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Sebastian Müller (violin) with Nico de Villiers (piano)

Tue Apr 5th 2011, 12:15–1:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ


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Sebastian Müller

Sebastian Müller was born in 1980 in Hanover, Germany. At the age of seven years he had his first violin lessons/instructions, and soon he became a student of Irina Goldstein. He gained further education from Stephan Picard at the University for Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin and Ina Kertscher at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover”, the University for Music and Drama Hannover, where he got his diploma in July 2006. As a student of Detlef Hahn he graduated (Master’s degree) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, in July 2007 and was invited to stay as “Guildhall Artist”, kindly supported by a George Child Award. At the same time he studied the viola on the Master’s programme with Sven Arne Tepl and Nobuko Imai in Amsterdam.

Currently Sebastian is the owner of a fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he is teaching at the Junior and Senior Department. He is also working as a violin/viola instructor at the University of Music and Drama Hannover (Germany).

Sebastian participated in several Master Classes with Renaud Capuçon, Antje Weithaas, Régis Pasquier, Roman Nodel and other leading violinists/instructors. In 2006 during the masterclasses at Domaine Forget (Québec, Canada) he was finally among the four students chosen to take part in Pinchas Zukerman’s workshop.

He has been member and principal concert master of several youth orchestras, and played numerous solo concerts. Among the concerts he performed were Mendelssohn’s and Sibelius’ violin concerts and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”. From 2000–2001 he played as a soloist and also as the leader of the Official German String Orchestra on government occasions. In the “Südwestdeutschen Kammermusikwettbewerb Carel Kunc” (chamber music competition) and in the “Bundeswettbewerb Jugend Musiziert” (federal youth competition) he was awarded with several prizes for his (excellent) performances on the violin and the piano. With his piano trio, “The Villon Trio”, he is prize winner of the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Competition London 2007.

Nico de Villiers

Nico de Villiers was born in South Africa and studied the piano from the age of four. He is currently a post-graduate fellow in accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying with Charles Owen.

Nico was an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music International Undergraduate Scholar from 2001–2005, studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. During his time in Scotland Nico worked with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's Chorus and Junior Chorus, the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the Cumbernauld Choral Society. He also worked with choirs at the International Choral Week in St. Clair, Provence France and appeared in recital with Swedish soprano Henriikka Gröndahl at the Norwegian Music Academy, Oslo. In 2005 Nico was invited to take up his studies for the Master of Music (MMus) degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (USA), studying with world renowned pianist Martin Katz. He acted as coach and teaching assistant at Michigan for singers in preparation for recital and opera. He was an official coach and repetiteur for the University of Michigan Opera's production of Cosi fan tutte (Mozart) in 2005 and made his debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in the same year. Since 2008 he has been a coach at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria International Summer Course.

Following various chamber music performances during his study in Glasgow, Nico embarked on a study of the piano chamber music of Ernst von Dohnányi. During his time at the University of Michigan, Nico formed the Dohnányi Ensemble, which performed various chamber music works by this Hungarian composer. They also worked in masterclasses with the famous Takács Quartet. The Dohnányi Ensemble furthermore performed in the Czech Republic a series of works by Dvorak, Smetana, Mozart and of Dohnányi in 2006 and 2008. During this time Nico was appointment as staff accompanist at the International Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech. In March 2008 Nico performed the complete published piano chamber music of Dohnanyi in a series presented by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Nico is currently preparing to embark on a doctoral study of the keyboard chamber music of Dohnányi.

Additionally, Nico formed the De Villiers Ensemble with previous colleagues from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2006 and now regularly performs with them in Sweden. Most recently Nico formed the Illyria Piano Trio with violinist Lucy Melvin and cellist Hannah Ashendon in London.

Venue: Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral (photo: Adrian Pingstone)

Bristol Cathedral is situated in the middle of the city at the bottom of Park Street. It was founded in 1140, but was built gradually over a period of 700 years. The Cathedral hosts numerous events and concerts throughout the year. Many of these are open to the public, and some are free, including the regular lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays.

Visit the Bristol Cathedral website.


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