New Mentorship Groups announced

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ChamberStudio is delighted to announce the 2014-15 Mentorship groups:

Artesian Quartet

Hieronymus Quartet

Solem Quartet



The ChamberStudio Mentorship Scheme provides the opportunity for outstanding post-college chamber ensembles to study in depth with a chosen Mentor for an academic year.

The selection process included a written application, a discussion, and masterclasses with Richard Ireland (ChamberStudio Artistic Director), David Waterman (Endellion Quartet) and Christoph Richter (solo and chamber music cellist).

The Mentorship programme includes free of charge to the selected groups:

  • 36 hours of masterclass tuition
  • Two 3-day residential courses
  • £2,000 towards a project or projects that would contribute significantly to development of the group’s playing

Hieronymus Quartet – Yolanda Bruno & Hun Ouk Park, violins; Jenny Lewisohn, viola; Vladimir Waltham, cello – will be mentored by Peter Cropper

Solem Quartet – Michael Jones & Catherine Landen, violins; Alistair Vennart, viola; Stephanie Tress, cello – will be mentored by Christoph Richter

Artesian Quartet – Kate Suthers & Emily Davis, violins; Matt Maguire, viola; Antonio Novais, cello – will be mentored by David Waterman


In announcing the 2014-15 selection, Richard Ireland says:

“Nineteen young professional chamber groups applied for 2014-15.  The focus of the ChamberStudio Mentorship is on development of the group’s playing at the highest level rather than on career advancement, and we’ve chosen three groups that we feel show great potential and will make full use of the opportunities the Mentorship offers.”


The three groups benefitting from the current year’s Mentorship are the Ruisi Quartet (mentored by Simon Rowland Jones), the Bernadel Quartet and The Busch Ensemble (both mentored by Richard Ireland). In the inaugural year of the scheme, the Navarra Quartet was mentored by Eberhard Feltz and David Waterman.

Comments from this year’s Mentorship groups:


“…with the careful and experienced guidance of Richard Ireland we enjoy intensive rehearsal periods, teaching of the highest calibre from world famous artists and the ability to develop our individual identity…To be able to take time to reflect on and consider our musical future and statement is a privilege…To do all this with the help and structure that ChamberStudio can offer us will most certainly prove a defining experience in our development.The Busch Ensemble, winners of the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition and 2013 Park Lane Group Artists


“The opportunity to work with world-class chamber musicians regularly in such a focused and nurturing environment gives us the best chance of breaking onto the professional quartet scene.” Bernadel Quartet, winners of the 2013 Royal Greenwich Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition


“It is a great privilege to have been selected. At our stage of development the programme offers exactly what we need to allow us to grow and improve as an ensemble Ruisi Quartet


The 13/14 Mentorship programme is generously funded by the Albert & Eugenie Frost Music Trust, Fidelio Charitable Trust, Help Musicians UK (formerly Musicians Benevolent Fund), John Lewis Partnership, and The Richard Carne Trust. We are currently agreeing funding for the 14/15 Scheme.


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