Talented artists at the West Wight Arts Association

Richard Harwood

cellist Richard Harwood

Since his critically acclaimed concerto debut at the age of ten, the award-winning English 'cellist Richard Harwood has performed concerti and recitals in major venues including London's Royal Albert Hall, all of the South Bank Centre venues, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Thomaskirche (Leipzig), and the Auditorium du Louvre (Paris).

As concerto soloist, Richard has collaborated with conductors such as John Wilson, Okko Kamu, Marko Letonja, Douglas Bostock, En Shao, Shuntaro Sato, David Parry and Yehudi Menuhin, and with numerous orchestras including the The Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, and the Ural Philharmonic.

As chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Jerusalem and Endellion Quartets, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Olivier Charlier, Benjamin Schmid, Alena Baeva, Ilya Gringolts, Pekka Kuusisto, Vilde Frang, Chen Halevi, Julian Bliss, Martin Roscoe, Finghin Collins, Ashley Wass, Gottlieb Wallisch, and Julius Drake, among others. In 2014, Richard became the cellist of the Sitkovetsky Trio.

Richard is regularly heard on BBC, having made his BBC Radio 3 debut at the age of thirteen with a live recording of the Elgar Concerto. He has also given performances for Radio France, MDR, RTÉ, and Radio New Zealand.

Richard's discography includes a critically acclaimed debut disc for EMI Classics, recorded with pianist Christoph Berner, and Composing Without The Picture, a 2013 solo album of concert works written by film composers, on Resonus. In addition, Richard can be seen and heard in Phil Grabsky's 2009 documentary In Search of Beethoven which received its theatrical premiere at the Barbican Theatre, London, was broadcast on Sky Arts, and shown in cinemas worldwide.

Contemporary music plays an important role for Richard. This started in 2002 when he took part in the Park Lane Group Young Artists' Series on the South Bank and premiered solo works written for him by Dominic Muldowney and Martin Butler. He has also worked with Philip Grange, giving the London premiere of his Nocturnal Image and given the European premiere of David Horne's Zip with the composer at the piano. For his solo album Composing Without the Picture, Richard premiered works written for him by Christopher Gunning, Alex Heffes, Fernando Velázquez, and Benjamin Wallfisch.

Richard began his studies with Joan Dickson, before continuing with other eminent teachers such as Steven Doane, David Waterman, Heinrich Schiff (University of Music and Dramatic Art, Vienna), and Ralph Kirshbaum (Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester).

He complemented his studies by taking master classes and lessons with Mstislav Rostropovich, Janos Starker, Steven Isserlis, Boris Pergamenschikow, Miklós Perényi, Bernard Greenhouse, Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartet), William Pleeth, Zara Nelsova, and Ferenc Rados.

Richard has won many awards beginning in 1992 when he became the youngest ever winner of the Audi Junior Musician Award. The recipient of many awards from the MBF, Hattori Foundation, and KPMG / Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, Richard continued this success by winning the 2004 Pierre Fournier Award. He was also the first British 'cellist ever to be awarded the title "Bachpreisträger" at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, Leipzig 2004. Among many other accolades, he received the special "mention" prize from the jury at the Rostropovich Competition, Paris in 2005.

Richard plays a 'cello by Francesco Rugeri, dated 1692.


Julius Drake

Julius Drake

The pianist Julius Drake lives in London and specializes in the field of chamber music, working with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and on disc.

Highlights in his present schedule include an extensive tour of the USA with Matthew Polenzani; a four part Schumann Series at the Concergebouw in Amsterdam; recordings with Sarah Connolly, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Christoph Pregardien, Ian Bostridge and Gerald Finley; recitals in his own series at the historic Middle Temple Hall, London; and a tour of Japan and Korea with Anne Sophie von Otter and Camilla Tilling.

Julius Drake’s many recordings include a widely acclaimed series with Gerald Finley for Hyperion, for which the Barber Songs, Schumann Heine Lieder and Britten Songs and Proverbs have won the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Gramophone Awards; award winning recordings with Ian Bostridge for EMI; several recitals for the ‘Wigmore Live’ label, with among others Lorraine Hunt Liebersen, Matthew Polenzani, Joyce Didonato and Alice Coote; and recordings of Tchaikovsky and Mahler with Christianne Stotijn for Onyx and English song with Bejun Mehta for Harmonia Mundi. 
Julius Drake is now embarked on a major project to record the complete songs of Franz Liszt for Hyperion: the second disc in the series, with Angelika Kirchschlager, won the BBC Music Magazine Award for 2012.

Julius Drake is also a committed teacher and is regularly invited to give master classes, this season in Aldeburgh, Basle, Toronto, Utrecht, and at the Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien. 
He is Professor at Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts in Austria, where he has a class for song pianists. 

Highlights in his present schedule include an extensive tour of the USA with Matthew Polenzani; a four part Schumann Series at the Concergebouw in Amsterdam; recordings with Sarah Connolly, Ian Bostridge and Gerald Finley; recitals in his own series at the historic Middle Temple Hall, London; and a tour of Japan and Korea with Anne Sophie von Otter and Camilla Tilling.


Alexandra Dariescu

Alexandra Dariescu

From the Royal Albert Hall in London to Carnegie Hall in New York, the young Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu, recently named as “one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career” in the International Piano Magazine, has dazzled audiences worldwide with her effortless musicality and captivating stage presence. 

Selected as one of Forbes Magazine’s ’30 under 30’ Alexandra Dariescu is an outstanding ambassador for classical music. In 2013 Alexandra gave her debut at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and became the first ever Romanian female pianist to perform in this prestigious hall. Alexandra won the Women of the Future Award in the Arts and Culture category in 2013 and has released two CDs on Champs Hill Records to critical acclaim. Alexandra will return to the Royal Albert Hall to perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with the  RPO on 19 April 2015.

Alexandra makes important debuts with the Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra in the UK and the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa, the Meklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin & Alhaltische Philharmonie Dessau  in Germany as well as appearances at the Royal Festival Hall in London, George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.


Lucy Hall

Lucy Hall

Lucy trained at the National Opera Studio from
2013-2014 and prior to that completed the Opera Course
at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the
tutelage of Yvonny Kenny, AM. She is also a Samling
Scholar.

In 2010 Lucy graduated from the Guildhall School of Music
and Drama with a First Class Honours Degree and the
Dove Memorial Prize for the highest mark degree of
any 2010 graduate and the Ann Wyburd Prize for best
lieder performed in final recitals. Throughout this period
Lucystudied with Professor Susan McCulloch.

Lucy enjoys a varied career and performs across the UK as a recitalist and in operas and oratorios. Lucy has just made her debut at the Scottish Opera performing the role of Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. Prior to that she was engaged as cover Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and previously covered Zerlina Don Giovanni for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
2013 saw Lucy perform Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera for the Grand Theatre du Luxembourg and Opera de Toulon for the
Festival d'Aix Tour, after covering the same role in 2012. She also performed Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro for GSMD Opera and was described by BachTrack as 'undoubtedly the star of the show...' Last summer saw her first season at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, covering the role of Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, she created the role of Asia in the Jerwood Young Artists Opera, Wakening Shadow and sang in the chorus of Hippolyte et Aricie, conducted by William Christie.
in 2012, Lucy made her debut with the Festival d'Aix stepping in to perform Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, a role previously performed for the British Youth Opera. Other experience includes Aurore, Le Portrait de Manon (Massenet) GSMD Opera, 2012, Barbarina, Le Nozze di Figaro, British Youth Opera, 2011, Third Nymph, Euridice, British Youth Opera, 2010, Lucia, The Rape of Lucretia, Grimeborn Opera Festival, August 2010, Cis, Albert Herring, GSMD Opera June 2010, and excerpts from Ilia (Idomeneo), Tytania (Midsummer Nights Dream), Nanetta (Falstaff), Sophie (Werther), Giulietta (I Capuleti e I Montecchi), Despina (Cosi fan tutte) and Marzelline (Fidelio).
 
Lucy is also in demand on the concert platform and has performed with many of the countries leading orchestras and conductors. In February this year, Lucy made a debut with Israel's leading orchestra The Israel Camerata in a tour performing Bach Cantatas under the baton of Timothy Brown. She also performed in the renowned Good Friday Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Choral Society.
Last year she debuted with the BBC Philharmonic at the Bridgewater Hall under HK Gruber, singing Schubert's Einsamkeit orchestrated by Detlev Glanert. This year the performance was reprised, under Juanjo Mena and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Lucy has also performed with the LSO on many occasions, firstly in Nielsen's Symphony No. 3 at the Barbican Hall, under the late Sir Colin Davis. She was immediately invited back to sing The Bridesmaid in Der Freischütz and later performed Flora in Turn of the Screw in a cast handpicked by Sir Colin Davis and conducted by Richard Farnes. Other concert experience includes: Mestra in the première of Edward Rushton’s Cicadas, C.P.E. Magnificat with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Elias with Ensemble Pygmalion, Mozart Coronation Mass at St John’s, Smith Square, Mozart Exsultate Jubilate with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart Requiem at the Ambronay Festival, as well as with the London Mozart Players, Carmina Burana at the Barbican Hall, Friday Night is Music Night with the BBC Concert Orchestra and a Viennese Gala with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
Conductors with whom she has worked include Leonardo García Alarcón, Timothy Brown, Sir Colin Davis, Richard Farnes, H K Gruber, Alexander Ingram, Vladimir Jurowski, Gérard Korsten, Juanjo Mena, Benjamin Pope, Raphaël Pichon, Jérémie Rhorer, Andreas Spering and Takuo Yuasa.


David Webb

David Webb

Studied at The Royal College of Music and International Opera School.

Roles include Tamino, Nemorino, Ferrando, Grimoaldo, Vasek, Gastone and has worked in Opera Houses in the UK and Europe.

He has been fortunate enough to have sung as a soloist for the Queen at The Royal Albert Hall, at many of the UK's finest concert halls and at Wembley Stadium. 


Tom Primrose

Tom Primrose

Tom Primrose graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Michael Dussek and Malcolm Martineau, before which he was Assistant Organist and Director of the Girl's Choir at Norwich Cathedral. As an accompanist he has won several prizes, including the Webb Award for Piano Accompaniment at the Richard Lewis Competition, the Dennis Horner Accompanist'€™s Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Accompanist Prize at the Rosenblatt Competition, the Major Van Someren-Godfery English Song Competition, and the Alfred Knight Prize. He has also received a Musicians Benevolent Fund Performance Award and was supported at the Academy by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Recent engagements include recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Vinterfestspiel in Norway, Northern Chords Festival, Coulston Hall, and the Sage Gateshead. He has also featured a number of times on BBC radio and television, including a live recital of Britten and Poulenc and a number of appearances on "In Tune". He has collaborated with a number of singers and instrumentalists including Ben Johnson, Susannah Hurrell, Christina Gansch (who he accompanied to her 2014 Ferrier win), Sarah-Jane Davies, Rosie Aldridge, Clare Presland, Richard Dowling, Henry Neill, Rosie Coad, Rozanna Madylus, Eloisa-Fleur Thom, Jonathan Bloxham, Brian O'Kane, Emily Garland, Edward Ballard, Henry Neill, and Bozidar Smiljanic among others. As a choral conductor he has performed all over Europe, particularly in Italy and Scandinavia, and his choirs have been broadcast in the UK and abroad. He also works as a chorus master, and has prepared choirs for Yan Pascal Tortellier, David Parry, Sharon Choa and others. Tom is director of the Symphony Choir at the University of East Anglia and is also Artistic Co-Director of the Southrepps Classical Music Festival.


The Trio Isimsiz

The Trio Isimsiz

The Trio Isimsiz was formed in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, under the guidance of Louise Hopkins, Carole Presland and Alasdair Tait.
They have participated in masterclasses with the Belcea, Endellion and Takács Quartets and with Pavel Gililov, Wolfgang Reddick and Thomas Riebl at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.  In 2013 the Trio undertook a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts working with Henk Guittart and were selected for representation by YCAT. 
Over the last year the Trio has given recitals throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Barber Institute Birmingham, The Sage Gateshead, Brighton Dome, Colston Hall Bristol, the Lower Machen and Portsmouth Festivals.  They have taken part in masterclasses with Menahem Pressler at Wigmore Hall, Steven Isserlis at King’s Place and the Gould Piano Trio at Dartington.   Engagements this season include a residency in Aldeburgh, and recitals at Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Colston Hall Bristol, Purcell Room, Newbury Spring Festival, Peasmarsh Festival and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
 
All three members of the Trio Isimsiz Piano Trio enjoy great success individually.  Erdem Misirlioglu was a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musicians Competition in 2008, Pablo Hernán Benedí is a member of the Chiaroscuro Quartet, formed by Alina Ibragimova, and Michael Petrov represents the UK in the European Concert Halls Organisation Rising Star series during the 2014/15 season.
Pablo Hernán Benedí (violin) was born in 1991 in Madrid.  He studied at the C.I. Padre Antonio Soler Conservatory in San Lorenzo de El Escorial and at the GSMD with David Takeno.  In 2010 Pablo became a member of the Chiaroscuro Quartet, formed by Alina Ibragimova, Emilie Hornlund and Claire Thirion, appearing at major venues throughout Europe. The Quartet’s debut recording was released in 2011 to critical acclaim.

Michael Petrov (cello) was born in 1990 in Bulgaria.  He studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the GSMD with Louise Hopkins, winning the Gold Medal in 2014.   Over the last year he has made his debut with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and English Chamber Orchestra.  During 2014/15 he gives recitals at major concert halls throughout Europe as part of his nomination by the Barbican Centre as an ECHO Rising Star.

Erdem Misirlioglu (piano) was born in 1990 in Suffolk.  He studied with Mark Fielding at the Junior GSMD and since 2008 with Martin Roscoe and Ronan O’Hora at the GSMD.  In 2008 he was a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musicians Competition, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.  He recently won 1st Prize in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s Intercollegiate Piano Competition.


The Santiago Quartet

The Santiago Quartet

The Santiago Quartet is a Classical Quartet, specialising in the performance of Latin American music. Formed in 2008 and reformed in late 2012, the Quartet represents the continuation and extension of a mission which began in Merida, Mexico in 2005. Originally Cuarteto Genêsis, the group took the name Santiago Quartet when two of its founding members moved to England after several years with the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra. Whilst working in Mexico, the musicians discovered a repertoire that is rarely or never performed in the United Kingdom. Their interest in exploring this music led to performances with the Grammy Award winning Cuarteto Latinoamericáno, and at the 2008 International Chamber Music Festival in Mexico City's Bellas Artes Theatre.
Santiago Quartet's first album, Latin Perspective, a collaboration with Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson, received outstanding reviews in Gramophone and Songline Magazines. Performances include the Guildford International Music Festival, St.Martin in the Fields, Bolivar Hall and with the singer-songwriter Ana Silvera at the Purcell Room and live on Radio 3.

After recent personnel changes, the Santiago quartet, along with founding member and cellist Jonathan Hennessey-Brown, continue to bring vibrant performances to audiences and play an active role in the education of young musicians. Their recent recital at the Funtingham Music Society received an enthusiastic response and they are looking forward to future performances.

Repertoire includes Latin American works from Piazzolla, del Aguila, Alvarez, Revueltas and Brouwer, extending beyond contemporary Classical music to sambas, tangos, salsa and new commissions. The quartet has also recently introduced English music to their programme, looking to explore the relationship and disparity between the two cultures.


Peter Moore

Peter Moore

Peter Moore (born 28 November 1996) is a trombonist from Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, who was the winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year in May 2008, when he was only twelve years old. On 29 May 2014, it was announced that the London Symphony Orchestra had appointed Moore its co-principal trombonist.

Moore, who was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is the youngest winner of the competition to date, which is open to young persons aged eighteen and under. He attends Chethams School of Music, in Manchester.


Jonathan Ware

Jonathan Ware

Jonathan studied at the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School and, since 2013, the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’. He won 1st Prize at the 2014 Stuttgart Song Competition with baritone Ludwig Mittelhammer

Born in Texas, Jonathan Ware studied at the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, and since 2013, with Wolfram Rieger at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’.  In 2014 he won 1st Prize in the International Song Competition in Stuttgart with baritone Ludwig Mittelhammer, and was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).  He has won numerous awards including the prestigious Pianist’s Prize at the 2011 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and 2013 Das Lied Competition in Berlin.  He now divides his time between Europe and the USA.

Sought after as a chamber musician and song accompanist, Jonathan’s recent engagements include recitals at the Alice Tully Hall, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Hall as part of Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues programme, Lincoln Center with cellist Michael Katz, Ravinia Festival and The Phillips Collection Washington DC.  He also undertook a North American tour with mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, and gave performances of Die Schöne Mullerin with baritone Benjamin Appl at the Französischer Dom Berlin and Wolf’s Italienesches Liederbuch at the Rheingau Festival.

Passionate about the song repertory, during the 2012/13 season Jonathan was co-artistic director of a year-long festival devoted to the performance of the complete Schubert Lieder in New York.  He has been a member of the accompanying staff of the Steans Institute at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and the coaching staff of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt Germany, and is a Samling Artist.  He has also worked as a répétiteur with Juilliard Opera and New York City Opera.

Engagements this season include a performance of Les Illuminations with Suzanne Fischer at the Berlin Midsummer Festival, a Liederabend at La Roche, Switzerland, return visits to the Samling Academy and Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt Germany, and recitals at the Purcell Room, Wiltshire Music Centre, Saffron Hall and The Sage Gateshead. He collaborates with instrumentalists Peter Moore (trombone) and Benjamin Baker (violin), and singers Tara Erraught, Benjamin Appl, Michael Kelly, Anna Huntley and Deanna Breiwick, among others.
As a soloist Jonathan has given concerts in Dallas, New York, Washington DC, Miami and Hammamatsu in Japan.  He won the Grand Prize at the 2005 Kingsville International Competition and was a medalist in the 2002 Missouri Southern, and New York International Piano Competitions.  His performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), WRR (Dallas), Bavarian Radio, and on US public television.    


Viv McLean

Viv McLean

Winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. 

Viv's concerto work includes appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan, London Concert Orchestra, Scottish Concert Orchestra and the National Musicians' Symphony Orchestra. 

Recent concerto highlights include Mozart K. 467 with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Grieg with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican, a tour of the USA with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gershwin, Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto with the RPO in Cambridge; Gershwin, Bernstein and de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Hallé at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; Rachmaninov's 2nd Concerto with the London Concert Orchestra at the Barbican and Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall.

Upcoming highlights this season include performances of the Ravel Concerto in G with the Hallé in April 2015 and Rhapsody in Blue in July.

Viv has performed chamber music with leading groups such as the Ysaye String Quartet, the Sacconi String Quartet, the Galliard Wind Ensemble and the Leopold String Trio and has collaborated with musicians such as Natalie Clein, Marianne Thorsen, Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power, Eijin Nimura, Phillip Dukes, Matthew Sharp, Kate Gould, Guy Johnston, Richard Dubugnon, David Le Page, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, David Charles Abell, Carl Davis and Marvin Hamlisch. 

Viv McLean has performed at festivals including the Cheltenham International Festival and Harrogate Festival in the UK, the International Beethoven Festival, the Mecklenburg Festival and the Kultur Kreis Festival in Germany, the Melle Festival and Festival de Saintes in France, the Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Norway and the Musik vid Kattegatt Festival in Sweden.

Viv studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne where he held the Hodgson Fellowship and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2005. He made his Wigmore Hall recital debut through winning the Friends of the Royal Academy Wigmore Award. Whilst studying at the Academy, he was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition and was selected as one of three winners of the National Federation of Music Societies' Young Artists Competition, leading to various recitals and concerto appearances throughout Great Britain. 

Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 since making his recital debut through the BBC Radio 3 Young Artists Forum scheme and has also recorded recitals for Classic FM, WDR Radio in Germany, Radio France, ABC Radio in Australia, NRK Radio in Norway and for the Sky Arts television channel. His commercial releases include recordings for such labels as Sony Classical Japan, Naxos and the RPO label. 


Amy Harman

Amy Harman

Born in London, Amy Harman studied at the Royal College of Music with Andrea de Flammineis, Julie Price and Martin Gatt, and with František Herman at the Hudební Fakulta Akademie Múzických Umění in Prague.  In 2011 she was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Philharmonia Orchestra at the age of 24.   She was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2014.

Passionate about bringing the bassoon to a wider audience, in 2012 Amy appeared as a ‘flying soloist’ in Birmingham Opera’s premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht where she played from a trapeze suspended above the audience.  Engagements during 2014/15 include a performance of Strauss’s Concertino with the English Chamber Orchestra and recitals in Hamburg, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and The Sage Gateshead.

As a chamber musician Amy has been a member of Ensemble 360 since 2010, giving concerts at major venues and festivals throughout the UK.   She has performed at festivals internationally collaborating with artists including Radovan Vlatkovic, Aleksander Mazdar, Nicholas Daniel, Natalia Gutman, Guy Johnston, Jack Liebeck, Charles Neidich and the Chilingirian Quartet.

Between 2009-2011 Amy was Principal Bassoon of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.   She has appeared as guest principal with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony, London Chamber and Hallé Orchestras.  During her studies she trained with the European Union Youth and Britten Pears Orchestras.

Amy is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music. 


Ashley Wass

Described as an ‘endlessly fascinating artist’, Ashley Wass is firmly established as one of the leading performers of his generation. He is the only British winner of the London International Piano Competition, prize winner at the Leeds Piano Competition, and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.
 
Increasingly in demand on the international stage, Ashley has performed at many of the world’s finest concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus.  He has performed as soloist with leading ensembles, including all of the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, RLPO, and under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle, Osmo Vanska, Donald Runnicles, Ilan Volkov and Vassily Sinaisky.
 
In June 2002 he appeared alongside the likes of Sir Thomas Allen, Mstislav Rostropovich and Angela Gheorghiu in a gala concert at Buckingham Palace to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, a performance broadcast live to millions of viewers around the world.   In recent years he has become a regular guest at the BBC Proms, making his debut in 2008 with Vaughan Williams’ Piano Concerto, and returning in following seasons to perform works by Foulds Stravinsky, Antheil, and McCabe.
Renowned for a broad and eclectic repertoire, Ashley has received great critical acclaim for his recordings of music from a wide range of styles and eras, with glowing reviews of his interpretations of composers such as Liszt, Franck, Beethoven and Bridge. His survey of Bax’s piano music was nominated for a Gramophone Award and his discography boasts a number of Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ recordings and BBC Music Magazine ‘Choices’.
 
Much in demand as a chamber musician, Ashley regularly partners many of the leading artists of his generation. He is a frequent guest of international festivals such as Pharos (Cyprus), Bath, Ako (Japan), Cheltenham, Kuhmo, Mecklenburg, Gstaad, City of London, and Ravinia and Marlboro in the USA, playing solo recitals and chamber works with musicians such as Mitsuko Uchida, Steven Isserlis, Emmanuel Pahud, Richard Goode and members of the Guarneri Quartet and Beaux Arts Trio.