Colin Callow

BY Larisa    May 14, 2019

Colin Callow studied at Chetham's School and the Royal Northern College of Music. He performed with the Northern Sinfonia, before taking a position with the Amphion quartet. Subsequently, he has performed with quartets including the English, Medici and Chilingirian quartet, and played with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for 19 years, and more recently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has coached many summer schools in England and Italy as an assistant to Manny Hurwitz. Colin is Principal 2nd Violin of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. 

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Imogen East

BY Larisa    May 14, 2019

Barbara Dziewięcka-Data

BY Larisa    May 14, 2019

Barbara Dziewięcka-Data was born in Poland and came to study in London in 2006, having been awarded a full scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where her teacher was Krzysztof Śmietana. She completed the BMus (Hons) course and got a distinction for her principal study in 2010. In 2012, Barbara graduated from the Royal College of Music in London where she completed a master’s in Performance, studying with a renowned teacher Itzhak Rashkovsky. Apart from the Oxford Philharmonic, Barbara’s orchestral experience includes working with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Nigel Kennedy’s Orchestra of Life. She has taken part in projects conducted by Valery Gergiev, Jiří Bělohlávek, Semyon Bychkov, Marin Alsop, Sakari Oramo, Francois-Xavier Roth, Vasily Petrenko, Sir John Elliot Gardiner and others. Barbara is also a member of Latin ensemble Classico Latino. The group regularly performs in Latin America, including the Teatro Mayor Julio Santo Domingo and Teatro Libre in Bogota, Colombia.

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Alicja Smietana

BY Larisa    May 14, 2019

Born in 1983 in Kraków, Alicja Smietana is Assistant Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic. Winner of numerous competitions and awards, Alicja studied at the Kraków Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Kronberg Academy where her teacher was Christian Tetzlaff. Alicja has performed as a soloist and chamber musician with many of the world’s greatest musicians including Gideon Kremer, Nigel Kennedy, Martha Argerich, Simon Rattle and Gustavo Dudamel. In 2010, she was asked by Nigel Kennedy to become a co-artistic director of his new Orchestra of Life, with which she has also performed in the most renowned halls including the Berlin, Cologne and Munich Philharmonies, the Palais des congrès de Paris and the Royal Festival Hall. Alicja plays a magnificent Camillus Camilli violin dated 1740 with a Jean Persoit bow thanks to Mr Nigel Brown and the Stradivari Trust.

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Victor Dernovski

BY Larisa    May 14, 2019

Victor Dernovski was born in St Petersburg and gave his first concert with a symphony orchestra in the prestigious Philharmonia Hall in his hometown, aged 9. In 1980, he joined the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, studying with Leonid Kogan and Igor Bezrodny. In 1986, Dernovski joined the Moscow Soloists ensemble under the direction of Yury Bashmet, and in 1995, was appointed a leader of the Orchestre National de Lyon. Since 1997, Dernovski has been leader of the L’Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse. He has been invited to guest lead a number of prestigious orchestras, including the Hallé Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the London Symphony Orchestra (guest co-leader). Alongside this, Dernovski participates in numerous festivals in Europe and the United States as a solo and chamber musician. He was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic in 2018.

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Charlotte Scott

BY Larisa    May 14, 2019

Charlotte Scott has enjoyed a varied career as a chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster. She has been Associate Concertmaster of Oxford Philharmonic since 2015. Charlotte studied at Wells Cathedral School and at the Royal Academy of Music where she won the Franstein Violin Prize. Charlotte was 1st violinist of the Piatti Quartet from 2006-2013, during which time they were nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. The quartet enjoyed an international concert schedule at venues included Wigmore Hall (live BBC Radio 3), Madrid’s National Auditorium and the Vienna Konzerthaus. Their discography includes recordings for LINN Records, Classical Label and Champs Hill. From 2013-2017, she was the 1st violinist of the Badke Quartet, performing in venues including Concertgebouw and Esterhazy Palace. Charlotte is currently a member of the Oculi Ensemble. As a soloist Charlotte has performed with some of the leading UK orchestras and with her duo partner James Baillieu, at venues and festivals throughout the UK. Charlotte is a regular guest Concertmaster for orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal National Scottish Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic, where she has taken part in numerous live broadcasts and concerts at the BBC Proms. Charlotte plays on a violin by Antonio Stradivarius 1685 ‘Gagliano’.

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Evgenia Epshtein

BY Larisa    May 14, 2019

Evgenia Epshtein is Associate Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg), Russia, she began her violin studies at the age of six and attended the High School for Gifted Musicians under Vladimir Milshtein. Evgenia immigrated to Israel in 1990 where she studied with Arthur Zisserman, Yair Kless and Irena Svetlova at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music. She then studied with Benzion Shamir at the Rotterdam Royal Academy, where she received her master’s degree. As co-founder of the Aviv Quartet, Evgenia is a winner of the Third Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (1999 Grand Prix and four special prizes), the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition (2003) and Charles Hennen Music competition (1999).

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Shlomy Dobrinsky

BY Larisa    May 14, 2019

Praised by The Strad as a ‘poised and calmly confident player’, Shlomy Dobrinsky is Associate Concertmaster of Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. After receiving a master’s degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama following his undergraduate degree at the Royal College of Music, Shlomy has performed with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Philharmonia, of which he was a member for 11 years. Shlomy has won various prizes at international violin competitions, including the Lipizier in Italy, the Unisa in Pretoria and the Philharmonia/MMSF Concerto Award which granted him an invitation to debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Shlomy performed at the most prestigious concert halls including Wigmore Hall and the Southbank Centre. Shlomy also enjoys teaching and has given masterclasses including at the Koster Festival, Sweden and Chipping Campden Academy.

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Eva Bindere

BY Larisa    February 15, 2019

Eva Bindere is Associate Concertmaster of Oxford Philharmonic. As a young girl, Eva took her first steps towards becoming a musician in Emils Darzins Special Music College and then completed her Bachelor’s degree in Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. Having finished her studies in Riga, she became a student in the City of Basel Music Academy and was a student of the renowned French violinist Raphael Oleg. Eva is a member of the Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and a guest leader of the Kremerata Baltica. Regularly appearing with virtually all Latvian orchestras, she has also appeared as guest leader with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Basler Chamber Orchestra, and Suedwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz. Eva is a member of the Strings Faculty at the Latvian Academy of Music, and records regularly for Latvian Radio.

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