Head of Strings
Sean Gilde studied ‘cello with Christopher Bunting and at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Ulrich Heinen, where he graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree and the ABSM Performance and ABSM Recital Diplomas. Having continued his studies with William Conway, he was a founding member of the Astaria and Almira String Quartets and is joint artistic director of the Chamber Music @ Worcester Festival.
As the ‘cellist with the Astaria String Quartet, he has performed at festivals, for music societies and has also broadcast live for Classic FM and BBC Radio 4, as well as working for the Council for Music in Hospitals and Live Music Now! The Quartet has toured regularly including Scotland for Enterprise Music Scotland, the Argyll and Bute Concert Tours and by invitation, for the National Federation of Music Societies Music Club circuit. They were invited to participate in the International Music Seminars Prussia Cove and have released their Album of Latin American Music, ‘Fiesta!’.
Solo projects have included the UK premiere of ‘Imago’ for solo ‘cello by F. M. Beyer as part of a touring exhibition of the Blackboard Drawings by Rudolf Steiner, as well as projects with Darkin Dance, most notably ‘Parabolic’ for the Brunel 200 Celebrations in Bristol and ‘Up Close’, a UK contemporary dance tour for Dance South West.
He is active as a freelance musician and plays on a French 'cello by Collin-Mezin from 1902.