Acclaimed quartet unveils new line up at Trinity Laban

The Wihan Quartet, the Richard Carne Quartet in Residence, revealed their newest member - son of first violinist Leoš Čepický - at a Trinity Laban recital and masterclass on Tuesday 4 November.

Viola player Jakub Čepický joined the Wihan Quartet in March 2014, and plays alongside his father, Jan Schulmeister and Aleš Kaspřík. Jakub has previously toured with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the leading Czech Baroque ensemble Barocco Sempre Giovane.

Renowned for the interpretation of their native Czech music, the Quartet will celebrate 30 years together next year and have been quartet in residence at Trinity Laban for two seasons.

Cellist Aleš Kaspřík, says: “Teaching at Trinity Laban is a fantastic experience because we are able to impart our advice and knowledge to young musicians.” He adds: “Masterclasses are also useful to both students and spectators because the audience witnesses how much the students can improve, even after just a 45 minute session.”

Jakub also comments: “I don’t think it matters what instrument you play either - sometimes you gain much more because teachers who play a different instrument to you have a different perspective.”

This concert and masterclass was part of Trinity Laban’s autumn masterclass season, which hosts many international stars, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Dan Styffe and Pascal Rogé.

Trinity Laban’s Director of Music, Dr Claire Mera-Nelson says: “Masterclasses such as these give our students unprecedented access to some of the world’s finest musicians. They listen to students playing, are unstinting advice and musical insights, and also perform themselves – providing an unparalleled learning experience for everyone present.”

Masterclasses are open to both Trinity Laban students and the general public. To find out more, visit the Trinity Laban What’s On page.

Picture credit - Marklik