Pamela Cresswell - Moutoussi

Curriculum Vitae


Pamela Cresswell was born in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham in 1964. Both her parents are musical and encouraged her musical education from an early age; she joined her first orchestra at nine years old. In 1977, aged 12, she won the Beryl Chempin prize for the highest marks for grade 7 piano ( Associated Board), followed by the Eliza Avins scholarship to the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior department to study piano with Marjorie Hazlehurst. This scholarship paid her tuition fees for three years. During this period she attained her grade 8 piano (132 marks), grade 8 viola (140 marks, an unusually high distinction) and grade 8 theory. She was in great demand as a viola player playing principal viola in the Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra and The Academy of St Philip's Chamber Orchestra. The Academy specialised in Mozart, Haydn and their conteporaries as well as performing Bach and Handle with great energy and style. It is here that her love for the small-orchestra repertoire began. Aged 15 she won the BRMB Radio competition, which was broadcast live on British radio. This gave her 100 pounds a year for 3 years for musical tuition. That same year she took part in the BBC 'Fun With Music' broadcasts playing two piano pieces in each of seven programmes for children's education. She performed many concerts on both viola and piano including Mozart's 24thpiano concerto in Birmingham Town Hall at only seventeen years old.


In 1982 she left Sutton Girls School with 9 "O" levels and 3 "A" levels (AAC grades) to attend the Royal College of Music, London. Here she studied piano with Yonty Solomon and viola with Roger Best. Here also began her interest in "authentic" performance practices of early classical music. She studied "baroque" viola with Catherine Mackintosh, (the then leader of the Academy of Ancient Music) and harpsichord with Robert Woolley (of the Purcell Quartet). She was also a member of the RCM Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and 20th Century ensemble which played new and avant garde music.


After gaining her ARCM (teacher's) and Dip RCM (performer's) she left the College in 1986. Since then she has toured and recorded extensively with world-class orchestras and chamber ensembles all over the world from Eastern and Western Europe and America to Japan and Hong Kong. The ensembles include The English Baroque Soloists (J.E. Gardiner) The English Concert (Trevor Pinnock), London Baroque (Medlam), Florilegium, The Academy of Ancient Music (Hogwood) and The Sixteen (Christophers) and others. Examples of recordings include: Bach's St. Mathew Passion, St John's Passion, Christmas Cantata and many other Cantatas, Monteverdi's Orpheo, Handle's Jeptha, Israel In Egypt and Dixit Dominus, Vivaldi's Gloria and his Vespers, many works by Purcell including Dido and Aeneas and The Fairy Queen, Blow's Venus and Adonis, 5 Mozart Operas, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Haydn's Creation and Harmonie Mass, Mozart's Requiem and several of his Piano Concertos and Symphonies... She loves playing the viol in The English Fantasy of which she is a founder member, reflecting her interest in renaissance music (recordings:  Lupo Consort Music  and  The Image of Melancholy ; Dowland Lachrimae.  Photo of & info about the EF's music at Angela Voss' website ). This brings her repertoire and experience from the 16thC to the present day.


In 1988 she married Michael Moutoussis and had Eireni (1993) and Peter (1996). This has kindled a new interest in teaching. She has given many master classes for school and college instrumental ensembles around England, particularly introducing young people to playing baroque music stylistically and musically. She has had particular success with her very young pupils of 4/5 years old both in piano tuition and also recorder ensemble for which she has written her own method for this age. She is a member of the European String Teachers Association and has a GCSE in understanding children.


In the year 2000 she has moved with her Greek husband to Athens but still keeps some of her links with the London music world. The last English based concerts she did (Aug. 2000) were part of John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Pilgrimage performing cantatas and Brandenburg 3 in Hamburg for German live television and radio. She has been a regular member of the Greek "Orchestra of Colours" and  played with the Camerata.  She teaches music at a Greek nursery and at St. Cathrerine's British Embassy School in Athens.


Pamela has many interests apart from music. They include gardening, learning Greek, supporting various charities (Oxfam, World Vision, Sight Savers, MAP) and looking after her two small children.

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