BIOGRAHPY

The Andela Duo are a classical, vibrant duo based in London.

 

Pam and Andrea met in 2012 working with a London-based ensemble and have since gone on to collaborate as a duo.  Their primary aim is to provide music for weddings, birthdays and corporate functions. They enjoy exploring a wide range of repertoire from Bach to the Beatles, creating the distintive and elegant sound that a flute and cello duo can provide. 


They have both extensive performing experience throughout the UK and abroad.



 

Pam Pecko Smith - flute

 

Pamela is a native of the Philadelphia area where she earned a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of the Arts, followed by intensive graduate studies at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Hungary.

 

She was a student of flute professors Adeline Tomasone (Philadelphia), and Istvan Matuz (Hungary), as well as a chamber music student of Ferenc Rados (Hungary).   Since then, she has performed internationally as a soloist and recitalist in a wide variety of chamber ensembles and other performance forums.  In the UK she is an active chamber musician as a member of the Andela Duo and The Lodore Trio. Recent performances have included Christ Church Woking and Lauderdale House, Highgate.  

 

An ardent music educator, Pam earned acclaim during a twenty-year career in the international school circuit, with an emphasis on performing ensembles both instrumental and vocal.  She has served on the music faculties of private and international schools in Hungary, Portugal, the US, England, Kenya, Turkey, and Poland.  She continues to be a regularly invited music instructor in international schools in London, and is a freelance flautist and private flute tutor.  Also a vocalist, Pam specialises in jazz standards and big band vocals featuring classics from the American Songbooks.


Andrea Mundy - cello

 

Born in Auckland, NZ, Andrea graduated from the University of Auckland in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music, where she received the university’s Arts and Cultural award for excellence in music performance and was awarded the Greta Ostova Violoncello Scholarship. In 2010, she completed a Masters of Music degree in cello performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where her tutors were Karine Georgian, Peter Dixon and Raphael Wallfisch. Andrea has participated in cello masterclasses with Ralph Kirshbaum, Raphael Wallfisch, Steven Isserlis, Christoph Henkel and Louise Hopkins. She has performed at various music festivals since living in the UK, such as the Charterhouse International Music Festival, the Liverpool SoundFest and the Aberystwyth MusicFest. 

 

In 2007 she was accepted on the Lady Manchester Internship, working with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, in which she performed in all of the main orchestra’s concerts throughout the year under well established international conductors including Tecwyn Evans, Ekkehard Stier, Baldur Bronniman, Kirill Karabits and Benjamin Zander. Since living and studying in the UK, she has worked with various orchestras and regularly performs with the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra.

 

A passionate performer of chamber music, Andrea has worked with various chamber groups since 2011 and was fortunate to perform at the NZ Embassy in Paris last September with a NZ chamber group. She has since been invited back to perform in Paris again and has recently toured Lithuania with the Orphic Piano Trio. She is also an active member of two duo ensembles in London, Cello2ette and the Andela Duo.

 

She plays a copy of the Montagnana 1739 “Sleeping Beauty” cello made by Noel Sweetman.

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