Sat 24th February 2018, 7.00 pm, Haywards Heath Methodist Church:


Miriam Teppich, Matthew Quenby, Andrew Thurgood, Pavlos Carvalho

Ensemble Reza was established in 2013 by a group of Sussex-based players who were keen to develop a programme of concerts and education workshops for local schools and audiences. The group brings together a wealth of talent and experience in both performance and education with members representing some of this country’s finest orchestras. Ensemble Reza are committed to taking first class music and education to local audiences across Sussex. The name Reza is taken from the Greek word ‘roots’. With growing family commitments the players have enjoyed performing locally – at their roots – in contrast to the stresses of orchestral touring. Audiences have also really enjoyed first class music making on their doorsteps.

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The Concert Programme will include string quartets by Dvorak and Shostakovich.

Miriam Teppich (violin) is a member of London Mozart Players and has been invited as Guest Principal with orchestras in the UK such as London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of English National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She has also led the Norwegian Opera Orchestra in Oslo.
Miriam was born in London and won the Frederick Grinke Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Sheila Nelson, continuing her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno and Mark Knight and later at the Paris Conservatoire with Boris Garlitski and Jean Jaques Kanterow. She was a string finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1996 and the following year won the Julius Isserlis Scholarship from the Royal Philharmonic Society. In the UK Miriam won many prizes for solo and chamber music playing including the Rose Bowl in the Guildhall Gold Medal for a performance of Bartok's 1st Violin Concerto in the Barbican Hall, London.
She has also received awards from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Hattori Foundation and the Rotary Club of Great Britain and played in masterclasses with Lorand Fenyves at the International Musician's Seminar at Prussia Cove, Cornwall as well as attending the Aspen Festival in Colorado, USA.
Whilst in Paris, Miriam led the chamber orchestra Jeune Orchestre Lyrique Francais as well as the orchestra of Academie de XXème Siècle under the baton of Pierre Boulez. Miriam has made solo and chamber music appearances at the Purcell Room, the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. A duo partnership with pianist Elli Spacova was formed in 1999 and recitals have been well received in London and Paris. Miriam has also performed concertos by Barber, Bruch, Elgar, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Brahms with various orchestras in the UK. Miriam plays a violin by Joseph Panormo 1810.

Andrew Thurgood
(violin) was born in Ongar, Essex and showed an early interest in music, starting piano lessons at the age of four. He went on to learn the violin with Stella Wheeler and became a leading member of the Essex Youth Orchestra. He read Music at the University of Surrey, continuing his violin studies with David Martin and Nicholas Roth. Whilst at university, he developed his passion for chamber music, which took him as far afield as Venezuela, where a Piano Trio concert tour culminated in recording Schubert’s E-flat Trio for Venezuelan national television.
A diverse freelance career included orchestral work with the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic and City of London Sinfonia; touring ballet with Sadler’s Wells and London City Ballet; and he played in the orchestras of several shows in London’s West End and on many commercial session recordings. Andrew continued to play chamber music with the Grosvenor String Quartet and explored the more obscure branches of 20th century repertoire with the Varese ensemble.
Andrew joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1990. He took advantage the more relaxed schedule of the orchestra’s summer residency at Glyndebourne, to play in LPO chamber ensembles. Appearances at festivals in Brighton and Mayfield led to a residency at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, performing and giving masterclasses.
In 2012 Andrew gave up his membership of the orchestra to devote more time to looking after his family and to passing on his experience to a younger generation. He now teaches the violin at Cumnor House School, plays in a number of chamber ensembles and makes occasional guest appearances with the LPO.

Matthew Quenby (viola). Matthew began playing the violin at the age of 5. At 18, he changed to viola and began his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he graduated in 1989. In 1991, he became Principal Viola of the European Chamber Orchestra as well as Assistant Musical Director.
Matthew was Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Masters de Pontlevoy Academie Internationale de Musique from 2004 to 2008 He appears regularly as a soloist with London based Chamber Orchestras and has been a member of the 4th Dimension Quartet, London Concertante and recorded for EMI as part of the Lunel Quartet.

Pavlos Carvalho (cello) studied at the Royal College of Music where he graduated with distinction in Advanced solo and chamber music diplomas. He has been an international prizewinner in Chamber music competitions in England, Germany, Russia and Italy. Pavlos has performed as a solo and chamber musican in venues such as the Purcell room, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Teatro dal Verme, Milan and recorded for the BBC. As a soloist he has performed in festivals around the country and abroad, including an annual performance of the 6 Bach Suites and the complete Beethoven sonatas in the Brighton Festival. Pavlos is one of the founding members of Ensemble Reza.
A big part of Pavlos' musical life also involves outreach and education working for groups such as Live Music Now, Pied Piper, In Harmony, Music for Life and the Trinity's Laban's Animate Orchestra.