Leo PatsalidesLEO PATSALIDES  |  Artistic Director

Leo was an Exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Department of Initial Studies) between 1994-99 where he specialised in piano, violin, viola, and began formal conducting studies. Under the guidance of his late mentor, Frederick Applewhite, Leo conducted all the major college symphony orchestras.

While still at school, and early in his career, Leo was soloist with orchestra in concert performances of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, the Grieg Piano Concerto, and the Bach D minor Piano Concerto.

Leo studied viola and conducting at Trinity College of Music, London, graduating with the Conducting Prize.

He made his professional conducting debut in 2000. In the same year he became one of the youngest conductors ever to be admitted to the Dartington International Summer School Advanced Conducting Course.

A Guest Conductor and Music Director throughout the 2000’s, Leo’s conducting has taken him to Finland and Greece.

Leo is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Amati Orchestra.

 


EDOUARD ALEXANDRE WOOD  |  Leader & Soloist

Edouard is a professional violinist and teacher based in London, and Leader of the Amati Orchestra, with whom he was soloist in the Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 in July 2016, and the Beethoven Violin Concerto in March 2015. Having started his musical journey as a chorister with the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, he was inspired to play the violin at age 6 after hearing the Merseyside Youth Orchestra in Holst ‘The Planets’.

He entered Trinity College of Music London in 1989, completing graduate and postgraduate diplomas in violin performance under Hu Kun.

Edouard was awarded two scholarships to study chamber music with the world-renowned Brodsky and Smith quartet. As 1st Violin of the Marcucci String Quartet, Edouard toured Great Britain, Jersey and Northern France. He has also tutored and performed as a chamber music coach at the Dartington International Summer School and the Bath Guitar Festival.

Edouard has played with professional and amateur orchestras including the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, on tour with Sir Yehudi Menuhin, with the British Youth Opera Orchestra, Concilium, and on tour with Opera of the South.

 


Thomas KellyTHOMAS KELLY  |  Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Since 2015, Thomas Kelly has been studying with Andrew Ball, initially at the Purcell school of Music and now at Royal College of Music where he is in third-year undergraduate. Thomas has won first prizes including Pianale International Piano Competition 2017, Kharkiv Assemblies 2018, at Lucca Virtuoso e Bel Canto festival 2018, as well as latterly winning the RCM Joan Chissell Schumann and Kendall Taylor Beethoven prizes in 2019. He also attended the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition this year, reaching the second round.

In addition, he has performed in a variety of venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the Cadogan Hall, St Martin in the Fields, St Mary’s Perivale, St Paul’s Bedford, the Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre, the Stoller Hall, at Paris Conservatoire, the StreingreaberHaus in Bayreuth, the Teatro Del Sale in Florence, and in Vilnius and Palanga. He has benefited greatly from lessons and masterclasses with distinguished professors including Paul Lewis, Mikhail Voskrosensky, Valentina Berman, Justas Dvarionas, Riccardo Cecchetti, Vanessa Latarche and Ian Jones.

In December, Thomas will be playing the Eroica Variations Op.35 in the London intercollegiate Beethoven competition. Thomas’ studies at RCM are generously supported by Ms Daunt and Ms Stevenson, Pat Kendall Taylor and C. Bechstein pianos.