Visiting Fellow in Music

Oriel hosts Visiting Fellows in Music who hold 'masterclasses' with students, offering an opportunity for budding musicians to get some expert tuition. These Visiting Fellows are usually appointed for two years to enable them to get involved in the musical life of the College.

As a result of a benefaction, the College offers a Visiting Fellow in Music post to a distinguished musician, or sometimes more than one, from outside Oxford. Depending on their availability, the Visitor comes to Oxford once a term to give a combination of masterclasses at Oriel College and concerts in the Holywell Music Room in association with the University’s Music Faculty. 

Visiting Fellows in Music 2020-22: Tamar Halperin and Andreas Scholl

The countertenor Andreas Scholl and keyboard player Tamar Halperin are internationally recognised as soloists in their own right. Since 2007, they have worked together as the Scholl/Halperin duo.

As the Scholl/Halperin duo, Andreas and Tamar have performed a wide range of repertoire on some of the world’s most prestigious stages. They initiated, arranged, recorded, and produced “The Family Songbook”, a collection of (mostly children’s) songs in German, Hebrew, and English, dedicated to their daughter. The music on this album was performed together with twenty-five members of three generations of the Scholl-Halperin family from Israel & Germany, and recorded in their home studio during one week in the summer of 2018. They also released “Twilight People", an album of contemporary folk song arrangements for piano and voice (2019).

Andreas and Tamar often teach together, applying a practical approach to questions of music performance and interpretation.

Tamar Halperin

Tamar Halperin received her musical education at the Tel-Aviv University and at The Juilliard School in New York. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on compositional procedures in Bach’s instrumental music. Between 2005-2009 she was also enrolled at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland for further specialisation in Baroque harpsichord and continuo playing. 

With repertoire that ranges over five centuries, Tamar performs worldwide as a soloist and with various chamber groups, in such venues as New York’s Carnegie and Alice Tully Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, and the Philharmonie, Konzerthaus, in Berlin.

She has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards: the Hessen culture prize in 2016; an Echo Jazz award (2010 & 2014 with Michael Wollny & “Wunderkammer” project); the Eisen-Picard scholarship award (2005-2009); the C.V. Starr fellowship (2003-2009); the Presser award (2005); an honorary prize at the Musica Antiqua Festival in Brugge (2004); and the Americal-Israel Culture Foundation scholarship (1998-2002).

While the focus of her activities is Baroque music, Tamar is also an enthusiastic performer of classical and contemporary music. She has been composing, arranging, and performing pop, jazz, electronic, and new classical music. Her multi-keyboard solo album Satie (Edel/Neue Meister, May 2016) —on which she plays piano, harpsichord, Wurlizer, Hammond, glockenspiel, and computer—received enthusiastic reviews. 

In 2017 she released her album, BachSpace (Edel/Neuemeister) in collaboration with violinist Etienne Abelin and sound designer Tomek Kolczinsky. The album weaves Bach movements for violin & keyboard together with re-imagined electronic sounds and newly composed movements that are inspired by Bach.

Since 2007, she has been collaborating with her husband, countertenor Andreas Scholl, as a pianist & harpsichordist. 

Andreas Scholl

Andreas Scholl was born in Germany and began his musical training with the Kiedricher Chorbuben choir. He later studied under Richard Levitt and René Jacobs at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He has won numerous awards and prizes, including the prestigious ECHO Award for his composition for Deutsche Grammophon's audio-book of Hans Christian Andersen's The Emperor's New Clothes and The Nightingale.

Andreas has released a series of extraordinary solo recordings: the most recent being Wanderer – a disc of German Lied in partnership with pianist Tamar Halperin. Other notable releases include Bach cantatas with kammerorchesterbasel; O Solitude – an all-Purcell album with Accademia Bizantina, which won the 2012 BBC Music Magazine award; Arias for Senesino, Heroes – a disc of arias by Handel, Mozart, Hasse and Gluck; Robert Dowland's A Musicall Banquet; Vivaldi Motets with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; and Arcadia – a collection of rare and unpublished cantatas by composers from Rome’s Arcadian Circle. All of these recordings are released on Decca.

Andreas’ recorded work also includes Handel’s Solomon and Saul with Paul McCreesh for Deutsche Gramophon, and for Harmonia Mundi, Vivaldi Stabat Mater; Caldara's Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo; and Crystal Teats – lute and consort songs by John Dowland. Andreas’ DVD releases include productions of Giulio Cesare (for both Decca and Harmonia Mundi), Rodelinda (Warner) and Partenope (Decca).

Operatic roles include the title role in Giulio Cesare at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the 2012 Salzburger Festspiele (opposite Cecilia Bartoli) and Bertarido (Rodelinda) at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Metropolitan Opera (opposite Renée Fleming). His concert performances have included appearances with Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, the Academy of Ancient Music and at the 2005 Last Night of the Proms – the first counter-tenor ever to have been invited.

Former Visiting Musicians

Our previous Visiting Musicians are listed below: 

Visiting Musician 2017-20: Craig Ogden

One of the UK’s most recorded guitarists, Craig’s five Classic FM albums all shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart and he is one of Classic FM’s most played artists. Craig has performed concertos with all the main UK orchestras plus many abroad. He regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at major venues and collaborates with the UK’s top artists and ensembles. He has also presented programmes on BBC Radio 3, BBC Northern Ireland and ABC Classic FM (Australia).

Craig was Oriel's Visiting Musician for three years, and during that time offered masterclasses to students and collaborated with college members on a number of musical endeavours.

Visiting Musician 2016-17: Dame Sarah Connolly

Dame Sarah Connolly is a world-renowned mezzo-soprano and opera singer. She has sung at the Lucerne, Salzburg, Tanglewood and Three Choirs Festivals and BBC Proms where, in 2009, she was a memorable guest soloist at The Last Night. Opera engagements have taken her around the world from the Metropolitan Opera to Covent Garden and La Scala; to the Munich and Vienna State Operas and the Bayreuth and Aix-en-Provence Festivals.

During her time as Oriel's Visiting Musician, Sarah performed in a special concert at the Holywell Music Room and held two Masterclasses for Oriel students.

Visiting Musician 2015-2016: Joanna Macgregor

Joanna MacGregor, one of the world's most innovative and creative pianists, was the College's Visiting Musician for 2015-16. Joanna is Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and a Professor of the University of London. She also serves as Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School and Festival.

During her time as Visiting Musician Joanna held two Masterclasses and also performed two concerts. 

Visiting Musician 2014-15: Tim Garland

Tim Garland is a Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist. His body of work is incredibly varied and includes compositions for the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and Westminster Abbey Choir. He won a Grammy award in 2009 for his part in creating “The New Crystal Silence” with piano legend Chick Corea, who Tim has collaborated with frequently over the last 15 years. 

Visiting Musician 2013-14: Richard Tunnicliffe

Richard Tunnicliffe, Oriel's Visiting Musician from 2013-14, is well-known as both a soloist and chamber musician, playing cello, baroque cello and viols in a repertoire spanning five centuries of music. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music, where he now also teaches.  

Visiting Musician 2012-13: Michael Chance

Michael Chance was Oriel's Visiting Musician from 2012-13. He has established a worldwide reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the countertenor voice in all areas of the classical repertoire, and is in equal demand as an opera, concert and recording artist.

Visiting Musician 2011-12: Roger Vignoles

Roger Vignoles, Oriel's Visiting Musician from 2011-12, is recognised as one of the world’s most distinguished piano accompanists and musicians of today, and is regarded as a leading authority on the song repertoire.

Visiting Musician 2010-11: Rachel Podger

Rachel Podger, Oriel's Visiting Musician from 2010-11, is a leading Baroque violinist and interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods, with a stunning range of recordings from early seventeenth-century music to Mozart.

Visiting Musician 2009-10: Thierry Escaich

Thierry Escaich, Oriel's Visiting Musician from 2009-10, is an internationally renowned organist, improviser and composer who, as a successor to Duruflé in Paris, has played a prominent role in guiding recent directions in contemporary music.

Visiting Musician 2008-09: Gwilym Simcock

Gwilym Simcock, Oriel's Visiting Musician from 2008-09, is a gifted jazz pianist, imaginative composer, and one of the world’s leading jazz improvisers.