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Jordan Sian - violin

Biography

As a chamber musician, violist Jordan Sian has performed across the UK and Europe in concert halls including the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Sage Gateshead, Cadogan Hall and Kammermusiksall of the Berlin Philharmonie. Recent festival appearances have included both Illuminating Britten and Dialogue at the Barbican Centre, the Allegrovivo Kammermusikfestival in Austria and Gaestival in Switzerland. Jordan made his concerto debut in 2004 and has appeared as a soloist throughout the UK, most notably at King’s Place and St. Paul’s Cathedral. He has been a prizewinner in international competitions, receiving awards from the European Music Festival for Young People, Val Tidone Strings Competition, Worshipful Company of Musicians and BBC Performing Arts Fund. Jordan has performed alongside artists such as Eric Whitacre, Sarah-Jane Bradley and members of the Maggini and Zehetmair Quartets. He has appeared on numerous chamber music broadcasts for BBC radio.

Jordan was a member of the International Chamber Music Academy, Pro Corda, and has received tuition from the Belcea, Takacs and Alban Berg quartets. Subsequently, he has played in master classes with Thomas Riebl, Bruno Giuranna, Ferenc Rados, and Nobuko Imai. As an advocate of contemporary music Jordan has worked with leading composers including George Benjamin, Paul Patterson, Julian Anderson and James McMillan. Since 2011 he has been principal viola of the Birmingham Festival Orchestra and with ensembles such as the European Union Youth Orchestra he has had the privilege to work under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, Valery Gergiev, Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Gianandrea Noseda.

From 2009-2011 Jordan taught violin and viola for the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery programme and has led workshops for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Future Firsts programme. In 2014 Jordan worked with Carnegie Hall’s DeCoda ensemble, delivering interactive performances across schools in London, an initiative he continues with the generous assistance of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Jordan has also given classes at Queen Mary University of London and the junior department of Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

Jordan studied with Sarah Jane Bradley, and as a scholarship student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under professor Mark Knight. Currently, he is completing his studies at the HEM Geneva with Ori Kam. Jordan plays on a viola by Erdesz and extends his thanks to the Chews Foundation, Royal Masonic Trust and Talent Unlimited for supporting his studies.

updated April 2016