Miguel Ángel Villeda Cerón
'Cello': Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante - 15th October 2023
Miguel started studying the cello at the age of five. He has performed in several key auditoriums in Mexico and around the world such as the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Wigmore Hall, Sala Nezahualcoyotl, Teatro Degollado, Musikverein, Festspielhause, Kölner Philarmonie, under the baton of conductors such as Francisco Savin, Fernando Lozano, Héctor Guzmán, James Demster, Massimo Quarte and Michelle Merrill.
He has participated in several tours including the USA, Europe and Japan. In 2011 he participated in the Chicago Youth Music Festival under the baton of Ricardo Muti in the Symphony Center Chicago.
In 2014 he performed Arturo Márquez’s Concerto during the Tlaxcala’s Music Festival, and afterwards he was invited by the composer to record the same concerto for the special edition of Marquez’s Music.
He has attended courses in France, the USA, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, where he has had the opportunity to receive master classes from Alexander Rudin, Bongshin Ko, Emanuel Gruber, Richard Markson, Alban Gerhardt, Lynn Harrel and Vagram Saradjian.
In addition to his activities as a soloist, he is the principal cellist in the Mexican National Symphony Orchestra and its youngest member.
Since September 2020 he has been studying for a Masters degree at Trinity Conservatoire for Music and Dance, where he was granted two scholarships; The Joan Andrews Scholarship and the Trinity College of London Scholarship.
Piano: Grieg Concerto - 25th February 2024
British pianist Samantha Clunies-Ross has performed in concert venues across the United Kingdom and internationally, highlights including St James’ Church Piccadilly, the Southbank Centre, Milton Court Concert Hall, Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy and the Black Box Theatre in New York City.
At the age of 16, Samantha made her concerto debut in London with the Vanbrugh Ensemble playing Mozart Piano Concerto No.20. Further collaborations include performances of the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 with the Watford Symphony Orchestra and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the London International Concert Orchestra.
Samantha has had masterclasses with pianists such as Peter Nagy, Christopher Elton, Kathryn Stott, Dimitri Alexeev, Peter Bithel, Steven Osbourne and Paul Roberts.
When Samantha was 7 she was awarded a scholarship to study at the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. At the age of 12, she continued her musical studies at the Purcell School in London under the guidance of Rustem Hayroudinoff and Andrew Ball. Samantha received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Philip Jenkins and was awarded a scholarship to continue studying there for her Master of Music Degree, graduating in 2018.
In 2018, Samantha took up a scholarship to study at New York University Steinhardt School where she obtained an advanced certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy under the tutelage of world renowned pianist Eteri Andjaparidze. At NYU, Samantha also taught Piano to the undergraduate music majors.
Aside from her performing career, Samantha is a sought after teacher, and since returning to the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic, she has opened up a successful private piano studio.