Christine Rice is one of the leading British mezzo sopanos of her generation. A regular performer at the major European opera houses including Covent Garden; the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich; Frankfurt Opera; the Teatro Real, Madrid and English National Opera she has built a reputation both as a singing actress and a Handelian of the highest order.
For the Royal Opera, Covent Garden her roles have included Judith Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Concepcion L’Heure Espagnol, Miranda Ades’ The Tempest the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, Sonyetka Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Ariadne in the world premiere of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur, Giulietta Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Maddalena Rigoletto and Carmen. For English National Opera her roles include Marguerite La damnation de Faust and Arsace Penelope. Other notable roles include Penelope Il Ritorno d’Ulisse for Frankfurt Opera; Dorabella Cosi fan tutte for Seattle Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper; Diana La Calisto for Geneva Opera; Beatrice Beatrice et Benedict for the Opera Comique in Paris and the title roles of Ariodante and Rinaldo for the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Christine also has a very busy concert career, appearing throughout the UK, Europe, North America and at the BBC Promenade Concerts and Edinburgh International Festival working with conductors that include Antonio Pappano and Sir Charles Mackerras.
Sam Robson is a twenty-three year old musical prodigy and multi instrumentalist who is the son of classically trained violinist parents – his father plays in the London Symphony Orchestra. After finding trouble settling into mainstream education it became clear to him that music was the desired path. At this point he discovered the Brit School from where he would eventually graduate with distinction, immediately showing himself to be an exceptional student and winning their prestigious competition for song writing in his second year. At the Brits School he studied with the hugely successful act Rizzle Kicks, whom he supported regularly at live shows in their formative years. He also wrote, recorded, produced and arranged for many of the students at the school, building a studio in his parent’s house that often accommodated all-night full band recordings. As well as being an accomplished guitarist and drummer Sam has always been fascinated with the voice as an instrument in its own right, and a cappella has been a natural vehicle for him in that regard. He has created versions of s Mirrorball – which after its upload to YouTube was mentioned by the band’s singer Guy Garvey, during their tour of the United States – and a version of the theme tune for TV show Family Guy, which was broadcast on BBC TV prior to an episode. Always experimenting with arrangement and musicality, Sam has created nine-part harmony versions of some of his favourite hymns that he originally posted on his YouTube channel; these songs have now received combined views well in excess of two million hits from all over the world.
Matthew Rose is one of the most exciting singers of his generation. In the 2012/13 season he returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Talbot in a new prodction of Maria Stuarda, he makes his role debut as Sarastro Die Zauberflöte at Covent Garden and his concert appearances include the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Dutoit, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique with Gardiner.
In 2006 he made an acclaimed debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Bottom A Midsummer Night’s Dream – for which he received the John Christie Award – and he has gone on to sing the role at La Scala, at Covent Garden, the Opéra National de Lyon and at the Houston Grand Opera. Other highlights have included included Sparafucile Rigoletto at Covent Garden; Colline La bohème at the Metropolitan Opera; Mozart’s Figaro at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich; Claggart Billy Budd at the English National Opera and Leporello Don Giovanni and Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress at the Glyndebourne Festival.
Future seasons will see him sing Leporello at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and Henry VIII Anna Bolena for the Opéra de Bordeaux; return to Covent Garden, to the Glyndebourne Festival and to the Metropolitan Opera and make his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
He has appeared in concert at the Edinburgh Festival, the BBC Proms and at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and recent engagements have included the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis; the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Dudamel; the Swedish Radio Orchestra with Harding; the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Sir Andrew Davis, the Dresden Staatskapelle with Mackerras and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Pappano.
In recital his appearances include the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Brighton, Edinburgh, Chester and Cheltenham International Festivals.
Patricia Rozario, born in Bombay, studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music, winning the Gold Medal and Maggie Teyte Prize. She also studied at the National Opera Studio in London, and won prizes at the Salzburg Mozarteum, S’Hertogenbosch International Singing Competition, Benson and Hedges Competition at Aldeburgh, and International Young Artist Competition at Tunbridge Wells. She developed a career in opera, concert work, recording and broadcasting. Her unique voice and artistry inspired over 15 established composers to write for her, notably Arvo Pärt and the late Sir John Tavener. She has sung under Pritchard, Solti, Ashkenazy, Jurowski, Belohlavek, Gardiner, Pinnock, Ivan Fischer, Hickox and Andrew Davis, has sung opera at Aix-en-Provence, Amsterdam, Lyon, Lille, Bremen, Antwerp, Wexford, ENO, Glyndebourne and Opera North, and performed concerts in Canada, USA, Russia, the Far East, Australia, Europe, and UK. She has appeared frequently at the BBC Proms. In 2010 together with pianist Mark Troop, she started a singing course, Giving Voice Society, to improve western music in India. She is Professor of singing at the Royal College of Music. She was awarded an OBE in 2001, Asian Women’s Award of Achievement in 2002, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, President’s Award in 2013, and FRCM in 2014.
Sergey Rybin was born in the city of tomsk in siberia, russia. he began playing the piano aged seven, studying at the specialised music school for gifted children, attached to the conservatory of Novosibirsk. subsequently, he studied at the moscow state university of culture and arts where, having gained a ph.D., he became professor of piano and taught for four years. since completing his studies at the royal academy of music in london under the tutelage of malcolm martineau, sergey has worked extensively for city of birmingham opera, english touring opera, garsington opera, opera holland park and grange park opera. as a recitalist he performed at the leeds lieder festival, hampstead and highgate festival, beaminster festival and in other prominent venues in the uk alongside Joan rodgers, Justina gringyte, katherine broderick, Nelly miricioiu, sergey leiferkus and others. in 2015 sergey was elected an associate of the royal academy of music, london and joined the coaching staff of the Jette parker young artists programme at the royal opera house. future engagements include Eugene Onegin for grange park opera and the royal opera house, covent garden, and Pelléas et Mélisande for english touring opera.
Mikhail Shilyaev was born in 1979 in Izhevsk, Russia. He started learning the piano at the age of six and won several regional piano competitions at a young age. In 1992 he entered the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatoire and in 1998 became a full-time student at the Moscow State Conservatoire, where he studied with Olga Zhukova, Elisso Virsaladze and Mikhail Lidsky. In October 2003 he gained a DAAD scholarship which enabled him to study at the Munich Hochschule with Franz Massinger.
Mikhail is the prize-winner of many competitions, and has been supported in his studies by many awards. In 2005 he won both second prize in the Ibiza International Piano Competition and first prize in the Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition organized by the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. In July 2006 he won second prize in the Amy Brant Piano Competition in Birmingham. He has also been awarded the Myra Hess Award from the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, the 2006 Ricci Foundation Award and the 2006 Maisie Lewis Award.
He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and in 2005-7 Mikhail studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Mark Ray, Alexander Melnikov and Nelson Goerner. He gave his Wigmore Hall debut recital in March 2007.
Mikhail has participated in masterclasses given by András Schiff, Charles Rosen, Stephen Hough, Barry Douglas and Stefano Fiuzzi and in Summer 2007 he took part in the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme. As a soloist with orchestra, he has recently performed with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, with the RNCM Concert Orchestra and the Orchestra of Trinity Laban and the Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra.
In July 2008 Mikhail appeared as a soloist at the Bridgewater Hall in Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra under Pascal Rophé. In 2008-2010 Mikhail was an appointed Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music. In 2009 Mikhail received a Golubovich Scholarship at Trinity Laban where he was worked on his Master degree with Professor Deniz Gelenbe. In July 2010 Mikhail won the Bronze Medal at the prestigious Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Lisbon.
Robert Smith is Organ Scholar at Somerville College, Oxford, where he regularly accompanies and occasionally directs the college choir for their regular services and concerts. He began musical life aged 5 on the piano, and moving to the organ aged 13 at the Birmingham Conservatoire under the tutelage of Henry Fairs, where he remained for 5 years.
Now at Oxford, Robert receives lessons from William Whitehead and was recently awarded an ARCO diploma, also winning the Sowerbutts Prize and Durrant Prize. He has had the pleasure of participating in numerous choir concerts and tours, notably at Blackburn Cathedral, Lancaster Priory, Birmingham Cathedral, Ampleforth Abbey and three times at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Robert regularly performs recitals as well as participating in masterclasses led by David Goode, Guy Bovet and Stephen Farr. He has twice been a finalist in the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition.
Future plans will see Robert feature on a BBC broadcast and a choir tour to America. In August 2014 he will undertake an extensive recital tour of Germany with concerts in Berlin, Brandenburg and Weimar. Robert also pursues piano studies with Margaret Newman, achieving a DipABRSM aged 16, winning numerous prizes in music competitions, both for his solo playing and as part of a piano trio.
The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford is coming to be seen as one of the best mixed-voice choirs in the university. It has sung at many of the great cathedrals in the UK – Wells, Winchester, Worcester, Southwark and most recently at St Paul’s who were so impressed the choir was invited to sing there as many time as they chose! They have toured Germany, Italy and North-West England in the last few years and have received stupendous reviews for their concerts – their concert in one of the major Berlin cathedrals was said to have been the best that year. They have been invited to be the only collegiate choir to take part in the Writing for Voices project as part of the Britten in Oxford 2013 festival.
Nicky Spence enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as their youngest singer, taking up a scholarship to complete his BMus, MMus and MMP studies with distinction, and where he has just completed their award-winning Opera Course. In demand as a tenor from a young age, Nicky’s voice and personality attracted the young Scotsman a long-term recording contract with Universal Classics and increasing recognition on stage, radio and television as a presenter and performer alike, having contributed to tours and Platinum-selling discs the world over.
Very experienced in recital, oratorio and opera, Nicky has performed on platforms all over the world from the Wigmore Hall to the Royal Albert Hall. As a soloist in diverse repertoire ranging from Handel and Mozart to Britten and Jonathan Dove he has collaborated with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, the RPO, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the RSNO, and the Southbank Sinfonia, and with artists which include Bryn Terfel, Graham Johnson, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, and even Dame Shirley Bassey. A proud Britten-Pears Young Artist and Samling Scholar, his awards include the Kathleen Ferrier Young Singer’s Bursary Award, the Young Classical Performer of the Year nomination at the Classical Brit Awards, and a place in the final of the Gold Medal at the Guildhall School.
Keen to work at the very highest level, Nicky continues his studies with vocal professor John Evans and has just been awarded a place at the National Opera Studio where he is generously supported by Scottish Opera, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, and The Countess of Munster Trust. Future plans include a collaboration with Malcolm Martineau for a BBC Radio 3 Britten Recording and Song-Cycle series, Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress for BYO, Jacquino Fidelio for Opera Holland Park, and a CD of Alun Hoddinott Songs to be internationally released later in the year.
Stanislao Marco Spina was born in 1986. Under the supervision of Maestro Fulvio Panico, he graduated with Honours and Honourable Mention from the Conservatorio Tito Schipa in Lecce. He mastered his skills in Italy with Filippo Lattanzi, Danilo Grassi and Edoardo Giachino at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, in Germany with Marta Klimasara, professor at the Stuttgarter Musikschule and in Austria with Ulrike Stadler from the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst of Graz. He was awarded numerous scholarships from the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, the Ministry of Public Education of Italy, and the European Union. In 2009, he gave his solo debut with the Orchestra Tito Schipa of Lecce, performing the Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra by Milhaud conducted by Francesco Lanzillotta. He then began his concert career, performing works by Schwantner, Thomas, Reich, Ichiyanagi, Xenakis and Cowell. Later, he turned his attention to the Baroque and Classical music of Bach, Marais, Scarlatti and Mozart, and studied in depth with Emilia Fadini and Mariagrazia Lioy. He has won many awards in recognition of his work, including first prize in the LAMS City of Matera Music Competition, first prize in the Rome Premio Nazionale delle Arti 2009, third prize in the Cordoba International Marimba Competition 2011, the first Prize in the international music contest “Paolo Serrau” (Filadelfia) and the participation in the final phase of the “Southern California Marimba Competition 2014” (Los Angeles). He has worked with several orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Orchestra dell’Opera di Parma, Magna Grecia Orchestra, Tito Schipa Orchestra, Ensemble Ritratti 2010 – Monopoli, the Ensemble 900 of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, Wood Percussion Droops and Locomotive Percussion Orchestra, performing in Italy’s Auditorium Parco della Musica, Spain’s Euskalduna Palace and France’s Cellier Pontifical. He is professor of percussion at the Conservatorio Tito Schipa in Lecce.
Born in Burghausen/Bavaria, the soprano went to study in Salzburgwith Wilma Lipp, in Hanoverwith Charlotte Lehmann and in Baslewith Kurt Widmer. She made her opera debut at the Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele as Despina in Così fan tutte. After an engagement at the Opera Basle she became a member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper and Volksoper, where she soon became an audience favourite and performed in opera and operetta with equal success, for example as Mozart’s Pamina, Susanna, Despina, Zerlina, Servilia, asÄnnchen (Freischütz), Gretel (Hänsel and Gretel) and as Adele (The Bat), Valencienne (Merry Widow), Christel(Vogelhändler), The artist has recently been successful in repertoire as varied as Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
The artist made guest appearances in Stuttgart, at the Bregenzer Festspiele, “Schubertiade” Feldkirch, Seefestspiele Mörbisch, repeatedly at the Berlin State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, where she sang Adele in the new production of The Bat (under Simone Young and Zubin Mehta).
Birgid Steinberger has also earned international reputation on the concert platform and in particular as a song interpreter and has performed in Vienna, Paris, London Wigmore Hall, New York, St Petersburg, Lisbon, Stuttgart, Cologne, Helsingborg, to name but a few. In 2008 she sang a Liedmatinee as Hommage to Dietrich Fischer Dieskau in the Oper Stuttgart.
Birgid Steinberger is a professor of song and oratorium at the Conservatory of Vienna City and was entitled “Kammersängerin” in 2009. Since 2010 she is also Professor at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Her recordings include Mozart operas and songs by Schubert, Kraus and Wolf.
Michael Stimpson has had works performed and commissioned by some of the UK’s most distinguished artists including the English Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Allegri and Maggini String Quartets, Bristol Bach Choir, Roderick Williams, Paul Agnew, David Campbell, Philippe Graffin, and Sioned Williams. The capital’s foremost venues have hosted his works, and international recognition has prompted performances in Europe, the USA, and Australia. His works are varied in their subject matter, the stimulus often from contemporary events, favourite authors, and poets. String Quartet No.1 (Robben Island) reflected the breakdown of apartheid; The Stars Have Withdrawn Their Shining (harp), the life of John Ruskin; The Angry Garden (choir and orchestra) explored the issue of global warming; A Walk Into War (tenor and piano quintet) was based on the writing of Laurie Lee; and Tales from the 15th Floor (cello and piano) was a personal account of over four months in intensive care. In 2005, his major work to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2, Clouds of War (choir and orchestra) was presented at Cadogan Hall in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent. 2009 focused on a four-stage work, Age of Wonders, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Beginning as a piece for violin and piano, it evolved through string quartet and string orchestra to a work for full orchestra, commissioned by the Darwin Symphony Orchestra in Australia. Since then, Michael has completed Preludes In Our Time for piano, a revision of his piano trio, two songs based on the poetry of Giovanni Pascoli, and a new work for solo harp, The Drowning of Capel Celyn. These were composed whilst writing his first opera, Jesse Owens, a work in four acts for soli, chorus, and full orchestra. Recordings available include Journeymen (Allegri Quartet), and Dylan & The Drowning of Capel Celyn (Roderick Williams, Sioned Williams). Age of Wonders has been recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra for future release. Michael lives in the Chalke Valley near Salisbury.
Jonathan Stone is a member of the Doric String Quartet, with whom he regularly performs at major festivals and venues throughout the UK and abroad. In 2008 they won 1st prize in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, 2nd prize in the Premio Paolo Borciani Competition in Italy, where they also received a special mention for their performance of Haydn, and the Ensemble Prize in the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Jonathan is also the violinist of the Phoenix Piano Trio, with Sholto Kynoch and cellist Marie Macleod. He is Co-Artistic Director of the Bedford Chamber Music Festival and is a committed teacher, frequently giving master classes around Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Mark Stone studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1998 he was awarded the Decca Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards.
On the opera stage, his recent engagements have included the title role in ‘Don Giovanni’ for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg and New Zealand Opera; Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) in Cologne and Tampere, Mountjoy (Gloriana), Mr Astley (The Gambler), Valvert (Cyrano de Bergerac) and Sonora (La fanciulla del West) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the title role in ‘Eugene Onegin’ at Glyndebourne; Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) and Belcore (L’Elisir d’amore) at the Welsh National Opera; Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at Opera North; Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) in Leipzig; Elviro (Serse) for the Royal Swedish Opera; and Yeletsky (Pique Dame), Danilo (Die lustige Witwe) and Ottakar (Der Freischütz) for Opéra de Montpellier. In the U.S. he has sung Germont (La traviata), the title role in ‘Gianni Schicchi’ and Ford (Falstaff) for Philadelphia Opera and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), in Santa Fe.
His many roles at the English National Opera have included the title role in ‘Don Giovanni’, Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo, Marcello (La bohème), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Silvio (I Pagliacci), Chou-en-Lai (Nixon in China) and Prince Yamadori in Anthony Minghella’s production of ‘Madama Butterfly’.
His future appearances include Count Alamaviva in Hamburg Opera and Robert Storch in Intermezzo for Garsington Opera.
In concert, his recent engagements have included the London Symphony Orchestra with Harding and Sir Colin Davis; the Hallé Orchestra with Elder; the Gabrieli Consort with McCreesh; the Bamberger Symphoniker with Norrington; the Academy of Ancient Music with Daniel and appearances with the City of London Sinfonia; the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the CBSO. Engagements this season include concerts with Maazel and the Philharmonia (Mahler 8), Vladimir Jurowski and the Dresden Staatskapelle (Auerbach Requiem), Xian Zhang in Milan (Britten ‘War Requiem’), Michael Schoenwandt in Amsterdam (Jeths ‘Hotel de Pekin’), Donald Runnicles in Glasgow (MacMillan ‘Passion), Paul Goodwin in London (Bach ‘St Matthew Passion’) and James Judd at the Vienna Konzerthaus (Elgar ‘The Dream of Gerontius’).
David Stout has rapidly established himself as one of the UK’s most versatile baritones. His repertoire ranges widely, encompassing early music with period instruments, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Britten, the bel canto repertoire and contemporary and twentieth-century works. He has earned a formidable reputation for his stage charisma, refined acting and presence on stage, as well as for being a great colleague whom other singers, conductors and directors are keen to work with again and again.
Recent highlights include a critically acclaimed Sancho Pança Don Quichotte(Grange Park); Paolo Simon Boccanegra and the title role of Falstaff with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra; Bach St John Passion with the Aurora Orchestra at King’s Place; Oromazes in Rameau’s Zaïs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Aeneas Dido and Aeneas with the English Concert at the Bristol Old Vic.
Highlights this season include the title role of Le nozze di Figaro and Fritz Kothner Die Meistersinger (both English National Opera), Sandoval Le Duc d’Albewith Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 at the Royal Festival Hall.
Other operatic appearances include Axel Oxenstierna in Foroni’s Cristina, regina di Svezia and The Dark Fiddler A Village Romeo and Juliet (Wexford Festival); Monterone Rigoletto, Schaunard La bohème, Zaretski Eugene Onegin and Pish Tush Mikado (English National Opera); Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Dr. Falke Die Fledermaus, Ping Turandot, Le Dancaïre Carmen, Harašta The Cunning Little Vixen and Buddha Wagner Dream (Welsh National Opera); Angelotti Tosca, Roucher Andrea Chenier, Gratiano The Merchant of Venice, Nikita Das Portraitand Mick Playing Away (Bregenzer Festspiele); Robin Oakapple Ruddigore (Opera North); Baron Douphol La traviata (Royal Opera House); Don Juan From the House of the Dead (Teatro Massimo di Palermo); Hercule Alceste (Chelsea Opera Group); and Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana (Endellion Festival).
Stout’s extensive concert repertoire includes Verdi Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall; Handel Messiah and Brahms Requiem with the Hallé Orchestra; Bach St John Passion with Polyphony at St John’s Smith Square, and Mozart Requiem with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as Haydn Nelson Mass, Polyphemus Acis and Galatea, Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Orff Carmina Burana, Tippett A Child of Our Time, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony, Walton Belshazzar’s Feast, Rossini Stabat Mater, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Mendelssohn Elijah and Britten War Requiem. Recent recordings include Sullivan The Beauty Stone, Haydn Creation, Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Wolf Eichendorff Lieder.
Stuart Stratford read music at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, studying conducting with David Parry and later in Russia, at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatoire, Symphonic and Operatic Conducting Faculty, for three years with the legendary conducting teacher, Ilya Aleksandrovich Musin. He was the Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, in 1999 and 2000. Opera is at the core of his activities. In the UK Stuart has conducted for English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Birmingham Opera Company, Buxton Festival with repertoire including Giovanna d’Arco, The Barber of Seville, Khovanshchina, Orfeo ed Euridice, Don Giovanni, Satyagraha, Pagliacci, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faust, The Turn of the Screw, Falstaff, La Boheme, Candide, Swanhunter (Dove),Tobias and the Angel (Dove), Ion (Param Vir), Kantan (Goehr), L’altra Euridice (Dove), Ariadne (Langer), The Embalmer (Batistelli). He has given the world staged premier of The Maiden in the Tower (Sibelius) and the UK staged premier of Kashchei the Immortal (Rimsky-Korsakov). He is a regular conductor at Opera Holland Park and has conducted performances of Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades, Jenůfa, Iolanta, Káťa Kabanová, La Forza del Destino, L’amico Fritz, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, La Fanciulla del West and Il Trittico. Outside the UK Stuart has worked at the Finnish National Opera (Doctor Atomic), Hong Kong (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), at Theater St.Gallen, Switzerland (Un Ballo in Maschera), at the Birgitta Festival with the Estonian National Opera (Faust). He has conducted concerts with many of the UK orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata and Viva Sinfonia. Abroad Stuart works with the Porto Symphony Orchestra, Remix Ensemble, Orchestra of the Algarve, Perm Opera and Ballet Theater, Ural Symphony Orchestra in Yekaterinburg where he gave the Russian premiere of Momentum (Turnage) and Airport Scenes (Dove). With the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney he has recorded a joint Channel 4 and Australian Broadcasting Corporation film opera, The Eternity Man, which was broadcast in both the UK and Australia. Stuart has been appointed the Music Director of Scottish Opera from the 1st June 2015.
Martin Sturfält is a Swedish pianist who enjoys a busy international career as a concerto soloist and recitalist, and is also a passionate chamber musician. While his repertoire includes a large number of standard works from the baroque, classical and romantic periods, Martin is also keen to promote newer music and lesser known works in his concert programmes. In December 2009 Sweden’s main classical music magazine Opus placed Martin as number five in their New Year’s list of the most significant Swedish musicians.
Born near Katrineholm in Sweden in 1979, Martin started to play the piano around the age of four. He studied at the Stockholm Royal College of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. His principal teachers were Esther Bodin-Karpe and Stefan Bojsten in Stockholm, and Paul Roberts and Ronan O’Hora in London.
Martin began giving regular concerts at the age of 11, and has since performed extensively throughout Scandinavia, UK and the rest of Europe, as well as in Asia and the USA. Highlights in recent years have included solo and chamber music recitals at all major venues in Stockholm and the rest of Sweden as well as at London’s Purcell Room, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Martin is regularly invited as a soloist with orchestras and has appeared with among others the Hallé Orchestra and most Swedish orchestras such as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Symphony, collaborating with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Andrew Manze and Alexander Vedernikov. His performances have been broadcast throughout Europe and the USA and he has made frequent television appearances. His critically praised début CD of the Wilhelm Stenhammar piano works was released by Hyperion Records in the autumn of 2008.
Martin has had considerable success in piano competitions, winning first prize in both the 1999 Swedish and the 2002 UK Yamaha competitions as well as the 2002 Malmö Nordic ‘Blüthner’ Piano Competition, the 2004 John Ogdon Prize, and the 2005 Terence Judd Award.
Lydia Teuscher was born in Freiburg, Germany and studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and at the Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim. She collaborates regularly with conductors such as René Jacobs, Jonathan Cohen, Emmanuelle Haïm, Sir Roger Norrington, Helmuth Rilling and Markus Stenz and highlights in her 2016/17 season include Susanna Le nozze di Figaro (Staatstheater Karlsruhe and at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan); Serpetta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera (Münchner Rundfunkorchester/Andrew Parrott); Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire(Ensemble of the Bayerische Staatsoper); Messiah (Orchestre National de Lille/Jan Willem de Vriend); Cantatas by Bach and Handel (Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen) and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (Wiener KammerOrchester/Bernard Labadie). Her operatic appearances include Pamina Die Zauberflöte at the Salzburg Mozartwoche, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Bolshoi and at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Deutsche Staatsoper; Susanna Le nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival and the Dresden Semperoper; Zerlina Don Giovanni at the Bolshoi and Gretel Hänsel und Gretel for the Glyndebourne Festival, the Dresden Semperoper and Saito Kinen Festival.
William Towers read English at Cambridge University and was a postgraduate scholar at the Royal Academy of Music. He appeared extensively as a soloist in Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage and his performances in the complete Bach series have been issued on CD.
His opera engagements have included roles at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro La Fenice Venice, Glyndebourne Festival, Oper Frankfurt, Göttingen Handel Festival, Gothenburg Opera, Linbury Theatre, La Monnaie Brussels, Aldeburgh Festival, Canadian Opera Company, National Theatre Prague, Teatro Real Madrid, Bregenz Festival, Opera Theatre Company, London Handel Festival and at Grange Park.
His oratorio and recital schedule has featured appearances in many major venues and festivals in the UK and abroad, including the BBC Proms, with distinguished conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Paul McCreesh, Richard Hickox, Laurence Cummings Emmanuelle Haïm, Barry Wordsworth, Stephen Layton and Jeffrey Skidmore. Orchestras he has worked with include the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, The Sixteen, Le Concert d’Astrée and Netherlands Bach Society. He has sungOrlando and Belshazzar in the US with Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque.
Kasparas Uinskas is an internationally acclaimed pianist, praised by critics for his virtuosity and romantic style. He has played at the world’s most important concert halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, London Wigmore Hall, Madrid Auditorio Nacional, and Washington’s J.F. Kennedy Center, where his performances have been received to great acclaim by both the public and critics. He was born in Lithuania, and began studying the piano at the age of six. He studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, where he graduated his Doctoral studies, the Frédéric Chopin Music University in Warsaw (with professor Bugaij) and The Juilliard School, New York (with the professor Kalichstein) as a recipient of the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship. Highlights of the current season include his concerts with Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia (Belgium), Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Philharmonie Südwestfalen (Germany), Liepaja Symphony Orchestra at Piano Stars Festival (Latvia), Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), as well as solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Baerum Kulturhus as part of the Piano Master Series (Norway), the BoZar concert hall in Brussels, the Brussels piano festival, the Festival Nordland Musikkfestuke in Bodø (Norway), and the Fantastic Pianist Series tour in Japan. He also regularly collaborates with other renowned musicians: he is appearing in a chamber recital tour of Norway and Lithuania with the International Tchaikovsky Competition laureate, violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky; he is undertaking a piano duo concert tour with pianist Evgeni Bozhanov; and is making a chamber concert tour with one of the world’s greatest cellists, Alexander Kniazev. He is a frequent guest at many international music festivals throughout Europe and the USA, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Festival of the Hamptons, the South Shore Music, and Holland Music Sessions. He has also appeared as a soloist at the Verbier Festival as recipient of the Reuter’s Grand Prix, awarded by the festival. He is a frequent guest on the Radio and TV programs, including BBC Radio 3, The New York Times classical music radio station, WQXR, and Lithuanian National Television and Radio. In 2010 he became an artistic director of the New Musical Generation summer festival and academy. He regular teaches students in masterclasses and, alongside his concert career, participates in outreach programs to promote classical music for the youth. Since 2006 he has run a classical music educational program in Lithuanian high schools, presenting live classical music to young people.