About the Judges

The Haslemere String Competition offers talented young players a chance at significant solo concert exposure. With that in mind our judges have all been chosen not
only for their extensive experience but also for their ability to offer young players positive,
constructive insight and encouragement.

Ishani Bhoola (Chairman) began studying the violin at the age of seven and her teachers have included Leonard Hirsch, Erich Gruenberg, Jack Glickmann and Tessa Khambatta. She has gone on to play with some of the best known orchestras in the UK and USA. An acclaimed violin teacher, she is an Associate of both the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Jonathan Barritt studied with Atar Arad and Mischa Geller and is now much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician both in the UK and abroad. He has worked with most of the London orchestras, with many chamber groups and has given Quartet concerts with William Pleeth, James Galway and Kiri Ta Kanawa. He is a professor of viola at Junior Academy.

Anna Dryer-Beers studied with Tessa Khambatta before taking up an orchestral
scholarship to study in the USA. She has since followed a successful freelance career as well as touring as a member of Quartet Camera. She works extensively with young performers, teaches both privately and in schools and is a Grade and Diploma examiner for Trinity College London.

Sophie Langdon is one of Britain’s leading violinists, enjoying a career spanning many
fields – solo performances, orchestral leading and directing, chamber music with her own
Fourth Dimension String Quartet and concerto performances and recordings with major
orchestras worldwide. She has held teaching posts around the world and, for over 20 years, has been professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music.

Sarah Malcolm started playing the piano at the age of six but found herself drawn to the
sound and warmth of the string family. After starting on the violin she discovered she
preferred the harmonies of the viola, changing instruments to become the viola player she is today. She teaches violin, viola and piano, and has busy orchestral commitments.

Clare Thompson performs as leader and co leader of Britain’s top orchestras. As sub
leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra she’s performed internationally with the world’s
greatest conductors. Passionate about teaching young people, she is on the professorial staff of both TrinityLaban Conservatoire and Junior Royal Academy, runs her own private studio and tutors the National Children’s Orchestra. Clare was awarded the ARAM for services to music.

Jason Thornton is Musical Director of Bath Philharmonia. He has conducted many of
Britain’s finest professional orchestras, youth orchestras and choral ensembles and has also worked extensively with orchestras around the world. During recent seasons he has
collaborated with many internationally regarded soloists, including Nicola Benedetti,
Natalie Clein, Peter Donohoe, Tim Hugh, Tasmin Little, Ruth Palmer and Jennifer Pike.

Bozidar Vukotic studied with Stefan Popov, William Pleeth and Alexander Kniazev.
He was principal cello with the Oxford Philharmonic and a guest principal with many
of the UK’s finest orchestras. As founder member of the Tippet Quartet, he performs
regularly throughout the UK and internationally and has recorded an extensive discography. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and was recently made an Honorary ARAM.

Jacky Woods has enjoyed a successful performing career with many well-known UK orchestras and chamber ensembles. Her love for teaching has led her to combine teaching at junior and primary academy with a private teaching practice. She has taught on many courses including National Children’s Orchestra, Summer Strings, National Symphony Orchestra and Stringwise. In 2009 she started the Arpeggione viola courses, offering courses for ages 6 – 18.

Judging panel correct as at May 31st 2016 but may be subject to change at any time.