VIVALDIS ÅRSTIDER – LIDKÖPING

OLD OX FESTIVAL 2019

Naomi Watts

Naomi became a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018 and has enjoyed playing with English National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra as well as completing various trials. She has recently returned from a tour of South East Asia playing principal cello with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
Naomi is a member of the Caversham Ensemble with whom she has performed concertos on a number of occasions and is vey passionate about chamber music. She has taken part in Chamber Music Festivals in Sweden, Switzerland, France and at IMS Prussia Cove with the Bernadel Quartet.
When not playing the cello, Naomi enjoys continuing attempts to learn Portuguese and is also training to become yoga teacher with the Yoga Academy.

Naomi studied at the Purcell school of Music from the age of fourteen and graduated from the Royal College of Music with distinction in 2011. During her time at the RCM she performed at Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and appeared on Television in America playing the Amarylis Fleming Stradivarius Cello for a CBS news programme.

Ziga Faganel

Žiga Faganel studied violin in Ljubljana and Los Angeles at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California, where he graduated in the class of Alice Schoenfeld. He has established himself through numerous competitions, also as a member of Tetraktys string quartet and Slovenian Philharmonic string quartet. He further perfected his skills mostly in Austria,  under Rainer Küchl and Peter Götzel. He has performed as concertmaster in Slovene as well as in international youth orchestras. Along recitals and playing in various orchestras home and abroad, he devotes himself primarily to chamber music, string quartet and baroque music performed on period instruments. During his studies and professional carrer he has collaborate with many famous artists and conductors like Yoyo Ma, Itzak Perlman, Midori, Bobby McFerrin, Sting, Carl St. Clair, Sir Neville Marriner and others. He is a member of Slovenian Philharmonic,  and of the baroque music ensemble Musica Cubicularis with which he recorded a CD of Tartini sonatas in 2008. Since 2009 he is actively engaged in promoting Tartini’s music. One of his pasions is perfonming chamber music in a house concert setting which brings chamber music to more intimate listening environment where it used to belong. He has many times performed on Tartini’s own violin which is taken care by the Maritime museum of Piran.

Sadie Fields

Violinist Sadie Fields enjoys a diverse career as soloist and chamber musician. Sadie discovered the violin at the age of seven when her primary school went to see the famous Axelrod collection of Stradivarius violins. Her talent was quickly apparent, and she began concertizing at an early age. Sadie performs across North America, the UK, and continental Europe, and her concerts have also brought her further afield, including to the Middle East, East Asia, and New Zealand. Sadie indulges her great love of chamber music at festivals around Europe and at IMS Prussia Cove, and she is the violinist of Belgium-based Trio Khnopff.

Sadie has been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio New Zealand, NDR (Germany), and Swedish radio. As a recording artist, she has recorded extensively for BIS Records with the Swedish ensemble Camerata Nordica, and has released two discs with Champs Hill Records. The first, a disc of Mendelssohn chamber music, was chosen as BBC Music Magazine’s Editor’s Choice and ‘Chamber Disc of the Month’ for September 2014, and was also ‘Chamber Music Disc of the Quarter’ by the German Record Critics’ Award Association (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik). Sadie’s second disc for Champs Hill is the complete Brahms Sonatas with pianist Jeremy Young, which received glowing reviews in both Europe and North America.

Sadie holds a PhD from the Royal Academy of Music (2015). Her practice-led doctoral research addresses practical and philosophical ideas associated with the concepts of learning and ‘tradition’, focusing on her own engagement with Bartók’s violin writing. Sadie has won awards from over twenty UK and international associations, and has been a Leverhulme Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music and the Edison Visiting Fellow at the British Library.

Principal teachers include György Pauk, Yair Kless, and Atis Bankas, and Sadie has also been guided and mentored by Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, and Ferenc Rados. As a teacher herself, Sadie teaches violin and chamber music, and she has given masterclasses at conservatoires and universities in China and the UK.

Natalia Kotarba

Natalia Kotarba is a Polish violinist born in Cracow, currently based in Brussels. She holds degrees Cum Laude from the Academy of Music in Cracow and from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, where she also pursued her Concertmusicus (artist diploma) programme in the class of Philippe Graffin. From January 2019  with  ”Karski” string quartet, she is also joining the String Quartet Studio at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Natalia embraces keenly all aspects of a musician’s life. Among the artists she has had the opportunity to collaborate with in a chamber music setting are Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Philippe Graffin, Gordan Nikolic, Krzysztof Penderecki and the Oxalys Ensemble. She has appeared at music festivals such as Midis-Minimes and Ysaye’s Knokke in Belgium, Harmos Festival in Portugal, Istanbul Music Festival in Turkey, Elba Isola Musica d’Europa festival. She is part of the Belgian Sonos Ensemble, artist-in-residence in Tongeren (Belgium) for the season 2018/19. Natalia has also collaborated with orchestras such as Deutsches Radio Kammerorchester, Le Concert Olympique and Polish Art Philharmonic. She has had the honour to perform at Bozar in the presence of the monarchs of Belgium and the Netherlands during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Benelux in June 2018. Natalia is a laureate of the Polish National Chamber Music Competition in Bydgoszcz in piano trio category (2014) and a laureate of La Fondation Chopin, a Belgian institution who awards prizes for succesful music students at the beginning of their careers (2017). Most recently, as a member of the newly formed Karski Quartet she has been awarded the Grand Prix of the 4th International Music Competition Triomphe de L’Art in Brussels (November 2018). She has had the opportunity to develop her skills in masterclasses with renowned artists and pedagogues such as Miriam Fried, David Waterman, Alasdair Beatson, or Quatuor Ebene. She has also been strongly influenced by jazz improvisation lessons she took as a teenager with the renowned Polish jazzman Jarosław Śmietana. Natalia finds it important in her work to be open to different styles and kinds of music, which helps her create personal and honest interpretations of musical works. She is also a dedicated teacher and a great enthusiast of music-educational projects which help introduce children and young adults to the beautiful world of music. In August 2018 she served on the faculty during the Masterclasses for young musicians in Oslo, teaching violin and chamber music.

Veronika Novotna

In 1985 Veronika started to play the violin at the age of 4 tought by her father-a violin teacher. In 1992 she got the 2nd prize at the International Violin Competition of Jaroslav Kocian in Ústí na Orlicí. In 1994 she started studies at the Music Conservatory of České Budějovice. She graduated in 2000 with S. Prokofiev’s violin nr.2 g-minor and A. Dvorak’s Romance in F minor. During her studies she was a member of the Euregio Symphony Orchestra, which brings together musicians from Austria, Germany and Czech Republic, from 1997-1999. In 1997 she played as a soloist with Vilnius Philharmonic Orchestra with C. Saint-Saense’s violin concerto.

In 2000-2006 she has became the soloist and concert master of the Czech Chamber Orchestra (ČKF). With them she was touring in Europe- venues in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Monaco, Belgium and Germany.

Since 2006 until 2010 she played with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) functioning as a soloist and assistant concertmaster. She has been touring with them through Japan and Europe. With CNSO she also had extensive recording experience in classical and film music as well as pop music. 

Since 2010-present she is a member of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. 

She plays an instrument built in 1987 by Vladimír Pilař.

Simona Bonfiglioli

Simona Bonfiglioli är född och uppvuxen i Borås, men är numera bosatt i Basel, Schweiz. Hon studerade i Stockholm och Berlin, och frilansar nu runt om i Europa. Hon turnerar regelbundet med bl.a. Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Det Norske Kammerorkester, Amsterdam Sinfonietta och Camerata Bern, har suttit som stämledare i Kringkastingsorkesteret i Oslo samt i Det Norske Opera och Balett, och gästar som konsertmästare i I Tempi Kammerorchester samt Luzerner Sinfonieorchester i Schweiz. Hon är även en passionerad kammarmusiker.