W. A. Mozart Divertimento in Eb for string trio, K. 563
Andrew Berridge Andrew was born on the Wirral and grew up in Leeds, where he began learning violin from the age of 5. After further studies with Peter Mountain and Eta Cohen he read Law for a year at the University of Liverpool before transferring to Music.
He won an Arts Scholarship that enabled him to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, first on violin with Ben Holland and then viola with Roger Bigley and Scott Dickinson. There he won prizes for viola and chamber music before embarking on a freelance career.
He joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 2003 – its youngest member at the time – as co-principal viola. Since then he has also appeared as principal with the RLPO, RSNO and SCO as well as performing with various chamber groups including Red Note and Hebrides Ensemble. Andrew is a member of the Scottish Ensemble, and has taught at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Glasgow.
Kanako Ito Kanako has had a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She has won prizes in many international competitions, including the Geneva International Competition, the Japanese-American Association Competition in New York, and the Schöntal Violin Competition in Germany. She has performed as a soloist around the world and also performed with many of the major orchestras in Japan and has appeared on NHK FM Radio and on Nippon TV and NHK TV.
A native of northern Japan, she started playing the violin at the age of five. After studying at the Toho-Gakuen Music High School in Tokyo, Kanako studied at the Paris Conservatoire, then completed the Artist Diploma Program at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where her teacher was Michéle Auclair. Kanako has also taken part in masterclasses with Eric Rosenblith, Pinchas Zukerman, and Stefan Gheorghiu. After her study, she moved to London where she lived and worked for several years, performed as a member of the chamber ensemble Mobius, and toured with many of the major London orchestras. Kanako has recorded CDs for the Fontec label in Japan. These include the complete sonatas by Saint-Saëns and Grieg with the pianist Phillip Moll. She has also recorded for EMI, ASV and Naxos with Mobius.
From August 2000 to May 2010, Kanako lived in Kansas City, USA and held the position of Concertmistress of the Kansas City Symphony. She moved to Glasgow in 2010 and was appointed Associate Leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in August 2014. She has been a guest leader of the RSNO and Hallé Orchestra, and often performs chamber music with many professional musicians around Scotland. She also teaches at the RCS Junior Conservatoire.
Martin Storey Martin has performed in many countries around the world as a soloist and chamber musician and has served as principal cellist with many British orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. For eight years he held the position of Principal Cellist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and in 2019 he was appointed principal cellist of Scottish Opera.
Martin was a founding member of the highly successful Gould Piano Trio which won three international chamber music competitions. During his fourteen years with the trio he toured to many countries playing in major concert halls, radio broadcasts and music festivals including the BBC Proms Chamber Series.
Martin has broadcast chamber music many times on BBC Radio both in live concerts and studio recordings. He has recorded several CDs of chamber music for labels such as EMI, ASV and Naxos and his recording of the Brahms cello sonatas was released on the Oxford Classics label. He has given masterclasses at the Royal Academy and Trinity College in London, and in the USA, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, the Czech Republic and at the RCS in Glasgow.
From 2001 Martin lived in Kansas City, Missouri in the U.S. where he had an active career as a soloist and member of several chamber ensembles and was the cello professor at Park University in Parkville, Missouri.