Fascinated by unique cultures, Emileigh Brooke Vandiver has dedicated her life as a musician to exploring the world, cello in tow. Described by the New York Times as “an excellent performer”, her vast experiences have earned her recognition as a recitalist, chamber musician, teacher and soloist.
As comfortable in front of an ensemble as within, Ms. Vandiver is a seasoned chamber and orchestral musician. In 2013, she was chosen as the principle cellist in the 21st Century Contemporary Ensemble, part of Carnegie Hall’s professional training workshops directed by John Adams and David Robertson. Her larger ensemble experience includes being principal cellist of the Encounter’s Ensemble at the Peabody Essex Museum. She has also performed with A Far Cry, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bermuda Festival Orchestra.
Ms. Vandiver is an in demand teacher and is currently on the cello, solfege and chamber music faculty at the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School and at Project STEP at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Ms. Vandiver was awarded the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Gunther Schuller Medal at graduation and was the recipient of the Lotta Crabtree Scholarship. She has completed a Graduate Diploma, Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree at the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Paul Katz, Natasha Brofsky and John Heiss. Please visit www.EmileighVandiver.com for more information.
Marc Charles was born in to a musical family in Barcelona. He was a student at the Purcell School and a scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, where he obtained a Bachelor and Masters degree with professor Itzhak Rashkovsky.
Charles is a passionate solo and chamber music performer and has worked with some of the world finest conductors and musicians, such as Bernard Haitink, Simon Rattle, Lorin Maazel, and played with ensembles such as the Cadaqués Symphony, the Liceu Opera Orchestra and members of the Ensemble Modern. During his studying years he participated in various Festivals around Europe, such as the Aurora Festival in Sweden, the Eilat Festival in Israel, the Pablo Casals in France and the IEMA in Austria. Furthermore he has also played in masterclasses with eminent professors including Stephan Picard, Hagain Shaham, Lewis Kaplan, Roby Lakatos, the Talich Quartet and the Chillingirian Quartet. Marc is the prize winner of various awards both in Spain and abroad, including the The Catalan Government Cultural Award, Ibercaja Foundation Fund Award, third prize at the Marlow Concerto Competition and more recently the Williamson Foundation in California.