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keith_bowenKeith Bowen, clarinet, has qualified in musicology since retiring from his scientific career, obtaining an MA in Music (with Distinction) at the Open University (UK). He specialized in classical-period performance practice and in the history of the bass clarinet in A, winning a University prize and two international awards for his thesis. He is an active chamber music and orchestral performer on clarinet, basset horn and bass clarinet, currently with the Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble in Coventry, UK, a regional professional-amateur orchestra. Keith is also President of Kammermusik Workshops based in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA, which runs woodwind chamber music workshops for amateur adult players in Santa Fe and Oxford, England, in which he frequently coaches and directs the large woodwind ensembles, often with his own arrangements. He has studied clarinet with Lesley Schatzberger (UK), Lori Lovato (New Mexico Symphony) and Forest Aten (Dallas Opera).


The Piano Duet Giuseppe Campisi-Aldo de Vero, one piano four hands and two pianos, performs since 12 years.

They play all over Italy for major music organizations (Associazione Scarlatti, Naples, RAI, National Italian Broadcast,  Padua University, Teatro di Marcello, Rome, Milano Tre, etc.,)

The duo plays regularly in Dublin and surrounding Festivals, for the Italian Embassy and Cultural Institute, in Paris(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SRIoYnnqS4&t=3025s),
Edinburgh (Society of Musicians established in 1887), with the Botosani and Arad State Symphonic Orchestras,in Rumania, etc.,

In 2011 they received a standing ovation in London, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, after playing “The Colours” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iXfWEKBgBk), a 5-piece Suite dedicated to this duo by the composer Gianfranco Gioia.
They also played in New York and Toronto, for the Italian Embassy.
They released a live Cd.

Mr. de Vero is also founder and Artistic Director of the Ischia International Chamber Music Festival, www.ischiachambermusic.org, at its 16th Edition, on the beautiful Ischia island, in the bay of Naples, Italy.
He also organizes “Grandi Eventi al Palazzo dello Spagnolo” , a concert-series in a stunning historical building in Naples, Palazzo dello Spagnolo.

Mr. Campisi is Artistic Director at the gorgeous, historical Garibaldi Theater, in Avola, Sicily
These organizations bring participants from all over the world to play and visit Italy.


carannante-2After receiving his Clarinet Diploma at S. Pietro a Majella Naples Conservatory under the guidance of M° S. Natale, he was a student of M° G. Garbarino at Accademia Chigiana in Siena where he was awarded with scholarships and a “Diploma di Merito”. He played with the Orchestra of Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, and the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana di Fiesole. He’s also graduated in “Musica Corale e Direzione di Coro”, in “Strumentazione per Banda”, and “Direzione d’Orchestra per l’avviamento al teatro lirico” with M° P. Bellugi. He has conducted some of the most important Wind Orchestras in Italy. He also conducts at Bacau and Arad National Philarmonic, Craiova “Elena Teodorini”, Kharkov and Ivano Frankivsk Theater, Moldau National Broadcast Orchestra, the Camerata Romanica, and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Recently, he conducted Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Teatro Maghiaro in Cluj (Romania).


Brian Carter is a native of Charlotte, Michigan and received his Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance from Olivet College and his Master of Music in Horn Performance from Michigan State University. Currently Principal Horn of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Gaylord Community Orchestra and Alpena Symphony Orchestra, this past year he served as 4th Horn for the Midland Symphony. A very active freelance player, he also performs with the Marquette Symphony Brass quintet, Northern Winds Brass quintet, Canusa Wind Quintet,  Sault Symphony Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Midland Symphony Orchestra.

He has been a participant and soloist in the Vianden International Chamber Music Festival in Vianden, Luxembourg, the Ischia International Chamber Music Festival in Italy and the White Lake Music Festival in Montague, Michigan. In addition he has recently performed as soloist with the Sault Symphony Orchestra and Gaylord Community Orchestra and is Music Director of the Tawas Community Concert Band.


Gabrio Fanti got his piano highest honour degree at Florence Music Conservatory in 1975.

His teacher was Giorgio Sacchetti, student of the glorious school of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.

Gabrio is specialized in Chamber Music, student of  Franco Rossi, cellist of “Quartetto Italiano” the glorious Italian String Quartet founded in 1945 and active since 1980.


Was born in Ukraine. At the age of 17 moved to study at the Saint – Petersburg Conservatory.Already at the of 20 was a Principal Bassoonist and soloist in State Chamber Orchestra. In 1989 Mr. Fine immigrated to Israel where continued Solo and orchestra duties.
All his life, Alexander teaching music on different instruments: Bassoon, Baroque Bassoon and Oboe, Chamber and Orchestra music.


Four of Scotland’s young professional musicians make up the Argyll String Quartet, founded in 2009 whilst its members were studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The Quartet has performed all over Scotland and has broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland. In 2012 they were the Resident String Quartet at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, performing a series of recitals across the city. In 2012 they were Highly Commended in the Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition and were finalists in the Governor’s Chamber Music Prize in the same year. The Argyll String Quartet has received coaching from some of the world’s leading chamber musicians, notably the Brodksy String Quartet and Peter Manning of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. For five years they were mentored by Tamas Fejes, Assistant Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and First Violin with the Fejes Quartet. All highly accomplished solo and orchestral performers, each member of the Argyll String Quartet has been taught by many of Europe’s leading soloists and teachers including Nicola Benedetti, Ilya Gringolts and Igor Ozim.


Scottish violinist, Danny Miller is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied under Head of Strings, Peter Lissauer and Gina McCormack of the Sorrel and Maggini String Quartets. He then studied under the tutelage of Professor Igor Ozim of the Mozarteum Universitat in Salzburg, Austria. Solo and Chamber Music Prizes include the Bette and Willie MacPherson Prize for Solo Violin Playing, the Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition and the Governor’s Prize for Chamber Music. Whilst studying in 2013, he was selected for an apprenticeship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He plays regularly with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Danny enjoys a busy schedule of chamber, orchestral and solo playing. Solo performances include the concerti of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams. As Co-Leader of the Argyll String Quartet, he has performed repertoire ranging from Purcell to Faure. As a recitalist, he has been invited to perform at Music Societies and Clubs across Scotland and at notable venues such as Edinburgh Castle and St. Giles’ Cathedral. Danny has performed extensively the core literature for Violin and Piano – including a recent concert series covering the complete Sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms. His recent CD “Remembrances: Music of the First World War” was released in June 2017. As an orchestral musician, Danny has appeared as Guest Leader of Scottish Sinfonia and has led both the Edinburgh Grand Opera and Haddo House Operatic Society orchestras in their respective productions of La Boheme and La Traviata. Danny was Principal Second Violin of the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival Orchestra during their Sicilian Tour in 2016 where he also performed as a soloist with the orchestra. He nows holds the position of Concert-Master with the orchestra and was recently invited to play for the Concert-Master of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo. Danny has worked with leading names from the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania. He was accepted into the Orchestra of the Varna International Opera Academy, Bulgaria and toured the UK and Italy with Raucous Rossini, the Helios Collective and the New Generation Festival, Florence. Danny has recently completed a tour of Canada and the USA with TransAtlanticOpera, performing at venues including the National Opera Centre in New York City. He has broadcast on both BBC Radio and Television. 

Alison studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Andrea Gajic and Gina McCormack, graduating in 2013 with a First Class Honours in Violin Performance. She has participated in masterclasses with Harald Herzl, Greg Lawson, Ilya Gringolts, Leland Chen, The Brodsky String Quartet and Nicola Benedetti. Alison held principal positions in all the Conservatoire orchestras and was awarded the John McInulty Prize for Orchestral Playing in 2013. She participated in apprenticeships with the RSNO, BBCSSO and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. As a soloist, Alison has performed concerti by Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi in Scotland, Italy, Holland and Belgium. She has performed with the Amadeus Orchestra and appeared as Leader of the Aberdeen Marischal Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Sinfonia and the Edinburgh Bach Orchestra. Alison was recently appointed as an extra musician for the Orchestra of Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera. In 2016 Alison was Leader of the Mediterranean Opera Festival Orchestra during their tour of Sicily, performing Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” as well as appearing as a concerto soloist with the orchestra. She returned to Sicily in 2017 to play for the Concert-Master of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo. In the Summer of 2017, Alison toured the UK and Italy with Raucous Rossini, led performances of chamber music and contemporary opera (Helios Collective), performed at the Festival International Giovani Concertisti, Perugia and then worked with the New Generation Festival Orchestra, Florence in their debut production of Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore” in the Corsini Gardens. Having previously worked for Sistema Scotland, Alison now holds the position of Associate Violin Teacher at the University of St. Andrews. Upcoming performances include her debut performance of the Saint-Saens Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, recitals as Associate-Leader of the Argyll String Quartet and continuing her position as Concert-Master of the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival Orchestra.

Sam grew up in a small village just outside of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Music had always been a part of his life as his father is a violin maker and repairer, his uncle is a cellist and both of his grandparents on his father’s side are violin and viola teachers. He began violin lessons at the age of seven and changed to viola aged 17. Sam was offered a scholarship to study for my bachelor’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Whilst attending, he studied with Andrew Berridge and Stephen Tees, and had masterclasses with world renowned viola players such as Antoine Tamestit, Garth Knox and Rachel Beeston. One of the most inspirational moments of his life came in his third year of studies after he successfully auditioned to be on the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s apprenticeship scheme, which for that year included a two week tour of India with the orchestra conducted by Sir James MacMillan, with Nicola Benedetti as soloist. This experience gave him an insight into working side-by-side with a professional orchestra, performing concerts broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 across three cities in India. Since graduating, Sam has been studying privately with Scott Dickinson whilst working as a freelance musician and teacher. He has performed professionally with the Orchestra of the Swan, including tours to both Mexico and Turkey, and also with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rogue Orchestra, Cairn String Quartet and the Argyll String Quartet. He is currently a member of Southbank Sinfonia in London.


Katie was born and educated in Glenrothes, Fife and at the age of 9 began studying the ‘cello with Olivia Gray. During her time at secondary school Katie played with the Fife Youth Orchestra and in her final year was the principal cellist. In September 2001 Katie continued her musical studies and accepted a place to study on the BMus (Hons) Degree course at the Ian Tomlin School of Music at Napier University. Katie studied under Mark Bailey of the Edinburgh Quartet. During her time at university Katie performed regularly as an orchestral player and chamber musician and was the principle cellist in many of the university’s orchestras and ensembles. Katie also performed solo recitals at the St Giles Cathedral Series. Whilst at university Katie played in a number of string quartets and received coaching from the Edinburgh Quartet. Memorable performances during her time at the Ian Tomlin School of Music include performing at the presentation of an Honorary Doctorate to the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus and in October 2005 performing at the National Museum of Scotland at a dinner to honour the recipients of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. In 2003 Katie also appeared at the MTV Music Awards in Edinburgh performing in an orchestra with pop singer Dido. Katie graduated in 2005 with an Upper Second-Class Honours Degree. Katie now lives and works in Fife. Since university Katie has enjoyed playing in various orchestras throughout Fife which include playing with the orchestra for Fife Opera, Kirkcaldy Amateur Operatic Society and Dunfermline Choral Union. She is currently the principle cellist of the Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society and is excited to be the newest member of the Argyll Quartet.


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