Appointment of international musical stars further strengthens Trinity Laban strings department

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance continues to attract exciting internationally acclaimed musicians to its teaching staff with the recent appointment of Roger Chase, violist, and cellist David Cohen, to the Strings Department. Richard and David will take up their posts in September.

Roger Chase

Roger Chase, who will become Professor of Viola, has worked with Lionel Tertis, whose famed viola he now plays. Making his debut with the English Chamber Orchestra in 1979, Roger Chase has since played as a soloist or chamber musician throughout the world. Roger was Professor of Viola at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and is moving back to the UK specifically to work with Trinity Laban.

Roger's playing is admired the world round. The Times said: "A Paean for the viola…"; the Daily Telegraph calls his work "heavenly" and the Sunday Times said "The music was brought to life by the outstanding expressive eloquence of [his] playing."

David Cohen has established a reputation as one of the most charismatic and exciting cellists of today. Gramophone said David demonstrates "…total commitment, combining vitality with expressive feeling in the most spontaneous manner."

David Cohen

In March 2001, at the age of just 20, David was appointed Principal Cello of the Philharmonia Orchestra, becoming the youngest ever Principal Cello in history. He is a passionate teacher having been teaching for the last 13 years at the Royal Conservatory of Mons in Belgium; and his busy schedule takes him to major festivals with the finest young talents of Europe. David is also the Artistic Director of the Melchior Ensemble, and the Artistic Director and founder of the exciting new chamber music festival,Les Sons Intensifsin Lessines, Belgium; and co-Artistic Director and Founder of the Rome Chamber Music Festival,Concertando.

David Cohen said: "It is with great pleasure and excitement that I will be joining the already eminent staff at Trinity Laban. Teaching has always been a passion of mine, the simple and pure joy to share and pass on my musical and instrumental knowledge. I love the challenge of helping young cellists full fill his/her full potential, by sorting out all aspects of control of the instrument as well as overcoming technical and musical issues. I eagerly look forward to starting a new chapter in my teaching career with a new cello class at Trinity Laban."

Head of Trinity Laban's String Department, Nicholas Pendlebury, said: "It is with great pride and excitement that we announce the appointment of Roger Chase and David Cohen to the String Department. These wonderful teachers and musicians have worked at the highest level in the music profession and have tremendous artistry and experience to pass on to all those they teach. We look forward to welcoming them into the Trinity Laban family and to further strengthening our dynamic teaching team."

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