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Angela Hewitt (piano)

Angela Hewitt

 

Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt appears all over the world in many of the most prestigious concert halls from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Sydney Opera House. Her festival appearances include Lucerne, Verbier, Osaka, Prague, the Lincoln Center and the BBC Proms, to name but a few. Her own annual Trasimeno Music Festival takes place each summer in Umbria, Italy, and features international artists as well as recitals, chamber music, and concertos from Hewitt herself. Communication with her audience is important to her, and has resulted in a huge fan base throughout the world. Her masterclasses, writings on music and booklet notes for her recordings are all hugely popular.

In 2003 Angela was awarded the first ever BBC Radio 3 Listeners’ Award in the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, and in 2006 she was voted Gramophone’s ‘Artist of the Year’. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006, and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2015. In 2018 Canada honoured her with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.

From 2016 until 2020, Angela Hewitt presents The Bach Odyssey, an ambitious and exciting overview of the complete keyboard works of J. S. Bach in twelve recitals over four years, in venues around the world including London’s Wigmore Hall, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall and New York’s 92nd Street.

 

In March of 2020, when all concert activity and travelling abruptly stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic, Angela went online to share daily offerings of short pieces—many of which form the basis of teaching material. Her fans were thrilled, and she was happy to inspire many people to go back to the piano.

She participated in some of the first streamed concerts to be initiated online during the pandemic—including a Bach recital from Wigmore Hall in London, and a socially-distanced performance for the Edinburgh Festival of Beethoven’ First Piano Concerto in a version for string quintet and piano. In 2006 Angela was awarded an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2015 she was promoted to a Companion of the Order of Canada. She was “Artist of the Year” at the 2006 Gramophone Awards, “Instrumentalist of the Year” at the 2010 MIDEM Classical Awards at Cannes, and in 2018 received the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Ottawa. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, has seven honorary doctorates, and is a Visiting Fellow of Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

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Anthony Marwood

 

British violinist Anthony Marwood enjoys a wide-ranging international career as soloist, director and chamber musician. Recent solo engagements include performances with the Boston Symphony, St Louis Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New World Symphony and Sydney Symphony. He has worked with conductors Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Thomas Søndergård, David Robertson, Gerard Korsten, Ilan Volkov, Jaime Martin, and Douglas Boyd.

Many leading composers have written concertos for him, including Thomas Adès, Steven Mackey, Sally Beamish and Samuel Carl Adams. Anthony is a prolific recording artist, and his most recent release – his 50th on the Hyperion label – is a recording of Walton’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins.

 

The disc received wide critical acclaim, including a 5-star review in The Guardian and a ‘Recommended Recording’ in The Strad Magazine, whilst the Sunday Times described him as “a thrilling, virtuosic soloist”.

Anthony studied with Emanuel Hurwitz and David Takeno in London. He has collaborated with numerous actors, Indian classical dancer Mayuri Boonham, Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor, sculptress Nicole Farhi and South African guitarist Derek Gripper. He was the violinist of the Florestan Trio for sixteen years and won the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist award in 2006.

​Anthony is co-Artistic Director of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival in East Sussex, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018. He performs annually at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont and enjoys a close association with the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. He was appointed an MBE in the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List and was made a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music in 2013. He plays a 1736 Carlo Bergonzi violin, kindly bought by a syndicate of purchasers, and a 2018 violin made by Christian Bayon.

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Pablo Hernán Benedí

 

Spanish violinist Pablo is a member of the Chiaroscuro Quartet, with whom he has performed in major concert halls such as London ́s Wigmore Hall, New York ́s Carnegie Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin ́s Boulez Saal, Amsterdam ́s Concertgebouw, Tokio ́s Oji Hall and Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. They have an extended discography and have been awarded numerous prizes including the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik in 2015, which is the most prestigious CD Award in Germany.

Pablo is also a founding member of the Trio Isimsiz which was formed in 2011. Currently winners of the Bortletti Buitoni Award Fellowship, The Trio has also won 1st prize and the audience prize at the Trondheim International chamber music competition and 2nd prize at the Haydn Vienna Competition. Upcoming engagements include performances of the complete Beethoven Trios at the Wigmore Hall in London. Trio Isimsiz have recently commissioned Francisco Coll ́s first trio.

As a soloist Pablo has performed with the Philarmonia, London Chamber Players and Concerto Budapest. He also regularly works as leader or section leader with Arcangelo, Concerto Budapest, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Swedish Radio Orchestra.

Pablo began studying at the Padre Antonio Soler Conservatory in San Lorenzo de El Escorial with Polina Kotliarskaya. In 2009 he moved to London to continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno and András Keller. Since the age of 14, Pablo has had regular contacts with Gordan Nikolic who helped shape and nurture his

Pablo performs on the “Alard” J.B Vuillaume violin from 1851, and a 1570 Andrea Amati with his quartet.

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Lilli Maijala

 

The Finish violist Lilli Maijala is one of the most sought-after Nordic string players. Lilli is no stranger to the unique role of a viola soloist. She has appeared with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen and Tapiola Sinfonietta. She gave the world premiere of Lauri Kilpiö’s Viola Concerto with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia in 2013. More recently, she made a recording of Pehr Henrik Nordgren’s Concerto for Viola, Double Bass and Chamber Orchestra alongside bassist Olivier Thiery, Juha Kangas and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. This 2019 Alba Records release was received with excellent reviews. 

After extensive studies throughout Germany and Scandinavia with Diemut Poppen and Lars Anders Tomter (among others), she now cherishes the opportunity to actively participate in the moulding of a new generation of violists. Since 2011 she has been Head of Viola Faculty at the famed Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

 

Lilli plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume viola from 1870, on loan by kind permission of the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

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Tim Lowe

 

Tim spends much of his time playing solo and Chamber recitals throughout  the UK and Europe and has played recitals many times in major London venues including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, QEH, Cadogan Hall and Purcell Room. Following his recent Wigmore Hall recital Tim’s playing was described as “... compelling in every respect: probing, virtuosic and yielding by turns – a true example of outstanding musicianship.” (Musical Opinion)

He has recorded chamber music CDs for various labels, including recently for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, and Champs Hill. The recently released recording of Walton’s Piano Quartet  with the Rossetti Ensemble (Naxos) has been widely praised. “A lovely flow and interaction between the players…” Andrew McGregor BBC CD Review (30 January 2021) Also with the Rossetti Ensemble he plays on a CD of the music of Robert Fürstenthal “…cellist

Tim Lowe offers up especially exquisite beauty in the Cello Sonata and the Lento of the String Quartet.” (Fanfare Magazine).

As an orchestral player Tim is Guest Principal Cello with major UK orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. He is also in demand as the cellist for contemporary chamber opera ensembles such as for the world premiere by Music Theatre Wales of Philip Glass’s The Trial and during the 2020 lockdown Opera Glasswork’s new staging of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with instrumental soloists from the Sinfonia of London conducted by John Wilson.

Tim is a Cello Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he has a large class and also coaches chamber music. He teaches and coaches regularly on courses and festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He is the Artistic Director of York Chamber Music Festival. He plays a cello made by Carolus Tononi in Bologna in 1716.

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John Paul Ekins

 

John Paul Ekins was born in London, began playing the piano at the age of five, and many years later graduated from the Royal College of Music and as a scholar at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with first class degrees, studying with John Barstow and Charles Owen respectively. A winner of nineteen prizes at international competitions, he was presented to her Majesty the Queen and enjoys a busy career performing and teaching around the UK and internationally; highlights included recitals at the Wigmore Hall and concerto performances at The Royal Albert Hall.

When all concert activity and travelling abruptly stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic ‘JP’ set up Cats, Chats & 88 Keys, an online concert series for maintaining a connection with audiences and raising money for first the NHS, then Help Musicians UK. With performances coming live from his music room in south-west London, the series is founded on a passionate belief that classical music is for everyone, fuelled by determination to instil his love for music in others. He delivers informal yet enlightening introductions to welcome and inspire those who are new to classical music, while deepening the experience for those who are more familiar with the genre.

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