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Fernando Zorita - Violin


Fernando Zorita is a member of the Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA), while also freelancing as leader for several orchestras around Spain such as Vigo Opera, Opera Studio and Magistralia. Fernando teaches at the Oviedo Conservatory and coaches the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Asturias (JOSPA) and other youth orchestras in Spain.

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Pilar Andrino - Violin


Pilar Andrino has been a violin tutor at BISYOC since it started in 2001. She studied violin at the Salamanca Conservatory with Isabel Vilá, and also studied with Jens Ellerman in Germany. She teaches violin at the Salamanca Conservatory and plays in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilia y Leon. She is also involved in a music education programme for very young children.

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Cristina Gestido - Viola


Cristina Gestido is BMUS and MMUS graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, under professor Lawrence Power. She works regularly with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and freelances with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber and Asturias Symphony Orchestra. She is also a an experienced recitalist and chamber musician, playing in many venues including Fundación Juan March in Madrid and St. Martin-in-the-fields in London.

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Morten Hannisdal - Cello


Morten Hannisdal was born in 1954 in Bergen. He studied at the Vienna and Oslo Music Academies under Professors V. Erben and F. Helmersson, and became Co-Principal Cellist of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in 1980. He was a member of the Norwegian chamber ensemble Cikada from 1989 to 2009 and has toured throughout the globe. Teaching and coaching young musicians has been a major part of his life. He currently teaches at the Asker Municipal Music School and he joined the BISYOC Tutor Team in 2015.

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Nathan Knight - Double Bass


Nathan started learning the double bass when he was 8 years old and soon found himself performing with the National Children’s Orchestra, London Schools Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Duncan McTier, Graham Mitchell, Dominic Seldis and Rodney Stewart, and graduated in 2016 with a First Class Honours degree, also receiving the Regency Orchestral Award. While studying he was principal double bass in projects conducted by Semyon Bychkov, Christian Thielemann, Edward Gardner, Trevor Pinnock and was a member of the 2015/16 Sainsbury’s Royal Academy Soloists under the direction of Clio Gould. Nathan has played in public masterclasses for Joel Quarrington and Gunars Upatnieks, and in private masterclasses to Matthew McDonald, Bozo Paradzik, and Hal Robinson. He has performed on various occasions with the English National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Chineke Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. He has important roles in outreach projects that help classical music spread to communities where there is not much exposure. He is a music leader for Kuumba Youth Music, an intern on Royal Academy of Music’s ‘First Strings Experience’, and the Double Bass tutor at Sistema England.

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Helga Zuccaro - Flute


Helga Zuccaro began her studies at the Conservatoire in her home city of Trento in Italy. She then went to Germany, first to Münster and then to Freiburg, where she completed her studies under Prof. Robert Aitken. Two years of playing in the Duisburg Sinfonia (Deutsche Oper am Rhein) and Münster Symphony Orchestra rounded off her flute studies. In Freiburg and more recently in Cologne (Germany) she has been working freelance. She prefers playing in smaller chamber music groups. She teaches at the University in Koblenz.

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Dario Golcic - Oboe


Dario Golcic studied oboe with Heinz Holliger and Christian Schmitt. He has won many oboe competitions in Croatia. As a soloist he has played with chamber orchestras from Freiburg, Heidelberg, Basel and Zagreb. He teaches the oboe at Zagreb Music Academy and plays solo oboe in the Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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Domagoj Pavlovic - Clarinet


Domagoj Pavlovic graduated in clarinet in 2001, from the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Josip Tonzetic. He then continued his postgraduate studies till 2005. As a soloist and member of chamber ensembles he has performed throughout Croatia and abroad. He is a member of the Zagreb Woodwind Trio and Duo Clarp (with harpist Mirjana Kriskovic). He also performs regularly with the Porin String Quartet, the Zagreb String Quartet, the Croatian Chamber Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made several recordings for Croatian Radio. Since 2002 he has been a soloist in the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra.

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Michael Dooley - Bassoon


Michael Dooley is an honours graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin. He began his bassoon studies with Martin Prynn (London Mozart Players) and followed on with Graham Salvage (Halle Orchestra). He has worked as a freelance bassoonist at home and abroad and works with the RTE Concert Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland playing bassoon and contra-bassoon. Michael works as a busy chamber musician and has appeared as soloist in the Mozart Bassoon Concerto in Ireland and Spain. He is a founder member of the Limerick Wind Octet and conducts Galway Youth Orchestra and St. Patrick's Brass Band in his native Galway. He is currently on the teaching staff in the Limerick School of Music.

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Julian Baker - Horn


Julian Baker had a horn playing career spanning forty years, during which he had experience in the orchestral, contemporary, opera and chamber music world. He was brought up in Shropshire, England, but now lives in London, where he was professor of the Horn at the Royal College of Music for 37 years. He has taught young and professional players in master classes all over Europe.

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Stephen Altoft - Trumpet


Stephen Altoft is dedicated to the creation of new repertoire for the trumpet. As a solo artist, and with percussionist Lee Ferguson as duo Contour, he has given concerts throughout Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada. He is a member of ensemble chronophonie (Freiburg) and ensemble linea (Strasbourg). Stephen was also trumpeter in the Music theatre production, "Niebla" by Elena Mendoza and Matthias Rebstock (2007-9) at the Festspielhaus, Dresden, Berlin Konzerthaus and Teatro del Canal, Madrid. In 2013 he appeared at the American Festival of Microtonal Music in New York, the "Bending Brass" event at the New England Conservatory, Boston, USA, organised by the Boston Microtonal Society and at the Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival, in South Korea.


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Wayne Jeffrey - Assistant Conductor & Wind Chamber Music Coach


Dr. Wayne Jeffrey is presently Director of Ensembles of the Kwantlen University College Department of Music. He has previously held positions at the Universities of Western Ontario, Toronto and Cincinnati and was the Music Director of the Wind Symphony and Conducting Instructor in each school. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting and music education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and has appeared as an Associate Conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble on many concerts.

In Europe, he studied and performed in London, Munich, Budapest, Salzburg and Vienna. As a hornist and conductor, he has broadcast and performed in Canada and abroad and has recorded with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Toronto Chamber Winds, the Hannaford Street Silver Band, CJRT Orchestra and the Erik Schultz Brass Quintet. Orchestral and chamber performances occur across Canada including Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal and Fredericton, He appears frequently as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator at festivals throughout North America and Europe.

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Manuel Vieira - Trombone and Tuba


Manuel Vieira has been the tutor of Low Brass at BISYOC since 2006. He finished his degree in University of Aveiro. In 2002 he studied at Sheffield University with Philip Goodwin. The same year he collaborated with Sheffield Opera Productions and played in Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with the direction of conductor and composer Christian Wolff. He played in several youth orchestras such as: APROARTE Orchestra, Bracara Augusta Orchestra, Templários Orchestra, FAP Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Band of Santa Maria da Feira, etc. In 2000 he won the place of principal trombone in the Mediterranean Orchestra. He has performed concerts in several countries including Germany, France, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, England, Austria and Malta. He finished his Master in Performance at Sheffield University, studying trombone with Chris Houlding in the Royal Northern College of Music. He has collaborated with several Portuguese professional orchestras and he recorded several CDs with some of them. Currently he plays principal trombone in Braga Philharmonic Orchestra. He is member of the HomeBrass-Quintet. He teaches trombone and chamber music at the Calouste Gulbenkian Conservatoire in Braga, Academy of Music in Vila Verde, and Music Academy of Fortaleza in Valença.

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Rachel Jerome - Harp


Rachel is an award-winning graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and her professional career encompasses orchestral, chamber and solo playing as well as teaching, and examining for The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. As a freelance player, she has worked with the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and many regional orchestras. She particularly enjoys playing with choirs, and has had the pleasure of accompanying the Westminster Cathedral Choristers in Ampleforth Abbey. Alongside her playing work Rachel has a busy teaching practice, incorporating Leeds and Hull Universities as well as Yorkshire Young Musicians at Leeds College of Music.

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Lee Forrest Ferguson - Percussion


Lee Forrest Ferguson studied as a scholarship student at the University of Iowa under Thomas L. Davis (1991-5). In 1995 he received a bachelor of music in percussion performance and then was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study with Bernhard Wulff at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, in Freiburg, Germany (1996-8). Lee was a member of the Freiburg Percussion ensemble, which received first prize in the German Music School Competition for the category New Music (Leipzig 1998). He has played with Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Surplus, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, MusikFabrik NRW and is a member of the New Music initiative, SUONO MOBILE ensemble chronophonie and duo Contour. As a performer of new music, Lee works mostly in solo and chamber music genres . He is a percussion instructor at the Southern Blackforest Music School in Tiengen, Germany.

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Andrew Morris - Creative Composition Workshop


Andrew has been teaching piano and composition in Herefordshire since 1987. He was Director of the improvisation group Leominster Supersonics from 2002 - 2009 and has tutored Creative Composition workshops at BISYOC since 2010. He also teaches at Lucton School and Hereford Sixth Form College and is the Musical Director of the Birchpole SIngers and the Orthodox Church choir for the local Herefordshire Orthodox community.

His long term composition project, the Musical Remedies, consists of music to match the energies of all the 38 Bach Flower Remedies. Some of these have featured in past BISYOC Tutors’ concerts. His composition Lament for a lost piano featured in the BISYOC Tutors’ Concert in 2014, and two further compositions - Triptych for two saxophones and Weavings for oboe, clarinet and bassoon - were given their premieres in Denmark and Croatia respectively by performers with strong BISYOC connections in 2015.