The Esposito Quartet – Classical Music for Everyone
The Mall Arts Centre Youghal Sunday 14th January at 3 pm Ticket price TBC
Mia Cooper, Anna Cashell, violins
Joachim Roewer, viola
William Butt, cello
The Esposito Quartet comprises four musicians with a combined bounty of experience as orchestra leaders, principals, professors, recital and recording artists, whose common love of the quartet treasury drove them in 2010 to ignore it no longer and seek each other out. Their name honours Michele Esposito, pianist and composer, who for forty years from 1888 was the initiator for much of the chamber music making in Dublin through the establishment of The Royal Dublin Society. They have enjoyed recent concerts in Newry, Killaloe, Castleconnell and Dublin. They performed in the 2017 Music for Galway Mid-Winter Festival. The Quartet toured to six venues in April/May 2016 and will tour to seven venues in in September 2017.
Mia Cooper, violin
Mia Cooper has lived in Dublin since her appointment as leader of the RTE Concert Orchestra in
2006. She previously held principal positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and City of
London Sinfonia, has appeared as guest leader of many of the UK’s symphony orchestras. Equally at home as a chamber musician, Mia has participated in chamber music festivals, in Ireland, the UK, France, India, and Lithuania. This year she participated in a Music Network nationwide tour of a specially created programme for the leaders of Ireland’s main four orchestras. Mia studied with renowned pedagogue Yossi Zivoni at the Royal Northern College of Music, and continued her training at the Paris Conservatoire. She teaches violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Chamber music is one of Anna’s passions outside of her work with the Esposito quartet she performs regularly with her husband Simon Watterton in the Cashell-Watterton duo and is also a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. This year she has been invited to perform at the Little Venice Chamber Music Festival London, the Highgate International Chamber Music Festival and the National Concert Hall chamber music Gathering. She has also performed and recorded with the Crash ensemble in America and Dublin.
Anna holds a Masters degree from the Royal College of Music, London where she studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky; whilst there she was awarded many prizes including the college’s prestigious Mills Williams Junior Fellowship and the Tagore Gold Medal which was presented to her by Prince Charles. She also won
the Raymond Fox Bursary from the UK’s ‘Making Music Society’ and the Serena Neville prize from the Concordia Foundation. She has given concerts in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Forbidden City concert Hall in Beijing and at the Banff Institute of Music in Canada. Anna has performed as a soloist with many orchestras in Ireland and the UK, such as The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Camerata Ireland conducted by Barry Douglas.
As the 2006 winner of the Heineken Violin Competition Anna was loaned a 19th century violin made by George Chanot for four years. Anna is very grateful for the generous support given to her from the Arts Council and Music Network through the Music Capital Scheme 2011which enabled her to purchase her violin made by Bernard Simon Fendt.
Joachim Roewer, viola
Born in East Germany, Joachim Roewer graduated from the Hochschule fuer Musik “Franz Liszt” Weimar and the Orchesterakademie of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1994 he moved to Ireland to become principal viola with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, a position which he has held ever since. He has also worked as principal viola with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Camerata Ireland. On numerous occasions he appeared as soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, recently alongside Anthony Marwood in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and in Hector Berlioz’ “Harold in Italy” with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.
Since 2006 Joachim Roewer works as Course Director of the international ConCorda Chamber Music Course for Strings, held annually at Kilkenny College. Joachim Roewer is a passionate teacher and a busy chamber music player, being a member of the recently founded Esposito String Quartet. He was invited to perform with the Vogler Quartet, the Vanbrugh Quartet, the Contempo Quartet and was soloist alongside Bruno Guiranna in a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.6. He is Artistic Director of the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival and was guest violist at the 2016 Westport Festival of Chamber Music. Since 2012 he is a teacher for viola and chamber music at Cork School of Music and the MA course for classical string performance at the World Academy at the University of Limerick.
William Butt, cello
William Butt was born in London. His musical career started early, as a chorister in St.Georges Chapel, Windsor. Later he studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Moray Welsh and after winning awards and scholarships such as the Royal Society of Arts, Martin Trust and first prize in the Muriel Taylor competition, he furthered his studies with Antonio Lysy in Montreal. He now enjoys a busy career as soloist, chamber musician and is professor of cello at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.
On the concert platform he has performed extensively throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe and the Far East. He is a much admired exponent of the solo repertoire, having performed and broadcast numerous works for this medium by contemporary composers, as well as the formidable solo sonatas by Kodaly and Ligeti and the suites of Bach and Britten.
In recent seasons he has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Orchestra of St Cecilia and the Ulster Orchestra for BBC Radio 3.He has worked with conductors such as Alexander Anissimov, Gerhard Markson, Rumon Gamba, Vernon Handley and Barry Douglas.
He has performed and broadcast all the major concerti, in 1997 he gave the Irish premiere of the Walton concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra, in 2001 the Dvorak concerto with the NSO and 2003 a tour of the Schumann concerto with the NSO. As well as a performance of the Protecting Veil by John Tavener with the Hibernian Orchestra he undertook a series at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in 2004 with the orchestra of St Cecilia and Barry Douglas in which he played the Dvorak, Elgar, Shostakovich (No 1), Tchaikovsky Rococo variations, and both Haydn concerti in three concerts over a two week period. He has also performed and broadcast the cello concerto by Victor Herbert with the Ulster orchestra.
William Butt’s performances have been broadcast on BBC radio 3 (in recital as well as concerti with the Ulster Orchestra) , BBC radio Ulster, BBC world service, National television in China, CBC (Canada) and RTE radio and television. He has also featured as a guest artist on the popular programme “in tune” on BBC Radio 3.
In recital he has played for festivals and series such as the Royal Dublin Society, BBC Radio 3 and the Music in Great Irish Houses festival. His 2004 released recording of the three suites for solo cello by Benjamin Britten by Warner Music UK (Warner Classics/Apex) received very exciting reviews in the English press including the Observer and the Independant on Sunday in which the recording was awarded five stars, this recording also features on “The Essential Benjamin Britten” released by Warner Classics in 2013 to commemorate the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth. In 2006 he gave a solo concert and Masterclasses in Beijing and in all seasons since, as well as recitals and concerti in the UK, Ireland and Europe he has made return trips to China to give highly successful tours of recitals in all the major cities. More recently he has performed and given Masterclasses throughout Europe, given tours performing the Bach suites and is constantly in demand as a chamber music player, something that he is passionate about. Recently he performed the Schubert Quintet in C with the Vanbrugh String Quartet and the RTE Con Tempo Quartet and he works regularly with his own string quartet the Esposito Quartet. In 2014/15 he will be busy promoting his Bach suites recording (Warner) and returning to China for another tour. He plays on a fine cello made by Giovanni Grancino in Milan (1690).