Nick Stringfellow - Cello
Principal Cellist of the Orchestra of the Swan
As a student of Clive Greensmith at the RNCM, Nick was tutored in the American cello tradition based on techniques developed by Leonard Rose from Galamian.
After continuing his studies at the RCM with Anna Shuttleworth and Anthony Pleeth , he joined “Spirituoso”, the resident ensemble at Handel House and “Mercurius Company”, building a reputation for their thrilling music and dance performances. Nick continued this interest, collaborating with choreographer Will Tuckett on “Archduke Variations” with members of the Royal Ballet and his “Artaria Piano Trio”.
An appointment as cellist in the London Mozart Ensemble saw the beginning of Nick’s musical relationship with violinist David Le Page. This provided an outlet for Nick’s continuo improvisations as a foil for David in his breathtaking Vivaldi Four Seasons performances.
In 2004 Nick was invited to became principal cellist in Orchestra of the Swan. He has also worked as soloist with the orchestra and recently gave the European premiere of Doug Cuomo’s “Black Diamond Express Train to Hell” for solo cello, sampler and orchestra.
Recently in the Ludlow Festival Nick performed a series of concerts, presenting the unaccompanied cello suites by Bach. Continually in demand as an orchestral principal Nick also works with many eminent artists in the rock and pop world, leading cello sections for Smokey Robinson, George Benson, Melanie C, Gloria Estefan and Johnny Mathis.
He recently collaborated with tenor Alfie Boe on a version of the John Prine classic “Angel’s from Montgomery” for solo voice and cello ensemble. As a string quartet player Nick has appeared many times as guest cellist with the Fitzwilliam Quartet. At the Renewal Arts Festival 2008 in Caux, Switzerland they collaborated with saxophonist Uwe Steinmetz for a performance of jazz suite “Absolutely”.
In recent years Nick has become cellist with the Villiers Quartet. Famous for their ground-breaking “VQ New Works competition”, the quartet have received international acclaim for incorporating techniques like online voting and internet streaming of their competition performances, involving composers from across the globe - “If only more quartet ensembles were so adventurous” The Strad magazine, December 2014.
In last years’ North York Moors Festival the quartet performed “Arcadiana" by Thomas Ades; a piece which they subsequently presented in their concert tour of the USA. The VQ have just released a recording of the complete quartets by Robert Still for Naxos - “No praise can be too high for these sublimely articulate and concentrated readings” Gramophone magazine, January 2015.