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Tamás András

Hungarian violinist Tamás András graduated at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1996 he was prize winner of the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark and received third prize at the Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition in Hungary in 1997. Tamás has appeared as a soloist with the Budapest Philharmonia Orchestra, the Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players among many others and has given recitals and chamber concerts throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. He [...]

Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay

German-Hungarian violinist Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay began playing in 1988, taking lessons at the music school in Magdeburg, and went on to study under Professor Jost Witter at the Schloss Belvedere Music School and the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Weimar. In 2005 he became the leader of the European Union Youth Orchestra, performing under Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink and Sir Colin Davis among others, and a year later he also became concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Altenburg-Gera. He has guest [...]

Zoë Beyers

Zoë Beyers was born in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Since her solo debut aged eleven with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, she has performed with many distinguished conductors throughout Europe and Africa.  Recent highlights include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ A Spell for Green Corn and the Britten concerto with the BSO under Michael Seal.  Forthcoming projects include the Korngold concerto with the Norwich Philharmonic and Prokofiev’s 2nd concerto with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra. Zoë is a member of the [...]

Fenella Humphreys

Winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work.   Her playing has been described in the press as ‘amazing’ (The Scotsman) and ‘a wonder’ (IRR).    Performances have taken her around the world to venues including the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, and the Helsinki Music Centre. She has broadcast for the BBC, Classic FM, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, West- Deutsche-Rundfunk, ABC Classic FM (Australia) and Korean radio, and [...]

Benedict Holland

Benedict Holland studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Manoug Parikian and was subsequently a prize winner at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied with Yossi Zivoni.   As a chamber musician, he was a founder member of the Matisse Piano Quartet and the Music Group of Manchester, broadcasting regularly for the BBC, recording, and undertaking British Council tours.  He is also a member of the Victoria String Quartet whose acclaimed début concert took place in [...]

Raja Halder

Raja Halder was born in Calcutta and started playing the violin at the age of six . He studied at Chetham’s School of Music and Royal Academy of Music with Mateja Marinkovic and Tomotada Soh. His prizes include awards from Royal Overseas League, Audi Junior Music Competition and Royal Academy Of Music. As soloist he has toured UK, Europe and Asia highlights being Conbrio Festival (Mumbai), Ischia Festival, Anghiari Festival and MMCJ (Japan). Raja was a member of The Vardanyan [...]

Robert Smissen

Robert Smissen is a long-time colleague of Leon Bosch at the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, where he has been principal viola for over 25 years. He has often performed and recorded as soloist with the orchestra, notably as soloist in Bosch’s 2013 album of double bass music by Dittersdorf (the composer wrote two works featuring the instruments as unlikely but happy co-soloists). He has been passionately involved with chamber music throughout his career – performing and recording [...]

Sarah-Jane Bradley

Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1997, Sarah-Jane has established a distinguished international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician. Sarah-Jane is a pioneer of new works and has premiered and recorded a number of new concertos for solo viola, including those by David Matthews, Paul Patterson and Matthew Taylor. Sarah-Jane has worked as a soloist with the Philharmonia, Halle, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and [...]

Richard Harwood

Since his acclaimed concerto debut at the age of ten, the award-winning English cellist Richard Harwood has performed concertos and recitals in major venues throughout Europe, New Zealand and the Russian Federation. A very active chamber musician, he has collaborated with numerous musicians of the highest international standing including the Jerusalem and Endellion Quartets, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Olivier Charlier, Benjamin Schmid, Ilya Gringolts, Pekka Kuusisto, Vilde Frang, Chen Halevi, Julian Bliss, Martin Roscoe, Finghin Collins, Ashley Wass, Gottlieb Wallisch [...]

Ursula Smith

Ursula Smith is a Cello Professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she is also Senior Tutor in Chamber Music and Conservatorium Maastricht in Holland. She has given guest masterclasses at many different conservatories in Europe, Japan and China.  In 2014, at the invitation of Lukas Hagen, she was a jury member of the International Mozart Competition for string quartets in Salzburg and in 2019 will be on the jury of the Banff International String Quartet [...]

Leon Bosch

Leon Bosch conducts chamber and symphonic ensembles around the world and is one of the few double bass players to direct concertos from the instrument. Having worked with the finest conductors for 30 years as a member of groups such as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Philharmonia and Hallé, he learnt the repertoire and conductor’s craft from inside the orchestra, and finally made the transition to the podium in 2015, when he left Academy of St Martin [...]

Karen Jones

Karen Jones has been making her mark as a flautist since very early in her career, when she was a finalist in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year at the age of 16. She won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, going on to further study in Vienna and New York thanks to winning the Shell/LSO Competition Gold Medal. Since then she has attracted the highest praise from composers and conductors alike: the Boston Globe [...]

Philip Nodel

The oboist Philip Nodel was born in Moscow where he began to study music at the age of five, working his way though various music schools and colleges before graduating from the Moscow Conservatory in 2002. He completed his postgraduate studies in 2005, and became a teacher at the conservatory the following year. As well as teaching there and at other advanced music institutions, he organises masterclasses by fellow oboists from overseas as well as oboe exhibition, and travels to [...]

Leon Bosch

One of the Netherlands’ leading clarinettists, Leon Bosch is also a senior teacher at the Conservatorium department of the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht. He gives masterclasses, both in the Netherlands and abroad, and frequently advises and coaches various orchestras including the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. Leon Bosch has been solo clarinettist with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra since 1989. He has also appeared as a soloist with both orchestras in works by Gioachino Rossini, [...]

Julie Price

Julie Price began her career as Principal  Bassoonist in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1987. She joined the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in 1990 and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1998. The English Chamber Orchestra appointed her in 1994. She has been Principal bassoonist of ECO since then and co-Principal in the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2001. She became Principal at the BBCSO 4 years ago and in 2019 was appointed Principal Bassoonist with the Academy of St Martin the Fields. She [...]

Sybille Mahni

The horn player and professor Sibylle Mahni has been appointed professor of horn at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, effective October 1, 2020. In Sibylle Mahni, the music academy gains an outstanding musician and university-level pedagogue who is an internationally sought-after soloist and chamber musician as well. Sibylle Mahni studied with Prof. Marie-Luise Neunecker at the Frankfurt/Main Academy of Music and Performing Arts, graduating with a concert degree. At the Hanns Eisler School, she will take over the [...]

Pedro Segundo

Lisbon-born percussionist Pedro Segundo comes to I Musicanti as something of a specialist in all styles. On the one hand he is house drummer at the world famous jazz club Ronnie Scott’s, on the other he is baroque/classical timpanist the period instrument Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment academy. Then again, you might find him playing in more conventional orchestras like the Britten-Pears Orchestra in Aldeburgh or the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has worked with conductors Sir John Eliot Gardiner, [...]