Gerardo Gozzi was born in Brescia, Italy, in 1988. He studied clarinet, saxophone, composition and choral conducting at Conservatorio Luca Marenzio in Brescia. He continued Composition with Maestro Azio Corghi at Fondazione Romano Romanini in Brescia and Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where he earned the Merit Diploma in summer 2011.
Gerardo earned a Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied Composition under the guidance of Dai Fujikura and Conducting as a Second Study with Natalia Luis-Bassa. His studies at the RCM were generously supported by the Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship.
In September 2013 Gerardo began a Composition PhD at the Royal Academy of Music with Simon Bainbridge researching on orchestration according to rehearsal’s needs and supported by the AHRC Scholarship. As an instrumentalist Gerardo plays piano, saxophone and clarinet. He has performed in different ensembles including duos, saxophone quartets, wind orchestras and symphonic orchestras. During his studies at the Royal College of Music he conducted several concerts and workshops of contemporary music. His compositions have been performed in several prestigious venues in Italy, UK, France and China. In may 2013 his ballet A Fruitful Death has been performed by dancers of the English National Ballet at The Place Theatre in London, choreographed by Makoto Nakamura.
Richard Miller is currently studying composition at the Royal College of Music under Prof. Kenneth Hesketh. Since joining the composition department there, he has twice written pieces for the New Ensemble and a brass trio for the RCM’s Contemporary Music in Action scheme.
He is also a passionate conductor, currently holding the posts of Assistant Conductor of the RCM Film Orchestra, Guest Conductor of the Blackfriars Sinfonia and Artistic Director of the Coventry Road Chamber Choir, who he directed in a well-received performance of Vaughan Williams’ ‘A Sea Symphony’ at the age of 18, shortly before moving to London (the performance is due to be repeated in the summer of 2014 for the anniversary of Commander Johnny Walker).
Outside of his studies Richard is a keen singer, currently holding a choral scholarship at St John’s Church, Notting Hill.
Patrick Bailey | Mentor Conductor
Patrick Bailey has conducted concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia (Music of Today), Britten Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, ViVA, English Sinfonia, Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra and many others. He has appeared at festivals in Aldeburgh, Brighton, Bath and Cheltenham, broadcast concerts and opera for BBC Radio 3 and recorded for NMC and Tartan Film.
From 2000-2008 he was regular conductor and, from 2004, Music Director of The Opera Group with whom he conducted numerous new productions and tours including Blond Eckbert (Royal Opera House), The Shops (world premiere, Bregenz Festival, Austria) and Street Scene (Young Vic & winner of the Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Awards). Other notable performances include the UK premiere of Nono’s Prometeo at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Sinfonietta.
Patrick taught conducting at the Royal College of Music from 2002-2008 and was Head of Conducting at the London College of Music and Media from 1997-2006.
Peter Thomas | Conductor
His musical career has been as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and as conductor.
As a soloist his most prestigious concerts were performances of the Elgar concerto with Simon Rattle and the CBSO, also performing with them concertos by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Mozart. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with some of the most distinguished musicians such as Jacqueline du Pre, Mstislav Rostropovich, Nigel Kennedy, Steven Isserlis, amongst others, as well as being a member of a world class quartet (Allegri) and a prize winning Piano Trio (Orion).
As an orchestral leader he has had as distinguished and varied career of any concertmaster, having been leader of The Philharmonia Orchestra in the era of Guilini, Sanderling and Svetlanov, and the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (where he was invited by Simon Rattle in 1990 to become their Leader). His guest leading engagements have included the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and many orchestras in Spain. As well as leading many concerts for the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, he recently conducted them in six concerts of the works of Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga.
He started his conducting career first with the training of young aspiring professionals at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and at the Birmingham Conservatoire. As a trainer of youth orchestras Peter Thomas has a large experience of working with young musicians from many countries. The most important of these projects was his appointment for three years as string advisor to Claudio Abbado’s Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchestra. His most recent activity with international students was in 2010 and 2011 with the I-Culture orchestra in Poland, an orchestra drawing students from the former Soviet satellite countries. Peter Thomas’ professional conducting activities with the CBSO, and its chamber orchestra the Birmingham Ensemble have included works by Mozart Beethoven, Elgar, Richard Strauss and Strauss family, Elgar, Britten, Tippett, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Schoenberg and Webern, Mendelssohn and Stravinsky.