Anthony Moffat studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music with Manoug Parikian as tutor winning the highest accolade of violinist of the year before his graduation. As founder member of both the Duke String Quartet and the Borante Piano Trio he has toured around Europe; performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Vienna with the Haydn Chamber Orchestra of Vienna, and also given recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room.
As a soloist he has broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and recorded for BBC Radio 3. He has led many orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, BBC Concert and Hallé orchestras, as well as the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. He was appointed leader of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera in 2001.
Robert Irvine was born in Glasgow, and at the age of 16 was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied with Christopher Bunting and Amaryllis Fleming. Whilst there he won most of the major prizes in chamber music and solo playing.
On leaving the Royal College, he went on to further studies with William Pleeth and Pierre Fournier before joining the Philharmonia as sub principal cello. He also worked extensively at Aldeburgh, forming the Brindisi String Quartet and working closely with Sir Peter Pears as continuo cellist and as principal cellist of the Britten Pears Orchestra. At this time he toured much of Europe with the Brindisi Quartet, making numerous festival appearances and broadcasts.
He left the Philharmonia in 1988 to take up the position of principal cello with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, touring all over the world.
In 1990, he returned to Scotland to take up the post of principal cellist with Scottish Opera, and with Sally Beamish and James MacMillan founded the Chamber Group of Scotland, performing and broadcasting a wide range of music both chamber and solo.
The coming year includes concerts and recitals throughout the UK, including the Cheltenham Festival, St Magnus festival, Gloucester, Norwich, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness, as well as several European festivals.
He has recorded several CDs including the complete cello works of Sally Beamish for the Swedish label BIS, which received high critical acclaim, including CD of the month in the Gramophone magazine. There are also plans for further solo recordings in the next year, including Rachmaninov and Schostakovitch cello sonatas and some contemporary repertoire discs for Delphian Records.
He is a senior tutor of Cello and Chamber Music at the RSAMD in Glasgow.
Robert plays on a fine Venetian cello by Gofriller from 1725, kindly loaned to him by Renagour Rare Instruments.
John Thwaites studied with Harvey Dagul, Sulamita Aronovsky, Paul Berkovitz, Martino Tirimo and Christian Blackshaw, as well as in Siena, Vienna and the U.S. He is one of the most popular chamber music pianists of his generation, regularly appearing with the Schidlof, Maggini and Emperor Quartets, and ‘cellists Alexander Baillie, Johannes Goritzki, Louise Hopkins, Li Wei, Oleg Kogan, Alexander Ivashkin and Alexander Boyarsky. His recording of Lyapunov’s Piano Sextet for Dutton Digital with the Dante Quartet was BBC Music Magazine’s chamber music choice for November 2004 (rated maximum 5 stars in all categories) and the first in a series of Meridian recordings with the Primrose Piano Quartet of British repertoire has just been released (www.meridian-records.co.uk). He broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio Three.
He is a professor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and Course Director of Cadenza International Summer Music School.
Da Vinci Trio
This popular piano trio are now in great demand across the UK. They are as well known for their relaxed, witty and informative introductions as they are for their expressive playing. Forthcoming engagements include a series of concerts at Tolbooth, Stirling, appearances at West End Festival Glasgow, Sound Festival Aberdeen, Dundee and Dartington.
with Da Vinci Trio