Trinity Laban attracts more world class musicians for masterclasses

Three distinguished musicians, James Gilchrist (tenor), Mario Marzi (saxophone) and Maxim Rysanov (viola), came to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance this month to give masterclasses to Trinity Laban students, as part of the Music Faculty's ongoing masterclass series. Trinity Laban runs an extensive year-round series of masterclasses to provide students and staff with the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by world-class professionals. We cordially invite members of the public to come and be a part of this unique musical experience at no charge.

Maxim Rysanov

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Originally from the Ukraine, internationally acclaimed viola soloist Maxim Rysanov now lives in London, where he has established himself as one of the world's most charismatic viola players. His varied career includes performances with renowned conductors, orchestras and chamber groups in major concert halls worldwide.

Winner of the Classic FM Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award 2008 and the BBC New Generation Award 2007-2009, Maxim has long been recognised by the international music scene for his "elegiac eloquence and lyricism"(Time Out Hong Kong).

Maxim studied viola with Maria Sitkovskaya in Moscow and John Glickman in London, and conducting with Alan Hazeldine at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His enthusiasm for new music has led to the development of close working relationships with several contemporary composers, including Dobrinka Tabakova, Richard Dubugnon and Valentin Bibik, whose works he has premiered.

Upcoming performances include a recital in Leicester on 29 November with renowned pianist Katya Apekisheva, and a concert with the Berlin Philharmonie on 21 December.

Mario Marzi

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Mario Marzi is an acclaimed Italian saxophonist known for his fusion of virtuosity with expressiveness and "sheer joy in music".

Winner of nine national and four international competitions, Mario has performed with the most important symphony orchestras in Italy. He has been a member of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra for 20 years and, between performing commitments, teaches saxophone at conservatory in Milan and gives post-graduate courses and masterclasses around Europe.

After graduating from the Conservatorio Statale di Musica "G. Rossini" under Federico Mondelci, Mario specialized at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux with Jean-Marie Londeix, where he won the Premièr Prix et Medaille d'Or. His devotion to 20th century repertoire has led to several dedications of works by contemporary composers for saxophone.

Italian paper Il Messagero Venetodescribed Mario as a "phenomenal soloist in perfect identity with the voices of his saxophones", praising his "high technique and virtuosity".

James Gilchrist

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Tenor James Gilchrist began his career as a doctor, singing with various high-profile professional ensembles (such as The Sixteen and The Cardinall's Musick) on the side, before finally deciding to go into singing full-time in 1996.

Known for his "technical security and musical intelligence" (The Independent), James is a versatile and prolific recitalist, whose imaginative programming has been heard in major recital venues including the Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh and Perth Concert Halls. James performs regularly with Anna Tilbrook, Julius Drake and harpist Alison Nicholls.

Upcoming engagements include performances of Handel's Messiah in Boston, Vienna, Rejkyavic and London, as well as a performance of the Bach Weinachts-Oratorium with the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Stephen Layton at St John's Smith Square in December.

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