Victoria Gill, violin
Victoria Gill was born in North London in 1996. She began learning the violin at the age of three, and took up the piano at the age of six. Her first violin teachers were Hannah Biss and Felicity Lipman. In 2008, Victoria became a pupil at The Purcell School where she held a scholarship, and studied the violin under Tony Cucchiara. Victoria has partaken and won prizes in the North London Music Festival. She has performed at several concerts and at external venues during her school years, including St. Alban’s Abbey and the Royal Festival Hall, and has also performed with her string quartet at venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall and St James’ Palace. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra for three years, having performed at numerous venues such as Buckingham Palace and the BBC Proms. She has recently had masterclasses from Máté Szűcs, Markus Däunert and Vadim Repin, and is currently an apprentice of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, having this year performed with Martha Argerich and Janine Jansen. Victoria is currently an undergraduate, studying Music at Christ Church, Oxford, and is taking violin lessons from Yossi Zivoni.
Guy Newbury, piano
Guy Newbury was born in Inverness and educated there and at Magdalen College, Oxford. He studied piano with the late Denis Matthews and with Audrey Innes, and composition with John Joubert and Jonathan Harvey, before undertaking the PhD in Composition at the University of Durham under the supervision of John Casken. His works have been performed by leading soloists and ensembles including the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Singers, Jane’s Minstrels, the Chamber Group of Scotland, Peter Lawson and Andrew Ball; he also maintains a commitment to new music within Oxford University and has received commissions from the Choir of Magdalen College and from the Oxford Sinfonietta. As a performer, he has been chiefly associated with lieder recitals and contemporary music, and is a founder member of Oxford University’s new music ensemble, ISIS. Since 1995 he has been Senior Lecturer in Music at Pembroke College.