The Atalanta Piano Quartet

The Atalanta Piano Quartet is made up of four highly successful musicians with a strong and shared passion for chamber music. The group was formed in 2012, and they have concerts planned across the UK in 2013 and 2014/15, as well as masterclasses and performances at Lancing College. For more details, please see Simon’s Diary Page. For enquiries, please email

Cecilia Bernardini (violin) Tom Hankey (viola) Nathaniel Boyd (cello) Simon Lane (piano)

Cecilia Bernadini Photo

Cecilia Bernardini completed her studies with Jan Repko, Vesko Eschkenazy and Ilya Grubert at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, obtaining the highest mark possible. Bernardini won first prizes in numerous national competitions and in may 2005 she made her concerto debut in the big hall of the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam.

As a baroque violinist, she has led and played as a soloist with ensembles including The King’s Consort and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Cecilia is a founder member of the Serafino String Trio, and is currently on trial for the position of leader at both the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg.

She plays on a 1750 Santo Serafin violin.

Tom Hankey Photo

Tom Hankey studied the violin with David Takeno, Krzyzstof Smietana, Levon Chilingirian and Yossi Zivoni. He studied at the Purcell School, the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.

Tom is a member (as violinist and violist) of the Aronowitz Ensemble. The group took part in the Radio 3 New Generation Artist Scheme. The Borletti-Buitoni Trust award enabled them to release two CDs on the Sonimage label. They have performed extensively around the UK and Europe.

Tom recently joined the Callino quartet and looks forward to exploring the quartet repertoire.

As a soloist he has given recitals and concerto performances including Beethoven Triple, Prokofiev 1, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi and McCabe.

Nathaniel is a passionate and dedicated musician who combines a busy chamber music career with frequent solo engagements. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Hannah Roberts and Ralph Kirshbaum, graduating with First Class Honours, a PPRNCM (Distinction) and the Leonard Rose Prize.

Nathaniel has participated in masterclasses with Mstislav Rostropovich and Bernard Greenhouse amongst others. He appears regularly as both a recitalist and as a soloist with orchestra.

In October 2009, as winner of the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform, Nathaniel made his Wigmore Hall recital debut with pianist Simon Lane and in November, Nathaniel toured Australia under the auspices of MusicaViva performing with the pianist Alexander Boyd.

As a member of the Navarra String Quartet from 2003 to 2012, Nathaniel appeared regularly at the world’s leading concert halls including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw and Berlin Konzerthaus, and at festivals such as Rheingau, Verbier and Aix-en-Provence.

In the coming months he will appear as principal cellist with orchestras around the UK, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Manchester Camerata.

Nathaniel is also a committed painter and sculptor and has exhibited publicly since 2010.

Nathaniel plays a Grancino cello of 1695.