Genovia Quartet / bassoon quartet
Whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Victoria Lopez, Gillian Horn, Ana Rodriguez Garcia and Rhiannon Carmichael, formed a close friendship which quickly transfigured into an unusual chamber group ensemble, a bassoon quartet.
These Scottish/Spanish musicians have four distinct musical voices which they will often use to represent the different sections of the orchestra, yet they will snap back to a unique blend of sound instantly when required. Always endeavouring to explore many styles of music, every performance from the Genovia Quartet is unique and can be tailored to suit a variety of platforms – traditional concert hall, cosy pub, celebration gathering, corporate event. Whether you favour baroque, contemporary classical, or perhaps some jazz, folk and free improvisation, this quartet will take you on a whirlwind musical adventure.
The Genovia Quartet trained with leading professional bassoonists such as David Hubbard (Royal Scottish National Orchestra) and Alison Green (Scottish Chamber Orchestra). Within the conservatoire they were awarded Highly Commended in the Governor’s Recital Prize for Chamber Music (2017), and subsequently won the Mary D Adams Prize for achievement in Chamber Music.
In 2017, Genovia gave recitals in their hometown of Glasgow at both Westbourne Music and the West End Festival and are delighted to have been invited back to both for the 2018 season. In March 2018 they performed a recital in Leeds College of Music (as part of Leeds International Concert Season) after taking part in Enterprise Music Scotland’s Creative Exchange residency in Crear, Argyll. The Genovia Quartet are also represented by Live Music Now Scotland and relish the varied performance opportunities this allows – from outreach work to recitals including Westbourne Music, Leeds College of Music, Glasgow Cathedral Festival and the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
The Genovia Quartet gave their Spanish debut this August, performing a series of recitals around Granada culminating in a highly acclaimed performance at the prestigious International Double Reed Society annual conference.
Gillian was born in Glasgow and took up the bassoon at the age of 10. She studied for both her Bachelor and Masters’ degrees at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, taking lessons from David Hubbard (RSNO), Peter Whelan (SCO) and Alison Green (SCO). A highly active ensemble player, she was successful in winning places on the coveted mentoring schemes with RSNO and SCO, the latter of which culminated in three highly acclaimed performances of Mozart’s Gran Partita for Winds and a BBC Radio 3 broadcast. In 2018, Gillian was invited to join the SCO for their annual Highland summer tour.
Gillian has a particular love of opera and has been Principal Bassoon of the Raucous Rossini opera company since 2015, touring the UK and Umbria (Italy) each summer. In 2018 she appeared as a soloist with RR performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Winds. She has also played as principal bassoon with New Generation Festival (Florence), Clyde Opera Group, Edinburgh Grand Opera and the Scottish Concert Orchestra.
An active chamber musician, Gillian has been a member of Sirocco Winds (wind quintet/trio) since 2016. Represented by Live Music Now Scotland and Classical Musicians Scotland, past performances have included St Magnus International Festival, Music at Paxton, Balerno Festival, and even aboard the Saga Pearl II in the entertainment team for the National Trust for Scotland. Aside from Sirocco Winds, Gillian is also a founding member of the Genovia Quartet.
Gillian is a grateful recipient of scholarships from Dewar Arts Awards, Musicians Benevolent Trust, Wolfson Trust, Craxton Memorial Trust and the EMI Music Sound Foundation.
Rhiannon, born and educated in Glasgow, was introduced to the bassoon whilst a pupil at Lenzie Academy – after a brief spell on the clarinet. She is now completing her first year of post graduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – studying Bassoon with David Hubbard (RSNO) and Contrabassoon with Simon Davies (Hallé).
Rhiannon has performed with a number leading orchestras in Scotland such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and most regularly with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra – recently embarking on their successful European Tour in May 2018. She also has developed a great love for the contrabassoon and is currently on trial for the RSNO vacant position of Principal Contrabassoon.
In August 2018, she returned as concerto soloist to the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra to perform Weber’s Bassoon Concerto on three nights of their Summer Tour. In 2017 she won a place on the Scottish Chamber Orchestra apprenticeship scheme and is looking forward to returning to perform again with them in December later this year.
In 2016 Rhiannon was invited to participate with the Palestine Youth Orchestra on their UK National Tour and introduced the orchestra (in Arabic) at the Festival Hall, in London.
In September 2018, Rhiannon took part in the Erasmus programme and is moving to spend a term studying abroad at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague in The Netherlands, before returning to Glasgow in February to complete her Masters degree.
Rhiannon is kindly supported by Help Musicians UK and the Wolfson Trust.
Victoria started learning music at the age of five, taking piano lessons and then studying bassoon for eleven years. She decided to
complete her Higher Education abroad so that she could improve her language skills, so she moved to Cardiff to study her Bachelors in bassoon at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she graduated with a 2:1 degree in July 2015. Afterwards she moved straight to Glasgow where she completed a Masters Degree in performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated in July 2017.
During her time in the UK, Victoria has participated in many different concerts and performances: she took part in numerous symphony orchestra concerts from both institutions, made an appearance with HM Royal Marines’ Band, took part in an Opera tour with Opra Cymru around North Wales, participated in a Side by Side project with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, alongside many other gigs and collaborations with choral societies, musical productions and children’s workshops.
Besides music, she also works as an artist and illustrator. Her latest artistic projects include creations for Enterprise Music Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Ana Rodríguez Garcia
Ana was born in Granada and she started her bassoon studies when she was nine years old at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música Angel Barrios of Granada. During her undergraduate studies she decided to stay in Granada at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música Victoria Eugenia where she studied with Manuel Valero and Bartolomé Mayor. In her fourth academic year she went to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with an Erasmus Scholarship and stayed two more years doing her postgraduate studies with Alison Green and David Hubbard. In 2018 she was graduated with a Master (MMus) in Bassoon Performance at the RCS.
Ana has worked with the Orchestra Ciudad de Granada and has been part of scheme projects with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 2017 she was part of the NJO (Nationaal Jeugd Orkest of the Netherlands) in their Summer Tour. Her orchestral training started with young orchestras such as Joven Orquesta Sinfónica de Granada, Orquesta de la UGR, Orquesta Académica de Granada and the Academy of Orquesta Ciudad de Granada. Ana also received masterclasses from great bassoonists – Santiago Ríos, Amy Harman, Joost Bosdijk, Andrea de Flammineis, David Tomás, Matthias Racz, Joaquín Osca, Vincenzo Menghini, Gretha Tuls and Graeme Brown. Before going to Scotland, Ana was a member of the woodwind quartet Euterpe which played in various music festivals and competitions in Granada. She has also been commended at the Classical Concerto Competition of the RCS.