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Arcantora Duo: the members
violin, viola and piano
Mark was born in Glasgow to a family of musicians. He began playing violin from an early age and won his first competition when only six years old. He has studied with Frances Mason, Miles Baster and Maurice Hasson.
After graduating from the Royal Academy of music in London, Mark co- founded the Solaris String Quartet with which he played first violin for the next eight years. Solaris held a five year residency at The London College of Music, giving many recitals and masterclasses. They performed several premieres there, including the ninth string quartet by Australian born composer Barrington Pheloung (who famously wrote the music for the Inspector Morse series) dedicated to Solaris.
The Solaris Quartet played in many festivals and concert venues and have appeared on BBC radio Three's "In Tune".
Mark has guest led many ensembles including the Locrian Ensemble, Permira Ensemble and the Sinfonia of Cambridge.
From 2006- 2007 Mark was the Concertmaster of the Orquestra de Camara do Estado de Mato Grosso, Brazil where he used his chamber music experience to improve the orchestra and help establish it as one of Brazil's foremost professional ensembles.
Mark has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in England, Scotland and Brazil. His recent Concerto appearances include Vaughan- Williams' the Lark Ascending with the Glasgow Orchestral Society and Dunblane Chamber Orchestra, Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Mozart's A major concerto with the Orquestra de Camara do Estado de Mato Grosso in Cuiaba, Brazil and the Vivaldi A minor Double concerto with Helena Woods and the Locrian Ensemble in Weston- Super -Mare.
Mark has freelanced with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Locrian Ensemble, National Concert Orchestra of Great Britain, Scottish Festival Orchestra and many others. Mark has also trialled with Welsh National Opera and Opera North.
He worked with the well- known pianist and composer Mike Westbrook and his New Westbrook Orchestra on his project Chanson Irresponsable, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio Three's "Performance on 3". His other studio work includes sessions with the 2005 X- factor winner Shayne Ward, the premier recording of Stewart Lane's 1st String Quartet, and three albums with the Glasgow indie group "The Bathers".
For more information about Mark, please visit his website at:http://www.markwilsonviolin.webs.com/
violist and soprano
Nina was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She has been singing for as long as she can remember, performing her first solo when only eight years of age. When she was ten she joined the specialist music programme in Nacka, Sweden, (Nacka Musikklasser) as a choral scholar; there she also started learning the viola.
Nina left Sweden for the UK to study the viola, first with Peter Cole and then Rivka Golani, both at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Whilst still a student, Nina played with the CBSO as part of the Conservatoire's student placement scheme, was a prizewinner in the first Mozart Competition in Uppsala, Sweden (part of the International Music Festival there) and was also a recipient of a Young Cygnets award.
Professional career: viola
Apart from a period of working as Principal violist with Orquestra do Estado de Mato Grosso in Brazil between 2006-2007, Nina has always been a busy freelance player. Nina has built a career in the UK playing with orchestras such as The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Festival Orchestra, Glasgow Symphony Orchestra, Chameleon Arts Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, English Festival Orchestra, Bampton Opera, Classical Opera Company, Opera Theatre Company amongst others. Nina is currently (2016) the solo violinist and viola player for Secret Opera's production of CarMen.
Nina is an accomplished chamber musician, and has been a member of the Midgard Ensemble (US based), and the Britton Quintet (UK/Brazil), as well as giving recitals with the Solaris Quartet, Bergonzi Quartet and the Permira Ensemble.
She has played in recording sessions for many orchestras and ensembles
including the RSNO and Orquestra do Estado de Mato Grosso. She has also made
recordings for bands and artists such as Scott MatthewsPassing
Stranger: San Remo Records, 2006).
Nina took up singing again purely by coincidence: she was on tour with the Mato Grosso Orchestra in Bolivia playing in the sixth international renaissance and Baroque festival "Missiones de Chiquitos" when the soprano soloist fell ill on the day of the concert and Nina was asked to sing in her place. The performance was very well received, and, later in the season, Nina had the opportunity to sing in another concert with the orchestra, performing Berlioz's Nuit d'ete and Holst's Four Songs for soprano and violin (with Mark Wilson on violin). This was the concert which led to the formation of the Arcantora Duo.
Since returning the the UK in 2008, Nina has had lessons with the wonderful soprano Judith Howarth, and later also with Dr Nell Drew. Nina is now a professional opera singer, recitalist, oratorio and wedding singer.
Nina made her professional UK singing debut in November 2011, performing
Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate with the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra, and has
since been busy as a oratorio soloist and giving recitals in both England and Scotland.
Highlights include a recital onboard the Cruise ship Saga "Sapphire" in February 2015, as well as recitals for the Moffat and Dumfries music societies and the Ruislip and Harrow Summer Music Festival.
oratorio solos include the Handel Messiah, Handel: Dixit Dominus,
Mozart Requiem, Haydn Kleine Orgelmesse, Vaughan Williams Mass. and Bach: Magnificat.
Since then, Nina has been cast in a number of operatic roles: During 2015, she sang in VoiceArc's Fringe Debut, Figaro Fugit (Figaro in 70 minutes, again as Susanna), performed the role of Olympia (Talse of Hoffmann) in October 2015, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte (November 2015), Die Konigin der Nacht (Die Zauberflote, November 2015).
In March 2016, Nina sang Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) with Harrow Opera.
Further roles in 2016 include:
The Governess (Britten: Turn of the Screw), Hoxton Opera Studio, July 2016
Repeat performances of Cosi (singing Fiordiligi) in September 2016
Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) with VoiceArc in November 2016,
For more information about Nina, please visit her website at:http://www.ninakopparhed.com/