Yuri Kalnits - violin
Twice a recipient of the prestigious Diapason d’Or award for his recordings of Weinberg’s Violin Sonatas, Yuri Kalnits was described by reviewers as ‘an interpreter of the highest order’. He has participated in festivals throughout the world such as Festival Musicales Internationales Guil-Durance (France), Young Artist Peninsula Music Festival (USA), Festival Cziffra (France), Waterford International Music Festival (Ireland), Irina Kandinskaya and Friends (Russia), Pharos Trust Festival (Cyprus), Festival “Musica da camera” (Germany), Festival International Ciudad de Ubeda (Spain), Loch Shiel Spring Festival (Scotland) and has played at many important venues including The Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square, Barbican, St. Martin-in the-Fields, Small Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall. Tours have taken him to Russia, Ireland, Germany, Israel, France, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, USA, Hong Kong and Cyprus.
As a concerto soloist he has appeared with the London Festival Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra, Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra, London Soloist Chamber Orchestra, Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra, Kazan Chamber Orchestra “La Primavera”, London Musical Arts Ensemble, Minsk Symphony Orchestra and the New Philharmonia Koln to name a few.
Equally active as a chamber musician, he joined the Erato Piano Trio in 2010 and has since performed with the group across the UK and recorded for Toccata Classics.
In 2011 he was one of the organisers and a jury member for the London Gates Education Group String Project, a series of masterclasses and competition aiming to provide an opportunity for young players to obtain scholarships to leading European conservatoires.
Born in Moscow into a musical family, he received his first violin lessons from his father and went on to become a pupil at Moscow’s Central Music School and later at the Gnessin Music School for Gifted Children. At the age of 16 he began studying at the Royal College of Music (London) with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky, winning several major College prizes, including the Foundation Scholarship, W.H. Reed, Isolde Menges prizes and Leonard Hirsch Prize for the outstanding string player of the year. He went on to win major prizes, notably the Bromsgrove and Watford Music Festivals in England, the Yehudi Menuhin Award from the Sudborough Foundation, KPMG/Martin Musical Scholarship (UK), Cziffra Foundation competition (France), Web Concert Hall Competition (USA), Barthel Prize from the Concordia Foundation.
Upon graduation from the RCM Yuri was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Scholarship for postgraduate studies there. He completed his training with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Vasko Vassiliev at Trinity College of Music whilst receiving further artistic guidance from eminent musicians such as Shlomo Mintz, Abram Shtern, Igor Oistrakh, Edward Grach, Sergei Fatkulline, Sylvia Rosenberg and Valentin Berlinsky.
Anna Kandinskaya - violin
Born and raised in Moscow, Anna Kandinskaja began playing the violin at a young age and subsequently studied at the Moscow and Bern Conservatories, completing her postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, London.
Her musical path has been illuminated by several successes in international competitions. She has been awarded the First Prize in the International Violin Competition of the Munich Konzertgesellschaft and was winner of the International Yehudi Menuhin Competition in Paris. Following this achievement, Anna Kandinskaja had the privilege of working regularly with Lord Menuhin and touring all Europe under his conduct.
Anna Kandinskaja has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, amongst others, with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared in the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Münchener Philharmonie am Gasteig, Münchener Residenz, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, Musikverein Wien and the Wiener Konzerthaus.
Among the international music festivals she has been invited to the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Tivoli Copenhagen, to Bad Kissingen, to the Santander Festival, the Haydn-Festival Eisenstadt, the International Oleg Kagan Festival Tegernsee and the Mozartwochen Salzburg.
At Gidon Kremer´s invitation Anna Kandinskaya appeared at the Lockenhaus Festival, touring in the following years as an artistic guest with the Kremerata Baltica.
On Valery Gergiev´s invitation she has appeared at the Stars of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg both as a soloist and in recital as well as the Mikkeli Festival, Finland, where she performed the Alban Berg Violin Concerto.
She is regular performer at Yuri Bashmet´s Music Festival Elba, Italy. Recently she appeared as a soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and their conductor Alexander Rudin.
Anna Kandinskaja performed chamber music together with partners as András Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikow, Yuri Bashmet, Lars Vogt, Mikhail Rudy, Miklos Perenji, Nabuko Imai and the Altenberg Trio.
Since many years Anna Kandinskaja is holding a teaching position for violin at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna having already built up various finalists of major international competitions and players on prominent positions in some of Europe´s leading orchestras.
Anna Kandinskaja is tutor for violin on masterclasses in Europe and all over the world, including Asia, where she is regularly invited to teach in metropolises of Japan, South-Korea and Malaysia.
Anna Kandinskaja is primaria of the Vienna-based Razumovsky-Stringquartet.
2012 she was appointed to a professorship for Solo-Violin at theJoseph Haydn-Konservatorium Eisenstadt.
Madeleine Mitchell - violin
Madeleine Mitchell has a distinguished career as soloist and keen chamber musician, described by The Times as ‘one of Britain's foremost violinists'. Her performances in some 50 countries in a wide repertoire are frequently broadcast including the BBC Proms (Messiaen Quartet and her own arrangement of Bach) ABC Australia, Bayerisher Rundfunk, S4C and National Spanish TV with her London Chamber Ensemble which she formed in 1992. Her engagements in 2015/16 included concerti with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in Russia, recitals in Singapore, Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3, chamber concerts at London’s Barbican, Schoenberg Center Vienna and Moscow, Dartington International Summer Festival and a major tour of the USA.
Madeleine Mitchell has performed violin concertos with orchestras including the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech and Polish Radio Symphony, Wurttemberg and Munich Chamber, the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras, Orchestra de Bahia Brazil, for the BBC and as Canberra International Music Festival Artist-in-Residence.
Mitchell’s acclaimed discography for which she has been nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Awards, includes ‘In Sunlight: Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell’ by MacMillan, Nyman and other well known UK composers, ‘FiddleSticks’ - Lou Harrison Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra and new companion pieces; ‘Violin Songs’ - Classic FM’s CD of the week, ‘British Treasures’ - early 20th century romantic violin sonatas, two albums for Naxos of chamber music by Alwyn and Howard Blake (with the composer as pianist), Hummel violin sonatas, Bridge chamber music and the widely recommended Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time with Joanna MacGregor. Her Linn recording of MacMillan Motet with solo violin and choir was BBC Music’s CD of the Month.
Madeleine Mitchell is well known for her recitals and for her imaginative programming, described by The Herald as ‘a violinist in a million’ after a recital in Glasgow and winning the GBSF award. She has given recitals at Lincoln Center New York, Sydney Opera House, Seoul Center for the Arts, Hong Kong, Rome for the Queen’s Jubilee, many international festivals and frequently in London.
A highly creative personality, she devised the Red Violin festival under Lord Menuhin's patronage, the first international eclectic celebration of the fiddle across the arts, held throughout Cardiff, for which she was shortlisted for European Women of Achievement and Creative Briton Awards.
Madeleine Mitchell won the Tagore Gold Medal as Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music where she is a Professor and a master’s degree as Fulbright/ITT Fellow to New York’s Eastman and Juilliard schools. She gives master classes worldwide and is on the faculty of the international LMFL courses. Madeleine plays on a fine 1839 Rocca violin from Turin. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2000.
Evgenia Epshtein - violin
Evgenia Epshtein was born in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg), Russia. She began her violin studies at age of six and completed the High school for Gifted Musicians with Vladimir Milshtein. Evgenia immigrated to Israel in 1990. There she studied with Arthur Zisserman, Yair Kless and Irena Svetlova at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music and Benzion Shamir at the Rotterdam Royal Academy, where she received her Master Degree. During her studies at the Academy she won several prizes at the violin and chamber music competitions and took part in the masterclasses of Isaak Stern, Henry Mayer and Zakhar Bron.
As co- founder of the "Aviv" string quartet, Evgenia Epshtein is a winner of the 3rd Melbourn International Chamber music competition ( 1999 Grand Prix and four speсial prizes), Bordaux String quartet competition (2003), Charles Hennen Music competition (1999 Netherlands). Other top prizes include "Schubert and Modernity" competition (2003 Graz, Austria, 2nd prize and special Schubert prize) and Prague spring competition (1998 2nd prize). As a member of Aviv she also proclaimed as the " Best young ensemble" by the Culture Ministries of Germany and Israel ( 1999, 2000, 2003, 2008).
As a soloist she performed with Reconsil Sinfoniega Vienna, Bucharest philharmonic orcnestra, Zadar chamber orchestra, Split Symphony Orchestra, Ashdod and Ramat Gan Symphony Orchestra.
She held recitals in all major Israeli venues and radio broadcasts. Stockholm, Paris, Toronto, Ottawa, Guadalajara, Lagos, Vienna, Zagreb, Varaždin, Split, Prague, London.
Currently Evgenia Epshtein is a docent of Split academy of Arts, professor of violin and chamber music since 2011. and artistic director of Summer school " Summer Con Spirito" in Trogir - Croatia and Winter string school " Winter Con Spirito" in Vinkovci - Croatia.
Before she taught as an assistant of violin professor Mr. Benzion Shamir at Rotterdam Royal academy.
As a violinist and chamber music Evgenia is often giving masterclasses - Isa international summer academy, Prague music academy, " Keshet eilon" violin course, France, Croatia and others.
Mikhail Bereznitsky - viola
As an ‘Honoured Artist of Russia’ and Associate Professor at the Moscow State Conservatoire, he was described by the composer Rodion Shchedrin as ‘one of the most brilliant violists in the world’. He was already a reputed violinist, experienced as soloist, ensemble player and leader of a number of outstanding chamber ensembles and orchestras, performing standard repertory, new music and rock, when at the age of 26 he realised that the sound and style of the viola lay much closer to his heart and, after a month of study, he made his debut as violist in the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. With a training as violinist at the Conservatoire at the hands of such distinguished teachers as Maya Glezarova and Nadezhda Beshkina and experience in ensemble-playing with such musicians as Alexander Bakhchiev, Valentin Berlinsky, Mikhail Kopelman and others, he soon mastered the viola, and in half a year he enrolled at the Conservatoire as a postgraduate viola student in the class of Yuri Bashmet. During these years he was active as both violist and violinist, often playing both instruments in the same concert.
Already a winner of International Bellini Chamber Ensembles Competition in Italy in 1990, he then began to prepare for solo competitions. In 1997, after eighteen months of study, he became a laureate of the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition on the Isle of Man, the first Russian prize-winner at that competition since its establishment in 1980. Later he won the Yuri Bashmet Moscow International Viola Competition.
Since then he has performed in all of the world’s major venues, and with some of its most outstanding musicians, among them Yuri Bashmet, Kolja Blacher, Natalia Gutman, Gidon Kremer, Alexei Lubimov, Aleksander Rudin and Naum Shtarkman. The festivals at which he has appeared include December Nights in Moscow, Moscow Autumn, Berliner Festwochen, the oleg Kagan Musikfest in Germany, the Bath International Music Festival and Gaudeamus in the Netherlands.
Mikhail Bereznitsky has given the first Russian performances of works of York Bowen, Mikhail Bronner, Morton Feldman, Pavel Karmanov, Michael Nyman, Nino Rota, Efrem Podgaits, Valentin Silvestrov and others, and some of the leading Russian composers of the day have dedicated viola works to him.
Morgan Goff - viola
Morgan Goff is based in London where he works extensively as a chamber and solo violist. He was the violist of the Kreutzer Quartet for 10 years and the Solaris Quartet before then. The Kreutzer Quartet are the dedicatees of well over two hundred works for string quartet and have recorded cycles of quartets by, Gloria Coates, Roberto Gerhard, David Matthews, Michael
Tippett, Anton Reicha, Michael Finnissy, Thomas Simaku, and Jeremy Dale Roberts, among others. Morgan also has a busy performing and recording schedule with numerous chamber ensembles in London, including and with recordings, the Locrian
Ensemble, the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, the Fiorini Trio, the English Piano Trio and the London Sinfonietta. Record labels he has recorded for as soloist and chamber
musician include Hyperion, Meridian, Naxos NMC, Toccata Classics, Metier, Guild, Dutton Epoch, BMS and ABC classics. He has worked closely with the late pianist Raphael Terroni, with whom he has performed and recorded much of English viola
repertoire. His instrument is a Daniel Parker viola, London, 1715.
Marie de Bry - viola
As a soloist and chamber musician, Marie was invited to take part in festivals like the Czech Chamber Music Festival, the Gustav Mahler Academy and the Santander Festival, where she played alongside Hansjörg Schellenberger. Her recital concerts include two performances in the Wigmore Hall London. She also performed the viola solo in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Ranelagh Chamber Orchestra.
Her experiences as an orchestral musician has led her to perform with orchestras like the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the St.-Petersburg Ballet Theatre, the Oxford Philharmonic and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.
Marie is a prizewinner of several competitions. She was awarded the second prize at the North London Festival - Viola Competition, the third prize at the violin and viola competition of the Kenneth Page Foundation, the second place at the Theodore Holland Viola Prize and she received a scholarship from the Fondazione Paolo Grassi, awarded by Bruno Giuranna.
During master classes she had the opportunity to work with renowned violists such as Lawrence Power, Wolfram Christ, Bruno Giuranna, Lars Anders Tomter, Hartmut Rohde, Garth Knox, Helen Callus, Yuko Inoue and Richard Crabtree.
Marie studied violin with Guido De Neve and Tatiana Samouil at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (Belgium). In 2012 she obtained her master degree on the violin and moved to London to start her second master studies on the viola with Jon Thorne at the Royal Academy of Music, where she graduated in 2015. Today Marie is professionally active as a violinist and violist.
Julia Morneweg - cello and artistic director
Since graduating with honours from the Royal College of Music in 2007, Julia Morneweg has quickly established a remarkably versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player.
The recipient of an EMI Music Foundation Award, she made her London concerto debut in 2006 performing the Elgar Concerto at St John's Smith Square which immediately led to further engagements including a performance of Haydn's C major Concerto with the International Mahler Orchestra at the same venue as well as Elgar with the Ternopol Philharmonic Orchestra in the Ukraine. Other concerto performances have included Lalo in London and Vivaldi in Cologne. As a recitalist she has appeared around the UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany and at venues such as the Purcell Room, Oxford's Holywell Music Rooms, Trieste Opera House, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as the 2007 Charterhouse Festival (by invitation of renowned flautist Susan Milan) and the Tacoma International Music Festival, USA when she was only 16. Most recent festival appearances have included the Leamington, Lower Machen, Uckfield and Shipley Arts Festivals. Julia has collaborated with many renowned artists including Shlomo Mintz, Joan Enric Lluna, Sergei Podobedov, Kathron Sturrock, and Oleg Poliansky to name a few.
A passionate chamber musician, she now spends much of her time performing as the cellist of the Erato Piano Trio, one of the UK’s leading young ensembles which she founded in 2005. Since winning the 2006 Anglo-Czech Trust Competition the Trio has performed at many important venues across the UK and mainland Europe such as the Purcell Room, Martinu Hall Prague and Zurich's famous Tonhalle. In August 2013 they gave their debut in Asia with an extensive tour across China, performing in major halls in cities such as Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Xiamen. During 2012/13 they were members of the Making Music Concert Promoters Scheme, which awarded them numerous recitals across the UK. Previously, the Trio were also invited onto the Concordia Foundation Young Artists Scheme, courtesy of which they performed recitals at St Martin in the Fields and St James Piccadilly. Their recording of chamber works by David Braid was released on the Toccata Classics label in 2012. Julia's other chamber music engagements have included tours to Croatia and Italy with the acclaimed British ensemble Fibonacci Sequence as well as chamber music recitals in Singapore.
As an orchestral player, Julia has been a guest with distinguished orchestras including the Orchestra of La Scala Milan, the Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, and has played guest principal and co-principal cello with Northern Ballet Sinfonia. Julia's varied schedule increasingly also features commercial music, appearing on BBC and ITV television, as well as with rock legends such as Rod Stewart.
Now a highly-respected teacher and chamber music coach herself, Julia was taught by Raphael Wallfisch and Klaus Heitz at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater Hannover before completing her degree at the Royal College of Music with Leonid Gorokhov, where she also trained as a pianist. She also performed in numerous masterclasses and received guidance from distinguished musicians such as Lluis Claret, Bernard Greenhouse, Alexander Ivashkin, Alexander Baillie, Salvatore Accardo and the Chilingirian Quartet.
Alexander Volpov - cello
Biography coming shortly...
Tony Hougham - double bass
Tony Hougham studied at Trinity College of Music with Frederick Wigston. Whilst at Trinity he won the Cruft prize for double bass and the Kantrovitch Prize for solo strings.
In 1986 Tony was appointed principal double bass player with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Whilst maintaining this position Tony works with symphony and chamber orchestras in London and has been invited to play as guest principal with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tony is a founder member of the Soloists, a chamber group formed by mostly principal players of the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, which has been invited to play at many prestigious festivals at home and abroad. In May 1994 Tony was invited by the international tenor Giuseppe Sabbatini to perform the virtuosic obligato part of Mozart’s Per Questa Bella Mano at St. John’s Smith Square as part of his debut recital in London.
Tony teaches extensively and has examined and adjudicated at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music, and coaches youth orchestras in Kent, Essex and Herts. He is also actively involved in the education work of the Royal Opera House.
Yulia Chaplina - piano
Born in Rostov-on-Don (Russia), London-based Yulia gave her debut performance aged 7, performing Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in F minor with the Rostov State Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has performed extensively in Europe and Asia.
Since her first major competition win in Poland, aged 9, Yulia has won first prize in piano competitions in Paris, London, Andorra, Kiev, Kharkov and St. Petersburg. After winning the first prize and gold medal in the junior section of the Vth Tchaikovsky International Competition, Yulia performs regularly both in recital and with orchestras, in many of the world's finest venues, including Wigmore Hall in London, Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Grand Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, Main Hall of Busan’s Cultural Centre, Hiroshima’s Bunka Gakuen Hall, Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama and many other prestigious venues.
Her recent engagements and tours have included orchestras such as the Russian Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Sinfonietta, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Moroccan National Orchestra and Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra.
Yulia’s debut CD recording - of the solo piano works of Badarzewska – was made by King Records in Japan in 2007 and a subsequent documentary was made by the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (NHK).
Yulia’s solo CD of Russian Music, recorded by Champs Hill Records, was released worldwide in May 2014. The American Record Guide described this as "....an outstanding disc and one I’ll return to often" and "at only 26 years, Russian born and trained Yulia Chaplina brings to her playing more than a lifetime of acquaintance with this music."
Yulia studied in Rostov and Moscow with Naum Shtarkman before moving to Berlin in 2006 to study with Klaus Hellwig at the University of Arts in Berlin. She holds a Master of Music (MMus) degree from the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied with Dmitri Alexeev. In 2013 Yulia was appointed the Mills Williams Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music.
In addition to her degrees, Yulia also was taught by Mstislav Rostropovitch, András Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Liliya Zilberstein. Yulia has received awards from the Menuhin and Hindemith Foundations in Germany, Zetland Foundation in the UK and the Mstislav Rostropovitch Foundation in Russia. Yulia is the Founder & Director of Tchaikovsky Music School in London.
Oleg Poliansky - piano
Oleg Poliansky was born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1968.
He is prize winner of many international competitions, first of all of the international `Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow` (Russia) in 1998. In addition to that, he won prizes in Tokyo (Japan) in 1986, in Montreal (Canada) in 1988, at `The international Duo Competition in memoriam of Christian Ferras and Pierre Barbìzet in Marseille (France) in 1997, at the `World Pianno Competition`in Cincinnati (USA) in 1999 as well as at `Citta di Cantu (Italy) in 1998 and 2003.
In the course of his career, Mr. Poliansky has made appearance at the largest international concert arenas and given concerts as a soloist with renomated orchestras such as, e.g., The Moscow Soloists, The Moscow Sympony Orchestra, The National Symphony of Ukraine, The Novosibirsk Sympony Orchestra, the Urals Symphony Orchestra Yekaterinburg, Budapest Strings; Neue Philarmonie Westfallen, Sinfonietta Hungarica, Junge Philarmonie Köln, The National Orchestra of Malta and The KBS National Radio Orchestra of Korea.
Oleg Poliansky looks forward into the future, remembering his numerous solo recitals, highly acclaimed by public and music critics; he has been a regular guest at international festivals, such as, for example, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, The New Generation (Dortmund), Europaisches Klassikfestival Ruhr, Festival du Vigan, la Grange de Meslay, La Folle Journee (Nantes), Great Waterburry Summer Music Festival (Connecticut), and many others.
Oleg Poliansky is also a prolific chamber musician. Many famous artists, such as, for example, Pavel Gililov, Henry Sigfridsson, Pierre Amoyal,Mayuko Kamio , Mayu Kishima, Sayaka Shoji, Michail Ovrutsky, Natasha Korsakova, Erik Schumann, Leticia Munoz-Moreno, Boris Pergamenschikov (deceased), Kirill Rodin, Lazslo Fenyo, Tatyana Vassilieva and Dmitri Sitkovetski, think highly of him as a reliable piano partner.
He has produced numerous recordings for different Russian and German broadcasting companies, so he played, e.g., the Grande Sonate of Tchaikovsky and, with Michail Ovrutsky, the 1st violin sonate of Mieczyslav Weinberg for the German broadcasting company WDR. He recorded a Duo-CD with cellist Lazslo Fenyo for Aulos Records.
Oleg Poliansky started to study the piano at the Lysenko Music School in Kiev, where his teachers were Natalia Gridneva and Natalia Tolpygo. Simultaneously, he also studied violoncello from the 1st through 8th class at the same school with Galina Grishenko.
To his teachers belong three well-known personalities: Alexandr Alexandrov at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, Sergei Dorensky at the Moscow Conservatory and Pavel Gililov at the Musikhochschule Köln. Oleg Poliansky has been living in Köln as well since 1993 and holds the academic position of Associate Professor for Major Piano at Hochshule für Musik Köln since 2007.
Zeynep Özsuca - piano
The Turkish pianist Zeynep Özsuca has performed worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. Born in Ankara in 1984, she began piano lessons at the age of four and continued her studies at Ankara Conservatory of Hacettepe University. After winning Istanbul Symphony’s Young Soloists Competition in 2001, Zeynep moved to the United States to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory under Prof. Peter Takács. She then majored in accompaniment and vocal coaching at Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’, Berlin with Prof. Alexander Vitlin and graduated with an MA in 2013. Zeynep currently lives in London and
pursues her career as concert pianist and repetiteur.
Zeynep has worked with conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Halsey, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Antonio Pappano, and acted as rehearsal pianist for singers Magdalena Kožená, Rolando Villazón, Gerald Finley, Annette Dasch, Michael Schade to name a few. She has been working as a repetiteur and orchestra member in renowned opera houses and festivals like Staatsoper Berlin, Aixen-Provence Music Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
As a chamber musician, she has performed on prestigious stages including the Berlin Philharmonie, Palau de la Musica Valencia, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as live radio broadcasts on Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio, RBB Kulturradio (Germany), RNE (Spain) and BBC 3 (UK). She also regularly appears in concert with her wind and piano sextet
Kathryn Thomas is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Sebastian Bell. She was subsequently awarded an Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music for achieving distinction in the music profession. Kathryn has been featured in The Times as a ‘Great British Hope’.
Kathryn is an established recitalist and chamber musician at venues including the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, Bridgewater Hall, and at festivals including BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Two Moors and Presteigne. As a founder member of the Galliard Ensemble whose awards have included participation in the BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme, Kathryn has given live and recorded broadcasts at festivals nationwide, including a live broadcast appearance at the BBC Proms.
Her CD recordings both as a soloist and with the Galliard Ensemble have been awarded Gramophone Editor’s Choice, The Observer CD of the Week, and Critics Choice in BBC Music Magazine. Particular recommendations have been given by Gramophone magazine, The Times, BBC Radio 3 CD review. BBC Music Magazine featured a cover CD devoted exclusively to the Galliard Ensemble.
Kathryn has an affinity for contemporary music and has worked with eminent composers and has given many world and British premieres. She has also worked with orchestras including the London Sinfonietta, New Queen’s Hall Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Her concerto performances include works by Ibert, Honegger, Arnold, Bach, Rawsthorne, Barber, Mozart, Telemann, Cecilia McDowall and Christopher Gunning.
Kathryn performs rock flute with the award-winning progressive rock band ‘Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate’.
Fergus Davidson has performed as guest principal with the Hallé, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and also principal piccolo with every major orchestra in the UK and has toured extensively around the world with many of the BBC orchestras, Birmingham Royal Ballet and RPO and has performed solo recitals in Japan and Scotland. His career has encompassed numerous broadcasts, studio recordings and education projects but he also performs in many of the west end shows where in one in particular, The Lion King, he plays 18 different flutes and pipes ranging from, zampoña to bansuri, pan pipes, apito and folk whistle. In 2009 he performed at the Wigmore Hall with the Camarilla Ensemble.
Fergus studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. During this period he studied flute with David Nicholson and Richard Chester, and piccolo with Sheena Gordon and won the John McGregor flute prize and a Leche Trust award to continue his studies at the National Centre for Orchestral studies in London.
Fergus has also composed a ballet based on the Polar Express which has been performed in Sydney and Hong Kong. Other works include a flute concerto and several short films.
Philip Haworth - oboe
Philip was born in Lancashire completed a Masters of Music at the RCM under the tutelage of Christopher Cowie, Christine Pendrill and John Anderson. Prior to this he studied at the RNCM with Hansjörg Schellenberger, Melinda Maxwell and Hugh McKenna. His pre-undergraduate education took place at Chetham’s School of Music for two years under the guidance of Rachel Clegg.
He is currently a member of the Atéa Wind Quintet who, in September 2012, were announced as Associate Artists in Residence at Birmingham Conservatoire where Philip is a Visiting Tutor. The Atéa Wind Quintet have performed at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Danish Radio Concert Hall and Colchester University, where they also gave a masterclass to the woodwind students. They recently were double prize winners at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition winning the Contemporary Prize and 3rd Prize overall. Chamber music has always been a passion for Philip and has performed with many chamber groups in venues across the North West, London and Scotland.
Philip first took to the concerto platform in 2006 where he was invited to tour Spain performing Belini’s oboe concerto with the Lancashire Students Symphony Orchestra, of which he was a member for 8 years. He then took to the concerto platform whilst at the RNCM with the RNCM Concert Orchstra and New Ensemble in 2009. Most recently in 2012&13, with the London Musical Arts Orchestra at St Martin in the fields, performing with renowned violinist Joshua Fisher.
Whilst at the RNCM Philip had the rare opportunity to record a premiere of Edwin Roxburgh’s oboe trio – Shadow Play, with one of the leading oboists in contemporary music, Paul Goodey. He was awarded several awards whilst at the RNCM including the Cronshaw Lancaster Award and the Evelyn Barbirolli Oboe Prize.
2010 saw Philip gain a place on the the LSO/BBC Symphony Orchestra Side-by-side scheme working with the players of both orchestras for a year.
Philip has recently worked with such orchestras as the Orchestra of Opera North, The Hallé Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of St John’s, Den Fynske Opera in Denmark and gained the Principal Oboe position in the London Musical Arts Orchestra in March 2010. He was also appointed the second Oboe/Cor Anglais of The Symphony Orchestra of India in September 2011 whom he tours with twice a year.
Future performances include Numerous Concertos with the Riot Ensemble, two tours of Scotland with the Atéa Quintet and the whole Ring Cycle tour with the Orchestra of Opera North.
Peter Cigleris - clarinet
Peter studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire from 1997 where his professors were Michael Harris and Colin Parr. Whilst at the Conservatoire, Peter won the prestigious John Ireland Chamber music award with a performance of that composer’s Fantasy Sonata. He was also awarded a place on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Training Scheme. At the Conservatoire Peter performed numerous concertos with the college’s ensembles, he also developed an interest in early clarinets, which led to a performance with the Conservatoire’s Baroque Capelle Orchestra with the Chalumeau Concerto by Fasch. Peter also premiered Guy Woolfenden’s arrangement of Malcolm Arnold’s Pre-Goodman Rag for wind ensemble; he later performed the complete Arnold Concerto with the Warwickshire Symphony under Guy Woolfenden as part of the composer’s eightieth birthday celebrations.
Peter went on to graduate from the Royal College of Music in 2002 with a PGDip. There his professors were Janet Hilton, Richard Hosford, Robert Hill and Tim Lines. During the summer of that year, Peter was awarded the Prix de Fossat and was invited to France to perform for Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark at a private reception.
As soloist he has performed in many venues across the UK and Europe and premiered several new works for the instrument as well as giving performances of concertos by Mozart, Weber, Finzi and Arnold to name a few.
Peter has been involved with several major projects, most notably with the BBC as a member of the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique in the BBC docu-drama 'Eroica’. Peter was also awarded a place on the prestigious Jerwood Foundation Scholarship for Young Players in association with the Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment. As an orchestral player he has worked with several well-known English orchestras including the CBSO, WNO and Orchestra of the Swan and is in demand as a session player. Peter has also held principal clarinet seat with the Symphony Orchestra of India and has worked with conductors Charles Dutoit, Rafael Payare amongst others.
As a chamber musician Peter works with numerous pianists and musicians including Martin Cousins, John Lenehan and Julian Lloyd Weber. This has lead Peter to perform in the Windsor and Wooburn Festivals and also various music clubs from Scotland to the South of England. Peter also played with the dynamic Canteloube Trio for many years; they were hand-picked for the Concert Promoters Network for the 2009/10 season. Peter left to concentrate on solo projects and the making of his debut CD "English Fantasy" released on Cala Records.
Engagements further afield have included giving a recital and master class at the University of New Hampshire USA as well as working with local high school clarinetists and the Seacoast Wind Ensemble, performances in Russia, Spain and Mexico as well as chamber music coaching for the Music for You Summer School.
Peter is a Backun Musical artist and a Silverstein Works Inspiring Pro.
Sacha Rattle - clarinet
Since his highly praised 2009 solo debut at Berlin’s Philharmonie, Sacha Rattle has become an established soloist. Noted for his immense sensitivity, warm character and unique sound, his career has developed rapidly with performances throughout Europe, including festival appearances at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Spannungen, Heimbach, Musikfest Stuttgart, Bremen Musikfest, Gidon Kremer’s Kammermusikfest, Lockenhaus and Italy’s AnimaMundi Festival.
Sacha has also appeared at many prestigious concert halls, such as the Philharmonie (Berlin), Cadogan Hall (London), Palau de la Musica (Valencia), Herbst Theater (San Francisco), Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), and the Sociedad Filarmónica (Bilbao). In 2011, he made his Asian debut as soloist with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall, Taipei,
performing works by Copland and Debussy.
Sacha is also a much sought-after chamber musician, having collaborated with artists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Lars Vogt, Isabelle Faust, Katia and Marielle Labèque, François Leleux, Guy
Braunstein, Pascal Moragues, Chi-chi Nwanoku and Claudio Bohorquez. He is a founding member of the ensemble “Berlin Counterpoint”, a wind and piano sextet that has been enjoying great success world-wide, releasing their debut CD in 2014 under the ‘Genuin’ label.
Wanting to spread his love for chamber music, Sacha helped to create the organization “Classical Revolution Berlin”, an offspring of the Classical Revolution in San Francisco that is devoted to
bringing chamber music to unusual locations such as bars, clubs and cafes.
Born in London in 1983, Sacha began studying the clarinet at the age of 9 at the Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2005 he received his Performance Diploma at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music
under Professor Richard Hawkins. Interested in the German school of clarinet playing, Sacha then moved to Berlin to study with Karl-Heinz Steffens at Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’, Berlin.
In 2010, he completed his studies with Wenzel Fuchs and Ralf Forster. In addition, he has been influenced heavily by his work with historical clarinet performers Antony Pay and Lorenzo
In 2015, Sacha moved to London as a member of the Southbank Sinfonia.
Igor Ahss - bassoon
Israeli bassoonist Igor Ahss started to play the violin at the age of 5 at the Gnessin School of Music in his native Moscow, and soon was captivated by sounds of the bassoon.
He continued his education at Thelma Yellin School of Arts in Tel Aviv studying with Walter Meroz, at Rubin Jerusalem Academy of Music with Richard Paleyand later at Basel Musik-Akademie in Switzerland with Sergio Azzolini studying modern bassoon and historical instruments at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Donna Agrell.
Former principal bassoonist of Israel Chamber Orchestra, he has collaborated with Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía Orchestra in Valencia, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Spira Mirabilis, Camerata Bern, Kammerorchester Basel and others.
Igor Ahss has performed at international festivals such as Verbier, Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence, Wiener Festwochen, Salzburger Festspiele, Israel Festival and many other.
Susana Dias - bassoon
Susana Dias completed a Master's Degree in Advanced Performance Studies at the Royal College of Music in 2006, studying Bassoon with Andrea de Flammineis and Contrabassoon with Martin Field.
Born in Porto, Portugal, Susana attended the local Music Conservatoire, where she studied with Professor Robert Glassburner. At the same time Susana went also to study a degree in Economics at Porto University.
In February 2003 she was co-winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation Competition for Woodwinds and later, at the RCM, Susana won the Concerto Competition, performing Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in the celebration of Mozart’s 250th birthday at LSO St. Luke’s.
Susana has been working as a freelance orchestral player in professional orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
She was a member of Southbank Sinfonia for their 2008 programme and performs chamber music with The London Myriad Ensemble and The Triple Duo.
Vicky Lester - harp
Vicky enjoys a rich and diverse musical life as a London freelance harpist. She is in demand as a soloist, giving numerous recitals nationwide as well as making appearances as a concerto soloist with orchestras across the country. Recent highlights include: ‘Horror Stories with Harp’ at the Arundel Festival, an evening of harp music inspired by Edgar Allan Poe short stories, a performance of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro in the same concert series, Britten's A Ceremony of Carols at Westminster Cathedral and Rutter’s Dancing Day Suite at the Royal Albert Hall.
Vicky is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied as a scholar to attain a Masters degree in performance with distinction. Her studies at this level were generously supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and a ‘Star’ Award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Prior to this she gained a BMus Honours degree from Edinburgh University, where she was awarded the Tovey Memorial Prize for Outstanding Musician of the Year and a Bucher-Fraser Scholarship.
As an orchestral harpist, Vicky has played with some of the country’s finest professional orchestras including the RPO, RSNO, Northern Ballet Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, CBSO, Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as well as internationally with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway, and the Sonderborg Symphony Orchestra, Denmark. She is currently playing for English Touring Opera’s 2015 Autumn tour of Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande.
In addition to this, she has played for session recordings at Abbey Road, has been broadcast on Radio 3 and Classic FM, and has made several television appearances including the Princess Diana Memorial Concert 2007, The Royal Variety Performance 2010 and Children In Need Rocks Manchester 2011. She has worked alongside a variety of artists including Kanye West, Brian May, Elbow, Snow Patrol, Belle and Sebastian, Jesse J, Laura Mvula, Stacey Kent, The King Singers, Andrea Bocelli, Russell Watson, Katherine Jenkins, Leslie Garrett, Jullian Lloyd Webber, Sir Willlard White, Sir Colin Davis and many more.
Eliana Pretorian - soprano
Eliana was born in Romania where she studied choreography and universal languages. In 2001 she received a scholarship at the Royal College of Music where she studied with Kathleen Livingstone and Lillian Watson and in 2005 she was the youngest finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition at the Wigmore Hall. Eliana completed her studies at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the RCM and at the National Opera Studio. Since finishing her studies she has been under the vocal guidance of John Evans and more recently Laura Sarti.
She is the recipient of an Independent Opera Award and a Sybil Tutton Award while at the NOS. She was also granted the Graziella Sciutti Scholarship for the most promising young singer, a Concordia Foundation Award and the Josephine Baker scholarship while at the RCM. Here she was supported by the John and Jeremy Sacher Trust and the Wall Trust.
Eliana has enjoyed a long collaboration with Glyndebourne Opera where she first sang the role of Gianetta in “L’Elisir d’amore” in 2007. She has recently performed the role of Serpetta in “Finta Giardiniera” and the role of Adina in “L’Elisir d’amore” here and in 2015 has been offered to sing Frasquita in “Carmen” for Glyndebourne Festival and the role of Norina in “Don Pasquale” for the Glyndebourne Tour. Other roles here have included Pappagena, Dew Fairy, Karolka, Zerlina and The Niece(Rusalka). In Lisbon she has sung the role of Dirce in Cherubini’s “Medea” with the Gulbenkian orchestra under Lawrence Foster. In the UK her past operatic engagements include the roles of Najad in “Ariadne auf Naxos” and Clorinda in “La Cenerentola” for Garsington opera and she has sung the role of Despina in “Cosi fan tutte” for Longborough Opera Festival. At the Royal Opera House she sang the soprano solo in the world premiere of Max Richter’s opera “SUM”.
In concert she has extensively worked with the Orchestra of St. John’s and John Lubbock with whom she performed Handel’s “Messiah”, Mozart Requiem,“Exultate Jubilate”, “Missa in C minor”, Haydn’s “Creation” among others. With The Classical Opera Company she has sung at the Kings Place. In America she sang “Messiah” with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Verizon Hall and with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under Christopher Warren-Green.
Eliana has performed in recital in a number of venues in the UK and in Europe. In London she performed recitals at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall and The Queen’s Chapel among others. In Europe she sang in a number of venues in her native Romania, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Monaco.
Samuel Hogarth - composer in residence
Samuel Hogarth is an English composer, conductor and pianist currently working as Kapellmeister (staff conductor) at the Staatstheater Mainz. His work has been performed at venues including the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, the Hamburg Staatsoper, Cheltenham Festival, Heidenheimer Festspiele, Royal Academy of Music and Christ Church Cathedral by performers such as Thomas Gould, Simone van der Giessen and the New College Choir. He received his first commission from Boosey & Hawkes at the age of 14 and studied with Adam Gorb, Matthew Taylor and Paul Patterson and subsequently with Robert Saxton while reading music at Oxford University, where he graduated with the top first in his year. His first opera David and Goliath was commissioned and performed by New Chamber Opera in 2006 and had a further production in Cambridge in 2008. A scene from the piece was performed in the Linbury Theatre of the Royal Opera House in February 2012 as part of ‘Showcase: Opera’. Since then commissions have included works for the Hamburg Staatsoper (Zwerg Nase, 2014, published by Boosey & Hawkes) and the Heidenheimer Festspiele (Rocke und die Zaubertrompete, 2016, published by Bärenreiter). He also wrote two pieces for jazz piano featured in the Paramount Vantage/Angelina Jolie film A Mighty Heart (2007) and a celebratory anthem for Queens’ College Choir (2009).
Samuel Hogarth is also an active conductor and apart from his engagement in Staatstheater Mainz, where pieces have included La Traviata, Rigoletto, Carmina Burana and Dialogues des Carmélites, among others, he has also conducted revivals of The Nutcracker and La Bohème at the Magdeburg Opera House and performed works such as Falstaff and Don Giovanni at the Opera Berbiguières. In February 2017 he will conduct a new production of The Pearl Fishers at the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern. Also in demand as a conductor of contemporary music such as Aribert Reimann’s I Am Your Opus (Hamburg Staatsoper, 2012), he recently conducted a series of workshops at Glyndebourne working with Brett Dean on his sketches for his new commission, Hamlet, on which he will assist Vladimir Jurowski in Glyndebourne in 2017. He has worked on a wide range of operatic repertoire including key works of Wagner, Verdi, Puccini and Mozart, assisting conductors including Simone Young, Markus Stenz, Patrick Lange and Alexander Joel. He is also active as a jazz pianist and has performed in clubs including Pizza Express Dean Street and the Vortex in London and Smalls in New York, and his recordings have been played on national radio.