Anna Ziman, violin, is from Moscow, Russia. She graduated in 2016 with a first-class Honours degree from the Royal College of Music and went on to take a Master’s degree at RCM with Radu Blidar. She has given solo performances in important venues in Moscow and London. She has played in RCM Chamber Concerts series in London and a showcase concert at the Festival Quattro Corde in Italy. She joined the violin section of the Southbank Sinfonia in 2020.
Ricardo Tauber, cello, is from Portugal. In 2017 he graduated with a degree from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. After a year of teaching in Cardiff, he returned to Portugal in August 2018, studied privately with Filipe Quaresma, and became a founding member and principal cellist of the Orquestra Nacional Moderna and in the extra list for several orchestras all over Portugal. In 2020 he joined the cello section of the Southbank Sinfonia.
This is how Maya describes meeting her project partners:
“Recently I met some musicians right on the street: a violinist and a cellist. I noticed them in a train carriage on the tube. You know this type of young conservatoire graduates with their instruments. Indeed, you can spot those classically trained musicians from a mile away! And then I became a stalker for a little while. They got of the tube and changed to the DLR, not any DLR, but the exact train that was going in my direction. I was going after them! They got of at my stop. I stopped them and I said that in the times of endless lockdowns it is in fact a rare opportunity to meet musicians right in your neighbourhood. This means we can rehearse and make some music right here in our area.”