The musicians are: Italian oboist Michele Batani, Cardiff-based Mavron String Quartet and Welsh bassist Ashley-John Long
Michele started playing oboe at age of nine in Arezzo, Tuscany. After completing his studies at the Istituto Musicale Luigi Boccherini in Lucca, Michele won a Neville Wathen Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London. He followed his time at RCM with a period studying with oboists Massimiliano Salmi and Fabian Thouand at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.
He has played all over Europe with numerous chamber ensembles, as well as Schweizer Jugend Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra Camerata Ducale (Torino) and is currently performing with the Bern Symphony orchestra.
He has also performed as a soloist in various projects in Switzerland, Romania, Italy and took part in Sound Affairs’ Fall of the House of Usher UK tour in 2014.
The Mavron Quartet was formed in 2002 and is the first Ensemble in Residence at the National Concert Hall of Wales, St David’s Hall, Cardiff.
As well as its public performances, the Quartet has appeared at the Senedd, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lancaster House, the private London residence of the American Ambassador to the UK, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
The Mavron Quartet has commissioned and performed a number of collaborative pieces – collaboration being a strong ethos of the Quartet. Currently the Quartet is collaborating with composer Tom Green on The World’s Wife project, based on a set of poems by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. A Wailing on the Wind, a storytelling collaboration with Liz Weir and composer Ian Stephens, was nominated for an Outstanding Multi-Arts Performance award from the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence in 2013.
Christiana Mavron and Rachael Elliot violins; Niamh Aston viola; Beatrice Newman cello
Ashley-John Long is a virtuoso bassist and composer active in a diverse range of musical idioms including Jazz and Improvisation, Session Music, Early and Contemporary Chamber Music, and as a Soloist. He graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with 1st Class Honours where he studied double bass and composition.
Since graduation he has maintained a busy and varied freelance career which has taken in many strands. Ash has performed internationally as a soloist and has given premiers of numerous new works for solo bass, and toured in 2008 with French double bassist Louis-Michel Marion with a series of recitals featuring music by Xenakis, Bussotti, Scelsi and Barry Guy. Over 20 composers have written new works for him and has had performances broadcast on television and radio throughout the U.K and Europe.