Lee Holland, Flute • Rachel Spencer, Violin • Feargus Egan, Cello
The Monzani Trio is an exciting new partnership between three good friends, all successful performers in their own right, who have a passion for chamber music and an interest in exploring the diverse repertoire for flute, violin and cello. The three met ten years ago whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and they have since been pursuing varied freelance careers, bringing a freshness, insight and personality to their chamber playing.
LEE HOLLAND, Flute
Born in London, Lee studied at the Purcell School of Music in Hertfordshire and subsequently at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating with both a Bachelor of Music (Hons) and a Masters of Music with Distinction. Lee studied flute with Alison Mitchell (SCO), Ruth Morley, Richard Blake (Scottish Opera), Sheena Gordon and piccolo with Janet Richardson (RSNO). During her studies, Lee won numerous competitions and scholarships, including the prestigious Musicians Benevolent award for study at Masters level. Currently as a freelance orchestral player Lee performs with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Recent performances have also included radio broadcasts with the Red Note Ensemble as part of the East Neuk Festival, and a performance of contemporary composer Charlotte Seither’s solo work Seul avec des Ombres, for a Pre-Prom Concert recorded by the BBC. Lee is a keen early years education specialist focusing on Hungarian based Kodaly musicianship. She gained a ‘Sound progressions’ diploma certificate from Roehampton university in 2007 through the British Kodaly Academy. Since 2006 Lee has been working with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Early Years department and since 2011 with the RSNO Junior Chorus.
RACHEL SPENCER, Violin
Violinist Rachel Spencer enjoys a wide-ranging freelance career as a soloist and chamber musician. Originally from Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, she studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Peter Lissauer and James Clark, and subsequently at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Alexander Janiczek. In addition to winning the major prizes and scholarships during her studies, in 2011 Rachel was selected as a Young Artist in Residence at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As a chamber musician Rachel has appeared with groups including the Assembly Project, the Kapten Trio, Ensemble Perpetuo and with artists including Benjamin Grosvenor, Charles Mutter, David Watkin and Alasdair Beatson. She has appeared at festivals across Europe and on broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio London. As an orchestral player, Rachel performs regularly with the Philharmonia, Scottish Chamber and Royal Scottish National Orchestras. Passionate about music education, Rachel has been an artist for outreach scheme Live Music Now since 2011, a position which has seen her lead music education projects across the UK, Denmark and the Middle East.
FEARGUS EGAN, Cello
Feargus graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2012 with a Postgraduate Diploma with distinction, where he studied with Melissa Phelps and was supported by a scholarship from the Bliss Trust. In 2011 he graduated with a BMus from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with first class honours. He was formerly a member of the Arbellio string quartet, winning the Helen Just and Susan Connell prizes at the RCM, and attending the 7th Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy. A dedicated chamber musician, Feargus has performed with the Chillingirian, Jubilee and Maxwell Quartets and Quator Ebene, and he has performed at festivals in Cougain, France and Zeist, the Netherlands. Feargus currently pursues a freelance career where he teaches and performs regularly with orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 2010 he performed with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera on their apprenticeship scheme, in an award-winning world premiere version of Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Feargus has travelled widely as principal cello of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Camerata Scotland and contemporary ensemble NYOS Futures, touring Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Holland and Poland. He has most recently returned to the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland as guest mentor and associate cello tutor.