Musicians and Creative

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 graduated with honours from the ‘A. Casella’ conservatoire in l’Aquila under Maria Mosca. He later graduated from the Royal College of Music in London studying with Ashley Wass and Sofya Gulyak, and completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music with Graham Caskie, generously supported by the Mary Rees Scholarship.

A prize-winner in National and International competitions: 2nd prize at ‘Riviera della Versilia’ International competition, 2nd prize at ‘Città di Asti’ International competition, 2nd Prize at ‘Città di Rocchetta’ International Competition, 1st prize at ‘Città di Rieti’ National competition. 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.

Mavron Quartet

The Mavron Quartet was formed in 2002 and is the first Ensemble in Residence at the National Concert Hall of Wales, St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

As well as its public performances, the Quartet has appeared at the Senedd, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lancaster House, the private London residence of the American Ambassador to the UK, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.

The Mavron Quartet has commissioned and performed a number of collaborative pieces – collaboration being a strong ethos of the Quartet.  Currently the Quartet is collaborating with composer Tom Green on The World’s Wife project, based on a set of poems by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.  A Wailing on the Wind, a storytelling collaboration with Liz Weir and composer Ian Stephens, was nominated for an Outstanding Multi-Arts Performance award from the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence in 2013.

Christiana Mavron and Rachael Elliot violins; Niamh Aston viola; Beatrice Newman cello

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.