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    Gilliver, Rebecca

    Cellist who attended the Menuhin School, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Yale Summer School of Music.  Her music instructors comprised Ralph Kirshbaum, Moray Welsh, and Melissa Phelps.

     

    She made her solo debuts at Carnegie Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall in London, England.

     

    In 2001, she became a member of the London Symphony Orchestra.  Other groups with whom she has worked include the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Andrusier Ensemble, the Arensky Ensemble, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the London Cello Society, New Sinfonietta Amsterdam, the Scottish Ensemble, the Solomon Ensemble, and the World Orchestra for Peace.

     

    In May 2008, she and pianist Paul Janes and violinist Shirly Laub did a mini-tour of Indonesia.  They performed Franz Schubert’s “Trio in E flat major, Op. 100” at the CCF Auditorium in Bandung on 6th May 2008 and at Erasmus Huis in Jakarta on 8th May 2008.

     

    On 3rd July 2009, Rebecca and four of her LSO colleagues became street musicians for a day in the City of London Festival, where they performed music from the British Isles, including a rousing rendition of “Toss the Feathers”.

     

    She and violinist Deborah Preece and pianist Sophie Rahman performed “Trio in D minor, Op. 49” by Felix Mendelssohn and “Trio No. 1 in E flat, Op. 1, No. 1” by Ludwig van Beethoven at the Yorke Trust in May 2011.

     

    On 12th October 2011, she and violinists David Alberman and Roman Simovic and violist Paul Silverthorne interpreted “Different Trains” by Steve Reich at LSO St. Lukes.

     

    The Arensky Ensemble celebrated Professor Melissa Phelps’ 60th birthday with a concert in Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at the Royal College of Music on 11th January 2012.  Their program included “Concert Waltzes for Four Cellos” by Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, “Sonata in D minor” by Claude Debussy, “Sonata in D, Op. 78” by Johannes Brahms, “Sonata in G minor for Two Cellos and Piano” by George Frideric Handel, and “Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky” by Anton Arensky.

     

    On 21st April 2012, the London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra offered up a concert version of Der Freischutz by Carl Maria von Weber at Barbican Hall. 

     

    Recordings on which Rebecca appears include:  Amore Infinito by Placido Domingo; Classics of My Soul by Waldemar Bastos; Classikhan and Holst:  The Planets with the LSO; Deja Fou by Strawbs; Friends Can Be Lovers by Dionne Warwick; George Enescu:  Piano Quintet/Piano Quartet No. 2 with the Solomon Ensemble; Ideale:  Songs of Paolo Tosti by Ben Heppner; Kiri Sings Karl by Kiri Te Kanawa; Ravel/Shostakovich with the Scottish Ensemble; Real Love and So Natural by Lisa Stansfield; Signal Fire by Snow Patrol; and, Strange Fruit by Trijntje Oosterhuis.

     

    She can also be heard on the soundtracks of A Better Life, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and Tamara Drewe.

     

    In the field of music education, she has been active with Aldeburgh Music, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Centre for Orchestra, the LSO Discovery Program, and YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011.

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.europeancamerata.com/cellos/36/rebecca_gilliver
    2. http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/gortonphil/Biographies.html
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    4. http://www.artsinfo.artsindonesia.com/html/body_chamber_music__series.html
    5. http://classicindonesia.multiply.com/journal?&show_interstitial=1&u=%2Fjournal
    6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv0a7TPsWLM
    7. http://www.streetpianos.com/london2009/events/piano/111/
    8. http://www.timeout.com/london/classical-music/event/250167/a-birthday-cello-concert
    9. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Fitzenhagen
    10. http://londoncellos.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Dream-Sounds.pdf
    11. http://www.yorketrust.org/activities/madc-past-events.html
    12. http://www.paulsilverthorne.com/concert.html
    13. http://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre/event-detail.asp?ID=11878
    14. http://blogs.thestage.co.uk/education/2012/06/music-lessons-from-a-distance/
    15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlZVz-2IOBU
    16. http://lso.co.uk/masterclass-rebecca-gilliver
    17. http://www.operatoday.com/content/2012/04/der_freischutz_.php
    18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKlj6vzmuvo
    19. http://www.discogs.com/artist/Rebecca+Gilliver
    20. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/rebecca-gilliver-mn0000679598
    21. http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2003/Jun03/George_ENESCU_quintet.htm
    22. http://www.linnrecords.com/recording-ravel-shostakovich-sacd.aspx
    23. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3912348/
    24. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Deathly_Hallows_%E2%80%93_Part_2_%28soundtrack%29

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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