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The Bombay Chamber Orchestra


December 16, 2016

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  • Date: December 16, 2016
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: New Marine Lines, Mumbai
  • Venue: Liberty Cinema




Nic Pendlebury is Head of the String Department at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and leads one of the most vibrant string departments in Europe. As well as his administrative and managerial responsibilities he conducts several of the conservatoire orchestras including the Trinity Laban String Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra Nicholas Pendleburywith whom he has toured throughout Europe collaborating with many international soloists including Roger Chase, Ofer Falk, Matthew Trusler, Nick Daniel, Dmitri Ashkenazy, Darko Brlek, Gerrard McCrystal, William Howard, Deniz Gelenbe and jazz musicians such as the groundbreaking American pianist Uri Caine and saxophonist Julian Argüelles with whom he and the ensemble recorded the album As above so below. In 2014 Nic and his ensemble collaborated with actor Edward Fox and script writer John Ginman in a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in a concert entitled Wolfgang’s Travel Notes tracing the composer’s life through his music and letters. He has also worked extensively with many of the world’s leading specialist school and conservatoire orchestras including Chethams School of Music and Wells Cathedral School string ensembles and the Gnesin Virtuosi in Moscow and at the Geidai University of the Arts in Tokyo. He is musical director of the contemporary group Newnote Ensemble and was for many years guest conductor of the English Sinfonia and music director of the Karl Jenkins Ensemble whose infamous Adiemus CDs toped the UK charts for many years.

He has also worked extensively in Canada with violist Rivka Golani and composer Benjamin Ellis on a series of projects with the indigenous First Nation People.

Nic is however best known as the violist and founder member of the Smith Quartet. Regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of contemporary music, over 300 works have been written for them by many of the world’s leading composers including; Django Bates, Sally Beamish, Gavin Bryars, Joe Cutler, Michael Daugherty, Elena Firsova, Graham Fitkin,  Michael Finnissy, Deep Purple’s Jon Lord, Steven Mackey, Stephen Montague, Howard Skempton, Kevin Volans and Michael Nyman. Collaboratively the quartet have worked with a diverse range of artists including jazz saxophonists  Andy Sheppard, guitarist David Taenenbaum, rock group Pulp, Malian singer Rokia Traoré and dance companies Siobhan Davies, Shobana Jeyasingh and Ultima Vez.

The group’s touring has taken them from North and South America to South East Asia and Scandinavia. They regularly appear in Europe’s leading festivals including the Venice Biennale, Musica Viva in Lisbon and the Cheltenham and Huddersfield Festivals in the UK.

The Smiths regularly broadcast for the BBC and in 2005 appeared in the acclaimed BBC film Holocaust – A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz performing Steve Reich’s Different Trains. The film went on to win a BAFTA and an EMMY.

The Quartet records for Signum Classics and have released amongst many, Dance which features a collection of commissioned short dances from fifteen internationally acclaimed composers and albums of Steve Reich and Philip Glass the latter being describe by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the ten most important CDs of contemporary music”. Recently released are a series of three albums featuring the entire repertoire for strings and piano by Morton Feldman with the celebrated pianist John Tilbury. These unique recordings have been acclaimed worldwide. Guardian “Listen, reflect, marvel.”

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Nic was co–artistic director of the Isleworth Festival for three years commissioning new work for the likes of London Sinfonietta and working with artist such as pianist Joanna McGregor, actress Jenny Agutter and broadcaster the late Sheridan Morley.  He was also co-director of the Royal Greenwich International String Quartet Festival which featured concerts and masterclasses from some of the world’s leading string quartets the festival celebrating the remarkable depth and versatility of the genre.

For many years Nic was a member of the council of the European String Teachers Association and has served as an external specialist for institutions such as the Royal College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has served as a jury member for several prestigious competitions including the BBC Young Musician Of The Year, The Yamaha Competition and the London String Quartet Competition and is in demand as a teacher throughout the world leading masterclasses at Gnesin Specialist Music School in Moscow, Geidai University of the Arts in Tokyo the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, Chethams School of Music and Goldsmiths University.


Dr. Marina Grozdanovic, a pianist whose performances critics describe as ‘virtuosic yet extremely expressive’, was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where she began her piano studies marinawith Professor Gordana Izrailjevic. Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Music Art, Belgrade, a Professional Studies diploma from Mannes College of Music, New York, a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, South Bend. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Doctor of Music Arts degree, majoring in Piano Performance, as an Honors student. She has studied under the guidance of highly acclaimed pianists like Arkady Aronov, Alexander Toradze and Daniel Pollack.

Having graduated from the University of Southern California with exceptional academic and professional achievements, she was invited to become a member of the prestigious Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. She is also a member of the Music Teachers Association of California.

Marina Grozdanovic was a winner of the Yugoslavian National Piano Competition , the Phi Beta National Professional Association for the Performing Arts competition in Los Angeles, the Pinault International Piano Competition in New York, the Ibla Grand Prize International Piano competition in Italy and most recently the Grand Prize winner of the MTAC Eleventh Annual Piano Ensemble Festival in Fullerton, California.

Her career as a soloist as well as a chamber musician includes performances in cities throughout the United States and Europe. She is a Board Member ( Public Relations ) of the Chopin Foundation of the United States , Southwest Council, a non-profit organization promoting the musical legacy of Frederic Chopin, through organized concerts, recitals, competitions and other music events.

She has more than twenty five years of teaching experience which includes students of all ages and levels, as well as prize winning students from the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles areas. She has served as a faculty member of East Los Angeles College, where she instructed students majoring in piano performance.

She is the founder and proprietor of  Virtuoso Piano Studio.