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Hieronymus Quartet

Based in Berlin and London, the members of the prize-winning Hieronymus Quartet draw on their contrasting musical backgrounds and their wealth of experience with various other ensembles to shape their own unique voice. The quartet has been acclaimed for its vivid and dynamic performances of the rich and complex string quartet repertoire.

The quartet completed their first Beethoven Cycle at Woodhouse Music last year and look forward to concerts in the UK and in Europe as well as an exciting collaboration with videographer Carolin Röckelein during the coming season.

As well as a being awarded a residency at Aldeburgh Music, the quartet have received masterclasses from David Waterman and Ferenc Rados at IMS Prussia Cove. They have performed throughout the UK including at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford and King's Place in London.

"The Hieronymus Quartet produced a thrilling account; incisive in detail and, when required, light in touch. As a group the players scaled huge shifts of dynamic and colour, and the three lower instruments formed a smooth, honeyed accompanying trio when called for."
The Strad Magazine  

"These are players of considerable ability and intelligence; as a quartet they have a great future ahead of them."
InSuffolk Review

Clémence de Forceville, violin 1

Clémence de Forceville was born in 1991 in Paris, and started violin lessons at the age of 4 with Radu Blidar. At the age of only 9, she was winning prizes in national competitions (Canet en Roussillon, Leopold-Bellan) and had her debut with orchestra.

After obtaining her Master's degree from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in Oliver Charlier's class with unanimous top marks, she pursued her studies with Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, where she also studied trio repertoire with Eberhard Feltz. She also studied with Boris Kushnir as an Erasmus exchange student.

Prize-winner at the Toruń International Competition 2010 in Poland and finalist of the Vibrarte competition in Paris, Clémence can be heard as a soloist or chamber musician throughout Europe's prestigious halls, such as the Viktoria Hall in Geneva, Salle Gaveau, la Cité de la Musique and l'Unesco in Paris, Ludwig Maximilian Saal in Munich, Palacio de Festivales in Santander. With the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Orchestre de chambre Nouvelle Europe and the Orchestre des Universités de Paris, she has performed works by Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Vivaldi and Karol Beffa.

As a guest in prestigious festivals such as the Folle Journée au Japon, Festival d'Enghien in Belgium, La Roque d'Anthéon, Festival Consonnances and the Festival des Nuits Romantiques in France, Clémence has played with Philippe Graffin, David Grimal, Gary Hoffman, Gérard Caussé, François Guy, Alena Baeva, Rainer Moog and Eldar Nebolsin.

Clémence plays an italian violin attributed to Amati.

Matia Gotman, violin 2

Matia Gotman has played the violin since he was four and a half, prompted by his big sister's playing. His neurologist parents kept him practicing for years, even when he didn't want to, and at 15 he started to enjoy playing again.

At CEGEP he took pure and applied sciences, but he saw that "the people in music looked like they were having fun," so he added music to his curriculum.

Then the decision: science or music? His sister had stopped playing when she started university, so he realized, "If I go into science, I wouldn't have time to play. I thought it'd be a shame to drop it."

He finds the violin a difficult instrument, mentally. "You can't mindlessly practice things over and over again," but instead you must concentrate and be relaxed, Zen-like.

"I just love music, I love Beethoven. I'm fascinated with taking an in-depth look at pieces, how everything goes together, why things sound like they do, how composers do what they do." He avidly reads composers' biographies. "If you know a little bit about a composer, it helps with the music. Then you get to understand the person through their music."

He struggles to separate his music from his sense of self-worth. "If you're having a bad day, you can't connect that with yourself."

Gotman, like his peers, strives for the best. "The music I hear in my head doesn't always come out on the violin -- that's the challenge!"

Jenny Lewisohn, viola

Throughout the year British violist Jenny Lewisohn performs with a rich variety of distinguished artists which has taken her around Europe and to South America. She regularly attends IMS Prussia Cove and Open Chamber Music and in autumn 2016 was invited to join the Prussia Cove Tour culminating at Wigmore Hall. 

As well as being a member of the award-winning Hieronymus Quartet, Jenny will appear at Wigmore Hall with the Lipatti Piano Quartet in spring 2017. She also collaborates with Sinfonia Cymru and the Aurora Orchestra amongst others.

Regularly invited to give masterclasses in viola and chamber music at the International Music Festival of Esmeraldas, Ecuador and at La Mariette in France, she is also an artistic advisor and co-founder of the Marryat Players Chamber Music Festival which takes place in Wimbledon each summer.

Jenny completed her Bachelor of Music with highest honours and Masters of Music with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was also awarded the prestigious Concert Recital Diploma. A movement of a work for solo viola by Raymond Yiu has been dedicated to Jenny.

Vladimir Waltham, cello

French‐English cellist Vladimir Waltham was born in 1989 into a family of musicians. Soon showing outstanding musical talent, he joined the Toulouse Conservatoire at the age of 6 where he studied cello in the class of Lluís Claret and piano with Thierry Huillet. After a brief period in the Conservatoire of Pau from where he graduated with the highest possible honours in both cello and chamber music, he joined the cello class of Pierre Doumenge at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Britain. He then went on to study with Mr. Doumenge at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he also studied baroque cello with Alison McGillivray and viols with Liam Byrne. He frequently appeared as solo, principal or continuo cellist with the school’s various orchestras before obtaining his MMus with Distinction in 2012.

An extremely versatile musician, Vladimir divides his time between solo, chamber and teaching work on both modern and baroque cello. He has appeared as a concerto soloist in England and France, and as well as the Hieronymus quartet is a founding member of the Linos Piano Trio, First Prize and Audience Prize winner at the 2015 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. In 2013 he was one of two young musicians selected by the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation, which loans him a beautiful baroque cello by Nicola Gagliano, on which he played in the final of the 2013 York Early Music Competition with his Duo Domenico, which took the audience prize. In 2016 he was awarded 3rd prize at the Leipzig International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition.

His still short career has taken him to halls all over the world, including all of London’s major halls (Wigmore, Barbican, Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth, Cadogan halls, King’s Place, Purcell Room, St Martin-in­-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square), but also Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Musiekgebouw aan t’Ij, Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall, Vienna’s Schönberg Center and many more.