Meet the musicians.
Maja Horvat started playing the violin seven years old, at Music School Jesenice. She graduated at the Conservatory for Music and Ballet Ljubljana in the class of Volodja Balžalorsky in 2015. Since September 2015 she has been studying at the Royal College of Music London with prof. Daniel Rowland and prof. Leonid Kerbel and plans to continue her postgraduate studies with them.
She has worked with many respected violinists/teachers such as Ivry Gitlis, Nicola Benedetti, Anton Martynov, Alina Ibragimova, Saewon Suh, Vasilij Meljnikov, Peter Heresthal, Mark Messenger, Tatiana Balashova, Igor Ozim, Wonji Kim Ozim.
As a soloist and with a series of chamber groups, she won several prizes at national and international competitions. Most recently she was awarded 3rd prize and the special Szymanowski award at the 1st International Karol Szymanowski Competition in Katowice, Poland.
As a soloist, she has performed with: the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Slovenian Philharmonic, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana, Chamber Orchestra Mladi ljubljanski solisti (Young soloists of Ljubljana), Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, RCM Conductors Podium Orchestra and occasional orchestral groups.
She is a scholar at the Royal College of Music, and is supported by The Big Give award, generously sponsored by Zavarovalnica Triglav, and kindly supported by Rotary Club Bled, Rotary Club Brnik and many other unnamed donors.
Born in Cambridge to Polish parents, Emily Turkanik began playing the
violin at the age of 5. She was accepted into the preparatory program
at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg under the tutelage of Wonji
Kim. She went on to study with Prof. Igor Ozim and after his
retirement felt compelled to return to the UK and study at the Royal
College of Music. She is now studying with both Prof. Leonid Kerbel
and Prof. Daniel Rowland. She is an RCM Foundation Scholar supported
by the Musicians‘ Company Lambert Mentorship.
Hannah began her studies as a violinist at London’s Centre for Young Musicians, where she won prizes including the Jack Petchey award and the Lennie Clark prize, and switched to the viola at age 16. During her time at the centre she studied with Lori Norriss, and co-lead the viola section of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra.
She read for her undergraduate degree in English literature at King’s College, Cambridge, during which time she was a recipient of a university instrumental award for three years. She was principal viola of both the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, and performed as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral performer in venues including West Road Concert hall, the Fitzwilliam Museum and King’s College chapel. She also won the inaugural Peterhouse Camerata Musica prize with her piano quartet, the Impostore quartet. During her time at Cambridge she studied with Martin Outram, and received coaching from artists including James Boyd and the Endellion quartet.
Hannah is currently a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studies with Jon Thorne, and Baroque viola with Annette Isserlis. She is a keen orchestral and chamber musician, and plays with London based orchestras including the Janus ensemble and the Orchestra for the Earth.
Wallis is a final year postgraduate cellist studying at the Royal College of Music. An Aston Lark Scholar, Wallis currently studies with Richard Lester.
Wallis began her studies as a scholar at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music, where she studied with Selma Gokcen. During this time, she performed regularly as a chamber and orchestral musician, at venues including St Johns Smith Square, Milton Court and St Martin in the Fields.
Wallis studied cello with Melissa Phelps during her undergraduate at Cambridge, where she read music at Pembroke College. As an instrumental award holder, she performed frequently as both a soloist and chamber musician, at venues including West Road Concert Hall and The Fitzwilliam Museum. She was principal cellist of CUCO, the university’s chamber orchestra, which gave her the chance to work with musicians including Thomas Gould and David Watkin. She also played with Cambridge University Opera Society.
As a soloist, Wallis has received masterclasses from Hannah Roberts, Christian Poltera and Raphael Wallfisch. In recent years, Wallis has developed a strong commitment to orchestral playing, having played in the St Endellion Summer Festival Orchestra, Orpheus Sinfonia and London Young Sinfonia. She also enjoyed being principal cellist for recent concerts with the RCM Philharmonic and RCM Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music continues to be Wallis’ long-lasting passion; she has appeared in a number of festivals including the Midsummer Music Festival, Klosters Music Festival, and Stamford International Music Festival. She also played in a Britten-Pears Foundation recital at the Red House in Aldeburgh. She is now a member of the newly established Brompton Quartet, with whom she has enjoyed coaching from Mats Zetterqvist, Daniel Rowland and members of the Harlem String Quartet.
In 2019, Wallis looks forward to playing with Collegium Strings at Turner Sims Concert Hall, and to regular performances with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.