Biographies

 

Alexander Ardakov (Performance date 28th January 2006)

Alexander Ardakov was born in Kuibyshev (now Samara), a Russian town in the Volga region. He began studying music at the town's Special Music School with Lyia Klempert, and later at the Kuibyshev Musical College under Lydia Muraviova, the former pupil of two famous Moscow professors Vladimir Belov and Heinrich Neuhaus. While studying at the College he started to perform recitals and to play with the Kuibyshev Symphony Orchestra and won the National Kabalevsky Young Pianist Competition. He continued his education at the Moscow Conservatoire with Vera Gomostaeva and he was a prizewinner at the Viotti International Competition in Vercelly, Italy in 1984.

Between 1981 and 1991, working as a soloist and a chamber musician at the Moscow State Philharmonia, he performed extensively throughout the U.S.S.R and abroad, producing numerous recordings with the U.S. S. R Radio Broadcasting Corporation and with the "Melodia" recording company.

Since 1991 Alexander Ardakov has been a Professor of Piano at Trinity College of Music in London.

He has performed for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and has made several CD recordings, including Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson. Among his recent engagements are recitals at the Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, at St. John's, Smith Square in London, at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, at Gasteig Concert Hall in Munich and a much acclaimed concert in London's Wigmore Hall in September 1998. He has also given recitals and masterclasses at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and at the California State University. Other performances include recitals at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, at the Wooburn Festival and at the Colchester Institute and a performance of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto at the Buckingham Festival.

He also performed with the Everett (Seattle) Symphony Orchestra in May 2000.

 

Aria Concertata (Performance dates 19th January 2002, 29th January 2005)

Antonia Cviic was born in Wimbledon in 1974.She studied violin and viola with Mark Knight at the Junior Guildhall School. As a Choral Scholar at Royal Holloway College, University of London, she read music and drama and studied singing with Alison Wells. She was a post-graduate student at the Royal College of Music and she has studied with Margaret Cable for the past two years. In 2001 Antonia was appointed one of two sopranos in the choir of St. Ethelreda, Ely Place. In June she went to Israel with the English Concert. Recent solo performances include a leading role in the Masques of the Manuscript by Hubert Foss as part of the 75th anniversary of the OUP music department in Oxford, and Copland’s Emily Dickenson Poems at an RCM recital. In July she sang Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Chandos Singers in Bath, and in August she sang the soprano solo in the Brahms Requiem at Ardingly. Antonia recently sang songs by Fauré and Brahms at Fulham Town Hall for Dolce Musica, and soprano solos in two Bach Cantatas at St Michael and All Angels in Chiswick.

Emma Murphy was born in London in 1972 and whilst still at school gained five Grade 8 Distinctions. In 1991 she became a Fellow of Trinity College of Music and in 1994 she graduated from Birmingham University with a First Class Honours degree in Music. In 1994 she won a scholarship to Trinity College to study for a M. Mus. Degree and a Postgraduate Certificate for which she was awarded a distinction. Her teachers have included Philip Thorby and Ashley Solomon. Emma has won numerous awards including grants from the Arts Foundation, the Foundation for Sports and the Arts, and a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award in 1994. Emma has performed and recorded in Japan and Europe with some of the world’s leading early music groups, such as the King’s Consort, the Gabrieli Consort & Players, the Steinitz Bach Players, Musica Antiqua of London, and Musica Pacifica of Japan as well as with the BBC Singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In January 1998 she gave a much acclaimed debut recital at the Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group’s Young Artists New Year Series. Emma also takes part in the Live Music Now! Scheme with the Marylebone Ensemble taking music to disadvantaged audiences.

Nicholas Sringfellow began his musical studies at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. Whilst there he became interested in the Baroque cello and formed the New Kirckman Ensemble with whom he has recently recorded a CD of Handel Trio sonata for Meridian. He was a student of Clive Greensmith at the Royal Northern College of Music and went on to specialize in early music at the Royal College of Music under William Pleeth and Anna Shuttleworth. As a chamber musician he has performed widely throughout the UK, and in May 2001 he broadcast on BBC Radio 3 with the Amaryllis Ensemble, dedicated to ‘classical’ performances.

Steven Devine received his early musical training at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, where he studied harpsichord, organ, piano and conducting. He continued his education at Oxford University and now divides his time between professional performances on the harpsichord, early piano and conducting, and as Assistant Curator of the Finchcocks Collection of historical keyboard instruments in Kent. As a harpsichordist, since he won first prize in the inaugural Broadwood Harpsichord Competition in 1993, he has performed extensively in Britain and Europe and has made recordings for Radio 3, Classic FM, WDR, Radio France and Channel 4. He plays regularly with artists such as Evelyn Tubb, Emma Kirkby and ensembles including the Parley of Instruments, the Consort of Musicke and Sprezzatura. His editions of 17th and 18th century repertoire, used by a widening circle of artists, include John Eccles’ Semele John Gay’s Beggar's Opera and the complete musical settings of the poetry of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester.
(Believed accurate as at January 2002)

 

Armonico Tributo (Performance date 8th May 2004)

Armonico Tributo is a period instrument ensemble based in the Midlands, U.K. In our repertoire we explore music from the entire Baroque period, c.1600 - c.1750 and specialise in performing 17th century chamber music from Italy and England. Informative & lively presentation is combined with balanced programmes, with rarely heard music being performed alongside more familiar works. The group has a number of different guises performing as a group of 2 to 30 instrumentalists.

The group ha splayed in a variety of venues throughout England and Wales. Many of our concerts are self- promoted, regularly in the Midlands but often elsewhere in the country, bringing Early Music to all manner of venues from rural churches to city pubs. Armonico Tributo performs on a mixture of original instruments and modern copies of 17th and 18th century instruments, playing from original editions or faithful modern editions.
(Taken from website May 2003)

 

Bridge String Quartet (Performance date 19th October 2002)

The Bridge String Quartet, named after the British composer Frank Bridge whose works have featured extensively in their concerts, has enjoyed an exciting and successful career in a very competitive field, such is the number of very good string quartets around today. They made their Wigmore Hall debut - always a landmark in musicians' lives - in 1999 and have since launched into a series of ever more prestigious engagements, including the City of London Festival, the King's Lynn Festival, the Newbury Spring Festival, the Haydnfest in Manchester and an extensive American tour. Their recordings of Frank Bridge quartets have brought them top ratings from the musical press. This is clearly an ensemble in the major league.

 

Chameleon Ensemble (Performance date 28th October 2003)

Formed in 1993 the Chameleon Ensemble has given performances at festivals and concert venues throughout the UK as well as having been resident artists at the Banff International Summer Festival in Canada. They regularly undertake educational outreach work and have linked performances with projects at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Symphony Hall, Bath, Lichfield,Warwick and Leamington and Rydale Festivals. The group aims to raise the profile of the wind quintet by promoting the medium's large body of works, many superb,though little known. Like a true chameleon the ensemble can change, and by including piano, strings, voice and additional wind instruments, has performed over 250 works for one to nineteen players.
(Taken from website May 2003)

 

Chen, Bobby (Performance date 17th April 2004)

Malaysian born pianist Bobby Chen has played in the Purcell Room, St. Martin in the Fields Church and the Bridgewater Hall. He has toured the UK with Nicholas Daniel, the Bittern Sinfonia, the late Lord Menuhin and the Warsaw Sinfonia. He has played with the renowned Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko and was invited to play with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner. On 12th January 2003 Bobby Chen made his debut appearance at London's Wigmore Hall.

Bobby graduated with first class honours from the Royal Academy of Music. His awards include a Yamaha European Foundation Scholarship, Royal Overseas League Prize, and most recently he won the Musicians Benevolent Fund Music Education Award for the academic year 2002/2003, as well as inclusion in the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme. He is also currently supported by the John Lewis Partnership. His solo debut recording on the Jaques Samuel label was followed by a further CD of virtuoso works with the cellist Leonid Gorokhov on the Cello Classics label. A new solo release is planned for 2003.
(Taken from website May 2003)

 

Cholmondeley, Rose (Performance date 23rd April 2005)

Amongst distinguished professors in the UK, Rose Cholmondeley studied with Angus Morrison, Louis Kentner and Sulamita Aronovsky.

Her interest in the music of Chopin often takes her to Poland, where she has given recitals at Chopin's birthplace, Zelazova Wola, the Ostrogski castle (The Warsaw Chopin Society), the Sandomierz Festival and the prestigious Antonin Chopin Festival.

She also performed the Chopin E minor Concerto with Jerzy Maksymiuk and the Krakow Philharmonic in the Philharmonie, Krakow.

In London, Rose Cholmondeley has given recitals at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, the Polish Embassy, Polish Institute, French Institute and Leighton House.

She has taken part in the Guildford International Music festival, Hatchlands Piano Festival, and the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival.

Rose Cholmondeley has toured Poland and India and given many recitals in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

With actor Charles Grant, she gave 25 performances at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival of 1988, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Chopin's visit to Scotland.

Rose Cholmondeley has given recitals of French music at the Salle Gaveau in Paris and the French Institute in London, also Schumann and Beethoven concerts at Leighton House for the Friends of Leighton House and the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe.

She has played on Polish Radio & TV, France Musique and BBC Radio 4.

Her Chopin CD was met with critical acclaim.

Rose Cholmondeley is a Steinway Artist, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and a Freeman of the City of London.

In 1999 the President of the Republic of Poland awarded her the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit for her work with The Chopin Society.

She is President of The Chopin Society (London), having also been its long term Chairman and Artistic Director.

© Rose Cholmondeley 2002

 

Fiona & Webb, Hugh (Performance date 25th January 2003)

This well-established and exciting duo have performed extensively throughout Britain at music clubs and festivals such as Brighton, Bournemouth, Great Elm, Amersham, Arundel and Leeds International Chamber Music Series.  Last year they gave an extremely successful recital at London's Purcell Room to great acclaim. They have many CD recordings between them and are about to release a duo recording of virtuoso show-stoppers for Clarinet Classics.

Fiona Cross is one of the leading clarinetists of her generation, widely acclaimed for the"charismatic musicianship" first noted by The Guardian. She performs regularly on the concert platform, playing a wide ranging repertoire,both classical and modern, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. She has recently been appointed Principal Clarinet to the English Sinfonia and will be celebrating her love of English music by performing the concertos of Malcolm Arnold Joseph Horowitz and Arnold Cooke. Fiona is also enthusiastic about contemporary music and has commissioned works for clarinet and piano by such composers as Diana Burrell, Gary Carpenter and Adrian Williams.

Fiona's love of chamber music has led to concerts with several leading ensembles, including the Alberni, Sorreland Vanbrugh quartets. She is a member of the Kegelstatt Trio, the Goldberg Ensemble, Configure 8 and the New Music Players. Music clubs and festivals play an important part in Fiona's yearly commitments, including Huddersfield, Harrogate, Malvern and Presteigne as well as regular appearances in London at the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank.

Fiona has recorded a CD of contemporary clarinet music as well as a recording of the Simpson Clarinet Quintet with the Vanbrugh Quartet for Hyperion.

Hugh Webb has worked extensively in the contemporary music field and Javier Alvarez, Robert Keeley, Paul Archbold and Ian Dearden have all written solo works for him, with funding from The Arts Council of England. Recent classical CD recordings include Bax's Concerto for Flute, Oboe and Harp with the Academy of St. Martin's Chamber Ensemble (Chandos), a collection of Bach Flute Sonatas (Guild),Villa Lobos' Quartet (Clarinet Classics), Bax's Fantasy Sonata (Koch International) and the complete Spohr Violin and Harp Sonatas (Naxos).

Hugh is well-known in the London commercial music world and has performed and recorded with such varied artists as Barbara Cook, Petula Clark, Jose Carreras and Tony Bennett. He has played on the soundtracks of numerous films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Legend of Bagger Vance and the Oscar-winning scores of Emma and The English Patient. He has worked with jazz artists such as Eileen Farrell, Joe Williams and pianist George Shearing on their recent recordings and is featured instrumentalist on Brian Ferry's latest CD.

He has given many master classes throughout Europe and has lectured at the Paris Conservatoire, The Sweetlink Conservatorium (Amsterdam), Telynor Morgaannwg (Wales) and teaches regularly at London's Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music.

This friendly duo have a vast repertoire of both their own transcriptions and original works and have already commissioned ten works for clarinet and harp. They are well-known for their informative and lively introductions to their recitals.This personal touch is always very well received.

Pamela Ingham Productions 58 Argyle Street, London WC 1 H 8ER
Telephone 020 7916 9680 Fax 0207833 8155. (Received November 2002).

 

Currie, Colin (Performance date 13th October 2001)

Born in Edinburgh in 1976, Colin Currie came to national attention in 1992 at the age of fifteen,when he won the Gold Medal of the Shell/London Symphony Orchestra Music Scholarship. In 1994 he became the first percussion finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, giving the world premiere of Errollyn Wallen’s Concerto for Percussion in the final at London’s Barbican Centre, televised live to an estimated eleven million viewers.

Since then, Currie has appeared as a soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,City of London Sinfonia, Sinfonia 21, BT Scottish Ensemble, East of England Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Cabrillo (California) Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony and Utah Symphony, working with conductors such as David Robertson, Marin Alsop, Paul Daniel, and Martyn Brabbins. He has a particularly strong relationship with James MacMillan’s concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, with more than 40performances of the work to date and a recording with the Ulster Orchestra for Naxos. In 2001, Colin Currie was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist award for his outstanding contribution to innovative music-making in the year 2000.

Concerto engagements in 2000/2001 included the BBC Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra,Britten Sinfonia, Hebrides Ensemble, Orquestra Nacional de Porto, Indianapolis Symphony, and a return to Cabrillo Music Festival. In addition Currie gave the world premiere of a work written especially for him -- Michael Torke’s percussion concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Marin Alsop (February 2001). Next season he will premiere two more works written for him;Steve Martland’s percussion concerto, commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC) and premiered in February 2002 by the BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Slatkin at the Barbican Centre, and a new work by Joe Duddell with the BT Scottish Ensemble. Other engagements in future seasons include the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, MDR Symphony Leipzig, Bournemouth Symphony, Komische Oper Berlin and the Concordia Orchestra at the Lincoln Center in New York.

As a recitalist, Currie has performed throughout the UK (including Wigmore Hall), as well as in the Middle East, Belgium, France, Holland, Switzerland and Hong Kong. Last season he made his recital debuts in the U.S. and Japan and he will continue to perform extensively as recitalist in 2001/2002 in the UK and across Europe,including the Luzern Festival. At the same time Currie is involved in the continuing development of new and diverse repertoire for solo percussion. An active chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists such as the Peterson String Quartet, Clio Gould, Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe, performed Berio Folk Songs with Dawn Upshaw at the Barbican and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall,and toured internationally with Viktoria Mullova’s Through the Looking Glass project (CD released by Philips in Autumn 2000). Currie is also a member of the Steve Martland Band, with whom he has recorded and toured extensively in the UK and abroad. Future collaborations include a US tour with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in February 2003 and a European tour performing solo and chamber works with the Labèque sisters.

Colin Currie’s first solo album, Striking a Balance: Contemporary Percussion Music from EMI’s Debut series for young artists, was released in February ‘98.

Mr. Currie is represented by Intermusica Artists’ Management Ltd, London.
(Believed accurate as at September 2001 Ref: CP)

Yann Dubost (Performance date 24th September 2005)

Yann Dubost (21) was born in Lyon, France and started music first studying the violin at 5 years old; then he began the double bass at 12. After his studies at the Conservatoire National de Region de Grenoble with P. Guaingoin, he studied the double bass with B. Cazauran at 15 in the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon. It gave him the opportunity to play regularly with the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, the Orchestre des Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, the Orchestre de l’Opera National de Lyon, the Orchestre de Paris.

In May 2002, he received the Academy Prize Diplome National d’Etudes Superieures Musicales (DNESM) with mention TB and became a member of the Orchestre de Paris one month later. Yann Dubost is a prize winner of two international competition (the 1st Prize in the 8th international competition of “young interpreters” of Wattrelos in December 1999 and the 2nd Prize with the 1st international string competition of Nuremberg in April 2002). He was also semi-finalist in the 52nd International music competition of the ARD München in September 2003.

In parallel, he regularly plays as a soloist and in chamber music: he was invited at the “Mardis-Graves” festival of Beziers in the Rencontres de violoncelle of Belaye organized by Roland Pidoux, in the festival de Pacques de Deauville and in the festival of Cordes-sur-ciel organized by Yves Petit de Voize. He plays with Bertrand Chamailloux, Jerome Pernoo, Jerome Ducros, Svetlin Roussev, David Walter, Augustin Dumay... Member of the ensemble “Itinéraire” (contemporary music) since 2002. He also takes part in the concerts of the “Alternance” unit. Last March, he played Psy by Luciano Berio for double bass solo. Since April 2003, Yann has also been a member of the trio NOMAD lib’ with Mathieu Névéol (violin) and Yorrick Troman (guitar). This group of traditional music of Central Europe won the prize of the SPEDIDAM in the European competition of the FNAPEC in May 2003.

 

The Emperor String Quartet (Performance date 25th March 2006)

The Emperor String Quartet are now well into their second decade together with their original membership intact. They were first British group to win the Evian/Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition where they were also awarded the Mozart and Contemporary Prizes. In their 10th anniversary year the Quartet were nominated for a Grammy award for their recording of Walton String Quartets.

The Quartet gives concerts throughout the British Isles and broadcast regularly for the BBC, recently recording three programmes in the 'Discovering Music' series. They are frequent visitors to continental Europe and have toured in North and South America and in West Africa. They have played at all of the important Festivals in the UK and at a range of Festivals abroad, from the Prague Spring to New York's "Mostly Mozart". The Quartet are recording artists with BIS Records: in 2005 they will release a recording of Sally Beamish and Beethoven and will record the first disc in a Britten cycle. They are also looking forward to the release of Elgar's Introduction and Allegro, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra last autumn for the orchestra's own label.

In their first year together the Quartet gave over 50 performances for the organization 'Live Music Now!' in community venues such as hospices and special needs schools. They have given house concerts in rural Finland and coached young musicians in the Andes. In the UK the Quartet have worked with the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust since it's inception, presenting workshops in primary and secondary schools and at the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff.

This season the Emperor Quartet will give concerts in France, Belgium and Switzerland. They will play on a Page & Moy Music Cruise in the Baltic and will make a return visit to the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland. A new Piano Quintet by David Matthews will be premiered and recorded by the BBC at Cardiff Coffee Concerts and the Quartet will play for the From-Sweden Festival at the Wigmore Hall, presenting works by Swedish composers Wilhelm Stenhammer and Ludwig Norman. They will be in residence at the Welsh College coaching chamber music and, thanks to sponsorship from First Campus, giving concerts and workshops for school children in the South Wales area.

In planning for next season are tours in Canada and Scotland and a series of "anniversary" concerts in collaboration with pianist Leon McCawley featuring the music of Mozart, Shostakovich and Schumann.

 

The Farrington Ensemble (Performance date 30th January 2004)

Conny Lindgren – Violin, Peter Sparks – Clarinet
Graham Walker – Cello, Iain Farrington – Piano

Since its formation in autumn 2000, the Farrington Ensemble has performed extensively in London and the South East, and was selected to represent the Royal Academy of Music in the 2002 Halifax Festival. Originally formed in order to play Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the 60th anniversary of its première, the ensemble has since established a remarkably varied repertoire.

The Farrington Ensemble is passionate about bringing contemporary music to a wide audience, and has recently commissioned a new work from young composer Tom Evans. The ensemble also has a wide range of light repertoire, including many well-known pieces arranged specially for the group by Iain Farrington.

Taking full advantage of the various combinations of instruments available, including duos, trios and works for the full group, the ensemble has been coached by Michael Dussek, Andrew West, Lionel Handy, Angela Malsbury and Joseph Seiger.In 2002 the Farrington Ensemble won the Mortimer Award donated by the Friends of the Royal Academy of Music.
(Taken from website May 2003)

Fergus-Thompson, Gordon (Performance date 28th February 2004)

Gordon Fergus-Thompson's award winning interpretations of French Impressionist and Russian Romantic music have been acclaimed throughout the European Press.

Following a sensational debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1976, he firmly established himself as a major recitalist and concerto player, appearing as soloist with the Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, Residente Orchestra of the Hague, CBSO, RLPO, Halle, Bounemouth and all of the BBC Symphony Orchestras, with such conductors as Evgeni Svetlanov, Jacek Kaspszyk, Sir Edward Downes, Helmut Müller-Brühl, Mosche Atzmon, David Atherton and Sir Charles Groves. He has given over two hundred broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and has toured extensively in the UK, France,Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Australia and the Far East.

Further to his UK appearances during the course of 1996-1997, Gordon Fergus-Thompson embarks on tours of France, Sweden, Zimbabwe, South Africa,Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the USA. BBC recitals include major French programmes and performances of the solo works of Brahms marking the centenary of the composer's death.

Gordon Fergus-Thompson won the prestigious MRA Best Instrumental Recording of the year' award in successive years, namely 1991 and 1992, in the first instance for his outstanding complete works of Debussy, and in the second, for Volume 1 of the complete works of Scriabin.
(Taken from website May 2003)

 

French, Jonathan (Performance date 27th November 2004)

Jonathan French comes from Manchester and studied at Chetham’s school prior to commencing his degree studies at Birmingham Conservatoire.

As a former student, Jonathan won every keyboard prize at the Conservatoire and went on to gain a first class Honours Degree and a Diploma in Professional studies whilst a pupil of professor Malcolm Wilson, Head of Keyboard studies.

Jonathan had given many solo recitals and concerto performances at important venues including Symphony Hall Birmingham, Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Concert Hall, Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral and he is in much demand as both an accompanist and soloist.

Recent performances have included Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Birmingham Symphonia, at the CBSO centre, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Bardi Orchestra at De Montford Hall, Leicester and solo recitals as part of the Warwick and Stratford music festivals.

He is currently combining a busy performing career with teaching and coaching at the Conservatoire and at Oundle School.
(Believed accurate as at July 2004)

Fujisawa, Reiko (Performance date 9th February 2002)

Reiko Fujisawa started playing the piano at the age of three. She studied at the prestigious Musashino Music University in Tokyo, where she successfully completed the course in piano solo performance, and made her recital debut in Tokyo soon after. She was subsequently invited to perform frequently all around Japan.

Reiko then came to London in order to study with international concert pianists Martino Tirimo, Benjamin Kaplan and Yonty Solomon. She also participated in master classes with Benjamin Zander and Nicolai Demidenko.

Since that time, Reiko Fujisawa has established herself as an exciting and formidable virtuoso performer, with recital and concerto engagements all around the UK and invitations to appear again in Japan. Her performances are distinctive for the intensity of expression, commitment to musical line, precise execution, and sheer stamina.

In the 1998/99 concert season she embarked on a major recital series which featured two of the great works for piano, Chopin’s 24 Preludes and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and also introduced to British audiences the music of Toshi Ichiyanagi, with his ‘Cloud Atlas I II III’. This culminated in her debut appearance at the South Bank Centre, a performance which attracted universal praise from critics and audience alike, and established her as a serious and dedicated exponent of the work of Japanese composers.

Recent activities in the 1999/2000season included a highly successful concert at the Wigmore Hall, Masayuki Kino and a solo recital tour to the Cape Province of South Africa, both featuring contemporary Japanese music.

Reiko has recently made over 25 appearances for Japan 2001, many with ‘Ensemble Tzai’ and several in an exciting new partnership with Joji Hirota. She also gave recitals for the Warwick & Leamington Festival, St David's Hall in Cardiff and the Tenby Festival.
(Believed accurate as at January 2002)

 

Fujita Piano Trio (Performance date 24th March 2007)

The Fujita sisters from Japan have been playing chamber music together since early childhood. They made a highly acclaimed debut at the Wigmore Hall in March 1999 and they were invited to give a Purcell Room recital in June 2000 by the Kirckman Concert Society. Also in June, they made a successful debut at Oji Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Concert engagements have taken the Trio to Canada, France, Italy, Ireland, Romania, Egypt, Morocco and Turkey, and they have won numerous awards and prizes, both as a Trio and individually. Arisa won the Audi Junior Musician Competition when she was only fifteen years old, Honoka won all the cello prizes at the Guildhall School, and Megumi won Fourth Prize at the Montreal International Piano Competition.

Arisa studied with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music, London (where she now teaches), Honoka studied at the Guildhall School with Jennifer Ward Clarke and Raphael Wallfisch, where the Trio also received coaching from the Takacs Quartet. Megumi studied at the Menuhin School with Louis Kentner, Simon Nicholls and Vlado Perlemuter and continued her studies at the Royal College of Music with Irina Zaritskaya. They won the Chamber Music Prize at the Guildhall School in 1994.

The sisters have performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto numerous times with orchestras including the G. Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania) and the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra in venues including the Barbican Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Atheneum Hall (Bucharest). They have recently toured Loire, France with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. Their performance of the Triple Concerto with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra at the Radio Hall, Bucharest was broadcast live by national television and radio.

In England, the Trio has performed at Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, and at the Salisbury Festival. From 1994, the Trio was invited to perform at the Brasov International Chamber Music Festival in Romania for three consecutive years. In 1998, the Japan Foundation organised a concert tour for the Fujita Trio to Casablanca, Rabat (Morocco), Rome, Cairo and Alexandria (Egypt).

The Trio made a debut recording of chamber music by the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu for ASV Records, which was released in 2001 with a worldwide critical acclaim, to coincide with concerts at the Wigmore Hall - as part of the Japan 2001 Festival. Recently, the Trio has recorded the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio with the Swedish label Intim Musik which was released in 2003.

Future engagements include concerts and festivals in Sweden, Serbia and throughout the UK, including Wigmore Hall recital on 10th March 2005.


Harrison, James (Performance date 20th May 2006)

James Harrison graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has just completed studies with Margaret Kingsley in the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music where he won the prestigious Lies Askonas Prize, the McCulloch Prize for Opera and a special Director’s Prize. James is now studying at the National Opera Studio where his studies are supported by British American Tobacco. Before leaving New Zealand James was a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with the NBR New Zealand Opera, singing principal roles in various operas, including Frank Die Fledermaus and de Bretigny Manon. He also received several scholarships including the Tower Opera Scholarship and the Royal Over-Seas League New Zealand Society Scholarship.

On the concert platform James has sung with Sir David Wilcocks (Messiah) at the Royal Albert Hall; the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge (Creation) also at the Royal Albert Hall; the Classical Opera Company at the Barbican; and Peter Schreier (Weihnachts Oratorium) at St John’s Smith Square; as part of the Lincoln Choral Festival and in recitals in London, Belfast and Cardiff; as well as in concerts for the Young Songmakers series.

His operatic roles in the United Kingdom include Starvling Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal College and the Edinburgh Festival Theatre; Christus in the London Handel Festival’s world premiere staging of Handel’s Brocke’s Passion; Pallante Agrippina and Altomaro Sosarme; also for the London Handel Festival; Der Sprecher Die Zauberflöte and the Marquis de la Force Dialogues des Carmelites for the Benjamin Britten International Opera School; Conte Alamaviva Le Nozze di Figaro for Southbank Sinfonia; Marcello La Boheme for the Mannanan Festival and extracts from Don Giovanni with the London Mozart Players.

James wishes to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and New Zealand’s Circle100 group.


Haywood, Sam (Performance date 10th May 2003)

Since his success at the age of thirteen in the "BBC Young Musician of the Year" and in subsequent international competitions, British pianist Sam Haywood has appeared throughout Europe as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. He has also performed on numerous occasions at London's South Bank Centre.

Now based in Berlin, he has performed to high critical acclaim in many of the major concert series and venues in Europe including Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; Konzerthaus, Vienna; Salle d'UNESCO, Paris; Mendelssohnhaus, Leipzig; Philharmonie, Berlin; Stadtcasino, Basel. He has appeared throughout the UK and Scandinavia, as well as in Holland, Andorra, USA and Turkey.

In 1989 Sam Haywood was awarded the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Isserlis Award, after which he moved to Vienna to study with Paul Badura-Skoda. After four years he returned to the United Kingdom, where he continued his musical training at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton and then Maria Curcio, the renowned teacher and pupil of Artur Schnabel.

He has recorded three solo CDs of works by Chopin, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Liszt and Schubert and a further three chamber music CDs with bassoonist Roger Birnstingl, clarinettist Katherine Ann Spencer and cellist Martin Storey. His numerous broadcasts have included live recitals on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3, an interview on Radio 4's Today programme and a premiere on Israeli State Radio. He was also guest soloist for the launch of the Penguin Classics label - a collaboration between Penguin Books, DECCA, Deutsche Grammophon and Philips.

Sam Haywood is extremely grateful for the kind and generous support of the Royal Philharmonic Society, the Royal Academy of Music, the Young Musicians' Trust, the Hattori Foundation, the English Speaking Union, the Martin Musical Foundation, Mr Roy Fox CMG OBE, Dr and Mrs Barlow, Mr Ronald Gerard OBE and the Jerwood Foundation.

For further information about Sam Haywood, his concerts, photo journal and much more, please visit his web site at www.samhaywood.com.
(Believed accurate as at October 2002)

 

Jennie-Lee Keetley (Performance date 27th November 2004)

Jennie-Lee Keetley graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2004 with an advanced postgraduate diploma with distinction. There she had studied with Christopher Cowie, David Theodore and Gareth Hulse. Her studies at the RCM were made possible through generous assistance from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and as an RCM scholar supported by the South Square Trust.

In 2002 she graduated from Birmingham Conservatiore with a first class honours degree where she had studied under Richard Weigall, Jenni Phillips and George Caird. During her studies at the Conservatoire she was the winner of the Anthony Millar oboe prize in her second year and the recipient of a Young Cygnets award. She also won a place on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra professional training scheme. For her third year Jennie-Lee was selected to take part in an exchange to the Franz Liszt Hochschule, Weimar, where she spent a semester studying under Axel Smidt. As a student at the Royal College of Music Jennie-Lee has played in many of the college’s orchestras and ensembles, playing principal oboe under some of the world’s most eminent conductors.

During 2003/04 Jennie-Lee toured to Beijing and Spain with the London Chamber Players. She has played principal oboe for a tour to Italy and Israel with the World Youth Chamber Orchestra and has played in European tours with the prestigious European Union Youth Orchestra. She is a former principal oboe of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain and has also performed at the Britten-Pears school for music.

Jennie-Lee has an active interest in chamber music and regularly appears as a solo recitalist. She plays with the Canteloupe wind ensemble and Octanphonie, a successful wind octet. This is her second year on the Countess of Munster recital scheme and as a result she has already given recital and concerto perform
(Believed accurate as at July 2004)

 

Kennedy, Andrew (Tenor) (Performance date 9th March 2002)

Born in 1977, Andrew was a Choral Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and is currently the Helen Marjory Tonks Scholar supported by a Total Oil Fund at the Royal College of Music.

Recent performances have included Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings in St John's, Smith Square, Finzi's Dies Natalis with players from the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Matthias's St Teilo with the National Orchestra of Wales. Andrew has performed with the Brandenburg Consort in Schubert's Mass in Eb, the Parley of Instruments in Cavalli's Messa Concertata and the Hanover Band in Beethoven's 9th Symphony. He is also a regular soloist at the Leith Hill Musical Festival where he has most recently performed Bach's Magnificat with Canzona and A Cotswold Romance with the English Festival Orchestra.

Andrew regularly performs the role of Evangelist in Bach's St John and St Matthew Passion in numerous cathedrals and concert halls as well as a performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall. He also premiered the Evangelist role in Paul Spicer's Easter Oratorio with the Britten Sinfonia and the Evangelist role in 'Music for One Hundred Belfries' in alive BBC and French radio broadcast at the Mayfield Festival. He has recently performed Robin Orr's Four Romantic Songs accompanied by the Endellion String Quartet at a concert to celebrate the composer's 80th birthday, premiered a song cycle by Hugh Wood in the Austrian Embassy in London and given a performance of John Lambert's Veni Creator Spiritus in a prestigious memorial concert for the composer in St John's, Smith Square.

Andrew has toured Britain with the Hand Made Opera Company as 'Ferrando' in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, and took the role of 'Ugone' in Handel's Flavio with the Royal Schools Opera and The London Handel Society. He has also appeared alongside Keele Watson as Sporting Life in Porgy and Bess ,sung the tenor solo in Purcell's Dido & Aeneus with Robert King and the King's Consort and appeared alongside Cleo Laine in Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins.

Andrew is the winner of the 1999 Great Elm Vocal Awards and a beneficiary of a Sir James Caird Scholarship, a Musicians Benevolent Federation Award and a Countess of Munster Scholarship as well as being selected for the Young Concert Artists Recital Scheme and the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme. He is taught by Dr. Neil Mackie.
(Believed accurate as at March 2001)

 

Lockhart, Katie

Katie Lockhart, winner of the 2007 Making Music Young Concert Artist Award, was brought up in the Highlands of Scotland. She undertook her musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, obtaining a 1st class honours degree, and then continued them as a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, London, obtaining a distinction for her final recital. Her studies at the RAM were made possible by the Academy’s Winifred Disney and Lena Pritchard Green Awards, the Caird Trust, the Philharmonia’s Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Musicians Benevolet Fund.

When Katie was a student she performed as a soloist in the woodwind finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition 2000, which was broadcast on BBC television and radio. She was also a concerto award finalist at the RNCM with her performances of Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie and John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons and was winner of the Sir Nicholas Blake chamber music prize at the RAM in 2003. She is now a freelance clarinettist, living and working in London, combining solo, chamber and orchestral work. She regularly performs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra but has also worked for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and various opera companies. Katie gives regular recital performances with her duo partner Mina Miletic, with whom she has worked for a number of years.

 

The "O" Duo

Since the O Duo's debut performance at St Martin-in-the-Fields in 2000, Owen and Oliver have been performing recitals in music clubs all over the UK and double concertos in some of the countries top concert halls on a regular basis.

The duo, who were both scholars at the Royal College of Music, graduated this summer, each gaining First class Honours.

The duo's repertoire, which spans across 400 years, is a mix of popular classics and accessible contemporary music. They have performed their arrangement of the Vivaldi Double violin concerto in A minor several times in Britain, with orchestras including the Locrian Symphony Orchestra.

As well as this, between them, Owen and Oliver have been broadcast on Radio 3, BBC Scotland and BBC2, the latter broadcast being in the winning performance of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Percussion final in 2000. They have also made concerto appearances with the BBC Philharmonic and the Philharmonia orchestra.

They have appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002 and 2003, being nominated 'Pick of the Fringe' both years and winning 'Best Music Act of the Fringe, 2003'. The duo were also given a concert series by the Tunnell Trust in 2003.

The duo also holds several awards in music education and work regularly for London Musici and the Philharmonia. They often combine their concerts with exciting and original workshops for people of all ages.

 

Pro Arte Guitar Trio (Performance date 22nd September 2001)

Founded in 1987 the Pro Arte Guitar Trio is recognised as one of the worlds leading guitar ensembles. The unique combination of requinto, standard and eight-string guitars brings an attractive new sonority to the guitar trio. Several highly acclaimed CDs for ASV feature the trio’s arrangements of music by Debussy, Ravel, Albeniz and Villa Lobos, A new CD entitled "Scenes from Childhood" with music by Debussy, Ravel, Schumann and Bizet was released in 2000. The trio’s repertoire also includes a number of specially commissioned works from composers such as Oliver Hunt, Andrew York, Thdmundo Vasquez and a concerto for guitar trio and strings by Adrian Williams. The trio has toured Europe and given concerts throughout the UK including a number of recitals at the Purcell Room.

Peter Rueffer, the founder of the trio has developed an innovative technique for the eight-string guitar, the instrument that lies at the heart of the ensemble’s unique sonority. His wide experience of chamber ensembles involving the guitar, range from a duo with jazz guitar Jason Carter to being a member of the contemporary music group Omega 2. His numerous arrangements for guitar ensemble include much of the trio’s concert repertoire. He is the director of the Dillington Guitar Summer School and Festival, an event dedicated to thc guitar in ensemble which he founded in 1995.

Richard Hand was an open scholar at the Royal Academy of Music where he won many awards including the Julian Bream Prize. Since then he has toured extensively with the flautist Ileana Ruhemann for Yehudi Menuhin’s prestigious Live Music Now! Scheme and with the flautist Martin Feinstein in the "Lightfingered Gentry". His concert tours in a long-standing partnership with Tom Dupre have taken him all over the world.

David Bedford, Peter Dickinson arid Roger Steptoe are among the many composers to have written works for the duo.

Tom Dupré’s performances have included playing all of the specially written music for a West End production at the age of sixteen and solo recitals in Turkey while still a student at the Royal Academy of Music. In his duo with Richard Hand he has performed throughout the UK, including recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. The duo’s tours have also taken him to Germany, Poland, Norway, Israel, the USA and the Far East.

Richard Hand and Tom Dupré are also members of the English Guitar Quartet.
(Believed accurate as at August 2001)

 

Quartet Camerata (Performance date 17th November 2001)

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Quartet Camerata has performed throughout the country to critical acclaim, including recitals at the Victoria & Albert Museum, St John¹s Smith Square (London), English Heritage¹s Wrest Park, Cambridge University's Madingley Hall, the Chelsea Arts Club, the Wolsey Theatre (Ipswich) the Horniman Museum (London) and Highcliff House (Christchurch). They have also performed at various festivals and music clubs including Hertford, Letchworth, Olney, Ouse Valley and Benslow. They have participated in master classes with the Alberni String Quartet, recorded works by Haydn, Dvorak and Puccini and broadcast on BBC radio. The quartet recently gave a series of performances in France and played at a civic reception in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen. They are the resident quartet at the University of Luton. The Quartet actively supports the Pasque Hospice and the Keech Cottage Children¹s Hospice and has given a number of fund raising concerts for this cause.

Peter Bussereau (violin) studied part time at the Guildhall School of Music whilst at London University. He has played with many of the country¹s leading orchestras and is currently a member of the BBC Concert Orchestra.

David Beaman (violin) gained a scholarship to the Purcell School, Harrow where he studied violin, piano and composition. He went on to the Royal College of Music, during which time he began a busy freelance career, working for various orchestras and backing numerous pop groups including Take That and Gabrielle. He has been a violinist with the BBC Concert Orchestra since 1996. David has a number of compositions to his credit, some of which have been performed in the Purcell Room and the Royal Festival Hall. As a pianist he has performed in many venues such as the Purcell Room, London and Kalinin, Russia

Paul Bennett (viola) studied with Stephen Shingles at the Royal Academy of Music and also received chamber music coaching from Sidney Griller. Paul combines teaching with freelancing and is also principal viola of the Aurelian Ensemble.

Peter Randall (Πcello) has studied privately with Joan Dickson, Harold Strube and David Smith of the Alberni String Quartet. Peter is a member of various ensembles and has performed chamber music for music societies throughout Britain
(Believed accurate as at October2001)

 

Lindy Tennent-Brown (Performance date 20th May 2006)

Lindy Tennent-Brown was born in New Zealand in 1975 and has established herself as one of that country's finest young pianists. She won the NZ National Piano Competition in 2000 and toured as a Chamber Music NZ soloist in 2001. She is described by The Press (Christchurch, NZ) as having "an impressive technique and expressive lyricism" and by The Daily News (Rotorua, NZ) as being "a pianist of striking artistry." Lindy holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours (First Class) from Victoria University of Wellington, and came to the UK in September 1998 to study with the eminent British pianist, Margaret Fingerhut, at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2000 she was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in solo piano, followed by the Professional Performance Diploma (PPRNCM) in accompaniment in 2001. Whilst at the RNCM, Lindy won all the major prizes for accompaniment and repetiteur work, including the Bessie Cronshaw Song Cycle Accompaniment Award, and held the RNCM Junior Fellowship in Accompaniment 2000-01.

Lindy is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician and vocal coach. She has appeared in all the major London venues and in the NZ International Festival of the Arts. During the 2000-02 seasons Lindy gave recitals throughout the UK under the auspices of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme, and remains a popular soloist with orchestras in the UK and NZ. She has participated in master classes with Stephen Hough, Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles, among others, and frequently attends the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Suffolk.

In July 2003 Lindy completed two years as Legal & General Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music in London. She works professionally as a freelance accompanist and repetiteur, and has established a number of successful duo partnerships with singers and instrumentalists. In December 2000, with the Canadian soprano Catherine May, Lindy gave the UK premiere of John Corigliano's song cycle Mr Tambourine Man - Seven Poems of Bob Dylan in the presence of the composer. Recent engagements include concerts with mezzo-soprano Wendy Dawn Thompson and the Johnston String Quartet in the 2003 Aldeburgh Festival, and repetiteur work with English Touring Opera and Almeida Opera. In October 2003, Lindy will return to Snape to work on Britten's War Requiem with Philip Langridge, performing the orchestral piano part under conductor Simone Young in the premiere performances of the piece in Snape Mailings Concert Hall. She has recently been named a 'Wigmore Young Artist' and will give her debut recital at Wigmore Hall with Dame Ann Murray in March 2004.

 

Trio Mercurio

Andrea Brown, soprano
Hazel Brooks, violin
Liz Pallett, theorbo

Trio Mercurio is an exciting early-music ensemble specialising in the sound-world of the late renaissance and early baroque. The combination of soprano, violin and theorbo, rarely heard nowadays, was by no means unusual in the past. It offers a rich and flexible range of sound colours, highly effective for the passionate courtly music of the period as well as dance music and more popular styles. Formed in January 1999, the group now has a busy concert schedule and is rapidly becoming known for its original performing style.

Andrea, Hazel and Liz met whilst studying on the post-graduate Early Music course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where they studied with Jessica Cash, Micaela Comberti and Nigel North respectively. Now all prize-winning specialist performers in their own right, the members of the group are united by their desire to make seventeenth-century repertoire accessible to a wider public. They have explored and developed new ways of presenting the music such as performing from memory, using movement and gesture and spoken introductions, which are a feature of their absorbing and colourful concerts.

Trio Mercurio has been selected for Yehudi Menuhin’s ‘Live Music Now!’ scheme, as well as the NFMS concert-promoters’ network scheme ‘Making Music’ 2002-03. The trio has won prizes including the Whittington Prize and the Duncan Award for Performance, and reached the finals of the Bankers Trust Pyramid Award Competition 1999. All three members of the group were finalists in the International Early Music Network Young Artists’ Competition at the York Early Music Festival 1999.

Recent festival appearances include concerts at the Early Music Weekend at the South Bank Centre in London, the Kingston Early Music Festival, the Queens Hall Arts Centre in Hexham, the ‘Solos to Septets’ series in Darlington, the Stoke Newington Festival, Harlaxton Summer Music, the Stratford English Music Festival and the ‘Outstanding Young Artists’ series at St Martin-in-the-Fields, as well as the church of St James’s Piccadilly, London.
(Believed accurate as of October 2002)

 

Walton, Sam (Performance date 13th October 2001)

Sam Walton studied timpani and percussion at the Royal Academy of Music where he received a First Class Honours degree and won the Queens’ Commendation award for the most outstanding student, the Zildjian Percussion Scholarship and the James Blades Timpani Prize.

He is busy as a freelance percussionist in London and throughout Britain, playing with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, and the London Sinfonietta. He also works in the West End theatres as a regular deputy on numerous shows.

In 1996 he was a finalist in the BBC Young Musicians competition broadcast on live television and, in the same year, won a bronze medal in the Shell / London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship competition.

As a chamber musician, Sam has recorded a recital CD for EMI Classics with fellow young percussionist Colin Currie, with whom he plays in a percussion duo. He has toured Europe and the Middle East both as a soloist and in the duo. He has performed at the Barbican with Dawn Upshaw and played in the world première of Harrison Birtwistles’ Silkhouse Tattoo for percussion and two trumpets. He tours with violinist Viktoria Mullova and performs on the CD ‘Through The Looking Glass’.

Sam has a keen interest in education and has worked with the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Festival Hall and the London Symphony Orchestra on various projects throughout the country. He also performs in the education group‘ Between The Notes’ with cellist Matthew Barley and composer Fraser Trainer, devising projects both in the UK and abroad.
(Believed accurate as at August 2001)

 

White, Alexis (Performance date 20th May 2006)

Alexis White studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal Northern College and completed her studies with a Master of Music degree in performance from the renowned Eastman School of Music in the USA. She is supported, as a highly promising young player, by the Countess of Munster Trust.

 

Wolstenholme, Anna (Performance date 20th May 2006)

Anna studied at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music as a postgraduate Drapers Company Scholar. She won the Albert Cooper competition and was a semifinalist of the Shell/LSO and BBC Young Musicians competitions. She has performed with the Endellion String Quartet, appeared at Cheltenham and Cambridge music festivals and performed the Ibert Concerto at the Burgas Festival in Bulgaria. In association with the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme she appears throughout the UK with pianist Alexis White and harpist Laurette Pope . She has also played with the Northern Sinfona, Philharmonia, Opera East and other orchestras.