Marius Reklaitis, Director of the orchestra
Marius Reklaitis, a Lithuanian born conductor, graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with an Honours in Music before pursuing Conducting Studies at Masters level. He has participated in several international competitions in Europe, notably winning the National Maxima Scholarship, which was presented by the First Lady Alma Adamkiene and the former President of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus. In 2011, Marius’ first debut came during an International Sacred Music Festival held in Lithuania where he conducted excerpts of Handel’s Messiah. As a conductor, he has been fortunate to have worked with orchestras including the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, South London Sinfonietta as well as talented musicians from all around the world including musicians from Opéra National du Rhin, Lithuanian National Opera, Britten’s Sinfonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra. He conducted works and masterpieces composed by Vivaldi, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Holst, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Brahms. One of his proudest achievements was conducting a concert in Canterbury Cathedral itself, also performing at the Royal Albert Hall, the Lithuanian National Opera House and at the Vienna Musikverein.
Stephen Bryant, Leader
Stephen Bryant was born in Croydon, London and began playing the piano at the age of 5 and the violin at 6. At 18, he won a joint first study scholarship to the Royal College of Music studying violin with Professors Kenneth Piper and Hugh Bean – both pupils of the great English violinist, Albert Sammons and piano with Professor Angus Morrison. Whilst there, he won every violin prize open to him and, in addition the medal of The Worshipful Company of Musicians, two Leverhulme Scholarships, the Craxton Trust Award and first prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition. After further study with Professor David Takeno he was appointed co-leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 24 – a position he held until taking up his present post of Leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1992.
In addition to his BBC role he is in demand as a guest leader and has led all the major British orchestras and a number of orchestras in America, Europe and Asia. As a concertmaster he has collaborated with some of the world’s finest conductors including Pierre Boulez,
Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Witold Lutoslawski, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Michael Tippett, Maxim Shostakovich, Klaus Tennstedt, Sir Andrew Davis, Sakari Oramo and the late Jiri Belohlavek.
Kamile Zaveckaite, Piano
Lithuanian Pianist Kamile Zaveckaite born in 1996 graduated National M.K.Čiurlionis school of arts in 2015 with a diploma of honour and at the same year successfully joined F.Liszt‘s Academy of Music in Weimar (Germany), where she studies under Prof. Grigory Gruzman. During this year she won numerous national and international solo and chamber music competitions which lead her to an honour of getting awarded twice for her achievements by the president of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite.
From 2014 Kamile is an annual guest at the famous french piano festival "Piano aux Jacobins" (Toulouse, France), where young pianist shares the stage with some of today's most celebrated pianists such as Martha Argerich, Lukas Geniušas, Lucas Debargue, François Dumont, Arcadi Volodos and others. Winner of more than 10 national and international solo piano competitions, Kamile can also be proud of her latest succes becoming a grant holder of Richard Wagner Scholarship (Bayreuth Association).
Her concert career lead her already to the Baltic States, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Greenland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Czechia and Croatia. Kamile has performed with Jenaer Philharmonie Symphony Orchestra as well with Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra conducted by Martynas Staškus.
Christopher Green, Flute
Christopher was born and raised in Ipswich, Suffolk. Having started the flute rather late at the age of 16, achieving Grade 8 Distinction at 17, he went on to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the Royal Academy of Music.
During his time at RWCMD, Christopher studied with Sarah Newbold, Jonathan Burgess, Eva Stewart and Andrew Lane. As part of the Orchestral Performance course, Christopher enjoyed professional placement schemes with both Welsh National Opera and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He was also fortunate to be a part of many projects at RWCMD, including Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Carlo Rizzi and Britten's Albert Herring, for which the South Wales Argus reviewed “Equally worthy of praise was the playing of the Royal Welsh College Soloists conducted by David Jones … and Christopher Green (flute) deserve[s] a special bow."
He has just completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where he specialised as a principal-study piccolo player, studying with Pat Morris, Helen Keen and Karen Jones.
Christopher has freelanced with such orchestras as Welsh National Opera, British Sinfonietta, Welsh Session Orchestra, Mozart Symphony Orchestra and Amadeus Orchestra to name a few, whilst regularly performing with London Mahler and University of London Symphony Orchestras.
As a soloist, Christopher has performed both Mozart Flute Concerti around England and Wales as well as Chaminade’s Concertino with Newport Philharmonic and the last movement of CPE Bach’s Concerto in D minor with the Royal Academy Flute Ensemble. He was also a finalist in the RWCMD Frank Kelleher Prize, semi-finalist in the RWCMD Concerto Competition with the Nielsen (2014) and Ibert (2015) concerti, and was awarded 2nd prize in the Instrumental Solo Competition in the 2016 Abergavenny Eisteddfod.
Christopher is extremely grateful to his teachers and the charities that have supported him throughout his musical education.
Nicolette Chin, harp
Nicolette is one of the leading Singaporean harpists of her generation, having performed internationally and around the UK. An avid solo performer, she is twice runner-up of the Camac Harp Prize in London. During her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she has been the first Singaporean harpist to be awarded a place, she has been awarded the Skaila Kanga Harp Prize, the Guy Magrath Harp Prize, a "Very High Commendation" for its Patrons Award, and was a finalist in its historic Club Prize. Other recent notable achievements include a recital in Hong Kong for the Focus on Youth concert series at the World Harp Congress, reaching the final of the 2018 Sir Karl Jenkins Award (in association with Classic FM) and winning the 2nd prize of the Asian Harp Chamber Competition (2016).
In addition to solo playing, Nicolette enjoys work with opera groups, orchestras, choral societies, as well as experimental, contemporary, and popular music ensembles. Orchestras she has performed with include the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, all the various RAM ensembles (including its Symphony Orchestra) and the Saffron Opera Group, under reknowned conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Oliver Knussen, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Christopher Warren-Green.
A great interest in contemporary & experimental music has lead Nicolette to create the 4|12 Ensemble, an ensemble dedicated to such music, alongside her fellow RAM colleagues. Recent engagements include a concert at the Angela Burgess Recital Hall and an opening set at Kammer Klang.
Nicolette has just completed her undergraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music in London with first class honours, studying with Catherine White, and the Bache Fund Prize for overall merit. She also studied second study composition with Dr Patrick Nunn. Her studies would not have be possible without the generous support she received as a full scholar of the Loke-Cheng Kim Foundation (Singapore), and as a Peter Simon scholar.
This autumn will see Nicolette return to the RAM for an additional year of postgraduate study with Karen Vaughan, as a recipient of an entrance scholarship and the HelpMusicians UK Postgraduate Award.
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