Tessa Ho, Violin
Lauren Forder, Violin
Ricardo Gaspar, Viola
Guðný Jónasdóttir, Violoncello
Formed in 2012 at the Royal Academy of Music, The Bartholdy Quartet has set itself apart from the established quartets on the London scene. They have recently been chosen for the prestigious Davey Poznanski Quartet Scheme at the Royal Academy of Music and have an ambitious inaugural concert season planned. Its members represent a global cross section of laureates from national and international music competitions and have performed with orchestras across the globe. Quartet members hail from Australia, Canada, Portugal, and Iceland. This multi-national mix brings an exciting and electrifying edge to the quartet’s repertoire. Classics are revived with a fresh perspective whilst the innovative programming is as varied as the group itself.
Tessa Ho, 24, has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, most notably being named the Victorian 3MBS FM Young Performer of the Year, and the Australian National MBS FM Young Performer of the Year. She was also awarded the University of Melbourne Graduate Scholarships, the Joyce McKenna Scholarship and the Sir William McKie Travelling Scholarship. Tessa has performed as soloist with the University of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Preston Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra. Currently completing a Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music, she is supported by the ABRSM as the International Postgraduate Scholar. Tessa plays on a 1774 Jacobus Phillipus Cordanus Violin from Genoa, Italy.
Lauren Forder, 23, began studying the violin at the age of four in Canada. She completed her Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from McGill University. She is currently completing her Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music learning with Maureen Smith. As a recitalist, Lauren has performed in Montreal, Toronto, and throughout Europe. She plays on a fine 1940 Leandro Bisiach Violin from Milan, Italy.
Ricardo Gaspar, 21, is Portugal’s 2012 Young Soloist of the Year. He has performed as soloist with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Lisbon Youth Orchestra. He has played with the European Union Youth Orchestra and Portuguese Symphony Orchestra. Ricardo is currently completing a Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music and is supported by the Gulbenkian Foundation and Santander. He plays on a 2009 Benjamin Paule Viola from Orleans, France.
Gudny Jonasdottir, 26, is sought after as an orchestral cellist in her home country of Iceland as well as on the continent. She has performed regularly with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and Lübeck Philharmoniker. She has performed as soloist with the Icelandic Symphony. Gudny is currently completing her Master’s degree in cello performance at the Royal Academy of Music. She is supported by the Sylvia Simpson Award, Zara Nelsova Scholarship and The Worswick Scholarship. She plays on a 19th century unlabeled Cello from Germany.