Banks Duo

Banks Duo – Violin & Piano Duo

Osian Dafydd, Welsh violin soloist and chamber instrumentalist studied in London at the Royal College of Music under the virtuoso violinist Daniel Rowland. He has regularly performed with Daniel Rowland at the International Cividale Music Festival Italy, performing the Vivaldi and Piazzola 'Summer' as soloist in 2016. He has led several orchestras including the RCM Opera orchestra, and was co-leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He has worked under many leading conductors including Roger Norrington, Jac Van Steen, Grant Llewelyn, Owain Arwel Hughes, Takyo Yoaso and Carlo Rizzi.

Osian is no stranger to performing in various concert halls in London and beyond including the Royal Albert Hall and the Festival Hall. He leads the Banks Quartet winning the Helen Just and Susan Connell Prize and the Sacconi Quartet Prize as the leading quartet in 2016 in the RCM London. He performed with the Erno Quartet in the Wye Valley Music Festival in 2016. As a young soloist he was twice first prize winner at the National Eisteddfod under 19. He has won a scholarship to further his studies in violin performance under David Adams, in the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. His agenda is full in RWCMD with regular coaching from one of the UK’s most renowned violin teachers Itzhak Raskovsky and being fully immersed in other college activities including gaining a place on to the Welsh National Opera student placement scheme. In addition, he will be leading the RWCMD Symphony orchestra in St David’s Hall this coming November.

Osian plays on a violin made by Benjamin Banks in 1792.

Sioned Evans grew up in a small village in Carmarthenshire and has been interested in music from a young age, playing the piano, flute and harp. At the age of 17, Sioned was accepted into the National Youth Orchestra of Wales on piano and toured Germany with the orchestra the following year performing in prestigious venues such as the Berlin Concert Hall. In 2012 she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Welsh Collage of Music & Drama where she received lessons with Richard McMahon.

Sioned has received masterclasses from Llŷr Williams, Jeremy Denk and the Labèque Sisters and was shortlisted for the Eric Hodges Beethoven prize. As a result of her success in her third year at the college she was selected to perform at the Steinway Hall in London. Sioned enjoys accompanying and has been fortunate to perform with choirs in venues such as 10 Downing Street and even Disneyland Paris. In Easter 2017 Sioned joins Côr Llanddarog at the Ontario Welsh Festival in Canada as the guest accompanist.

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