Ulster Youth Orchestra Summer Concert in the Guildhall, Derry-Londonderry, 25th July 2014
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Outreach Series 2013 - UYO String Tutors in Strabane March 1st and 2nd» 22 February 2013
Over the weekend, 1st and 2nd March, 2013, a trio of Ulster Youth Orchestra string tutors, Joanne Quigley (violin), Steve Tees (viola) and Bozidar Vukotic (cello) will visit Strabane High School to coach the Intermediate Strings and the WELB Youth Orchestra. On Friday evening, the tutors will work with the young string players as they rehearse Karl Jenkins’ Palladio and on Saturday, they will assist the youth orchestra as they rehearse Borodin’s Polovstian Dances. The tutors will introduce innovative ideas on relaxation, development of intonation and good ensemble and give tuition on the development of various bowing techniques.
Joanne Quigley: Violin II
Irish violinist Joanne Quigley enjoys a wide and varied career in music. She was the acting leader of the RTE Concert Orchestra (2011-2012) and in addition plays regularly as a principal violinist with the English Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic. She has also appeared as guest leader of the Royal National Scottish Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Joanne plays regularly with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s period instrument group Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique. She has toured extensively with these groups in China, Japan, Europe and the USA.
Away from the orchestra, Joanne is in much demand as a chamber musician recitalist and soloist. She has performed and broadcast throughout the UK, Ireland and abroad to critical acclaim with her brother pianist, David Quigley, and in 2010 they released their first recording entitled “Rediscoveries, Old and New Music of Ireland”. She also founded the Belfast Piano Trio in 2009 with David and Bulgarian cellist, Sasho Somov.
Joanne is a lecturer in violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is passionate about outreach work and in 2010 had the great privilege of travelling to Iraq to coach the newly formed National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. She has been a coach for the Ulster Youth Orchestra since 2005.
Joanne is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. She is a Performance Associate of the Banff Centre, Alberta and founder and Director of Newry Chamber Music.
Stephen Tees – viola tutor
Steve Tees was born in Dumfries but grew up in Aberdeen. He studied with Cecil Aronowitz at the Royal College of Music in London, then subsequently with Peter Schidlof and Emanuel Hurwitz.
From 1971 - 1984 he was a member of the Amphion String Quartet with whom he made regular BBC radio 3 broadcasts and Wigmore Hall appearances, and toured Europe, U.S.A. and the Far East. The Quartet was resident at Hatfield Polytechnic 1973 - 1976 and Liverpool University 1977 - 1980.
He was principal viola with the City of London Sinfonia 1986 – 2009 under Richard Hickox. As soloist with the C.L.S., he appeared many times at venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican, and St. Johns Smith Square, and broadcast on B.B.C. Radio 3, as well as making various C.D.s with the Orchestra for Chandos Records. In addition to concert work, he particularly enjoyed participating in the very active education, community and management training work which the C.L.S. pioneered.
From 1988 – 2002 he was also a member of the Academy of St. Martins-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble. With them he travelled widely throughout Europe, U.S.A., Canada, South America, Far East, Australia and New Zealand, and recorded a large amount of string chamber music on the Chandos and Phillips record labels.
In the past, his many activities have included several tours with John Williams (the guitarist) and Friends, a performance of Hindemith`s Trauermusik with the London Chamber Orchestra broadcast live from Geneva on television to 26 countries, the solo recording of the incidental music for B.B.C. Television`s production of Ibsen’s “HeddaGabler” and many world premiers with the London Sinfonietta of composers such as Birtwhistle, Knussen, Colin Mathews and Xenakis.
For twenty years he was Professor of Viola at Trinity College of Music London and recently was appointed to the same role at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (ex RSAMD) in Glasgow.
Bozidar Vukotic – cello tutor
Bozidar Vukotic is the founder member of the Tippett String Quartet. Born in London, he studied as a Goldsmith Company Scholar with the protegé of the great Mistslav Rostropovich, Professor Stefan Popov, at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and was awarded the prestigious Premier Prix. He continued his studies with William Pleeth, teacher of the legendary Jacqueline du Pre, and completed his training with Alexeander Kniazev in Moscow with the aid of Wingate Trust and Hattori Foundation Scholarships.
A prize-winner in the National Federation of Music Societies and Jeunesses Musicales International Cello competitions, Bozidar has performed as a soloist in the UK, USA, France, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Serbia and Montenegro. He has also appeared on BBC Radio 3 ,Classic FM and in 2010 he made his debut for EMI Classics as soloist on Howard Goodall’s ‘The Seasons’.
As a member of the Tippett Quartet, he performs regularly at the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Purcell Room, on BBC Radio 3 and has appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Opera House, Bridgewater Hall, the Sage, Gateshead and at the BBC Proms. He has recorded extensively to much critical acclaim for Naxos, EMI Classics, Classic FM Records, Signum, Guild, Dutton Epoque and Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records. 2010 saw the Quartet’s highly successful debut in the Gramophone Classical Chart with their recordings of Bax and Bridge Piano Quintets.
Bozidar has been invited to play as guest principal with many of this country’s finest orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Spain's Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife.
Bozidar teaches at the Royal Academy of Music.
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