ABOUT US

Jiva Housden

Jiva graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2014. Whilst there Jiva won the English Song Prize with Tenor Dominick Felix and performed at St. Martins in the Fields.

A busy performer and teacher, Jiva plays in the Accord guitar duo with George Tarlton as well as the Richter-Housden duo with Violinist Hartmut Richter. Jiva has recently performed with several orchestras, including performing the mandolin in Mozart’s Don Giovanni alongside the tenor Marcin Bronikowski.

In the spirit of not being the odd one out Jiva now lives in a 2 cat household, both of which begrudgingly feel at home with the sound of guitars.

ABOUT US

Jiva Housden

Jiva graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2014. Whilst there Jiva won the English Song Prize with Tenor Dominick Felix and performed at St. Martins in the Fields.

A busy performer and teacher, Jiva plays in the Accord guitar duo with George Tarlton as well as the Richter-Housden duo with Violinist Hartmut Richter. Jiva has recently performed with several orchestras, including performing the mandolin in Mozart’s Don Giovanni alongside the tenor Marcin Bronikowski.

In the spirit of not being the odd one out Jiva now lives in a 2 cat household, both of which begrudgingly feel at home with the sound of guitars.

The Mēla guitar quartet brings together four exceptional guitarists who play with an “exalted level of perfection” (naxos.com).
 
Since being International Guitar Foundation young artists in 2016 they have gone on to release a CD of the guitar chamber works of Stephen Dodgson with NAXOS in 2017 and are Park Lane Group young artists for the 2018/19 season. 
Known for their “benchmark performances” (Mark Houghton), the Mēla guitar quartet’s “musicianship makes you forget that you are listening to four guitars and carries you to a different sound world” (Thérèse Wassily Saba, Gendai Guitar magazine), their playing “shines, shimmers with sparkling clarity, what’s more, they play from memory and make pieces their own; wonderful music making!” (Phillip Houghton)
 
They have performed in venues such as St. James’ Church, Piccadilly; Kings Place, Hall one; Milton Court, Barbican; International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester and Jimi Hendrix’s bedroom (!), at the HandelHendrix House.
 
Visit their website www.melagq.com to find out about their upcoming projects.
 
The quartet play guitars by master luthier Michael Gee.

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