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.
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.
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.
Simon Lepper read music at King’s College Cambridge and studied piano accompaniment with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music. He has recently been appointed professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, London and is also the official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize.
Current and future plans include appearances at the Wigmore Hall with Angelika Kirchschlager, Malin Christensson, Lawrence Zazzo, Karen Cargill, Sally Matthews and Carolin Widmann. He will also appear with Angelika Kirschschlager in Leeds and Ghent and give recitals at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam with Sally Matthews and Carolin Widmann and in Paris and Montreal with Malin Christensson. Simon will visit Moscow this season to give a recital with Stephan Genz and Lucy Crow at the 30th anniversary of the International Music Festival ‘December Nights’ in a programme to include lieder by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann.
Recent appearances have included Schumann Dichterliebe and the Schubert song cycles with Mark Padmore throughout the UK; a recital with Angelika Kirschlager at the 2010 Verbier Festival, Switzerland; Schubert Schwanengesang with Christopher Purves at the Howard Assembly Room at Opera North; a theatre project on the madness of Ophelia with Cora Burggraaf at de Doelen, Rotterdam as well as recitals with singers Felicity Palmer, Anna Stephany, Robin Tritschler, Elizabeth Watts, Allan Clayton, Marcus Farnsworth, Nicole Cabell and Stephan Loges.
Recording highlights include Debussy Songs with Gillian Keith on Deux-Elles, Warlock Songs with Andrew Kennedy on Landor Records and Feldman, Zimmerman, Xenakis and Schoenberg with violinist Carolin Widmann on ECM.
As a student, Simon won every major award for piano accompaniment including the Gerald Moore Award as well as the accompanist prizes in the Kathleen Ferrier and Royal Overseas League competitions.
Little Venice Ensemble is the resident ensemble of Chamber Music in Little Venice and takes its name from a district in the heart of London just north of Paddington, where the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals meet creating a picturesque pool of water. Comprising some of London’s most sought-after musicians, the ensemble is currently building up a reputation for presenting music at the highest level within all genres, spanning from serious classical chamber projects to music in a lighter vein.
In 2011 violist Karin Norlén founded the Chamber Music in Little Venice series together with her husband Jonathan Cunliffe who is Director of Music in the Parish of Little Venice. They met during their studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire. A few years earlier, violinist Björn Kleiman had started an Anglo-Swedish Music series in London and also ran a music production company. Karin and Björn share a passion for chamber music and soon started co-producing events. Having known each other since childhood, they wanted to form a flexible chamber ensemble that could play both serious and lighter music to a high standard. Karin plays regularly with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and Royal Opera House orchestras and is a member of the Oxford Philomusica where Yuri Zhislin is co-concert master. The LVE’s first concert was performing the Schumann Piano Quintet and since then they have performed numerous works from the classical chamber music repertoire. Yuri is equally at home on violin and viola and enjoys an illustrious career as a soloist and chamber musician, performing all over the world. He is now a professor of violin and viola at the Royal College of Music in London. Björn had previously worked with fellow RCM graduate cellist Angélique Lihou, a member of the Southbank Sinfonia and cellist of the Cosima Piano Quintet. She is also an accomplished soprano and a member of electronic/rock band CIAM. They wanted to add a double bass for both classical and jazzy pieces so Karin invited Jamie Kenny who also works with the Oxford Philomusica and has played with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Britten Pears Orchestra and was principal double bass for Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival Orchestra. The five string players form the core of the ensemble and perform in different constellations depending on the occasion and the repertoire.
Benjamin MacLean was senior chorister at Westminster Abbey, where he was also head of school. His professional singing has included singing for the Royal Wedding, the 60th Coronation Jubilee of HM the Queen, the Papal Mass in Rome for Pope Benedict XVI as well as tours with the choir to Russia and Hungary. Amongst the numerous tv appearances with Westminster Abbey Choir Benjamin has also performed at the first night of the Proms, the documentary series on Westminster Abbey, David Starkey’s ‘Music & Monarchy’ series and for many heads of State. Benjamin is also an accomplished Horn and piano player. Recently Benjamin has won a Music scholarship to Sherborne School where he starts this September.
Marie Macleod, described by The Guardian as ‘powerfully eloquent’ and The Strad as ‘a cellist who can hold a stage and captivate an audience’, performs extensively as soloist and chamber musician at major concert venues across Europe. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the UK and Sweden such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra, and her performances are frequently broadcast by the BBC, Classic FM, Dutch Radio 4 and Swedish Radio. At the age of seventeen Marie won the Eastbourne Young Musician of the Year; she went on to win the string section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, the Royal Over-Seas League competition, the Suggia Gift for Cello and the Bronze Medal in the Shell/LSO competition, as well as awards from the Tunnell, Leverhulme and Countess of Munster Trusts.
As a member of the Aronowitz Ensemble, Marie is a BBC New Generation Artist and has performed at the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Bath, Spoleto and the City of London Festivals, as well as recording extensively for the BBC. Marie is also cellist in the Lendvai String Trio, who perform at major concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican, St John’s Smith Square and King’s Place in London, and the Berwaldhall and Nybrokajen in Stockholm. In 2005 the trio won awards from the Kirckman Concert Society, Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Park Lane Group, and were also selected for the Holland Music Sessions ‘New Masters on Tour’, giving concerts in Latvia, Romania, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Hungary and Cyprus.
Marie has a strong interest in contemporary music and has had several works specially written for her by composers Edwin Roxburgh, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gunnar Valkare and Matts Larsson Gothe. She enjoys regular chamber music collaborations with artists such as Pekka Kuusisto, Tasmin Little, Nicholas Daniel, Anthony Marwood, Paul Watkins, Alison Balsom, Robert Mann and Ivry Gitlis. Between 2006 – 2008 Marie was principal cellist of the Västerås Sinfonietta in Sweden; in 2007 and 2008 she also performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as guest principal cellist. She studied with Louise Hopkins at the Yehudi Menuhin School, David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she gained a Masters with Distinction and was awarded the prestigious Concert Recital Diploma, Frans Helmerson at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and Steven Isserlis at IMS Prussia Cove. Marie plays a Matteo Goffriller cello from 1706.
Caroline MacPhie, described as a singer with ‘flair, style and imagination’ (The Daily Telegraph), completed her studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music, following which she was selected by the Young Classical Artists Trust. On the operatic stage she has performed repertoire from Monteverdi to Max Richter for the Royal Opera House, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Bristol Old Vic, Opéra National de Lyon, Banff Centre, Canada and many more. A committed recitalist, she made her Wigmore Hall debut with Joseph Middleton in 2011 and has also performed at Purcell Room, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Ravinia Festival, Chicago as a Steans Institute Young Artist. Her broadcasts include Fauré’s La bonne chanson live from the Cheltenham Festival for BBC Radio 3 as well as transmissions for France Musique and France 3 with Opéra de Lyon. On the concert and oratorio platform she has collaborated with European Union Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, Hanover Band, Northern Sinfonia, Philharmonia, Southbank Sinfonia and Stockholm Sinfonietta at venues including Basilica di San Pietro, Perugia, Bridgewater Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Stockholm Concert Hall. Having initially read French and German at Bristol University, Caroline went on to pursue postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. A finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, her competition successes include First Prize in the Emmy Destinn Awards, Prague, Miriam Licette Scholarship (MBF), Dame Eva Turner Award and Blyth-Buesst Operatic Prize (RAM), Schubert Prize and Claire Croiza Prize for French Song (RNCM). She is also a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Kirckman Society Artist, Samling Scholar and Wingate Scholar.
The Maggini Quartet, formed in 1988, is one of the finest British string quartets. Its acclaimed recordings have won international awards including Gramophone Chamber Music Award of the Year, Diapason d’Or of the Year and a Cannes Classical Award, and have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. The Quartet is commencing a new collaboration with Meridian Records by recording the complete Mendelssohn quartet cycle.
The Maggini Quartet’s commitment to new music has led to important commissions including works by James MacMillan, Robert Simpson, Eleanor Alberga and Roxanna Panufnik. The Quartet’s unique collaboration with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, performing and recording his ten ‘Naxos Quartets’, has been hailed as “a 21st century landmark”. Their latest commission is a string quartet by Stuart MacRae to celebrate the ensemble’s 25th Anniversary in 2013.
The Maggini Quartet appears frequently in prestigious concert series at home and abroad and makes regular media broadcasts. Recent international visits have included Dubai, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The Quartet tours in Norway every summer, and will undertake a major tour of Germany in autumn 2013.
The Magginis are renowned for their interpretations of British Repertoire and The Glory of the English String Quartet continues to be an important ongoing initiative, drawing upon the wonderful repertoire which the Quartet is committed to bringing to a worldwide audience. The coming season features Britten and Rawsthorne.
The Maggini Quartet launched its own chamber music festival in May 2012. ‘Magginis in Breckland’ is an annual event based in Norfolk, bringing musicians of the highest calibre to the community, with concerts reflecting the full range of the Maggini’s eclectic repertoire.
In addition to their concert activity, the members of the Quartet have an international reputation aschamber music coaches. They hold several UK residencies and have worked at the UK’s senior music institutions.
Andrew Marriner became principal of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1986 following the footsteps of the late Jack Brymer. During his orchestral career he has also maintained his place on the worldwide solo concert platform alongside an active role in the field of chamber music. His professional musical career began at the age of seven when he was a boy chorister at King’s College Cambridge. Joining the National Youth Orchestra in 1968 he studied briefly at Oxford University and then extensively in Hannover, Germany with Hans Deinzer.
He first played with the LSO in 1977 under Sergiu Celibidache and as guest principal on their 1983 world tour. He later also became principal clarinet of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-fields.
As a soloist Andrew has been a regular performer in London, both at the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall. His extensive career abroad has taken him to La Scala, Milan; La Fenice, Venice; the Musikverein in Vienna; as far afield as the USA and Australia, and most points in between. These concerto performances have been in collaboration with Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Antonio Pappano, Andre Previn, Rostropovic, Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev and Sir Neville Marriner. Andrew has also given world premieres of concertos written for him by Robin Holloway, Dominic Muldowney and John Tavener.
Andrew Marriner is a member of both the LSO and Academy chamber ensembles. He has enjoyed playing with many other international groups over the years: these include the Chilingirian, Lindsay, Endellion, Moscow, Warsaw, Orlando, Sine Nomine and Belcea string quartets. He has also worked with some of the most distinguished individuals in the world of chamber music such as Alfred Brendel, Andre Previn, Andras Schiff, Lynn Harrell, Stephen Isserlis, Emmanuel Ax, Hélène Grimaud, and with the late Vlado Perlemuter and George Malcolm.
Andrew has recorded the core solo and chamber clarinet repertoire with various record companies including Philips, EMI, Chandos and Collins Classics. His concerto appearances are regularly broadcast by the BBC. A new recording of the Mozart concerto with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Sir Neville Marriner was released in 2004.
Andrew is in demand as a teacher and woodwind consultant and gives masterclasses, coaches orchestras and adjudicates competitions all around the world. He is visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded an Hon. Ram in 1996.
Malcolm Martineau was born in Edinburgh, read Music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and studied at the Royal College of Music.
Recognised as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, he has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Della Jones, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kozena, Solveig Kringelborn, Jonathan Lemalu, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Karita Mattila, Lisa Milne, Ann Murray, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Michael Schade, Frederica von Stade, Sarah Walker and Bryn Terfel.
He has presented his own series at the Wigmore Hall (a Britten and a Poulenc series and Decade by Decade – 100 years of German Song broadcast by the BBC) and at the Edinburgh Festival (the complete lieder of Hugo Wolf). He has appeared throughout Europe (including London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Opera House; La Scala, Milan; the Chatelet, Paris; the Liceu, Barcelona; Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein), North America (including in New York both Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall), Australia (including the Sydney Opera House) and at the Aix en Provence, Vienna, Edinburgh, Schubertiade, Munich and Salzburg Festivals.
Recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel (for Deutsche Grammophon); Schubert and Strauss recitals with Simon Keenlyside (for EMI); recital recordings with Angela Gheorghiu and Barbara Bonney (for Decca), Magdalena Kozena (for DG), Della Jones (for Chandos), Susan Bullock (for Crear Classics), Solveig Kringelborn (for NMA); Amanda Roocroft (for Onyx); the complete Fauré songs with Sarah Walker and Tom Krause; the complete Britten Folk Songs for Hyperion; the complete Beethoven Folk Songs for Deutsche Grammophon; the complete Poulenc songs for Signum; and Britten Song Cycles as well as Schubert’s Winterreise with Florian Boesch for Onyx.
This season’s engagements include appearances with Simon Keenlyside, Magdalena Kozena, Dorothea Röschmann, Susan Graham, Christopher Maltman, Thomas Oliemanns, Kate Royal, Christiane Karg, Iestyn Davies, Florian Boesch and Anne Schwanewilms.
He was a given an honorary doctorate at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004, and appointed International Fellow of Accompaniment in 2009. Malcolm was the Artistic Director of the 2011 Leeds Lieder+ Festival.
Gary Matthewman has been described by The Times and The Independent as ‘movingly perceptive’ and ‘quick-witted,’ and is now established as one of Britain’s leading song pianists. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London, and subsequently in Berlin and Vienna. Awards include those for accompaniment at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition, the Maggie Teyte Awards, and the prize for pianists at the inaugural Das Lied – International Song Competition in Berlin.
Abroad, Gary has appeared as a song recitalist in Berlin, Madrid, Vienna, Baden-Baden, Amsterdam, Aix-en-Provence, Gstaad, Kiev, Zagreb, Washington DC, Toronto and São Paulo. His UK Festival performances include Aldeburgh, Newbury, Hay-on-Wye, Buxton, Leeds Lieder, Oxford Lieder, North Norfolk, Bath and Sheffield (Music in the Round). In London, he has appeared at Wigmore Hall, the Royal Opera House, and in the Rosenblatt Recital Series at St John’s, Smith Square. In 2009 Gary conceived the Lied in London recitals, dedicated to the performance of song in a relaxed and intimate setting. He has made numerous live broadcasts and recordings for BBC Radio 3, and in 2011 he joins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World as official accompanist.
Gary has accompanied some of today’s most exciting singers. These include Sir Thomas Allen, Sumi Jo, Simon Keenlyside, Kate Royal, Ian Bostridge, Elizabeth Watts, Markus Werba, Sylvia Schwartz, Jacques Imbrailo, Yuriy Mynenko, Matthew Rose, Sally Matthews, Toby Spence, Geraldine McGreevy, Sarah-Jane Brandon, Dame Josephine Barstow, Cora Burggraaf and Stephan Loges. Future engagements include his debut recitals at New York’s Carnegie Hall with Andrei Bondarenko and Vienna’s Musikverein with Adam Plachetka, and a Wigmore Hall recital with Thomas Quasthoff.
Geraldine McGreevy studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she has since been made an Associate, and at the National Opera Studio. She has also lived and studied in France, Italy and Germany. An experienced recitalist, she has recorded Wolf, Fauré, Schumann, Schubert and many English Songs for Hyperion and Chandos, and has regularly broadcast recitals for the BBC as well as other European broadcasting institutions. She has returned to the Wigmore Hall frequently since her 1997 debut after winning the 1996 Kathleen Ferrier Award and made her De Singel recital debut in 2006, returning there in 2009 for a special extended Fauré recital series with Graham Johnson, with whom she has appeared in recitals in venues across Europe and North America. She has worked with many chamber musicians and early music groups including the viol quartet Phantasm, with whom she has recorded Byrd consort songs.
As an opera singer Geraldine has appeared in major European Opera Houses and Festivals including The Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels, Aix-en-Provence, the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms. Recent engagements include her début at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, as Giunone (La Calisto), as well as returns to the Komische Oper, Berlin for the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) and in the title-role of Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride, and to the Royal Opera House for Gerhilde (Die Walküre). Other roles she has sung include Alcina, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito), Donna Anna, (Don Giovanni), Freia (Das Rheingold), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Chystothemis (Elektra), Marie (Wozzeck), The Governess and Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), The Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) and Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes). She has recorded Handel’s Arminio with Alan Curtis (EMI), Handel’s Riccardo Primo with Kammerorchester Basel and Goodwin (DHM), and for Chandos, Sullivan’s Ivanhoe and Berg’s Wozzeck Fragments and Lulu Suite with the Gothenberg Symphony and Venzago. Her diverse concert repertoire includes Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire; Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5; Britten’s Les Illuminations and War Requiem; Strauss’ Vier Lezte Lieder; Telemann’s Brockes Passion; and Honneger’s Le Roi David which she sang at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival.