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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