Dr Ioan Davies
Ioan Davies was a founder member of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, with whom he worked for eighteen years, giving many world premières and working closely with Shostakovich in the last years of the composer’s life. He took part in recordings on the Decca label of chamber music works by Beethoven, Brahms, Borodin, Delius, Franck, Schubert, Shostakovich (the complete quartets), and Sibelius. He appears on the last Shostakovich disc as a soloist with Elisabeth Söderström and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Since 1986 he has enjoyed performing the piano trio repertoire with the Debussy Piano Trio (Switzerland) and the Bohemia Piano Trio. He gives solo recitals throughout the UK and Europe, and during the past twenty-five years has worked extensively with the pianist Jana Frenklova.
Dr Davies currently teaches at Bristol University and, since 2008, has been the String Consultant at Marlborough College. He continues to coach chamber music at the Yehudi Menuhin School, having previously been the Head of Strings at Wells Cathedral School and Director of Music for Pro Corda, the National School for Young Chamber Music Players.
Prof. Simon Majaro MBE
After reading Law at University College London - and subsequently being called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn - Simon Majaro joined a ‘start-up’ group of companies in the plastics and chemical industries as a legal adviser and PA to the founder. Through rapid progression in various managerial responsibilities he was appointed to become the Managing Director of an EU Unilever company, when the group was acquired by Unilever. Simon also studied for an MBA degree at the IMI in Geneva (now merged with the IMD in Lausanne) and graduated with distinction.
In due course, he left industry to return to the academic world, firstly becoming the head of the marketing department at IMI-Geneva, before becoming the Professor of International Marketing Strategy & Management of Creativity and Innovation at the Cranfield School of Management, where he was also Director of the Cranfield Centre for Creativity.
Simon published many books in the fields of International Management, Business Strategy, and Management of Creativity & Innovation. Many of his books are regular textbooks in business schools.
Simon founded CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust in 1998, along with his wife Pamela Majaro, for which they were both awarded MBEs in 2010. He is also a keen amateur luthier, having completed fourteen violins, violas, cello, and pochettes, modelled on instruments by Stradivarius, Amati, Maggini, and Guaneri, amongst others. Most of his instruments are being played by professional musicians.
John hails from Derbyshire but moved south for sunshine, a higher education, and the wonders of the metropolis. He now lives in Kingston Vale on the edge of Richmond Park.
Music has always featured significantly in John's life. He took up playing the piano at the age of seven and progressed as far as O-level and Grade VII, when A-levels interrupted his study. He furthered his love of music during his wider studies and continues to enjoy it in many forms, especially in opera. Opera had never featured in John's life until it was brought to him; a seed was sown and thus believes strongly in CAVATINA's aim of bringing chamber music to young people, who, like his finding of opera in those early years, may never otherwise discover the joys of all that it has to offer.
John completed his first degree at Reading University and gained his Masters from Hull, a project he undertook whilst headmaster of the well-acclaimed St Peter's Eaton Square Church of England Primary School – a role he held for eighteen years. The school and the parish were recognised for their high musical standards. He currently serves as a senior honorary steward at Westminster Abbey with its own wide spectrum of high quality music and where he works, part-time, as the Protocol Liaison Officer.
In joining CAVATINA as a trustee, John hopes to be able to bring a perspective as a former school head with a great empathy for the young folk who are unknowingly awaiting its outreach.