Renowned as a soloist and chamber musician world-wide, Susanne Stanzeleit is well known for her unusually challenging and extensive repertoire, featuring many commissions and UK premieres of works by composers such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Anthony Payne, John Adams, Lou Harrison, Gyorgy Kurtág, Dmitri Smirnov, John Casken, Piers Hellawell, Jacques Cohen, Peter Fribbins, Sally Beamish, John Woolrich, Philip Cashian, Louis Andriessen, Rebecca Saunders and many more.
In 2010 Susanne was appointed leader of the Maggini Quartet, one of the finest and most recorded string quartets in the UK today.
She was leader of the Werethina String Quartet for many years and led the Edinburgh String Quartet between 1999-2002.
She is in high demand as guest-leader of many of the foremost chamber orchestras, ensembles and contemporary music groups in the UK.
A popular chamber musician, she has performed with eminent artists such as Gervase de Peyer, Eduard Brunner, Zara Nelsova, Colin Carr, Raphael Wallfisch, Alexander Baillie, Steven Doane, Norbert Brainin and Michael Collins, as well as regular pianist partners, Gusztàv Fenyö and Julian Jacobson.
In 2003 she founded the Primrose Piano Quartet together with Robin Ireland, Andrew Fuller and John Thwaites.
Susanne has received rave reviews and a Gramophone Award nomination for her long list of commercial recordings, which feature the complete works of Bartók, Enescu, Delius and Dvoràk as well as Beethoven violin sonatas, works by Charles Camilleri and a series of English sonata recordings.
Chamber discs include six discs with the Edinburgh Quartet, chamber music by Kenneth Leighton and the première recording of piano quartets by Hurlstone, Alwyn, Scott and Dunhill within two discs of British piano quartets with the Primrose Quartet, all on Meridian. Recent releases feature music by Arnold Cooke, the chamber works of Richard Strauss, a disc of Brahms and Faure and a disc of commissions by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Dmitri Smirnov, John Casken, Piers Hellawell, Sally Beamish and others.
Susanne Stanzeleit studied with Leonid Kogan, Nathan Milstein, Vesselin Paraschkevov, Yfrah Neaman, Sándor Végh and Gyorgy Kurtág, and she is regularly invited to teach and give masterclasses at many UK music colleges and summer schools such as Dartington, Cadenza, Paxos, Ayton, Paxton and others. From 1993-2000 she was visiting lecturer of violin and chamber music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and between 2002 - 2006 Head of Strings at the London College of Music and Media.
She now teaches at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
"Susanne Stanzeleit's playing is stunning...this thrilling performer sweeps you off your feet...pure magic."
The Strad, June 2003, CD of the month
"Stanzeleit is, above all, a musician. Her sense of style, her dedication to the music, her absorption of a splendid technique into the essence of whatever she is playing - all these add up to an all-round equipment of formidable dimensions. Come again soon!"
Musical Opinion, 1994
"...the best playing I heard at Dartington came in unknown works by John Adams and John Corigliano that dominated a late-night recital by the violinist Susanne Stanzeleit and Julian Jacobson.
A recording wouldn't go amiss."
Michael White - Independent on Sunday 11 August 1996
"Stanzeleit is both controlled and musical...beautiful palette of line...melodic and imaginative...music before any sense of personal display. Rare qualities these days!" Classic CD, 1994
"Magnificent music, magnificent playing. What more could one wish for?" The Strad
Dorothea Vogel (Viola) was born in Switzerland and studied with Rudolf Weber in Winterthur.
After winning first prize in the Swiss Youth Competition, Dorothea won scholarships to study with Paul Coletti at the Peabody Institute, USA, and with David Takeno and Micaela Comberti at the Guildhall School in London, where she graduated with the coveted Concert Recital Diploma. She was a founder member of the Amar Quartet.
Dorothea has played the baroque viola in the Kings Consort and Florilegium and has been both principal viola in the Gustav Mahler Orchestra and the World Youth Orchestra in Israel. She has appeared as a soloist with the Zurich Kammerorchester and at London's Wigmore Hall. She teaches Chamber Music at Pro Corda.
Her viola is by Ludovico Rastelli, Genoa, circa 1800.
Andrew Fuller has a busy and varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, guest principal, session musician and teacher.
His duo partnership with Pianist Michael Dussek has had great success with recent concerts and recordings, their CDs of Cello works on the Dutton Vocalion label receiving critical acclaim, several being selected as Editor's Choice in Gramophone Magazine.
He was Associate Principal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years, leaving in 1997 to concentrate on solo and chamber music.
Since then he has regularly worked as guest principal for the RPO as well as many others including the Philharmonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Hallé Orchestra and the Orchestra of St Johns.
As chamber musician he has made many appearances at The Wigmore Hall and at festivals and music clubs around the world, and has made many live broadcasts and recordings.
He was a member of the York Piano Trio, the Fibonacci sequence, Aquarius, and Primavera.
A member of the ground breaking new ensemble "Chamber Music Direct" he has also been a regular guest player with other Groups including the Sorrel, Brindisi and Coull String Quartets, Endymion and the Schubert Ensemble.
He was a visiting lecturer at the Birmingham Conservatoire from 1997 to 2003 and regularly coaches at the Royal Academy of Music and for UK youth orchestras.
John Thwaites has a varied performing career. He has been working with Alexander Baillie for thirty years. They appeared in the first and last Manchester International 'Cello Festivals, released a recital CD in 2000, and selected live performances in 2009. Another long-standing association is with Sue Lowe's 'Cello Schools, and John has performed with Johannes Goritzki, Louise Hopkins, Pierre Doumenge, Li Wei, Oleg Kogan, Melissa Phelps, Alexander Ivashkin and Alexander Boyarsky.
Alongside relationships with the Schidlof, Maggini, Emperor, Martinu and Brodsky Quartets, a performance of Lyapunov's Sextet with the Dante Quartet on Dutton Digital was BBC Music Magazine's chamber music choice for November 2004. John is also a member of the Audley Horn Trio (Stanzeleit, Stirling, Thwaites) and the Da Vinci Piano Trio (Moffatt, Irvine, Thwaites).
Recent concerto performances include Grieg at St John's Smith Square and Tchaikovsky at the Royal College of Music. A solo disc of Romantic Favourites will be released in 2010.
Formerly Head of Piano at Christ's Hospital and a tutor at GSMD, John is now Head of Keyboard Studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Course Director of Cadenza International Summer Music School, a piano and strings festival resident at the Purcell School, London, in July.
"Contributing hugely to all this, and in absolute unanimity with the 'cellist, was the excellent pianist John Thwaites, new to the RSAMD's recital series and, clearly, a strong addition to the academy's performing staff. Sheer musicianship all the way from two strong, confident players, and multiple delights for listeners."
"It was a ravishing account of a period masterpiece."
"Thwaites had the sweep and aplomb of a master, contrasting the power and frolics of the Debussy with effortless ease."
"...astonishing emotional intensity - a fine recital and an outstanding musician."
"This recording is a stunner. Brahms's First Sonata is so good I wish they had done the Second as well."
The Strad (CD with Alexander Baillie)