The Honorary Artistic Adviser and lead performer is Lawrence Power
The trustees will be assisted and guided by Lawrence's agent Rachel Bertaut at Askonas Holt
It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of Michael Gwinnell. As the guiding force and Chairman of the VCC, he will be dearly missed by us all. Our thoughts are very much with his family at this difficult time.
David is a music lover with particular interest in opera and is a trustee of Classical Opera and Mid Wales Music Trust. He was an original contributor to the Lawrence Power Viola Trust. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Harvard Business School, his distinguished career in the City of London commenced at J Henry Schroder & Co. of which he became Chairman. After Schroders’ investment banking business merged with Salomon Smith Barney he transitioned to senior roles in the European Investment Bank part of Citigroup, becoming Chairman of its EMEA Governance Committee. He was Senior Independent Director at Anglo American and Smiths Group and recently retired as Deputy Chairman of the Takeover Panel.
Christopher played the viola in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain but now focuses on the piano which he enjoys playing in chamber music with friends. While Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge he hosted the “topping out” concert and lunch party for the Lawrence Power Viola Trust. Like Michael, he was a trustee of Young Classical Artists Trust. A graduate of Pembroke College, Cambridge, his distinguished career in HM Diplomatic Service culminated in his appointment as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. He is Honorary President of the China Association, and in 2019 was awarded an MA in History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia by the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Peter Smart has been a lifelong classical music enthusiast and regularly attends concerts and chamber music recitals, particularly by emerging artists. For over a decade he has supported a number of artists in buying their instruments through the Stradivari Trust and has been an underwriting member of the Viola Commissioning Circle since 2019. After studying classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, he has enjoyed a career of over 40 years in corporate finance. The first half was spent at Schroders in London, Hong Kong and Warsaw, and at Citigroup as a Managing Director; the latter half as a Partner at corporate finance advisory boutique Hines Associates. He is excited to join Lawrence and Michael’s innovative project to create a new corpus of modern works for the viola.
In a new chapter, we welcome Emily Granozio to the VCC as project consultant. Emily has worked in the classical music industry for over 10 years, first as an agent for composers, conductors and instrumentalists at Rayfield Allied in London, before joining the Philharmonia Orchestra to manage Recordings and Projects. She has recently been Interim Director for Avanti Arts Management.
Music at Mansfield Street; Treasurer, The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust; Chairman, The Belcea Charitable Trust
Chief Executive, Hallé Orchestra
Formerly, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Britten Sinfonia
Distinguished musical philanthropist, currently Chairman, Live Music Now; Co-Chairman, Britten Pears Arts (formerly Benjamin Britten Foundation)
Formerly Creative Director, Schott Music
Journalist and critic, formerly Managing Director, Barbican Centre
Chief Executive, Borletti-Buitoni Trust
Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Young Classical Artists Trust