Leo Geyer (Guest Conductor)
Leo Geyer is a 25-year-old London born composer and conductor. He studied simultaneously at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music on the prestigious Joint Course, graduating with two first class degrees and The Soroptimists International of Manchester Award for Composers/Conductors. Leo’s tutors included composer Dr. David Horne and conductor Mark Heron. As part of his studies, Leo also attended the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts to study conducting with Uroš Lajovic. Leo has also attended masterclasses with internationally renowned composers and conductors including HK Gruber, Mark Anthony-Turnage, Oliver Knussen, Nicolàs Pasquet and Johannes Schlaefli.
Leo has been awarded various accolades for composition including RNCM Gold Medal Award for Composition, Lord Mayor’s Composition Prize and the PRS/ESO Composition Prize. Leo’s music has been performed worldwide and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Leo has had particular success with his theatrical works such as his The Mermaid of Zennor which was described by The Times as “imaginative and beautifully shaped.” His opera-ballet Sideshows has received over 20 performances across the UK and US as well two broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Recent composition projects include works for the BBC Singers, Opera North and Rambert Dance Company.
Charlotte Edwards (leader)
While studying for her first degree in Genetics at Edinburgh University, Charlotte had worked independently towards her LRAM Violin Teacher's Diploma which she was awarded at the early age of 19. Having completed a further PhD in Human Biochemical Genetics at University College, London she decided to return to her first love which was playing the violin. She won a scholarship to study for a Master's Degree in Violin Performance at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston Massachusetts and graduated with distinction 2 years later.
Since then, she has enjoyed a full and varied career as a musician involving teaching and performing. She is currently leader and soloist with The Amersham Festival Orchestra and Academy of St Mary's, Wimbledon and has been leading the Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra since 1981. In addition, she has a busy schedule as a principal player in The Oxford Philomusica and several other professional orchestras. She was a founder member of the Edlian Piano Trio who performed widley in the UK and abroad.The Trio made several recordings, mainly of Russian repertoire and the CDs of the Complete Piano Trios of Anton Rubinstein on the Metronome Label comprise the first and only recordings of several of these pieces. Charlotte is much in demand as a teacher and runs her own private practice with students of all ages ranging from beginners to advanced, offering in addition to individual lessons, the opportunity to participate in chamber music.