Violinists John Garner and Marie Schreer formed 'Mainly Two' with a view to expanding the repertoire for two violins and bringing greater attention to an often neglected medium.

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Mainly Two performers

Photo by Cristiano Iuliano

German violinist MARIE SCHREER began her musical education with Ute Frenzel-Yildiz at the age of three. She later graduated from the Royal College of Music in London where she studied as a scholar with Berent Korfker, Daniel Rowland and Yuri Zhislin (viola). Marie then completed a Master of Music with Distinction and Concert Recital Diploma under the tutelage of Krzysztof Smietana at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, to which she returned as a Guildhall Artist Fellow in 2015/16.

An avid chamber musician, Marie currently performs with contemporary music groups rarescale and The Riot Ensemble as well as her own groups Ensemble Nova Luce and The Guastalla Quartet and Mainly Two, both having released two albums. The Guastalla Quartet currently collaborates with jazz pianist Kate Williams and her trio under the name ‘Four Plus Three’. As a soloist, Marie has played with the Karlsruhe Symphony Orchestra, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and the Prague Symphonic Ensemble.

Marie is much in demand as a principal and sub-principal player, and has worked with many professional orchestras in the UK, including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the English National Opera Orchestra, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Marie is grateful to have been supported by the Henry Wood Trust, EMI Music Sound Foundation, Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, The Leverhulme Trust and both RCM and GSMD throughout her studies in the UK. Marie plays on an Italian violin made by V. Postiglione in 1898, kindly loaned to her by the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation.


Photo by Cristiano IulianoDriven by a desire to push the boundaries of the violin, JOHN GARNER pursues numerous avenues in his music-making. John has performed to scores of audiences all over the world, in celebrated venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Synagogue of Novi Sad and the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid. He appears regularly with groups including The Hot Club Ensemble, live-electronica outfit Meraqi, and The Guastalla Quartet.

After several years spent with the famous Russian virtuoso Rimma Sushanskaya, last student and protégée of the legendary David Oistrakh, John continued his studies at the Royal College of Music, graduating with a first class honours degree, and postgraduate studies in jazz violin at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

John has performed and collaborated with high-profile artists in many genres, including Stewart Copeland, Junior Marvin, The Last Skeptik,Scrufizzer, AZEDIA, The Kate Williams Quartet,Lucy Claire, Othon Mataragas, William Goodchild, Josh Bevan, Alpesh Chauhan andPierre Amoyal. Also an active composer, John leads and composes for Emanata, The John Garner Quartet and The Future Ancients, with whom he co-wrote and performed the music for the first Boxing Yoga instructional DVD. His YouTube channel has attracted over 1,200 subscribers and reached over 750,000 views.