Slovenian-born, London-based violinist lana trotovsek, described as "radiant" by Washington Post was a student of Ruggiero Ricci. In September 2014 she appeared in two concerts with Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and made her debut with Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in 2012 with Prokofiev Concerto No.1. Trotovsek has performed in the Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Frits Phillips in Eindhoven and elsewhere in Europe, China, UAE and USA. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Arte TV (France) and RTV (Slovenia). Lana has recorded for Meridian, Signum, Champs Hill and Hedone records. Her performances in 2015/16 include a coffee concert recital in the Wigmore Hall in June, Tchaikovsky concerto with RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and conductor George Pehlivanian, Tchaikovsky concerto with Sarajevo Philharmonic and conductor Uros Lajovic, Brahms concerto with Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Michigan in USA, Beethoven concerto with Zagreb Philharmonic in Lisinski Hall with conductor Hans Graf and Mendelssohn concerto with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Dirk Brosse in USA. Trotovsek has already performed with a number of orchestras including the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, Slovenian Philharmonic, Lithuanian
Chamber Orchestra, RTS Symphony Orchestra Belgrade, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Concert Verein Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Slovenian Philharmonic among others. Trotovsek has an extensive chamber music repertoire. She was the violinist of the Greenwich Trio, whose cellist was Stjepan Hauser (now member of the 2cellos) and pianist Yoko Misumi. They have won a number of prizes and awards including the George Solti Award and the Tunnell Trust Award and were protégées of Bernard Greenhouse. From 2011- 213, Lana was also the leading violinist of the Badke Quartet, the winners of Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. She started to play the violin when she was 4. At the age of 17, Lana was taken under the auspices of Ruggiero Ricci, who was her mentor for 18 months. She has also been guided by Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, Pierre Amoyal, Tasmin Little, Georgy Pauk, Edith Peinemann, Bernard Greenhouse and Menahem Pressler and has studied with Vasko Vassilev and Rivka Golani at Trinity College of Music and at the Royal College of Music in London with Itzhak Rashkovsky. Lana Trotovsek was the recipient of the Prešseren Award of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, which she received for her performance of the Khachaturian violin concerto in Slovenian Philharmonic Hall with Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra under the button of George Pehlivanian in 2005. She plays on Pietro Antonio dalla Costa violin made in 1750 on a loan from a private benefactor.
more info about the artist www.lanatrotovsek.info
stefan ćirić was born in 1986 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. After commencing his piano studies at the age of 6, remarkable early progress led to success in several national and international competitions (Italy, France). As well as concerts and television appearances in Yugoslavia, he has already toured as soloist outside of his country, notably in Amsterdam, Utrecht and London. His orchestral engagements include concerts with the Stanislav Binički Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and London Soloists Chamber Orchestra.
Stefan studied initially at the Mokranjac Music School in his native Belgrade. He continued at the Purcell School and in 2008 graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London and completed his MA course in 2010 working with Sulamita Aronovsky. In 2003, Stefan won top Prize and Audience Prize in the Cantù International Piano & Orchestra Competition, Italy. His performances in Sala Verdi, Milan and the South Bank, London were received to great critical acclaim and he returned to Italy for a recital tour in 2004 which brought further enthusiastic response.
Subsequent performances included Mozart Concerto K.488 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London which prompted glowing reviews, recitals at Hurstwood Music Series, a return to Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade and Rachmaninov Concerto No.3 with the YMSO at St. John’s, Smith Square, London, followed by an outstanding performance of Beethoven Concerto No.4.
Highlights in recent seasons were performances of Mozart Concerto K.595 at Cadogan Hall, London with the London Soloists Orchestra and in Austria with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and a concert tour of China- all attracting praise to the exceptional talent and supreme accomplishment of Stefan Ćirić. Among later successes he lists prizes in International Piano Competitions in Gorizia, Italy and
Jaén, Spain in 2008 and a most impressive Canadian debut at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto which was received with a standing ovation. In 2009 he was recipient of the Wigmore Hall Award from the Royal Academy of Music and most recently won the top Prize and Audience Prize at the 60thViotti International Piano Competition in Vercelli, Italy. Subsequent engagements included concerts with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Italy and Stefan’s debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Next season Stefan will return for performances in Spain, Serbia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Italy and the UK.
more about the artist www.stefanciric.com
London-based Slovenian flautist boris bizjak graduated from the ENMP "Alfred Cortot" in Paris, where he obtained the "Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste" guided by renowned French flautist Pierre Yves Artaud (CNSMDP).
Throughout his studies Boris won number of classical flute competitions - he is a 1st prizewinner of the International Flute Competition in Picardie, France. Three times 1st prizewinner of the Slovenian National Flute Competition and twice prizewinner of the Slovenian National Chamber Music Competition.
Boris was granted a number of concerts as the young Slovenian music artist winner as well as a scholarship for postgraduate studies abroad by the Slovenian Ministry of Culture.
He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Slovenia, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Cyprus, Croatia, Serbia, The Netherlands and China in halls such as the Beijing Concert Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall and Gallus Hall in Cankarjev Dom.
His performances are broadcast by classical radio worldwide in North America, South America, Asia, Australia / New Zealand / South Africa & Europe.
He is currently actively performing as a soloist and a chamber musician. His recent performance with British pianist Simon Lane at 62. Ljubljana Festival was publicly and critically acclaimed. Recent collaboration as a soloist with orchestra includes City of London Chamber Orchestra, London Euphonia Orchestra, Solisti Divini and Slovenian Philharmonic String Ensemble.
The newest CD release with flutist Marko Zupan and pianist Yoko Misumi, “Music for two Flutes and Piano” of classical and romantic era, features
a world premiere recording of a romantic masterpiece by Johannes Frederik Frohlich - Duet in C minor and a new arrangement of W. A. Mozart's Sonata for two pianos in D Major K. 448 / 375a.
Boris is also founder of Hedone Records and cofounder of Blackheath International Chamber Music Festival.
more about the artist www.borisbizjak.co.uk
Violinist yuka ishizuka has recently made her “stunning performance” (Stratford Herald) debut with London Mozart Players and been described as an “irresistible” artist (Music and Vision) and brought a “lyrical outpouring of purest joy”. Her performing highlights include Suntory Hall (Blue Rose) in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall London, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Kings Place London, Fairfield Halls, West Road Concert Hall Cambridge, Steinway Hall, and as soloist, has performed with Croydon Symphony Orchestra, Guildford Symphony Orchestra, Camden Chamber Orchestra, Academy Strings Orchestra at Royal Academy of Music, with whom she premiered the Mozart Concerto for Violin and Piano by Dr. Tim Jones in 2010. Being an active chamber musician, Yuka has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Robert Cohen as well as Maurice Hasson with whom she performed the Double Bach Violin Concerto. She currently is a member of Ianthe Ensemble – Horn Trio.
Yuka is a recipient of numerous award and prizes including the 2nd Prize at Windsor International String Competition, where she performed for HRH The Earl of Wessex. Winning the Tunnell Trust Artist Award with her duo partner, Ji Liu, Yuka has also won Tillett Trust Young Artist Platform Award, Worshipful Company of Musicians Award, Rohm Music Foundation, Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society Artists Award, the Philharmonia Orchestra Martyn Musical Scholarship, the first prize at the International Young Musicians’ Competition in Italy, Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Chamber Music Competition, Winfield Small Solo Violin Prize and Harold Craxton Chamber Music Prize at Royal Academy of Music.
Her festival appearances include Salzburg Mozarteum Summer Academy, Pablo Casals Festival, Perlman Music Program, Prussia Cove International Music Seminar, where she worked with Ana Chumachenco, Schmuel Ashkanasi, Igor Oistrakh, Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, David Takeno, Gyorgy Pauk and Gerard Poulet.
Yuka holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts from Royal Academy of Music with the first class honors and the highest violin exam mark ever at Academy, where she studied with Maurice Hasson and Tomotada Soh.
Born in Kyoto to a musical family, yoko misumi started her piano lessons as a young child, showing her talent and musicianship at a very early age. At 14 she was a prize-winner of the Kyoto Piano Competition. After graduating from the Kyoto Music High School, she moved to London to continue her studies with Nina Sereda and Martino Tirimo.
As a soloist, Yoko has collaborated with conductors such as James Judd and Barry Wordsworth. She has performed in the Kyoto Concert Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Adrian Boult Hall. She has participated in master classes with Stephen Kovacevich, Menahem Pressler, Bernard Greenhouse, Dietrich Banhoeffer, Neal Larrabee, Elisabeth Dvorak-Weissmar, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ralph Kirshbaum, Rivka Golani, William Aide, Norma Fischer and Dmitri Alexeev. Yoko is the recipient of several prizes and awards, among them the First Prize of the John Longmire Beethoven Competition, Second Prize of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Intercollegiate competition. As a chamber musician and accompanist, Yoko has performed in Japan, New Zealand, USA and Europe and has recorded for Meridian, Hedone and Denmore records.
For many years Yoko was a member of the Greenwich Trio, with violinist Lana Trotovsek and cellist Stjepan Hauser ( now a member of 2cellos). Together they won a number of prizes and awards and were protégés of Bernard Greenhouse.
roma cafolla was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, into a well known musical family and began composing at an early age. A life in the teaching profession gave way to ill health and it was then after a forced early retirement that her compositional talent blossomed.
She has become an established composer and was a regular contributor to BBC "Children’s Hour". She was introduced to Leslie Craven (Principal Clarinet of Welsh National Opera) by her sister (herself a former member of Welsh National Opera) and this sparked a revival of her love of the clarinet and collaboration with him produced much of her recent music.
Her music is lyrical, melodious, expressive, often passionate in mood with both Celtic and Italianate influences running through her family bloodline which is evident in her music. Her works include many for woodwind, strings and brass instruments and numerous ensembles of varied instrumentation. She has a particular love of song and has produced a wide portfolio with many different lyricists. She is a strong protagonist of music in education and interests include ballet, reading and gardening.
Many of the works originally composed for clarinet and piano or clarinet and harp have been re-arranged to incorporate the virtuoso talents of friends Lana Trotovšek, Yoko Misumi, Katherine Thomas, Patrick King and Boris Bizjak. Roma also added pieces specially for this CD to enable recording engineer/producer Boris Bizjak to be part of the CD and to display the beauty of his flute playing. The double CD, titled Inspirations, is now available from Leslie Craven - and from Roma Cafolla - www.romacafolla.co.uk.
Roma Cafolla's music is currently published by Forton Music and Roma is prolific in her work, generating ideas for new compositions on a daily basis.
more info about the artist www.romacafolla.co.uk
leslie craven was born in London in 1953 and began learning clarinet at the age of seven and later studied at both Royal Academy (with Christopher Ball) and Royal College of Music (with Sidney Fell). He was invited to play with the London Philharmonic when he was just eleven years old and played Walton’s first symphony in rehearsal with Colin Davis ( later to become Sir Colin Davis).
He is currently Principal Clarinettist of Welsh National Opera, a position he has held for twenty years. Before joining W.N.O. he played in performances and recorded with the major London orchestras: L.S.O., R.P.O, Philharmonia London Chamber Orchestra and the London Musici and the was one of London's most sought after “session” studio musicians for T.V., films and commercials.
Leslie has broadcast many of the major works for clarinet on radio networks around the world. He has given recitals and concerto performances in America, Canada, South Africa, most of Europe and parts of Asia.
T.V. broadcasts include numerous concerts with Welsh National Opera and T.V. solo appearances include the Fantasia on Verdi’s “La Traviata”, Mozart Clarinet Concerto and the obligato to the Mozart aria “ Parto! Parto! ” for B.B.C. TV’s Singer of the World.
He has inspired many composers to write and dedicate works to him including: Roma Cafolla, Vasco Hexel and Christopher Ball (Clarinet Concerto - Quantum QM 7040). Numerous works written for Leslie can be heard on the C.D. “Expressions”(Clarinet Classics CC0059). Leslie plays his own design "CRAVEN" model mouthpiece which is used by many top players worldwide. He uses Leblanc Opus Clarinets with Backun Bells, MARCA reeds and Silverstein ligatures. He has recorded numerous CDs among which, two recordings of Brahms and Rota Sonatas in 2010 with Michael Pollock and trios by Beethoven Brahms and Bruch with Stjepan Hauser (of "2CELLOS" fame and Yoko Misumi piano on Dinmore Records DRD 224 & 225) gained four and five stars respectively in B.B.C. music magazine. The disc Romantic Trios disc was nominated for a B.B.C. music magazine chamber award. In the summer 2013 he recorded a new clarinet quintet written for him by Christopher Ball, (Musical Concepts MC151) which has been broadcast on Classic FM.
He is among the world’s most respected teachers and pedagogues and his book: 'Instant Help for Playing and Teaching the Clarinet', is recommended reading for the A.B.R.S.M. Diploma course. Leslie gives lessons and classes throughout U.K. and abroad but also finds time for hobbies such as Fly fishing, watching Cricket and tending to Bonsai trees as well as walking on the hills around Monmouth in the beautiful Wye Valley where he lives.
more about the artist www.lesliecraven.co.uk
Described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘in a class of his own’, in 2012 james baillieu won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award and a Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust Award. Sought after as an accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, during 2012/13 James curated a series exploring the chamber music and songs of Poulenc and Hahn at Brighton Festival, worked with Thomas Quastoff at the Verbier Festival, appeared as soloist with the Ulster Orchestra (broadcast by Radio 3), took part in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and recorded for BBC Radio 3 with Ben Johnson and Robin Tritschler. He gave recitals at Wigmore Hall with Lisa Milne, Sophie Bevan, Ian Bostridge, Ailish Tynan, Kathryn Rudge, Mark Padmore and Adam Walker and released two CDs: Britten Canticles with Ben Johnson for Signum, and Vocalise with Adam Walker for Opus Arte. As a soloist he appeared in the Nottingham and Leeds International Series.
Engagements this season include a Mozart Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, a recital at Wigmore Hall with Mark Padmore, recordings for Radio 3 with the Signum Quartet and Ruby Hughes, and performances of Schubert’s Winterreise with Marcus Farnsworth. He also takes part in the Leeds Lieder Festival and records two new CDs for Champs Hill with Katherine Broderick, Kathryn Rudge and the Heath Quartet.James has been the prize-winner of the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Das Lied International Song Competition, Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber Competitions. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2010. Born in South Africa, James studied at the University of Cape Town and the Royal Academy of Music where he is now a Professor.
more about the artist www.askonasholt.co.uk/artists/accompanists/james-baillieu
The Latvian pianist olga jegunova makes every performance fresh and compelling. She possesses a remarkable musical imagination combined with a seriousness of purpose and discipline. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to Schnittke, Scarlatti to Bartok and includes much contemporary repertoire, not least some new works composed especially for her.
Olga has gained an enviable reputation as soloist and recitalist, not least winning many major international piano competitions. These include the Ginette Gaubert competition in Paris and the Steinway-Förderpreis in Hamburg. She has been a prize-winner at the Maryse Cheilan competition in France, the Stasys Vainiunas competition in Vilnius, the Animato competition in Zurich, and was a semi-finalist at the prestigious Geza Anda Concours in Zurich.
Beginning her musical studies in her native Latvia (B.Mus at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy), Olga moved to Germany (M.Mus at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg) and Great Britain (Royal College of Music’s Artist Diploma course as an RCM scholar under Dmitri Alexeev, and Royal Northern College of Music where her piano teacher was Norma Fisher).
Her studies have been supported by innumerable scholarships and awards including Socrates Erasmus, Acroyd Trust, LMN, Izglītības fonds, Kultūrkapitāla fonds, RCM scholarship and DOM Stiftung.
Olga regularly performs at festivals across Europe. These include Gstaad Piano academy, Edinburgh International Festival, Deal Festival, IMS Prussia Cove and Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival.
Olga Jegunova is very interested in working with other groups of artists. She played the piano in the “Noureev & Friends” performance in the Palais Des Congrès in Paris in 2013 and has worked with the storyteller Jan Blake to create the Peter and the Wolf performance for children.
Olga Jegunova played for the Latvian Presidency’s annual Burns Supper in Brussels and played before HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Olga has participated in numerous master classes with such luminaries as Andras Schiff, Ferenz Rados, Elisso Virsaladze, Mikhail Voskresensky and Lazar Berman. As a soloist she has collaborated with conductors such as Saulius Sondeckis, Alexander Soddy, Andres Mustonen, Muhai Tang and Valery Ovsianikov, and appeared with ensembles and orchestras such as the Sinfonia Concertante, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Pasdeloup Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Olga also is a very keen chamber musician.
Since 2009, she has worked as a performer for Live Music Now, a charity providing live music in the concert hall as well as in the welfare, educational, justice and health sectors. Olga teaches piano to students of Queen Mary London University.
Olga Jegunova was invited to work as a compare at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. This competition was streamed live over the Internet by Medici TV. BBC Arabic interviewed Olga Jegunova about classical music and how it makes a difference to our humanity.
In December 2015 Olga Jegunova launched a charity called OlgaRhythm to support talented music students of all ages.
marko zupan studied in Paris with Pierre- Yves Artaud and later in Salzburg with Irena Grafenauer. He participated in numerous masterclasses led by world renowned flutists like Aurele Nicolet, Peter-Lukas Graf and Emmanuel Pahud. He has won many prizes at the slovenian national competitions and also at the international music competitions (Trieste, Picardie, Belgrad, Braunschweig). In 2008 he became solo flutist in the Sudetian Philharmonic and a year later in the Philharmonic orchestra of Brandenburg state theatre in Cottbus. Since 2009 he has been living and working as a freelance artist in Berlin. Playing as a solo flutist with Berliner Symphoniker, Philharmonia of the Nations, Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam or Evian festival orchestra, member of different chamber music ensembles, soloist in recitals or with orchestra, he gave concerts in USA, Japan, China, Vietnam, Alegeria and throughout Europe. Recently he recorded two CD’s, one with Trio Susak(flute, saxophone, piano) and the other with flutist Boris Bizjak and pianist Yoko Misumi, featuring music for two flutes and piano. Since october 2010 he is assistant professor at the Academy of music in Split, Croatia. In 2013 he published Flute orchestral excerpts arranged for flute quartet with the Svitzer editions, a pedagogical method to help mastering soloflute orchestral repertoire. As a part of his pedagogical activities, he is also giving a masterclass in Kaštela, Croatia.He is founder and artistic director of International Music Festival “Ursus”.
Born in Girona, Spain, maria canyigueral studied in the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceu in Barcelona with Michel Wagemans, with André de Groote in Brussels and Nino Kereselidze in Madrid.
In 2011 she moved to London, her current residence, where she completed a Master of Arts in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying piano with Prof. Sulamita Aronovsky. Her studies were generously supported by the foundation Agustí Pedro i Pons and she graduated obtaining the Dorothy Bryant Award.
As a soloist, she has been finalist in the XII Concours International de piano d’ Ille de France (2010) and in the XI Festival de joves músics de Catalunya (2008).
Maria has performed both as a solo pianist (and as soloist with orchestra) and as chamber musician in numerous prestigious venues, including the Saló dels Miralls of Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Auditorium Caixa Forum, the Auditorium La Pedrera in Barcelona, St Martin in the Fields, Fundación Juan March (Madrid), St. James's Piccadilly, among others. Some of her performances have been broadcasted by Radio Catalunya Música, UPV RadioTelevision and BTV.
In 2013, she did the UK Premiére of “Sí, a Montsalvatge” by Benet Casablancas in the Regent Hall (London). She has collaborated several times with the Iberian Latin American Music Society (ILAMS), "the first and only organisation dedicated to the study, performance and promotion of Iberian and Latin American classical music in the UK".Maria is also in great demand as an experienced chamber music player. From 2009 she has collaborated with the violinist Maria Florea (“original and refreshing, representing the strength of the new generation of musicians”. Jorge de Persia. La Vanguardia).
With the violinist Marisol Lee, they won the second prize in the Wifrid Parry Prize (London, 2012).
Together with the cellist Mathias Johansen, they were one of the six ensembles, out of 87, selected to participate in the chamber music festival Fundación Monteleón 2013. Maria is also a member founder of the Ianthe Ensemble. They won the second prize in the Max Pirani Trio Prize (2013). Working closely with the Spanish-Catalan composer Víctor Estapé he has composed "Windows of Meaning" (2014) dedicated especially for the ensemble, which, recently, they premiered in the Festival "Músicos del Mundo", organized by Fundación Eutherpe.Together with the cellist Alex Rolton, they won the second prize in the "Concurso Internacional de Música de Cámara Antón García Abril" (May 2014. Granada, Spain).
She recently record a CD together with the violinist Lana Trotovsek, for Hedone Records.