Aga Teodorowska has recorded with Razorlight (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge) and The Guillemots (Channel 4 The Green Room) and at London Fashion Week. Aga performs regularly all over London with groups including; Jazz Orchestra, Tomorrow’s Warriors, Pegasus Opera Agency, Westminster, I Maestri and the Contemporary Symphony Orchestras and working with Dune Recording Studio. Aga has secured a place to study for her Artistic Diploma at the Royal College of Music in 2011.She was born in Szczecin (Poland) and began playing the cello at the age of 7. She graduated from music school with honours and studied with Prof.Stanislaw Firlej and his assistant Dominik Polonski at Lodz Music Academy (honours) and was selected to perform Dvorzak’s Cello Concerto B-minor with Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra as the best graduate and awarded an Exceptional Prize for Best Music Individuality. Aga has participated in international cello master classes all over Europe, winning 1st and 3rd prize in International Chamber Music Competitions.
Melinda Miguel began her musical studies at the age of six with her grandfather Raymond Andrés, studying piano, cello, harmony, and counterpoint. Aged seventeen, she graduated from both instruments at the ‘Conservatori del Liceu de Barcelona’ and then moved to The Netherlands, were she obtained the Bachelor and Postgraduate Diplomas at the ‘Rotterdams Conservatorium, CODARTS hogeschool voor de kunsten’, with cellists Herre Jan Stegenga and Ad van Dongen. She later studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, with professor Martti Roussi. Interested in musicology and in research, Melinda moved to London where she studied at the Royal Academy of Music with professors Mats Lidström and Jeniffer Ward Clarke (baroque cello), being awarded the ‘Master in Performance and Research’ with Distinction. Specialized in different music styles: classical, baroque and Argentinean Tango; Melinda recently wrote a method which is being published on the performance practices traditions in tango music.
She received masterclasses from Steven Isserlis, David Geringas, Robert Cohen, Anner Bylsma, Susan Monks, Colin Carr, Badke String Quartet, Vermeer Quartet, Jerusalem Quartet, Thomas Brandis, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Jeremy Menuhin, among others. Melinda performed in many orchestras and chamber music ensembles like the London Sinfonietta, and the Ensemble Iberoamericano, and is regularly invited to perform as soloist, having recently performed the Triple Concerto of Beethoven and the Schumann Cello Concerto in Mexico, The Netherlands and Spain. Melinda teaches cello in several primary and secondary schools in the London area and is also a Suzuki cello teacher at Little Venice Suzuki Group and Bayswater Suzuki Group, often participating at workshops and summer camps.
Louisa Danmeri started playing the ‘cello aged 9 and achieved Grade 8 distinction by the age of 14. She was taught by James Halsey and was chosen to play the Haydn C major ‘cello concerto in Southwark Cathedral while at school. Louisa went on to study German and Music at the University of Sheffield and spent a year at the University of Regensburg studying the ‘cello with Martin Weikert. Louisa also performed concertos with both university orchestras at Sheffield and Regensburg.
She is heavily involved in music education and in 2010 completed the ‘Musicians in Education’ PGCE course through Trinity College of Music and the University of Greenwich. She is also a trained teacher of the Suzuki Method and continues to study the ‘cello with Alexander Boyarsky..
Olivia Powis has been playing the cello since the age of 7 and achieved Grade 8 Distrinction by the age of 16, studying under Nicholas Jones, (Royal Northern College of Music). She won a regional Young Musician of the Year, and won a place in the Midland Youth Orchestra, performing in Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Olivia taught music for a year in Namibia and continued to play the cello at the University of Manchester, regularly performing, including at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. She continued to play with Camden Chamber Orchestra and Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra, performing in the Royal Albert Hall, and also in a quartet live with iGospel at the Royal Festival Hall. She also improvises and records with throughout the UK with contemporary singer/ songwriters including Vaughan King, Ian Parker at The Robin, Woverhampton and The Borderline, London and Guy Davies, London. She has recorded for bands including Achilla and for resident artists at the renowned The Premises, music studios in Hackney, London.