Benedict Holland I studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Manoug Parikian and was subsequently a prizewinner at the Royal Northern College of Music, where I studied with Yossi Zivoni. As a chamber musician, I was a founder member of the Matisse Piano Quartet and the Music Group of Manchester, broadcasting regularly for the BBC, recording, and undertaking British Council tours. I am currently a member of the Victoria String Quartet, whose acclaimed début concert took place in 2017, leading to a busy recital schedule across the UK. As an experienced orchestral leader, I have guest-led many of the country’s major orchestras, including the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Orchestra of Opera North and BBC Philharmonic. I am a champion of modern classical music and of working with living composers (eg., Mark-Anthony Turnage, Brett Dean, Oliver Knussen, Steven Mackey, Anna Meredith, Duncan Ward), I became contemporary ensemble, Psappha’s violinist in 2010. Personal highlights with Psappha include collaborations with Peter Maxwell Davies and Mark-Anthony Turnage, taking Klas Torstensson’s Violin Concerto to a two-week residency at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2013), premiering Mark Simpson’s chamber opera Pleasure at the Royal Opera House (2016), a tour to Israel of Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King (2017) and a Radio 3 broadcast of Charlotte Bray’s Concerto, Caught in Treetops (2018). I have been the leader of Sinfonia Viva since 2001 and the orchestra’s Artistic Advisor since 2006, appearing as both director and soloist. Recent solo appearances include works by Beethoven and Schubert, and a performance of Mozart’s A major concerto, broadcast on Classic FM. I teach at the RNCM, where I was awarded a professorship in 2016, Junior RNCM, and Chetham’s School of Music. I also give consultative classes in orchestral and contemporary techniques at Birmingham and Trinity Laban Conservatoires and professional development classes for string teachers throughout the UK. I play on a rare violin by Rogeri, c.1710.