Phoenix Quartet was born from frequent demands for small ensemble performances in Beijing, and have performed at a variety of events including the Sunday Chamber Music series at Capital M, summer evenings at The Orchard, the British Ambassador's residence and the Capital Club, Beijing. The Quartet also plays a busy calendar of social and corporate functions. The Phoenix Quartet is a flute quartet - a rare cousin of the string quartet, where the flute replaces the first violin - which was extremely popular in the 18th century. The charming character of the flute quartet results in some exquisite repertoire that inlays the silvery pureness of the flute into the warm richness of the strings.
Sam Christie - Flute (UK)
Originally from London, Sam began playing flute at the age of 11. Based in Beijing since 2008, Sam is currently studying under multiple flautist Bruce Gremo. Sam has performed solo and with ensembles internationally on both flute and piccolo, including the Youth Senior Concert Orchestra, Kensington Symphony Orchestra, Opera Minima and Sahara Trio. Sam recently soloed in Mozart's double concerto for flute and harp, is principal flautist with the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra and toured to Russia with the orchestra in the summer of 2012.
Katarzyna Zyznowska - Violin (Poland)
Katarzyna is from Warsaw, and began studying the violin at the age of seven. She continued her studies at Music High School of Warsaw, where she studied violin under Paweł Łosakiewicz and chamber music under Michał Pepol of the Royal String Quartet, graduating in 2010. Katarzyna expanded her violin talent at masterclasses and music workshops including at the Conservatory of Music, Freiburg, the Royal Music Conservatory Bruxelles and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Katarzyna has played in the Music School of Warsaw Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Austrian Conservatory, various mastercourse orchestras and the China Youth Symphony Orchestra. Katarzyna moved to Beijing in 2010, where she continues her studies at the Central Conservatory of Music under professor Zhang Ti.
David Maligin - Viola (Australia)
David started playing the violin at the age of 11 and later took up the viola during his musical education at Marryatville High School, Adelaide. In 1989, he was awarded a scholarship to study viola under professor Christopher Martin at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He has played with a number of leading Australian amateur orchestras including the Chamber Strings of Melbourne and the Stonnington Symphony Orchestra. David has also performed with many chamber ensembles and founded the Tiwedami String Quartet, performing a wide range of repertoire including works by Haydn, Beethoven, Dvorak, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Tchaikovsky. David relocated to Beijing in August 2011 and is currently principal violist with the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maria Nauen.
Heike Kagler - Cello (Germany)
From Berlin, Heike began studying cello at the age of eight, first at Wilmersdorf Music School and later at Zehlendorf Music School under British cellist Philipp Maltin. She won her first competition at the age of ten and joined the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Berlin at age 15 as principal cellist. She has been a member of the renowned National Youth Orchestra Berlin, Youth Opera Orchestra of Berlin and Brandenburg, and Collegium Musicum of the Free University of Berlin and was principal cellist of the semiprofessional chamber ensemble DeCiso. Heike has performed extensively on the international circuit and moved to Beijing in 2001. She has played with the Beijing International Orchestra and the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra as well as in numerous chamber music projects.