One of the most in-demand musicians in London’s thriving early-music scene, John Crockatt plays violin and viola with some of the world’s foremost period groups.
He has performed as principal viola with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Arcangelo, principal violin with Music for a While, St James Baroque and Solomon’s Knot and played and recorded with groups including the English Baroque Soloists, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the Gabrieli Players and the Early Opera Company.
As a chamber musician he has performed widely on both violin and viola as a member of various baroque and classical ensembles and is a member of the London Haydn Quartet, one of the world’s leading period chamber ensembles. He also plays with his own chamber ensemble, Ziggurat, with harpsichordist Tom Foster and cellist Jonathan Rees.
As well as the performance of early music John also has a keen interest in the anthropology of music and holds a masters degree in ethnomusicology from SOAS in London.
Pavlo is Irish/Ukrainian by birth - maybe that's what makes him so versatile? Violin, viola, medieval fiddles, he plays all these instruments with the same virtuosity. He's highly praised for his style, well known as soloist, chamber musician and concert master.
The number of period instrument orchestras he has lead are so many that it's hard to decide which to mention. The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and The Academy of Ancient Music are just two of them. He is one of the most prominent figures in early music in Europe, with many recordings for BBC radio and television and several record companies including Linn Records, Avie Records, Divine Art and Naxos.
Robin Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and later with Ferenc Rados. He is principal cellist in Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Solo cellist with Orchestre Les Siecles (Paris) as well as regular guest principal cellist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, RTE Concert Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, English National Opera and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Robin was the cellist in the Fidelio trio for over 10 years with whom he toured Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa. He has also appeared in collaboration with the Dante and Eroica quartets. Highlights in his discography include the premier recording of Joe Cutler's cello concerto with the BBC CO (NMC), first recording of the original version of Mendelssohn's Octet on period instruments (Resonus) and Fidelio trio recordings on Naxos, NMC, Métier and Delphian records.
Concert highlights have included complete Bach and Britten suite cycles in France and London, the South Korean premier of Jonathan Harvey's 'Advaya' for cello and electronics, both Haydn concertos at the Spier festival in South Africa as well as festival appearances in Buenos Aires, Library of Congress, Washington, and European festivals including Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and St. Magnus.
Robin plays on a cello made for him by the German luthier Stephan von Behr, 2010.