Originally from Cornwall, Chloë is a London based multimedia artist and musician. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015 with MMus and BMus(Hons), having studied under John Kenny, Noel Langley, Paul Cosh, Paul Beniston, Steve Keavy and Will O’Sullivan. In 2014 Chloë was a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Recently she has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, The Tallis Society, London Handel Society, Adesso Ensemble, London Arts Orchestra and Jersey Chamber Orchestra. She has performed in venues including the Wigmore Hall, The Yard Theatre, Barbican Hall, Cadogan Hall, The Place and LSO St Lukes. Other projects include a solo performance of Ayres’ ‘Noncerto 31’ with Guildhall’s New Music Ensemble, ddmmyy series, and a collaboration with contemporary choreographer Sze Chan as part of a movement and sound exploration called WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get).
Alison Balfour-Paul Alison studied violin under Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall after which she became an orchestral member of the Oldenburg Staatstheater in West Germany for 4 years. She was then awarded a British Council Scholarship to study in Prague under Josef Vlach. After ten subsequent years on contract with the orchestra of Welsh National Opera she chose to leave full time orchestral playing in order to qualify in Music Therapy while also studying Baroque violin with Michaela Comberti. At present she is a freelance player and teaches at the Cathedral School, Cardiff, and the Royal Welsh College of Music. She and her husband have two grown-up sons, an allotment and enjoy the walking the beautiful Welsh coast and countryside.
Born in Jordan, soprano Dima Bawab began her tryst with music when she was just 4 years old, studying piano and dance at the King Hussein National Conservatory in Amman. In 2007, she graduated with distinction from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. She made her début at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in the rôle of Yniold in Pelléas et Mélisande, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and directed by Stéphane Braunschweig.
Dima’s most recent operatic roles have included her début at the Opéra de Dijon in Cherubini’s Médée, her débuts in the roles of The Sleep Fairy and The Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel at the Opéra de Nantes, Le Feu and Le Rossignol from Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at the Opéra de Montpellier and revivals of Yniold in Stéphane Braunschweig’s Pelléas et Mélisande, at the Royal Albert Hall (her BBC Proms début in 2012) with L’Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Opéra Comique. Dima has also completed a world tour singing both Pamina and Papagena in Peter Brook’s Molière winning production of Die Zauberflöte. At the 2012 Mozart Academy at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, she sang Zerlina Don Giovanni, Servilia La Clemenza di Tito and Papagena Die Zauberflöte.
As a concert soloist, Dima made her Cairo Celebration Choir début in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor as 1st Soprano last June and sang at the Biblioteca Alexandrina last December both under the direction of Maestro Nayer Nagui. Dima has performed with many acclaimed orchestras, namely her Sydney Opera House debut with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the English National Orchestra at Cadogan Hall and the Aurora Orchestra at King’s Place, London. She has also toured with the Palestine Youth Orchestra. Finally, as a regular member of the Monteverdi Choir since 2007, she recently joined the choir in its 50th Anniversary celebratory tour, performing in King’s College, Cambridge, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona and in Versailles. Dima makes her début at Opéra Grand Avignon in the role of L’Amour in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice in 2017 and at Opéra National de Lorraine à Nancy in the role of Sophie from Massenet’s Werther in 2018. Dima returns to Angers Nantes Opéra in the role of Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in 2017.
Leah began playing the piano when she was four years old and had her first cello lesson at the age of eight. As a child, she was involved in numerous chamber orchestras and ensembles including the “Ministrings” chamber orchestra conducted by Herbert Scherz. As a member of the Zurich Youth Symphony Orchestra since 2011, Leah has played in concert tours in South Africa, Singapore, Taiwan, Italy and South Korea. Since 2014 she’s been a member of the LGT Young Soloists which gives her the opportunity to perform around the world as a soloist and as a part of the orchestra. She has also won various prizes and honours in national competitions. Leah finished the Swiss High School in Lucerne in the summer of 2015 in a special category for gifted students of music and/or sport.
Paul Brancato Paul Brancato joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1980, and became assistant principal 2nd violin two years later. Born in NYC and raised in the Bronx, Paul started piano at age 5 and violin when he was 11. His main teachers were soloist Harry Shub and NY Philharmonic violinist Leon Rudin. After some rebellious teenage years he hitched a ride to San Francisco and soon began playing violin on the street. This led to his first job performing in musical productions at Berkeley Repertory Theater. Later he joined the Oakland Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Paul is an avid history buff and a wine connoisseur. He has four grown children and currently lives in Oakland California. When not playing violin he can be seen taking long walks and tending to his vegetable garden.
Trond Magne Brekka is the solo piccolo player of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway. Prior to this he held the same position in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and taught piccolo at the Grieg Academy of Music. He began his studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music and continued at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique et de Danse de Paris and Royal College of Music in London.
He has guested many orchestras as orchestral flute player in Europe and Asia and has performed concerts that have been broadcasted on television to more than 120 countries. He has performed as soloist with several of the Norwegian orchestras. He enjoys playing contemporary music and has premiered flute concertos and chamber music pieces. He teaches flute at the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo and has held masterclasses in Norway and Europe.
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Levon Chilingirian Levon Chilingirian, born in Cyprus, began violin with his great uncle, Vahan Bedelian. After emigrating to the U.K., he later studied with his uncle, Manoug Parikian, Hugh Bean, and the Amadeus Quartet. Chilingirian’s partnership with the late Clifford Benson was launched by winning first prizes in the 1969 BBC Beethoven Competition and the 1971 Munich Duo International Competition. In 1971 the Chilingirian Quartet was founded and is today one of the most celebrated string quartets on the international scene, its highly regarded recorded repertoire spanning classical to contemporary works. Chilingirian also performs as a soloist and with other chamber music partners. He is the artistic director of Mendelssohn on Mull, Pharos Festival (Cyprus) and active in coaching chamber music at the Lake District Summer School, West Dean, and El Sistema in Venezuela. He received the Cobbett Medal and in January 2000, an OBE in the Queen’s Honours List.
Levon Chilingirian is professor of violin and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal Northern College of Music. He gives master classes regularly at Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA), the New England Conservatory (Boston) and the Boston Conservatory of Music.
Christiane Eidsten Dahl Christiane is a Norwegian modern and baroque violinist living in London. She has performed in Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Cite de la Musique Paris. She has toured with orchestras including the OAE, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Oslo Camerata and Orchestra of St Pauls. She graduated from Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo in Performing Violin. After receiving the TICON scholarship from Drammen borough in Norway, Christiane studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010. Christiane performs regularly with Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment, La Serenissima, Barokkanerne and Norwegian Baroque Orchestra. In 2014, Christiane appeared as Principal Violin with the Gramophone Award winning La Serenissima. She recorded Bach’s Matthew Passion with AAM in April 2014 and Vivaldi Seasons with La Serenissima in 2015. Norwegian Baroque Orchestra has been nominated for a “Spellemann” for the Berlin recording from SIMAX for best Classical CD of 2014. Christiane plays in a London based horn trio called Trio SOL. As a period performer, Christiane is a founding member of Royal Baroque who were finalist in York International Early Music Competition in 2015. Christiane recently received the Drammen Rotary Scholarship of 50.000 NOK to help her fund the Michael Sturzenhofecker baroque violin – a 1727 Bergonzi copy.
Reinhard Deutsch The Graz born bassoonist, Reinhard Deutsch, received his first bassoon lessons at the age of six. Ten years later he began concerto studies with Christine Faludy at the Kunstuniversität Graz. In addition to his bassoon studies he learned to play the organ which he continues to play in various parish churches. He broke off his studies as an electro technical sound
engineer in 2010 in order to devote himself totally to music. Four years later he completed a master’s degree in bassoon performance under David Seidel. He is currently working on a master’s in orchestral playing under Tobias Pelkner at the University of Music in Detmold, Germany.
Reinhard Deutsch has attended numerous masters classes given by among others, György Lakatos, Jaakko Luoma, Richard Galler, Sergio Azzolini, Ole Kristian Dahl, Daniele Mulieri, Bence Boganyi and Malte Refardt as well as courses on the baroque bassoon with Rainer Johannsen. Reinhard has a wide range of orchestral experience, playing both in Youth Orchestras as well as filling temporary positions in various ensembles. Most recently he was a trainee in the Neue Philharmonie Westphalen.
John Paul Ekins John Paul’s concert schedule takes him across the UK, Europe, and further afield, having been nationally broadcast on the BBC, and in Romania and Poland. A graduate of the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama (where he was a scholar with Charles Owen), his career highlight to date was his Albert Hall debut, performing Rhapsody in Blue with Southbank Sinfonia.John Paul has been presented to Her Majesty The Queen at a Reception for Young Performers at Buckingham Palace, and he has been awarded as many as 19 awards and prizes at international competitions. For more information on John Paul, visit www.jpekinspianist.com or follow him on Twitter @jpekinspianist. http://www.jpekinspianist.com
Chiara Enderle Chiara Enderle was born into a family of musicians in Zürich, Switzerland, in 1992. Her principal cello teachers were Thomas Grossenbacher in Zürich, Jens Peter Maintz in Berlin, and Steven Isserlis. Chiara is the 1st prize winner of both the International Lutoslawski Cello Competition (Warsaw) and the Pierre Fournier Award (London). She appears regularly as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra (London), the Kammerphilharmonie Potsdam, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, the National Philharmonic in Warsaw and the Polish National Radio Symphony. Her 2015/16 season included a performance at the Wigmore Hall in London, Vivaldi’s double concerto with Gautier Capuçon in Bern, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Berlin, and Dvorak’s cello concerto with the Springfield Symphony (USA). Her debut CD was released in January 2016, featuring Paul Wranitzy’s cello concerto with the Munich Chamber Orchestra for Sony. Chiara is the artistic director of the chamber music series “Musik im Morgental” in Zürich.
Lisa Gross Born in Zurich, Lisa Gross is a 22 year old oboist. She has joined Musique Cordiale every year since 2011. Currently Lisa is studying with Jean-Louis Capezzali at the University of Music in Lausanne. She spent one year in Tel Aviv at the Buchmann Mehta School with Dudu Carmel and had the chance to play as an intern in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011 she won the Swiss Lions Club Competition. With pleasure Lisa returns every year to Villa Jolimont at the Lake Biel in Switzerland to teach at music camps for children.
Ruth Harrison Ruth Harrison is a young London-based flautist, originally from Bristol. She has appeared at venues including Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall and St George’s Bristol. Earlier this year she performed Henri Dutilleux’s Sonatine for Flute and Piano at Milton Court on BBC Radio 3 Total Immersion Series, and has twice joined Musique Cordiale International Festival in Seillans, France, 2015/16. Orchestrally, Ruth plays regularly with The Arch Sinfonia, ULSO, Barbican Chamber Orchestra and YMSO. She has a first class degree from Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she studied with Gareth Davies (LSO), Philippa Davies, Sarah Newbold and Ian Clarke. Ruth has participated in Masterclasses with William Bennett, Lorna McGhee, Denis Bouriakov and Adam Walker. She now studies privately with Robert Winn (Köln Hochschule für Musik und Tanz) and Christopher Green (ROH) thanks to the generosity of the Countess of Munster Music Award.
Johnny Herford Johnny Herford graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music Opera department in 2012, and the next year won the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition, and later the Jean Meikle Duo Prize alongside pianist William Vann at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. Since then, he has enjoyed a diverse career on the operatic stage and concert platform. In 2015, Johnny was chosen by Philip Glass to create the role of Josef K in his newest opera, The Trial. The opera was premiered at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, in a collaboration between the Royal Opera House and Music Theatre Wales. The Trial received five star reviews and led to Johnny being nominated for the Welsh Theatre Award for Best Male Performance in an Opera. Johnny has also performed the role of Josef K for Theater Magdeburg, making his German debut in April 2015. He returned to Music Theatre Wales this summer for Peter Eötvös’ The Golden Dragon, in a production which will tour England, Wales and South Korea in 2017.Other recent performances have included The Traveller in Britten’s Curlew River (Opéra de Dijon), Kuligin in Janacek’s Katya Kabanova (Opéra de Dijon), Emireno in Handel’s Ottone (English Touring Opera), a tour of operatic highlights with Scottish Opera, and Nikitch in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov with Jakub Hrůša and the Philharmonia Orchestra. The forthcoming season will see his debut at English National Opera as Samuel in Mike Leigh’s production of The Pirates of Penzance. As a recitalist, Johnny has performed an all-Strauss recital with Joe Middleton in the Leeds Lieder Festival, Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin in Julius Drake’s Machynlleth Festival, A Shropshire Lad at the Oxford Lieder Festival and with Gary Matthewman for Lied in London. He regularly performs in the London English Song Festival, which is curated by his long term duo partner William Vann. Earlier this year Johnny made his solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall with James Baillieu in a programme of Ravel, Schumann and Judith Weir. He features on a recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams rarities, “Purer than Pearl”, which is released this Autumn on Albion Records.
Johnny is represented by O W L Artist Management.
Kate Howden Kate studied at Trinity College of Music with Ameral Gunson, the Royal Academy of Music with Elizabeth Ritchie and at the National Opera Studio, where she was supported by Opera North, the Robert Vivian Memorial Trust, the Kathleen Trust and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.
Opera roles include the title role in Cendrillon, Isolier (Count Ory), Hansel, Cherubino and Annio. Recent soloist performances include Il Ritorno (Barbican Theatre) with Australian contemporary circus group Circa and Satie’s Mort de Socrate with Joanna Macgregor at King’s Place.
She has been the winner of the Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo (with pianist Sachika Taniyama) at the 2015 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and Help Musicians UK awards for opera and french song. Kate is grateful for previous support from Jennie Blythe, Matthew and Sally Ferrey, the Australian Music Foundation (with the Riddiford Trust) and the Tait Memorial Trust.
David Horwich David Horwich is a freelance horn player based in London. A busy orchestral player, he has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, English National Ballet, European Union Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and is currently on trial with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. His work has taken him around Europe as well as further afield with tours to China, India, Turkey, Russia and Oman. He has performed a number of times in live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and commercial recordings with the BBC.
Alexandra Hutton Described as a ‘stage-animal’ (Online Merker), a ‘Sensation’ (Klassik), and hailed for her ‘crystal clear’ voice (Musikultur Berlin) and ‘exquisite musicality’ (OPERA Magazine), exciting young Australian soprano Alexandra Hutton is currently a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Her upcoming role debuts at the house include Frasquita (Carmen), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Xenia (Boris Godunov) and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas). Alexandra sung First Niece in the critically acclaimed production of Peter Grimes – on the beach for the 2013 Aldeburgh Music Festival.On the concert platform she made her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as the Soprano Soloist in Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs at London’s Cadogan Hall in with Maestro Richard Bernas. In 2016 she will perform Mozart’s Requiem with the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Taumännchen (Hänsel und Gretel) in the Berliner Philharmonie with Maestro Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Alexandra joined Opera Australia’s Oz Opera School’s company, touring both NSW and Victoria as Pamina (The Magic Flute) and Angelina (Cinderella). Alexandra is a recipient of many awards. She placed 2nd in the 30th International Belvedere Singing Competition (Operetta) and was also awarded the Deutsche Oper Berlin Sonderpreis. She is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Royal College of Music, London.
James Hulme Oboist James Hulme has appeared in all the major concert halls in the UK and has also performed extensively in Europe. Originally from Manchester, he studied at Chetham’s School of Music and gained a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He won the inaugural Kieron Moore scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music where he currently studies. Recently, he has been awarded a further Leverhulme Trust Scholarship at the Academy, and won a position in the LSO Academy scheme. James has benefitted greatly from the teaching of Maurice Bourgue, Jonathan Kelly, Alexei Ogrintchouk and Jean-Louis Capezzali. James was invited to be a Britten Pears Young Artist in 2013. Recent performance highlights include orchestral concerts under Edward Gardner, Christoph von Dohnanyi, and Sir Mark Elder and appearances as a soloist in the critically acclaimed RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas Cycle (also on BBC Radio 3) with Iain Ledingham and Margaret Faultless.
Jane Hyland Jane Hyland started to play the cello at the age of six. Her talent for the instrument became quickly apparent when just a year later she won a prize awarded for the highest mark in a local festival. After gaining a music scholarship to the renowned Bedales School she succeeded in her teens in being awarded a place in the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She went on to win a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she won many prizes including the Ivor James Prize given by the great English conductor Sir Adrian Boult for a performance of the Cello Concerto by Elgar.
She was much influenced by the playing and teaching of Paul Tortelier and after appearing in a BBC tv masterclass given by him, she went to Paris to study with him and his wife Maude, funded by the Countess of Munster.
On entering the profession she joined the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra becoming the BBC’s youngest ever Principal Cellist. During this time she gave many broadcasts of solo repertoire and played in many chamber ensembles. She also often played with the orchestra as soloist, and appeared with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales at the famous Welsh Eisteddfod in Llangollen performing the Concerto by Dvorak.
She then spent three years as Principal Cellist at the Staatstheater in Kassel, Germany, where she played a wide repertoire of opera, ballet and concerts. She also gave recitals with her husband, who was a conductor at the theatre. On returning to the UK, she was for a few years a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra before deciding to freelance.
Jane has been devoted to teaching from the time that she was a student. She has decided to give more time to this and to playing in small ensembles as this is the repertoire she loves most. She currently holds a position as senior teacher at the Centre for Young Musicians in London.
Elizabeth Karani English soprano Elizabeth Karani is currently studying on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Susan McCulloch. She has won several awards, including the Elizabeth Harwood Award, the Dame Eva Turner Award, the Elsie Thurston Prize, a Kathleen Ferrier Young Singer’s Award and she is a current Les Azuriales Young Artist. Roles include for Garsington, Buxton, ROH2, Diva Opera, Aldeburgh, BYO, Teatro Verdi, RNCM and GSMD. Elizabeth has made her concert debuts at the Barbican Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, St John’s Smith Square and at La Folle Journée, Nantes, 2015. During 2016 Elizabeth will perform the role of ‘Director’ in Kassof’s Greenland at the Royal Opera House and the Liszt Academy, Budapest. She will also sing the role of Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia and Armanda Alexandre Bis at GSMD. In Summer 2016 Elizabeth will become a Christine Collins Young Artist at Opera Holland Park, understudying and performing the role of Musetta La Bohème.
Charlotte King Charlotte attended Goldsmiths College and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. At Goldsmiths, Charlotte performed roles which included Carmen, Cherubino, Mrs. Sedley, Maddalena and performed as a soloist with the Goldsmiths Sinfonia in Elgar’s Sea Pictures and the UK première of Korngold’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At Guildhall, Charlotte sang roles including Rosina, Carmen, Suzuki and Isabella in Studio Scenes and appeared as a member of the chorus for the Massenet and Martinu opera triple-bill in 2012.
Operatic roles include Siegrune Die Walküre at the St. Endellion Festival, Sesto La Clemenza di Tito for Riverside Opera, Aunt Jane Hugh the Drover for Hampstead Garden Opera, cover Old Crone and Mrs. Chin A Night at the Chinese Opera and cover Pompea The Little Green Swallow for British Youth Opera.
In 2012 and 2013, Charlotte sang as a member of the chorus for Grange Park Opera and in 2014 performed as a member of the chorus and covered several roles for Garsington Opera in The Cunning Little Vixen and Fidelio. Most recently, Charlotte sang the role of Popova The Bear with Operaview and will perform the role of Carmen with Commedia Opera in 2016.
James Lowe James Lowe, an accomplished British conductor and already a household name in the north of England and Scotland, is Chief Conductor of the Vaasa City Orchestra in Finland and the Prussian Chamber Orchestra in Prenzlau near Berlin where he is currently based. He is also Principal Conductor of the Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble and Orchestras Advisor & Conductor of the Senior Orchestra of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. Recent engagements include concerts with the Sczcecin Philharmonic, a residency with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a concert with Sistema Scotland and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra which was televised on the BBC. Educated at the University of Edinburgh, James has studied with leading conductors, including Jorma Panula, Neeme Järvi, Bernard Haitink and Valery Gergiev. James is also active as an educator and teacher of conducting.
Jonathan Martindale Jonathan is the Assistant Leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Born in Manchester, Jonathan studied with Leland Chen at the Royal Northern College of Music. After leaving college, Jonathan became a member of Manchester Camerata and also freelanced with the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
In 2013 Jonathan was then appointed sub-principal Second Violin in the Royal Northern Sinfonia later becoming Principal Second Violin (no.2).
Chamber Music is also a major part of Jonathan’s musical life and as a founding member of the Eblana String Trio, formed in 2006 at the RNCM, he is soon to celebrate ten years of performing. With the trio he has performed regularly for festivals and music societies throughout the UK and further afield as well as performing live on BBC Radio 3 and attending the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove. The trio have also recently become Park Lane Group artists and will perform at St. John’s Smith Square later this season. Between 2013 and 2015 the trio were also Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at Birmingham Conservatoire.
Jonathan also enjoys teaching and is a Visiting Tutor in Chamber Music at Birmingham Conservatoire, as well as a Tutor of violin at Manchester University.
Edward McCullagh Edward McCullagh is a young professional violinist and enjoys a varied playing career, working with orchestras such as the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, English National Ballet, the Malta Philharmonic, and baroque violin with the Hanover Band. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Lydia Mordkovitch, and at the Brussels Conservatoire with Shirly Laub. He is an experienced chamber musician and has worked with ensembles including the Gildas Quartet, the Berkeley Ensemble and London Concertante, and was a member of Southbank Sinfonia in 2012, where he played a solo concerto with Paul Daniel conducting. He is also delighted to be on trial for tutti 1st violin with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin.
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Susie Mészáros Susie Mészáros studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School. She has been principal viola with the Camerata Salzburg, as well as a regular chamber music partner of her teacher, violinist Sándor Végh. She made her Wigmore Hall debut as a duo with Yehudi Menuhin in 1977 and performed with Vladimir Spivakov and Arthur Grumiaux. She won the Gold Medal at the Royal Over-Seas League competition and was a string finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and played with many leading chamber ensembles including the Nash Ensemble.
Susie was leader of the Fitzwilliam Quartet, Prometheus Ensemble and concert master of Kent Opera. She has appeared as soloist on Radio 3 on both violin and viola. Susie is now a member of the world-renowned Chilingirian String Quartet. She has taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School and currently at Purcell School and is a Professor at both RCM and RNCM teaching violin, viola and chamber music.
Susie has performed as a guest principal with major orchestras including the Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Susie has been a juror on the Bordeaux International Quartet competition. As past Gold medallist at the Royal Overseas League, She has been invited to sit as jury member of the competition in 2016.
Matthew Newlin American tenor Matthew Newlin is currently a member of the ensemble at Deutsche Oper Berlin where he performs such lyric tenor roles as Tamino, Count Almaviva, Don Ottavio, Belmonte, and more. Matthew recently debuted the role of Frederick in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance with The Atlanta Opera, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte with Stadttheater Klagenfurt in Austria, and he made two appearances in concert with the San Francisco Symphony. Previous engagements include leading roles with Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Belgium, Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland, The Buxton Festival in England, and New World Symphony in Miami. Matthew holds a Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, and he trained further in prestigious American Young Artist Programs at Santa Fe Opera, Merola, and Florida Grand Opera. Upcoming engagements include his debut with Opéra National de Paris. www.matthewnewlin.com
Conductor Ruth Reinhardt was born in Saarbrücken, Germany, and graduated with a Master of Music degree in Conducting from The Juilliard School where she studied with Alan Gilbert. Ruth Reinhardt was recently appointed Assistant Conductor to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra having been Conducting Fellow with the Seattle Symphony for the 2015-2016 season and a Tanglewood Conducting Fellow in 2015. She is currently Associate Conducting Fellow of the Taki Concordia program under Marin Alsop and the regular conductor of the New York City based ÆON Ensemble with whom she led a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. Ruth began her formal musical education at the age of six studying the violin and completed her studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste(ZHdK) with Rudolf Koelman. She began conducting in 2004, taking private lessons with Constantin Trinks, and from 2008 studying at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste with Professor Johannes Schlaefli.
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Daniel Robinson Dan started his musical journey at the late age of fourteen, playing drum kit in metal bands and timpani in Welsh brass bands. After a mission every Saturday morning to the Birmingham Conservatoire junior department, Dan settled in London having gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music and then undertook further studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Having already worked with orchestras across the UK such as English National Opera, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra and many others, Dan is now in the process of expanding his solo repertoire through concerts within the UK and across Europe.
Graham Ross Graham Ross has established an exceptional reputation as a sought-after conductor and composer of a very broad range of repertoire. He is Director of Music and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and Principal Conductor of The Dmitri Ensemble, with whom his performances around the world and his extensive discography have earned consistently high praise. He frequently appears as a guest conductor, with recent performances with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Aurora Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Aalborg Symfoniorkester and the London Mozart Players. He made his BBC Proms and Glyndebourne debuts aged 25, and his recordings have won numerous awards, including a Diapason d’Or, Le Choix de France Musique and Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and BBC Music Magazines. As a composer, recent performances have been given by City of London Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Park Lane Group. Forthcoming projects include CD releases on the Harmonia Mundi label, conducting debuts with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Singers, assisting Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus at the 2016 BBC Proms, and engagements in France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Palestine, Netherlands and the USA. www.grahamross.com
Peter Ryan Peter studies the French Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he started studying in 2012 under Jeffrey Bryant with a scholarship generously funded by the Music Student’s Hostel Trust. He plays on a Paxman 20 which was bought with help from the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Barbirolli fund. In Ireland Peter has won all major brass prizes and was a finalist in the Catherine Judge Memorial Award in Belfast. He has participated in masterclasses with Sue Dent, John Ryan, Richard Watkins and Prof. Marie Luise Neunecker. Peter has performed at venues including the Helix and National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Royal Festival Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, Casino Kursaal in Interlaken, Teatro Manzoni in Bologna, Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw and Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona. He has played with ensembles including the Hibernian Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, European Union Youth Orchestra, Festival Productions, Cork Operatic Society, the Opera Theatre Company and Wexford Opera Festival and worked under conductors including André Cavanagh, Gearóid Grant, John Finucane, David Brophy, Prionnsías Ó Dúinn, Chris Houlding, Hugh Seenan, Peter Gane, Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
John Savournin John Savournin studied at Trinity College of Music where he was awarded the Founder’s Prize for Excellence and the Paul Simms Opera Prize. He is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and was awarded the Concordia Foundation’s Wigmore Concert Prize. He has given recitals at Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, and has sung oratorio works at major concert venues in the UK and Ireland, including Elijah, Messiah, Mozart Requiem and the Bach Passions. He recently sang Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Lands End Ensemble (Canada).
Recent operatic roles include Alidoro La Cenerentola (Scottish Opera), Peter Quince A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2nd Gunman, Kiss Me Kate, Schaunard La bohème (all for Opera North), The Immigration Officer, Flight (Opera Holland Park), The Pirate King The Pirates of Penzance and Pish-Tush The Mikado (National G&S Opera Company). Future roles include Colline, La Boheme (Opera Holland Park), reprising his role as 2nd Gunman Kiss Me Kate (Welsh National Opera) and Alidoro La Cenerentola (Opera North).
He is Artistic Director of Charles Court Opera, who will present The Magic Flute at the Iford Arts Festival 2016. www.johnsavournin.com
Pauline Sikirdji French mezzo soprano Pauline started her musical studies with violin and piano. She then turned her attention to singing and acting; joining the class of Malkolm Walker and graduating from the Conservatoire National Supèrieur de Danse et Musique de Paris and L’Ecole du Théàtre National de Chaillot. Amongst her staged roles, Pauline has performed Prince Orlofsky from Strauss’ « Die Fledermaus » (CNSM de Paris), Ino from Handel’s « Semele » (CRR de Paris), Hänsel from Humperdinck’s « Hänsel und Gretel » (Sibelius Academy, Finland), Rosina from Rossini’s « Barber of Seville » (Vendôme), L’Enfant from Ravel’s « L’Enfant et les Sortilèges » (Opéra de Lyon), Dorabella from Mozart’s « Cosi fan tutte (Amman, Jordan and Théàtre du Ranelagh, Paris) and Zora from Anna Sokolovic’s « Svadba » (Festival d’Aix en Provence and San Francisco Opera). She regularly performs under the direction of Mathieu Bauer, most recently in « Haunting Melody » , « DJ set sur écoute » and « Tristan et…. » at the Théàtre National de Montreuil. This year Pauline has returned to Aix en Provence festival in « Et tachons d’épuiser la mort dans un baiser », and made her début under the direction of Christophe Rousset in « Dido and Aeneas » at Beaune Festival. Amongst her upcoming projects, Pauline will perform with Dima Bawab in « Féminines » at the POP/ Péniche Opéra Paris.
Daniel Tarrant Daniel is currently in his last year at secondary school studying Maths, Chemistry and Music. He recently received an offer from the Royal College of Music to study trumpet. However, he is hoping to go to Manchester to do a joint course between the university and the Royal Northern College of Music. He is principal trumpet of Bromley Youth Music Trust.
Rebecca Taylor Rebecca read music as Organ Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford, studying with David Sanger. As both an organist and choral conductor she has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 & 4, made CD recordings and performed in the UK and abroad in venues such as Westminster Abbey, St.George’s Chapel Windsor, York Minster, Christ Church Dublin, St Marks Venice. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music on the MA Piano Accompaniment course under Michael Dussek and Carole Presland, Rebecca Taylor has been increasingly in demand both as an accompanist and repetiteur. Whilst at the Academy, Rebecca was a prizewinner in the Rex Stephens Lieder Prize, a finalist in the Richard Lewis Song Competition and was highly commended in both the Major van Someron-Godfrey English Song Prize and the Scott Huxley Piano Accompaniment Competition. Rebecca was awarded a distinction in her LRAM diploma and was a member of the prestigious Academy Song Circle.
After graduating, Rebecca continued her training as a Junior Fellow Trainee Répétituer and was also successful in gaining a place on the Solti Peretti Repetiteurs’ Masterclass Course in 2014. As an accompanist, Rebecca’s reputation is growing following her success in winning the Maureen Lehane Accompanist Prize at Wigmore Hall. In June 2015, Rebecca accompanied the Welsh candidate in the Song Prize Competition of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and she also be performed a song recital at the Three Choirs Festival 2015.
As a repetiteur, Rebecca has worked on a wide range of operas, which include Tom Randle’s Love me to Death; Ariodante, Handel; Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky. She regularly works on new music with composers, most recently a project with Laura Bowler and the playwright Edward Bond at the Royal Opera House. Rebecca’s work also has an international dimension in that she has performed across Europe and the Middle East at venues which include St.Martin in the Fields, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Real Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid, St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Macedonia Opera House in Skopje and Al Bustan in Muscat.
Rebecca is Director of Music at St.Philip’s Earls Court Road where she is founder and Artistic Director for the SPECR Recital Series. She is accompanist of the Leeds Festival Chorus and is also Assistant Conductor and Pianist for Twickenham Choral Society.
Trio Air Marmaduke, Théo & John se sont rencontrés en 2013 pendant leurs études de musique au lycée en parallèle du Conservatoire de Nice. Durant ces trois années, ils se sont produits à plusieurs occasions, en solo ou dans diverses formations comme par exemple avec Richard Galliano ou Gilles Apap. Né à Cannes en 1997, le pianiste John Gade intègre très rapidement le CRR de Nice où il obtient son DEM de piano à l’âge de 13 ans. Il suit également ses études de violon et il obtient son DEM à l’âge de 15 ans. Il est admis au CRR de Paris en 2013 où il obtient son prix
de Perfectionnement à l’Unanimité en 2014 et en 2015 son prix de Concertiste avec la mention Très bien à l’unanimité du Jury. En 2015, il obtient à l’Unanimité du jury le Concours d’Entrée au CNSM de Paris. Il étudie depuis septembre 2015 le piano dans la Classe de Denis Pascal. Il obtient le premier prix ex aequo au Concours International de l’Académie d’Eté de Nice en 2014. Marmaduke Leforestier, a commencé à étudier le violon à l’Ecole de Musique de Seillans à l’âge de 6 ans avec Jürgen Donau. Il étudie en
DEM de violon au CRR à Nice dans la classe de Danuta Glowacka. Violoncelliste, Théo Heyman intègre la section technique de la musique et de la danse à Nice au lycée Massena en même temps que le CRR de Nice où il étudie le violoncelle avec Frédéric Audibert et Guillermo Lefever. Théo et Marmaduke viennent de participer à la session de l’orchestre des jeunes de la Méditerranée et ils participent également à l’Académie de Musique Cordiale depuis quelques années.
Stephen Williams Stephen studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was generously supported by Help Musicians UK, Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund and Guildhall Scholarship Award. He studied clarinet with Joy Farrall, Andrew Marriner, Nicholas Carpenter and Andrew Webster, and composition with James Weeks and Paul Newland. He is a Fellow at the Guildhall School for 2015/16. Stephen has played with ensembles including the Britten Sinfonia, City of London Chamber Orchestra, Haffner Wind Ensemble, and as the clarinet academy member for the 2015 Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra. Stephen also played in the 2015 UK premiere of Šimon Voseček’s Biedermann and the Arsonist with Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells in London. He has played under conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, John Wilson, Michael Tilson Thomas and Gianandrea Noseda. As a concerto soloist he has performed music by Debussy, Mozart and Weber, and earlier this year was involved in a solo and chamber music recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York and also gave a performance of Berg’s Four Pieces at the Barbican Hall as part of the LSO Platforms pre-concert series. Stephen has a keen interest in contemporary music and his compositions have been performed by a variety of groups, most recently by professors at the Guildhall School, Guildhall’s Ubu Ensemble, The Hermes Experiment and also in a workshop performance by the acclaimed contemporary vocal ensemble EXAUDI.
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Michela Zanoni Michela Zanoni has been studying the harp since she was 9. She currently studies with Gabriella Dall’Olio as a Trinity Laban scholar in Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and she participates regularly in masterclasses held by internationally renowned harpists. Michela played for the Irish and Monegasque governments at the Farmleigh House in Dublin and performed as a soloist with the Monaco Philarmonic Orchestra for the Gala concert of the Music Academy Ranier III. In 2015 she received a Princesse Grace Scholarship for the renowned Aspen Music Festival in Colorado where she played under conductors such as Robert Spano and Hugh Wolff. This summer she will join the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra. She won a first prize at “Young Hope” Festival in Grasse, a second prize (category: Superior) at the “Concours Français de la Harpe” of Limoge and a second prize at the International Harp Competition Marcel Tournier in Cosenza in Italy.