Artists Biographies: 32nd International East Anglian Summer Music Festival

Felix Buser

Felix Buser was born in Basle in Switzerland. He studied the cello at the Basle Konservatorium with Reine Flachot and Thomas Demenga and was awarded a specialist performer's diploma. Whilst a student he took part in masterclasses in France and Switzerland, and in 1981 was invited to participate in special workshops at the Montepulciano Festival organized by Hans Werner Henze. Felix's professional career has included work with the Basle Sinfonietta, the Schweizer Streichorchester and the Aargauer Symphonieorchester in Switzerland as well as the chamber orchestra 'La Follia' in France. He was a member of a string quartet and a piano trio in Basle which gave regular recitals throughout Switzerland. In 1990 he married a British violinist and is now resident in the UK where he follows a freelance career divided between teaching and performing with the emphasis on chamber music

Roy Chilton

Roy Chilton studied double bass at The Royal Northern College of Music Manchester with Geoffrey Box (Principal Bass with the BBC Philharmonic). He graduated in 1973 and won the string prize. The following year Roy joined 'The Academy of the BBC' a chamber orchestra set up by the BBC in Bristol, their principal conductor Norman Del Mar. From here Roy went to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra before moving to London as a freelance player. In London Roy worked extensively in recording, broadcasting, orchestral playing and Jazz. He played on the radio recording of 'The Lord of The Rings' and played regularly in the Royal Philharmonic, London Chamber Orchestra, English Baroque Orchestra and the Philamusica of London which included a tour with the clarinetist Benny Goodman.
Roy now has a second career as a guitarist, and he is the full time teacher and coordinator of guitar at Trinity School. He also has written 14 volumes of educational music for guitar and has many pieces in the examination syllabus for Trinity/Guildhall

Rachel Hess

Rachel Hess was born in London. She was educated at Saint Mary's Music School in Edinburgh where she won the Scottish Regional Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 1980. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Rachel became a member of The Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden. She now enjoys a busy and varied freelance career and has been a member of The Laing String Quartet for the past nine years.

Andrew Laing

Andrew Laing was born in Aberdeen and studied violin with David Martin at the Royal Academy of Music where he won numerous prizes and scholarships. It was here that he formed and led the Locrian String Quartet, which became resident at the Hatfield Polytechinic (now University of Hertfordshire) and gave many first performances of contemporary music, including quartets by Nyman, Crosse and Panufnik. Mr Laing has held the posts of Sub Leader of the BBC Radio Orchestra and Leader of the London City Ballet Orchestra. He has also regularly appeared as solo violinist with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Garden Opera.

Thomas McIntosh

Thomas McIntosh was educated at  the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where he was a recipient of a Martha Rockefeller Foundation Grant, and where he studied conducting, piano and choral conducting. He was first prize winner in the International Kranichstein Competition, Germany, and a prize winner of the Busoni Competition, Bolzano, Italy. These awards launched a career which has taken Mr McIntosh as conductor/pianist to more than 70 countries of the world. With Opera Anglia, for which he serves as Artistic Director, Mr McIntosh has produced and conducted more than two dozen operas, including the world première performance of Victor Yellin's Abaylar, as well as a highly successful revival of Mozart's Lucio Silla. He has made many recordings, both as conductor and pianist. His 2008 recording of Chopin's Four Scherzi and Andante Spianato e Grande Polonaise Brillante has been favourably received. His innovative programming has introduced many interesting and rarely performed works to audiences at The Old School over three decades.

John Rayson

John Rayson Studied music at the University of Wales in Cardiff, and then completed his Masters degree, specialising in 20th Century Music analysis. Following post-graduate study at Goldsmiths College, University of London, he joined the orchestra of the Welsh National Opera company and in six years with the company performed with several distinguished conductors, including Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Reginald Goodall and Pierre Boulez, and also took part in the company's first ever performances of Wagner's "Ring" cycle. After leaving the WNO he joined the Sterling String Quartet, which made the first complete recording of Edmund Rubbra's String Quartets. Reviewing this disc, the "Strad" magazine described his playing as being "¼as evocative as one could wish". John Rayson is also an accomplished arranger and composer, and in 2004 four of his arrangements for string quartet were performed live on BBC1 television by "Celticana" as part of the BBC "Proms in the Park" event, whilst many other arrangements are now in regular use by ensembles across the UK and abroad, including the USA. At Summer Music 2008 he played The Butterfly Year, part of the music he composed for a multimedia entertainment It's Buzzing! Immediately after Summer Mu- sic 2010, he is off to the Edinburgh Festival to give several performances of It's Buzzing!, and to play the six solo suites by Bach (normally played on cello).

Robyn Sevastos

Robyn Sevastos Studied Music at Melbourne University and performed extensively in Australia as a piano soloist and accompanist before moving to England to continue her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and at the Royal College of Music. She has accompanied a large variety of singers and instrumentalists and has been engaged as repetiteur and accompanist by a number of opera companies and musical institutions both in the UK and abroad and has also performed at Sandringham for HRH the Prince of Wales. Robyn has conducted many of the major choral works including the Brahms and Verdi Requiems, Men- delssohn's Elijah and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. Her extensive operatic repertoire includes operas by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Bizet and Sullivan. She is Music Director of a number of organisations including London Opera Players, Bromley Phil- harmonic Choir and the Sevenoaks Philharmonic Society, chorus master for Kentish Opera, a professor at the Blackheath Conservatoire of Music, & Music Director for the Llantilio Crossenny Festival.