West Wight Arts Association
Visiting Artists 2017/18 Season
Charlotte Maclet began studying the violin and piano at age 3. Initial studies at the Conservatoire in Paris were followed by further studies in Chicago, Geneva and Rotterdam with Gordan Nikolic, Goran Gribajevic, Gábor Takács-Nagy and György Kurtág.
Charlotte has made many performances as soloist in her native France and abroad, including a critically acclaimed London début at Cadogan Hall in 2012. She received this year the Audience Prize at the Worshipful Musicians' Company Solo Competition and is an Artist of the Concordia Foundation.
Highly sought after as an orchestral performer, Charlotte leads many UK based chamber orchestras (the Southbank Sinfonia, the Arensky Chamber Orchestra) and is a regular guest co-leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She also plays with the Academy of St Martins in the Fields.
Charlotte is the first violinist of the Brodowsky Quartet. As part of the Ducasse Trio she won the Concordia and Worshipful Musicians' Company chamber music competition and has performed in major halls including Wigmore Hall and Bridgwater Hall. Her chamber music partners include Nicola Benedetti, Adrian Butterfield, Lawrence Cummings and Matthew Barley. Highlights of this season include String Sextet concerts in all major UK venues including the Royal Albert Hall as part of Nicola Benedetti’s Four Seasons Tour.
Charlotte is the founder and leader of Camerata Alma Viva, a string ensemble of 16 players from 9 nationalities based in London, who are regularly broadcast on BBC and on the French national radio station France Musique and appeared at St John’s Smith Square, Conway Hall and Kings Place in 2016.
In her free time, Charlotte practises and teaches Qi Gong and meditation.
William Slingsby-Duncombe was a student of Michael Harris, Timothy Lines and Pascal Moragues and a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire. He also holds masters degrees from the Royal College of Music and the CNSMDP where he was awarded full scholarships.
As a soloist William has performed the Copland Concerto with Southbank Sinfonia and has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester and Birmingham Symphony Hall. He recently performed Brahms and Mozart Quintets with the Idomeneo Quartet and the Benyounes Quartet as part of the Abbotsholme Arts Society and Paxos International Music Festival.
He was the recipient of the MBF 'Ian Fleming Award', the MMSF 'John E Mortimer Award', the Countess of Munster Award, and the Musicians' Union's 'Bill Warman Award' for most promising instrumentalist as well as being selected for the New London Orchestra recital series.
Alongside his role as clarinettist in the Ducasse trio, he regularly performs internationally as a chamber musician and has collaborated with renowned artists such as Peter Donohoe and the late Brigitte Engerer.
As an orchestral musician William has recently played principal clarinet with the Hallé Orchestra, and has previously performed with the Royal Opera House, CBSO, BBC Concert Orchestra, Covent Garden soloist orchestra, ENB, EUYO, and Britten Pears Orchestra. In these orchestras he has worked under renowned conductors including Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
William would like to thank Charlotte and Eelco Van Solkema and John Whiteman for their continued support. He is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and also grateful to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, MBF and MMSF.
Fiachra Garvey graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2013 with 1st class honours and distinction in the MA in Music Performance. This follows a 1st class honours B.A. in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2011 and a 1st class honours DipMus (performance and teaching) from the RIAM in 2008.
1st prizewinner at the 2012 Jaques Samuel Competition, London, Fiachra made his Fazioli Auditorium (Italy) and Wigmore Hall debuts in 2013. Fichra has also been a prizewinner at AXA Dublin International Piano Competition (Brennan Prize and McCullough Bursary), EU Piano Competition Prague (concerto finalist), 3rd Soirées-Concours Internationales de Piano a Collioure, France (Audience award) and Feis Ceoil Dublin (Morris Grant Bursary and Mabel Swainson award). The National Concert Hall Dublin awarded Fiachra the “Rising Star” prize in 2011.
Concerto appearances include the Janáček Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, RIAM Symphony Orchestra, Hibernian Orchestra and UCD Symphony Orchestra.
Recent recitals include Google Dublin, a series of solo and two piano recitals in Japan, duo recitals at St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin in the Fields, and the Brighton Festival UK; and piano trio recitals at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bridgewater Hall Manchester and The Geneva Festival, Switzerland.
Upcoming concerts include solo recitals in Spoleto Italy, Market Place Theatre Armagh, Playhouse Theatre Derry, Strawberry Hill House Twickenham, Prussia Cove UK, and trio recitals at the Petworth Festival UK, National Concert Hall, Dublin and Wigmore Hall, London.
Fiachra’s debut CD “For the Piano”, under the Lyric FM label, was released in 2012: “brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.” (Sunday times). His second cd, a live performance from Wigmore Hall was released in 2014.
Fiachra is the founder and artistic director of the West Wicklow Festival, Ireland (commences May 2017), and is on the Board of Directors of the Dublin International Piano Competition.
Sheku Kanneh Mason
Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the 2016 BBC Young Musician, a title he won with a stunning performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto at London’s Barbican Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In April 2017, Sheku returned to the hall for another performance of the concerto, this time with the National Youth Orchestra and Carlos Miguel Prieto after which the Guardian wrote that “technically superb and eloquent in his expressivity, he held the capacity audience spellbound with an interpretation of exceptional authority” and the Telegraph acknowledged “what a remarkable musician he already is, bringing other-worldly tone to the haunting slow movement and displaying mature musicianship in his handling of the extended cadenza”
Only eighteen years old, Sheku’s international career is developing very quickly with engagements in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons including the CBSO, the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Newbury Spring Festival, a return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (his debut at the Concertgebouw), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Sheku’s concerto debut in North America), Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Seattle and Atlanta symphonies. He will also return to the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform the Elgar Concerto in his hometown of Nottingham and make his debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Japan Philharmonic. In recital, Sheku has several concerts across the UK with highlights over the next two seasons including his debuts at Kings Place as part of their Cello Unwrapped series, Milton Court, and Wigmore Hall. He will also perform a series of concerts in Canada in December 2017, and further recitals at the Zurich Tonhalle, and the Lucerne Festival.
In 2016, Sheku performed at the BBC Proms in the Park in Wales and returned to make his Proms debut at the Albert Hall in summer 2017 with the Chineke! Orchestra, an ensemble with which he enjoys a special relationship having taken part in their debut concert at the Royal Festival Hall in 2015, returning as soloist to perform the Haydn Concerto with the orchestra in April 2017: “You aren’t ever going to hear this Haydn Concerto more engagingly performed” The Arts Desk.
In February 2017, Sheku performed an arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” for Cello and String Trio at the BAFTAS Awards show at the Royal Albert Hall, an interpretation which brought the celebrity-filled audience to their feet and which has subsequently been shared and viewed by nearly two million people on social media sites. He has an exclusive recording contract with Decca Classics and his first concerto recording for the label will be released in 2018.
Sheku began learning the cello at the age of six with Sarah Huson-Whyte and then studied with Ben Davies at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music where he held the ABRSM Junior Scholarship. In September 2017, he started a full-time degree course at the Royal Academy, studying with Hannah Roberts. He has received masterclass tuition from Guy Johnston, Robert Max, Alexander Baillie, Steven Doane, Rafael Wallfisch, Jo Cole, Melissa Phelps and Julian Lloyd Webber and in July 2017, participated in the Verbier Festival Academy in masterclasses with Frans Helmerson and Miklos Perenyi. A keen chamber musician, Sheku performs regularly as a member of the Kanneh-Mason Trio with sister, Isata and brother, Braimah.
Sheku is passionate about the importance of making classical music accessible to all and is the first London Music Masters Junior Ambassador. With his siblings, the Kanneh-Mason seven-piece ensemble, he has performed in many venues across the UK including at Marlborough House in front of HRH Prince Charles for Commonwealth Day and on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, both in the semi-finals in 2015 and then as special guests on the final show in June 2017 performing with dance group, Diversity.
He plays an Antonius and Hieronymus Amati cello c.1610 kindly on loan from a private collection.
Isata Kanneh Mason
Isata Kanneh-Mason is twenty-one years old and is an undergraduate at The Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with Hamish Milne, having been awarded the prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship. She performed with Elton John in Los Angeles in 2013.
Isata was in the Piano Category Final of The BBC Young Musician 2014, winning The Walter Todds Bursary for the most promising musician before the Grand Final. She has won The Royal Academy Iris Dyer Piano Prize four times and won the Mrs Claude Beddington Prize for outstanding recital results in her second year as an undergraduate at The Royal Academy.
Isata held the Elsa and Leonard Cross Scholarship at The Royal Academy of Music, Junior Department, studying piano with Patsy Toh. She won two ABRSM Gold Awards at age 10 and 11 for the highest marks in the UK for grades 7 and 8 Piano.
She has performed around the UK and abroad, with concerto appearances, in chamber ensembles and in solo recitals, including at the Wigmore Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, St Martin-in-the -Fields, The Duke’s Hall (Royal Academy), The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. She has performed several concerti, including Mozart K466, Haydn Hob XVIII, the Grieg Piano Concerto, the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 2. In 2014, Isata perform ed Mozart’s Triple Concerto with two of her sisters. She has given solo recitals at The Hebden Bridge Music Festival, the Belper Music Festival, the Lincoln Music Festival,and Grantham Music Club Recital Series. She performed in the Piano Series at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, The Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, USA, Yellow Lounge, Amsterdam and has future engagements in The Barbican Sound Unbound Festival, The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall, Cheltenham Music Festival, Leicester International Chamber Music Festival, the Caribbean, The Cayman Islands and Canada. Isata plays the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra in Leicester in October 2017. She also plays viola, and is a member of Chineke! Orchestra, performing with them at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank and The Royal Festival Hall.
Isata has performed several times on BBC television and radio, including Radio 3 In Tune, The Proms Extra, Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Al Jazeera TV, BBC World Service, Channel 4, The One Show, the BBC4 documentary: Young, Gifted and Classical, ITV Born To Shine, and BBC Young Musician.
Isata is very grateful to the Nottingham Soroptimist Trust, the Nottingham Education Trust, to Mr and Mrs John Brydon, to Frank White of Ladystone Violins and to Sir Elton John.
Castalian String Quartet
Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, graduating with a Masters. They have also worked with Thomas Brandis, Levon Chilingirian, Simon Rowland-Jones and members of the Endellion Quartet.
The Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. Over the last three years they have won top prizes at major international competitions including 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff International Quartet Competition (where they were the only European quartet to progress to the live rounds), 1st Prize and three special awards at the 2015 Lyon International Competition, and in 2013 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Kammermusik Hannover Next Generation Competition. In 2016 they were selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).
The Quartet has performed widely throughout Europe. Engagements this season include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung Mittagskonzerte in Hannover, Quartetaffairs in Frankfurt (broadcast by NDR), the Festival de Musique de Conques in France, Festival Autunno Musicale near Naples and Turin Chamber Music Series. In 2017 they return to Aldeburgh and will be Artist in Residence at the Festival Musique d’Été à Suzette near Avignon. They continue to give recitals throughout the UK.
Highlights over the last two years have included recitals at the Heidelberger Frühling Quartet Festival, the Ceresio Estate Festival in Lugano, the Hamburg Chamber Music Series, International Musikfest Goslar and NDR Concert Hall in Hannover. In the UK the Quartet has appeared at Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh, the Cheltenham Festival broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Lake District Summer Music, Peasmarsh Festival, Purcell Room and Kings Place. Further afield the Quartet toured China in 2013, under the auspices of the British Council. They have collaborated with Nils Mönkemeyer, Alasdair Beatson, the Chilingirian Quartet and Simon Rowland-Jones.
The Quartet has been the beneficiary of awards from the Royal Over-Seas League (2011 Elias Fawcett Trust Award), the Countess of Munster Trust, the Tunnell Trust, the Royal Philharmonic Society (2016 Albert and Eugenie Frost Chamber Music Prize), St. Peter’s Eaton Square, Kirckman Concert Society and Mozarteum de France.
Michael Dussek has been described as “an outstanding artist” and a “hugely respected pianist”. In January 2014 Fanfare Magazine, USA, described his playing as “nothing short of amazing”.
Michael specialises in chamber music and song accompaniment. For more than thirty years he has been privileged to perform in the world’s major concert halls with internationally acclaimed artists such as violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Anne Akiko Meyers, Antje Weithaas and Xue Wei, cellist Ofra Harnoy and singers Bernarda Fink, Stephan Loges, Christopher Maltman, Ian Partridge, Joan Rodgers and Vassily Savenko. He has also collaborated with the Bridge, Chilingirian, Coull and Dante String Quartets. Since 2006 he has undertaken three major recital tours of Japan with violinist Ryu Goto, with whom he has also performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2008 he formed a duo with violinist Leoš Čepický; they have performed at major British and European festivals, including the Prague Proms, also collaborating with cellist Gemma Rosefield.
As a member of three chamber ensembles, the Dussek Piano Trio, Endymion and Primavera, Michael performs regularly at Britain’s major concert venues. With Endymion he gave the opening concerts at Kings Place and has appeared recently in the Wigmore Hall’s Coffee Concerts and Chamber Music Series.
Michael’s discography is extensive and includes 23 CDs in Dutton Epoch’s highly acclaimed series of recordings of 20th century British composers. These include York Bowen’s first three Piano Concertos with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Vernon Handley. The first Concerto was selected for Fanfare Magazine’s illustrious Hall of Fame. His recording of Edmund Rubbra’s Violin Sonatas with Krysia Osostowicz was nominated for a Gramophone Award. He has recorded four CDs with Ryu Goto for Deutsche Grammophon. Their 2006 Suntory Hall Recital including sonatas by Strauss and Brahms, also recorded on DVD, has received particular acclaim.
Michael Dussek is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, where he is also Head of Piano Accompaniment.
Born in London in 1995, Timothy studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Martin Outram, graduating in 2016 with the Queen’s Award for Excellence. He is currently studying at the Kronberg Academy in Germany studying with Nobuko Imai.
In 2016 Timothy was the first ever British winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). Previous awards include 1st Prize at the 2014 Cecil Aronowitz and 2nd Prize at the 2015 Windsor Festival International String Competitions.
Engagements this season include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Munich Gasteig, Verbier Academy & Festival and Schloss Elmau. He takes part in the Eggenfelden Klassisch, Koblenz, Beethoven Bonn Festivals, IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music and gives performances with the Nash Ensemble. In 2017 he returns to appear as soloist with the Baden-Baden Philharmonie and performs Mozart with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Earlier this year he recorded his first CD of music by Vieuxtemps for Champs Hill Records, due for release shortly.
As a soloist Timothy has performed the Walton Concerto at St. John’s Smith Square, and appeared with the Zagreb Soloists, Rotterdam Philharmonic Strings, Young Musicians Symphony and Birmingham Conservatoire Orchestras, performing concertos by Martinů, Bruch, Forsyth and Mozart. Earlier this year he gave the premiere of a new work by Desmond Clarke with the Melos Ensemble at Milton Court in London.
A keen chamber musician, Timothy has taken part in the Bad Kissinger Sommer Festival (Germany), Schubertiade Festival (Austria), Musique à Marsac (France), Accademia dei Cameristi (Italy), and the Next Generation Festival in Bad Ragaz (Switzerland). He was a member of the Celan Quartet between 2011-14, undertaking residencies at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and Musikdorf Ernen (Switzerland).
Other awards include the European String Teachers Association Prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria, and a Special Prize at the Max Rostal International Competition in Berlin in 2015. He has participated in masterclasses with Lawrence Power, Maxim Rysanov, Hartmut Rohde and Thomas Riebl, and between 2013-2016 worked intensively at the International Musikakademie in Fürstentem, Liechtenstein as a scholarship holder. Timothy is very grateful for support from the Bowerman Charitable Trust.
Timothy plays on a Viola by Pergerino di Zanetto c1565-75 generously on loan from Beares International Violin Society.
German pianist Frank Dupree has recently come to international prominence as the laureate prize winner of the 2014 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn, having enamoured the judges with his musical maturity, refined technique, and ability to draw a wide spectrum of sound and colour from the keyboard. Renowned pianist Emanuel Ax has remarked that he is “a sincere, feeling, and enormously interesting artist, who no doubt will be a major presence amongst the leading musicians of his generation”.
Initially trained as a percussionist, Frank celebrates the breadth and depth of the piano repertoire, ranging from baroque to classical to contemporary. He is an enthusiast for new music especially, having already worked closely with composers such as Péter Eötvös and Wolfgang Rihm, the latter of whose work Con Piano? Certo! was given its world premiere by Frank with conductor Justin Brown and the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe in June 2015.
Highlights of Frank’s past engagements include concerts with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Minnesota Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Vestfold Symphony Orchestra (Norway), and other orchestras in Germany including the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Baden Baden Philharmonic, and the Meininger Hofkapelle. Frank is also an active chamber musician and was most recently invited on scholarship to the Chamber Music Academy of the Heidelberg Spring Festival and the Verbier Festival Academy.
Throughout the 2015-2016 season and beyond, Frank will give concerts in more than 30 cities across Germany as the winner of the 2014 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, including solo recitals or chamber music concerts in Bayreuth, Frankfurt, Hanover, Heidelberg, and Cologne. He also performs at the Schleswig Holstein, Ludwigsburg, and Heidelberg Spring festivals and the Septembre Musical festival in Montreux-Vevey (Switzerland), and will make his debut appearances with the Duisburg Philharmonic (Germany), Kristiansand Symphony (Norway), and Malmo Symphony (Sweden) orchestras.
2015-2016 will also see Frank commence a highly anticipated three-season residency with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, where he will take curatorial lead in a concert series entitledCONNECT IT!, featuring him play/directing all five Beethoven concerti from the keyboard. Simultaneously, Frank will also launch his new SIXchange initiative this season, allowing him to find new and creative ways to connect with and more fully engage audiences around his performances.
From London’s Royal Albert Hall 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 (International Piano Magazine), dazzles audiences worldwide with her effortless musicality and captivating stage presence.
In the 2016/17 season the enterprising young artist continues to forge new collaborations including her London Philharmonic Orchestra debut, her debut with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Michael Francis, her debut with the Oslo Opera Orchestra under the baton of Clemens Schuldt, and her Tokyo Recital debut, as well as continuing established relationships with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras.
Last season Alexandra gave her debut with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and John Storgards with the Nordic premiere of Alberto Ginastera’s Concierto Argentino, collaborating together again with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She undertook a UK tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Fabien Gabel and Ben Gernon and performed with the Hallé Orchestra under the baton of Jamie Phillips. Alexandra gave a hugely well received recital in London’s Wigmore Hall as well as a return to the Royal Albert Hall and to the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest with the Ad Libitum Quartet.
Two contrasting recordings released in autumn 2016 define Alexandra’s zest for exploring new, as well as the core repertoire: her first concerto recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will feature Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto No. 1 and Mikhail Pletnev’s concert suite of arrangements from The Nutcracker (Signum Records). The second recording of Mesmerism for piano and orchestra by British Composer Award winner Emily Howard, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, is out on NMC Records. 2015 saw the release of Alexandra’s second volume of complete preludes by Shostakovich and Szymanowski as part of her trilogy of preludes project for Champs Hill Records.
Always curious to continue learning, Alexandra receives advice and guidance from Sir Andras Schiff. She was mentored by Imogen Cooper through the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme, whilst a former artist of Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). She was a Laureate at the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland where she won the Verbier CUBS Prize. In 2013 Alexandra received the UK’s Women of the Future Award in the Arts and Culture category and most recently became the youngest musician to receive the Custodian of the Romanian Crown Medal.
A former graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Alexandra was appointed an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music in 2016.
Born in Edinburgh in 1992 of English and Japanese heritage, Sean studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and currently with the inspirational Paolo Pegoraro in Italy.
In 2012 he became the first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and the only solo guitarist to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2015.
Over the last year Sean has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Heidelberger-Frühling, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Bath International, Cambridge Summer and Aldeburgh Festivals. He returned to the Marlboro Summer Music Festival & Academy in the USA (on the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida), recorded solo works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies for Linn Records as part of a Scottish Chamber Orchestra disc, and was the featured cover disc for BBC Music Magazine.
Engagements during 2016/17 include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Saffron Hall, the Three Palaces Festival in Malta, the Cumnock Tryst, Northern Chords and Newbury Spring Festivals, and a tour of China. He also brings together acoustic and electric guitars; ancient and modern traditions in his new project softLOUD, which premieres at the East Neuk Festival, followed by a week’s residency at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
As a concerto soloist Sean has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Symphony Orchestras performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasía para un Gentilhombre, the Malcolm Arnold and Villa-Lobos Concertos, and recording Takemitsu’s To the Edge of Dream.
Drawn to chamber music and song, Sean has collaborated with the BBC Singers, Danish String Quartet, cellist Isang Enders, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and singers Ben Johnson, Robert Murray and Robert Tritschler.
His awards include the Royal Over-Seas League First Prize and Gold Medal (2011), Ivor Mairants Guitar Award (2009), a Dewar Arts and D’Addarrio endorsement. He is grateful for support from the Hattori Trust.
Peter Donohoe was born in Manchester in 1953. He studied at Chetham’s School of Music for seven years, graduated in music at Leeds University, and went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Derek Wyndham and then in Paris with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique.
In recent seasons Donohoe has appeared with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonia, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Belarusian State Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and CBSO, a UK tour with the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as concerts in South America, Europe, Hong Kong, South Korea, Russia, and the USA. Other engagements include performances of all three MacMillan piano concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a series of concerts for the Ravel and Rachmaninov Festival at Bridgewater Hall alongside Noriko Ogawa, and numerous performances with The Orchestra of the Swan. Donohoe is also in high demand as an adjudicator at piano competitions around the world. Donohoe’s recent competitions have been the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Moscow, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, Belgium, and the Hong Kong International Piano Competition.
Recent discs include a new disc of Scriabin Piano Sonatas (SOMM Records) which was described as ‘magnificent’ by the Sunday Times; a recording of Witold Maliszewski’s Piano Concerto in B flat minor with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates (Dutton Vocalion); and three discs of Prokofiev piano sonatas for SOMM Records, the third of which was released at the end of April 2016. The first Prokofiev disc was described by Gramophone as ‘devastatingly effective’, declaring Donohoe to be ‘in his element’, and a review in Classical Notes identified Donohoe’s ‘remarkably sensitive approach to even the most virtuosic of repertoire’. His second Prokofiev disc was given 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine, and the third disc was highly praised by The Times, Birmingham Post, and Jessica Duchen. Other recordings include Cyril Scott’s Piano Concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Martin Yates (Dutton Vocalion), and Malcolm Arnold’s Fantasy on a Theme of John Field with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Martin Yates (also Dutton), for which BBC Music Magazine described him as an ‘excellent soloist’, and Gramophone stated that it ‘compelled from start to finish’.
Donohoe has performed with all the major London orchestras, as well as orchestras from across the world such as Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Vienna Symphony and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras. He has also played with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Sir Simon Rattle’s opening concerts as Music Director. He made his twenty-second appearance at the BBC Proms in 2012 and has appeared at many other festivals including six consecutive visits to the Edinburgh Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron in France, and at the Ruhr and Schleswig Holstein Festivals in Germany. In the United States, his appearances have included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. Peter Donohoe also performs numerous recitals internationally and continues working with his long standing duo partner Martin Roscoe, as well as more recent collaborations with artists such as Raphael Wallfisch, Elizabeth Watts and Noriko Ogawa.
Donohoe has worked with many of the world’s greatest conductors: Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Jarvi, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Andrew Davis and Yevgeny Svetlanov. More recently he has appeared as soloist with the next generation of excellent conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Robin Ticciati and Daniel Harding.
Peter Donohoe is an honorary doctor of music at seven UK universities, and was awarded a CBE for services to classical music in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.
Winner of the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Singers Section, Nicholas Mogg studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music with Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham. He is the recipient of the Baroness de Turckheim Award, the Thompson Family Charitable Trust Award, and the Norman Ayrton Scholarship. He is an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a Park Lane Group Young Artist, a Live Music Now Artist, a Drake Calleja Scholar, a soloist for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, and a member of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle. Nicholas won the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize, the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, and the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. Nicholas is extremely grateful for the generous support of the Drake Calleja Trust, Lady Clare Fund, George Law, the Josephine Baker Trust, the Drapers’ Company, and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. He previously read music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar.
Operatic roles to date include Jupiter in Orphée aux Enfers at Hackney Empire, Melisso in Alcina for Royal Academy Opera, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro for Hampstead Garden Opera; Vicar in Albert Herring for Mid Wales Opera Young Artists; Falke in Die Fledermaus for Cambridge University Opera; and Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shadwell Opera at the Edinburgh Fringe. Opera scenes at RAM include Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia, Guglielmo Così fan tutte, and Schaunard in Leoncavallo La Bohème. Nicholas sang at at the Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival in 2014, the Bavarian State Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2015, and was an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera in 2016.
Nicholas has appeared as a soloist at the Barbican Hall, Concertgebouw, Palau de la Música Catalana, Bozar Brussels, KKL Luzern, and Philharmonie de Paris with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Sir Roger Norrington. In 2015-16 he made his recital debuts at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Two Moors Festival, Roman River Festival, and the Ryedale Festival. Recent highlights include competing for the Gold Medal award in the Grand Final of the ROSL Arts Music Competition, Peachum in Die Dreigroschenoper, Bach cantata arias for Ton Koopman, and three recitals at Wigmore Hall with For Crying Out Loud!, the RAM Song Circle, and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Born in Anglesey, North Wales, Jâms Coleman is a versatile musician and has won prizes as a soloist and accompanist. He is an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, a Live Music Now Artist, a Park Lane Group Artist, a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and a Samling Artist. His engagements include performances with James Gilchrist, Sir John Tomlinson, Robert Murray, Nicholas Mulroy and Andrew Kennedy. He has performed at Wigmore Hall, on the BBC World Service, live on Radio 3’s In Tune, live on S4C and BBC Radio Cymru, at the Leeds and Oxford Lieder Festivals, the Two Moors Festival, Ryedale Festival, at the BBC Proms and the Three Choirs Festival.
Jâms has appeared frequently as a concerto soloist, performing repertoire including Beethoven’s Third, Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos and concertos by Chopin, Brahms and Mozart.
Jâms is the recipient of a Musicians' Company Concordia Concert at the Wigmore Hall and looks forward to performing there with baritone Nicholas Mogg in May 2017. Other future engagements include solo recitals in France.
Jâms graduated from Girton College, Cambridge, where he read Music and was a choral scholar. He has just graduated with a Masters from the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Professor Christopher Elton and Michael Dussek. For the 2016/17 academic year, he will be a Piano Fellow at the Academy. He also has experience working as a musical director and repetiteur, and in 2014 he conducted fifteen performances of Eugene Onegin across Wales.
Jâms is grateful for the support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Elizabeth Evans Trust, the John Fussell Award and the Arts Council of Wales.