is also a founding member of the “Tavares-Coser Duo”, a violin and piano duo, which has already performed in Italy, USA and Brazil ever since its debut in 2014.
Francisco’s repertoire is extremely varied, having a special interest in music composed after the 1900s and often working with living composers. An advocate of his fatherland culture, Francisco normally includes works by Brazilian composers in his recitals. Francisco is currently at the "Corso di Perfezionamento" of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and holds a Master’s degree, with Distinction, from the Royal Academy of Music, where he was a granted a “Santander Universities” Scholarship to study in the world-renowned class of professor Hu Kun and a Bachelor’s degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he was granted a performance scholarship, in the class of international soloist Yang Liu


Local Heroes

We are determined to provide opportunities for Hull-born youngsters to perform. We are calling them the local heroes, and will be keeping a close eye on their progress through the years of their development.


Eleanor Hockney

Eleanor is 11 years old and attends Beverley High School, where she is a member of the Senior Strings and Percussion groups.She had her
first piano lesson at
the age of 2 and her
first local festival performance was at the
age of 4. Eleanor is
also an active member
of the East Riding
Suzuki Violin Group.

Matthew ward

Matthew Ward is 11. He commenced piano lessons at the age of six and two years later had his first cello lesson. He is a member of the City of Hull Junior Youth Orchestra. Matthew is currently working towards Grade 5 on both the piano and cello.