FLORENTINE ARTS ENSEMBLE

Exploring musical inspiration within the fine arts

Florentine Arts Ensemble

The name 'Florentine Arts Ensemble' takes its inspiration from the Florentine Camerata, a group of sixteenth century intelligentsia who met in Florence to discuss developing trends in music and the arts, and were later credited for the development of opera.

Founded by the violinist Liv-Marie Kodurand, the FAE performs events tailored on a particular artist or theme, either on modern or baroque instruments. The FAE's events are complemented with an informative presentation, forming a connection between the art works and the music itself. Liv-Marie's enthusiasm and inspiration for the projects undertaken by the FAE stems from her background as a professional violinist and her passion for the History of Art, having gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Art, Style & Design from Christies’ Education, London.

Our vision is simple - to provide an inspiring and educationally enlightening series of events with internationally renowned musicians, creating a unique perspective on the arts and a new experience for the audience.

Liv-Marie Kodurand - Violin/Director & Presenter

Liv-Marie graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with distinction where she was awarded the Miriam Jenkins Scholarship, the Moir Carnegie Prize, the Homi Kanga Memorial Prize and the Delius Society Prize.

As a soloist and chamber musician Liv-Marie has performed at major international music festivals, notably the Pablo Casals and Soesterberg International Festivals. She has performed as a soloist at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove on numerous occasions.

Liv-Marie's solo recitals performances include regular appearances at the International Young Artist Series at St Georges Bristol, St Martin-in-the Field's, The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Broadway Arts Festival, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Dulwich Picture Gallery. She has also performed in major concert venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Johns Smith Square, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Liv-Marie performs on a Joseph Albani violin, c.1721.

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Simon Kodurand - Baroque violin & Presenter

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Simon graduated from both the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Rowsby Woof Scholarship. He has appeared as guest leader of the New London Consort, the Avison Ensemble, the London International Orchestra, the CitySide Sinfonia and the New Professionals.

In addition to this he also records and performs with a number of ensembles and orchestras including La Serenissima, The Avison Ensemble, The New London Consort, The Academy of Ancient Music, The OAE, The Sixteen, The Kings Consort, Concerto Köln, the Scottish Ensemble, The London Mozart Players, Orchestra of St. Johns, Britten Sinfonia, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The English Chamber Orchestra.

As a soloist and chamber musician Simon made his concerto debut at the age of 16, his London debut at the Purcell Room in 2004, has numerous solo and recital performances on the baroque violin. Simon has also performed live radio/television broadcasts for the BBC and HTV, as well as on American, Mexican and Spanish radio.

Jan Rautio - Piano

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Jan is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He is a soloist, accompanist, chamber musician (co-founder of the Rautio Piano Trio), conductor and composer.

Jan has performed across the UK, Europe, Russia and the USA. His personal highlights include performances at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Palazzo Borghese, the Charleston International Piano Series, Steinway Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has also given numerous live broadcasts on ‘In tune’ for BBC Radio3.

Jan is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ponte Cultura Music & Arts Festival in Vero (France) and the Music Director of the “Diversity” chamber choir. In 2017 he was made the Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his services to music in the UK.

Julian Perkins - Harpsichord

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Julian has conducted staged productions for the Buxton Festival, Dutch National Opera Academy, Grimeborn Festival, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Kings Place, New Chamber Opera and New Kent Opera.

Solo recitals in the UK have included appearances for international festivals at St Albans, Buxton, Canterbury, Deal, Oundle, Roman River, Ryedale, Swaledale and Two Moors. Julian has performed concertos with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of The Sixteen and Royal Northern Sinfonia. He has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center and Sydney Opera House, and has performed as solo harpsichordist in productions at The Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and Northern Ireland Opera.

Julian read music at King’s College, Cambridge, before pursuing advanced studies at the Schola Cantorum, Basle and the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Gareth Deats - Cello

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Gareth obtained a first-class honours degree in music from University of Southampton, where he was also awarded the Peter Evans prize for outstanding performance. He studied cello with Paul Cox and then completed a post-graduate course at the Guildhall School of Music, where he studied baroque cello with Anthony Pleeth.

Gareth is principal cello for The Galeazzi Ensemble and Musica Donum Dei and has performed as principal with many other leading ensembles, including Det Norske Blåseensemble (Norway), La Serenissima, London Handel Orchestra, The New London Consort, Classical Opera Company, The Avison Ensemble and Charivari Agreable.

He has recorded over twenty CD's as principal cellist or soloist, including concertos and chamber music. These have garnered much critical acclaim including winning a Gramophone award in 2010 with La Serenissima.

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