Violinist EMILY DAVIS is internationally in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and principal orchestral player. Currently based in Norway, she is the Associate Concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra for the season 2016-17.
She is a former prize winning student of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Mateja Marinkovic, and graduated with a Distinction in both her Bachelor and Masters degrees. She has received masterclasses and tuition from renowned violinists such as Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Hope and Fabio Biondi. Recitals and concerto performances have taken her to festivals and venues across the U.K. and Europe.
Recent highlights include performances of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no.3 at Wigmore Hall with Clio Gould, and Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante in Gothenburg with the European Union Youth Orchestra, which she directed from the violin.
Chamber music is at the core of Emily's musical values. She was a founding member of the Artesian Quartet from 2009-2016. Her time with the group saw performances at Wigmore Hall, The Purcell Room and Kings Place, and live radio broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 "In Tune" and the BBC Proms. As well as residencies at St Peter's Eton Square and with the Britten-Peares Foundation, they were CAVATINA Chamber Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music, Park Lane Group Artists and a Chamber Studio @ Kings Place Quartet.
Emily is the First Violinist of the newly formed "North Sea Ensemble", a European based Quartet that is driven to develop the connections between different genres, performing the great chamber music repertoire alongside jazz and folk inspired music. Recent performances include Bruckner's Quintet at the Grafenegg Festival and Brahms's Clarinet Quintet alongside a new jazz inspired work by Misha Mullov-Abbado in Tournai. They have exciting commissions and collaborative projects planned for the coming season. Emily is the leader of the "Engines Orchestra", a crossover jazz and classical ensemble. They recorded their debut album "Lifecycles" at Angel Studios in 2015, and they have gone on to give performances across the U.K. in venues such as Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London. She also enjoys leading the pit orchestra for the show "Les Miserables" in London's West End production.
A vibrant orchestral life has seen Emily tour to the finest venues across the world such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Konzerthaus in Berlin. She has worked as a guest principal player under the batons of esteemed conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Ivan Fischer, Andris Nelsons and Gianandrea Noseda with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Emily held the position of Principal 1st Violin in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016 Emily was appointed Concertmaster of the European Union Youth Orchestra. She has performed widely with group, most recently with Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and Conductor Laureate Bernard Haitink.
Emily has been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Trust and also the Help Musicians UK
"Parikien" award. She plays on an Italian Milanese Violin circa 1730.
OLIVIERO HASSAN has been a member of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra's viola section since 2008. Having grown up in Berlin, his first violin teachers had been Amadeus Heutling of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Abraham Jaffé. It was only in 2007 that a befriended violist recommended him to try the viola, and Oliviero instantly took to the beauty of the viola's warm sound. He then attended several viola masterclasses with, among others, Lars Anders Tomter and Lawrence Power at the Aurora Masterclass 2011 in Sweden. Before joining the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Oliviero has played with numerous German orchestras, such as SWR Baden-Baden & Freiburg, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Hamburger Symphoniker, and others.
SEBASTIAN DÖRFLER was six years old when he received his first cello lessons from his father, and was soon integrated into the family string quartet.
Dörfler graduated with distinction from the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Eastman School of Music and the ‘Hochschule der Künste’ Berlin. His teachers were Cris Campbell, Stephen Doane, Janos Starker, Wolfgang Boettcher and Georg Faust. He studied chamber music with the Cleveland-, Tokyo-, Juilliard-, Melos- and Fine Arts-Quartet.
After a two-year apprenticeship in the Berlin Philharmonic, Dörfler joined the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 1995 he was appointed principal cellist of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic in 8 different programs as well as with other orchestras in Germany, USA, Spain and Norway under conductors such as Dmitri Kitayenko, Alexander Lazarev, Simone Young, András Ligeti, Mario Venzago and Andrew Litton.
Dörfler has won several cello-competitions, amongst them the Siegfried-Barchet- and the Gernsbach Competition. In 1996 he was ‘Young Musician of the Year’ in the competition arranged by the Norwegian ‘Rikskonsertene’.
Dörfler is a passionate teacher. His students play in the Opera, as well as the Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic in Oslo, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and others.