Harriet Haynes, violin Jack Greed, violin Kim Becker, viola Yurie Lee, cello
Venue: Leatherhead Methodist Church
2017 Season Sponsor: Patricia Morgan Optician Julie West Solicitor
Supported by: Leatherhead Concert & Arts Society
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) String Quartet No 10 in E-flat major "Harp" Op 74 (1809) Poco adagio - Allegro Adagio ma non troppo Presto Allegretto con variazioni
Anton von Webern (1883-1945) Langsamer Satz Slow Movement for String Quartet (1905)
Free Concert, with a retiring collection to cover costs. Tea and coffee will be available after the concert.
Formed in 2016, The Kirkman Quartet have quickly gained a respectable reputation. After playing together for just two weeks they were awarded a coveted place on the Davey Poznanski quartet scheme at the Royal Academy of Music.
The quartet are principally mentored by Levon Chilingirian, but have also received coaching from Martin Outram, Joshua Fisher and Richard Ireland and participated in a masterclass with Guy Johnston. In February this year they were invited to record at Abbey Road Studios as part of a project for the British Film Institute. Last season included a recital of Haydn and Mendelssohn String Quartets, a performance of Shostakovich's Piano Quintet as part of the Royal Academy of Music's Russian Chamber Music series and a recent UK premiere of A Voice Exclaiming by Kareem Roustrom, written for triple quartet.
The Kirkman recently travelled to Berbiguieres, France, where they received intensive coaching from the Dante Quartet which was then followed by two concerts.
The coming season includes a masterclass with the Doric Quartet, recitals at Colston Hall and Leatherhead Methodist Church playing music by Beethoven, Britten and Webern and a shared concert at the Ashmolean museum in Oxford in which they will perform Schubert's Quartettsatz.
Born in 1996 in Gloucestershire, Harriet is now in her third year of the undergraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music where she studies with So-Ock Kim and Nicolette Moonen (baroque violin).
During her studies at the RAM Harriet has been awarded the John Waterhouse prize, the Amadeus prize and the Sir John Barbirolli prize, and this year she is a participant on the Davey Poznanski Quartet scheme under the tutelage of Levon Chilingirian. She is the 1st Violinist of the Kirkman Quartet who recently won the Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize.
Harriet led the RAO orchestra earlier this academic year in their production of Handel’s Alcina directed by Iain Ledingham, and has sat as Principal 2nd violin under the baton of distinguished conductors such as Semyon Bychkov and Jane Glover. She regularly performs in the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series at the Academy and last year performed with the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists in the Duke’s Hall and as part of the Menuhin Festival.
As both a chamber musician and soloist, Harriet has performed extensively throughout the UK and has appeared as a soloist with the Welsh Sinfonia, as well as live on BBC Radio Somerset. She has also played concerts in venues across Hong Kong and last year participated in the Kyoto International Students Festival in Japan.
Harriet has played in solo master classes with Levon Chilingirian, James Ehnes, Lucy Chapman, Stephanie Gonley, Dennis Simons, Madeline Mitchell, Sally O’Reilly and chamber music master classes with Sylvia Rosenberg, Guy Johnston, the Fine Arts Quartet and the Escher Quartet.
Prior to her studies at RAM, Harriet was a scholar at Wells Cathedral School and learnt with Brigid Kirkland-Wilson. During her time at Wells she was awarded the Vicar’s Close prize, the Silver ABRSM award, the Yfrah Neaman prize, the Vivaldi prize and also the Strings prize. Harriet led both the symphony and chamber orchestras at Wells Cathedral School, playing many concerts in the UK and also across Europe.
Jack Greed is a violinist studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Born in Leeds, he hails from a musical family and started learning the violin at the age of 4. He gained most of his musical education as a child from Yorkshire Young Musicians (a Centre for Advanced Training in music) where he studied with Claire Osborne.
Jack was leader of the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra for two years and his time with the orchestra culminated with a performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 3. He was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for 3 years, attaining the position of no 3 first violin. In 2014, Jack was awarded a place on the London Symphony Orchestra Academy, a course that saw him perform in masterclasses and concerts alongside principal string players of the LSO. He has also performed in masterclasses with Nicola Benedetti and Bartosz Woroch.
Jack currently studies with Joshua Fisher, and appears frequently with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, in which he has previously sat as co-leader and principal second violin. His first year of study at the Academy also saw him appointed leader of the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra - following in the footsteps of his teacher.
In the summer of 2017 Jack was invited to take part in the Pacific Music Festival; a month long orchestral residency in Sapporo, Japan. The orchestra, made up of young musicians from all over the world, performed varying repertoire in some of Japan’s finest concert halls, and was conducted in it’s final week by Valery Gergiev.
Jack made his professional debut with the Orchestra of Opera North at the age of 19. In addition to his orchestral ventures, Jack is a very passionate chamber musician and plays 2nd violin in the Kirkman Quartet. Jack hopes to pursue a career in performing music - his main source of inspiration being his parents and brothers, all of whom work in the music profession.
In his spare time, he thoroughly enjoys a range of different sports and is an avid fan of Leeds United football club.
Kim Becker, 20, is a violist from Chorley who studies at the Royal Academy of Music. For 6 years she was educated at the junior department of the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Lucy Nolan. During her time there, Kim played in masterclasses with Nobuko Imai, Louise Lansdown, Susie Mészáros, and Asdis Valdimarsdottir. She was also awarded 1st place in the JRNCM Vicci Wardman Viola prize.
Kim thoroughly enjoys orchestral playing, and in 2013 auditioned successfully for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, where she remained a member for two years. She was also principal viola of the Hallé Youth Orchestra for three years.
Since coming to the Royal Academy of Music, where she studies with Martin Outram, she has played as principal and co-principal viola in the Academy Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra respectively. In 2015, Kim was invited to play with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and record the BBC Ten Pieces for the Proms festival.
Beyond orchestral playing, Kim is a very keen chamber musician. In her first year at the Academy she was awarded 2nd prize in the Delius Society Prize with the Euterpe String Quartet, before forming the Kirkman Quartet in her second year.
Yurie Lee began playing the cello at the age of five before joining the Junior department of the Royal Academy of Music, with a scholarship, where she studied with Lara Moore, Bozidar Vukotic and Heather Harrison. She later received a scholarship to study at the Senior Royal Academy of Music with Jo Cole.
Yurie made her concerto debut in 2015 with The Latymer School Symphony orchestra and also the Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra performing Schumann's Cello Concerto. She enjoys playing Chamber and Orchestral music and has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the Orion Orchestra and the London Graduate Orchestra.
In 2015 she recorded alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the BBC Ten Pieces project. Later this year, Yurie will be principal cello in the Royal Academy’s upcoming production of Don Giovanni.
Yurie has given solo and chamber music recitals at venues such as St-Martin- in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall and Cardiff Millennium Stadium and has participated in solo and chamber masterclasses with the likes of Mario Brunello, Sung Won Yang, David Strange, James Boyd, Aaron Minsky, The Allegri Quartet, The Lawson Trio and The Maggini Quartet as well as masterclasses abroad with Colin Carr, Enrico Bronzi at the Salzburg Mozarteum Universität Sommer Akademie and Peter Bruns in Madrid Forum Musikae.
She is currently the cellist of the Kirkman Quartet founded in late 2016. They have been awarded a place on the Davey Posnanski Scheme at the Royal Academy of Music. Yurie plays on a Hardie Cello kindly on loan from the Royal Academy.
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