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


Miriam Turner, Matthew Quenby, Andrew Thurgood, Pavlos Carvalho

Ensemble Reza is creating a stir throughout the country with virtuoso and passionate performances. Founded in 2013 by close friends based in Sussex, the group aims to take chamber music of the highest quality to audiences in cities, towns and villages.
Ensemble Reza concerts can include any combination of string players from soloist to octet. Repertoire includes music from the great classical composers, and also arrangements by members of the group of different music genres including baroque, tango and jazz. Individually, group members have also performed worldwide with renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ensemble Reza became a registered charity in 2014. Charitable activities include a free lunchtime concert series, family concerts, workshops in mainstream and special needs schools, master classes and a community orchestra which includes friends and families of all ages and abilities, coached by musicians from Ensemble Reza.   Ensemble Reza became a BBC Ten Pieces Champion in 2015. 
“Reza” is taken from the Greek word meaning “roots”. It seemed appropriate for the members of a group who wanted to keep working on exciting musical projects, but rehearse closer to home. Audiences have also really enjoyed first class music making on their doorsteps.

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The concert programme will include:

Schubert Quartettsatz in Cmin, D703
Shostakovich String Quartet no 8 in Cmin, op 110

Dvorak String Quartet no 10 in Eb, "The Slavonic"

Miriam Turner (violin) was born in London.  She 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. 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 has 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 at the Barbican Hall, London.
Miriam was a member of the London Mozart Players from 2008 until 2017 and has been invited as Guest Principal with leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Philharmonia Orchestra. She has also recorded many film scores. Teaching is very important to Miriam and she is currently Upper Strings Leader with West Sussex Music.

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.
After graduation, a diverse freelance career saw him work with the London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras; the City of London Sinfonia; London City ballet orchestra, West-End Theatre and commercial sessions.  In 1990 he joined the London Philharmonic and remained a member there until 2012.
Andrew now teaches the violin at Cumnor House and Brambletye Schools, performs chamber music with Ensemble Reza and plays violin and electric violin with the folk-rock band Fable 44.

Matthew Quenby (viola) 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) started his musical studies with his father Santiago and then Stephen Popov. After gaining a BA in Ancient History he went to the Royal College of Music (RCM) to study with Steven Doane and later, Jerome Pernoo. There, supported by a scholarship from the RCM and the Countess of Munster Trust, he graduated with distinction in solo and chamber music performance. He continued at the RCM as a Junior Fellow and assistant teacher of cello to Jerome Pernoo.
As a cellist Pavlos appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK and abroad with a wide-ranging repertoire from baroque through to twentieth century music. He makes regular appearances at the Brighton Festival where he annually performs the six cello suites by Bach and has performed all the major cello concertos with orchestras around the country. He has won numerous prizes, including the Koblenz Chamber Music competition in Germany, the International Taneev competition in Russia, the Tunnell Trust in Scotland and the Kirckman Award in London – with Trio Belle Epoque.  He also performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Chamber Ensemble with whom he held a residency at Cambridge University giving concerts and masterclasses there.
Pavlos has appeared in venues such as the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London, St. David's Hall and the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, and the Teatro dal Verme, Milan. Pavlos has also taken part in many master classes, including a BBC televised class given by Lynn Harrell and the Manchester Cello Festival with Janos Starker. As an adjudicator he has taken part in festivals all over the country including the National Chamber Music Festival for Pro Corda.
A large part of Pavlos’ musical life is dedicated to outreach work and he has been a member of the Live Music Now scheme and founder member of the chamber group Ensemble Reza.