Welcome to Cello Dynamo
The spirit of the Cello Dynamo cello course is based on a supportive mixed age cello fraternity where cooperation with, and learning from each other, is paramount.
We are able to offer complementary and experienced teaching skills to a wide age-range. This means we can cater for: those on the brink of a performing career; those going through conservatoire and university; and younger cellists attending school and junior colleges.
We aim to support teachers – and welcome engagement with them – by reinforcing and building on what they teach their students throughout the year.
The Senior Coaching Team
The concept for Cello Dynamo originated when Alexander (Sandy) Baillie, Joely Koos, and Michal Kaznowski coached and performed together on a number of cello courses. They share a strong belief in the power of mentoring and learning at an intensive immersive course. In offering a vast amount of experience both as performers and teachers, and are eager to pass this on in their various distinctive ways to a new generation of young cellists.
Annelies Scott was invited to develop the programme for the younger and less experienced cellists and, with her background of running chamber music courses since 2001 was invited to take on the role of planning and managing the overall course as Course Director. Annelies will also be coaching chamber music and taking the community orchestra sessions.
Alexander’s world-renowned solo career encompasses recitals, concertos and recordings championing the richly expressive British music of the early 20th Century. He is Professor of Cello at Bremen University’s Hochschule der Künste. As a teacher, he is “Mr Motivator“ to hundreds of young cellists from all over the world.
Michal became the the youngest principal cello in the country in 1979 when he joined the CBSO working with Simon Rattle. Since 1983 Michal has been cellist of the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet. He has taught cello at Wells and Purcell, and is currently teaching in the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music.
Joely is Professor of Cello at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She enjoys a varied, exciting performing career as a soloist, chamber musician and as guest principal cellist for several major British orchestras including BBC NOW, BBC Phil, Bournemouth Symphony, City of London Sinfonia and London Chamber Orchestra.
Annelies was a string finalist in 1986 BBC Young Musician of the Year. She was a member of the European Soloists Ensemble for 10 years, before retiring from professional performance due to injury. She was a Course Director at Pro Corda for 11 years, and has held the posts of Head of Strings at Guildford High School and Associate Lecturer at Surrey University.
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Venue: St. Catherine’s School, Bramley, near Guildford, Surrey
St Catherine’s School is an independent girls’ school in the village of Bramley, near Guildford, Surrey, England. The school is divided into a senior school, for ages 11–18, and a preparatory school for girls aged 4–11.
The course will take full advantage of St Catherine’s new, award-winning music facility, which includes a 300-seat auditorium boasting some of the best acoustics in the country, an orchestra pit, technical box and recording studio. Other facilities at St Catherine’s allow for huge scope in terms of social and leisure activities, with a swimming pool, extensive grounds with tennis courts, and common rooms in the boarding houses.