The Festival String Quartet is comprised of four brilliantly-talented young string players, all of whom are in the early stages of their professional performing careers. Coming together specially for our 2021 Festival, they will form a unique ensemble for one weekend only, performing a full concert of music for string quartet, as well as featuring in other Festival events.
Katalin recently graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford, where she read music. As a violinist, she thoroughly enjoyed engaging in Oxford’s orchestral and chamber music scene, having led the New Chamber Opera, the Ritornello players, the Oxford University Sinfonietta, and the Oxford University Orchestra. She was also a choral singer at Merton College, Oxford.
Before university, Katalin was a string leader at the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, performing with them at the BBC Proms as well as relishing the opportunity to perform side-by-side with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in one of their Barbican concerts.
Katalin joined the Royal College of Music Junior Department at the age of nine, winning several prizes for the violin alongside her studies in piano and clarinet.
Ellen Dunn began learning the violin at age 6 in Surrey and went on to lead many local orchestras, making her solo debut in 2013. Ellen was a member of The National Children’s Orchestra and The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, playing with them at the BBC Proms amongst other venues around Britain.
Ellen graduated with a first-class degree in Music from New College, Oxford in 2019. During her undergraduate degree, she studied with Krysia Osostowicz in London and was both co-leader and Leader of Oxford University Orchestra. She was also an instrumental scholar and held an orchestral apprenticeship with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.
She is also a keen chamber musician and has participated in solo masterclasses and courses in England, France and Holland with the London Haydn Quartet and the Dante Quartet. In 2017, Ellen performed Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa with Oxford Alternative Orchestra and toured as the violist for the original musical STOP, playing at The Edinburgh and Camden Fringe Festivals.
Since graduating, she has performed frequently as Leader of London-based orchestra, The Academy of St Mary-Le-Bow, and is a Label Manager and Press Assistant for the record label Naxos.
William Emery is a recent Music graduate of St Hugh’s College, Oxford. He previously studied at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Principal Viola for their 2017–18 year.
During his time at Oxford, he performed alongside the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra in several concerts as part of their ‘Side by Side’ scheme. William was the lead violist in many student ensembles, for some of which he also took on management roles, including the Oxford University Orchestra. He studied viola with Jon Thorne at the Royal Academy of Music.
Giulia is currently in her final year reading French and Arabic at Christ Church, Oxford. She was the Principal Cellist of the Oxford University Sinfonietta, and the Oxford University Orchestra in her first year and that summer, performed the Elgar Cello Concerto as a guest soloist for the Dulwich Symphony Orchestra and the Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra.
On her Year Abroad in Jordan in 2019-2020, she joined the Etihad Chamber Orchestra performing in several venues in the capital Amman. The highlight of the year was performing with Coldplay for their album release, Everyday Life.
Before joining Oxford, Giulia studied with Heather Harrison and Ben Davies at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department. She was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, with highlights including performing at the Berlioz Festival in France and at the PROMS at the Royal Albert Hall every summer. In 2017, Giulia became the Principal Cellist and was was awarded the The Musicians’ Company Arthur Bulgin Medal 2018 for leadership and community spirit.
Giulia is looking forward to be performing alongside Katalin, William and Ellen in this inaugural edition of the Whiddon Autumn Festival and discovering Devon at the same time!