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We have recently welcomed Sascha Bota, Malcolm Johnston, Stephen Upshaw and Milena Simović to our exceptional roster of professorial staff, where they join Roger Chase, Richard Crabtree and Rivka Golani.
All have established successful careers as soloists, chamber musicians, or members of some of the world’s leading orchestras. They are passionate about education and deeply committed to developing their students into creative, versatile and technically assured musicians.
The teaching of our regular staff is complemented by our visiting professors Aleksander Milosev (Principal Viola of the Slovenska Filharmonija) and Jiří Žigmund (faculty member at the International Music Academy, Pilsen).
We also regularly welcome leading violists to give masterclasses, with previous guests including Garth Knox, Ivo-Jan van der Werff, Andriy Vitovitch, Lilli Maijala, Lawrence Power and Philip Dukes.
Our Head of Strings Prof. Nic Pendlebury is a viola player, having founded and performed worldwide with the acclaimed Smith Quartet. If you’re considering applying for one of our programmes of study, you can chat to Nic at any time by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Side by Side
At Trinity Laban we offer many outstanding performance opportunities. Chief among those is our Side by Side scheme.
This unique programme sees principal players from some of the UK’s leading orchestras come to perform alongside and mentor our students. In the last 12 months our collaborations included:
In September 2017, Trinity Laban students will also perform alongside Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) musicians in one of the operatic events of the year: the world premiere at Grange Festival Opera of a newly orchestrated version of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park. This is part of an ongoing partnership with BSO that will see our orchestral students gain benefit from a number of new mentorship initiatives.
The Side by Side scheme also extends to chamber music. Our students gain the invaluable experience of performing alongside professors in the magnificent Old Royal Naval College, in repertoire such as the Brahms String Sextet and Mendelssohn Octet.
And our many other performance projects include performances from our Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble at prestigious venues across London and beyond.
All TL students perform in chamber music groups, and can receive unlimited coaching from our professorial team and resident and visiting artists.
Students can work with our Quartets in Residence (currently the Wihan Quartet and Dulcinea Quartet), as well as amazing visiting artists such as the Kronos Quartet.
There are also frequent performance opportunities at amazing venues including the Old Royal Naval College Chapel.
This year, students have also been working with our current Junior Fellow, violist Stephen Upshaw.
Ever since we were founded in 1872, there has been a long history of Trinity Laban alumni finding success in the profession. Some recent successful graduates include:
Norbert Blume (graduated 1978): Principal Viola, BBC Symphony Orchestra
Tom Beer (2000): Principal Viola, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Samuel Burstin (2008): Viola, Philharmonia Orchestra
Elin Parry and Caleb Sibley (2016): Viola, Southbank Sinfonia
Our truly magnificent location – the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich – is the envy of the world.
We are just a short journey from the centre of London, one of the leading musical centres of the world, yet situated within the “village” atmosphere of Greenwich, allowing for an escape from the busy city.
Our exceptional facilities include numerous well-equipped practice rooms, a suite of recital spaces, a recording studio, award-winning library and extensive IT.
Crucially, our on-site luthier is also on hand to rehair bows and repair instruments.
And perhaps the most important thing of all is the atmosphere here at Trinity Laban. You’ll find yourself surrounded by colleagues – both students and staff – who are extremely dedicated, and hard-working but also friendly and supportive.
Many students who come to Trinity Laban after studying at other conservatoires around the world tell us that there is nowhere better to help you unlock potential, and complete your journey into the professional world.
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