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.
Clara Loeb

Clara Loeb

Viola

Clara Loeb
Born in Houston, Texas, Clara Loeb came to the United Kingdom to pursue a Masters of Arts from the Royal Academy of Music under the instruction of Yuko Inoue. In her time at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, she obtained a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance, where she studied with Barbara Sudweeks of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

As an undergraduate, Clara was a member of the Ephemere Quartet that worked extensively with Matt Albert and the Escher Quartet. She was also invited to play with the prestigious Meadows Virtuosi Players, alongside Matt Albert and Andres Diaz. Clara has attended many summer festivals including Madeline Island Music Camp, Castleman Quartet Program, Round Top Orchestral Institute, Musique en Graves (Bordeaux, France), National Orchestral Institute, and Domaine Forget (Quebec).

She has performed in masterclasses for Nadia Sirota, Hartmut Rohde, Garth Knox, James Dunham, Jean Sulem, Miguel da Silva, Tatjana Masurenko, Robert Vernon, Paul Silverthorne, Atar Arad, and CJ Chang. Recently, she was highly commended for her performance of Penderecki's Cadenza for Solo Viola in the Theodore Holland Prize at the Academy. With an interest in contemporary music, she has performed solo viola works by composers such as Caroline Shaw as well as premiering a work by Irene Gregori at a Composer's Platform Concert. Clara plays on a 1745 Jean Baptiste Salomon viola on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.
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
Prizewinners of the International Anton Rubinstein Chamber Music Competition (2018) and finalists in the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition (2019), the Echéa Quartet was formed in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Music, London. They are currently Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy and artists for the Concordia and City Music Foundations (2019/20). The quartet are recent recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society's Albert and Eugenie Frost Chamber Music Prize (2019/20). The quartet studies with John Myerscough, Levon Chilingirian, Mathieu Herzog, Simon Rowland-Jones and David Waterman.

In 2019, they performed Mendelssohn's Octet with the Selini Quartet at the Musikverein (Vienna) and collaborated with Marin Alsop at the World Economic Forum (Switzerland). The quartet were 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. They have appeared at international festivals such as Ferrandou Musique (France), Festival de los Siete Lagos (Argentina), West Cork Chamber Music (Ireland) and at the Philharmonie's String Quartet Biennal (Paris). The quartet also attended a residency at the Banff Centre in 2019. In 2020, the quartet will attend IMS Prussia Cove, Festival d'Aix, and will be fellows for the Advanced String Quartet Program at Aspen Summer Music Festival.

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, Andrew Norman and Henning Kraggerud. Three of the members perform on instruments on loan from the Royal Academy of Music. Aliayta plays on a J. F. Pressenda from 1847; Rosa plays John Empsall from 1909; Clara on a Charles Coquet from 2016; and Eliza plays on a Paul Kaul (Nantes, France) from 1912.