Musicians and Creative

Vlad Maistorovici

Romanian violinist-composer-director Vlad Maistorovici performs internationally in repertoire ranging from Bach to Turnage, through Enescu and Queen. In 2015 he founded vibrate!festival in the city of Brasov, Transylvania, an event that explores ways of refreshing the listening experience of classical music. Bringing together world-class innovative artists from all across Europe, the festival reaches out to a wide audiences through eclectic repertoire and cross-discipline projects in alternative spaces. Maistorovici plays a 1751 Nicolò Gagliano violin, kindly provided by the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation.

Rachael Elliot

Rachael is a member of the Mavron Quartet and has a busy freelance career, performing regularly around the UK with orchestras including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and British Sinfonietta. Rachael has played for numerous live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and has made regular television appearances for BBC One, BBC Wales and S4C.

Niamh Aston

Originally from Co. Monaghan in Ireland, Niamh studied at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is a member of the Mavron Quartet. Niamh has performed with a number of professional orchestras and played with a wide variety of artists, ranging from classical to pop, which have been broadcast on BBC, ITV and S4C.

Kathryn Price

One of Britain’s most internationally sought after soloists, Welsh cellist Kathryn Price performs to considerable world-wide critical acclaim. Her New York debuts at Carnegie Hall, and the Alice Tully Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center won rave reviews from the New York Times, and resulted in a schedule of worldwide travelling with concert tours throughout the USA, Europe, the Far East, and broadcasts for American and British radio and television. Two documentaries recently made about Kate have been shown on the BBC networks and American TV. Many new works have been commissioned especially for her by Arts Institutions both in Britain and the USA.

Giordano Ferla

Born in Rome, Italy, Giordano began playing piano at an early age. He gained a place at the ‘S. Cecilia’ Conservatoire in Rome at the age of 10 and later graduated from the Royal College of Music in London, and completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music. He has taken part in masterclasses with internationally renowned artists such as Peter Donohoe, Ian Jones, Dorian Leljak, Freddy Kempf, Jeremy Denk, Katia and Marielle Labeque, Tamara Stefanovich. He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in Italy, the UK, Isle of Man and Romania. Future engagements include recitals in Italy, France and the UK.

Charlie Barber

Composer Charlie Barber (b. 1949) has worked in a wide variety of musical genres: orchestral and chamber works, film, video, music-theatre and dance.

In 1978 he formed a new music ensemble which gave several world premieres including Sex and Death at Covent Garden (1986),a large scale orchestral, installation and promenade event which took place in the National Museum of Wales.

Later, he formed a 12-piece Band whose repertoire covered an eclectic assortment of musical styles – from Machaut to John Cage and The Velvet Underground to Chick Corea, as well as non-Western music.

His works have been performed at Settembre Musica, Turin; Festival Internacional de Música, Portugal; Brno International Music Festival; Marató de l’Espactacle, Barcelona; Hong Kong Arts Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and concert halls in Prague, Amsterdam and Budapest.

Film projects include music for Jean Cocteau’s surrealist classic Blood of a Poet (2006); Salomé (2009), the 1923 film starring Nazimova; and a new score for Jean Epstein’s 1928 film The Fall of the House of Usher (2014).

Other works include BreakBeats (2005) for piano, percussion, DJ and breakdancers; LUDWIG (2006) a tribute to Beethoven; Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2009) for string quartet; Michelangelo Drawing Blood (2013) a chamber opera; The Tempest (2016) for countertenor, period instruments and video, and most recently Radio Amore (2018) a live mix of British and Italian music for oboe and string quintet.