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Sebastian Müller (violin) with Nico de Villiers (piano)

Fri May 18th 2012, 12:10–1:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL


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Sebastian Müller

Sebastian Müller, born 1980 in Germany, is currently teaching violin, viola and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and at the University of Chichester, Sussex, UK, as well as at the Wolfsburg Music School, Germany. He is giving masterclasses in Europe as well as in Russia. From 2005–2010 he worked as a violin/viola instructor at the “Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater Hannover” Germany. He gained orchestra experience with the London Symphony Orchestra and has been soloist and leader of the Official German String Orchestra on government occasions.

Sebastian had his first violin lessons/instructions at the age of 7, and soon he became a student of Irina Goldstein. He gained further education from Stephan Picard at the “Hochschule fuer Musik Hanns Eisler” Berlin and Ina Kertscher at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover”, Germany, where he got his diploma in 2006. As a student of Detlef Hahn he graduated (Master’s degree) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, in 2007 and was invited to stay as “Guildhall Artist”, kindly supported by a George Child Award, followed by a fellowship at the same institution. At the same time he studied viola on the Master’s programme Nobuko Imai in Amsterdam.

Sebastian participated in several masterclasses with Renaud Capuçon, Antje Weithaas, Ferenc Rados, Régis Pasquier, Roman Nodel and other leading violinists/instructors. In 2006 during the masterclasses at Domaine Forget (Québec, Canada) he was finally among the four students chosen to take part in Pinchas Zukerman’s workshop.

He has been member and principal concert master of several youth orchestras, and played numerous solo concertos. Among them are Mendelssohn’s, Mozart's, Bach's and Sibelius’ violin concertos and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”. In the “Südwestdeutschen Kammermusikwettbewerb Carel Kunc” (chamber music competition) and in the “Bundeswettbewerb Jugend Musiziert” (federal youth competition) he was awarded with several prizes for his (excellent) performances on both the violin and piano. With his piano trio, “The Villon Trio”, he is prize winner of the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Competition 2007.

Nico de Villiers

The South African born pianist Nico de Villiers is an accompanist and coach based in London, England. He holds degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He regularly accompanies singers and instrumentalists in recitals and competitions. He also enjoys working closely with voice teachers and accompanies in the private studio of various voice teachers including Barbara Bonney in Salzburg and Janice Chapman and Yvonny Kenny in London.

Since his Kennedy Center debut in Washington D.C., Nico performed across the UK and Europe, most recently at the Barbican Centre in London and the Birmingham Symphony Hall.  He performed in recital alongside Joan Rogers, Malcolm Martineau and Gary Griffiths at the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2009. In 2010 Nico performed with Barbara Bonney in a “Barbara Bonney and Friends” performance at the Salzburg Mozarteum Grosser Saal. He also joined Barbara Bonney as accompanist in masterclasses at the 9th International Voice Symposium at the Salzburger Festspielhaus.

He has been engaged as coach at the Inernational Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech Republic as well as the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He furthermore worked as coach at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden and the University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Free State in South Africa.

Some recent performances include recitals in South Africa, Sweden, Germany and Austria. Future engagements include recitals across the UK, Germany and South Africa.

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Venue: St James's Church Piccadilly

St James Piccadilly (photo: Steve Cadman)

The church interior (photo: Steve Cadman)

St James's is an Anglican church which was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century. William Blake was baptised here in 1757. The church holds regular concerts of both classical and contemporary music.

The church is situated between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street about 200 yards from Piccadilly Circus. The closest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.

For more information, visit the St James's Church website.


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