British violinist Martyn Jackson was born 1988 and has performed as both a solo artist and chamber musician throughout the UK, much of Europe and the Middle East.The 2011-12 season has included performances of the Brahms, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky Concertos as well as various recitals throughout Europe and chamber music performances with cellist Henri Demarquette in the Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin and Les Invalides in Paris. In addition, this autumn he shall make his recital debut at the Southbank Centre's Purcell Room as part of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund's Recital Scheme.
Martyn currently studies at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin with Professor Stephan Picard and is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, London where he studied with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky.
Martyn frequently attends many International Masterclasses and Festivals and in the past he has taken part in the International Musicians' Seminar Prussia Cove, Lac Leman Music Masterclasses, Keshet Eilon International Violin Mastercoure, Cully Classique, Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander and The Lake District Summer Music Academy. He has also received masterclasses from Zakhar Bron,Vadim Gluzman, Ida Haendel, Michaela Martin, Shlomo Mintz, Hagai Shaham and Pavel Vernikov.
In 2008 Martyn featured alongside internationally renowned violinist and conductor Shlomo Mintz in the Holocaust documentary flm “Amnon's Journey”, a flm depicting the intricate relationship between musicians and their instruments while giving voice to a lost generation. He has also broadcast live on Suisse Romande Télévision et Radio, Süddeutsches Radio and on BBC 4 television.
He currently performs on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.
Alison Rhind (pianist)
Alison Rhind was educated at Chetham’s School of Music, Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music where she studied with Edith Vogel. After leaving Guildhall she was invited back to Chetham’s to join the accompanists’ team at the school. During this period she was also asked to be the official accompanist for the BBC Young Musician of The Year and also for the Aberdeen Festival of Youth.
From 1993 until 2006 she was the accompanist at the Yehudi Menuhin School where she accompanied masterclasses given by Yehudi Menuhin, Daniil Schafran, Janos Starker, Steven Isserlis, Mstislav Rostropovich and Andras Schiff amongst others.
She toured extensively with Menuhin School pupils and it was during this period that she was first invited to accompany at the prestigious Kronberg Cello Festival in Germany.
Alison is regularly invited to work at the Royal College of Music in London and was recently asked to be the official accompanist for the String Final Recitals.
She is the regular accompanist of Nicola Benedetti with whom she has played for the last nine years and with whom she enjoys a busy touring schedule. 2006 took them twice to Japan, Europe and the USA, as well as many appearances in UK festivals and concert series. Other regular recital partners have included violinists Dora Schwarzberg and Alina Ibragimova, the great French bassist Francois Rabbath and cellist Leonid Gorokhov.
She regularly appears on radio, television and major venues all over the world.