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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Anna-Liisa Bezrodny

BY Larisa    February 15, 2019

Anna-Liisa Bezrodny was born into a distinguished family of musicians in Moscow. She is currently in great demand as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician all over the world. She is Associate Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic. At the age of nine, she began her studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, in the class of her parents, Professors Igor Bezrodny and Mari Tampere-Bezrodny. In 2006 she won the most prestigious award at Guildhall School of Music and Drama: the Gold Medal, previously won by Bryn Terfel and Jaqueline du Pré. Anna-Liisa has appeared as soloist with orchestras in most prestigious concert venues in the world, such as Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Cologne Philharmonie, Cadogan Hall and St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall. In addition to her busy solo career, since 2007 Anna-Liisa has taught at both Purcell School and the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is Professor of Violin in Karlsruhe Hochschule für Musik.

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Yuri Zhislin

BY Larisa    February 15, 2019

Described by The Strad as a 'virtuoso with a truly Romantic temperament', Yuri Zhislin enjoys an active and illustrious career as a soloist and chamber musician. Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year 1993, Yuri Zhislin has performed in major concert venues across Europe, including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Salle Cortot, and Kolarac in Belgrade. He is Professor of Violin and Viola at the Royal College of Music, and is in high demand as a visiting professor at the Conservatorio de Liceo in Barcelona, Malmö Academy in Sweden, and in Bulgaria, Holland, Japan and Australia. Yuri Zhislin holds the position of Co-Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Natalia Lomeiko

BY Larisa    February 15, 2019

Natalia Lomeiko has been Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra since 2011. Born into a family of musicians in Novosibirsk, Russia, she has established herself internationally as a versatile performing artist. Having won numerous prizes in the Tchaikovsky, Menuhin and Stradivari competitions, in 2000 she received the Gold Medal and first prize in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition (Genoa), and first prize in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (Auckland) in 2003. Since her debut with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra at the age of seven, Lomeiko has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, such as the RPO, Philharmonia, Oxford Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Tokyo Royal Philharmonic, St Petersburg Radio Symphony and Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra. Her recording catalogue includes Grieg sonatas and French sonatas with Olga Sitkovetsky, and a duo CD with her husband, violinist/violist Yuri Zhislin. Natalia Lomeiko was appointed a Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music in 2010 and Professor of Violin at Eton College in 2017.

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Carmine Lauri

BY Larisa    February 15, 2019

Carmine Lauri is Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in 1971, he started playing the violin at the age of four, later studying with Mario Bisazza. In 1988, he was awarded the Associated Board scholarship to continue his studies in London at the Royal Academy of Music with Jean Harvey and Maurice Hasson. His solo performances have included numerous recitals and concertos in the UK and abroad with orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic, London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Malta Philharmonic, to name but a few. His recordings include Bravura, Violin Extravaganza and the entire 2005-2007 violin syllabus of the Associated Board. In 2006, Lauri’s own country, Malta, bestowed upon him the National Order of Merit – M.O.M.

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Tamás András

BY Larisa    February 15, 2019

Hungarian violinist Tamás András is Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1996, he was prize winner of the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark and received third prize at the Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition in Hungary in 1997. Tamás has appeared as a soloist with the Budapest Philharmonia Orchestra, the Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players among many others, and has given recitals and chamber concerts throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. He has also appeared as guest leader of several orchestras in the UK including the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Tamás is currently Co-Leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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