Xander van Vliet
Xander Van Vliet started to play the violin at the age of 7. Two years later, he entered the Enschede Conservatory in Amsterdam where he studied with Maarten Veeze, Jaap van Zweden, Ilya Grubert, and Jan Repko.
Between 2002 and 2007 Xander completed his Bachelor’s, Postgraduate and Masters in Performance degrees at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester. In July 2004, he won the Rodger Raphael Prize, the chamber music award for violin at the RNCM and in 2005 Xander was awarded the RNCM’s Professional Performance Diploma with distinction. As well as assisting of both Jan Repko (violin) and Dr. Christopher Rowland (chamber music) at the RNCM in Manchester and RCM in London, Xander is a tutor of violin and chamber music at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
Xander has gained international recognition as a chamber musician as one of the founder members of the Navarra Quartet. With the Navarra Quartet he has been awarded first prize in the Vittorio Gui Competition in Florence, second prize in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Completion, the MIDEM Outstanding Young Artist Award in Cannes and a Borletti Buitoni Fellowship.
He has recorded and broadcast for BBC Radio 3, RAI 3 (Italy), Radio 4 (Holland), SWR (Germany), Radio Luxembourg, Swiss Radio and ABC Classic FM (Australia). Festival appearances include the Verbier and Bellerive Festivals, Switzerland; Haydn Festival at Wigmore Hall; RNCM Chamber Music Fest; City of London Festival; Rheingau and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals, Germany; Aix-en-Provence Festival, France; Kattegat and Sandviken Festivals, Sweden and the Huntington Festival, Australia.
Xander joined the Scottish Ensemble in April 2010 as Principal Second Violin. He was also appointed Principal Second Violin in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.