Biographies

Benedict Holland, Violin

Benedict Holland studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Manoug Parikian and was subsequently a prize winner at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied with Yossi Zivoni.

As a chamber musician, he was a founder member of the Matisse Piano Quartet and the Music Group of Manchester, broadcasting regularly for the BBC, recording, and undertaking British Council tours. He is also a member of the Victoria String Quartet whose acclaimed début concert took place in 2017. As an experienced orchestral leader, he has guest-led many of the UK’s major orchestras, including the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Orchestra of Opera North and BBC Philharmonic and was also leader and Artistic Advisor of chamber orchestra, Sinfonia Vivia from 2001-2019.

Ben has always been a champion of contemporary music and of working with living composers and has been the contemporary ensemble, Psappha’s violinist since 2010. Highlights with Psappha include working with the late Peter Maxwell Davies and more recently, taking Klas Torstensson’s Violin Concerto to a two-week residency at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, premiering Mark Simpson’s chamber opera Pleasure, and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Black Milk and a tour to Israel of Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King.

Ben has always put teaching at the heart of his work, at the RNCM where he was awarded a professorship in 2016. He also teaches a class of talented young violinists at the Junior RNCM gives consultative classes in orchestral and contemporary techniques at Birmingham and Trinity Laban Conservatoires and professional development classes for string teachers throughout the UK.

Ben’s violin is a rare Rogeri, c. 1710.

David Greed, Violin

David Greed has been leader of the Orchestra of Opera North since 1978 – at that time the youngest leader in the country.
His solo and concerto repertoire are extensive and he has appeared with most of the regions orchestras as concerto soloist.
He has also been engaged as guest leader with orchestras throughout the country – including the Philharmonia, Royal Opera, Halle, Royal Liverpool, CBSO, BBC Scottish and BBC Philharmonic orchestras.
He has been violin tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of GB, Chetham’s School and European Union Youth Orchestra.
He has recorded VW’s ‘The Lark Ascending’ on the Naxos label with the Orchestra of Opera North and also the Elgar Concerto with Hertfordshire Youth Orchestra.
He is Music Director of the Sinfonia of Leeds and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra.
He is a string advisor for Yorkshire Young Musicians.
David plays on a violin by J B Guadagnini (1757) owned by the Yorkshire Guadagnini Syndicate.

Kim Becker, Viola

Kim Becker is a Manchester based violist who recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music. She was awarded the viola seat on the Halle Strings Leadership Scheme for 2019/20 and enjoys a busy schedule of both chamber music and orchestral work in various ensembles. Kim is a very keen chamber musician and has played with the Kirkman Quartet since 2016. They have received various awards and accolades including being this year’s fellowship quartet at St. Peter’s Church, Eaton Square. The quartet has appeared in a number of festivals including the Wye Valley chamber music festival and the HARMOS festival in Portugal. Kim also has a keen interest in contemporary music and has premiered Ed Nesbitt’s ‘Partita’ for string quintet and trumpet, and Kareem Roustom’s triple quartet ‘a voice exclaiming’. She has also appeared with Psappha ensemble. Kim frequently appears with the Manchester Camerata, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and has toured to Romania and Abu Dhabi with Sinfonia Cymru. In 2013 she was given the opportunity to play with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in their recording of the BBC 10 Pieces. Kim has taken part in numerous festivals including the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.Kim’s forthcoming engagements include a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Orchestra of Square Chapel, and performances of Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet and Mendelssohn’s Octet with the Kirkman Quartet. Since September 2020, she is Junior Fellow in Viola at the RNCM.

Jennifer Langridge, Cello

Jen studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Eduardo Vassallo and went on to become a Junior Fellow at the RNCM as part of the Nossek String Quartet, whichad a successful recital career for 10 years until 1999. Jen has been a member of Psappha Ensemble for 23 years, touring across Europe, North and South America, Australia, and most recently to Jerusalem. The group performs regularly on BBC Radio 3 and has made eight CD recordings. Jen has often performed as a soloist with Psappha, most notably at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms in 2004, playing Maxwell Davies, ‘Linguae Ignis’ for solo cello and ensemble. Alongside her work with the Victoria Quartet and Psappha, Jen is a cello tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, The University of Manchester and Chetham’s School of Music. She plays on a Peter Walmsley cello 1729.