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TL hosts trio of string stars

Thu 12 November 2020

Alban Gerhard, Tasmin Little and Lilli Maijaila to give online masterclasses this autumn

Across the next two months Trinity Laban’s String Department will be joined by three international concert performers who will share their skills and experience with students in an autumn series of digital masterclasses.

German cellist Alban Gerhard will deliver a virtual masterclass on 13 November. Since making his debut with Berliner Philharmoniker in 1991, Alban has made a unique impact on audiences worldwide across a thirty year career with his intense musicality, compelling stage presence and insatiable artistic curiosity. His is renowned for shedding fresh light on familiar scores and investigating new repertoire from centuries past and present. Alban recently premiered a new cello concerto by Julian Anderson with Orchestre National du France following on from the success of his performances of Brett Dean’s concerto premiered with Sydney Symphony and Berliner Philharmoniker. Release in 2019, Alban’s comprehensive album Bach’s solo Cello Suites was chosen as one of the Sunday Times top 100 CDs of the year.

Hailed by The Independent as “Britain’s finest violinist”, Tasmin Little OBE’s multi-award winning and varied career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, master classes, workshops and community outreach work. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and given numerous World Premiere performances including concerti by Willem Jeths, Robert Saxton and Dominic Muldowney. Her commissioned work, Four World Seasons by Roxanna Panufnik, was premiered as a live broadcast on the BBC at the start of Music Nation weekend, leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Tasmin joins Trinity Laban on 19 November to deliver a virtual masterclass.

Finnish violist Lilli Maijaila is a former member of quartet-lab with cellist Pieter Wispelwey and violinists Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Pekka Kuusisto and regularly appears as a soloist and chamber musician on stages across Europe. In 2013 she premiered the viola concerto of Lauri Kilpiö with Jyväskylä Sinfonia, and in 2019 released the critically-acclaimed premiere recording of Pehr Henrik Nordgren’s Concerto for viola, double bass and chamber orchestra with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, conductor Juha Kangas and bass player Olivier Thiery. Lilli is first prize winner of the viola competition Klassik Festival Ruhr, held in conjunction with music academies across Europe. Based in Amsterdam, she divides her time between her teaching post at the Sibelius Academy and international music festivals as West Cork, IMS Prussia Cove, Resonances, Peasmarsh, Schiermonnikoog. Lilli will deliver a virtual masterclass at Trinity Laban on 10 December.

Today’s string musicians need to be dynamic and innovative, displaying the technical mastery and flexibility necessary succeed in the ever-evolving, diverse world of music. Through top class training and a supportive, highly creative environment, we will help you to excel and flourish as an artist in the 21st century.

To find out more about studying strings at Trinity Laban, visit our department pages.

Image L-R: Alban Gerhard, Tasmin Little, Lilli Maijaila