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Free music recital
Haydn - Piano Trio No. 39 ‘Gypsy’
Smetana - Piano Trio in G Minor Op. 15,
Emma Baird, Violinist
Born in Ayrshire, Emma started playing the violin at the age of 4. From 2014-2018, she attended the Junior Department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Professor Andrea Gajic. Emma has appeared as soloist with the RCS Juniors Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble, and has won many prizes at the Glasgow Music Festival, including the Ailie Cullen award for the ‘most outstanding performance of the festival’. At the RCS, she was also a three-time winner of the Nan Christie prize for Strings and won the 2016 concerto competition. Emma attended St Mary’s Music School for one year before moving to London, during which she won the Edinburgh Competition Festival concerto category and became a finalist in the Director’s Recital Prize. Emma has played as a first violinist for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and has received masterclasses from Renaud Capucon, Josef Spacek, Tasmin Little, Alina Ibragimova, Natasha Boyarsky and Nicola Benedetti.
Emma is currently an undergraduate scholar of the Royal Academy of Music in London. She studies with Ying Xue and has previously studied with So-Ock Kim. She is a former member of the Frost ASSET Scheme, a string quartet training programme run by the Academy which provides mentoring from members of the Doric String Quartet. Most recently, she has performed with her chamber ensembles at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Marylebone Music Festival and the Lake District Summer Music Festival. She has also performed as concertmaster of the Academy Symphony Orchestra, Manson Ensemble and Academy Opera Orchestra under conductors including Ryan Wigglesworth and Laurence Cummings. Emma works as a Lead Ambassador for the Benedetti Foundation, assisting instrumental teachers and leading workshops for children. She plays on a violin made by Jan Spidlen in 2014, on loan from the RAM.
Xiaowen Shang is a pianist, harpsichordist and versatile musician, interested in early, classical and contemporary music. She has a wide range of repertoire from Renaissance composers such as Orlando Gibbons to contemporary composers like John Cage. Xiaowen is also enthusiastic to collaborate with other musicians, composers and artists, including improvising with silent films, playing concerts with animation and premiering new works.
Xiaowen is studying with Joanna MacGregor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, entering her fourth year as an undergraduate with an ongoing full Entrance Scholarship. She received many awards in her school career. Her recent awards include Harold Samuel Bach Prize (harpsichord) and the May Mukle/Douglas Cameron Prize (cello and piano duo) in 2021. She also received the First Prize in the WCOM Harriet Cohen Bach Competition(piano) in the Royal Academy of Music in 2019. Because of the prize, she was invited to join the Yeomen musician program in The Musician’s Company.
As an active musician performing on stage, her recent important performances include the Vaughan Williams’s Piano quintet in C minor at the Victoria and Albert Museum with the Whitman Ensemble in June and the harpsichord soloist of the Bach Keyboard concerto in F minor with the famous violinist, Rachel Podger as part of the “Bach the European” series in the Royal Academy of Music in April. She also performed in other venues and festivals such as St. James’s Piccadilly, Bloomsbury Festival and Dartington Festival. In addition, she has been performing in every Summer and Autumn Piano Festival of Royal Academy of Music from 2018 to 2021. Her upcoming performances involve the Leatherhead Concert series in October and the Chamber Festival in the Royal Academy of Music in November.
Samuel Vincent is an undergraduate cello scholar studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Ben Hughes. He began cello lessons at the age of 9 and joined the Junior Department of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a scholarship in 2013, receiving lessons from Elaine Akers and Ulrich Heinen.
In 2017, Samuel was awarded a scholarship to study at the Wells Cathedral School with Penny Driver. In the same year, he was awarded a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. With the NYO, he has had the privilege of performing twice consecutively in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and has played under conductors such as John Wilson and Sir Mark Elder. He began studying at the Royal Academy of Music in 2018, and is currently studying with Ben Hughes.
Whilst at the Academy, Samuel has had much experience as both an orchestral player and a chamber player, having performed with various ensembles including the Academy Sainsbury Soloists and the Academy Symphony Orchestra, the latter with whom he has played as principal. He is also part of the Ravenglass Piano Trio, receiving coaching and masterclasses from, among others, Lucy Gould, Michael Dussek, and Joanna MacGregor
Samuel currently plays on a c. 1830 Richard Tobin cello and a 1975 Arthur Bultitude bow, both kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.