Learning from internationally renowned artists

We have the greatest number of full-time staff of any British conservatoire and are also exceptionally strong in our international reach. Our visiting International Fellows are some of the most renowned artists in their field and come and work with our students several times a year. Through masterclasses and workshops our students are privileged to receive tuition and inspiration from these inpiduals who are at the very top of their profession.

School of Music


The Brodsky Quartet

International Fellow in Chamber Music

The Brodsky Quartet is at the forefront of the chamber music scene. Their love and mastery of the traditional string quartet repertoire is evident from their highly acclaimed performances and recordings but they are also known for their pioneering work with a perse range of performing artists including Elvis Costello, Anne Sofi e von Otter and Björk.

Ian Bousfield

International Fellow in Trombone

Ian became Principal Trombone of the Vienna Philharmonic/Vienna State Opera in 2000 – the first, and to date, only British member in the orchestra’s history. This appointment was followed shortly afterwards by his membership of the Vienna Hofkapelle Orchestra. As a soloist, Ian has, amongst others, performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony, Austin Symphony.

Jane Eaglen

McGlashan International Fellow in Singing

Dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen has thrilled audiences worldwide earning her one of the most formidable reputations in opera today. She enjoys unique success with opera’s most demanding heroines including her signature roles of Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, the title characters in Puccini’s Turandot and Bellini’s Norma, and most notably, Brünnhilde in the operas of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Ilya Gringolts

International Fellow in Violin

Ilya Gringolts was the 1998 winner of the ‘Premio Paganini’ International Violin Competition and was selected by the BBC for their New Generation Artists Scheme. He is in great demand as a soloist: recent performances include playing with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Abbado and a tour of Germany and Spain with NDR Hannover under Petrenko.

Chris Lamb

International Fellow in Timpani & Percussion

Hailed as a dynamic and versatile performer, Christopher Lamb joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Percussionist in 1985. He has also played with such notable orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Peter Manning

International Fellow in Strings

Peter Manning is recognized as one of the world’s foremost orchestral and string trainers. Concertmaster of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Manning Camerata, he is a leading arts curator. He founded and led the Britten Quartet for ten years and has been leader of both the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. As a conductor he has been Artistic Director and Conductor of Musica Vitae Sweden for the last three seasons. He has appeared and toured with major symphonies around the world and has an extensive discography.

Lorna McGhee

International Fellow in Flute

Scottish-born Lorna McGhee began her musical education at our very own Junior Conservatoire (then Junior Academy). She was formerly co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a position she held until emigrating to Canada in 1998. She has performed as guest principal with many leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Pittsburgh Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra. As a soloist, she has given concerto performances with the London Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, as well as orchestras in the United States and Canada.

Thomas Martin

International Fellow in Double Bass

Tom Martin studied double bass in America under Harold Roberts, Oscar Zimmerman and Roger Scott. He has held front desk positions with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras and Principal positions with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and latterly, the London Symphony Orchestra.

Malcolm Martineau

International Fellow in Accompaniment

Malcolm Martineau is recognised as one the leading accompanists of his generation and has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Dame Felicity Lott and Ann Murray. He has presented his own series at St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh Festival. He is in demand as a performer all over the world and has made numerous recordings.

Steven Osborne

International Fellow in Piano

Steven Osborne is a renowned pianist who has played in many of the world’s prestigious venues including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall. He performs concertos with major orchestras including the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestras and makes regular appearances at the Proms as well as recording extensively.

Donald Runnicles

International Fellow in Conducting

Maestro Runnicles was born in Scotland and educated there and at Cambridge. He began his career in Mannheim, Germany, made his North American debut in 1988 conducting Berg’sLulu at the Metropolitan Opera, and in 1989 became General Music Director of the City of Freiburg. After two Ring cycles at San Francisco Opera in 1990, he was invited to become Music Director. He pides his time between his two new posts at the as the General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the BBC Scottish Symphony, returning for four weeks to the Atlanta Symphony.

Eric Sammut

International Fellow in Marimba

Eric was born in Toulouse, France, where he studied piano and percussion and became known for his musical abilities at an early age. After his studies at the Conservatoire supérieur de musique de Lyon he became the First Percussionist at l’Opera de Lyon.  He now serves as Principal Percussionist of the Orchestre de Paris and teaches marimba at the Conservatoire de Paris.

Pavel Steidl

International Fellow in Guitar

Pavel Steidl was born in the Czech Republic. Since he won first prize at the Radio France International Competition in Paris, he has become one of the most widely celebrated soloists of his generation. Pavel is well-known for his highly expressive performances of rare 19th century guitar music on authentic instruments.

School of Drama

Nadine George

International Fellow in Voice

Nadine George has taught voice for over 30 years and is an international authority on this aspect of drama. Her unique technique uses the sung sound and links this directly to the body and text. Nadine runs workshops in London, Denmark, Sweden and Paris and her methods are used by international actors, voice coaches and directors.

La Famille Lecoq

International Fellow in Physical Theatre

The International Theatre School of Jacques Lecoq was founded in Paris in 1956. The Lecoq training, now spearheaded by Fay and François Lecoq, explores the control of gesture and movement through melodrama, and the portrayal of human comedy and tragedy, often using masks.

De Castro

International Fellow in Clowning

Angela de Castro is recognised as a master clown teacher, performer and director around the world. She has extensively toured her own shows as well as those with ground-breaking circus and theatre groups such as the award-winning Slava’s Snow Show.