Team

Management Team

Dr Abigail Dolan

CEO

Abigail Dolan joined the Symphonova Project in 2011 as a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey. Since then she brought to the Project

Dr Shelley Katz

Musical and Technical Director

The Symphonova is the brainchild of Shelley Katz. He first dreamed of it in 1989 when employed as StudienLeiter and Kappelmeister at the opera house.

Goran Tchubrilo

Score Production Director

Goran Tchubrilo is fascinated by Symphonova’s unique concept of integrating musicians with the most recent developments

Gregory Ser

Stage Engineer

Gregory Ser came across the Symphonova at the Limmud conference in December 2015

Musicians

Midori Komachi

Violin

Lucas Gomes De Freitas

Violin

Diogo Ramos

Viola

Naomi McLean

Cello

Gween-Reed

Double-bass

Abigail Dolan

Flute

Julia White

Oboe

Ángel Sánchez Ruiz

Clarinet

Adam Crighton

Trombone

Management Team

Dr Abigail Dolan

CEO

Abigail Dolan joined the Symphonova Project in 2011 as a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey. Since then she brought to the Project

Dr Shelley Katz

Musical and Technical Director

The Symphonova is the brainchild of Shelley Katz. He first dreamed of it in 1989 when employed as StudienLeiter and Kappelmeister at the opera house.

Goran Tchubrilo

Score Production Director

Goran Tchubrilo is fascinated by Symphonova’s unique concept of integrating musicians with the most recent developments

Gregory Ser

Stage Engineer

Gregory Ser came across the Symphonova at the Limmud conference in December 2015

Musicians

Midori Komachi

Violin

Lucas Gomes De Freitas

Violin

Diogo Ramos

Viola

Naomi McLean

Cello

Gween-Reed

Double-bass

Abigail Dolan

Flute

Julia White

Oboe

Ángel Sánchez Ruiz

Clarinet

Adam Crighton

Trombone

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Dr Abigail Dolan

Abigail Dolan joined the Symphonova Project in 2011 as a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey. Since then she brought to the Project her extensive experience as a concert flautist and artistic director, and her background in performance studies. Abigail is deeply excited about the new horizons offered by the Symphonova, and passionate about exploring the new territories with musicians, visual artists and audiences, in both artistic and social contexts.

Abigail has appeared solo and in various chamber music ensembles in numerous international festivals and concert venues worldwide, and has made live recordings and broadcasts for radio stations and television programmes. 

Concerto performances include her arrangement for flute of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto and the Nielsen flute concerto performed with the Symphonova Orchestra, the Oeden Partos’ flute concerto with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Paul Ben-Haim’s Divertimento Concertante for flute and chamber orchestra with the Kaprizma Ensemble (first recording). In collaboration with dancer and choreographer Amos Hetz, Abigail has performed John Cage’s Cheap Imitation for flute solo in Zurich, Potsdam and Stuttgart festivals. Chamber music collaborations include performances with soprano Emma Kirkby, cellist Thomas Carroll, violinist Pierre Amoyal, pianist Shelley Katz, the Lendvai String Trio, the Tate Ensemble, Kaprizma Ensemble, Musica Nova, and pianist David Dolan, with whom she regularly performs as a duo. Abigail’s discography under the French label Selena includes French repertoire for flute and piano with David Dolan, as well as a French music programme for flute, viola and harp with Ensemble Lumina. The CD was nominated ‘CD of the month’ (December 2000) by the French professional magazine Haute Fidelité. Her performance of Michael Wolpe’s flute concerto with the Ars Musica chamber orchestra at the international Palermo Festival won the Special Festival Award and was issued on CD (Memus publication). She has recorded works written by the Israeli composers Andre Hajdu (The Jerusalem Artists Series) and Yinam Leef (The Rubin Academy in Jerusalem).

Abigail has been teaching flute and chamber music as part of the Instrumental Award Scheme, University of Cambridge. She has been conducting workshops for performers in various occasions, including at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Royal College of Music and King’s College, London, and presented papers at the Royal College of Music, CMPCP Conferences in Cambridge, the Institute of Musical Research (IMR) in London, the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Culture at Goldsmiths College, the School of Music at the University of Leeds, the Performa Conference in Aveiro in Portugal, the Orpheus Institute in Belgium, the British Library’s Saul Seminar and at the CHARM/RMA Annual Conference.

Abigail’s research focuses on the study of musical performance, examining it from historical and cognitive perspectives, with a special interest in exploring ways to apply the insights gained in performance. Abigail received her PhD from King’s College London. Entitled Landmarks in Flute Performance Style on Record 1900-1950, it is an examination of the changes in flute performance style in 78rpm recordings, using software for sound analysis and focusing on tone qualities and expressivity in performance. The research was awarded the AVI Fellowship and the Edison Fellowship of the British Library Sound Archive.

Abigail is the founder and Artistic Director of the Intimate Engagements chamber-music concert series at Clare Hall, Cambridge University. The series provides a unique format in which prominent artists combine their performance with informally sharing their personal reflections on the musical themes. The series was inaugurated in 2008 by soprano Emma Kirkby, and since then featured distinguished artists. Abigail was elected as Fellow Commoner for a conspicuous and exceptional contribution to the College life.

Goran Tchubrilo

Goran Tchubrilo is fascinated by Symphonova’s unique concept of integrating musicians with the most recent developments in music technology, as well as by the new opportunities that open-up to composers, performers, and in the concert arena in general. He was trained as a composer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in Austria. In 2005 he started his training in sample based music production, with Vienna Symphonic Library as his main (but not only) area of interest. He is also the author and lecturer of the Art of VSL, an online learning platform for VSL libraries and software.

Gregory Ser

Gregory Ser came across the Symphonova at the Limmud conference in December 2015 and became immediately enthralled and inspired by its possibilities. Since then, he has been Symphonova’s stage engineer, collaborator and loyal fan.

Born in Moscow, Gregory came to the UK in 2007 and studied music at Leeds College of Music and Thames Valley University, graduating in 2012 with a music technology and composition degree. Gregory discovered his passion for music and composition at an early age and receives private music training in Moscow. His interest in music continues throughout his current studies at a law school and results in multiple projects ranging from playing in pop and rock bands to writing music for avant-garde art installations. Gregory currently leads a choir called ‘Tabouli’ based in New North London Synagogue and writes music as an independent artist.