Artistic Directors - Louisa and Samuel Staples

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Described as ‘A passionate authority, a communicative sensitivity and a sound of luxurious depth; here is a young woman we have not finished hearing about’ (Bachtrack 2018). Berlin based British violinist Louisa Staples has already performed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert venues, including the Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall, L’Auditorium de Radio France, and the Concert Hall of the Forbidden City, Beijing. 

She is a major prize winner in multiple international competitions including the Long-Thibaud-Crespin International Competition and the Carl Flesch International Competition.

Recent highlights include performances of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto in the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy in Budapest and L’Auditorium de Radio France, a concert series across Germany as soloist with the Brandenburger Symphony Orchestra and invitations to festivals including the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schiermonnikoogfestival and the Harrogate International Music Festival.


Louisa has undertaken masterclasses with eminent musicians including Philippe Graffin, Zakhar Bron, Rainer Schmidt and Robert Levin and has performed with orchestras including the City of London Sinfonia, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, London International Orchestra, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and the Orion Orchestra. She has featured on numerous live radio broadcasts on channels such as BBC Radio 3, Medici TV, RBB Kulturadio, Classic FM and France Musique. 

An avid chamber musician, Louisa has recently given performances of chamber works in venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, the Mendelssohn Remise and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. 


Aged eight, Louisa was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School where she was a student of Professor Natasha Boyarsky.
She is currently pursuing her bachelors degree at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where she is a student of Professor Antje Weithaas.


Louisa plays a 1774 Lorenzo Storioni violin loaned to her by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.


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British violinist Samuel Staples was born in London to a musical family and began playing the violin when he was five after a short-lived but enthusiastic career as a 'cellist. Aged eight he was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied with Natasha Boyarsky. 

His teachers and mentors since have included András Keller, Boris Kucharsky, Vasko Vassilev, David Dolan, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Andriy Viytovych and Sophia Rahman.


As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed across France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Japan and the USA as well as in many major UK venues including the Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, Purcell Room, Kings Place, Menuhin Hall, Windsor Castle and Milton Court. He is a regular guest at festivals worldwide including the Sejong International Music Festival in Philadelphia, AIMS Festival in Catalonia, Agora Festival in Luxembourg, Les Flaneries Musicales de Reims, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Langvad Chamber Music Jamboree, Grieg in Bergen Festival, Llantwit Major Chamber Music Festival, Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, Stamford International Music Festival, Brighton Early Music Festival, Cowbridge Music Festival and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove,


A keen orchestral musician, Samuel is in increasingly high demand as both a leader and director. He has performed as concertmaster with Orpheus Sinfonia, Outcry Ensemble, Sinfonia One, AIMS Chamber Orchestra, Cavatina Orchestra, Agora Festival Orchestra, Bloomsbury Opera and the Orion Orchestra and enjoys collaborating regularly with groups including the Locrian Ensemble, La Nuova Musica, Collegium and City of London Soloists. He is currently on trial as Assistant Leader with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.


Samuel plays a 1715 Matteo Gofriller violin generously on loan from Jane Ng.