Haydn String Quartet in A Major, Op20, No6
Rachmaninov Trio élégiaque No1 in G minor
Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op44
Maya Iwabuchi is Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a position she has held since 2011. She began violin lessons at the age of two. Her main influences that remain integral to her working life are professors Alice Schoenfeld and Rodney Friend. Since her first concert at the age of five, Maya has enjoyed an international career as a solo violinist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. Her performances have taken her to major concert halls worldwide such as the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Highlights for Maya as soloist include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and she has appeared in numerous renowned music festivals such as the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, Bath and Chichester festivals, and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove. The Strad has hailed her playing as ‘simply brilliant’ and the Times as ‘gorgeous’, and she continues to receive praise from the press. A committed chamber musician, Maya has been a member of Mobius Ensemble since 2004, and she has also collaborated with artists such as Steven Isserlis and Gil Shaham. Maya has garnered much admiration in her role as Leader from artists and critics alike, and has been regularly invited to lead orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Cadaqués and the John Wilson Orchestra. After 18 distinguished years, Maya ended her tenure as Leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2012, having led for major conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kurt Sanderling.
Xander van Vliet
Aleksei Kiseliov is one of the foremost cellists of his generation. Born in Belarus in 1985, he began his musical studies when he was only 5 years old at the Republican Music College with Vladimir Perlin. At the age of 12, Aleksei was a prize-winner at the Tchaikovsky International Youth Competition in St Petersburg. He became ‘Belarus Pupil of the Year’, a scholar of the President’s Fund of Belarus and received a special prize from the Vladimir Spivakov Fund. In 2000, Aleksei began studying with Tilman Wick in Hannover and 3 years later moved to London to study with Prof. Jerome Pernoo at the Royal College of Music. Aleksei was a prize-winner of several competitions and awards including Leverhulme Trust Award, Richard Carne Award, Lillian Sutton Award, Orpheus Sinfonia Trust Award, The Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Lambert Fellowship Award and Belbrand International Music Award. In 2008 and 2009 Aleksei directed his own International Music Festival ‘Melodrama’ in London and Minsk. Aleksei has been invited to perform at many International Festivals including Les Vacance Des Monsieur Haydn, Cello Masterclasses and Concerts in Kronberg, Beauvais Cello Festival, Aix En Provence Festival, Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival, GAIA Chamber Music Festival and Musica Mundi Festival with musicians such as Gavriel Lipkind, Giovanni Sollima, Alina Ibragimova, Nicola Benedetti, Itamar Golan and Maxim Vengerov. Since 2011, Aleksei combines his solo career with his orchestral role as a Principal Cellist of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, where he regularly performs as a soloist and in chamber groups. He also teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Since settling in the United Kingdom in 1984, Aaron Shorr has established an international career as soloist, chamber musician and educator. As well as appearing as soloist at London's South Bank in over thirty concertos, he has toured extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician worldwide. More recent performances have included tours of Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Holland, Turkey, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the United States. He has performed extensively in the United Kingdom appearing in concerti, solo recitals and chamber music concerts at the Wigmore Hall, St. Martins in the Field and St. John’s Smith Square and festivals throughout Britain. He has also appeared in major European Festivals including the BBC Proms, Menuhin Festival, Munich Biennale, Hanover Expo, Paganiniana in Genoa, Venice Biennale, Instrumenta Festival Mexico, the Skopje Days of New Music, Cyprus International Contemporary Music Festival and the Istanbul Biennale. He has broadcast frequently for radio, including BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland, Classic FM, Bavarian Radio, Swiss Classical Radio, ABC Australia, and WQXR New York.
In 2006, Aaron Shorr was appointed Head of Keyboard at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2013, he was awarded a Professorship from the RCS and from 2013-2015, also served as Acting Director of Music at the RCS.