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Concert No 4

8pm Saturday 1st December 2018
at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre

Aurea String Quartet

Greta Mutlu (Violin), Rosemary Attree (Violin),
Christine Anderson (Viola) and Abby Hayward (Cello)

Resident RNCM String Quartet   

  “A magnetic performance” - Glasgow Herald

Aurea String Quartet     

The Aurea Quartet is a group of exciting young musicians living and working in Manchester.

During their first year performing together, they were finalists in the 1st Sándor Végh International String Quartet Competition in Budapest where they were awarded a special prize for their outstanding performance of Lajtha String Quartet No.7. They were winners of the St Martin-in-the-Fields chamber music prize 2014, and after a series of successful auditions, were selected for the Enterprise Music Scotland Residency Project 2014-15, as St John’s Smith Square Young Artists 2014-15, and as resident quartet for the 2015 Wye Valley Chamber Festival. They have subsequently enjoyed playing regularly for audiences throughout Britain and Europe. The quartet has performed in exciting projects such as the Beethoven Plus series at King's Place, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Cottier Chamber Project, and the International Musicians Platform Festival. They have performed live on BBC Radio 3 (both In Tune and Proms Plus) and on BBC Radio Scotland's Classics Unwrapped. A busy couple of years has also included exciting collaborations with Daniel Tong, Susan Tomes, Krysia Ostostowicz, and Nicholas Trygstad. The quartet was awarded a place as International Young Artist quartet at the Royal Northern College of Music for the year 2016-2017, where they played regularly to Petr Prause, Catherine Yates, and Donald Grant.

Greta Mutlu (Violin)

Currently based in London, Bulgarian violinist Greta Mutlu is enjoying a wide variety of engagements.

In addition guest appearances with different chamber ensembles, she has taken part in the Wye Valley and Britten-Pears chamber music residencies. She has also attended Le Domaine Forget Chamber Music Sessions, the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford University, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. During her studies in America, Greta performed internationally as a member of the Carnegie Mellon University Honors String Quartet and has been a participant in the Cleveland Institute of Music Intensive Quartet Seminar. Her mentors include members of the Cleveland Quartet, Timothy Ying, and Noah Bendix-Balgley.

Greta's past solo performances include Alban Berg's Violin Concerto, Introduction et Rondo Cappriccioso by Camille Saint-Saëns, and Arvo Pärt's Tabula Rasa. She regularly appears in recital with pianist Veneta Neynska. In masterclass, she has worked with members of the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, and the London Haydn Quartets, as well as Leonidas Kavakos, Mauricio Fuks, Jeanne Lamon, and Sir Roger Norrington.

A sought-after orchestral musician, Greta's recent engagements include international tours with the London Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, and the Aurora Orchestra. She also plays with the English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the 12 Ensemble.

Former pupil of renowned American pedagogues Paul Kantor and Andres Cardenes, Greta holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Rosemary Attree (Violin)

Northumbrian violinist Rosemary Attree studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where she graduated with First Class Honours and a Masters degree with Distinction in 2013.

In 2014 Rosemary was appointed Sub Principal player in the Second Violins with the Hallé Orchestra.

As a keen chamber musician, Rosemary regularly works with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Manchester Camerata, as well as several other symphony orchestras in the UK. While studying at the RNCM in Manchester, Rosemary was a member of a Prize-winning string quartet and represented the college at the Cavatina Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition in London as well as performing numerous times at the annual Chamber Music Festival.

She joined the Aurea Quartet in 2016, with whom she recently acquired an International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Christine Anderson (Viola)

Glaswegian violist Christine Anderson completed her Masters degree at the Royal College of Music, graduating with distinction in 2014. She studied there with Simon Rowland-Jones, and previously with Jane Atkins at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

A keen chamber musician, Christine is a member of the award-winning Aurea Quartet, and has performed chamber music throughout the UK and Europe in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Buckingham Palace, and Cité Internationale des Arts. Christine has performed as a guest violist with the Sacconi Quartet, the Edinburgh Quartet, Kremerata Baltica, and at Swiss Chamber music festival, Avigdor Classics. She took part as a Young Professional in the 2009-2013 Mendelssohn on Mull festivals, and was delighted to be invited back as a Mentor for the 2016 festival. In 2013, she was viola soloist in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the RCM Chamber Orchestra at the Autumn in Malvern Festival.

She greatly enjoys taking part in multidisciplinary projects; these have included working with Cryptic Theatre, DJ Benji-B, and the instrumental collective Fat-Suit. Along with the Aurea Quartet, she performed a new work by composer Matthew Whiteside, featuring video and electronics, at the Northern Ireland Science Festival this year.

Christine joined the viola section of the Hallé in 2016; in addition, she enjoys freelancing with many of the UK's orchestras.

Abby Hayward (Cello)

Abby Hayward grew up on Shetland and graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy with first class honours and from the Guildhall School of Music with a Masters in Performance with distinction in 2013. During her studies she was generously supported by the Countess of Munster, Leverhulme and Help Musicians UK trusts.

Currently cellist of the Aurea Quartet, with whom she won the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, she plays frequently throughout the UK and Europe and has given several performances for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Scotland. Abby has also played chamber music in the Barbican, Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth halls, won an Ian Fleming Award and played in the City of London Music Festival and East Neuk Festival among others. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Halle, Manchester Camerata, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with Spira Mirabilis.

Between 2013 and 2015 Abby joined the Sistema Scotland team in Govanhill, Glasgow where she taught over 500 children a week as part of a team working in two nurseries and four primary schools.


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