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Tamás András
Concertmaster
Hungarian violinist Tamás András is Concertmaster of the Oxford Philha…
Tamás András
Concertmaster

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.

Tamás András
Carmine Lauri
Concertmaster
Carmine Lauri is Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. B…
Carmine Lauri
Concertmaster

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.

Carmine Lauri
Anna-Liisa Bezrodny
Co-Concertmaster
« Anna-Liisa Bezrodny is outstanding – technically brilliant and inter…
Anna-Liisa Bezrodny
Co-Concertmaster

« Anna-Liisa Bezrodny is outstanding – technically brilliant and interpretatively virile. She is no mere performer: she is a real and true musician. Bezrodny’s performance was gripping and assured, over-arching and yet keenly responsive to the flickering shades and shadows of moods. Her playing is impassioned and has a surging pulse. Yet she has a clear head and is capable of coolly calculating her effects without losing spontaneity. When appropriate, she plays at white heat, thrillingly, combined with superb technique »
Jessica Duchen

Anna-Liisa Bezrodny (10.9.1981) is Finnish/Estonian violinist who was born into a distinguished family of musicians, and grew up in Finland. She is currently in great demand as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and pedagogue around the world, receiving brilliant and praising critiques of her performances.

Already at the age of two she began her violin studies with Prof. Ivi Tivik, and at the age of nine she began her studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, in the class of her parents, Prof. Igor Bezrodny and Prof. Mari Tampere-Bezrodny. Her later years (2001-) took her to London, resulting in winning the most prestigious award in Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Gold Medal in 2006, previously won by masters such as Bryn Terfel and Jaqueline du Pre.

Over the years Anna-Liisa has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in the most prestigious concert venues of the world, including Gewandhaus Leipzig, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Kölner Philharmonie, Cadogan Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Finlandia Hall, Estonia Hall, St. Petersbugh Philharmonic Hall, Moscow Conservatoire Great Hall, and countless others. Anna-Liisa has worked with outstanding maestros such as Leif Segerstam, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi , Kristjan Järvi, Leonid Grin, Nikolay Alekseyev, Eri Klas, Okko Kamu, Olari Elts, Eugene Tzigane, Johannes Gustavsson, Taavi Oramo, Sian Edwards, Sascha Goetzel, Juha Kangas, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Arvo Volmer, Mihkel Kütson and numerous others.

She has recorded a debut CD on ALBA RECORDS with pianist Ivari Ilja, gaining an extremely praising response from all over the world (works including Elgar Sonata, Sibelius Humoresques, Prokofiev Sonata in D, and Rimsky-Korsakov), Tamberg Violin Concerto with Mihkel Kütson and Vanemuine Orchestra, a DVD for ERP Records “Ad Patrem Meum” including Haydn and Mozart Concertos, and most recently the Mendelssohn Octet with Maxim Vengerov for DECCA Records, as well as the early opus of the Enescu Quintet for Bayerische Rundfunks, with the Sonoro Ensemble.

Anna-Liisa is a recipient of countless awards and prizes, for example winner of special prize of the Rotary Club, winner of the Ian Fleming Charitable Award of the Musicians Benevolent Fund (London), winner of the Martin Musical Scholarship Award, (London), Hattori Foundation and Myra Hess Trust prizes, Ricci Foundation Winner 2009, Young Artist of the Making Music Foundation 2009, Heifetz International Violin Competition, Brahms International Competition etc. In 2005 Anna-Liisa Bezrodny was awarded the PROMIS Award for talented young musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, and in the same year received an honorary prize from the Pro Musica Foundation in Finland.

In season 16/17 Anna-Liisa was awarded an honorary Musician of the Year Award from the Estonian Cultural Foundation, for her internationally prosperous and productive concert-activity.

Anna-Liisa’s playing has been heard on several occasions on Finnish and Estonian National TV ́s and National Radio, NBC and BBC Radio 3 in the United Kingdom. The past seasons have taken Anna-Liisa

Bezrodny to perform with orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Leipzig, MDR Symphonieorkester Leipzig, Estonian National Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Riga Symphony Orchestra, Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Vilnius Philarmonic, Pecs Philharmonic, and countless others.

Anna-Liisa is a very devoted chamber musician, partaking in countless festivals around the world, and she has collaborated with some of the most outstanding musicians, for. ex. Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Ida Händel, Liana Isakadze, Alexander Rudin, Mackenzie Melemed, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Peeter Laul, Jean- Efflam Bavouzet, Lisa Batiashvili, Gilles Apap, Sayaka Shoji, Vikingur Olafsson, and many others. Her repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music, giving world-premieres to several pieces for ex.by Finnish and Estonian composers, such as Aulis Sallinen , Sebastian Fagerlund, Erki-Sven Tüür, Tõnu Kõrvits, Jaan Rääts, Harri Wessmann, Rein Rannap, Ülo Krigul and others.

Additionally to her busy solo career, Anna-Liisa has held a professorship positions at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as well as Purcell School in London, and is very passionate about music education for our future generations. She has held masterclasses in Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Romania, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Russia and the U.K., and is extremely eager to promote the young generation to involve classical music into their everyday lives. In addition Anna-Liisa is fluent in six languages including English, Russian, Estonian, Swedish, Finnish and German.

Anna-Liisa Bezrodny is the new Artistic Director of the Tallinn Chamber Music Festival, and the director of the Tallinn Sinfonietta, Estonia. Her future plans include playing the Brahms Double with cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson and the Niederreinische Philharmonie, as well as with the Kuopio Philharmonic, Corigliano “Red Violin Concerto” tour in Germany etc. She currently plays on a Hieronymus II Amati violin from 1678, kindly on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation. She is the Co-Concertmaster and Soloist of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, founded by maestro Marios Papadopoulos, already for the last 12 years.

Anna-Liisa Bezrodny
Eva Bindere
Associate Concertmaster
Eva Bindere is Associate Concertmaster of Oxford Philharmonic. As a yo…
Eva Bindere
Associate Concertmaster

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.

Eva Bindere
Evgenia Epshtein
Associate Concertmaster
Evgenia Epshtein is Associate Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic…
Evgenia Epshtein
Associate Concertmaster

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).

Evgenia Epshtein
Ruth Rogers
Associate Concertmaster
Born in London in 1979, Ruth Rogers began violin lessons at the age of…
Ruth Rogers
Associate Concertmaster

Born in London in 1979, Ruth Rogers began violin lessons at the age of five. In 1997 she was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music to study with Itzhak Rashkovsky. She graduated in 2001 with First Class Honours and was awarded the Tagore Gold medal – the College’s highest accolade – by HRH The Prince of Wales. From 2008 until 2012 Ruth was the co-leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and in 2015 was appointed as one of the Leaders of the London Mozart Players. She regularly guest leads the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and has appeared in principal roles with the Hallé, Philharmonia and RLPO. She has led orchestras under the batons of such maestros as Daniele Gatti, Sir Colin Davis and Sakari Oramo. As chamber musician, Ruth has performed at the Aldeburgh and Bath Festivals with the Tate Ensemble, and is a member of the Iuventus String Quartet and the Aquinas Piano Trio. She has appeared at the Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble. Ruth appears regularly with the Oxford Philharmonic.

Ruth Rogers
Adrian Adlam
Associate Concertmaster
A disciple of the legendary Soviet violinist Boris Goldstein, Adrian A…
Adrian Adlam
Associate Concertmaster

A disciple of the legendary Soviet violinist Boris Goldstein, Adrian Adlam is a violinist of great versatility who combines careers of performing, conducting and teaching with equal passion. He has appeared as a guest concertmaster with leading European orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hague Philharmonic, the Southwest German Radio Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and the Scottish BBC Symphony Orchestra, working with many of the most eminent conductors of our time. He has broadcast for both radio and television, while his CD recordings have included major chamber music works by Spohr, Beethoven, Bartok, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. His recording of the complete violin sonatas by Carl Nielsen received a supersonic award, and his recording of the Schubert octet was voted surround sound audio DVD of the year in Germany. His live broadcasts of the Bartók Solo Sonata and Berg violin concerto on Deutschland Radio Berlin were received enthusiastically and described as a mature ‘combination of technical expertise with musical integrity’. Following a recital at the Wigmore Hall, Adlam’s playing was described in the Strad magazine as ‘florid, lyrical and majestic’. As Artistic director of the International Freden Music Festival in Germany he has been responsible for the commissioning of over thirty new works for chamber ensemble and orchestra from a wide pool of internationally established composers. The festival was recently awarded the German Praetorius award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the arts.

Adrian Adlam
Matthew Denton
Assistant Concertmaster
Matthew Denton has performed for more than 20 years as the leader of t…
Matthew Denton
Assistant Concertmaster

Matthew Denton has performed for more than 20 years as the leader of the Carducci String Quartet, winning prizes at international competitions including the Concert Artists Guild (USA), Kuhmo (Finland), Charles Hennen (Holland), Osaka (Japan), Bordeaux (France) and London (UK). He has recorded over 25 CDs for labels including Signum, Naxos, BMG, Somm, Nimbus and has performed at major concert halls around the world. In 2015 the Quartet won a Royal Philharmonic Society award for ‘Shostakovich15’  – a project which included a performance of the complete Shostakovich quartets in one day, at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Matt studied with Felix Andrievsky at the RCM and then continued as a Junior Fellow, studying with members of the Amadeus, Alberni and Chilingirian Quartets. He is a violin professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Matt plays on a historic Brother’s Amati violin from 1603 – ‘The Hurwitz ex Cooper

Matthew Denton
Victor Dernovski
Assistant Concertmaster
Victor Dernovski was born in St Petersburg and gave his first concert…
Victor Dernovski
Assistant Concertmaster

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.

Victor Dernovski
Barbara Dziewięcka-Data
Assistant Concertmaster
Barbara Dziewiecka-Data is Principal First Violin of the Oxford Philha…
Barbara Dziewięcka-Data
Assistant Concertmaster

Barbara Dziewiecka-Data is Principal First Violin of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. Barbara. Born in Poland, she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal College of Music in London, where she studied with Krzysztof Śmietana and Itzhak Rashkovsky. Barbara’s solo and chamber music performances has taken her to various music festivals around the world in the UK, United States, Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Colombia, Cuba, Azerbaijan and others. Since 2010, Barbara has been regularly working with Nigel Kennedy, as a co-leader of his Orchestra of Life, as well as individually, including recordings for Sony Classical, 2013 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall as a section Principal and performances in Philharmonic Halls in Berlin, Munich and others. As an orchestral player Barbara has played in various British orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She was Principal Second violin in Senbla Orchestra for Quincy Jones’s Gala concerts in London and Paris. Barbara is also a solo violinist in a Latin-American ensemble Classico Latino, with which she regularly travels to perform in Colombia, including Teatro Colon in Bogotá. She appeared in all major Colombian TV and radio stations and recorded an album in the legendary Egrem Studios in Havana, Cuba.

Barbara Dziewięcka-Data
Anna Kosińska
Assistant Concertmaster
Anna Kosinska is Assistant Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic Or…
Anna Kosińska
Assistant Concertmaster

Anna Kosinska is Assistant Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since her solo debut in New York’s renowned Carnegie Hall, she has performed regularly in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Vienna Musikverein, Tonhalle Zürich, The Charles Bronfman Auditorium Tel Aviv, Cadogan Hall London, Berlin Philharmonic, Lincoln Centre New York and Warsaw Philharmonic.

She is a major prize winner of many international violin competitions, including The International Violin Competition Carnegie Hall, New York, The International Violin Competition in Lugano, Switzerland. She was also awarded multiple scholarships, including Sholarship of the President of the Republic of Poland, Sholarship at the Music Institute and Society in Warsaw, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Poland, Music and Art Govermental award of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

Anna Kosińska recorded for Naxos, Decca, ARD, ZDF, Medici and Polish Television TVP.

Anna is a member of The Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Guest Co-Leader of the Malta Philharmonic and Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, guest violinist in Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin and Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin.

Anna Kosińska
Claudia Ajmone-Marsan
Principal Violin
Born of Italian and Danish parentage, the violinist Claudia Ajmone-Mar…
Claudia Ajmone-Marsan
Principal Violin

Born of Italian and Danish parentage, the violinist Claudia Ajmone-Marsan is a member of Ensemble 360 and Camerata Bern, Switzerland. Always active as a chamber musician, Claudia has played in international festivals around the world including Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Belgium, Spain and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove and Plush. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and Israeli, Belgian, Swiss and Swedish radios. Claudia has played regularly in orchestras such as the Berlin Staatskapelle (under Daniel Barenboim), the Royal Danish Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, the Philharmonia and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra. As concertmaster, she has led the Kammerphilharmonie Neuss am Rhein, Santander Festival Orchestra and the Presteigne Festival Orchestra. As principle second, she has guested with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Nordica and the Welsh National Opera. Her solo performances have included appearances with the Copenhagen Chamber Soloists, Oberlin Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and Kammerphilharmonie Amadé. She has recorded a CD with pianist Tanya Bannister, which was selected on ArtsBeat as the ‘Pick of the Week’ by the New York Times.  As a founding faculty member of Alpenkammermusik in Austria, Claudia has coached and played alongside musicians both amateur and pre-professional.

Claudia Ajmone-Marsan