Lawrence Power

Lawrence Power - viola

Considered one of the leading violists today, Lawrence combines a busy career performing as both soloist and chamber musician. He regularly performs with some of the worlds greatest orchestras, most recently at the Proms last month with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Jarvi. Also in New York with the Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia,Royal Concertgebouw, Melbourne and Sao Paulo Orchestras. As well as recent recitals in San Francisco, Verbier Festival, London, Washington and Rotterdam.

He has recorded extensively for the Hyperion label, his most recent recording being a critically acclaimed disc of French Viola Music. He regularly collaborates with composers and has premiered works written for him by composers such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, James MacMillan, Thomas Larcher, Huw Watkins and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Future plans include appearances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Gothenburg SO, Warsaw Philharmonic. As well as Artist residencies with Aalborg Symphony and Turner Simms Hall where he will be resident for two seasons. Lawrence plays a viola by Antonio Brenzi from 1590.


Annabelle Meare

Annabelle Meare - violin

Since studying with Yfrah Neamen in London and Lorand Fenyves in Toronto, Annabelle Meare has gone on to enjoy a varied career as both chamber musician and orchestral principal. Annabelle regularly performs with such groups as the Nash Ensemble, the Kungsbacka piano trio, and the Schubert ensemble. She is a regular guest at various chamber music festivals both in the UK and abroad. She currently holds the position of Principal second violin with both the Philharnonia and English Chamber Orchestras with whom she tours and records extensively.

Annabelle has been a member of the Vertavo String Quartet for the past seven years. Vertavo tour extensively throughout Europe, Japan and the US. In the past season, tours and concerts have taken them to Norway, Spain, Mexico, Sweden, Poland, the US and the UK. They gave concerts at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Barbican, London; Kings Place, London. The quartet's discography is a diverse one and includes Schumann, Brahms, Grieg, Debussy, Bartok, Nielsen, Asheim, all for SIMAX Classics. Their Debussy and Grieg recording received the Diapason d'Or. Their most recent SIMAX release is of Beethoven's Op.130 and Op.133. Vertavo Quartet are Artistic Directors of Vertavofestivalen held annually in Norway.

Annabelle plays a violin by Francesco Goffriller.


Simon Crawford-Phillips

Simon Crawford-Phillips - piano

Simon Crawford-Phillips has established an extraordinarily varied career as soloist, chamber musician, lieder accompanist and most recently as a conductor. Performances this season include recitals from Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw and the Royal Festival Hall together with artists such as Pekka Kuusisto, Anthony Marwood, Mark Padmore, Lawrence Power, the Elias Quartet, Kungsbacka Piano Trio and the Colin Currie Group. As a conductor he makes his debut with Musica Vitae, Dala Sinfonietta and Västerås Sinfonietta and returns to the Swedish Radio Orchestra as well as assisting Daniel Harding at the Verbier festival. He has recently given world premieres of music by Steve Reich, Mark-Anthony Turnage as well as working alongside Sofia Gubaidulina, Simon Holt, Colin Matthews and Huw Watkins. In June 2010, Simon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. He holds a teaching positions at the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama. CDs due for release this year are on the Hyperion, Channel Classics and LSO live labels.


Vilde Frang

Vilde Frang - violin

Vilde Frang’s profound musicianship and exceptional lyricism has elevated her as one of the leading and most individual young artists today. In 2016 she made her acclaimed debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle as part of their Europa Konzert. Regularly appearing with the world’s leading orchestras, her recent highlights have included performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Dallas Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris. Vilde Frang is an exclusive Warner Classics artist and her recordings have received numerous awards. She is the recipient of the Edison Klassiek Award, Classic BRIT Award, “Diapason d’Or” by Diapason Magazine, Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and Echo Klassik Award. She also received a Gramophone Award in the Concerto category for her recording of Korngold’s Violin Concerto and Britten’s Violin Concerto.


John Myerscough

John Myerscough - cello

John Myerscough is the cellist of the Doric String Quartet. Regular visitors to Wigmore Hall since 2010, the Quartet has recorded exclusively for Chandos Records and has released recordings of works by Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Walton, Korngold, Janacek, John Adams and Brett Dean. Recent concert highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverien and in Zurich, Hong Kong, Sydney, Vancouver, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, as well as at venues and festivals across Europe. In 2015, the Quartet was appointed as ‘Teaching Quartet in Association’ at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and starting in 2018 will be the Artistic Directors of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival in Scotland. In 2006, John won the Gold Medal and First Prize at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition and has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall and the Holywell Music Rooms in Oxford, as well as at the Brighton, Cambridge, Edinburgh Fringe and Kings Lynn Festivals and abroad in Australia, France, New Zealand and Singapore. He is also the founder and co-artistic director of the cello octet ‘Cellophony’. John was born in London and studied at the University of Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.


Pavel Kolesnikov

Pavel Kolesnikov - piano

London-based Pavel Kolesnikov was born in Siberia into a family of scientists. He studied both the piano and violin for ten years, before concentrating solely on the piano. He has studied at Moscow State Conservatory with Sergey Dorensky and at London’s Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher. Since becoming Prize Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano (Canada) in 2012, Pavel has toured the word extensively. His debut studio recording was released on the Hyperion label to critical acclaim and in 2016 Hyperion released his disc of the Chopin Mazurkas. This was greeted with worldwide praise from critics, winning a Diapason D’Or Award and also being named in the Top 25 Cultural ‘Best of 2016” by The Daily Telegraph. His newest disc of the piano music of Louis Couperin was released on the Hyperion label in March 2018. Pavel made his BBC Proms debut during the summer of 2016 performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 2 with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. He returned to the BBC Proms in summer 2017 for a sold-out Chopin recital at Cadogan Hall. Most recently Pavel has performed with the BBC Symphony and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras UK as well as European tours with the Czech National Symphony and Flanders Symphony Orchestras. He also gave recitals in the Louvre, Paris, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid, and the Saitama Arts Theatre, Japan. Upcoming orchestral appearances include Russia’s National Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.


Adrian Brendel

Adrian Brendel - cello

One of the most versatile and original Cellists of his generation, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher. His early immersion in the core classical repertoire inspired an enduring fascination that has led to encounters with many fine musicians at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. His discovery of contemporary music through the works of Kurtag, Kagel and Ligeti in his teenage years opened a new and vital avenue that he continues to explore with huge enthusiasm alongside his passion for jazz and world music. In 2014 he became a member of the Nash Ensemble of London.

Projects with contemporary composers and conductors such as Kurtag, Thomas Adès and Peter Eötvös among others inspired him to cultivate new music in his concert programmes wherever possible. A three-year project with Sir Harrison Birtwistle led to premieres of his song cycle Bogenstrich and a piano trio released on the ECM label. He also premiered York Hoeller’s cello concerto Mouvements with NDR Hamburg alongside Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Canto di Speranza.


Timothy Ridout

Timothy Ridout - viola

Engagements this season include appearances as soloist with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Sinfonia Cymru and Young Musicians European Orchestra (in Israel). He returns to Wigmore Hall, makes his debut in Tokyo (Musashino Hall), performs George Benjamin’s Viola, Viola at the Southbank Centre on the invitation of Tabea Zimmermann, and gives recitals at Saffron Hall, the Newbury and Kilkenny Festivals. In 2017 Champs Hill released his first CD of music by Vieuxtemps to critical acclaim.

Sought after as a chamber musician during 2018 Timothy takes part in the Heimbach (Germany), Valdres Sommersymfoni (Norway), Boswil and Musikdorf Ernen Festivals (Switzerland); and undertakes projects at the Musikverein (Vienna), Louvre and Salle Cortot in Paris. He collaborates with Sir Andras Schiff, Steven Isserlis, Lawrence Power, Nobuko Imai, Frank Dupree, Frans Helmerson, Christian Tetzlaff, Isabelle Faust, Pavel Kolesnikov and Gabor Takács-Nagy.

Future engagements include his debut at the Konzerthaus Berlin, a residency with Baden-Baden Philharmonie and a performance of the Walton Concerto with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich.


Tim Crawford

Tim Crawford - violin

Tim is currently a student of Alexander Janiczek, and attends the Guildhall School of Music on a scholarship for the duration of his studies. Previously, he studied privately with Simon Fischer while attending the Junior Royal Academy.

Tim was recently awarded first prize in the Under 18 North London Festival Recital class, joint-second in the D'Addario String Prize 2014, Brent Young Musician of the Year 2014, and won all available prizes at the Junior Academy of Music. He has participated in masterclasses with violinists Mi-Kyung Lee, Daniel Hope, Andras Keller and Philippe Graffin on courses across Europe.

Although still studying for his undergraduate degree, Tim has been invited to the International Musicians Seminars Open Chamber Music Sessions in Cornwall in both 2014 and 2015, a highlight at which has been playing Alban Berg’s own arrangement of the Adagio from his Kammer Konzert for Piano, Violin and Clarinet with clarinetist Matt Hunt and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute. Having recently performed Mozart’s 2nd Violin Concerto in D major at Wembley Arena and Chausson’s “Poème” with the Ernst Read Symphony Orchestra he now looks forward to a performance of Glazunov’s Violin Concerto with Camden Symphony Orchestra.


Ting-Ru Lai

Ting-Ru Lai - viola

Violist Ting-Ru Lai was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She graduated from New England Conservatory with Dimitri Murrath, and participated in masterclasses with Nobuko Imai, Thomas Riebl, Lars Anders Tomter, Hartmut Rohde, Itzhak Perlman and Donald Weilerstein.

She was selected to the semi-finals in the 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition and was a finalist at the International Hugo Kauder Competition for Viola, and won the Queens Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. As a dedicated chamber musician, Ting-Ru has performed in festivals including the Mozart Festival in Spain, Festival NEXT GENERATION in Switzerland, Perlman Music Program, Taos School of Music and Nobuko Imai Viola Masterclass’ New Year Concert.

Ting-Ru is now enrolled in the Artist Diploma program at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno, and is also a scholarship recipient at the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein and participates regularly in intensive weeks and activities of the Academy.


Léa Hennino

Lea Hennino - viola

Born in 1991, Léa Hennino graduated with Bachelor and Masters degrees in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSM) where she studied with Sabine Toutain (principal in Orchestre National de France). From september 2014 -2016 Léa studied at Zurich Hochschule der Kunste with Lawrence Power (soloist diploma).

Lea has been a prize winner at the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Competition, second prize at the National Competition for Young Violists and third prize at the International Competition in Germany Wolfgang Marschner. Her sensitive and original playing also helped her to win the first prize and the SACEM prize at the European Competition for Young Soloists in Luxembourg. Prieuré, Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival... She also took part in a European tour of the complete Mozart's string quintets with Renaud Capucon, Clemens Hagen, Alina Ibragimova and Gérard Caussé.

Next concerts includes among other projects with the Dissonances Ensemble, Festival de St Côme, Maison Natale de Claude Debussy, Festival de Pâques d'Aix en Provence, Amsterdamse Cello Biënnale, Festival Melusicales, Fondation Singer-Polignac, Festival de Pâques et d'août de Deauville, Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival ... Léa is also regulary invited to play in the Orchestre National de France. Lea is now playing a viola by Charles Coquet made for her in May 2014.




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