Adjudicators for Gregynog Young Musicians Competition - 2017
MADELEINE MITCHELL ~ Strings
Madeleine Mitchell has a distinguished career, performing as soloist and chamber musician in some 50 countries in a wide repertoire, with frequent radio and TV broadcasts, in major festivals including the BBC Proms. Her recent engagements have included Artist-in-Residence at the Canberra International Festival, concerts in Moscow, Singapore, Vienna, London’s Wigmore and Barbican Halls, China, India and a major tour of the USA. She has an acclaimed discography including works written for her by some of Britain's best known composers. Her recent live performance as soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales will be included on her forthcoming album of new works. Madeleine Mitchell is a Professor at the Royal College of Music, Visiting Lecturer at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and in the summer teaches on the lmfl.org courses in Llandovery and Florence, Italy. She has frequently served as examiner and adjudicator. Madeleine Mitchell website
IAN FOUNTAIN ~ PIANO
In 1989 Ian became the youngest winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Tel Aviv at the age of nineteen. He was educated as a chorister at New College, Oxford and later at Winchester College. He studied piano under Sulamita Aronovsky at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Since that time he has enjoyed a wide-ranging and varied career, performing extensively throughout Europe, the USA, the UK and the Far East, with orchestras such as the London Symphony and Sir Colin Davis, the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, and the Czech Philharmonic and Jiri Belohlavek. He has also performed with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, he enjoys many long-standing collaborations with musicians and performs in concerts and festivals throughout Europe, Japan and Korea. He has also in recent years embarked on performances as a conductor, in which role he has developed a close relationship with the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
Ian has made several critically acclaimed recordings, including for EMI (20th Century Piano Sonatas), CRD (Beethoven Diabelli Variations), and for Sony and Haenssler Classics the complete works for cello and piano of Beethoven, Chopin and Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov with the cellist David Geringas.
Since 2001, Ian Fountain has been a piano professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He holds an annual summer masterclass at the Accademia di Cervo, Italy, and further masterclasses around the world. He has served on the juries of international piano competitions, including at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in 2011.
JENNI PHILLIPS ~ WOODWIND
Jenni Phillips studied at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music with Michael Winfield. She then went on to win a Countess of Munster Scholarship to study at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies.
Soon after leaving NCOS, she was appointed as 2nd Oboe in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra where she also frequently played Principal Oboe. The orchestra enjoyed a regular touring and recording schedule.
In 1993, she left the orchestra to pursue a career in Birmingham, where she regularly freelances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Jenni has also appeared in the oboe section with many other British orchestras.
When the Junior Conservatoire was initiated in 1993, Jenni was delighted to accept the invitation to teach the oboe and remained there for a very enjoyable 20 years.
Having also been an oboe teacher for the Senior Conservatoire since 1996, Jenni became Woodwind coordinator in 2010, taking on several of the responsibilities for the department, alongside Professor Michael Harris, Head of Woodwind. Jenni then took up the role of Head of Woodwind in August 2011.
Jenni has been involved in many education ventures, including workshops for both CBSO and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG). She has appeared as guest specialist at many Double Reed events and has coached the oboes at National Youth Orchestra (NYO) Open Days as well as the CBSO Youth Orchestra.
Jenni also enjoys taking reed making classes and has taught at the Royal Academy of Music and for the British Double Reed Society, in addition to Birmingham Conservatoire.
MARK PHILLIPS ~ BRASS
Born in London, Marks played the piano and took up the horn at the age of nine.
He studied at the Purcell School, the Royal College of Music junior department, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Centre for Orchestral Studies under teachers Douglas Moore, James Brown and Adrian Leaper. Before joining the CBSO Mark was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and the European Community Youth Orchestra. He has been 3rd horn with the CBSO since 1987 and is also horn player and Orchestra Manager of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG).
Mark enjoys getting involved in all aspects of the CBSO, and is currently on his third stint as Chair of the Players' Committee as well as serving two terms as a Player Board member.
IEUAN JONES ~ Harps, Guitars & Percussion
Ieuan Jones’s mission has taken him around the world, transfixing audiences with his richly characterful playing - in Spain they dubbed him “Esplendoroso Jones”.
His flair is founded upon a solid basis of technique, acquired over years of study from the age of six to his studies at the Royal College of Music where he is now professor.
Ieuan Jones has toured the world with his harp. He has performed in more than 25 countries, appeared as a soloist with some of the world’s leading orchestras and has many recordings to his credit. At home he appears in all the major concert halls, the Albert Hall, Festival Hall, Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, St David’s Hall, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Queens Hall, with varied programmes that include works rarely played on the harp and often with other instruments such as the flute, violin, and a programme of harp quintets with string quartet.
OFFICIAL ACCOMPANIST ~ Conal Bembridge-Sayers
Conal specialises in song accompaniment and chamber music, and at the young age of 22 is already making a name for himself in his field. Conal frequently accompanies musicians of all varieties throughout the UK and beyond, most recently performing Schubert’s Schwanengesang with baritone Michael Lowe, and appearing twice at the Edinburgh International Festival, including Dvorak’s Piano Trio in G minor with the Eryri Trio. Originating from North Wales, Conal now studies with Michael Pollock at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and this year was awarded the Simon Clarkson Memorial Award for outstanding all-round musicianship. An advocate for youth and community music Conal is proud to work as a répétiteur with Welsh National Opera, Welsh National Youth Opera, Opera Sonic, Live Music NOW, and Music in Hospitals in their outreach programmes. Conal is also official accompanist for the RWCMD’s Junior Department, a team leader for the Aloud Charity working with the South Wales branches of Only Boys Aloud and Only Kids Aloud, and patron of the community choir, Serenata Singers.
OFFICIAL ACCOMPANIST ~ Glian Llwyd
As a classically trained pianist with a Masters degree from Trinity College of Music in London, Glian has experience as a piano accompanist to musicians of all ages.
Since graduating, Glian has pursued a freelance career as a pianist and accompanist. She has played regularly at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Llangollen International Eisteddfod, and as a staff accompanist at Bangor University. In 2012 she was part of the adjudicating panel for the instrumental competitions at the National Eisteddfod.
Glian Llwyd is a piano tutor at Bangor University, and is also a piano and harp tutor at the William Mathias Music Centre, and the Denbighshire Music Co-operative.
ADJUDICATORS - Gregynog Young Musician of the Year Competition
2005 - Ieuan Jones, Susie Allen, Julian Whitaker
2006 - David Theodore, Liz Partridge, Iwan Llewellyn Jones
2007 - Hilary Finch, Euros Rhys Evans, Ben Hancox
2008 - Michael Harris, Jane Watts, Jonathon Price
2009 - Michael Harris, Euros Rhys Evans, Julian Jackson
2010 - David Theodore, Vanessa Latarche, Louise Hopkins
2011 - Sioned Webb, Richard Lewis, Lara James (Griffiths)
2012 - Michael Harris, Euros Rhys Evans, Louise Hopkins
2013 - David Theodore, Liz Partridge, Vannessa Latarche
2014 - Ian Jones, Chairman; David Greed, Gary Ryan, Meyrick Alexander, Cai Isfryn
2015 - Ieuan Jones, Chairman; Chris Hoyle, Michael Dussek, Jenni Phillips, Ewan Easton
2016 - Madeleine Mitchell, Kevin Price, Michael Harris, Terence Lloyd and Ieuan Jones