CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC IN PHILADELPHIA
Tianyou Ma was born in Shenzhen, China and began to play violin when he was three with teachers PingXing Li and Songyang Li. Following a move to Australia, where he studied with Keith Crellin, he gave several concerto performances with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra. He joined the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2014 for studies with Diana Galvydyte. Tianyou has performed widely as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, and has won prizes at the Postacchini Violin Competition and the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts International Summer Academy. In 2019, he began studies at The Curtis Institute of Music with Pamela Frank and Shmuel Ashkenasi.
GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC & DRAMA IN LONDON
Bulgarian violinist is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. She is one of three outstandingly promising young ensemble instrumentalists selected for the Arcangelo New Ensemblist programme 2020-22. Sophia comes from a family of musicians and began her studies at the National School of Music and Dance Arts – Plovdiv, Bulgaria. When she was 16 she won a bursary to continue her education at the Yehudi Menuhin School near London. There she studied with Diana Galvydyte.
I worked as Principal Violin Professor at the Yehudi Menuhin School. This meant providing talented players with the best technique and developing their full musical potential for them to enter the premiere Conservatoires such as the Curtis (USA), Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal College of Music in London and win prizes at International Competitions such as Menuhin, Grumiaux, Postaccini, Rubinstein to name a few.
I have completed violin studies with professor Natalia Boyarsky at the Yehudi Menuhin School as well as RCM in London and subsequently worked alongside her for a further decade at the YMS.
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