West Wight Arts Association - Visiting Artists 2017/18 Season

West Wight Arts Association
Visiting Artists 2019/20 Season

Berendina Cook and Matthew Stanley

Berendina Cook and Matthew Stanley first started playing together in 1984, shortly after they graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London. The following year, they were invited to record the music for a new ballet by John Hine entitled A Christmas Carol, which they arranged for two pianos. They then went on to broadcast diverse musical programmes for BBC Radio 3 including “The Four Handed Traveller” and were the subject of a programme on Classic FM, during which they talked about their work and played a wide range of music from Schubert to 1920’s dance music. They have performed at venues as varied as the South Bank, St. Georges Chapel Windsor Castle and the Casals Hall in Tokyo.

In 1995, Berendina and Matthew were selected by the British Piano Duo Association to represent their country in the 3rd International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo, where, in January 1996, they went on to win the First Prize, as well as the Kodama Prize and the Ongaku No Tomo Sponsor’s Prize – the first British duo to have won this prestigious competition. 

Since then, they have continued to develop their unusual repertoire with works for one and two pianos, giving concerts around the country as a duo, but also working separately as chamber musicians and accompanists. Matthew is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Performance, piano teacher and accompanist at Royal Holloway, whilst Berendina is Academic Director and Piano Professor at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.

Matthew Hunt

“Throughout the piece the out-of-this-world clarinettist shone star-like from above” Salzburg Festival

‘The clarinettist played so beautifully it was as though he wished to make the very air melt” Tokyo Times

‘One of the top half dozen clarinettists in the world’ the Arts Desk

One of Europe's leading clarinettists, Matthew Hunt is a distinctive musician, renowned for the vocal quality of his playing and his ability to communicate with audiences. Matthew enjoys an international career as both soloist and chamber musician, and currently holds the position of Solo Clarinettist of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen.

As a soloist, Matthew has recently collaborated with the conductors Paavo Jarvi, Trevor Pinnock, Clemens Schuldt, Pekka Kuusisto, Andrew Gourlay and Reinhard Goebbel, and with orchestras including the Deutsche Kam-merphilharmonie, the Australian Chamber Orchestra collective, the Con-certgebouw Chamber Orchestra, the Estonian Festival Orchestra, the Or-questa Jovem Colombia, and as a guest of the Berlin Philharmoniker in their series at the Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusik Saal.

A distinguished chamber musician, his partners include the Meta4, Chiar-ascuro, Pavel Haas and Elias quartets, as well as Pekka Kuusisto, Alina Ibragimova, Thomas Adès, Emily Beynon, Nicholas Aldstaedt, Antoine Tamestit, Cedric Tiberghien, Steven Isserlis, Tine Thing Helseth, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Alexander Lonquich and the Jazz Pianist, Iiro Rantala. He has appeared at many of Europe’s most prestigious venues and festivals, and as far afield as Bolivia, India and China.

Plans for next season include festival appearances in Norway, Switzerland, Belgium and America, further performances of Bruch concerto with Maté Szücs at the Berlin Philharmonie and performances as part of the highly ac-claimed wind chamber group ‘Orsino’

As a recording artist Matthew has broadcast for radio and television as well as featuring on many film scores; he was the solo clarinettist on the score for the hit film ‘Love Actually’. His CD recording for the ASV label of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet was given five stars by BBC Music Magazine and ac-claimed as: "the benchmark recording of this much recorded work”.

A4 Brass Quartet

  • Jamie Smith cornet / flugelhorn

  • Jonathan Bates tenor horn

  • Michael Cavanagh baritone horn

  • Chris Robertson euphonium

A4 Brass Quartet comprises of principal players from some of the UK’s top brass bands, including Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse & Rastrick and Foden’s. With “technical virtuosity in abundance” (Brass Band World), these four astonishing musicians come together to perform both lyrical and high-octane works, forming a distinctive and new take on chamber music.

The Quartet has a unique blend of instruments, with a cornet, tenor horn, baritone and euphonium creating an exclusive sound that stands out from the standard brass quartet. With this unusual instrumentation, A4 Brass has actively developed their repertoire, commissioning new music, composing and arranging music themselves.

Formed in 2013 at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), in their first year the Quartet won the coveted Philip Jones Brass Ensemble of the Year prize. They went on to represent the brass department in the College’s overall chamber music prize, winning the Christopher Rowland Ensemble of the Year Award and claiming both the jury and the audience’s votes. In June 2018 the Quartet completed the prestigious International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music course at the RNCM as John Fewkes scholars and upon graduating they accepted the invitation from Principal Linda Merrick to become Honorary Associate Artists of the RNCM.

The Quartet has performed widely throughout the UK appearing at major venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, St. Margaret’s Church Westminster Abbey (for Park Lane Group), Lake District Summer Music and King’s Lynn Festivals. More recently they have completed engagements which included a residency at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland, a concert in the Ceresio Estate Festival in Switzerland and a re-invitation to the Trakai Fanfare Week in Lithuania.

The Quartet has featured on national television and radio, appearing three times on both ITV’s Christmas Carol Concerts and BBC Radio 3’s ‘In-Tune’ with Sean Rafferty and Katie Derham. In 2016 they released their debut CD at the RNCM Brass Band Festival featuring new, original music composed for them, including works by Martin Ellerby, Edward Gregson, Oliver Waespi and Nigel Clarke.

A4 Brass have won numerous prizes and awards including the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition, a Tunnell Trust Award, the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform series and the Musicians’ Company Concert Series. In September 2018 they were selected to become City Music Foundation Artists and the following month were the first brass ensemble to ever win the Royal Philharmonic Society Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award. They regularly work with Live Music Now and Music in Hospitals & Care and are committed to expanding and diversifying their work.

Castalian Quartet

In 2018 the Castalian Quartet received the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award. This season the Quartet give debut concerts in North America (Phillips Collection Washington D.C. and Lincoln Center New York), the Salle Bourgie in Montréal, Vancouver Recital Society, Konzerthaus Vienna, Théȃatre d’Orléons and Louvre in Paris, Flagey in Brussels and Lucerne.

In 2018 the Castalian Quartet received the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.

This season the Quartet give debut concerts in North America (Phillips Collection Washington D.C. and Lincoln Center New York), the Salle Bourgie in Montreal, Vancouver Recital Society, Konzerthaus Vienna, Theatre d’Orleons, Louvre in Paris, Flagey in Brussels and Lucerne. They appear regularly at Wigmore Hall in the main series and return to the Aldeburgh Festival and Saffron Hall. 

Highlights over the last year have included performances of the complete Haydn Op.76 Quartets at Wigmore Hall, concerts in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Heidelberger Frühling, East Neuk,  Zwischentöne Festival in Engelberg, Neuchatel Chamber Music in Switzerland and Banff International Festivals. Further afield they undertook tours of China and Colombia.

The Quartet has performed widely throughout Europe as part of the Hamburg Chamber Music Series, International Musikfest Goslar, Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, Quartet affairs in Frankfurt (broadcast by NDR), French festivals in Queille and Conques, the Aldeburgh, East Neuk, North Norfolk and Peasmarsh Festivals. In 2017 they were resident at the Esbjerg international Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, Festival Musique d’Été à Suzette near Avignon and Snape Maltings.  They have collaborated with Nils Mönkemeyer, Alasdair Beatson, Simon Rowland-Jones, Daniel Lebhardt and Olivier Stankiewicz, among many others.

Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, graduating with a Master’s degree.  Awards include 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff Quartet Competition and 1st Prize at the 2015 Lyon Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2016.  They have received coaching from Simon Rowland-Jones, David Waterman and Isabel Charisius.

Tabea Debus

Described by Classic FM as challenging perceptions of the instrument, Tabea is constantly exploring the horizons of music for recorder and has performed widely in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna, the Schleswig Holstein, Edinburgh International, Musica Antiqua Bolzano and York Early Music Festivals. She has collaborated with Iestyn Davies, Rachel Podger, Lawrence Cummings, the Dunedin Consort and English Concert, among many others.

As a soloist Tabea has appeared with the English Chamber Orchestra, WDR Rundfunkchor at the Funkhaus in Cologne and with Camerata Zurich at the Tonhalle in Zurich. In 2018 she released her third CD based around Telemann’s XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto (TYXart). Highlights this season include recitals in Colombia, the Festspiele-Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany, the Bath, Ryedale, Ripon and Lammermuir Festivals in the UK.

Born in Würzburg, Germany, Tabea studied at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and the Royal Academy of Music graduating with the Principal’s Prize. Awards include 1st Prize in the 2014 Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and 2011 Hülsta Woodwinds International Competitions.

Debus is a charismatic virtuoso.

The Times / XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto CD / 2018

Only very rarely do we get the chance to encounter musicians in full artistic control and bestowed with a technical ability that makes you sit and listen in awe.

Early Music Review / XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto / 2018

Alex McCartney

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Lutenist Alex McCartney has a busy performing schedule which takes him to concert halls across the world. In 2015 he released his debut solo album Mèsangeau's Experiments to critical acclaim: 'McCartney’s interpretation of this reflective music is stylish and sublime.' LSA. His second album Elizabeth's Lutes was similarly well received: 'Alex McCartney’s playing is sensitive and musical, and the recording picks up the sound of the lute very well.’ Early Music Review.  Toccata:Touched; theorbo music by Kapsberger was released January 2017: ‘With the rich, deep tones of the theorbo, and some rippling and cascading runs, deftly articulated here by McCartney, this is a delightful programme.' Classical Notes. Alex's latest recording Weiss in Nostalgia was released in 2018: 'He plays it as if he’d never done anything else or had never considered any other music.' (Guitarre & Laute). Libro Primo have recently released their debut album, Fantasia Incantata, of works in the 'Stylus Phantasticus'; which received rave reviews from The New Yorker and Early Music Reviews+.

Alex is also a BBC Introducing artist and performs on BBC Radio 3. He specialises in chamber music, performing recitals and accompanying artists such as Iestyn Davies, Ensemble Libro Primo (Sabine Stoffer), Ensemble Marsyas (Peter Whelan), Monica Huggett, Bojan Cicic, Tabea Debus and Poeticall Musicke. As a continuo player Alex's playing has been described as 'sinewy and sensuous, ornaments rarely exaggerated' Observer: he holds principal positions in La Nuova Musica and Poeticall Musicke and performs regularly with most of the UK-based Baroque orchestras and a few further afield.

Alex is a life member of The Royal Society of Musicians. He teaches the lute at the University of Aberdeen and at home in Glasgow. He has also created an Online Lute Tutor to encourage the proliferation of lute playing and enthusiasm. In his spare time he enjoys making lutes and managing the Veterum Musica micro record label.

McCartney virtually shreds his accompaniments with fervent plucking and percussive strumming. The New Yorker

Jonathan Rees

Matthew Trusler

Jonathan Rees has performed across the globe as cellist and gamba player with the UK's leading historical performance and chamber ensembles. He has performed as continuo / principal cellist and gamba soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, ENO, Britten Sinfonia and La Nuova Musica.

He has appeared as principal cellist of Manchester Camerata and is principal cellist of Solomon's Knot and Faust Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with the viol consorts Fretwork and Phantasm and is a founder member of Newe Vialles. He collaborates with fellow cellist and viol player Vladimir Waltham as Duo Domenico, which won the York International Early Music Competition audience prize in 2013 and has since performed in the London Baroque Festival, York Early Music Festival and venues across Europe.

He has been employed by the University of Cambridge as a researcher into 17th-century French street song. He has given historical performance classes at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Royal Northern College of Music. He also works as a music workshop leader, and is the Artistic Director of Bristol's acclaimed annual festival, Really Classical Relay. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Outside of the world of music he spends a lot of his time making compost and growing plants for the sustenance of humans, bees, butterflies and even the odd lucky greenfly.

Timothy Ridout

Since winning 1st Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2016, Timothy has gone on to perform widely internationally. Concerto engagements during the 2018/19 season include a residency with Baden-Baden Philharmonie and appearances with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Orchestre de Lille, Camerata Salzburg and Philharmonia Orchestra.

He returns to Wigmore Hall as soloist, and in chamber music collaborations with Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, the Quatuor Arod and Nash Ensemble. In 2019 he gives recitals at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Louvre, Sommets Musicaux Gstaad, Heidelberger-Frühling, Evian and Radio France Montpelier Festivals and returns as Artist in Residence to the Boswiler Sommer Festival.

Further afield he takes part in the Aspen Festival (USA), makes his debut at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan and gives a series of concerts in Japan with pianist Benjamin Frith including the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo.

Sought after as a chamber musician over the last year Timothy has taken part in the Heimbach Spannung, Valdres Sommersymfoni, Boswiler Sommer and Musikdorf Ernen Festivals, and undertaken projects at the Musikverein (Vienna), International Chamber Music Series at the Southbank, the Louvre and Salle Cortot (Paris). He has collaborated with Benjamin Grosvenor, Frank Dupree, Frans Helmerson, Christian Tetzlaff, Isabelle Faust, Pavel Kolesnikov and Kian Soltani among many others.

Solo highlights have included debut recitals in Japan at the Musashino Hall in Tokyo and the Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya and a performance of George Benjamin’s Viola, Viola at the Southbank Centre. He has also appeared with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, London Mozart Players and Sinfonia Cymru (directed by Gabor Takács-Nagy) and in 2017 Champs Hill releasted his first CD of music by Vieuxtemps to critical acclaim.

Born in London in 1995, Timothy studied at the Royal Academy of Music graduating with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2016 and is currently at the Kronberg Academy with Nobuko Imai. In 2018 he took part in Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World.

Timothy plays on a viola by Peregerino di Zanetto c.1565-75 generously on loan from Beares International Violin Society.

Frank Dupree

Winner of the 2018 Opus Klassik Award for Piano Concerto Recording of the Year (20th/21stcentury), German pianist Frank Dupree recently came to international attention as the laureate prize winner of the 2014 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, captivating the judges with his musical maturity, refined technique and ability to draw a wide spectrum of sound and colour from the keyboard. Emanuel Ax has remarked that he is a ‘sincere, feeling, and enormously interesting artist, whom no doubt will be a major presence amongst the leading musicians of his generation’.

Initially trained as a jazz percussionist, Frank celebrates the breadth and depth of the piano repertoire, with a particular enthusiasm for the music of the 20th century as well as the music of living composers, having already been chosen to work closely with Péter Eötvös (Erdenklavier – Himmelklavier, world premiere recording in 2015 for the GENUIN classics label) and Wolfgang Rihm (Con Piano? Certo!, world premiere performance with conductor Justin Brown and the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe in June 2015).

Recent and forthcoming highlights include his UK debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Miguel Prieto conducting, as well as a successful debut play/directing the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, resulting in an immediate re-invitation to return to the ensemble the following season. Frank also completes his much-lauded three-season residency with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, which has seen Frank curating numerous concerts and creative programmes, and culminates in Frank’s first opera project conducting Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. Other highlights include return engagements at London’s Wigmore Hall as well as concerts at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Brussels BOZAR, Zurich Tonhalle, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Saffron Hall, Bristol Colston Hall, Cheltenham Festival, Baden Baden Festspielhaus, Ravenna’s Teatro Alighieri, Madrid’s Fundación Juan March, and with the Staatskapelle Weimar, Essen Philharmonic, Münster Sinfonieorchester, and Wrocław Philharmonic. 

An artist who is firmly establishing himself within the international orchestral circuit, Frank has previously performed with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (play/direct), Minnesota Orchestra, Malmö Symphony, Kristiansand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bern Symphony, Duisburg Philharmonic, and the Musikkollegium Winterthur. Recitals and chamber music also play an important role in Frank's musical ethos, and he has frequently collaborated with other rising stars of his generation (Simon Höfele, Edgar Moreau, Daniel Lozakovich, Timothy Ridout, and the Calidore and Goldmund string quartets), giving concerts at such places as the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Verbier Festival, Septembre Musical in Montreux, Davos Festival, Heidelberg Spring Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, and in numerous other venues across Germany.

Combining his fine musicianship with the art of direction, Frank was awarded first prize at the 2012 International Hans-von-Bülow Competition in Meiningen for his play/direct work with Beethoven, and was soon after invited to take part in the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris Play-Direct Academy with Joseph Swensen, Stephen Kovacevich, and François Leleux. On the podium, Frank has previously assisted Sir Simon Rattle, François-Xavier Roth, and Mario Venzago.

A Steinway Artist, Frank has been a student of Sontraud Speidel since the age of five and recently completed his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. Over the years, he has played in masterclasses with Emanuel Ax, Ralf Gothóni, Klaus Hellwig, Alexander Braginsky, Cyprien Katsaris, Ferenc Rados, Gábor Takács-Nagy, and Stephen Kovacevich. In Summer 2013, Frank was awarded the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes scholarship and, in 2014, was the receipient of the Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben scholarship in support of his studies.

Giuseppe Guarrera

In 2017 Giuseppe won 2nd Prize at the Montréal International Competition along with five other awards including the People’s Choice. Solo highlights include appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (conducted by Vasily Petrenko), the Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (conducted by Claus Peter Flor) and the Orchestra del Teatro la Fenice

In 2017 Giuseppe won 2nd Prize at the Montréal International Competition along with five other awards: the People’s Choice, best semi-final recital, the Bach, Chopin and compulsory work awards.  

Born in Sicily, Giuseppe completed his studies in 2018 at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin with Nelson Goerner. In the same year he won a Tabor Foundation Award at the Verbier Festival Academy, received a prestigious Klavier Ruhr Festival scholarship, and was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).

Solo highlights include appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal conducted by Claus Peter Flor, and the Orchestra del Teatro la Fenice conducted by Dimitroj Kjtaenko. He premiered a new concerto by Benjamin Attahir with the Pierre Boulez Ensemble conducted by Daniel Barenboim in the opening concert of the PIerre Boulez Saal in Berlin.  

Giuseppe has performed widely in Europe appearing at the Studio Flagey in Brussels, Luis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, Auditorio Sony in Madrid, Fenice Theater in Venice, Giuseppe Verdi Theater in Trieste, Leeds University, Bologna Festival and Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano. 

Future engagements include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Klavier Ruhr Festival, Boulez-Saal, Estivales de Musique en Médoc, Holywell Room Oxford, St. James’s Guernsey, and performances of concertos by Saint-Saëns and Beethoven in the UK, Italy and Germany.

As a chamber musician he collaborates with Ramon Ortega Quero, Pascal Moragues, Benjamin Goldscheider and Elena Bashkirova at festivals in Jerusalem, Alderney and Berlin. He frequently works with violinists Mayumi Kanagawa and Jiyoon Lee and this autumn records with cellist Alexander Warenberg.

Prior to joining the Barenboim-Said Academy, Giuseppe studied in Italy with Siavush Gadjiev and Giuseppe Cultrera, and in Berlin with Eldar Neblosin at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ graduating with a Masters in 2016.  

During his studies he won numerous awards including 2nd Prize at the 2015 James Mottram Competition in Manchester and 1st Prize at the 2010 Concorso Nazionale Premio Venezia.  He has taken part in masterclasses with Daniel Barenboim, Ferenc Rados, Mikail Voskresensky, Sergei Babyan, Richard Goode and Michel Beroff, and assisted Nelson Goerner at the Barenboim-Said Academy.  

Jamaal Aliyev

In 2017 Jamal made his BBC Proms debut and won the Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award. His debut CD Russian Masters was released by Champs Hill Records to critical acclaim.

In 2017 Jamal made his debut at the BBC Proms, won the Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award and was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). His debut CD Russian Masters was released by Champs Hill Records to critical acclaim.

Highlights over the last year include appearances as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, and with the Symphony Orchestra Simón Bolívar of Venezuela. He returned to Wigmore Hall, made his debut at the Istanbul Music Festival, premiered a new work by Karl Jenkins, and recorded with Classic FM.

During 2018/19 Jamal makes his debut with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and CBSO Youth Orchestra, and returns as soloist with the Presidential Symphony of Turkey and Istanbul Symphony Orchestras. He collaborates with Fazil Say in concerts in Turkey, gives recitals throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall and the St. Magnus Festival, and appears as soloist in Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall.

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Jamal studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll, where he is completing his Master’s.

Jamal has performed widely in Europe and further afield. Highlights including the Menuhin, Kronberg and Enescu Festivals, the Atheneum (Bucharest), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow), the Arts Parliament House (Singapore) and the Presidential Concert Hall (Turkey). In 2015 he was selected as one of the first BBC Introducing Classical Artists, regularly appearing on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

As a soloist he has appeared with the Bilkent Symphony and Kennemer Jeugd Orkest, Eskisehir Symphony, Orpheus Sinfonia, the Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge, the Guildford and Croydon Symphony Orchestras, among many others.

During his studies Jamal has won numerous awards including the Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize (2017) and 1st Prize at the Eastbourne (2016), Croydon (2015), Bromsgrove (2015), Muriel Taylor (2014) and V. Antonio Janigro International (2004) Competitions. In 2016 he won the Kronberg Academy Award at the Enescu Competition in Romania and received an honourable mention at the Pablo Casals Competition in France.

Jamal plays a Giovanni Battista Gabrielli cello (1756) on generous loan from a private individual through the Beare’s International Violin Society. He is grateful for support from the Neville Wathen Scholarship, Amaryllis Fleming Award, Munster Trust, Drake Calleja Trust, Karl Motesiczky and Cagdas Egitim Vakfi (CEV Sanat) sponsored by Finansbank.

Jâms Coleman

Jâms Coleman is a Welsh pianist who enjoys a rich and varied musical life performing as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. He finds it inspiring to collaborate with different musicians and values the rewards of this process.

Chamber-music engagements include performances in the UK and across Europe with instrumentalists Luke Hsu, Clio Gould, Maggie Faultless, Timothy Ridout, Laura van der Heijden, Jamal Aliyev, Joy Lisney and Marcin Zdunik.

As a vocal accompanist, he enjoys collaborating with many singers and his engagements include recitals with such Ailish Tynan, James Gilchrist, Sir John Tomlinson, Robert Murray, Nicholas Mulroy, Robert Murray and Andrew Kennedy at festivals such as the Leeds and Oxford Lieder Festivals. Recent highlights include performing the three Schubert song cycles at the Two Moors Festival and an evening song recital at Wigmore Hall. He will return to Wigmore Hall in November where will perform in a showcase for Samling Arts alongside Nicky Spence, Julien van Mellaerts, Svetlina Stoyanova, Christopher Glynn and others.

Jâms enjoys performing as a concerto soloist and has performed repertoire including Beethoven’s Third, Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos and concertos by Chopin, Brahms and Mozart.  

Jâms read Music at Girton College, Cambridge, where he was also a choral scholar. In 2016 he completed a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music where he then stayed on as a Fellow. He also has experience of working as a Musical Director and repetiteur and in 2014 he conducted fifteen performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin across Wales. He is the Artistic Director of a new concert series based in St Clement Danes Church in Central London which featured twenty-four lunchtime concerts and five evening concerts in 2018.

Amy Harman

Charlie Lovell-Jones

Charlie Lovell-Jones

Charlie Lovell-Jones, a 20-year-old violinist from Cardiff, has been described as one of the most promising young violinists in the UK. Since his Royal Festival Hall debut at 15, Charlie's solo engagements have included appearances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin and the English Chamber Orchestra. His live recording of The Lark Ascending with BBC NOW was broadcast on Radio 3.

Recently pre-selected for the Sendai International Violin Competition, Charlie is off to Japan to compete this summer. Nearer home,

Charlie has won numerous prestigious competitions for instrumentalists in Wales and the UK, including the coveted Blue Riband Instrumental Prize at the National Eisteddfod. He is much in demand as a recitalist and enjoys talking to his audiences about the music he performs. He plays with the renowned John Wilson Orchestra, including prom concert performances of West Side Story and Oklahoma.

With the support of Cardiff City Council and the Welsh Livery Guild, he regularly studied at the summer at the Cambridge International String Academy, working with such international violinists as Ida Haendel and Yuzuko Horigome.

Until July 2017, Charlie was a pupil at the Welsh-medium high school Ysgol Glantaf in Cardiff, where he passed his A Level Music with full marks three years ahead of his age group. He is the youngest ever person to have received the Composer’s Medal for Under 25s at the Urdd Eisteddfod. Following this, BBC NOW approached Charlie to write a piece for the orchestra with solo violin and soprano. The resulting tone poem, titled "Cariad Cyntaf” (First Love), was premiered by BBC NOW, with international soprano Rebecca Evans and Charlie at St David's Hall as part of a St David's Day celebratory concert.

Since October 2017, Charlie has been studying Music at Christ Church, Oxford, where he is an academic prize scholar and he holds the William Ewald performance scholarship. He recently performed the Britten Violin Concerto in London and next month is playing the Mendelssohn Concerto. Charlie is also Music Director of the Oxford University acappella group, ‘The Oxford Commas' with whom he has toured the North East Coast of America.

Charlie learns with the eminent violinist Rodney Friend, former concertmaster of the London and New York Philharmonic Orchestras and the BBCSymphony Orchestra. He currently plays an important Italian violin made by G.B. Guadagnini from the distinguished firm J and Arthur Beare, loaned to him by a generous benefactor.

David Palmer

David Palmer

David Palmer is a composer and pianist based in Oxford, UK. Soon to finish his undergraduate degree in music at Worcester College, David is a former Oxford University Music Society President, and manager of OUMS Chamber Music – the student chamber music society in Oxford. He holds academic and instrumental scholarships, as well as a scholarship to perform with Ensemble ISIS (the University’s new music ensemble). David currently studies piano with Ronan O’Hora, Head of Keyboard Studies and Advanced Performance Studies at Guildhall, and composition in Oxford with Robert Saxton, and has recently began private composition tuition with Richard Barrett.

Before Oxford, David was a composer for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for two years, and studied at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music for four years. Awards at the Junior RNCM include the Peter Redfearn Memorial Prize for Composition (2014), the Director’s Prize (2015), and the Friends of the Junior RNCM Ensemble Prize (2016).