Nella Hunkins
         Nella picture


           Brief biography

                workshops and

          Concert schedule

          Solo cello

          The Bach Duo

          The Montpellier Duo 

         The Tivoli Trio

         Nella and Kneale

    The Tivoli Trio

CHAMBER ensembles don't come much more cosmopolitan than the Tivoli Piano Trio. ... Fortunately they have found a common language in music.

...The delicate piano introduction to the slow movement [of the Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor] was followed by some graceful string playing and a dreamy, tranquil trio.The scherzo was a scintillating romp full of virtuosity...
while the finale was a lively affair.

...An equally substantial work followed: Brahms' Piano Trio in C major. Its mighty opening movement was performed with great fervour. After this came the bleak theme of the Andante con moto, but during the variations the music gradually took on a sunnier aspect. In the scherzo it seemed as if Brahms had decided to emulate Mendelssohn. This performance was characterised by a lightness of touch and even a sense of mischief. The bustling finale was everything a final movement should be - full of drama, passion and total engagement between the musicians.

Recitals of this quality explain why the Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts [at the Cheltenham Town Hall] have such a large and devoted following these days.

Roger Jones, This is Gloucestershire, 28 November 2012

  Edgar Bailey studied at Chetham’s School of Music, Royal Academy of Music and Royal College
  of Music. Professors have included Gillian Bradley, Wen Zhou Li, Mateja Marinkovic,
  Madeleine Mitchell and David Takeno.

  Edgar won the Chandos Symphony Orchestra Young Musician and the Gloucestershire Young
  Musician competitions in 2007. He gained second prize in the Delius Society’s competition awarded
  by Sir Charles Mackerras, and the York Bowen Prize and the D M Lloyd Violin Prize at the Royal
  Academy. He was a prize winner at the 2010 Haverhill Sinfonia Soloists Competition.

Edgar has performed concertos with Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra, Chandos Symphony Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia and Symphonia Academica. He has given recitals at St. James’ Church Piccadilly, St. Martin’s in the Fields, the Cheltenham International Music Festival and the Stratford-upon-Avon Music Festival.

Edgar is currently on the Concordia Young Artist Scheme, and is a 2012 award winner in Making Music's Philip and Dorothy Green Awards for young concert artists.

  Nella Hunkins was born in New York and studied with Leonard Rose and Janos Starker.
  Associate principal cellist with the Cleveland Orchestra and member of the Casals Festival,
  she has performed solo, chamber and orchestral concerts throughout the world.

  Her 1980  
appointment to the Music Hochschule in Berlin led to playing, touring and recording
the Berlin Philharmonic, and as a member of chamber groups such as Philharmonia Ensemble
  Berlin, the Scharoun Ensemble and the Kreuzberger String Quartet. She can be heard on Denon

She moved to England in 2009 after living for some years in Asia, where she was principal cellist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. and a founding faculty member of the music conservatory at the National University of Singapore. Career highlights include a Fulbright grant to study in Paris, coaching for Jeunesse Musicale, and longer orchestral  tours in Russia, China and Japan.

Her extensive teaching experience includes faculty positions at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Berlin Hochschule, and the new music conservatory of the National University of Singapore.

  Yoko Arai was born in Japan and studied music at Musashino Academia in Tokyo. From 1975 she     studied in Germany with Prof. Gebhardt who was a pupil of Edwin Fischer, at the Hochschule fr             Musik in Hamburg. During her study in Germany she was highly praised as an accompanist.

  After she moved to England in 1981 she studied with Paul Hamburger, James Gibb and Christopher
  Elton. She is a licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has presented
solo, duo and
  chamber music recitals in the UK, Japan and the USA. She has accompanied violin
master classes and
  many other instruments for competitions and music festivals, for which she was acclaimed as an outstanding and convincing performer.

Yoko teaches piano and Japanese at Malvern College and at the Ladies’ College in Cheltenham. Her pupils have been awarded
places at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Chetham’s School of Music, Cardiff University and Durham University.