New String Appointments at RIAM

August 272018

Rosalind Ventris – viola

Rosalind VentrisRosalind Ventris leads an international career as a soloist and chamber musician. As a recitalist, she has appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Slovak Philharmonic and Het Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal. She was a prizewinner at the 2013 Tertis Competition: five prizes including Yuri Bashmet’s President’s Prize. Rosalind has performed as soloist with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, l’Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and with Tasmin Little in Mozart Sinfonia Concertante.

As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with Mitsuko Uchida, Tabea Zimmermann, Garth Knox, Thomas Hoppe, the Arcanto Quartett and Gerhard Schultz at Marlboro Festival, Salzburg Festival and Beethovenhaus in Bonn. Rosalind is a member of Trio Anima and the Albion String Quartet. She is a frequent guest with the Aronowitz Ensemble and regularly attends IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music. She has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and recorded for Delphian and Navona. The Albion Quartet’s debut discs will be released on Signum later this year. Rosalind has also been guest principal viola with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Rosalind was an International Holland Music Sessions ‘Young Master on Tour’ in 2013 and an artist in Residence at the Banff Centre in 2014. She was a Philip & Dorothy Green Making Music Award Winner and a Park Lane Group artist in 2016.

Rosalind studied with Ian Jewel, David Takeno, Kim Kashkashian, and Miguel da Silva at Cambridge University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she was also a Fellow. With the Albion Quartet, she is quartet in residence at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Rosalind looks forward to teaching at the Royal Irish Academy of Music from September 2018.

Rosalind recording with the Albion Quartet for their forthcoming Signum Records Dvorak disc

Robin Panter – viola

Robin PanterLiverpool born Robin Panter was a chorister in Liverpool Cathedral Choir from the age of 4. He went on to study the viola at the Royal Northern College of Music under Roger Benedict and Scott Dickinson, and in 2004 was appointed tutti viola with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. While in Scotland Robin was a member of the founder musician team at ‘Big Noise’ Sistema Scotland – the Scottish partner of the ground-breaking ‘El Sistema’ programme in Venezuela.

Robin is currently a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and a regular guest violist in orchestras and ensembles throughout Ireland and the UK including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. Robin is also violist of the Robinson Panoramic Quartet who have commissioned and performed more than 25 new pieces from Irish composers, four of which were part of a residency at Kaleidoscope Night in 2014.

Robin plays a John Dilworth viola and a Noel Burke bow, which were both part-funded and supported by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, funded by The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Music Network is funded by The Arts Council.

Peter Katona – guitar

Peter KatonaPeter Katona is an internationally established concert artist with over 30 years teaching experience. With his guitar duo ‘the Katona Twins’ he has given recitals in the major concert venues throughout the world including performances at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Philharmonie in Berlin. In 2009, as the soloists of the “Night of the Proms” the Katona Twins performed live to half a million people in arenas across Europe. They have played together with renowned musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott and world-class ensembles such as the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.

Peter Katona’s arrangements and recordings have recently been used in the US blockbuster TV series Fargo and a Broadway show “The River” featuring X-man Star Hugh Jackman.

He won numerous prizes, both individually and with his guitar duo. Among others in 1997 the Katona Twins were winners at the Young Concert Artist Trust competition in London and the Park Lane Group contemporary music auditions. In 1998 they won the Concert Artists Guild Competition held in New York, followed by a tour of the United States including their Carnegie Hall debut. In 2004, they were awarded the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni prize and from 2007 to 2011 were Resident Artists of San Francisco Performances.

The Katona Twins have been invited on numerous occasions to record for the BBC and other international television and radio stations. Their numerous CD releases include music by Scarlatti and Handel; Rodrigo; Albéniz, Piazzolla and Manuel de Falla.

Peter performing with the Katona Twins