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Dr Ian Jewel


Ian Jewel studied at the Royal College of Music with Cecil Aronowitz and in Italy with Bruno Giuranna. He also worked with Orrea Pernel, Symon Goldberg and Max Rostal.

For 35 years he was well known as the viola player of the Gabrieli String Quartet, with whom he has toured the world playing at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall and in a Promenade concert at the Royal Albert Hall. They made over 50 recordings, as well as numerous broadcasts and television appearances. The Quartet was invited many times to play at the Aldeburgh Festival and had a close relationship with Benjamin Britten. He gave them an early quartet towards the end of his life. Ian played Britten’s Lachrymae to him before broadcasting it for the BBC. He also played Schumann’s Marchenbilder at Aldeburgh Festival with Murray Peraiha.

Ian Jewel has also given many concerto performances, including the Walton and Rubbra Concertos, Harold in Italy by Berlioz and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante. He has recorded the Brahms Songs for contralto, viola and piano with Bernadette Greevy and Paul Hamburger and has played the Brahms E flat Sonata on BBC Television. Ian’s CD with pianist Ian Brown, The Romantic Viola, was well-received. He is much in demand as a teacher of viola and chamber music and has taught at several international summer schools in France, Spain and the US. His annual summer course, Cadenza, takes place in July at the Purcell School. He was Head of Strings at the Purcell school for 18 years.

Ian’s students are well established in the music profession. The viola players in the two resident quartets at the Royal College, Sacconi and Cavalleri quartets, Robin Ashwell and Ann Beilby were his students. In 2012 he founded the Belsize Festival, an annual Festival of Chamber Music in Belsize Park, London. In Menorca, he is involved in the Musicale, a biennial festival of music.

Faculties / departments: Strings


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Dr Ian Jewel

Viola professor