Robert Holl was born in Rotterdam where he studied with Jan Veth and David Hollestelle. In 1971 he won the First Prize at the “International Vocal Competition” in s’-Hertogenbosch, followed by studies with Hans Hotter in Munich. In 1972 he won the First Prize at the “International Music Competition of the German Broadcasting Association” (ARD) in Munich which resulted in TV/Radio engagements and orchestral concerts. Between 1973 and 1975 he was a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. After numerous years as a sought-after concert singer and Lieder recitalist Robert Holl has acquired a renewed interest in singing opera in the Eighties. He has appeared at the Staatsoper Wien, at the Brussels and the Zurich Opera as Sprecher and Sarastro / Die Zauberflöte, Amfortas / Parsifal,Gremin / Eugene Onegin (sung in Russian), Basilio / Il barbiere di Siviglia, Assur / Semiramide, lfonso / Così fan tutte, La Roche / Capriccio, Wassermann / Rusalka (sung in Czech), Robert / Des Teufels Lustschloss with conductors like Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Franz Welser-Möst. From 1999 to 2002 Robert Holl has appeared as Landgraf Hermann / Tannhäuser, Commendatore / Don Gionvanni, Hans Sachs / Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Daland / Der fliegende Holländer at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. In 2005 he sang again Hans Sachs under Barenboim. He will be heard in this role again in a revival under Peter Schneider at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2008. In a new Meistersinger production of the Köln Opera staged by Uwe-Eric Laufenberg he was again Hans Sachs.At the Wiener Staatsoper he has been heard in different productions of Wagner Operas as Landgraf Hermann / Tannhäuser, König Marke / Tristan und Isolde (conductors: Christian Thielemann, Franz Welser-Möst and Peter Schneider),Gurnemanz / Parsifal (conductor: Donald Runnicles), and as Pimen / Boris Godunov (new production under Daniele Gatti, May 2007). He has consecutively appeared as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Bayreuth from 1996 to 2002 with great success (conductors: Daniel Barenboim and Christian Thielemann). From 2004-2007 he was Bayreuth´s Gurnemanz in Christoph Schlingensief´s production of Parsifal (conductors: Pierre Boulez and Adam Fischer). In the Festival summers of 2008 and 2009 he sang König Marke in a Tristan production of Christoph Marthaler and returned to Bayreuth in the same role in 2011 and 2012. For many years Robert Holl has been a much sought-after concert singer, which enabled him to acquire a wide range of concert repertoire. He has appeared with the most renowned conductors and orchestras in Europe, America, and Japan. Robert Holl is one of the most important Lieder singers of our time, having a particular preference for the German (especially Schubert) and Russian repertoire. He sings regularly with constant high acclaim in all the great music centres in Europe, Israel, the USA, Russia, and Japan. He is artistic director of Schubertiads in Austria and Holland as well as artistic advisor of the “Poetry and Music” series in the Brahmssaal of the Vienna Musikverein. In 1990 Robert Holl was awarded the prestigious Austrian title of “Kammersänger”, in 1997 he was named an “Honourable Member” of the “Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien” and of the Festival “Carinthischer Sommer” as well. In 1998 he became a Professor for Lied and Oratory at the “Uni-versität für Musik und darstellende Kunst” in Vienna. In 2005 he was awarded the “Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst I. Klasse”. In 2007 he received the high Dutch award of „Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw” in his home town of Rotterdam.
Nicholas Holland won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music at the unusually young age of 16 to study under Florence Hooton, Derek Simpson and Douglas Cummings. After concluding his studies with many prizes and First Class Honours, he subsequently achieved first prize at the coveted Jacqueline du Pre Award. At the age of 19, Nicholas became principal cellist of the Italian Toscanini Orchestra where he remained for a year before moving on to tour the world as principal cellist and soloist of the Heidelberg Kammer Orchestra. Nicholas is a keen chamber musician having recorded flute quartets for EMI and been a member of the English String Quartet for nine years. Now in his twenty second year of being a member of the Balanescu Quartet, he tours the world, performing in such venues as the Sydney Opera House, La Scala and the Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls. Nicholas has also recorded for films from ‘The Mission’ to ‘Harry Potter’, for TV dramas such as ‘Emma’,’The Crown’ and ’Victoria’ and as soloist for the recent movies ‘Brighton Rock’ and ‘Dorian Gray’. He recently recorded the entire soundtrack for the drama ‘Bodyguard’ on his own design of electric cello.
Anush Hovhannisyan is praised as “hypnotically striking” (The Arts Desk), “glamorous, excitingly temperamental” (The Sunday Times) and her voice “rich and vibrant, smoky and spiritual” (Music OMH) and “flame-toned” (Gramophone Magazine). She is the winner of First and Public Prizes, Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera special prizes at the Stella Maris competition 2016, and of the Concours Suisse Ernst Haefliger 2014 Swiss international competition and was a finalist at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017. As a Jette Parker Young Artist she performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2013-2015, and has worked under the direction of renowned conductors such as Jonathan Santagada, Renato Balsadonna, Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Nicola Luisotti, Daniel Oren, Mark Wigglesworth, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Sir Antonio Pappano. Her performances, except of the variety of roles on the ROH, have also included Lucilla (La scala di seta) and Princess (El Gato con Botas) at the Linbury Studio Theatre, the soprano solos in Gloria for the Royal Ballet and Messa di Requiem for the ROH L&P tour to France, Sitâ (Le Roi de Lahore) for Chelsea Opera Group, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Anitra (Peer Gynt) with Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and Lady in Waiting (Macbeth) for the Royal Opera’s 2015 tour to Japan. Her recordings include songs by Scriabin with Valentina Lisitsa in Complete Piano Anthology of Scriabin by DECCA and songs by Glinka with Malcolm Martineau in Decades: A Century of Song Vol 2 by VIVAT. Anush studied singing at the Yerevan State Conservatory in Armenia and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a Samling Artist, holder of Bayreuth Scholarship, Ian Smith of Stornoway Opera Prize and Clonter Opera Prize, and a Georg Solti Foundation scholar. Most recent and upcoming performances include the Opera Gala the Al Bustan Festival, the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Verdi Messa di Requiem at Glasgow City Halls, Shostakovich Symphony No. 14 with Southbank Sinfonia, Emma (Khovanshchina) at BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall in London, Adina (L’elisir d’amore) at New Generation Festival in Florence and her debut as Violetta Valery (La traviata) for Scottish Opera.
Since leaving Oxford University, where he was a choral scholar at New College with a degree in music, Benjamin Hulett has worked with many of Britain’s leading choirs and orchestras. He is much in demand as an interpreter of music across a wide range of genres and has been hailed by the national press as one of the most promising young tenors of today.
Most recently he has appeared in concert with Philippe Herreweghe, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, Harry Bicket and Fabio Biondi. As a soloist with the Hamburgische Staatsoper his roles have included Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Jaquino (Fidelio), the Four Servants (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte) and Narraboth (Salome). He made his debuts with the Bavarian State Opera as Oronte, Opera North as Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw), for the Salzburg Festival in Elektra, at the Theater an der Wien in the world premiere of Johannes Kalitzke’s Die Besessenen, with the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin in Henze’s Phaedra, and the Baden-Baden Festival in Salome.
Benjamin’s concert engagements include Das Paradies und die Peri with Norrington for the Edinburgh Festival, Haydn’s Creation with both Pinnock and Haim, Missa Solemnis with Herreweghe and Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Hogwood. This season Benjamin returns to the Baden-Baden Festival, makes his debut for the Salzburg Mozartwoch with the title role of J.C. Bach’s Lucio Silla, and sings Tamino in a concert performance of Die Zauberflöte with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle.
Winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work. Her playing has been described in the press as ‘amazing’ (The Scotsman) and ‘a wonder’ (International Record Review). She has broadcast for the BBC, Classic FM, and German, Canadian, Australian and Korean radio and TV. A champion of new and unknown music, a number of eminent British composers have written works for Fenella. During 2014/15 she premiered a set of 6 new solo violin works by leading British composers including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Sally Beamish and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. She has been fortunate to record these works over 2 critically acclaimed CDs for Champs Hill Records, both discs chosen by BBC Music Magazine as Instrumental disc of the month with 5 Star reviews, and the second also picked as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine. Fenella is a passionate chamber musician, enjoying performances with Ensemble Perpetuo, Counterpoise and I Musicanti as well as collaborations with artists including Martin Roscoe, Adrian Brendel, Pekka Kuusisto, Alec Frank-Gemmill and Nicholas Daniel. Concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, Fenella also enjoys guest leading and directing. Fenella plays a beautiful violin from the workshop of Peter Guarneri of Venice, kindly on loan from Jonathan Sparey.
One of Britain’s leading clarinettists, Matthew Hunt is a distinctive musician, renowned for the vocal quality of his playing and his ability to communicate with audiences. He holds the position of solo clarinettist with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and is a member of the Sheffield based chamber group Ensemble 360. A very keen chamber musician, he appears regularly with Meta4, the Chiurascuro and Elias quartets, Thomas Adès, Pekka Kuusisto, Emily Beynon, Nicholas Altstaedt, Alina Ibragimova, and La Bande de La Loingtaine. He has also appeared as a guest of the Berlin Philharmonic as a soloist in their series at the Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusik Saal.
Matthew’s plans for this season include appearances at festivals including Lockenhaus (Austria), Kaposvar (Hungary), Kuhmo (Finland) and Charlottesville (United States), and concerto appearances with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Paavo Jarvi, and with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Ingolstadt. As an orchestral musician, Matt a regular guest principal with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and has appeared as a guest principal with the Concertgebouw and BBC Symphony Orchestras and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Matthew’s recording for ASV of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with the Elias quartet was met with critical acclaim, with the BBC Music Magazine hailing it with five stars as “the Benchmark recording of this much recorded work”.
“The clarinettist played so beautifully it was as though he wished to make the very air of the hall melt” Tokyo Times.
Born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1982, in 2002 Anna won a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. She graduated in 2006 with a 1st Class Honours Degree and went on to join the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music where she was supported by a Sir Jack Ackroyd Award and Sir Thomas Allen Scholarship.
In 2011 Anna won 3rd Prize at the Das Lied International song Competition in Berlin, was selected for the public rounds in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and won the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Vocal Fellowship at the Wigmore Hall International song Competition. Previous prizes and awards included an Independent Opera Fellowship (2009), the Michael Oliver Prize in the London Handel Singing Competition (2009), the Douglas Craig Opera Bursary (2009), the Hampshire Singing Prize, Oxford Recital and Musicians Benevolent Fund Education Awards. She was selected for representation by YCAT in 2012.
In 2013 Anna joins Welsh National Opera covering the role of Suzuki (Madam Butterfly) and takes the roles of Irene in Cambridge Handel Opera’s production ofAtalanta and Rosina (Barber of Seville) with Opera Brava. On the concert platform she performs of Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été and Berio Folksongs with the Hebrides Ensemble at Bath International Festival, and gives recitals at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Spitalfields, Brighton and the North Norfolk Music Festivals.
Previous operatic work has included the cover of Dido/Sorceress in After Didobased on Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas for English National Opera, the cover of Alto Role in Wolfgang Rihm’s Jacob Lenz for English National Opera; Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for English Touring Opera & Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) for English Chamber Opera. She was a member of Glyndebourne Festival Chorus in 2008.
During her studies roles included Ramiro (La Finta Giardinera), Angelina (Cenerentola) and Mignon (Mignon) for BBIOS; Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) for Dartington Summer School, Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri) at the XXIV Festival Internationale de Musica Cinque Terre; Cis (Albert Herring) for British Youth Opera, Sesto (Giulio Cesare) and Stewardess (Dove’s Flight) at the RAM.
Recent concert appearances include recitals at Wigmore Hall and the Musikverein, concerts with Graham Johnson as part of BBC Radio 3’s Schubert week and a performance of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und leben as part of the launch of a new group called Songsmiths. She has also undertaken a Barbican Residency working on a one-woman show.
On the concert platform she has appeared as soloist in Bach’s B Minor Masswith Trevor Pinnock, Handel’s The Choice of Hercules with Daniel Taylor and Laurence Cummings, Haydn’s St. Nicholas Mass in the King’s Lynn Festival with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and sung Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Colne Philharmonic Orchestra.
Cyril Ibrahim was born in Rotterdam in The Netherlands, in 1984, he started playing the piano at the age of seven. One of his first mentors was Leonardo Palacios, a classical guitarist from Uruguay. He subsequently enrolled at the age of 18 at the Rotterdam Conservatory. He graduated as Bachelor of Music with Distinction. During his studies, his tutors where Aquiles Delle Vigne, Barbara Grajewska and Marcus Baban. To his delight, Cyrill was loaned a Grand Piano by the Dutch Music Foundation during his studies in the Netherlands. In 2009, the pianist Paolo Giacometti offered him a place at the Utrecht Conservatory to follow the Master of Music programme. He studied there for a year before moving to the United Kingdom. Cyrill graduated from the RCM after undertaking the Master’s Degree in Performance under the tutelage of Professor Andrew Ball. The Dutch Government showed its faith in Cyrill’s skills as a pianist by offering him a full Huygen’s Scholarship for the entirety of his studies with the RCM. He participated in the masterclass of the Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires at the Karma Ling Institute in France. In addition to this, he studied at the Birmingham Piano Academy, Chetham’s Summer School, the Lucca Estate and the Orchestral Conducting Course that is run by Antonio Ros Marba in Spain. Over the years, he has received tuition from, among others, Philip Fowke, Peter Donohoe, Ruth Nye, Matthias Kirschnereit, Dr. Robert Markham, Malcolm Wilson, John Humpreys and Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron. He has performed both as soloist and a chamber recitalist on the national and international stage for such halls as the Berliner Philharmonie and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Maya Iwabuchi is Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a position she has held since 2011. She began violin lessons at the age of two. Her main influences that remain integral to her working life are professors Alice Schoenfeld and Rodney Friend.
Since her first concert at the age of five, Maya has enjoyed an international career as a solo violinist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. Her performances have taken her to major concert halls worldwide such as London’s Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.
Highlights for Maya as soloist include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestras, and she has appeared in numerous renowned music festivals such as the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, Bath and Chichester festivals, and at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove
After 18 distinguished years, Maya ended her tenure as Leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2012, having led for major conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kurt Sanderling.
Maya is a tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
The Latvian pianist Olga Jegunova makes every performance fresh and compelling. She possesses a remarkable musical imagination combined with a seriousness of purpose and discipline. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to Schnittke, Scarlatti to Bartok and includes much contemporary repertoire, not least some new works composed especially for her.
Olga has gained an enviable reputation as soloist and recitalist, not least winning many major international piano competitions. These include the Ginette Gaubert competition in Paris and the Steinway-Förderpreis in Hamburg. She has been a prize-winner at the Maryse Cheilan competition in France, the Stasys Vainiunas competition in Vilnius, the Animato competition in Zurich, and was a semi-finalist at the prestigious Geza Anda Concours in Zurich.
Beginning her musical studies in her native Latvia (B.Mus at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy), Olga moved to Germany (M.Mus at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg) and Great Britain (Royal College of Music’s Artist Diploma course as an RCM scholar under Dmitri Alexeev, and Royal Northern College of Music where her piano teacher was Norma Fisher).
Her studies have been supported by innumerable scholarships and awards including Socrates Erasmus, Acroyd Trust, LMN, Izglītības fonds, Kultūrkapitāla fonds, RCM scholarship and DOM Stiftung.
Olga regularly performs at festivals across Europe. These include Gstaad Piano academy, Edinburgh International Festival, Deal Festival, IMS Prussia Cove and Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival.
Olga Jegunova is very interested in working with other groups of artists. She played the piano in the “Noureev & Friends” performance in the Palais Des Congrès in Paris in 2013 and has worked with the storyteller Jan Blake to create the Peter and the Wolf performance for children.
Olga Jegunova played for the Latvian Presidency’s annual Burns Supper in Brussels and played before HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Olga has participated in numerous master classes with such luminaries as Andras Schiff, Ferenz Rados, Elisso Virsaladze, Mikhail Voskresensky and Lazar Berman. As a soloist she has collaborated with conductors such as Saulius Sondeckis, Alexander Soddy, Andres Mustonen, Muhai Tang and Valery Ovsianikov, and appeared with ensembles and orchestras such as the Sinfonia Concertante, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Pasdeloup Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Olga also is a very keen chamber musician.
Since 2009, she has worked as a performer for Live Music Now, a charity providing live music in the concert hall as well as in the welfare, educational, justice and health sectors. Olga teaches piano to students of Queen Mary London University.
Olga Jegunova was invited to work as a compare at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. This competition was streamed live over the Internet by Medici TV. BBC Arabic interviewed Olga Jegunova about classical music and how it makes a difference to our humanity.
In December 2015 Olga Jegunova launched a charity called OlgaRhythm to support talented music students of all ages.
Katherine Jenkinson is recognised as one of the UK’s leading cellists specialising in solo and chamber music. The Independent newspaper recently praised her ‘[…] techncal security backed up by rare musical sensitivity’. She has performed as recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, In Africa, USA and Asia and has even performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto outside in the sweltering heat of The Seychelles. Katherine gave her Wigmore Hall debut in 2004 with duo partner Alison Farr with whom she continues to perform. In January 2018, the duo will record a new sonata by the American composer, Lawrie Rose.
In summer 2017, Katherine had the privilege of recording a new cello concerto with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which was written for her by the British composer, Oliver Davis. This is due to be released in February 2018. Other recent recordings (2016/2017) include Kodaly Duo and Dohnanyi Serenade on the Resonus Label with violinist, Simon Smith.
She was musically educated at the Royal Academy of Music under Colin Carr and David Strange. There she gained a first class degree, a distinction in performance and the acclaimed Dip RAM. She has since been privileged to become an Associate of this institution (ARAM).
Chamber music is a key part of Katherine’s musical life. She was a founder member of The Rautio Piano Trio, and was a member of The Allegri String Quartet 2008-2011 and Iuventus Quartet and Ensemble. In Contemporary music, Katherine has worked closely with composers, ArvoPärt, Anthony Payne, Richard Allain and Thomas Hyde.
Katherine has taught performance classes and been an adjudicator at the Royal Academy of Music, given masterclasses at Trinity Laban (as part of the International String Quartet Festival), Kazan Conservatory (Russia), at the Music Conservatory in Kazakhstan as well as Junior Guildhall and Junior Academy.
Katherine plays on an Italian cello by Taningardi made in 1703. She is grateful to the Countess of Munster for their help in the purchase and restoration of this cello
Guy Johnston is one of the leading British cellists of his generation. Guy has made many important debuts including at the First Night of the BBC Proms playing the Elgar Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin, the Brahms Double Concerto in the Philharmonie with the DSO Berlin/Valchua, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with the St. Petersburg State Capella Orchestra/Dmitriev in St. Petersburg, Elgar with the Osaka Philharmonic/Otaka in Tokyo, and the Schumann Concerto in the Barbican Centre with the English Chamber Orchstra/Tilbrook. Other collaborations in the UK have included Don Quixote with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Tortelier, Walton with the BBC Philharmonic/Tortelier, Dvorak with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Seal, Britten’s Cello Symphony with the Northern Sinfonia/Ticiatti, and Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 with the RTE National Orchestra/Altschuler in Dublin.
Born into a musical family, Guy joined his brothers in the world-renowned choir of King’s College, Cambridge, where he recorded the famous carol Once in Royal David’s City, under Stephen Cleobury. He went on to achieve early recognition through the BBC Young Musician of the Year title, the Guilhermina Suggia Gift, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award and received a Brit Award at the Royal Albert Hall. His mentors have included Steven Doane, Ralph Kirshbaum, Bernard Greenhouse, Steven Isserlis and David Waterman.
A founding member of the Aronowitz Ensemble, Guy is an enthusiastic chamber musician and has enjoyed appearances abroad at the Delft, Moritzburg, Spoleto, and Gaia Festivals as well as Cheltenham, Bath, and City of London Festivals at home with numerous musicians including Janine Janssen, Lawrence Power, Anthony Marwood, and with the Belcea, Endellion and Navarra String Quartets.
Guy has recently worked on an education project with the Wigmore Hall, where he performs regularly. He was Principal Guest Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra on tour in Australia and has been invited as Guest Principal of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Recent concerto performances have included the Elgar Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Alexander Shelley at Cadogan Hall, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Northern Sinfonia at the Sage, Gateshead, and works by Tavener and Macmillan with the Britten Sinfonia. This year also sees Guy performing on tour in Japan and in festivals across Europe and South America.
Guy is an inspiring leader of young musicians which was reflected in his invitation to meet Her Majesty the Queen at a reception at Buckingham Palace dedicated to young people in the performing arts. Guy is a patron of several charities which promote music education with schoolchildren and young people whilst enjoying a full and versatile career as an international soloist, chamber musician, and guest principal. He is also a Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music.
Guy’s debut recital CD on Orchid Classics has been released to widespread critical acclaim. The disc includes works by Bridge, Britten, and a new work by Mark Anthony Turnage with pianist, Kathryn Stott. Other recordings include concertos by David Matthews and Edward Gregson for Chandos with the BBC Philharmonic/Gamba and BBC Concert Orchestra/Tovey. Future releases include the Moeran Cello Concerto with the Ulster Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta, two works by Frederic d’Erlanger – Ballade and Andante Symphonique with the BBC Concert Orchestra/Wildner and David Matthews’ imagining of Vaughan-Williams’ unfinished cello concerto Dark Pastoral with the RSNO.
Guy has also created and undertakes artistic direction of an exciting new chamber music festival at Hatfield House in September 2012.
Guy plays a 1714 David Tecchler cello. It is currently made available to him by the Guy Johnston Cello Trust, which is being established by Nigel Brown and the Stradivari Trust to raise the funds needed to secure the instrument.
Colin Judson has made frequent featured role appearances with the Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera, Covent Garden, as well as in France and in Canada. Recent engagements include The High Priest in Akhnaten for English National Opera, Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger, Schoolmaster in Cunning Little Vixen at the Glyndebourne Festival, the Witch of Endor in Saul for Glyndebourne on Tour. Mr. Judson continued his 2017 season with Sellem in The Rake’s Progress in the co-production between Caen, Reims, Rouen, Limoges and Luxembourg, in addition to Kuzka in Khovanshchina with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov at the BBC Proms. In the Fall he appears with Toulon as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte and Goro in Madama Butterfly and will make his North American debut as Laca in Jenufa with Pacific Opera Victoria. In 2018, Colin appears with ENO as Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro. Colin debuted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Pang (Turandot) and returned for Vogelgesang (Die Meistersinger – conducted by Pappano) and Monostatos in the David McVicar production of Die Zauberflöte. For Glyndebourne Festival, his roles have included Squeak in Billy Budd (Elder), Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger (Jurowski), Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro (Ticciati), Remendado in Carmen (Jordan), Pásek in The Cunning Little Vixen (Jurowski) and Bardolfo in Falstaff (Elder). A favouirite at English National Opera his roles include Third Jew in Salome, Timorous/Lord Lechery/Messenger in The Pilgrim’s Progress (Brabbins), Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro and Tchekalinsky in Queen of Spades. Further credits include Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera North, Sellem in The Rake’s Progress for Scottish Opera, Nick in La Fanciulla del West (Corti) at the Edinburgh Festival, Rustighello in Lucrezia Borgia and Mime in Siegfried for Longborough Festival. Outside of the UK, highlights include Mime in Siegfried in Lisbon (Letonja), Strasbourg (Flor) and for Finnish National Opera in Helsinki (Segerstam), Snout inA Midsummer Night’s Dream for Teatro Real, Madrid, Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro for Der Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, Truffaldino in L’Amour des Trois Oranges in Limoges and Bob Boles in Peter Grimes for Opéra de Lyon (Ono). Colin has appeared regularly for Oper der Stadt Köln where his roles have included Hirt/Junger Seeman in Tristan und Isolde, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Spoletta in Tosca and Goro in Madama Butterfly. Concert engagements include the Verdi Requiem (Hereford Cathedral), Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Brighton Festival), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Britten’s War Requiem at the Megaron in Athens. Colin also recently performed in a Pavarotti memorial concert for the Italian Society in Edinburgh & Glasgow.
Born in Stockholm, Katarina Karnéus studied at Trinity College of Music in London, and at the National Opera Studio. In 1995 she won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Since then she has appeared throughout the world in opera, concert and recital and worked with many leading conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Franz Welser-Möst, Donald Runnicles and Ivor Bolton.
Opera engagements have included appearances at the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Netherlands Opera Amsterdam, La Monnaie Brussels, Grand Théâtre de Génève and Oper Frankfurt . Her repertoire includes the great mezzo roles of Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Wagner and Strauss and highlights of recent seasons have included Brangaene / Tristan und Isolde at Glyndebourne, Stuttgart, the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg, the title role in Ariane et Barbe-bleu in Paris and Frankfurt, Elisabetta/Maria Stuarda in Berlin, Der Komponist in Geneva, the title role in Xerxes in Stockholm, Fricka in Barcelona and Erwartung in Gothenburg, the title role in Norma as well as Klytaemnestra / Elektra in Gothenburg, Herodias / Salome for Opera North and the title role in Der Besuch der alten Dame for the Theater an der Wien. Engagements in 2018/19 included Fricka / Das Rheingold and Santuzza / Cavalleria Rusticana for the Gothenberg Opera and Judith / Bluebeard’s Castle in Brno and in 2019/20 she will sing Fricka / Die Walküre and Hébé / La Ville Morte for Gothenburg Opera and Waldtaube / Gurrelieder for the Helsinki Festival.
In concert, Katarina Karnéus has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic (Szymanowski’s Love Songs of Hafiz with Rattle and the title role in Hänsel und Gretel with Elder), the Cleveland Orchestra (Der Rosenkavalier with Welser-Möst), the NDR Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony and at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
As a recitalist she has been heard in many major venues in Europe and North America including London’s Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lincoln CenterNew York, La Monnaie Brussels, Frankfurt, Washington, San Francisco and Frankfurt.
In 1999 EMI released her first solo recital disc, of songs by Mahler, Strauss, and Marx, accompanied by Roger Vignoles, described in the Gramophone as “an outright winner….one of the most satisfying CDs of Lieder to appear in recent months.”, followed , also on EMI, by Ravel’s Chansons Madecasses with Stephen Kovacevich, Emanuel Pahud and Truls Mørk. Since then she has recorded two albums for Hyperion, of Sibelius and Grieg songs. Other recordings include orchestral songs by Schreker with the BBC Philharmonic and Vassily Sinaisky, Szymanowski’s Love Songs of Hafiz with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle on EMI, Mahler’s Symphony No 8 with the San Francisco Symphony conducted my Michael Tilson-Thomas (which received two Grammy Awards as best album and best choral album of 2009.), the three Mahler song cycles with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Susanna Mälkki for BIS and the title role in Donizetti’s Rita for Opera Rara, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Her performance of Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde from Glyndebourne can now be seen on DVD.
Recent and future concert highlights include performances with the New York Philharmonic, Gothenberg Symphony, Hallé, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Liceu Barcelona, Dresden Philharmonie, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Netherlands Philharmonic, tours in Europe and the US with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, performances at Wiener Kozerthaus, Baltic Sea Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and the BBC Proms as well as recitals at the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, London, and the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Katarina Karnéus is a member of the Gothenburg Opera and acts as an international ambassador for the company. She was presented with the Litteris et Artibus medal by H.M. The King of Sweden in 2015 and is a Court Singer for the Swedish Royal Court.
Abigail Kelly gained a postgraduate diploma in operatic studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and completed her undergraduate studies at Birmingham Conservatoire with a first class honours degree. She has won a series of Awards and in 2008 was nominated in the music category at the International Women of Excellence Awards. With English Touring Opera she has performed as Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Fido (Paul Bunyan), Naiad (Rusalka), Cobweb (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Bridesmaid (The Marriage of Figaro). Internationally, Abigail has performed as a featured artist with Opera South Africa and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and has given recitals in Kingston – Jamaica, Hungary, Montserrat, the Cayman Islands and Germany. Most recently she held a recital of traditional African American spirituals with a string quartet in Władysławowo, Poland. Abigail’s has performed widely in new music and also commissioned a one woman operatic cabaret entitled Swan Song: Memoirs of a Dudley Diva, a cabaret style operatic monologue charting the rise of fictitious opera star Deirdre Daniels. A proud Birmingham woman, Abigail has also performed at Birmingham’s first commemoration of Emancipation day and at the 2012 Birmingham Symphony Hall celebrations of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence.
Tamara Konstantin is a British composer born in Georgia. Tamara started playing piano at a very young age and as a young girl was selected to join the Tbilisi Special Music School for Gifted Musicians – one of the most prestigious educational establishments in the country. There she honed and mastered her skills as a concert pianist. Her studies were completed at the Tbilisi Music Academy where she graduated with the highest ranked diploma. Throughout her career she performed with the Georgian State Symphonic Orchestra and performed solo concerts. Currently, Tamara lives in Dorset in the south of England. Along with her passion of composing music, she is actively involved in performing at charity concerts and events.
Douglas was Organ Scholar at Somerville from 2010 until 2013 and currently studies with Katharine Pardee, in addition to receiving lessons from Daniel Moult and Ann Elise Smoot.
He has performed at St. Lawrence Jewry Lane, St. Giles Cripplegate, Union Chapel and other London churches, and as a member of the St. Giles Junior Organ Conservatoire he has played in masterclasses to Dame Gillian Weir, Hans Fagius, David Goode and Robert Quinney.
Douglas is also studying the clarinet with Elizabeth Drew having obtained his DipABRSM last summer under his first teacher Nicholas Shipman, with whom he began receiving lessons ten years ago. He has taken part in the North London Music Festival, winning prizes in woodwind classes, and enjoys playing contemporary repertoire.
Sholto Kynoch is in demand as a song accompanist and chamber musician, regularly performing with many outstanding singers and instrumentalists.
He is the founder and director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, where he has accompanied more than fifty song recitals over the past eight years, working with singers including Kate Royal, Mark Stone, Jonathan Lemalu and Henry Herford. In the 2008 Lieder Festival he was privileged to play for tenor Ian Partridge’s “farewell” recital.
Other recent highlights have included performances at Wigmore Hall (with violinist Kaoru Yamada), the Berliner Konzerthaus (with soprano Olja Dakic), the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore (with violinist Tee Khoon Tang), the St Endellion Festival, the Chichester Festivities, Cambridge Summer Music, the Perth Festival, the Brasov International Chamber Music Festival in Romania, the Chelsea Schubert Festival (with the Doric String Quartet) and a series of recitals in Sweden (with violist Ylvali Zilliacus).
Sholto is the pianist of the Phoenix Piano Trio, with whom he performed the complete Beethoven trios in 2010. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at Bangor Univeristy.
Sholto read Music at Worcester College, Oxford, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His teachers have included Michael Dussek, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Ronan O’Hora and Vanessa Latarche.
Stephan Loges was the winner of the 1999 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He has given recitals throughout the world, including at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Klavierfestival Ruhr, La Monnaie, Brussels, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Santiago de Compostela and the Vocal Arts Series in Washington with pianists Roger Vignoles, Simon Lepper, Alexander Schmalcz, and Eugene Asti.
Current and future plans include Bach St John Passion with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; St Matthew Passion with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston; Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ with the BBC Concert Orchestra; Bernstein Candide at the Staatsoper Berlin; Mozart Coronation Mass and Haydn Stabat Mater with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Fabio Biondi; Mendelssohn Walpurgisnacht with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale, Florence; Ottokar Der Freischütz with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis and Messiah and Bach Cantatas with the Academy of Ancient Music in London. Recitals planned include Schubert Winterreise and Schwanengesang at the Kuhmo Festival, Finland and with Simon Lepper for the Neuss Shakespeare Festival, Germany.
The Lendvai String Trio has a busy schedule of concerts at major venues throughout Europe, including several recitals at Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, the Barbican and Purcell Room in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Berwaldhallen and Nybrokajen 11 in Sweden, with their concerts frequently broadcast by Dutch Radio 4, Swedish Radio P2 and the BBC 3.
In 2010 the Lendvai String Trio was selected for the 2010/11 Concertgebouw’s Young Artist Series in Amsterdam; other previous successes include winning awards from the Kirckman Concert Society, the Worshipful Company of Musicians, Musician’s Benevolent Fund, the Park Lane Group, and the Concert Promoters Network in the UK. In 2005 they were selected for the Holland Music Sessions ‘New Masters on Tour’, resulting in a series of concerts across Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Netherlands. They have also toured and performed at festivals in Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Sweden.
The trio enjoys regular collaborations with other artists, and recent highlights have included concerts with oboists Alexei Ogrintchouk and Nicholas Daniel, and pianists Paolo Giacometti, Charles Owen, Alasdair Beatson and Martin Sturfält.