Pierre Doumenge studied with Geneviève Teulières in Paris and Oleg Kogan in London. He plays regularly with the Nash Ensemble and many of the country's finest chamber groups and orchestras. Pierre is a member of the Nabarro Piano Trio and performs regularly with his wife, the pianist Annika Palm. He gives numerous concerto performances throughout Europe and teaches for Junior Guildhall, Oxford 'Cello Course, and Pro Corda and Music House courses.
Professor of 'Cello at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Pierre Doumenge
Ursula Smith studied with Ralph Kirshbaum and Aldo Parisot. She was the Principal ‘Cellist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for ten years, and a member of the Zehetmair String Quartet 2006-12, whose recording of Bartok and Hindemith won a Diapson d’Or in France. Now living in Copenhagen, she teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Music Academy in Maastricht.
Head of Strings (lower strings) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Louise Hopkins
Alexander Baillie is recognised as one of the leading 'cellists of his generation. He studied at the RCM London with Joan Dickson and Anna Shuttleworth and in Vienna with Andre Navarra. He has been a frequent soloist at the "Proms" playing the Schumann, Delius and Beethoven Triple Concertos and first performances of works by Colin Matthews, Henze and Takemitsu. Innumerable recordings include recently the Rawsthorne Concerto, Beethoven Sonatas, and a film of the Dvorák Concerto. Sandy's teaching has had a profound effect on a whole generation of 'cellists and young musicians.
"Recitals such as this connot easily be weighed in Gold." Guardian
Professor at the Bremen Hochschule
Alexander Baillie
Adrian Brendel studied with William Pleeth, Alexander Baillie and Frans Helmerson and is now Professor at the Guildhall. He is Director of the Plush Festival, has recently worked with Sir Harrison Birtwistle on the “Bogenstrich” Song Cycle, and performs all over the world as concerto soloist, has recorded the Beethoven Sonatas with his father, and now plays with Aleksandar Madzar, Imogen Cooper, Till Fellner, and Tim Horton.
Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Thomas Carroll Ursula Smith
Louise Hopkins studied with Raphael Wallfisch and Steven Isserlis at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since making her concerto debut at the Barbican Hall performing the Lutoslawski Concerto with the composer conducting she has been invited to perform as a soloist in many countries including France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, New Zealand, Switzerland, The United States, Ireland and throughout the UK. Louise has broadcast concerto and recital appearances for the BBC, Suisse - Romande, WFMT, Radio France, Radio Classique, New Zealand Radio and RFT. Festival appearances include Aldebrugh, Bath, Cheltenham, Cardiff, Harrogate, Dijon, Salon de Provence and Brighton.
Head of Strings, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Kate Gould
Kate Gould has devoted her career to chamber music, primarily as a founder member of the Leopold String Trio and London Bridge Ensemble. In addition, she is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and is often invited to play as guest-principal cellist of the UK’s leading orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia. She appears regularly at Wigmore Hall, can often be heard on BBC Radio 3 and has recorded extensively for Hyperion Records.
Kate teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama