New Stars Competition 2016 participants
Junior Category 14 and under
Calvin was born in 2003. He started learning the piano when he was four years old, under Brazilian concert pianist Vanya Elias Jose. At the age of eight, he was accepted to the Royal College of Music Junior Department where he studies piano and violin. He is a pupil of Danielle Salamon. Over the years, he has won many prizes including Junior Premier Awards at Kingston Music Festival, Junior Exhibition prizes and Junior Concerto prize at West London Pianoforte Festival, Richmond Borough prize at Richmond Festival and also the Jacques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition where he performed at the London Wigmore Hall in two occasions for both solos and duets. In 2016 he won the Kingston Young Musician Award and had also received First Prize in the Vienna Grand Prize Virtuosi International Music Competition where he was invited to perform in the award ceremony at the Musikverein in Vienna.
PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE MUSIC MARATHON • COUTTS & CO • LONDON, UK, 23 Nov 2016 Performed 3 solo pieces and raised over £500 for Carers UK NCO (NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRAS) LONDON JUNIOR REGIONAL ORCHESTRA • Autumn Concert 2016 • First Violinist NCO TRAINING ORCHESTRA • Summer Concert 2016 • First Violinist THE NCO LEVERHULME TRUST SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION CEREMONY • 27 Feb 2016 SHEEN MOUNT PRIMARY SCHOOL • Sept 2014 - Feb 2016 Performed unaccompanied in school assemblies; Violinist in school orchestra NCO LONDON JUNIOR REGIONAL
ORCHESTRA • Autumn Concert 2015 • Second Violinist East Sheen Baptist Church • Since 2014 • Occasionally play unaccompanied during Sunday services MUSIC FESTIVALS Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts Festival • February / March 2016 1st prize in Intermediate Recital 2nd prize in Junior Concerto 12 & under 3rd prize in String Solo 9 & under Jugend Musiziert 53. Wettbewerb 2016 – London region • January 2016 1st prize (scored 25 out of 25) in Age Group 1b (7 & 8 years old) MUSIC EDUCATION ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC JUNIOR DEPARTMENT • Sept 2016 – Present Violin study under Erica Dearing.
- EYDIE (Emirate Youth Orchestra) - KISO (Korea International School Orchestra) - MYO (Manhattan Youth Orchestra) - NCO (National Children's Orchestra) - Kingston Music Festival Perfoming award (3rd Prize) - Wycombe Orpheus Festival of Young Musicians (3rd Prize) - Down House School Music Scholar Studying with Lydia Kwon and Alexander Boyarsky
Willard started to play the cello at 4. When he was 8 years old he joined Wells Cathedral as a chorister. After three years of singing 26 hours a week, he was struggling to play the cello as much as he wanted to and he moved to The Purcell School to study the cello with Alexander Boyarsky. Willard has played recitals in Somerset, Wiltshire, in London and in Florence and Tuscany in Italy. He has performed in Wells Cathedral, in The Charterhouse, The Goldsmiths Hall, and in Buckingham Palace, as well as playing in orchestras in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall and The Barbican. Willard also loves chamber music, and has represented Pro Corda and MusicWorks in fundraising events. In 2016 he joined the Junior Department of The Royal College to increase his opportunities to play chamber music.
Intermediate Category 15-17
Arthur Di Francesco
Arthur Di Francesco is 16 and lives in London. He has been a student at the Royal College of Music Junior Department since 2014 where he studies piano with Clara Rodriguez. He performed at the Wigmore Hall as a finalist of the Jaques Samuels Junior Intercollegiate Piano Festival in 2015. e was also selected as one of 8 finalists for the Royal Philharmonic Society's first ever Young Instrumentalist Prize (2016) and more recently took part in a concert at the Royal Albert Hall(Elgar Room) and in the World Premiere of Spectrum 5 (15 newly-commissioned works by renowned composers) at the RCM's Britten Theatre.
Anne Maria Wehrmeyer
Anne Maria Wehrmeyer started playing the violin at the tender age of four. She became a junior student at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin in 2009, and in the same year she and her family moved to Regensburg, where she has since been studying under Professor Conrad von der Goltz. 2012 to 2014 she was accepted at the Vienna Conservatory, in 2014 she continued studying at the Leopold Mozart Centre at Augsburg University (Prof. Linus Roth). Anne Maria has already performed as a soloist with the New Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Junior Classic Orchestra in Regensburg, the East Bavarian Youth Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Regensburg and Nuremberg. Since 2011, she has given regular recitals at events such as “Antidogma Musica”, the international festival of early and contemporary music in Turin, and the concert series at Speinshart Abbey. As the holder of a scholarship from the German music foundation Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, Anne Maria has performed several times in the foundation’s “Foyer of young artists” concert series and was featured on its 2014 annual CD. She has been playing instruments from the German Musical Instruments Fund since 2010 and is currently playing a violin made by Carlo Giuseppe Testore in Milan in around 1710.
Basil Alter is a 17 year old violinist from Memphis, Tennessee. He began violin lessons from his mother, a student of Hyo Kang and Ivan Galamian, at the age of 3. He is a former student of Joy Wiener, concertmaster emeritus of the Memphis Symphony, and has performed in masterclasses with Tomo Keller, Paul Roby, Gareth Lubbe, Gregory Maytan, and Mark Reneau. In March of 2016, he premiered composer Jerald Walker's "Violin Concerto No. 1" with the Walker Chamber Ensemble, and in the same year he was the second prize winner of the Beethoven Club’s Young Artist Competition. He currently studies with Dr. Marcin Arendt at the University of Memphis’s Scheidt School of Music.
Senior Category 18 and up
LOVRE MARUŠIĆ (Omiš, 1992) started playing the piano at Primary Music School Lovro pl. Matačić in Omiš in the class of the teacher Rozarija Samodol. Being invited by a respected Russian pianist and teacher Natalija Troull, in 2006 he moved to Moscow, to study at the Central Music School at State Conservatory P. I. Tchaikovsky, which he successfully completed in 2011. He studied one year at the class of Ruben Dalibaltayan, and the other years in the class of the professor Ljubomir Gašparović, this year Lovre gained the title of Master of Music. At the moment he is a student at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt with the professor Grigory Gruzman. He has received numerous awards on respected pianist competitions, such as: second award at International Competition Zlatko Grgošević (2002), first award at Regional and State Competition of Pupils and Students of Music (2003, 2005), first award at State Competition of chamber ensembles (2005), second award and special prize for the best performance of Scriabin Etude at International Pianist Competition of Slavic composers Stanislaw Moniuszko in Paris (2009) and first prize at the competition Aleksandr Scriabin, also in Paris (2011). He is the winner of the 2. International Pianist Competition in Karlovac, the winner of the prize of the audience and the winner of the recital in Miami- USA in Steinway Coral Globes Hall as well as in Savanna in a pianist cycle ' Piano in the Arts '. He was also named among 24 best young pianists of one of the most respected competitions for young pianists in Japan ' Hamamatsu International Piano Competition '. He is the winner of grand prix of the 20. International Pianist Competition in Šabac, as well as of the 1. prize and the prize for the best performance of J. S. Bach at the memorial ' Jurica Murai ' in Varaždin and winner of the rector's prize of University in Zagreb. This year he held a solist recital in Croatian Music Institute, where he also closed the first pianist concert season 'Pleyel Svetislav Stančić' organized by ' Cristoforium '
Anna Quiroga is a London-based harpist who has recently graduated with honours from an Artist Diploma degree at the Royal College of Music, where she studied with professor Ieuan Jones, and previously achieved a Masters degree with honours. While studying at the RCM, Anna has been generously supported by the Stanley Picker Award, the Agustí Pedro i Pons Foundation Scholarship and the Leverhulme Award. She is currently being kindly supported by the musical charity Talent Unlimited. Anna has collaborated with various orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra (RCM’s BBCSO Pathway Scheme) and the HSCO Hulencourt Orchestra. She has toured around Spain as a winner of the Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales de España (JJMM) and participated in music festivals such as the ‘Festival Internacional d’ Arpa de Sentmenat’ the ‘Pòdium Internacional de Matadepera’, and ‘New Soundings Project’. She has taken part in diverse RCMSO orchestral projects with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Roger Norrington, Bernard Haitink, Jean-Philippe Calvin, Kenneth Hesketh, Brett Dean and James Ledger. Her passion for discovery is leading her to break down musical barriers, and she continues to champion contemporary and new music in different styles.
Born in Berkshire, Michael Butten studied at Junior Academy, where he twice won the Lower Strings Prize, before being awarded a scholarship at the Academy to continue his studies with Michael Lewin. In his first year he won the Julian Bream Prize, adjudicated by Julian Bream, and, shortly afterwards, gained the Nervi/Bodrato Prize as the youngest semi-finalist at the Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition in Alessandria. On completing his BMus degree with first class honours, he received from the Academy one of the Regency Awards and in June 2014, as a postgraduate, became the first guitarist to win the R.A.M. Club Prize. He is also the 1st prize winner at the 2016 Ivor Mairants Guitar Award, and is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. In his final year at the Academy, he was awarded first prize in the David Russell Prize. Notable among his solo engagements have been concerto performances at the Malcolm Arnold Festival in Northampton, the Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo with the Berkshire Youth Orchestra and the Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra, concerts with the Berkeley Ensemble at The Forge and in the City of London to celebrate the music of Malcolm Arnold, and recitals and festivals in Germany, Italy, Holland, and Belgium. After performing at Kings Place for the London International Guitar Festival, he was selected to tour the UK on the IGF’s Young Artist Platform. He has participated in masterclasses with such distinguished artists as Leo Brouwer, Roland Dyens, Julian Byzantine, Edoardo Catemario, Antigoni Goni, Craig Ogden, David Russell and Fabio Zanon. Of particular interest to Michael is the often neglected guitar music of British composers, British renaissance lute repertoire and the link often found between the music of both eras, and gave the world premiere of Timothy Bowers’ piece ‘Elegy – Hommage to Dowland.’ He is currently preparing a solo recording devoted to the music of John Dowland.
Marika Cassina, is an Italian citizen resident in Kensington since April 2015. She is a pianist, holding a diploma in Piano Performance and Teaching from the N. Paganini Conservatory of Advanced Music Specialization in Genoa, one of Italy's most prestigious conservatories. She has won many nationwide piano competitions (Genova, Stresa), Cassina works as accompanist for singers, as soloist , with orchestras and ballet. With 25 years of experience in classical piano tutoring, her career has been filled with concert performances including music for Hotels ( Holiday Inn Hotel Nice Airport, Negresco Hotel, Exedra Boscolo Hotel, Harrods Store, Regency Hotel, Westfield Stratford, London Piano Festival...) corporate events, dinner presentations, movie recording and theatrical side playing (Cannes, Alessandria).
Ethan Sandman is a cellist from Southern California. He studied at the Colburn School, receiving instruction from Richard Naill and Clive Greensmith. Ethan was named a recipient of the Young Artists Foundation’s David Weiss scholarship and was a prizewinner in the Los Angeles Violoncello Society’s Scholarship Audition. Ethan was a frequent guest on the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art’s radio broadcast classical music series, Sundays Live, and has also been heard on Israeli Public Radio when performing at the Tel-Aviv Opera House. He’s appeared as a soloist with the Colburn Youth Orchestra, the Montecito International Music Institute Chamber Orchestra, and the Downey Symphony. Ethan has participated in masterclasses with Robert DeMaine, Hillel Zori, Gary Hoffman and Janos Starker. As a chamber musician, Ethan has received instruction from members of the Tokyo, Emerson, and Takács Quartets. Recently, Ethan received a scholarship to participate in Kronberg Academy's biennial cello mastercourse, Cello Without Borders, in Germany. He currently studies with Amit Peled at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins.
Young talented Pianist. Yun (Sunny)Li, started learning the piano at the age of four, She had her first public performance in China at the age of six. She won the first prize of "Chinese Talented Pianist Competition" in 2003, and Won the "Golden Star Competition of China" in 2007. She played in International piano festivals while studying at the Chinese Conservatory of Music. 2008 play solo concert in Beijing concert hall, Richard hall. she received multiple scholarships from Birmingham Conservatory, Royal College of Music, New England Conservatoire and Manhattan Conservatory in New york . The Royal Academy of Music was her choice, studied with professor Carole Presland and subsequently Master of Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, studied with professor Paul Janes followed by receiving scholarship studying Artist Diploma in Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with famous pianist professor Deniz Gelenbe and Gabriele Baldocci who is also the good friend of Martha Argrich.
Ruth Eichenseher was born 1997 in Friedberg in Germany. She began taking cello lessons at the age of seven. 2007 she started visiting the Gymnasium bei St. Stephan in Augsburg, one of the best Highscools promoting classical music in Germany. At the age of twelve she first performed with Orchestra in Augsburg, furthermore she performed as a soloist in Prag and Budapest, Roccastrada, Boston and Michigan (with the Elgar cello concerto and the Rococo-Variatons by Tschaikowsky). At the age of fourteen she became a Pre-College student in the class of Prof. Markus Wagner at the University of Music in Nürnberg. She got prizes in competitions as a soloist as well as in chamber music. Since 2016 she is studying in the class of Prof. Orfeo Mandozzi at Zurich University of Arts. Ruth is a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie which allows her to perform regularly with internationally renowned artists. Under conductor Jonathan Nott and in close partnership with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Berlin Philharmonic Ruth played in great places like the Philharmonie in Köln, the Frauenkirche Dresden and the Philharmonie in Berlin, where the concerts are broadcast live via the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall.
After starting the piano at six years of age, Svyatoslav Antipov decided to devote his life to music. At the age of eight he was playing with a professional orchestra in Moscow. When his family moved to England, he continued his musical education at the Royal College of Music, Junior Department, studying with Aaron Shorr. In 2010 he was awarded a scholarship and Peter Clarke bursary to study at the Royal Academy of Music, but had to leave it soon after for health reasons. Currently he is a 4th year student at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance studying with Alexander Ardakov. On winning the Piano Competition at St Edmund's School he was invited to perform Weber's Concertstuck with the Folkestone & Hythe Orchestral Society (conductor Graham Harvey). Antipov was also invited by acclaimed pianist and composer John McCabe to take part in the Young Performer Concert at The Sittingbourne Music Society. In 2012 he was selected to take part in the Lang Lang Inspires massed piano day at the Royal Festival Hall. He has participated in Master Classes with Arthur Pizarro, Dmitri Alexeev, Christopher Elton, Pascal Devoyon, Stephen Hough and Freddy Kempf. He was invited, together with other members of Kingfishers trio, to perform at St. John's Church, Notting Hill, and Wigmore Hall. He is also interested in performing with opera and lieder singers and has taken part in the Elizabeth Schumann lieder competition.
Jorge Nava was born in Santander, he began his musical education under Irina Efanova at the National Conservatory of Music in Bolivia, followed by studies under Stanislav Pochekin at Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona and subsequently under Dmitri Alexeev at the Royal College of Music in London. He also received financial support from the Botin Foundation, the Asociacion the Interpretes y Ejecutantes, the Liceu Conservatory and the Royal College of Music. He participated in Master classes given by great pianists, including Boris Berman, Nino Kereselidze, Mikhail Voskresensky, Lang Lang, Natalia Trull, Michel Bero and Joaquin Soriano. Jorge has been awarded numerous prizes internationally, including from the Intercentros Melomano Competition, Marisa Montiel Piano Competition, Infanta Cristina Piano Competition, Jeunesses Musicals Piano Competition, Ibiza International Piano Competition, Manhattan International Competition, RCM Beethoven Competition and Maria Canals Piano Competition, among others. As a soloist, he has worked with orchestras such as the Bolivian National Symphonic Orchestra, Liceu Conservatory Orchestra, RTVE Symphonic Orchestra, Murcia Symphonic Orchestra, Madrid Philharmonia and Medellin Philharmonic. He has appeared in concert at major venues, including Palau de la Musica Catalana, Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Teatros del Canal, Palacio de Festivales and Amaryliis Fleming Hall. He also performed in both Europe and South America: in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Holland and United Kingdom. He has participated in festivals such as the International Santander Festival, Segovia Festival, Spanish Musica Cadiz Festival, Otoño Musical Soriano, Ubeda Festival, Felix Mendelssohn Festival, Festival de Saint Savin and the Festival des Lumieres. As a chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Anfaegtelse Quintet and the Bruckner Trio. He has shared the stage with musicians such as Alexander Rudin, Asia J. Antón de Vez, Aliya Vodovozova, Zilvinas Brazauskas among others. His performances as a soloist have been broadcast across Spain by RNE, Catalunya musica, TVE and TV3.
Hong Kong born pianist Chi-Hoi Cheung started learning piano at the age of 6. He graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music with first class honours, supported by a Croucher Foundation Hong Kong Award and the ABRSM Jardine Matheson Prize Fund. Currently a RCM Award Holder supported by a Hilary Fabian Award and a Gordon Calway Stone Memorial Award, he is pursuing a Master of Music degree studying with Gordon Fergus-Thompson and Leon McCawley. Chi-Hoi’s recent achievements in the UK include winning the Musician's Company Doris Starke Prize. He is also a prizewinner of the prestigious Brant International Piano Competition, and is the recipient of the Appelbe Piano prize. Other notable achievements include first prize at the Hong Kong Steinway and Sons International Youth Piano Competition and the Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) Piano Competition. Recent performances in the UK include solo performances at the Birmingham Town Hall, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, St Mary Abbots Church, St John's Waterloo, Birley Centre, Aylesbury Parish Church, St Giles in the Fields Church, Britten Theatre, and the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. Chi-Hoi has also been selected by the college to participate in masterclasses with renowned pianists including Leslie Howard, Alexander Bonduriansky, and Peter Jablonski.
Stefano Proietti was born June 13, 1993. He started to play the piano at the age of eight and when he was thirteen got into the Conservatory. In September 2015, he degreed at the “Conservatory Santa Cecilia” of Rome, whit the maximum mark (10/10), obtaining over the years 7 scholarships. Now, he is continuing the classical studies, following the “High Specialization Course” at the “Academy Ludus Tonalis” of Rome. Furthermore, he frequents the 7th year of Composition in the same Conservatory. In the course of time, he participated to different musical events and masters, and he is also the winner of some International Competitions, such as: “International Piano Competition of the Tuscia’s University (Rome)” – “Audition at the Royal Academy of Music of London” - “International Music Competition of Salzburg”, with the debut at the “Wiener Saal of Mozarteum” of Salzburg – “XXIII° International Piano Competition Anemos”, at the “Auditorium Ennio Morricone” of Rome – “International Music Competition Dinu Lipatti” at the “Academy of Romania” in Rome – “Audition and attainment of the Diploma of High Specialization at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena” – “Scholarship for the Collective School of Music of New York”.
American-born Mila Ferramosca is a violin scholar at the Royal College of Music supported by the Ian Evans Lombe Award, under the tutelage of Mark Messenger. As a previous student at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, she studied with Viktoria Grigoreva, she was the leader of the Royal College of Music Junior Department Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Thames Vale Youth Orchestra and Oxford Concerto Orchestra. She was a member of the 1st Violin Section of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, sitting 3rd chair, and she has performed solo recitals in the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room, RCM's Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Oxford's own Sheldonian Theatre and Carnegie Hall as a winner of the Golden Key Festival Competition, and has won scholarships to attend masterclass courses, including Musica Mundi in Belgium, the Tsukanov Scholarship to Jersey International Masterclasses and New Virtuosi, Queenswood, where she has had lessons with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Andrej Bielow. She has also won GDST Young Musician of the Year, the Royal College of Music Chamber Music Prize, the Constance Farrington Prize, the Freda Dinn & Ida Mabbett String Prize, Oxford's Young Artist Platform, 2nd Prize in Grand Prize Vienna Competition, as well as being a finalist in the Royal Philharmonic Society's Duet Prize, a runner up in the RCM Angela Bull Memorial Competition and highly commended in both the Royal College of Music Gordon Turner Competition and Royal College of Music Peter Morrison Concerto Competition Finals.
Pianist Sven Bauer, currently studying in the piano class of Prof. Lev Natochenny in Frankfurt, was born in Schwäbisch Hall in 1989 and started his piano lessons at the age of seven. From the age of nine Sven Bauer successfully participated in competitions and was the winner of various prizes. He received the Grand Prix of the International competition - festival „Music without limits“ in Druskininkai, Lithuania, and the first prize at the Concours International de Piano in Montrond les Bains, France, among others. Most recently he was awarded the first prize at the Alexandre Scriabine Concours International de Piano in Paris, at the Concorso Pianistico Internazionale "Città di San Donà di Piave" (Italy) and at the London Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition. His concert activities have led the young pianist to world-famous concert halls including the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Wiener Musikverein, the Royal Albert Hall London and the Carnegie Hall New York, and to exceptional places such as the production hall of a Swiss metal construction company and the Acropolis Museum Athens. Besides, Sven Bauer is also actively involved in chamber music: in 2010 he won the chamber music competition of the Polytechnische Gesellschaft e.V. as well as the sponsorship award of the city of Bad Homburg. The following year he made his debut on Deutschlandradio Kultur. The young pianist obtains important musical impulses through master classes and meetings with renowned pianists and professors such as Lev Natochenny, Igor Lazko, Andrzej Jasinski, Oxana Yablonskaya, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Robert Levin and Dimitri Bashkirov. From 2005 to 2009 Sven Bauer was a “young student” at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt/Main, in 2015 he was accepted to the postgraduate study programme Konzertexamen.
At the tender age of 11, Ruobing Zhang received rave reviews as the boy soprano soloist Philadelphia Orchestra’s concert titled “Jurowski Conducts Mahler” in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. The Philadelphia Inquirer review of the concert led off with a description of Ruobing’s performance: “The most powerful solo vocal passages fall to the amazing boy soprano, Ruobing Zhang." Brought to our attention by his performance of the lead role in Amahl and the Night Visitors, his powerful voice is unexpected and unique, and his piano playing is an extension of his soul. He has a charismatic aura about him and sings with deep soulfulness.” Ruobing Zhang, age 18, has made a name for himself as a pianist, singer, and martial arts specialist, winning serious prizes in all areas. Currently a student at The Juilliard School, he is studying both piano and voice. Often featured as a guest artist in Chinese Cultural Troupe Tours, Ruobing will perform as a featured star in Washington DC’s New Years Celebration. His first major success as a pianist came in 2012, when at the age of 14, he traveled to Cincinnati to compete at the World Piano Competition’s ‘Go for the Gold’ concerto competition. As a result of his intense work, he not only won first place on his level, but was awarded the Grand Prize for levels 9 -12. As part of his prize, he performed Prokofiev’s Third Concerto with Cincinnati’s World Competition Festival orchestra. During that same year, Ruobing competed in the 2012 US Youth Talent and Art Competition, receiving first in the vocal division, and Grand Prize for the entire competition. As a soloist with the Philadelphia Boys Choir from 2006 to 2010, he traveled to Argentina and Uruguay. Ruobing has performed in concerts in Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Kimmel Center, The Academy of Music, Drexel’s Auditorium and Irvine Auditorium, and has also appeared on FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC's Good Morning America
Fortunate enough to be able to pursue two interests at once, Ben has just finished his final year supported by a scholarship to study with Jonathan Barritt at the Royal College of Music whilst also studying for a BSc in maths at Imperial College London. Having graduated from Imperial he is currently enjoying being a musician full time whilst studying with Martin Outram and is looking to start a masters next year. Ben began studying violin and viola at the Trinity College of Music Junior Department aged 10 with Michael Posner and Lynne Baker and in 2013 won the concerto competition, performed with the symphony orchestra and won the Vivienne Joseph Prize for Strings. He subsequently studied with Martin Outram and then with Jonathan Barritt at the RCM. Whilst studying he appeared frequently in solo recitals as part of the Imperial Lunchtime Concert series and at the Benslow International Viola Summer School, with recent highlights including a performance of the Telemann viola concerto at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2016. In September Ben attended the San Marino Concert Academy where he performed a mixture of solo and chamber music and received tuition from Andriy Viytovych. Additionally he has performed in masterclasses by Lawrence Power, Roger Chase, Yuko Inoue, Garfield Jackson, Mathew Jones and Alexander Zemstov.
"Hailed by Classical Guitar Magazine as “an accomplished young performer” whose “work is always of note” and www.thisisclassicalguitar.com as a “fearless and exciting young guitarist with daring virtuosity and an intimate touch on the instrument”, Liverpool born Steven Joseph took up guitar at the early age of 5. In 2005 he was awarded a place at the world famous Chetham’s School of Music and 2007 saw him being offered a coveted entrance scholarship to study at the RNCM with Craig Ogden and Gordon Crosskey. In 2013 he graduated from London’s Royal College of Music with a Masters Degree in Performance with the help of generous scholarships from The Draper’s Company, John Lewis Fund and the Countess of Munster Trust. Steven has performed extensively throughout the UK as a soloist and chamber musician, giving recitals in prestigious venues including Bridgewater Hall, Capstone Theatre, V&A Museum and Bolivar Hall. He also regularly performs on some of the worlds most prestigious cruise liners including P&O, Fred Olsen and Cunard. He has also been the featured concerto artist with many orchestras and ensembles, giving his debut concerto performance (Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto in D) in 2011 whilst at the RNCM and going on to give his first performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with Southampton Youth Orchestra in 2013, to critical acclaim. In the same year he performed the ‘Aranjuez’ again in the opening concert of the Heswall Arts Festival with L’Orchestra dell’Arte. He has also performed concertos with Luton Symphony Orchestra, City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Sheffield New Ensemble, Cheshire Sinfonia, Bedworth Symphony Orchestra and New Forest Orchestra. In February 2014 Steven won the Westbourne Symphony Orchestra Adult (21+) Concerto Competition with his performance of the ‘Aranjuez’ concerto. He went on to perform the piece in several concerts with the orchestra in their summer concert series. Steven is no stranger to TV and radio and was recently featured in a promotional advert for a premier league football game shown in 140 countries across the world. As a lover of contemporary music, Steven has had the privilege of giving many world premieres of solo and ensemble works. Composers Duncan Ward, Yunhee Lee, Mark Houghton and Daniel Green have all dedicated works to Joseph. Steven is also rapidly gaining recognition for his own compositions and arrangements. His debut solo guitar work ‘Voyager’ was described in Classical Guitar Magazine as “a worthy debut in this field by a young player whose work is always of interest”. Steven recently released his debut album Firewire in Summer 2015 to great acclaim.
Tanja Sonc belongs to the young generation of gifted Slovene violinists. She has received numerous awards and first prizes at national and international competitions. In 2011 she won the Brahms Competition in Portschach, Austria and in2012, the Ferdo Livadić International Competition for young Musicians (Croatia). Furthermore she was the absolute winner of the Young Virtuoso - Etudes and Scales Competition held in Zagreb, and she got first prize at the national Temsig Competition in Slovenia (2009). In May 2015 she was awarded 3rd prize in the Kiwanis Competition in Zürich. Tanja started her music education at the age of five. After studying with Primož Novšak at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, she contunued at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Igor Ozim and Wonji Kim Ozim. She currently studies with Nora Chastain at the Zürich University of the Arts. In 20I2/I3 she was accepted as a trainee at the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich. As a soloist, Tanja Sonc has performed in many countries such as in Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, France, the USA and the Czech Republic, playing with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovenian RTV Symphony Orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Croatian RTV Symphony Orchestra and many others. She has collaborated with renowned conductors such as Marko Letonja, George Pehlivanian, Keri Lynn Wilson, Loris Voltolini, Tomislav Fačini, Simon Dvoršak, Petko Dimitrov. Tanja participated in the Seiji Ozawa International Academy, Hohenstaufen Chamber Music Academy, Kromberg masterclass and in the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. She is an Artist in Residence in the "Molaeb Festival For Chamber Music And Fine Arts". In 2016 she founded the "Sonc Festival", a chamber music festival in Slovenia. Tanja Sonc was awarded a three-year scholarship from Notenstein's Young Musicians Programme, a scholarship of Live Music Now Switzerland and Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz (2017 -2019). She is a protége of Gallus Foundation.
Seamus Cole Dewsnap was born in Guelph, Canada on Halloween Day, 1995. He studied violin in the preparatory program of the Rice University Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas under renowned pedagogue Kenneth Goldsmith. He won the Houston Young Artist Competition in 2006, 2007 and as first violin in the Inferno String Quartet of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts his quartet was awarded the silver medal at the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition in 2011. He played live on Houston public radio on several occasions. Seamus has held concertmaster positions including the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and for the Symphony Region Orchestra. He successfully auditioned at 16 years of age for a position in the Bachelor of Music program at the Zurich University of the Arts, studying violin under the virtuoso Rudolf Koelman. Seamus has performed as a member and as a soloist with the ZHdK Strings in Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, Thailand, and Cambodia. He has also traveled to perform across the USA, Canada, Germany, Sweden, and Israel. Seamus is an alumnus of Madeline Island Music Camp, Meadowmount School of Music, Astona International, Aurora Music Festival, and Keshet Eilon. Seamus has enjoyed working as a studio musician for short and full length film.
Raymond Wui Man Yiu
Born in Hong Kong in 1993, Raymond Wui-Man Yiu began piano lessons aged four. He moved to Aberdeen, Scotland in 2008 and attended the Aberdeen City Music School studying the piano with Peter Evans. During his time at ACMS, he made his concerto debut with the Meadows Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh in 2010. He also won the title of Aberdeen Young Musician of the Year, which led to a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Aberdeen Youth Symphony Orchestra. He won prizes at the Edinburgh Competition Festival, including the coveted Concerto Prize where he performed Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Festival Orchestra. He gave recitals at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2012 he won a scholarship to study with Joan Havill at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Music (with Honours) with First Class. He has recently won the Springboard Concerto Competition in Brighton and the Worthing Concerto Competition playing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Other successes include being a finalist in Glass Sellers' Beethoven Piano Prize at Guildhall and a finalist in the Westbourne Orchestra Concerto Competition. Currently, he is undertaking his Master's degree at Guildhall for two more years. He is grateful for the generous support by the Deena Shypitka Music Award, Christine Brown Trust, Dewar Arts Awards, Phyllis Simons Award, and the Guildhall School Trust.
Since graduating from Leeds College of music, having studied with Helen Reid, Natalia Strelchenko, and continuing lessons with Peter Feuchtwanger, Daniel Roberts has performed around Europe and South America. In September 2009, Daniel was invited by Natalia Strelchenko, to perform solo pieces by Bach and Ravel, as part of the Egersund Youth Chamber music festival, Norway. Daniel has performed for the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe in the famous London church, St James Piccadilly, and also has performed with Duo partner Hannah Woolmer at London’s Foundling museum, Southwark Cathedral, and The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. In 2014 Daniel performed Beethoven’s ‘Emperor concerto’ with the University of Cambridge Philharmonic orchestra. Other performances performances with orchestra have included Beethoven’s 1st concerto, Chopin’s 1st Concerto, and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, and 2nd Concerto. In December 2013 Daniel performed in Brazil, at the Museum of modern art, Juiz De Fora. The recital included the South American Premier, of Peter Feuchtwanger’s ‘Variations on an Eastern Folk tune Book I’ and ‘Tariqa I.’ He returned in April 2014 to premier ‘Variations on an Eastern Folk tune Book II’. Daniel gave his Debut recital at the Feuchtwangen International Piano festival, Germany, in April 2015, performing the festival’s premiere of Peter Feuchtwanger’s ‘Variations on an Eastern Folk tune’ Books I & II. In December 2015 he performed Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ with the Orchestra Sinfonica Mario Viera in Brazil. In February 2016, Daniel gave recitals in London’s St Martin in the Fields, and Edinburgh Society of musicians, performing a varied program of popular pieces such as Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibtion’ as well as Eastern inspired music composed by his late teacher Peter Feuchtwanger. Future concerts include solo recitals in the UK and Brazil, concerto performances with the Woolmer Philharmonic orchestra, and Orchestra Sinfonica Mario Viera including Tchaikovsky´s 1st Concerto in December 2016, as well as Chamber performances with Violinist Hannah Woolmer.
Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1994. Began to learn the violin at the age of 5. In 2005 become the student of Prof. Yoko Seto. Attended Vienna International Master Class in Austria, Haus Marteau Violin Master Class in Germany and Asahikawa Vienna International Violin Master Class in Japan, learned from Prof. Michael Frischenschlager and Prof. Friedemann Eichhom. In 2014 Received the Incentive award from 16th Japan Player`s Competition. At the same year made a Debut Recital at Oji Hall in Japan. In 2016 invited for the Salon Concert at AMUSE Music The Palos Verdes Music Center in Los Angeles, California. Now studying at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in Swiss, and learning violin from Prof. Rudolf Koelman.
Born in Rome in 1994, Jacopo Lazzaretti has been studying classical guitar for 11 years. In 2015-2016 he studied as an Erasmus student with Matthew McAllister at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and this year he will complete his Diploma with Arturo Tallini at the Conservatoire of Santa Cecilia in Rome. Jacopo has performed in masterclasses with some of the worlds most well-known guitarists such as Oscar Ghiglia, Marcin Dylla, Pavel Steidl, Thomas Muller-Pering, Giulio Tampalini, Allan Neave, Carlo Marchione to name a few. He was awarded the Mauro Fantinelli scholarship in 2013 and the Gasparo da Salò scholarship in 2014. He has won several prizes in national and international guitar competitions with or without age limitations. First prize in International Guitar Competition “I Musici di San Lorenzo” (2016), North East Scotland Classical Guitar Society Award (2016), International Istanbul Guitar Festival (2015), 20° ed. National Guitar Competition “Giulio Rospigliosi” (2014), 9° National Competition “La Chitarra Volante” (2014). Among the other prizes, second prize (first not awarded) at 7th International Guitar Competition Acerra Guitar Meetings” (2016), third prize at 4° International Competition “Alirio Diaz” of Rome (2015) and second prize in 13° Guitar Competition “Città di Voghera” (2015). He had also the opportunity to play the Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco (concert for Choir and Guitar), which was a prize received during the competition ‘Premio Campus 2014’ in Bassano del Grappa. Jacopo has also played in many concerts for several Music Festivals in Italian cities such as Roma, Nuoro, Chieti, Bassano del Grappa, Spello, Bagnoregio, Torre Annunziata and Poggio Mirteto as well as abroad in Istanbul, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
Naoko Matsui began the first violin lesson at the age of four years old and gave the first solo concert at the same year. Became soloist for the first time with orchestra at eleven years old for Doppelkonzert by Johann Sebastian Bach. One of the last pupils of Ex.-President Toho Gakuen School of Music (University) Toshiya Eto and his spouse and Ex.-Guest Professor Angela Eto until beginning more studying and concert career in EU. During those studying gave the world premiere performance of “Mudai ” for violin solo by Gou Hashimoto during Italo-Japanese International Contemporary Music Seminar by Italian composer Giaccomo Manzoni. Since 2002 Naoko Matsui persued more studying and concert career in Belgium.
Born in Ploiesti, Romania, in a family of musicians, Adriana Cristea started playing the violin at age of five, under the guidance of her parents. She has won 25 national and international prizes in competitions, including the first prize, the special prize and the George Enescu medal at Remember Enescu International Violin Competition. In 2015 she completed her Masters Degree with Distinction at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Professor Yossi Zivoni. She was kindly supported by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music with a full scholarship. Her career as a soloist and recitalist includes concerts in Romania, Austria, France, Lebanon, Holland and in the United Kingdom, in venues including: St.Martin-in-the-Fields, the Romanian Embassy in Paris, the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest, and many more. Some of her recitals have been broadcast by Romanian Broadcast Station. Her performances in International Music Festivals, include The International Holland Music Sessions in Holland in 2016, 2015 and 2010, and George Enescu Festival in Romania in 2011 and 2007. She has also performed as soloist with orchestras including: Paul Constantinescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Harrow Symphony Orchestra, Burnley Symphony Orchestra, RNCM Strings Orchestra, Sinfonia Bucharest Orchestra, Beirut Chamber Orchestra and many more. Her future engagements for the 2016/2017 season include concerts with the and the Young Musicians European Orchestra in Italy, as well as recitals in the United Kingdom and Romania within the George Enescu International Festival.
Caroline Tyler has performed at venues including the Barbican Hall in London, Enka Auditorium and Maya Sahnesi in Istanbul, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham, and the Martinu Hall and British Embassy in Prague. She studied with Joan Havill at The Guildhall School Of Music and Drama, graduating with a first-class Honours degree and Masters degree with Distinction in piano performance. During her studies she made her concerto debut, and was chosen to represent the Guildhall in the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize, competing with candidates from the Royal music colleges and Oxbridge. As a result of winning first prize, she was asked to perform at various UK venues, including the auditorium of Bristol’s Victoria Rooms, where she recently returned to give a recital as part of the university’s International Concert Series. Caroline is also the winner of other awards including the Norah Sande Piano Competition, the Christopher Duke Piano Recital Competition and the Anglo-Czech Trust Piano Competition. With The Concordia Foundation of London she has performed in London at St-Martin-In-The-Fields, St James’ Piccadilly and at Painters’ Hall for the Lord Mayor of London, as well as internationally. Recent performances include concerts organised by Ensemble Reza.
Cellist Alexander Hersh is quickly establishing himself as a rising young talent. In 2015 Hersh made his Symphony Hall debut with the Boston Pops and performed at the Kennedy Center. Upcoming engagements include solo performances with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, solo recitals in Chicago, Boston, and Louisville, and chamber music appearances in New York, Chicago, Boston, Ames, and Des Moines. Alexander Hersh has performed in the US, Canada, and across Europe. He has received numerous awards both a soloist and as a chamber musician, including: the 2016 Schadt String Competition, Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition, the Hellam Young Artist Competition, Boston Pops/New England Conservatory Competition, Society of American Musicians, the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, the Jules M. Laser National Chamber Music Competition, the Chicago National Chamber Music Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and is a three time winner of the New England Conservatory Honors Competition. A passionate chamber musician, Hersh has performed the complete string quartets of Béla Bartok and Alban Berg and much of the rest of the chamber music canon. He has been heard in music festivals worldwide including: Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Kronberg Academy Cello Masterclasses, Olympic Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Domaine Forget, New York String Orchestra Seminar, National Arts Centre Young Artists Programme, and the Meadowmount School of Music. In the Summer of 2014, he served as principal cellist for the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Born in Montréal, Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair is a French Canadian pianist who regularly performs in the US and Canada. He has performed Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 with the OSI and OPMEM Orchestras (Canada) as well as with the Kenwood Symphony and the University of Minnesota Orchestra (USA). His performances have been broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio, Radio Ville-Marie, Baby Blue Arts, and Pulsar. More recently, he was invited to perform a solo recital and masterclass in July 2016 by the Musicians’ Association of Tai’an, China. Gabriel has been the recipient of many competitions and scholarships, including first prizes at the University of Minnesota Concerto Competition, Thursday Musical and Schubert Club Competitions in the Twin Cities, and the APMQ Festival, the Concours Vallée-des-Champs, and the Festival de musique du Royaume in Québec. Gabriel received the Centennial Fellowship from the University of Minnesota, the Gilles-Gauthier Scholarship from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, five scholarships from the Orford Arts Center, along with ten scholarships from the Fondation de soutien aux arts de Laval. Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair earned his Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota in June 2016, studying with Lydia Artymiw and his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal with Richard Raymond.
Tuomo started playing in his teens, and in 1999 moved to London to form a band. After the band broke up, he felt like the potential of the guitar as an instrument was not really being taken to its full potential in modern music as a solo instrument, in terms of its capacity for producing interesting art. In popular music (rock, heavy, pop, etc) the music was often not very interesting from the point of view of the guitar because it was too repetitive. In the field of people who were focused on playing solely 'guitar music' however (in classical or other fields), He often felt like the musicians that were coming out were a little too focused on technique, almost to the point of artistic atrophy. And so Tuomo started working on his own style, and the outcome is the music he plays these days. He is currently playing open mics and whatever interesting performances come up in London, and is a collaborator and play at the bi monthly Stratford Poetry Group event.
Originally from New Zealand, Bryony is studying towards her Artist Diploma as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar at the Royal College of Music, where she won the 2016 Viola Competition. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the University of Canterbury, Bryony’s mentors include Andriy Viytovych, Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory and Stephen Larsen. Recent chamber music highlights include performances in Cadogan Hall and Wigmore Hall, Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove, a nationwide tour for Chamber Music New Zealand and performances at Music From Angel Fire, New Mexico, USA. Bryony plays with Sinfonia Cymru, English Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra.
Ula Mlakar (1994) began to learn harp at age of six at the primary level of Conservatory for music and ballet Ljubljana under Professor Bronislava Prinčič and in 2007 continued her education at Music High School of Conservatory for music and ballet Ljubljana under Professor Mojca Zlobko Vajgl. In year 2011 she was accepted on Academy of Music in Ljubljana in the class of Ruda Ravnik Kosi. Last year of her Bachelor studies she spent with Jana Bouškova at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague as an Erasmus student. She continued studying under her mentorship on Royal Conservatorium in Brussels (master program). She is currently studying under the mentorship of Fabrice Pierre on Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon. She has participated in various national and international competitions always achieving excellent results.
Egle Sarmaviciute was born in 1990 in Lithuania and started playing the piano at the age of six. In 2009 Egle graduated from the National M. K. Ciurlionis School of Arts in Lithuania where she studied under the guidance of Vaida Kirvelyte. In June, 2013 she received her Bachelor of music degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester studying with Graham Scott. In October, 2015 Egle completed her Master’s degree and then in June, 2016 - Postgraduate Diploma Advanced course with Richard Ormrod at the RNCM. Currently Egle is taking part in the course “International Piano Certificate for Piano Artists” in Belgium. Egle has performed in many venues in Lithuania, UK and US as both soloist and a chamber musician.
Described as “tirelessly seeking to improve her piano playing and musical knowledge in the search for perfection” by Nino Kereselidze, Ángela Pagán studies with Mikhail Kazakevich at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. She received her Bachelor Degree from Bonifacio Gil High Conservatoire of Music in Badajoz, where she studied with Ángel Sanzo. She was also a student of Nino Kereselidze in Katarina Gurska High Performance School. Ángela enjoys collaborating with other musicians, exploring both chamber and contemporary repertoire, and has established a piano duo with Mario Ahijado and a duo with tenor Sandeep Gurrapadi, with whom she recently participated in the final of the Lillian Ash French Song Duo Competition. Furthermore, Ángela has achieved considerable success, obtaining first prize in the Villa de Caudete Competition of Young Artists, first prize in the Villamalea Soloists Competition, and second prize in the Quintanar del Rey Young Soloists Competition. She has been a pupil of Martino Tirimo, with whom she recently finished her Postgraduate Diploma getting High Distinction. Coming fall 2016 Ángela will pursue a Masters' Degree in Piano Performance supported by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Born in Tirana, Albania in 1989, Lirza Zaloshnja studied at the Tirana University of the Arts graduating in 2011 with the Gold Medal in Violin performance. She has also attended master classes with Crtomir Siskovic, Susanne Stoodt, Daniele Guy, Marco Pontini, Robin O'Neill, Eugene Michelangeli and Fanny Vovoni. Since 2011 Lirza has been a member at the first violins of the Albanian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 she performed as soloist with the orchestra under the Swiss conductor Simon Camartin. In September 2016 she will again be soloist with the orchestra when she gives the European premier of the Irish composer Vincent Kennedy’s concerto Dreams conducted by the composer in Tirana. Lirza was a jury member at the 2015 and 2016 ENKOR international Competition. Lirza performs with Silva Skënderi (piano) and also Admir Doçi (guitar) and has performed with then at many festivals including Reformierte Kirche Rotkreuz in Switzerland; The Tirana International Guitar Festival; The Asia International Guitar Festival in Thailand; Music Bridges Festival in Groznjan Croatia; and the Concert Festival of the Tirana University of Arts. From 2000 to 2003 Lirza was a member of the ensemble Tirana Little Virtuosos with whom she performed in Spain, Hungary and Germany and at the 50th European Festival of Young Musicians in Belgium where the ensemble was awarded first prize. From 2003 to 2008 she performed with the New German-Albanian Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Tirana Music Festival. Between 2008 and 2011 she was the concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Tirana University of the Arts. In 2009 she was elected as the concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of the Monopoly Conservatory of Music in Italy. Lirza Zaloshnja plays a violin by Anton Neuburger and uses bows by G.Werner and C.Chagas.
Belarusian Maya Irgalina a versatile pianist successfully combining solo and collaborative piano playing. Over the last ten years she performed internationally throughout UK, Italy, France, Austria, China, Poland, Georgia, Russia and Belarus with highlights including performances at Wigmore Hall and Barbican. As a soloist she appeared with such orchestras as CBSO, Manchester Camerata, Belarusian Opera House Orchestra, RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Batumi Symphony Orchestra and others. She won prizes in many competitions including Sydney and Dudley and was broadcasted by ABC (Australia), BBC Radio 3 and Belarusian Radio. Maya’s first steps onto the concert platform were made under the tutelage of Lilia Ter-Minasian at the Belarusian Academy of Music where she was an undergraduate. After that she has completed the International Artist Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Graham Scott. And now she is currently a postgraduate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, developing her accompaniment skills under the tutelage of Julius Drake and further working on her solo piano playing with Ronan O’Hora. As a collaborative pianist Maya enjoys working with singers, and has established partnership with Austrian soprano Stephanie Pfeffer. Maya is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and is very keen on giving outreach concerts for schools widening children’s understanding of the classical music.
Hungarian-born Aron Rozsa began his musical education in Hungary when he was five, and started learning the piano at 7 when he moved to the UK. Aron graduated in 2005 from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, gaining a BMus (Hons) with 2:1/Distinction before continuing his studies at London's Royal College of Music, gaining a Master's degree in advanced piano performance in 2007. He has won many competitions and awards, including winning a prize in the 15th Vienna International Music Competition, Austria, and performing at the Bosendorfer Hall in Vienna.