String Quartet

Musician Biographies


Violin I

 has played the violin since the age of four.

In 1997 he became a student of Serguei Fatkouline, studying in Madrid and Bonn. Last year he entered the third year of the Royal College of Music, where he now studies with Felix Andrievsky. Here, he has recently won the Helen Just violin prize and been awarded scholarships to study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Ben has given many solo and chamber music recitals in this country and abroad. Last year he performed concerti by Bach, Haydn and Bruch and gave a performance of The Lark Ascending with the Kent Sinfonia. He has recently performed the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Maidstone Symphony Orchestra and has given recitals in the 2002 Sounds New Festival and in the Metrolpole Arts Centre. He was also soloist with the Kent County Youth Orchestra on their Summer tour to Florence, performing the Bruch G minor concerto. Ben has a long-standing partnership with the Bulgarian pianist Lora Dimitrova, and together they have given many performances, most recently at festivals in Swale, Deal and Aberystwyth.

Ben plays a Testori violin on loan from The Royal College of Music.



Violin II

 is in her fourth year at the Royal College of Music where she is now learning with Professor Ani Schnarch, who coaches the quartet. She studied with Howard Davis while at school and previously with Rodney Friend at the RCM.

was educated at Sevenoaks School where she was a music scholar. She played in the Lydian Orchestra, the National Isis Strings Academy and the Kent County Youth Orchestra. In 1996 she reached the Regional Final of the Audi Young Musician of the Year Competition in Goodwood House, which was broadcast on Classic FM.

Composer Michael Omer heard Hannah playing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 5 at St John's, Smith Square and asked if he could write a violin concerto for her. She premiered this at St John's, Smith Square, in April 1999, and repeated it in the Sevenoaks Summer Festival later that year.

Hannah is currently leader of the Kent Youth Orchestra and recently toured Italy with the orchestra, giving concerts in Tuscanny. Their performances included the Bruch Violin Concerto, with soloist Ben Hancox.

Since becoming a member of the Sacconi String Quartet, Hannah's life has become very hectic, but she has also led an orchestra on camera in the film Thunderpants and been profiled on Sky TV.


 graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2001 with First Class Honours. He plays both viola and baroque/classical viola, and is continuing his studies at the Royal College of Music as an Associated Board Scholar. He is a student of Andreij Vijtovitch on viola and Annette Isserlis on baroque/classical viola.

In addition to his work with the Sacconi Quartet, Robin performs regularly with the Phoebus Trio, a flute-viola-harp trio. He was Principal Viola of the European Union Baroque Orchestra for its 2001 season, and since then he has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Whilst at the Royal College of Music he has been awarded all the major viola prizes. He was formerly a student of Ian Jewel, Jan Schlapp, Catherine Mackintosh and Marguerite Wilkinson.

Robin pursues a keen interest in education work, and has worked alongside members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra on its Playerlink scheme, conducting music workshops in schools around London. He was also involved in running the first Higher Education Summer School to be held at the Royal College of Music in August 2000.






 recently graduated from the Royal College of Music with First Class Honours. She is continuing her studies as a Postgraduate Scholar at the RCM with Melissa Phelps, and is supported by the Martin Musical Fund. During her time at the RCM Cara has been Principal Cello of the RCM Sinfonietta and RCM Symphony Orchestra, and has won prizes such as the Anna Shuttleworth Prize for solo cello (2002) and the Helen Just Prize for cello (2001).

Caraís past teachers include Anna Shuttleworth, Alexander Boyarsky and Sue Lowe, and she has participated in masterclasses with Alexander Baillie, Johannes Goritzki and Nicholas Jones. As a soloist, Cara has performed throughout the UK and Europe, performing concertos by Haydn, Elgar, Saint-SaŽns and JC Bach. Having studied the baroque cello with Jenny Ward-Clarke for several years at RCM, this area of performance has also become a special interest of Caraís.



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