Hannah Roberts is one of the outstanding young artists of her generation. She was privileged to study with the late William Pleeth and Ralph Kirshbaum, and to perform as chamber musician with such musical legends as Lord Menuhin and Louis Kentner. Hannah has made numerous concerto appearances with the London Mozart Players, LSO, BBC Concert Orchestra, Halle Orchestra and Manchester Camerata, and has performed widely at prestigious festivals including Malvern, Beverley, Chichester and the Manchester International Cello Festival. Notable awards include the Jacqueline Du Pre Memorial Award, the Pierre Fournier Award, and with pianist, composer and duo partner Simon Parkin, the Morley College Centenary Concerto Prize.
Hannah is a committed and highly sought after teacher whose past students include some of today’s leading performers both in the UK and abroad. She is on the faculty of the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and is in demand to give masterclasses.
Leandro Silvera is Head of Strings and Chamber Music at world-renowned Eton College, Chamber Music Tutor at the Royal Academy of Music, and Cello Tutor at the Royal College of Music Junior Department (London). He came from Argentina to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Eduardo Vassallo on a British Council scholarship and participated in masterclasses with Karine Georgian (Dartington International Summer School) and Ralph Kirshbaum (IMS Prussia Cove) and graduated in 1999 with a Commended BMus (Honours) Degree and a Diploma in Professional Performance.
He has worked as a free-lance cellist with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English National Opera, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Golden Age (on baroque cello) and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He developed a passionate interest for teaching soon after graduating; since then he has given cello masterclasses for European String Teachers’ Association, the Violoncello Society of London and the Oxford Cello School, and worked at Bowdoin Summer Music Festival (USA) as Performing Assistant to Steven Doane. Between 2000-05 Leandro taught cello and coached young chamber ensembles at Chetham’s School of Music. He also completed his postgraduate studies with Hannah Roberts at the RNCM and was awarded a PGDip in 2003.
He also enjoys conducting and as well as conducting the King’s College School Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, he has conducted for the National Children’s Orchestra and Pro Corda.