2001/02 Season's Concerts
|29 September 2001||London Opera Players|
|24 November 2001||Alexandra Wood (violin)|
|19 January 2002||The Gonzaga Band|
|2 March 2002||Philip Moore and Simon Crawford-Phillips|
born in Berkshire in 1977. At the age of 16, she won a place at the Royal
College of Music and, having received her ACRM diploma, continued her education
at Selwyn College, Cambridge. She graduated with first-class honours,
with distinction in Music and the Donald Wort University Prize in 1998. As the President Emerita Scholar at the Royal College of Music, she
received a Distinction for her Advanced
Postgraduate Performance Diploma. From September 2000, she will take up the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship at the RCM. She studies
with Itzhak Rashkovsky
She won 1st
prizes at the Haverhill Sinfonia International Soloists Competition and the
International Young Musicians Platform in 1999, and 2nd prizes at the 11
International Yampolsky Violin Competition in Russia in 1999 (also winning the Bach
Diploma) and at the LASMO Staffa International Music Award 2000.
She was also a prize winner at the Lipizer International Violin
Competition 1995, Thames Valley Young Musicians Platform 1999 and the Tunbridge
Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition 2000.
In February 2000, she was selected for the Tillett Trust Young Artists
received prestigious awards from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust
(receiving the coveted "Star' award), Myra Hess Trust, Martin Musical
Scholarship Trust and the Allcard Grant Fund.
She was the principal prizewinner in the Harriet Cohen Memorial Music
Award 1998, the Emily English Violin Award 1999 and winner of the Emanuel
Hurwitz Prize for Outstanding UK String Performers 2000.
She has given
solo performances at various festivals, including Cheltenham, at venues such as
the Fairfield Halls and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and has broadcast live on
Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. She was the Concertmaster of the National Youth
Orchestra of Gt. Britain (1 993-94)
and has led numerous other orchestras under conductors such as Lorin Maazel and
Sir Colin Davis. At the RCM, she
leads the Chamber Ensemble, is a member of the prestigious Premier Ensemble and
was selected for the London Symphony Orchestra Strings Scheme.
scholarships for masterclasses with Grigory Zhislin, Mauricio Fuks and for
intensive study at the Keshet Eilon course in 1999.
She has also participated in masterclasses with Vanya Milanova, Sylvia
Rosenberg, Yfrah Neaman, Victor Danchenko, Zvi Zeitlin and Igor Oistrakh.
Alexandra plays the violin made by C.F. Landolfi of 1767, on loan from
the Royal College of Music.
Fraser completed her Masters of Music in Piano Accompanying & Chamber Music
at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Dr. Jean Barr and Dr. Russell
Miller. There she was twice awarded the school's Excellence in Accompanying
Award, as well as holding the Graduate Pianist's Award. Whilst at Eastman, she
successfully proposed the idea of an Accompanying Internship for young musicians
as they enter the professional world. She is currently in her second year of the
Goodhew Scott Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music.
in Vancouver, Silvia Fraser graduated from the Vancouver Academy of Music
with a BMus in Solo Piano and winning all available accompanying prizes, for
both instrumental and vocal partnerships. Silvia has been a regular teaching
assistant at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and a departmental assistant to
Anne Epperson at Music Academy of the West. Among the courses and societies she
has played for are the Banff Centre, the Holland Music Sessions, the Bowdoin
Summer Music Festival, and the Vancouver Cello Club. This last organization
granted her the first Colin Hampton Memorial Scholarship for her contribution to
the cello community. Masterclass experience includes playing for Zara Nelsova,
Yo-Yo Ma, Samuel Sanders, Cho-Liang Lin, Malcom Bilson, Natalya Gutman, Sarah
Walker, and Warren Jones.
performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio Vancouver, WXXI Rochester, BBC
Radio 3 and BBC2 television. She has performed internationally, visiting Canada,
the USA, Mexico, Holland, Norway, Germany, Spain, and the UK. She is accompanist
to the cellist, Guy Johnston, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2000.
a Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music, Silvia has chosen to concentrate
on giving instrumental duo coaching - a counterpart to the coaching singers
receive from pianists - as well as vocal accompanying (where her fluency in
French and Spanish are particularly valuable) and devising recital programmes.
To this end, Silvia has been awarded a prestigious Wingate Scholarship for the
plans include a Masterclass in Wigmore Hall with Thomas Hampson, concerts with
the Royal College's Premiere Ensemble, duo recitals throughout the UK and
France, and a concert tour of Southern Spain.