ECHÉA QUARTET

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Aliayta Foon-Dancoes

Aliayta Foon-Dancoes

Violin

Aliayta Foon-Dancoes
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Aliayta has performed with ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Sidney Classical Orchestra and the Galliano Ensemble.

Aliayta recently performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Newcastle's Northumberland Orchestra and played the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the University of Victoria Symphony. She was a Fellow at the 2017 Aspen Summer Music Festival where she performed as concertmaster. She has received scholarships to attend NYU Steinhardt, Orford, Tafelmusik, Switzerland's Astona Music Academy and Morningside Music Bridge. Aliayta was a prize winner in the Vancouver Women's Music Society's competition, won first prize in UVic's Bach Competition and Concerto Competition. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of György Pauk.

In Vancouver, she studied with Andrew Dawes (Orford and Tokyo Quartets) and then at the University of Victoria with Ann Elliott-Goldschmid (Lafayette Quartet). Aliayta plays on an 1847 Joannes Francesco Pressenda, generously on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.
Rosa Hartley

Rosa Hartley

Violin

Rosa Hartley
Award winning British violinist, Rosa Hartley maintains a regular performing schedule extensively around the UK and internationally across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, and has performed in prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, and Berlin Konzerthaus. Recent concerto appearances with orchestra include Dvorak, Elgar, Brahms and Mendelssohn Violin Concerti. She has also appeared as concertmaster of the European Union Youth Orchestra, performing Mahler's Second Symphony in Vienna with conductor Manfred Honeck, and in addition performing Max Richter's Four Seasons 'Recomposed' as soloist with the orchestra. She has also performed with London Symphony Orchestra and was selected by conductor Ivan Fischer as an academist of Budapest Festival Orchestra, touring with the orchestra throughout Europe and the USA as assistant concertmaster.

Rosa has taken part in masterclasses and received guidance from renowned violinists and teachers such as Leonidas Kavakos, James Ehnes, Thomas Zehetmair, Alina Ibragimova and Mauricio Fuks. Also a passionate chamber musician, Rosa plays regularly in several ensembles. She recently performed Enescus String Octet at the Romanian Cultural Forum in London and Kaufmanns String Quartet no. 11 in a collaboration with players from the ARC Ensemble in Toronto. She has also appeared at festivals such as Tokyo Stradivarius Festival, BBC Proms (live on BBC Radio 3), Music by the Sea, Bamfield (Canada), Ryedale Festival and Kavakos International Masterclasses (Athens).

She has received numerous awards, prizes and scholarships, recently including the Royal Philharmonic Society Julius Isserlis Scholarship, Hattori Foundation Senior Award, Derek Butler Award from The Countess of Munster and Harrison Gowland Bequest Award from the Royal Academy of Music. She is grateful to also be supported by Stephen Bell Trust, Help Musicians UK, St Marylebone Charitable Trust, and Kathleen Trust.

Rosa completed her Masters in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in 2019 with Gyorgy Pauk and continues her studies with Ulf Wallin at the University of Performing Arts in Vienna. She graduated in 2017 with a First Class Honours degree from the Royal College of Music with Itzhak Rashkovsky. Prior to this, she studied with Wen Zhou Li at Chethams School of Music in Manchester.
Dave Shaw

Dave Shaw

Viola

Dave Shaw
Violinist/ violist David Shaw enjoys a diverse creative life, and works with a variety of artistic mediums, including singing/ songwriting and visual art.

In 2019, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with So Ock Kim. David was awarded the ‘Edwin Samuel Dove Prize’ for notable merit, after receiving full marks in his final recital.

David has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the UK and throughout Europe. Performances of note include concertos with orchestras such as the Cardiff Philharmonic, Welsh Chamber Orchestra and Chester Philharmonic.

Chamber music has always been a central part of David’s musical life. He has enjoyed attending festivals such as Mendelssohn on Mull (Scotland) Musique a Marsac (France), and Wye Valley Festival (Wales). David has appeared at numerous venues across the UK such as Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Norwich Chamber Festival, Dingley Chamber Festival, Rhyl Music Club (Wales).
Eliza Millett

Eliza Millett

Violoncello

Eliza Millett
Eliza graduated from Lincoln College, University of Oxford (2017) where she attained First Class Honours in Music. More recently, she graduated with a Masters of Arts from the Royal Academy of Music where she was the Ruth Waddell Scholar under the tutelage of Christoph Richter (2017-19).

At the Academy, Eliza was the winner of the May Mukle/ Douglas Cameron Cello Sonata Prize (2018) and received the John Barbirolli Award (2018/19).

Eliza has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in a number of UK venues such as Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square and St James Picadilly. She gave her debut recital at the International Lake District Summer Music Festival in 2018. Other performances of note include Elgar's Cello Concerto (mvmt 3) with the Orchestra of St John's for BBC Radio 3's 'Private Passions'.

Eliza has attended the Banff Centre (Canada) and Domaine Forget (Quebec) where she performed and took masterclasses with international musicians such as Raphael Wallfisch, Colin Carr, Johannes Moser and Gary Hoffman.
Biography
Recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Chamber Music Prize (2019/20), the Echéa Quartet was formed in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Music, London. They are recent winners of the ‘Tremplin' at the Philharmonie de Paris's String Quartet Biennale (2020) and prizewinners of the International Anton Rubinstein Competition (2017). The quartet are currently Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal College of Music, artists for the Concordia and City Music Foundations (2019/20) and Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The quartet are mentored by John Myerscough, Simon Rowland-Jones and Mathieu Herzog. With many thanks to the Harrison-Frank and City Music Foundations, the Echéa Quartet are fortunate to play on a quartet of W.E. Hill & Sons instruments and bows (2019).

The quartet has appeared at international festivals such as Ferrandou Musique (France), Festival de los Siete Lagos (Argentina) and West Cork Chamber Music (Ireland). They have also attended a residency at the Banff Centre (2019). The quartet has performed in venues such as the Musikverein (Vienna), Wigmore Hall (London), Philharmonie de Paris and collaborated with Marin Alsop at the World Economic Forum (Switzerland). The quartet was featured on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune', and more recently on CBC National Radio (Canada) as part of their six-week tour of the west coast of North America (2019). Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the quartet were unable to attend IMS Prussia Cove and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. They will however be Fellows for the Advanced String Quartet Program at Aspen Summer Music Festival, 2021.

The Echéa Quartet's continued dedication to new music is central to their work. They have commissioned works by UK-based composers, including Louise Drewett, Freya Waley-Cohen and Robert Laidlow. More widely, the quartet have worked closely with Harrison Birtwistle and Andrew Norman, and will be working with Mark Anthony-Turnage (2021).