Cello&Cello - Dinner and concert

The Chelmsford Club

15 July

Cello&Cello - Dinner and concert
Cello&Cello - Dinner and concert
Cello&Cello - Dinner and concert
Cello&Cello - Dinner and concert

A summer evening concert with dinner and a performance from Cello&Cello - Gabriel Francis-Dehqani and
Kosta Popovic.

Gabriel read Music at Durham University where he performed regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. He graduated with a first-class degree and won the Eve Myra Kisch prize for proficiency in music. During this time Gabriel continued to develop his studies in conducting and composing; in the summer of 2021 he conducted a concert at The Sage, Gateshead with esteemed soloist Sir Thomas Allen. Prior to Durham, Gabriel studied cello with Guy Johnston at The Royal Academy of Music and was then awarded the fully funded Andrew Lloyd Webber scholarship to Eton College, where he studied with Sue Lowe.

Gabriel is also a composer having studied with Jonathan Woolgar and participated in masterclasses with Phillip Cashian, John Woolrich and Charlotte Bray. He has written music for stage and
ensembles, including Canterbury Cathedral Choir. Gabriel has taken part in masterclasses with renowned cellists such as Julian Lloyd-Webber, Jamie Walton, Adrien Brendal, Pierre Doumange, Louise Hopkins, Oliver Coates, Anton Lukoszevieze, Guy Johnston and Rebecca Gilliver among others.

In 2021/22 he won awards from Help Musicians UK, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Stephen Bell scheme and The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with world renowned performer and pedagogue Louise Hopkins. He has also won a 2022/23 award from Help Musicians UK. He is extremely thankful for their financial support that has enabled him to pursue a performance postgraduate. In recent months Gabriel has led the GSMD Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican Hall as well taking part in exciting projects with Andras Kellar and Simon Wills, appearing on BBC Radio 3 for the BBC SO Total Immersion into Frank Zappa.

Gabriel plays on a 1790 Cello by John Betts.

Kosta Popovic was born in 2000 in a musical family in Podgorica, Montenegro. At the age of six he enrolled in the elementary music school Vasa Pavić in his hometown, where he was taught and mentored by his father professor Mladen Popovic. In April 2017, he was awarded The Headmaster’s music scholarship at the prestigious Whitgift School, where he continued and completed his secondary education. In September of the same year he was accepted and offered a scholarship to attend the Junior department of the esteemed Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he countinued his musical education with many reputable teachers including Jonathan Few and William Bruce. In 2019 he was awarded the Junior Guildhall Strings prize. In 2019 Kosta was granted a scholarship by the Guildall School of Music and Drama to start bachelor studies with world renowned cellist and pedagogue Louise Hopkins.

Next to many concerts over the years, he participated in numerous national and international competitions, winning special awards and first prizes at competitions in Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Italy and the UK. He took part in both solo and chamber music masterclasses with well-known pedagogues such as Alexander Rudin (Russia), Victor Uzur (USA), Raphael Wallfish (England), Peter Esswood (England), Tatjane Prelevic (Germany), Dmitry Prokofiev (Russia), Eve Faith and Reinhard Armleeder (Germany) and has collaborated with renowned conductors like Daniel Glineur (Belgium) and Anton Martinov (Russia- France) Kosta has played at many formal events and official occasions held by a.o. the Montenegrian Ministry of Culture and participated in numerous projects organised by the Vasa Pavic music school. He has played as a soloist with renown professional orchestras such as Allegro Vivo and has been a soloist with the Youth Orchestra of Montenegro and Albania.

Kosta is the founding member of the Fibonacci Quartet formed in September 2019. In 2020 the ensemble won the First as well as the Audience prize at the Beethoven Competition for young musicians. Being the youngest competitors competing. Shortly after that they won 1st prize at St James Chamber Music Competition in London. Based in Guildhall School of Music and Drama coached and mentored by Krysia Osostowicz. They have also received further guidance by the members of the Castalia, Endellion, Bozzini and Consone Quartets as well as Adrian Brendel, Gunter Pichler, Mark Danel and Gary Hoffman.

Arrival from 5.30 pm, drinks in the garden, dinner at 7 pm, concert at 8 pm.