An engaging, versatile musician, Manuel Arellano is the founder and conductor of the Siegfried Camerata. At the moment he combines his conducting activities with his passion for the violin and chamber music.
Manuel has been offered a place twice at the International Conductors Masterclass “El Escorial” with renowned conductor Jorma Panula and Atso Almila, kindly supported by the Richard Carne Trust, as well as being selected to participate at the conducting seminar of the Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Trollhättan, Sweden) with the late Kurt Masur.
Manuel studied violin with Olga Vilkomirskaia, a pupil of David Oistrakh, at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Badajoz (Spain) where he graduated with first class honours in violin performance. He continued his studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, holding the Gladys Bratton Scholarship, where he finished his Master’s degree with distinction. He has also recently finished a Postgraduate Artist Diploma under the tutelage of Mayumi Fujikawa, Richard Markson and John Crawford.
Manuel is a member of the Bedriska Trio, an award-winning Piano Trio based in London. With the Bedriska Trio Manuel won the 1st Prize in the 2012 Cavatina Chamber Music Competition, and was awarded twice the John Thompson Prize for its achievements in chamber music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Recent highlights of the Trio’s performance activity include the recording of Chris Brammeld’s Piano Trio Op. 6 for a CD release and a masterclass at the Wigmore Hall with legendary pianist Menahem Pressler.
Manuel is also an experienced teacher. He has worked for the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the teaching staff for the "LPO Have a Go Instrument Sessions" run by the Southbank Centre and he gives regular outreach music workshops at schools with the Bedriska Trio. Manuel currently works as a violin tutor at Blackheath Conservatoire of Music.
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