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    Kumi Matsuo - piano

    Kumi Matsuo - piano

    Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. Winner of the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition in 2013, she has also won Second Prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan in 2006, Prize winner at the 22nd Ferrol International Piano Competition in 2008 and First Prize at the 6th Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in 2012.

    Kumi graduated from the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. She gained an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music in Performance at the Royal College of Music. Kumi studied piano with Jyoko Gondo, Mikhail Voskresensky, John Blakely and Ashley Wass and chamber music with Jan Repko. Her study was supported by the Charles Napper Award, the Russell Gander Award and the Rohm Music Foundation.

    Kumi won RCM concerto competition and played Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left Hand in Cadogan Hall with RCM Sinfonietta. She played Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No.1 with RCM Chamber Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski and performed Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with RCM Symphony Orchestra under Martin André. Kumi has played solo and chamber music in UK, USA, France, Holland, Poland, Romania, India and Japan and performed as a soloist with many orchestras such as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Banatul Symphony Orchestra, and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She recently gave her New York debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall.

    Kumi is now the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music.

    Natasha Day - soprano

    Natasha Day - soprano

    Scottish-Polish soprano Natasha Day previously trained at The English National Opera on the 2012/13 'Opera Works' course. She is completing her final year at the Royal College of Music's International Opera School where she is a Fishmongers' Company Scholar supported by an Ian Evans Lombe Award, under the tutelage of Dinah Harris.

    Roles include Poppea Agrippina (English Touring Opera), Mimi La Boheme (Haddo House Opera), Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring, Lisetta La Gazzetta and Le Feu/Le Rossignol L'Enfant et les Sortileges (RCM), First Lady Magic Flute (RCM, Nevill Holt Opera), Micaela Carmen (Winslow Hall Opera, Edinburgh Grand Opera), Jessie Mahagonny Songspiel (UNAM) in Mexico City, Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte (The Rye Festival), Musetta La Boheme (Park Opera) and the title role in Handel's Acis and Galatea (Westminster Opera, Woodhouse Opera). Concert engagements include Brahms' Requiem, Berlioz's La Mort de Cleopatre, Strauss' Four Last Songs, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Mozart's Mass in C Minor Requiem, Coronation Mass, Exsultate Jubilate and various recitals throughout the UK.

    Natasha won First Prize at the Złote Głosy Competition in Warsaw, Second Prize at The Filharmonia Czestochowska Competition also in Poland and The Most Promising Singer Award at the Emmy Destinn Competition in Prague.

    Nuno Carapina - violin

    Nuno Carapina - violin

    Portuguese-born violinist Nuno Carapina has performed widely in Europe, United States, South Korea and Brazil.

    After finishing his undergraduate studies in Lisbon, Nuno moved to London to study in the Royal Academy of Music under Erich Gruenberg, graduating in 2012 with distinction.

    A passionate chamber musician, Nuno is a member of the Valido Quartet and the 12 Ensemble.

    As an orchestral player, Nuno has performed with many of the United Kingdom's top orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where he is on trial. From September, Nuno will join the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as a member of the first violins.

    Nuno plays a Vissenaire Fréres (Lyon) violin, from 1877.

    Julia Loucks - violin

    Julia Loucks - violin

    Born in Montréal, Julia pursued her postgraduate studies with Itzhak Rashkovksy and Laura Samuel at the Royal College of Music. Since graduating in 2012, she recently joined the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in London, France, Austria, Germany, Canada, and cities throughout England and Wales.

    She was a member of Southbank Sinfonia in 2013, during which time she appeared as a soloist with Piazzolla's "Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas", as well as taking part in chamber music concerts in the Purcell Room for the Rest is Noise Festival and the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House.

    While studying at the RCM, Julia was a Frederick Johnston Scholar supported by an Astor award. She has received generous support from the Williamson Foundation and Dartington School, as well as the Afternoon Music Club of Phoenixville and Matt Bailey Memorial Scholarships, both of which are awarded to a student pursuing music performance at a major university or conservatory. Julia is a founding member of the London-based Live Film Orchestra, and Chamber Music Without Borders, a music outreach program based in Montreal.

    Stephanie Childress – violin

    Stephanie Childress – violin

    Stephanie started playing the violin at the age of six and is currently learning the violin with Mark Messenger, Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music in London. She has attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department since 2008 where she studies violin, piano, voice and is the Leader of the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

    Stephanie has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician as well as in semi professional orchestras. She is leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 2015.

    Among many prizes, Stephanie won the Hugh Bean Competition and the Marjorie Humby Competition at the Royal College of Music. She was a prize winner at the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year and the Abingdon Concerto Competition in 2014. She also won the LSO String Academy Candide Award in July 2014. She won the first prize for under 18, the Duke of Devonshire Award and was Runner up at the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition.

    Stephanie is passionate about opera having seen over 100 productions. Her other love is conducting, she is busy learning scores at every opportunity and attends as many Conducting Workshops as time allows.

    Yume Fujise - violin

    Yume Fujise - violin

    Yume is a 21 year-old violinist born in Japan, she has established herself internationally. She received the first prize in the Trinity College London Competition and Silver medal at the EuroAsia International Competition.

    She was offered a full scholarship to the Conservatoire National de Paris and was also accepted to the Juilliard School and the Yehudi Menuhin School. She has performed solo with many orchestras such as Braddel Heights Orchestra, SNYTO, The Hague Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Chamber Orchestra and the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. Yume has participated in masterclasses with among others Takaya Urakawa, Petru Munteanu, Sergey Kravchenko, Sungsic Yang, David Cerone, Zvi Zeitlin, Phillippe Graffin, Shlomo Mintz and Zakhar Bron.

    Yume is being supported by the Hattori Foundation andis a Soirée d'Or Scholar supported by the Lee Abbey Award from The Royal College of Music where she currently studies with Mark Messenger as well as with Boris Kuschnir in Vienna.

    She plays on a J.B Guadagnini 1753 which has been generously loaned to her by Mr. & Mrs. Rin Kei Mei.

    Joseph Fisher – viola

    Joseph Fisher – viola

    Somerset Born, Joseph was a scholarship student at Wells Cathedral School and then completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in 2011, whilst at the Academy he was the principal violist in the symphony and concert orchestras, he was also a member of the Royal Academy of Music Soloists. As a member of the Southbank Sinfonia in 2013, he performed in various venues around the UK and worked closely with the top Orchestras of London, including the Royal Opera House, BBC Concert Orchestra and Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He appeared as a Soloist with this Southbank Sinfonia performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante. In February 2015 he was invited back to Southbank Sinfonia as a soloist to play Bloch's Prayer for a concert at JW3.

    Now living in Manchester, he is taking part in the Hallé String Leadership Scheme playing frequently with the Hallé orchestra. Also he is currently on trial with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.

    Tom Congdon - viola

    Tom Congdon - viola

    Tom started playing violin at the age of seven then switched to viola aged seventeen. He currently studies with Gina McCormack at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Tom has performed in ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, Sinfonia Cymru, Skipton Camerata and RNCM Symphony Orchestra performing in venues such as Berlin Konzerthaus, St. David's Hall and Sage Gateshead. Also a keen chamber musician, Tom has performed in chamber concerts around Wales. Tom has also been invited to the '2015 Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte' in Italy to give concerts with the Montford String Quartet as well as other chamber and orchestral engagements.

    Previous teachers include Diana Cummings and Susie Meszaros. Tom has received masterclasses from teachers such as Nobuko Imai, Lisa Berthaud, Henk Guittart and Thomas Riebl. Tom plays on a 1953 Ernest Voigt Viola which waspurchased with the help of the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation.

    Davina Shum - cello

    Davina Shum - cello

    Davina was born in Auckland, New Zealand and studied at the University of Auckland and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Across New Zealand and Australia she has performed with many ensembles, including holding the Manchester Cello Fellowship with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2008 and was a member of the Sydney Sinfonia from 2009-2011. In 2013 Davina joined the Southbank Sinfonia. Highlights included working with artists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Edward Gardner and Charles Hazlewood; projects with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and performing in venues such as the Royal Opera House, the Southbank Centre, Barbican Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Davina currently performs as a freelance orchestral and chamber musician, recording session artist and solo recitalist which have taken her to China, South Africa, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, and various destinations in the UK. Davina also enjoys inspiring her cello students of all ages and has been an orchestral coach and private tutor in Auckland, Sydney and London.

    Jamal Aliyev - cello

    Jamal Aliyev - cello

    Jamal began his musical studies at age five with his first teacher and beloved grandfather Kara Aliyev in Turkey before moving to the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2008, with a full scholarship to study with professor Thomas Carroll who he is currently continuing with at the Royal College of Music.

    Jamal is the winner of three international competitions, Trakya International Competition, Muriel Taylor Cello Competition and V. Antonio Janigro International Competition as well as the winner of Royal College of Music "RCM Concerto Competition 2014" and "RCM Violoncello Competition 2014".

    As well as performing with BBC Concert Orchestra, Aliyev has collaborated as a soloist on several occasions with orchestras such as; Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey, Dogus Cocuk Symphony Orchestra, RCM Classical, Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra and Kennemer Jeugd Orkest. He is also a keen chamber musician and performs frequently with his trio.

    Matt Glendening - clarinet

    Matt Glendening - clarinet

    Matt, aged 17, is a music scholar at Nottingham High School. Since September 2011 he has studied clarinet with Anthony Bailey and piano with Neil Roxburgh in London at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. He is principal clarinettist in the RCMJD Symphony Orchestra and a member of the wind dectet. For the past three years Matt has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, performing with world-renowned conductors in many prestigious venues across the UK including the Royal Albert Hall in London in the BBC Proms.

    Amongst other prizes, Matt recently won the Royal College of Music 2015 Gordon Turner Memorial Competition, and was the woodwind winner in the Nottingham Young Musician of the Year Competition in 2013.

    Matt has had numerous solo and chamber music performance opportunities, which include performing Spohr's 4th Clarinet Concerto at St Mary's Church in Nottingham with the Orchestra of the Restoration and a solo recital in the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall in London in the Classical Coffee Mornings series.

    Josh Barnett - saxophone

    Josh Barnett - saxophone

    Josh is 17 years old, and began piano at the age of 6 and saxophone when we was 12, before enrolling as a student at the Royal College of Music in 2013. He studies classical and jazz saxophone with Katie Samways and Mornington Lockett and piano with Elizabeth De la Porte. He has performed at the Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club and the 606 Jazz club with the RCMJD, as well as Cadogan Hall with the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain where he worked with Rob Buckland, head of saxophone at the RNCM. Josh has also sung with the the handpicked RCMJD Parry Singers in the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall, as well as Carpenters Hall and St James' Church Piccadilly, performing the London premieres of Gabriel Jackson's The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ and Gary Carpenter's The Food of Love.

    Josh enjoys performing more than anything, and is always looking for new opportunities to widen his experience, whether that be as an actor or musician. He hopes to study music further at either Cambridge, the Royal College of Music or the Royal Northern College of Music.

       
       
     

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