AMALIA YOUNG // VIOLIN
Amalia Young began violin lessons aged five with Zina Zelter, continuing her studies in Leicester with Phil Houghton and in London with Chika Robertson. She was awarded the John McAslan Violin Prize at the Junior Royal Academy of Music in 2013 and gained the Performing Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music with distinction in 2015. In 2016-17 Amalia was principal second violin of the CBSO Youth Orchestra and currently plays with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. She has given solo concerts with the Bardi Orchestra (as a 2016 Bardi Young Musician, performing Bruch’s G minor Concerto) and in London at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, the Athenaeum Club and Stationers’ Hall. She is a member of the Stratus String Quartet who last year performed by invitation at the House of Lords, and leader of the Vivace Ensemble who recently performed Schubert’s Octet at Burgh House, Hampstead. Amalia is also a Young Artist Musical Ambassador for the Sussex-based Music Mind Spirit Trust, leading outreach sessions in association with Live Music Now. She currently holds a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music where she studies violin with Philippe Honoré and singing with Glenville Hargreaves. Amalia plays a 1790 François Lupot violin, which she is grateful to have on loan from the RAM.
ROB BURTON // Sax
Hailing from Seattle, Washington, pianist Millicent McFall, was a finalist in the 9th New York International Piano Competition in 2018, the International Institute for Young Musicians Piano Competition in 2015 and the Colburn Piano Festival Sonata Competition in 2016. In 2014, Millicent earned second in the Cooper Piano Festival Competition and represented the Northwest in the national finals of the Music Teachers National Association.
Along with being a classical musician, Millicent is also a competitive jazz pianist. She has been apart of award winning bands and has received outstanding soloist awards from the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Clark College Jazz Festival, Bellevue High School Jazz Festival, and Reno Jazz Festival. In 2011, she made history as the youngest selected contestant in the history of the Lionel Hampton’s Hamps Club. Additionally, her trio placed 2nd in the AA Division of the 2016 Reno Jazz Festival Combo competition. Millicent has performed in numerous venues including Benaroya Hall, Merkin Hall in the Kaufman Center, Thayer and Zipper Halls at in The Colburn School, Provincetown Playhouse at NYU, Joan and Irving Harris Concert Hall and Walt Disney Hall. She has played solo concerts in Germany, including a benefit concert in Robert Schumann's house in Zwickau. Millicent has performed in master classes for Fabio Bidini, Angela Chang, Gila Goldstein, Yoshi Nagai, Jeffrey Swann, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Millicent is currently studying under a full merit scholarship at The Royal Academy of Music with Professor Ian Fountain. Millicent previously studied with Ory Shihor at the Colburn Music Academy in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Peter Mack and her mother, Ni Liu, with whom she began lessons at the age of three.
MILLIcent MCFALl // piano
Hailing from a farming family in Cambridgeshire, 19-year-old saxophonist Rob Burton won the Woodwind Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2018. He went on to secure a place in the Grand Final at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, where he performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.
Rob is in his second year studying Classical Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music under Simon Haram and Huw Wiggin. He was a pupil at Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon alongside studies with Paul Stevens (saxophone) and Derek Hannigan (clarinet) at Junior Guildhall, where he was a Sax.co.uk Scholarship holder. Rob has also achieved Grade 8 Distinction in Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano and Recorder.
Rob was a finalist in Junior Guildhall's 'Lutine Prize' competition for three consecutive years. He has won titles of Wellingborough Young Musician of the Year and Oundle Young Musician of the Year. He was also a National Finalist in Rotary Young Musician of the Year 2016 and highly commended in the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain's composition prize.
Highlights as concerto soloist include performances with the Huntingdon Philharmonic, Bromley Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and recently performing Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto with Silk Street Sinfonia as well as solo recitals at the Cheltenham Music Festival 2018 and Charles Wood Festival, Northern Ireland.
A keen chamber musician, Rob also enjoys playing with his saxophone quartet 'Kumori Quartet', his reed quintet and sax/violin/piano trio, 'Kavinsky Trio'. He was Principal Saxophone with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain and has played with the Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra.