Aymeric Fromherz, Paris (Piano)
Aymeric has been playing the piano since the age of 6. He started Scottish Country Dancing in Lyon in 2011, and played for the first time at the Newcastle Festival a year later. He took courses with Adam and Luke Brady, Keith Smith, Lindsey Ibbotson, Liz Donaldson and Ian Muir. Since then, he has been playing in several workshops in Paris, Lyon and Méaudre, and he participated to the Newcastle Festival several more times as a dancer and as a musician. Last year, he was the musician for the 14 candidates to Units 2 and 3 that took place in Lyon. Now living in Paris, he regularly plays for classes, sometimes in a small band. He wrote several of the tunes for the Paris Book published recently. When he’s not playing, he enjoys dancing and learning as much as possible from other musicians.
Susan MacFadyen, West Kilbride (Accordion)
Susan started playing the accordion at the age of 14 under the tutorship of Ian Muir of Prestwick. She started competing in traditional accordion competitions a couple of years later with wins in solo, trios and band competitions at various music festivals all over Scotland, including the All Scotland Accordion & Fiddle Championships held annually in Perth. Susan formed her own band in 2003 after being asked to perform at an accordion & fiddle club in Dingwall, since then the band has perfomed at various accordion & fiddle clubs all over Scotland. The band is in great demand for ceilidhs and Scottish Country Dancing within Scotland, the highlight being asked to play for the RSCDS AGM weekend in 2013. With the band Susan has recorded 7 broadcasts for the BBC Radio Scotland “Take the Floor” programme and recorded book 48 for the RSCDS. Susan was delighted to be asked to be a class musician at the RSCDS summer school in 2013 and has played at the school every year since and looks forward to a return in the summer of 2017. Currently, Susan plays for classes for the RSCDS North Ayrshire and Glasgow branches. When not playing for dancing, Susan enjoys participating in the dancing!
Matthias Rank, Munich (Fiddle)
Matthias started playing the violin at the age of six. Solo, or with ensembles, he has won various prizes, including first prizes at „Jugend musiziert“ and the German orchestra competition. He took part in numerous performances of classical works, as well as a project with the rock band Schandmaul. Matthias came to Scottish music through dancing. He has taken courses with Keith Smith, Muriel Johnstone, George Meikle, and Jim Lindsay. With pianists Silke Grosholz, Sue Bollans, and Stefan Schatz, as well as the band Scotfree, he has played on many balls and courses in Germany, including Munich, Schlüchtern, Heidelberg, and Bonn. He dances in Munich and also plays for the Country Dance class there regularly.