The Soloists

Maxim Calver and Anna Lee, soloists for 2nd March 2019


Anna Lee: Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1994, Anna started learning the violin at the age of six. In 2002, she moved over to the UK and studied with Lutsia Ibragimova for two years before being accepted into the Yehudi Menuhin School at the age of ten with a full scholarship. She started her studies with Natasha Boyarsky and throughout her time at YMS she has performed in the school’s Summer Orchestral Concerts, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Reims Cathedral, Thaxted Music Festival, Banstead, Leamington Hastings and the Royal Festival Hall. She has also performed Szymanowski’s Nocturne and Tarantella live on radio as part of Sean Rafferty’s programme; “In Tune” on Radio 3, in 2012. She has completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal College of Music with First Class Honours and has furthered her musical studies with Radu Blidar from September 2016 until present, having just finished her Masters in Performance with Distinction and starting her Artist Diploma degree this September.
Anna’s notable past solo performances include playing at the Wigmore Hall, numerous lunchtime and showcase concerts at the Menuhin Hall, the Brighton Dome, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4 with the Munich Kammerphilharmonie in 2009 and taking part in solo recitals at the Kumho Arts Hall in Seoul, Korea. Anna has had masterclasses; both solo and chamber, including those with Maxim Vengerov, Igor Ozim, Zvi Zeitlin, Heinrich Schiff, Nam Yoon Kim, Alina Ibragimova, Nicola Benedetti, Peter Herresthal, Vasko Vassilev and the Wihan Quartet. Anna has actively engaged in chamber music with her piano chamber group the Adamo Quartet, having won the Albany Piano Chamber Competition in May 2014. Anna also took part in the RCM Rising Stars concert series at the Cadogan Hall in June 2015, playing first violin in Mendelssohn’s Sextet Op 110. Anna was successful in gaining a place in the London Symphony Orchestra’s String Experience Scheme 2015-16 and has played under the baton of Simon Rattle, Pablo Heras-Casado and Daniel Harding thus far. Anna also successfully auditioned for the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Pathway Scheme 2016-17.
Anna currently plays on a violin by Joseph Rocca, 1848 and gratefully acknowledges its loan from the Royal College of Music, London. Anna is an Ian Stoutzker Prize Scholar supported by a Joan Weller Scholarship for her studies at the RCM.

Maxim Calver: British cellist Maxim Calver made his concerto debut in Symphony Hall, Birmingham as part of the Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2018. His performance of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC4. Earlier in the competition he won the Strings Category Final performing works by Lutoslawski, Brahms and Stravinsky.

Maxim, from Gorleston-on-Sea, is a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he has been a student of Thomas Carroll for ten years. In September, Maxim takes up an RCM scholarship to continue his studies at the Royal College of Music with Melissa Phelps. He has participated in masterclasses with leading cellists including Steven Isserlis, Heinrich Schiff, Julian Lloyd Webber, Paul Katz and Guy Johnston.

Maxim has performed in major venues throughout the UK and Europe, including Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and BOZAR (Brussels). Festival appearances include the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, Southwold Arts Festival and the Wimbledon International Festival, where his performance of Delius’ Cello Sonata was singled out for its ‘depth of tone and passionate intensity’ (Planet Hugill, 2014).

A committed chamber musician, in 2018 Maxim toured the Netherlands as part of Trio Pantoum, appearing at venues in The Hague, Ede and Amsterdam. Their performance of Ravel’s Piano Trio was broadcast live from the Concertgebouw on Dutch Radio. Maxim has also released a CD of Schoenberg’s String Quartet No.1, recorded with fellow participants of the chamber music course ‘MusicWorks’, with whom he was invited to perform the work at the Lewes Chamber Music Festival.

MusicWorks, the National Children’s Orchestra and Pro Corda were critical in laying the foundations for Maxim’s musical development. With NCO, he was honoured to perform as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations as well as concerts in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall and Colston Hall. Maxim is very grateful to have the support of YCAT through their aftercare scheme for finalists of BBC Young Musician.

Maxim plays an Alberto Aloysius, dated 1906.

Anna Bell our soloist for December 1st 2018 playing Bloch, Two Last Poems (Maybe…)


AnnaSolo2Anna started flute lessons at the age of 12 and progressed with distinction through grade exams to successful audition for the Royal College of Music. Due to family circumstances this career had to be set aside. She gained degrees from King’s College, London and started work in the City, subsequently living for 13 years in Japan and has brought up three children. The flute was set aside during this time and only taken up again about 15 years ago ‘starting again’. Through private study and with the encouragement and advice of performer, teacher and examiner Anne Hodgson, she was awarded a licentiate diploma in performance from Trinity College London.
Anna’s first teacher was Eunice Holton (a pupil of Marcel Moyse and Geoffrey Gilbert) and more recently she has taken part in workshops and masterclasses, both as performer and observer, with Kate Grace, Janna Hüneke, William Bennett, Patricia Morris (piccolo), Lynda Coffin, Emmanuel Pahud, Vincent Cortvrint (piccolo). Anna plays bass flute, alto flute and piccolo in flute ensemble work and has for many years played with the City of London Symphonic Winds and collaborated and performed chamber music with singers and a wide variety of instrumentalists at venues across London including St. John’s Waterloo, LSO St. Luke’s, Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
Comments: “…such a gorgeous sound..” (Lynda Coffin). “…you are so easy to teach and definitely seem to have the knack!…”(Patricia Morris). “…so classy; you seem so calm and then these gorgeous colours just emerge and float all around us…” (audience).


Soojin Han Our soloist for December 1st 2018 playing Beethoven’s violin concerto.

‘Soojin is a wonderful violinist with extraordinary subtlety and great expressiveness…and remarkable instrumental mastery’- Gidon Kremer
Born in Korea, Soojin moved to the UK when she was two. She began the violin at the age of eight and entered the Yehudi Menuhin School before transferring to the Purcell School under Felix Andrievsky’s tutelage.  After graduating, she took lessons with Zakhar Bron and mentor Kyung-Wha Chung.  She studied at Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music in London and is also an alumni of Kronberg Academy (Further Masters) where she worked with Ana Chumachenco.

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Hee-Jin Kwon played Sibelius violin concerto at TP’s 16 June 2018 concert.  A graduate of Seoul National University,  has won many prizes:  among others The Music Education News Competition (grand prize), Yaejin Music Competition (1st), Haneum Contest (1st).  Notable performances include the three violin sonatas of Brahms at the Samick Art Hall, recitals at the Youngsan Art Hall, and at the MusicAlp and Vivace Festivals. Kwon has participated in masterclasses of Igor Ozim, Sergey Kravchenko,
Mi-kyung Lee, Ye-Eun Choi, and Tong Wei-Dong. Currently she is pursuing her postgraduate degree at her Alma mater under the tutelage of Prof. Kyung-Sun Lee.

SongHaChoiSongHa Choi was the winner of Senior 2nd prize and the Audience prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2016.  She has won a number of national and international competitions including the 1st prizes at the Jeunesses Musicales International Violin, Hanguk-ilbo, Eumyeon Music and Buam Music competitions. She has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including Yongin Philharmonie Orchestra, Thames Philharmonia, RAM Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia of Cambridge.


Emily Trubshaw started playing the violin at the age of 6 with Clare Kennington. After obtaining distinction in grade 8 at the age of 13 Emily achieved her ABRSM diploma at the age of 15. A finalist of the national Pro Corda competition in 2017 and at the age of only 16, Emily played the Bruch violin concerto with the Thames Philharmonia on the 13 May 2017.


Born in South Korea, Victoria Baek began learning violin and piano at the age of three, and at the age of eight, began to play the violin as a professional. At the age of 15 she moved to Russia to study with A.M Kazarina, professor at St.Petersburg, graduating with distinction. After finishing her studies in Russia, she studied with Jacqueline Ross at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
As a soloist, Victoria has captivated audiences and music critics alike with her dynamic and engaging performances.   Victoria played the Sohal concerto and The Lark Ascending with us on the 13 March 2017.


Born in London, Lisa Izumi (violin) studied music at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and at the Tokyo University of the Arts and Music, where she earned “with Honours” degrees for solo violin performance. She went on to study with Pavel Vernikov and Julian Rachlin at the Vienna Private Conservatory. Lisa won many international prizes and more recently has been engaged as a recitalist performing in London, Vienna, Venice, Tokyo, Nagoya, Oita and Osaka.  Lisa played the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with Thames Philharmonia  on the 3 December 2016.

TamaraTamara Ravenhill (soprano)

She began her vocal studies with Lyudmila Tretiak in the Ukraine and then with Dodi Protero in New York and Enid Hartle in London.
In 2005 she was awarded a Prize for Musical Achievement Golden Orpheus by the Ukrainian Art Foundation of Kiev, and the winner of the 2008 Isobel Baillie cup at the Oxford music festival.


MOOI half sepia.jpgOlivia Scheepers (violin) studied at the Royal College of Music under Natalia Lomeiko. She has won prizes at the North London Festival, the Marlow Music Festival, Hatfield & District Music Festival in London and at the Mozart di Terni Festival in Italy.

Olivia played the violin in the Brahms Double concerto at our March 2014 concert.

Yuki cropYuki Ito (cello) first came to international prominence when he won 1st prize at both the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria and the prestigious Windsor Festival International String Competition in the UK at age 21. He played in the Brahms Double concerto for violin and cello at our March 2014 concert.

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The cello playing of Christina Meißner is an encounter that dissipates rigid conceptions in favour of a refreshing experience. A celebration of music for all of life’s sounds. Letting these become audible in their quality means exploring the depths of existence. Necessary for this is courage and openness. With devoted presence, Christina Meißner creates artistic regions that in their character are distinctive.  She played the Dvorák concerto at our June 2016 concert.

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 21.19.06Haim Choi studied violin at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Professor Simon Fischer and while there worked with and played for many highly regarded musicians including Zakhar Bron, Lewis Kaplan, Zvi Zeitlin, Wihan Quartet, Tasmin Little, Jeremy Menuhin. Alina Ibragimova and Heinrich Schiff. She is currently an Orpheus Scholar at the Royal College of Music studying with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky. Haim has performed in many leading venues in London, Amsterdam and Seoul and is a Cultural ambassador of UNESCO of Korea.  She played the Tchaikovsky violin concerto and Saint-Saens concerto no.3, Op.61 with us in 2013 and 2016 respectively.