Rebecca Hepplewhite (Rebecca Hewes) performs throughout the UK and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician. Born in Yorkshire, she studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2005 with first-class honours. Rebecca has since appeared in numerous major international chamber music festivals and concert series’, with performances at prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Southbank Centre and Hong Kong Cultural Centre. She is in continuing demand as a soloist and has performed many of the major cello concerto works throughout the UK and across Europe, with tours in Ireland, France and Spain.
Rebecca is the cellist with a number of established chamber ensembles, including the Nephele Ensemble, Pomegranate Piano Trio, Chamber Music Company and Svyati Duo. The Nephele Ensemble (flute, violin, viola, cello and harp) are recent winners of the Tunnell Trust competition, semifinalists of the Royal Overseas League Competition and were Park Lane Group Artists for 2013, gaining critcal acclaim for their Southbank Centre debut last year. In 2010 they recorded 'Aerial' by Timothy Salter on the Usk Archives label. Rebecca regularly collaborates with the Chamber Music Company, with whom she was Artist in Residence at the Indaba New Music Festival in South Africa in 2008. She recently joined the Pomegranate Piano Trio with violinist Fenella Barton and pianist Robin Green, with whom she made her first appearance at the City of London Festival earlier this year. Rebecca also freelances with various UK orchestras, on both modern and baroque cello.
As the cellist of Svyati Duo Rebecca pursues a busy international concert diary with organist Julian Collings, with whom she has performed extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Asia. They have appeared on numerous radio stations and have released two critically-acclaimed CDs on the Regent Records label. As a recitalist Rebecca works regularly with pianists Russell Hepplewhite, Timothy Salter, Gareth Owen and Simon Callaghan.
Rebecca is a passionate advocate of new music and has subsequently commissioned and premiered many new works by composers in the UK and abroad. Recent premieres include works by Russell Hepplewhite, Timothy Salter, Stuart MacRae, Colin Riley, Sebastan Modarelli, Bernard Rands and Louis Andriessen.
Rebecca plays on a modern cello by Kai-Thomas Roth after an original by Matteo Gofriller.