Robin Ireland was a student at Cambridge University and at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. He was a founder member of the Piano Quartet, Domus, and was the violist of the Lindsay String Quartet, with whom he played for twenty years. He now plays with the Primrose Piano Quartet and the Anton Stadler piano/clarinet/viola trio, and has a Duo with the pianist Tim Horton.
As a soloist, he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Liverpool Philharmonic and the London Mozart Players, and has in his repertoire all the major works for viola, specialising in recitals of unaccompanied Bach transcribed for viola.
Robin is Senior Viola Tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire and also teaches at the University of Sheffield, at Cambridge, and on courses run by ESTA, Pro Corda and Cadenza. He has recorded CDs of unaccompanied Bach and of his own compositions.
Robin plays on an Amati viola made in the early 1600s. He lives in South Yorkshire.
Senior Viola Tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire
Dorothea Vogel Dorothea Vogel was born in Switzerland and studied with Rudolf Weber in Winterthur.
After winning first prize in the Swiss Youth Competition, Dorothea won scholarships to study with Paul Coletti at the Peabody Institute, USA, and with David Takeno and Micaela Comberti at the Guildhall School in London, where she graduated with the coveted Concert Recital Diploma.
She was a founder member of the Amar Quartet.
Since 2001 she has been the violist in the Allegri Quartet, combining it with the Primrose Piano Quartet (since 2015); and spends the summers leading the viola section at Garsington Opera.
Dorothea teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.