Adrian Levine – First Violin Tutor
Born in London, Adrian Levine won a Junior Exhibition to the Royal College of Music at the age of 14. He later studied at the Royal Academy of Music where his teachers included Gyorgy Pauk, Sidney Griller and Emanuel Hurwitz.
Further study followed with members of the Amadeus Quartet for chamber music, a special study of the Janacek Quartets with the Janacek Quartet, and further violin studies with the great Polish virtuoso Henryk Szerying.
At the age of 24 he was appointed a first violinist in the English Chamber Orchestra, working with such artists as Daniel Barenboim, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zuckerman and Isaac Stern.
After three years with the ECO, touring widely to such places as Hong Kong, the Caribbean, Europe and the USA, he left to become Leader of the Amphion String Quartet, taking residencies first at the Hatfield Polytechnic (now the University of Hertfordshire) then at the University of Liverpool. With the Quartet he toured Europe, the Far East and the USA and made many broadcasts for the BBC. During this period he also toured Korea and Hong Kong for the British Council.
In 1985, he was invited to become Co-Leader of the Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields. In his five years with the Academy he frequently appeared as soloist, leader and director, making many recordings and performing in the USA, Australia, Japan, Korea, Scandinavia and nearly every European country.
In 1990, he was invited to become Associate Leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra, where he led many international tours and concerts, including the famous Pavarotti in the Park open-air concert in Hyde Park, London, in 1991, televised throughout the world.
In 1992, he left the Philharmonia to accept a five year post as Leader of the Opera House of Rome at the invitation of Giuseppe Sinopoli.Adrian has worked as Guest Leader with such orchestras as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Ballet, BBC Welsh and Welsh National Opera.
Since returning to work in London, Adrian has become much in demand as a teacher and chamber music coach. He was for four years on the faculty at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont, USA, and from 2002 to 2010 taught and performed at the International Musical Arts Institute in Maien, USA.
He was until 2004 Head of Strings at London's Centre for Young Musicians, and is now a Professor at the Royal College of Music in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Royal Society of Musicians. He is also on the staff at Chetham’s School, Manchester, where he teaches violin, viola and chamber music. He plays a Petrus Guarneri violin made in Venice, c 1740.
“Adrian was inspirational and incredibly helpful in regards to the music and advice for the future and playing.” 2015 UYO member
Joanne Quigley – Second Violin Tutor
Violinist Joanne Quigley was born in Newry, Northern Ireland. She graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester in 1999 with a BMus hons and Professional Performance Diploma.
Upon graduation she was also awarded the Emily English prize for violin and the Granada Prize for Chamber Music. Joanne was the recipient of many other awards during her college days including the KPMG Martin Musical Scholarship and the Young Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Since then, Joanne has enjoyed a busy and varied career playing with many of the leading orchestras and ensembles in the UK and Ireland. From 2003-2006, she was a member of the Northern Sinfonia and from 2006-2008 she was the co-leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin. On leaving that post, Joanne has been in demand as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She has recently led the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has appeared at the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra.
Joanne performs regularly with her brother David and together they have appeared in recital throughout the UK, Ireland and abroad. In 2008 they formed the Belfast Piano Trio with cellist Sasho Somov and performed to critical acclaim.
Joanne has broadcast as soloist and as a chamber musician for BBC, RTÉ and CBC radio. She is a Performance Associate of the Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada and is the director of Newry Chamber Music, an organisation that provides world class chamber music concerts for the citizens of Joanne’s home town.
Stephen Tees – Viola Tutor
Stephen Tees was born in Scotland, and moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music. His past experience as a freelance viola player in London is wide, and very varied. Some examples are: professional string chamber music (travelling to such places as Asia, Australia and New Zealand and USA); guest principal viola with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and English Chamber Orchestra; and working in the studio on countless films, television shows and in the pop world. From 1989-2009 Stephen was principal viola with the City of London Sinfonia, with whom he made 3 CD solo appearances on the Chandos label.
He has also been involved in community work, leading workshops with the Homeless, Primary Children and the Elderly, and in the business world using music in management training. For 20 years was a professor of viola at Trinity College of Music, and then for several years, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Variety has continued in recent years with him playing at Ronnie Scott's jazz club, the Burrbery male fashion show(!), and Womad Festival. He is now exploring world of jazz viola and this year appeared as a solo artist with his guitarist at the Lockerbie Jazz Festival.
“Steve Tees has been an amazing tutor. He’s extremely enthusiastic, gives us so much useful stuff / advice / practise tips to take away with us and is always willing to help out or give more advice in the breaks”. UYO member 2015
Bozidar Vukotic- Cello Tutor
Bozidar Vukotic is the founder member of the Tippett String Quartet. Born in London, he studied as a Goldsmith Company Scholar with the protegé of the great Mistslav Rostropovich, Professor Stefan Popov, at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and was awarded the prestigious Premier Prix. He continued his studies with William Pleeth, teacher of the legendary Jacqueline du Pre, and completed his training with Alexeander Kniazev in Moscow with the aid of Wingate Trust and Hattori Foundation Scholarships.
A prize-winner in the National Federation of Music Societies and Jeunesses Musicales International Cello competitions, Bozidar has performed as a soloist in the UK, USA, France, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Serbia and Montenegro. He has also appeared on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and in 2010 he made his debut for EMI Classics as soloist on Howard Goodall’s ‘The Seasons’.
As a member of the Tippett Quartet, he performs regularly at the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Purcell Room, on BBC Radio 3 and has appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Opera House, Bridgewater Hall, the Sage Gateshead and at the BBC Proms. He has recorded extensively to much critical acclaim for Naxos, EMI Classics, Classic FM Records, Signum, Guild, Dutton Epoque and Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records. 2010 saw the Quartet’s highly successful debut in the Gramophone Classical Chart with their recordings of Bax and Bridge Piano Quintets.
Bozidar has been invited to play as guest principal with many of this country’s finest orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Spain's Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife.
“Boz is an amazing tutor as he’s so calming and thorough when going through the pieces.” 2015 UYO member"
Dominic Dudley - Double Bass Tutor
Dominic Dudley was born in Dundee, Scotland, and began playing the Double Bass at the age of thirteen with Ronald Large. Dominic continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Thomas Martin and Kevin Rundell.
In 1994, Dominic was appointed Section Leader (Principal) Double Bass with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland at the young age of 23. In recent seasons he has also been Guest Principal at the RPO, CBSO and the Ulster Orchestra.
As a concerto soloist, he has worked with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, as well as the Hiberian Orchestra, Dublin City Chamber orchestra and the Royal Irish Academy Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Dominic has played with many leading International musicians, including Nicola Benedetti, Philip Cassard, john O'Conor, the Vanburgh Quartet, the Con Tempo Quartet, the Danish Quartet, Jorg Widmann as well as numerous chamber concerts with members of the NSOI. He also performs regularly at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
Dominic also enjoys playing in a crossover group called meascan (meaning mixture in Irish), featuring the bluegrass music of Mark o Connor. In 1996, Dominic was appointed Double Bass professor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Since then, Dominic has become increasingly interested in Music Education. He was a Music Facilitator for the NSOI, involving School visits and Workshops.
Dominic plays on an English Double Bass by Lott 1820, as well as an instrument by his teacher Thomas Martin.
Meyrick Alexander – Woodwind Tutor
Before taking up his position as Head of Woodwind at RWCMD in 2010, Meyrick Alexander had held the position of Principal Bassoon in the Philharmonia Orchestra since 1980, before which he was a member of several leading orchestras including the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia.
Meyrick is Principal Bassoon of the London Chamber Orchestra and has played period instruments with John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. He is a regular guest principal with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has performed extensively as a chamber musician and as a guest with nearly every British symphony and chamber orchestra, and is also a regular soloist at the annual International Double Reed Conference in the USA, Australia and the UK.
In contemporary music, he is the dedicatee of a number of solo works and has performed with the London Sinfonietta. He has been a member of the teaching staff at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire, and the RNCM and he regularly gives masterclasses and recitals at all the leading conservatoires in Britain and several in Europe, Australia, USA and the Far East. He has also served on the jury on two major international competitions.Currently, Meyrick is involved in the creation of the I Culture Orchestra in Poland which consists of young musicians and draws its members from Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Armenia and Poland.
“Meyrick was not only very nice and patient but also provided great musical advice and direction.” UYO member 2015"
Denis Curlett – Brass Tutor
Denis Curlett is from Belfast, and left in 1968 to study at Trinity College of Music, London. On leaving college, his career progressed and he became a member of 5 orchestras; Welsh National Opera, BBC Welsh, Halle, London Philharmonic and lastly Bournemouth Symphony. During his time in London, he was an examiner for Trinity College and visiting tutor for the Royal College and London Colleges of Music. His freelance work included London Brass. He is now a regular tutor with the National Children’s Orchestra and European Youth Music, and he teaches a number of pupils. He also continues to freelance as a player.
“Denis – really friendly and amazing musician. Great work and enjoyment was had in sectionals.” UYO member 2015
Toby Kearney – Percussion Tutor
Toby Kearney is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Royal College of Music in London and is Principal Percussion and Timpani in the CBSO.
Toby won the percussion section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2006 and went on to give many recitals as a soloist and with his percussion duo across the country, including at Wigmore Hall. He gave the UK premieres of Stockhausen’s Lucifer’s Dance at the Royal Festival Hall, Michael Jarrell’s Assonances VII for the BBC Proms and Avner Dorman’s double percussion concerto at the Bridgewater Hall.
Before joining the CBSO Toby freelanced in London playing regularly with the BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras, LPO, LSO, Britten Sinfonia and the London Sinfonietta as well as with many orchestras outside London
Outside of orchestral playing, Toby enjoys playing folk music and has recorded albums with singers Martin Simpson, Emily Portman, Fay Hield and MG Boulter. In his free time he likes hiking and attending real ale festivals.
Tanya Houghton – Harp Tutor
Originally from Birmingham, Tanya studied in Cambridge, London and Paris before embarking on a freelance career based in the UK and Ireland. She enjoys playing for a wide range of ensembles from symphony orchestras to chamber groups, and accompanying soloists and choirs. Her recent orchestral work includes appearances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia and the RTE NSO in Dublin and she is principal harpist of the chamber orchestra Orchestra of the Swan. As a choral accompanist she is fortunate to have worked with composers and conductors including John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, David Hill and Graham Ross, with whom she has appeared on BBC Radio 3's 'In tune' programme and also features on his CD of music by Imogen Holst, recently nominated for a Gramophone award. The recording ‘A rose in the middle of winter’ in which she accompanies Commotio choir in music by Bob Chilcott reached the top of last year’s classical charts. Last year she played for Britten’s 100th birthday concert in Wigmore Hall, accompanying tenor Nicholas Mulroy, and works regularly as a recital accompanist for singers. Aside from playing, Tanya works as an examiner for both the ABRSM and the Royal Northern College of Music, and has adjudicated the harp class at the Bromley and Redhill & Reigate competitions. Also a singer, she directs and sings in Melisma, the Belfast-based 8 voice choir.
“Tanya was so lovely and such an excellent teacher. Did not restrict the sectionals just to the course repertoire- shared information on general harp technique and repertoire. She gave us flowers!” UYO member 2015
Dave Lee - Horn Tutor
Dave’s first orchestral experience came playing for Sir John Barbirolli and the Halle Orchestra whilst still at school in the late sixties.
He then went on to perform as principal/co-principal horn with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Covent Garden and Royal Opera House Orchestra.
He has played principal horn for all the world’s principal conductors, including Sir John Barbarolli, Sir Adrian Boult, Rudolf Kempe, Sir Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink and Guilini. Chamber music is also important to Dave and he has performed to critical acclaim at the Wigmore Hall (Brahms Horn Trio) and the Purcell Room (Mozart Horn Quintet) with the Soloists of The Royal Opera House Orchestra. He is currently rehearsing repertoire for the formation of his Horn Trio.
He is the horn soloist with the Michael Nyman Band, touring the world and giving concerts with this exciting British composer. This year still holds visits to Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia and Portugal, and recordings of his latest opera and film scores. He has extensive experience in the commercial world of films and television, working with leading composers and performers in their field including Henry Mancini, John Williams, Shirley Bassey and Robbie Williams to the film work of Michael Nyman, Michael Kamen and Ed Shearmur. His latest credits include solo horn for Michael Kamen on the Band of Brothers series for television, and solo horn on the recently released film of Phantom of the Opera. His close association over the last 20 years with Andrew Lloyd Webber has involved his participation on all his recorded works on film, CD and television, including his 50th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall. He is playing on his latest released album Phantasia.
Following his involvement performing and recording with the pop group Morcheeba the lead singer Skye Edwards features as guest soloist on Dave’s debut album Under the Influence now on release with Quartz.
David Quigley - Piano TutorAward winning Irish pianist David Quigley enjoys a wide and varied career as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has performed in many of the world's greatest concert halls including the Philharmonie Köln, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Musikverein Vienna, Mozarteum Salzburg, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, National Concert Hall Athens, Wigmore Hall London, Konserthaus Stockholm and Carnegie Hall New York.
As a concerto soloist he has appeared with many orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Ulster Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, Southern Sinfonia and Cairo Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Barry Wordsworth, Barry Douglas, Takuo Yuasa, Sachio Fujioka and David Porcelijn.
David is also a much sought after chamber musician and performs with internationally renowned artists including oboist Nicholas Daniel, clarinettist Michael Collins, violinist Nathaniel Vallois and soprano Ailish Tynan. He also performs regularly with his sister, the violinist Joanne Quigley in both duo recitals and in trio recitals with cellist Jonathan Aasgaard. He has recently formed a new chamber group, Incus Ensemble, with clarinettist Jack McNeill and violist Rose Redgrave.
David's discography includes Piano Music From Northern Ireland (Lontano records), Saint-Saëns Carnival Of The Animals with Jeremy Young and the Lancashire Sinfonietta, Rediscoveries: Old and New music of Ireland with his sister Joanne Quigley (Ischia Records), Piano music by Philip Hammond (Lontano records) and his latest release, Piano Classics (El Greco Records). He broadcasts extensively on both radio and television for the BBC, RTÉ, Classic FM, RTÉ Lyric FM and Dutch Radio 4.
Recent performing highlights include a multi city solo recital and masterclass tour of China and chamber music recitals at the National Concert Hall Dublin, Barber Institute Birmingham and RNCM Concert Hall Manchester.
Aside from performing, David is passionate about musical education. He is a member of the piano faculty at Birmingham Conservatoire, one of the UK’s leading music colleges. He is co-founder/director of Newry Chamber Music, a concert society that provides concerts and education projects in his home town and surrounding areas. David is also frequently invited to give Masterclasses and to adjudicate piano competitions throughout Ireland and the UK.
David was a member of UYO from 1994 - 1996 and was also the first concerto soloist to play with the orchestra, performing Rachmaninov's second piano concerto.