Final concert of the course


The Thinking Musician

Final concert of the course

July 25, 9:15 p.m.
Villa Marigola


The Thinking Musician is a project featuring Mark Messenger – violin, chamber music, co-founder and director of the course, Maria Tarasewicz – piano, duo coaching, co-founder and director of the course, Andriy Viytovych, named First Viola of the Orchestra by the Royal Opera House Covent garden in 2000, and Gemma Rosefield, winner of the Pierre Fournier Award in 2007. First Thinking Musician course took place in Belgium in 2017 in a philosophical commune of thinkers in Belgium and since then travelled to the Italian mountains and Canary Islands and have performed in venues from market places to monasteries, private homes to concert halls. Created by Mark Messenger and Maria Tarasewicz, The Thinking Musician’s first goal is to provoke intellectually the artist within and to liberate their creativity. Formal music education often limits the freedom of the artist, focusing on the craft of playing rather than the art of creative expression, and not always treating the developing performer as a holistic human being who already possesses imagination and sensitivity.


The concert is scheduled to begin at 9:15 pm. The kind audience is advised to arrive early to proceed to take their seats.

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Mark Messenger, violin
Mark Messenger, violin, chamber music, co-founder and director of the course. He has taken great pleasure from over three decades of string quartet playing, travelling across the world to teach, conducting and from his role as Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music. As long as his exploration of life and music continues to provide such human experiences he will continue. If this ever ceases he will dedicate even more of his time to fine wine, good eating and scuba diving.

Maria Tarasewicz, piano
Maria Tarasewicz, piano, duo coaching, co-founder and director of the course. She has an internationally renowned as a chamber musician, duo partner and a pedagogue and is committed to working with, and developing young artists. Her global reputation as a teacher comes from her insights into chamber music playing, releasing creativity in the moment of performance, underpinned by a deep understanding of score, composer and context. She has invitations to perform and teach around the world and has developed a unique duo programme at the Royal College of Music.

Andriy Viytovych, viola
Ukrainian born Andriy Viytovych was appointed Principal Viola of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2000. In the same year he became viola professor at the Royal College of Music in London. Andriy has worked with most of the world’s most eminent conductors and in March 2003 Andriy was invited to Berlin to play principal viola with the Berliner Philharmoniker. He has also toured the world as a soloist and chamber musician and is much in demand as an inspirational and insightful pedagogue.

Gemma Rosefield, cello
Winner of the Pierre Fournier Award in 2007, Gemma Rosefield has been described by The Strad as ‘a mesmerising musical treasure’, by the London Evening Standard as ‘a phenomenal talent’, and featured in BBC Music Magazine as ‘one to watch’, Gemma has played throughout Europe, the USA, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Kenya and New Zealand as a soloist and chamber musician. Gramophone Magazine commented that she plays ‘with truly glorious affection’ and that ‘it is hard to imagine playing of a greater intensity’.