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
Cellist Eliza Millett is a graduate of the University of Oxford, attaining First-class Honours in Music, and of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied cello with Christoph Richter. Eliza has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in a number of UK venues and festivals such as the Lake District International Festival, Wigmore Hall, IMS Prussia Cove, St John's Smith Square and St James Piccadilly.

She is a founder member of the award-winning Echea Quartet, currently Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal College of Music and recent recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society and Hattori Foundation's Chamber Music Prizes. The quartet has appeared at international festivals in Ireland, Aix-en-Provence, Argentina and at the Banff Centre in Canada, as well as performing and winning the ‘Tremplin’ award at the Philharmonie de Paris’ String Quartet Biennial (2020).

Eliza is also the artistic co-director of SmorgasChord, an arts festival with new music at its heart, who's mission is to explore unexpected connections between musical and literary cultures, both local and global. It is composed of a small and flexible group of artists who come together each year to explore, define and communicate a new artistic vision.
Biography
Recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Chamber Music Prize (2019/20) and the Hattori Foundation’s Senior Award (2021/22), 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 Kirckman Concert Society and City Music Foundation and are Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The quartet are mentored by John Myerscough, Simon Rowland-Jones and Mathieu Herzog. They have been selected to participate in the McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA) in Montreal where they will study with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis and Ebene Quartets.

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). The quartet has attended virtual online masterclasses at IMS Prussia Cove and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (2020), and are part of ProQuartet.