With a residency at Wigmore Hall under their belt, top ten best classical records to their name, and young musicians of the year in their midst, there’s no denying the talent of the musicians that make up the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective.
‘These are chamber musicians who work at the very highest level. Nicola Benedetti is amongst them, which gives you an idea of the level and respect that they have.’ Adrian Kelly – BIF’s Artistic Director
So, if you missed out on Nicola Benedetti tickets at Buxton, you have two chances of seeing this remarkable group of young musicians, of which she is a member.
We are delighted to introduce the musicians who will be playing in Buxton are:
Savitri Grier Violin
Savitri recently made her debut as soloist with the Concerto Budapest and Qatar Philharmonic Orchestras and is a sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. She is currently Associate Concertmaster of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich, she also appears regularly as concertmaster with the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
Amarins Wierdsm Violin
Amarins was the Dutch Young Musician of the Year 2007 and is currently the first violinist of the Barbican Quartet, which formed at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2014. The Quartet have performed across Europe and have enjoyed success on the competitions circuit, winning first prize at the Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in 2019.
Rosalind Ventris Viola
Alongside regular performances with Kaleidoscope, Rosalind is the violist of flute, viola and harp ensemble Trio Anima. She has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Tabea Zimmermann, the Nash Ensemble and the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio.
Rosalind is the Director of Musical Performance and Performance Studies at the University of Oxford, and is a Professor of Viola at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Laura van der Heijden Cello
Admired for her captivating sonority and creative programming, Laura has emerged as one of the leading cellists of her generation. Her first album with Chandos Records, Pohádka, was released in 2022 to critical acclaim.
Her engagements in recent years include concerts with leading orchestras such as Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, European Union Chamber and English Chamber Orchestras, New Zealand Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra at the 2018 BBC Proms, and with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the opening concert of the inaugural BBC Proms Australia. S
Laura was the winner of the BBC Young Musician competition aged 15.
Tom Poster Piano
Tom is co-founder and artistic director of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, and a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist. He has been described as ‘a marvel, [who] can play anything in any style’ by The Herald, ‘mercurially brilliant’ by The Strad, and as having ‘a beautiful tone that you can sink into like a pile of cushions’ by BBC Music.
Over two days, be transported to the elegant salons of Paris in the first recital, with music by Bonis, Boulanger, Debussy, Ravel and Saint-Saëns. Then enter a world of English Romanticism with the second concerts, with a programme including likes of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Rebecca Clarke and Edward Elgar’s Piano Quintet.
‘It’s not a coincidence that Kaleidoscope are appearing on the same day as pianist Paul Lewis. The concerts together will make for a very enriching day. It’s always worth taking in some of the younger singers and instrumentalists who really excel and who will be stepping up to be central figures in the British Classical music scene in years to come.’ Adrian Kelly