MEET OUR ARTISTS

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THE HILL QUARTET

String Quartet

The Hill Quartet are an innovative, multi-national chamber ensemble based in London. Previous season highlights include the Marylebone, Barnes and Petworth Chamber Music Festivals and recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly Church and Hatfield House. Their recent concert at the outdoor Bandstand Chamber Festival was praised in a five star review from The Arts Desk as a “fluid and refined interpretation” of Ravel’s quartet. Currently the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Fellows, the upcoming 2021/22 season will see them appearing at the West Cork, North York Moors , Fulham and Rye Arts chamber festivals as well as taking up a residency at Snape Maltings (Britten-Pears Young Artists Program). Outside of the concert hall, they will bring a mix of old and new music to the Fidelio Orchestra Cafe and Omnibus Theatre.

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JIMBO JONES

Producer

Between patching feedback loops into analog gear and recording the drunken ramblings outside a chipper at 3am, Jimbo Jones (aka Jamie Mathews) is a music producer that attempts to convey reality. Originally from Dublin, Jimbo grounds his work in a specific time and place. He achieves this through the creation of an ever-changing array of tones and melodies, backed by off-kilter rhythms and interpolated field recordings drenched in humour and political undertones. His music is both warm and inviting while simultaneously being unpredictable and sharp. The Heat Death of My Hometown is the debut album from Dublin producer Jimbo Jones. Built from the frustration of skyrocketing rents, ever-stagnant wages, and the erosion of cultural spaces, this concept album guides the listener through a detailed narrative in a rapidly decaying Dublin City. Documenting gentrification and emigration in a once-vibrant city, Jimbo creates a tapestry of sonic textures and electronic beats that maps out the entropic process assailing his beloved hometown. Through the use of field recordings ranging from pedestrians and protesters to public transport and pub talk, an immersive world is created that “captures an anxiety” (Nialler9 Podcast) imbuing modern day Dublin. This album features samples from local creators such as Kojaque, Emmet Kirwan, and Una Mullally, showing the pervasiveness of this feeling across the breadth of the city. The album’s diverse collection of wonky beats overlaid with spoken word segments mirror these ideas and capture a chaotic vision of the world within these city limits. All proceeds will be donated to CATU (https://catuireland.org), a grass roots organisation aimed at supporting those hit hardest by the issues raised in this piece of work

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PETER REGAN

Pianist

Peter's playing has taken him from Carnegie Hall New York to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Toronto and the National Concert Hall Dublin. Described as a “major talent” in the Irish Times, he has performed on RTÉ Radio One and has given recitals at festivals including West Wicklow Festival, Westport Festival of Chamber Music, Clandeboye Festival, Winterval Festival and Boyle Arts Festival as well as in venues in the UK, the US, Spain and Switzerland. He has played Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 with Camerata Ireland and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Hibernian Orchestra and looks forward to returning as soloist with Camerata Ireland and the Dublin Orchestral Players in the National Concert Hall.

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CAROLINA BLASKOVIC

Violinist

Violinist Carolina Blaskovic is graduated from the Royal College of Music, London with Master of Music degree, during which she was generously sponsored by the Frankopan Fund, Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust, the Zetland Foundation and the Hockerill Educational Foundation. As a soloist, she has performed at venues throughout the UK such as the Regent Hall, Pushkin House and V&A Museum, and internationally in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, The Grand Concert Hall of the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi. In 2017, she won a first prize at American Protégé International Piano and String Competition and in 2019 she was invited to participate at Vietnam International Competition for Violin and Chamber Music and at Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition.


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TARA VISCARDI

Harpist

Irish harpist Tara Viscardi hails from the Beara Peninsula, and is currently in the final year of her Master of Music in Performance at the Royal College of Music studying with Ieuan Jones, alongside completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Harp Performance at the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado, Milan with Irina Zingg. She is also a 2021 Wigmore Learning/Open Academy Fellow as member of early music/folk fusion trio Nobody's Jig. Having performed widely as a solo and chamber recitalist, recent highlights include appearances at the Bloomsbury Festival London, Dublin Philharmonic Society recital series, the Irish Embassy in London, The Royal College of Music Chamber Music series and the Irish Cultural Centre, in association with Irish Heritage.

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ZEPHYR QUINTET

Wind Quintet

Formed of top RCM woodwind players, the achievements of the Zephyr Quintet members are abundant. Clarinetist Liam Forster has performed as principal with YMSO, ULSO, RCM Symphony, Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras as well as leading the RCM Wind Ensemble in performance for HRH Prince Charles. He has also toured South Africa with Carnegie Hall's DeCoda Ensemble and. has performed on BBC Radio 3. Bassoonist Alison Wormell won the 2020 RCM Woodwind Competition, has performed with the London Mozart Players and Sydney Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as guest principal with Opera Australia, the Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras and was concerto competition winner at Sydney Conservatory of Music during her undergraduate studies. Oboist Izy Cheeseman is a final year scholarship student at the RCM, has performed as principal with RCM Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras and has won places on the Royal Philharmonic and BBC symphony orchestras' sit-in  schemes. Horn player Henry Wright has performed with the Philharmonia, London Firebird and Birmingham Royal Ballet Orchestras, was soloist with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's orchestra for Schumann's Konzertsück for Four Horns and Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and performed Mozart's Fourth Horn Concerto with Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra. As a founding member of Inventus Winds, he has toured the UK and Dallas. Flautist Ida Li earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chung-Ang University under Seung-Hwan Shin and Rock Sun Moon. She's currently in her final year of Master's study at the RCM and looks forward to joining the prestigious Artist Diploma programme in September.

ROBERT FINEGAN

Saxophone Player

Described as “One of the most exciting Irish saxophone players in a generation”, Robert Finegan is an award-winning saxophonist currently studying for a Masters of Music Performance in the Royal College of Music, London, where he is a Dr Michael West Scholar. In addition to solo performances, Robert has performed with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, SinfoNua Orchestra, Hibernian Orchestra, Irish Films and Pops Orchestra, and the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra. Robert also made his London debut performing as an opening act for the 2019 Champions Tennis in the Royal Albert Hall.

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EVANGELINE TANG

Bassist

Evangeline is enjoying a flourishing freelance career and has played for many orchestras and ensembles touring around the world and prestigious venues in London such as the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Kings Place, Barbican and Cadogan Hall, just to name a few. She has played under the baton of renown conductors such as; Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Jurowski, Vassily Petrenko, Raphael Payare and John Wilson. She has been principle bass with the National Youth String Orchestra and Young Musician Symphony Orchestra as well of the many RCM orchestral projects.