Chamber Music


David Waterman

17-30 Aug 2019, 14 days

One or two weeks possible (360€ or 720€)
Participants subscribing for an instrument class can attend chamber music classes for free.

David Waterman was born into a musical family in Leeds. He studied philosophy for six years at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a Research Scholarship and MA and PhD degrees, and was a tutor to final-year philosophy undergraduates. At the same time he studied cello privately with Martin Lovett, William Pleeth and Jane Cowan.

He was in 1979 a founder-member of the Endellion Quartet which has played all over the world, broadcast countless times on BBC Radio and TV, and recorded for EMI, Virgin Classics, ASV, and Pearl. They recently recorded the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets for Warner Classics, followed by recordings of Schubert, Haydn and the Brittens. For twenty-seven years, they have been Quartet in Residence at Cambridge University and in 1996 were awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble.

David Waterman has also performed chamber music with members of the former Amadeus Quartet, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joshua Bell, the Chilingirian, Belcea and Elias Quartets, Michael Collins, Imogen Cooper, Jeremy Denk, Isabelle Faust, Julia Fischer, Ivry Gitlis, Philippe Graffin, Lukacs Hagen, Steven Isserlis, Stephen Kovacevic, Mark Padmore, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Sandor Vegh, and Tabea Zimmerman, among others.

He has taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall, and the Menuhin Academy at Gstaad and teaches cello and chamber music regularly for IMS at Prussia Cove. In July 2012, he gave a master-class at Wigmore Hall as part of the celebrations of IMS's 40th anniversary and he has also participated in the IMS Tour. From 1995 until 2003 he was co-director with Joyce Rathbone of the Rathbone-Dickson course at Westonbirt. He also coaches chamber music for ChamberStudio at King’s Place, London, for Maiastra and for the Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh.

He was commissioned  by Cambridge University Press to contribute a chapter to the “ Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet” which was published in 2003 and has also had articles published in The Guardian, Philosophy in Cambridge, Quodlibet Strad Magazine and other publications. In 2013 Strad published a long article he wrote on musical education for string players.

He feels very fortunate to play on a wonderful cello by J.B. Guadagnini which he jointly owns and shares with his friend, Steven Isserlis.



Amy Norrington enjoys a varied career as chamber musician, soloist and guest principle cellist in various orchestras throughout Europe.

She is a regular guest with chamber ensembles and at festivals all over Europe and performs regularly in all the major chamber music concert halls in Europe, including recent appearances at the Liszt Academy Hall in Budapest and at Wigmore, London.

Amy is a member of ensemble Oxalys and of the fortepiano trio Talisma and enjoys her collaborations with artists such as Pekka Kuusisto, Philippe Graffin, Alina Ibragimova, Antje Weithaas, Steven Isserlis, Jeremy Denk, Denes Varjon, Yura Lee, Alasdair Beatson, Lilli Maijala and Aleksandar Madzar.

Amy Norrington is professor of cello at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, and of chamber music at the Orpheus Institute in Gent. She gives masterclasses regularly at The Royal Academy of Music London, the Brussels Conservatoire and at various summer music festivals all over Europe as well as at her own new chamber music academy in Belgium.

Amy is the founder and Artistic Director of the acclaimed International Chamber Music Festival in Belgium, ‘Festival Resonances’.