The Cashell Duo brings together a wealth of performing experience. Siblings Anna and Sophie are renowned soloists having performed in celebrated halls around the world, such as the Royal Festival and Wigmore Halls in London. Both began their studies in Ireland before training at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey.
Anna went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London where she won the Tagore Gold Medal the RCM’s highest accolade- and a number of prizes including the String Player of the Year and the prestigious Mills Williams Fellowship.
Whilst a student at the Royal Academy of Music, Sophie won the BBC ‘Classical Star Competition’. She recorded her debut album for Universal Classics and has appeared as a soloist on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and in France, Bosnia, Scotland, England and Ireland.
Anna Cashell has performed as a concerto soloist in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the National Concert Hall in Dublin and she has also given recitals in France and the UK. She has been invited to perform at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove in Cornwall later this year.
Anna has held the Yehudi Menuhin Scholarship from the English Speaking Union to study at the Banff Institute of Music in Canada and was a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music. She won the Raymond Fox Bursary from the Making Music Foundation in the United Kingdom and the Serena Nevill Award from the Concordia Foundation. In 2006 Anna won the Heineken Ireland Violin Competition which gave her a four year loan of a 19th century violin made by George Chanot. She is currently fundraising to purchase her own instrument. Anna is a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and she also teaches in the Royal Holloway University in London.
Sophie Cashell came to national attention after winning the BBC Television Classical Star Competition in 2007. For her prize, Sophie recorded her first CD “Debut” on Universal's Classics and Jazz label. Featuring works by Chopin, Liszt, Ravel and Debussy, Jeremy Nicholas of Gramophone Magazine crowned it Editor’s Choice in December 2008 and hailed it as ‘A most enjoyable debut album that bears repeated playing… I’m not sure that Universal hasn’t got a real find on its hands’.
Since her success in the competition, Sophie has concentrated on finishing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she graduated in 2010. She subsequently toured France, UK and Ireland in recital, appearing most recently at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and at the Harrogate International Festival, Chester Festival and the Birmingham International Piano Festival before returning to the Théâtre Saint-Bonnet de Bourges. Orchestral concerts include her debut with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia at the Hampton Court Festival; the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra on tour in Scotland and Chester Festival, and with the orchestra of Saint Cecilia at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. At the invitation of Barry Douglas, Sophie made her debut at Castletown Concert Series in Ireland in September 2009.
Recent concert engagements have included Beethoven’s Concerto no. 2 with the English Chamber Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland on their summer tour, and Grieg's Concerto with the Trinity College Orchestra in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and recitals at the Alsager Festival and the Kilkenny Arts Festival.
"It was with her final offering though that Sophie Cashell swept everything before her. This was an astonishingly vivid performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Hartmann’s pictures which inspired the music are not that great and the music is many times more evocative. Sophie Cashell’s performance certainly confirmed that… When the music stopped, I was actually quite surprised to find myself back in my seat at Kemnay Church Centre."The Herald (Aberdeen), 2010
"Anna plays with a sophisticated subtlety that‘s amazingly refined in the way that she can suggest so much with the lightest of touches"Michael Dervan, The Irish Times, 2008
"she doesn’t just have technical perfection, but that rare ability of the great violinists - she gives the impression that she is merely drawing out the beauty, intensity and feeling already inside the instrument."The Guardian, 2002
Cashell Duo on The John Kelly Ensemble as part of love:live music 2011
Lunchtime concert programmes
Clara Schumann 3 Romances for Violin and Piano
R. Schumann Sonata no. 1 in A minor
Three Nocturnes –John Field, John Cage & Lili Boulanger
R. Shchedrin : Humoresque & In the Style of Albeniz
De Falla Spanish Dance
Evening Concert Programmes
R. Schumann Violin Sonata in A Minor
Clara Schumann Romances
J. Brahms Violin Sonata no. 1 in G major
Mozart Sonata in C major for piano and violin
Elgar Violin Sonata
Ed Bennet : ‘Lost and Found’ 5 movements.
Brahms G major Violin Sonata
A mixture of solo violin/piano music can be included in recitals as required, for instance solo violin music by Bach, Kreisler and piano music by Ravel/Debussy/Ginastera.