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Daniel Hammersly, cello

Daniel began his studies in earnest at Abingdon School as a music scholar, before attending Durham University. Having achieved a first class degree in music he moved to London to study with Alexander Boyarsky at the Royal College of Music and subsequently with Louise Hopkins. Within six months of completing his postgraduate studies Daniel had been appointed a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

His RPO career spanned almost ten years under the directorship of two great maestros; Daniele Gatti and Charles Dutoit, and included numerous tours of North America and Europe as well as visits to China, Korea and Japan.

In 2012 Daniel was thrilled to be offered the position of Principal Cello with Royal Northern Sinfonia and is now very proud to call the North East his home. He lives in Tynemouth minutes from Longsands beach where he indulges his new found interest in surfing.
Daniel remains a cellist in demand as a both chamber and orchestral musician and works regularly in London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, particularly during the Proms season.
He has appeared with Sting as principal cello of the European leg of the Symphonicities tour and with Danish art-rockers Efterklang as well as making regular appearances with composer Anna Meredith’s eclectic band Horsebox.
Daniel plays a distinctive modern Italian cello by Guillermo Rossi, made in Pavia in 1925.

Christian Martinez, percussion

Christian Martinez wwwChristian Martinez commenced his percussion studies in his home town of Cali in Columbia. Later followed studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and at Rogaland Music Conservatory in Stavanger. In 1996 he graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, the same year he became a member of Esbjerg Ensemble.

Christian Martínez has participated as a chamber musician and soloist at several festivals and concerts in Scandinavia,Europe, USA, Latin America and Taiwan. Most recently at the Nordic Music Days Festival in 2010, Athelas New Music Festival in 2011, Percussion Plus Festival Aarhus in 2012 and Kalliokuninkala Festival in 2012 and Percussion Plusin 2014, both in Finland. In January 2014, Esbjerg Ensemble collaborated with “the king” of baritones, Omar Ebrahim, in the first Scandinavian performance of György Kurtágs, “Pas a pas, nulle-part” for baritone, string trio and percussion.

In the year 2010, Christian Martinez released his first soloCD “Rhythmical Séance” with Per Nørgård’s I Ching as well as pieces by Ivar Frounberg and Ejnar Kanding. The collaboration with Nørgård led to 2 new pieces included in this CD: a concerto for percussion and ensemble called Three Scenes as well as Arabesques I, II, III (2011) for solo percussion. Both pieces are dedicated to Christian Martínez and Esbjerg Ensemble.

Aros Guitar Duo

Mikkel Egelund Nielsen and Simon Wildau met during their studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark. In 2009 Mikkel and Simon formed the AROS guitar duo to play a number of concerts in Bergen and since then, they have played numerous concerts in Denmark and abroad. Both Simon and Mikkel have won prestigious awards as soloists and as a duo at international competitions including the 1st prize at Omiš Guitar Fest (Croatia), 1st prize at Fiuggi International Guitar Festival (Italy) , 2nd prize at the Acerra International Guitar Competition (Italy) and most recently 1st prize at Liechtensteiner Gitarrentage 2018 (Liechtenstein). In 2017, they received the special prize for the best performance of a new Danish work at the P2 chamber music competition, where they performed John Frandsens guitar duo “Twilight”.

Both guitarists have individually finished the advanced postgraduate diploma (soloist class) at The Royal Academy of Music Aarhus. Nielsen has a Master’s Degree in Music from Cologne and Wildau has a Master’s in Music from Barcelona. In september 2018 they made their debut from the advanced postgraduate diploma (soloist level) as a duo at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen after studies and supervision with Associate Professor in classical guitar Jesper Sivebæk and Professor Tim Frederiksen. In addition, the Aros duo has studied in Barcelona during the period 2010-2011 with the Spanish guitarist Àlex Garrobé and attended masterclasses from various international soloists and professors.

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