The London City Quartet formed in 2016, having met through all playing in the same orchestra. We are:
“A highly intelligent young violinist, of deep commitment and dedication”.
Francisco Jimeno is a Spanish violinist living in London. He is a great enthusiast and promoter of the contemporary repertoire and has been working with several composers in the creation and premiere of new works for his instrument.
His collaboration with the Catalan composer David Bozzo has resulted in several pieces for solo violin, string quartet and violin and piano, with an active role in his review, publication and premiere.
Other performances with contemporary works include the premiere in UK of the concert for violin by Claudia Montero, awarded a Latin Grammy in 2014, performed with the London City Orchestra. His next project includes a series of concerts with new works for violin only dedicated to him by composers of several countries, which will culminate with the recording of a CD.
In London, he is pursuing a freelance career and has been leading several orchestras, such as the London Classical Soloists and the London City Orchestra. In Spain he is the concertmaster of the orchestra Symphonia Orbitalis. He has had the opportunity to perform together with members of important orchestras such as St Martin in the Fields, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphonic Orchestra and Philharmonia, among others. Previously he collaborated with several professional orchestras in Spain, including the Castellón Symphony Orchestra, the Gijón Symphony Orchestra and the Asturias Symphony Orchestra.
He has a great experience in chamber music. He was for three years first violin in the Billroth Quartet, performing in important venues as St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Wigmore Hall. The Billroth Quartet was the quartet in residence of the Newham Academy of Music in 2010 and 2011. He also participated in master classes with members of the Wihan String Quartet, the Danish String Quartet and the Carducci Quartet. He is currently the first violin of the London City Quartet.
Francisco is an Expert in Music Analysis and Interpretation by the University of Oviedo and holds a Master’s degree in Interpretation from Trinity College in London, under the direction of the prestigious violinist Mayumi Fujikawa. During his training he continued his studies with Manuel Puig (Spanish Radiotelevision Orchestra), Michael Thomas (Brodsky Quartet), Christopher Blezien (Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory) and Vasko Vassilev (Royal Opera House, London). For two years he studied with Yossi Zivoni (Royal College of Music, London).
In addition to his musical career, Francisco holds a BA in Humanities from the Universitat Jaume I, where he taught Spanish Contemporary History. He is now completing his PhD studies at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Kathrina’s passion for the violin was evident from an early age, with Disney’s Fantasia inspiring her to a life in music. She is the Principal Second Violin for the London City Orchestra as she progresses from studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to being a freelance musician. While at the Royal Welsh she studied under Yu Yasuroka, in addition to developing a taste for Baroque under the hugely influential Rachel Podger and was fortunate enough to partake in masterclasses with the renowned Danny Philips.
Prior to this she had moved into orchestral music via the County Music Service to the West Sussex Youth Orchestra, with whom she toured Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria. Since moving to London, she has diversified her musicianship, with commitments ranging from the Surrey Opera’s season in the Minack Theatre to the Explosive Light Orchestra – the premier Electric Light Orchestra tribute band. While at the Royal Welsh, she also played with the exceptional South Africans of Amonpondo – Nelson Mandela’s favourite band – as part of the Mzansi Cymru project. She has experienced great pleasure being the Leader for the Rochford Ensemble under Jeffrey Babb, and continues as Principal Second for Gig Caritas in Birmingham.
While her first love is orchestral playing, adoring the power that surges through the collective, she is hugely excited to rediscover the subtleties and surprising power of a wonderful quartet. She is also a passionate tango dancer, teaching her own group as she broadened her musical understanding. Kathrina has composed original music for a children’s drama group, seeking to share her love of music with as many people as possible.
Kathrina is in the early stages of her musical career, seeking to gain as much diverse musical experience as she builds towards a full career as a violinist.
John was born into a musical family in East Sussex. Surrounded by music from an early age, he started lessons on the violin at primary school, moving to viola a few years later. While studying for his GCSEs John completed his Grade 8 on both violin (studying under Adrian Davies) and viola (with Stephen Giles). Following on from his sixth form studies at Sussex Downs College in Lewes, John moved to Southampton to study for his undergraduate music degree.
Brikelda Syla began to show interest in music at the age of six. Her musical training started with the cello and piano. read more read less
Since graduating in music from The Academy of Fine Arts in Albania with distinction she went on to perform regularly with European orchestras, chamber music groups and ensembles. Having studied with the renowned international cellist Natalya Pavluskaya, Brikelda gained the PGA diploma from Trinity College.