From left to right: Lucy Jeal, Andrew Thurgood, Anna Cooper, Matthew Quenby, Sarah Dubost-Hautefeuille, and Pavlos Carvalho.
Ensemble Reza is creating a stir throughout the country with virtuoso and passionate performances. Founded in 2013 by close friends based in Sussex, the group aims to take chamber music of the highest quality to audiences in cities, towns and villages.
Ensemble Reza concerts can include any combination of string players from soloist to octet. Repertoire includes music from the great classical composers, and also arrangements by members of the group of different music genres including baroque, tango and jazz. Individually, group members have also performed worldwide with renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ensemble Reza became a registered charity in 2014. Charitable activities include a free lunchtime concert series, family concerts, workshops in mainstream and special needs schools, master classes and a community orchestra which includes friends and families of all ages and abilities, coached by musicians from Ensemble Reza. Ensemble Reza became a BBC Ten Pieces Champion in 2015.
“Reza” is taken from the Greek word meaning “roots”. It seemed appropriate for the members of a group who wanted to keep working on exciting musical projects, but rehearse closer to home
Miriam Teppich is a member of London Mozart Players and has been invited as Guest Principal with orchestras in the UK such as London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of English National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She has also led the Norwegian Opera Orchestra in Oslo.
Miriam was born in London and won the Frederick Grinke Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Sheila Nelson, continuing her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno and Mark Knight and later at the Paris Conservatoire with Boris Garlitski and Jean Jaques Kanterow. She was a string finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1996 and the following year won the Julius Isserlis Scholarship from the Royal Philharmonic Society. In the UK Miriam won many prizes for solo and chamber music playing including the Rose Bowl in the Guildhall Gold Medal for a performance of Bartok's 1st Violin Concerto in the Barbican Hall, London.
She has also received awards from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Hattori Foundation and the Rotary Club of Great Britain and played in masterclasses with Lorand Fenyves at the International Musician's Seminar at Prussia Cove, Cornwall as well as attending the Aspen Festival in Colorado, USA.
Whilst in Paris, Miriam led the chamber orchestra Jeune Orchestre Lyrique Francais as well as the orchestra of Academie de XXème Siècle under the baton of Pierre Boulez. Miriam has made solo and chamber music appearances at the Purcell Room, the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. A duo partnership with pianist Elli Spacova was formed in 1999 and recitals have been well received in London and Paris. Miriam has also performed concertos by Barber, Bruch, Elgar, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Brahms with various orchestras in the UK. Miriam plays a violin by Joseph Panormo 1810.
She has guest led the Brodsky Quartet with concerts in Rotterdam, Bologna and across the UK and toured with Alfred Brendel, playing Mozart Piano Quartets in concerts including Carnegie Hall New York, Musikverein Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Suntori Hall Tokyo. She has toured Scotland with her cellist duo partner Alexander Somov and has been invited as a guest artist to many music festivals across Europe and the UK including Montepulciano, Schwarzenburg, Sozopol, Syam, Presteigne, Newbury, Chester, North York Moors and IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music.
Since 2001, she has played regularly with the English Chamber Orchestra (touring as far afield as Korea, South Africa, Azerbaijan and Bermuda) and more recently La Follia, Orchestre de chamber d'Alsace and Orchestre Philharmonique du Strasbourg. From 2003-6 she was a member of the Royal Northern Sinfonia based at the Sage Gateshead.
Currently based in London, violinist Lucy Jeal enjoys a diverse chamber music and orchestral career.
She is a member of several chamber groups including the Somov Piano Trio, Pentagon String Ensemble, Strasbuskers and the eight piece Salonorchester Baden-Baden.
Lucy was born in London, was a music scholar at the Purcell School of Music and an Associated Board Scholar at the Royal College of Music with Felix Andrievsky. She then finished her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno, and as a Dean's Talent Scholar at Oberlin Conservatory of Music (USA) with Almita Vamos.
At the age of seventeen she won the LPO's international 'Young Soloist of the Year' competition which led to performances of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto in the QEH and RFH. She has played all the major violin concertos with various UK orchestras and more recently the Beethoven Triple concerto with the Strasbourg Philharmonie and Brahms Double concerto with the Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra. She was chosen for the Countess of Munster recital scheme for two years running as well as the 'National Federation of Music Societies' artists' recital scheme. She has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (BBC Young Artists' Forum) and Classic FM.
Andrew Thurgood was born in Ongar, Essex and showed an early interest in music, starting piano lessons at the age of four. He went on to learn the violin with Stella Wheeler and became a leading member of the Essex Youth Orchestra. He read Music at the University of Surrey, continuing his violin studies with David Martin and Nicholas Roth and specialising in performance, with a particular focus on 20th century chamber music. The university chamber music group were invited to play concerts at St John’s, Smith Square, The Queen Elizabeth Hall and at several other British universities. This led to an invitation to tour Venezuela, recording Schubert’s E-flat piano trio for Venezuelan national television.
After graduation, a diverse freelance career saw him work with the London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras; the City of London Sinfonia; London City ballet orchestra, West-End Theatre bands and commercial sessions and continued his interest in chamber music with the Grosvenor String Quartet. In 1990 he joined the London Philharmonic and remained a member there until 2012. During his time in the orchestra, Andrew was invited to play with several chamber ensembles, giving concerts at festivals in Brighton, Mayfield and Chichester and culminating in a residency at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, playing regular concerts and giving masterclasses.
Andrew now teaches the violin at Cumnor House and Brambletye Schools and is a founder member of Ensemble Reza, performing chamber music across the South-East and coaching for education workshops.
Matthew was Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Masters de Pontlevoy Academie Internationale de Musique from 2004 to 2008 He appears regularly as a soloist with London based Chamber Orchestras and has been a member of the 4th Dimension Quartet, London Concertante and recorded for EMI as part of the Lunel Quartet.
Matthew began playing the violin at the age of 5. At 18, he changed to viola and began his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he graduated in 1989. In 1991, he became Principal Viola of the European Chamber Orchestra as well as Assistant Musical Director.
She often plays with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, and has worked with such luminaries as Squeeze, Bjork, Massive Attack and Elvis Costello and once upon a time, survived a tour with Oasis.
In the last couple of years Anna has taken up the piano accordion on which she likes to play jazz and folk, and at long last the viola, which is such a joy to play in chamber music.
She lives and works as a player and teacher in West Sussex with her cellist husband and two daughters.
Anna studied the violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music. She began working in the theatre almost immediately, touring as an actor/musician with companies such as the Royal Shakespeare and National Theatre, and learning many new skills such as composing music for plays, puppetry, juggling and stilt-walking.
She has also led West End shows, played with London orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Jazz Sinfonia, and continues to work as a session musician on pop and film recordings. Her claim to fame is appearing in a Stephen Frears film with another violinist, with one violin between them!
As well as playing, Sarah loves teaching the cello and chamber music and devotes her time to many students in West Sussex where she teaches mostly in Burgess Hill Girls and Lancing Prep in Hove as well as standing in for many schools such as Worth Abbey School, Ardingly, Hurstpierpoint College, Lancing College, Great Walstead and Trinity Laban Junior in London. She also teaches privately. Sarah has also been the Music Director of the CIC primary school Orchestra which includes students from all primary schools in Haywards Heath since 2013.
Sarah’s wide ranging experience in educational work also includes Procorda residential courses, Royal College of Music’s Summer School, “Live Music Now!” scheme, founded in 1977 by the legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin and Music for Life Wigmore Hall (workshops for people with dementia) where she is a member since 2010.
Sarah Dubost-Hautefeuille began playing the cello in Paris and also studied singing in the Maîtrise de Radio-France. She obtained the First Prize of Paris for cello in 1998, the First Prize of Chamber Music in 1999 and the First Prize in Music Theory in 2000.
After deciding to devote herself to the cello, Sarah studied at the Royal College of Music of London where her teachers have included Leonid Gorokhov and Jerome Pernoo. She graduated in July 2003 and, thanks to her full Wingate Scholarship, studied another year on the Postgraduate Solo Performance course at the Royal College of Music of London.
Now, she plays with many chamber groups formed of musicians from orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. She is a founder and member of Ensemble Reza since 2013. She also freelances with many symphonic and chamber orchestras around the country.
He also performed with the LPO Chamber Ensemble with whom he held a residency at Cambridge University giving concerts and masterclasses there. He has also recently recorded for BBC radio.
Pavlos has appeared in venues such as the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London, St. David's Hall and the Millenium centre in Cardiff, and the Teatro dal Verme, Milan. Pavlos has also taken part in many master classes, including a BBC televised class given by Lynn Harrell and the Manchester Cello Festival with Janos Starker. As an adjudicator he has taken part in festivals all over the country including the National Chamber Music Festival for Pro Corda.
A large part of Pavlos’ musical life is dedicated to outreach work and he has been a member of the Live Music Now scheme.
Pavlos Carvalho started his musical studies with his father Santiago and then Stephen Popov. After gaining a BA in Ancient History he went to the Royal College of Music (RCM) to study with Steven Doane and, later, Jerome Pernoo. There, supported by a scholarship from the RCM and the Countess of Munster Trust, he graduated with distinction in solo and chamber music performance. He continued at the RCM as a Junior Fellow and assistant teacher of cello to Jerome Pernoo.
As a cellist Pavlos appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK and abroad with a wide-ranging repertoire from baroque through to twentieth century music. He makes regular appearances at the Brighton festival where he annually performs the six cello suites by Bach and has performed all the major cello concertos with orchestras around the country. He has won numerous prizes, including the Koblenz Chamber Music competition in Germany, the International Taneev competition in Russia, the Tunnell Trust in Scotland and the Kirckman Award in London – with Trio Belle Epoque.
Janet Hilton - Clarinet
Clarinettist Janet Hilton enjoys worldwide recognition. She is best known as a soloist in chamber music but her diverse career has encompassed orchestral playing and teaching.
As a soloist she has performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Ulster, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. Her career-long partnership with the Lindsay String Quartet until their retirement included recordings of the quintets by Mozart, Weber, Brahms and Bliss.
Janet’s extensive discography includes concertos by Weber, Copland, Nielsen, Stanford, Malcolm Arnold, Gerald Finzi and four concertos written for her by John McCabe, Elizabeth Maconchy, Edward Harper and Alun Hoddinott. Her partners in these were the City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Ulster, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta , with conductors Neeme Jarvi, Mathias Bamert, Vernon Handley, Bryden Thomson , Rumon Gamba and Norman del Mar.
A distinguished teacher, Janet has taught at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Birmingham Conservatoire and, from 1998 Royal College of Music London where she was Head of Woodwind and director of the wind ensemble for ten years and still continues to teach. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and Honorary Fellow of the Birmingham Conservatoire.
"It was the sort of playing that makes you want to get up and dance." THE GUARDIAN
Jakob Fichert - Piano
Jakob Fichert is a very sought after performer playing solo and chamber music recitals throughout this country and Europe. Jakob has performed in venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, the Wigmore Hall, and the Cadogan Hall.
Chamber Music and Lied repertoire has been at the heart of his performing career. He has collaborated with musicians such as Janet Hilton, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Diana Galvydyte, Oliver Coates and Helen-Jane Howells on numerous occasions and has recorded for Toccata Classics and for Naxos labels.
Jakob has won numerous prizes at international competitions both as a soloist and chamber musician. These include the Valentino Bucchi International Piano Competition for 20th century music in Rome, the Liza Fuchsowa Memorial Prize at the Royal-Over-Seas-League – best chamber music pianist, and the International Taneev Chamber Music Competition in Kaluga and Moscow.
A keen pedagogue Jakob has given numerous master classes in high profile independent and music specialist schools. He also works as an examiner for the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music and holds the position of Senior Lecturer for piano and piano accompaniment at Leeds College of Music.
Jane Haughton - Mezzo Soprano
Jane was born in Southsea and studied piano and singing at Trinity College of Music. After spending five years in Italy where she taught English and sang with various Baroque ensembles she returned to England to study singing full time. She later won a scholarship to study at the Peabody Institute, U.S.A and at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. In 1992 Jane won The Great Elm Music Festival Vocal Award.
Jane went on to have a busy career singing as a soloist and teaching. She has sung operatic roles for Castlewood Opera, Belfast, Clonter Opera and at the Wexford and Buxton festivals and worked frequently with London Voices chorus, L’Opera de Lyon and at Chatelet Theatre, Paris. In 1993 Jane co-founded The Garden Opera Company with whom she toured extensively throughout the U.K. and Holland. In 1999 Jane joined the Royal Opera House chorus for with whom she sang full time for 6 years.
In 2005 she took a sabbatical from the chorus and retrained as a vocal animateur with the ROH education department. She has since moved to West Sussex, Cuckfield to bring up her family. She now runs workshops for opera companies throughout the U.K. including ROH, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne and Wigmore Hall Education Depts and teaches part time at Ardingly College.
Jane continues to enjoy performing as a soloist with local choral societies and giving recitals. She has also set up a club for anyone who wants to sing called ‘The Singing Allsorts’ in Cuckfield and has most recently started a new choir for people with Dementia and their carers in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society and Glyndebourne Opera in Lewes.
Caroline Tyler - Piano
Caroline Tyler has performed at venues including the Barbican Hall in London, Enka Auditorium in Istanbul, and the Martinu Hall and British Embassy in Prague. She graduated with a first-class honours degree and a Masters degree with Distinction, both from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Caroline is an artist with Piha International and the Concordia Foundation of London, which has led her to perform full-house concerts in London at St-Martin-In-The-Fields and at Painters' Hall for an audience with the Lord Mayor of London. She is the winner of various competitions including the Anglo-Czech Trust Competition, the Christopher Duke Piano Recital and the Norah Sande Award. Caroline enjoys music education as well as performance, and gives annual piano masterclasses in Istanbul, is on the adjudication panel for the British & International Federation of Festivals, is an examiner for ABRSM, and will begin her PhD in solo piano arrangement later in 2014.
Robert Duncan - Viola
Born in London, Robert showed an early interest in classical music and started violin lessons at the age of seven with Colin Verrall, a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Later studies took him to the Guildhall School and Centre for Young Musicians where he also took up the viola. He decided to specialise on that instrument and entered the Royal College of Music where his main teacher was Frederick Riddle. Whilst at the College he won an Exhibition Scholarship and prizes for viola and chamber music.
After a period of freelancing in London he joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1977 as an Associate Member, becoming a Full Member three years later and Sub-Principal Viola in 1995. Apart from his long career in the LPO he has played in many chamber music groups, including the Park Lane Sextet which delved into the more rarely heard pieces of the repertoire giving some first performances, BBC broadcasts and concerts in major London venues and music clubs around the country. He took part in the first London Philharmonic chamber ensemble concert in 1992.
Louisa Lam - Piano
Louisa had her first piano lesson when she was five years old. Her debut performance was at the age of nine when she won a national competition to perform on stage with French pianist Richard Clayderman at the Derngate Theatre, Northampton. She has since studied at the Royal Academy of Music, King's College London and most recently, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she completed her Masters in piano accompaniment supported by the Worshipful Company of Cutlers.
Louisa has performed as soloist and accompanist in many of the major venues in London including the Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, St Paul's Cathedral and St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, as well as further afield, including the Auditori Winterhur in Barcelona and Eborae Musica in Portugal. She is proud to be involved in Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! scheme which focuses mainly on outreach work, aiming to bring music alive to a wide variety of audiences.
Louisa currently works as a staff accompanist at the Guildhall School and Director of Music at St Martin's Church in east London. She is also a repetiteur for Opera Anywhere and St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus, and a regular house pianist at the AIMS summer school for singers.
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Susana Dias - Bassoon
After completing a Master Degree in Advanced Performance Studies at the Royal College of Music, Susana has been freelancing with many UK based Orchestras including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and trials with Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestras and in Ireland with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Oporto, Portugal, Susana attended the Music Conservatoire in the class of Robert Glassburner. In London at the RCM she studied Bassoon with Andrea De Flammineis and Contrabassoon with Martin Field.
Susana was co-winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation Competition for Woodwinds, as well as the RCM Concerto Competition in 2005 leading to the performance of Mozart’s Bassoon concerto in the Mozart’s 250th Anniversary celebrations at LSO St. Luke’s.
In 2008 Susana was bassoonist with the Southbank Sinfonia, an orchestral academy based in London Waterloo, and with this orchestra she toured Italy as a member of the orchestra but also as a soloist in their Final Gala concert. Back in London this orchestra took part in the highly commended revival of Tom Stoppard’s play ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour’ at The National Theatre.
As a recitalist, Susana has given recitals in London, Porto and Prague with pianist Hana Fiserova and more recently with much acclaimed pianist Yuki Negish. Chamber Music is one of her biggest passions and Susana worked as a Guest Bassoonist with Ensemble 360, Berkeley Ensemble, and used to be a member of the London Myriad Ensemble, with whom she collected 1st Prize at the Second International Israeli Music Competition held in London in 2009.
Andrew Quartermain - Piano
Andrew Quartermain had his first piano lesson when he was 5 years old. As a child, he studied at the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he was awarded the Director’s Prize. He read music at Cambridge University, and returned to the Guildhall as a postgraduate on the advanced soloists course, where he was a prize winner in both solo and chamber music competitions.
He has a busy international concert schedule as both soloist and chamber musician performing with instrumentalists and singers from Europe and beyond. Teaching also forms a very important part of his work. Andrew is CEO and Artistic Director of Pro Corda and directs Pro Corda’s national “Create Together” programme for young people with special educational needs. He is on the staff of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and runs a music education project in south London. Composition work includes theatre music, a recently commissioned set of orchestral miniatures, and a new musical for schools to be published next year.