PERFORMERS

NeilbionewNeil Crossland grew up in Yorkshire and now lives in Ruislip. He began playing the piano aged six and studied at the Royal College of Music where he won major prizes in piano and composition.

Neil has performed extensively at home and abroad including many major London venues – the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin’s in the Fields, Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. He performed all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas at St James’ Piccadilly and again at St John’s Harrow in 2014.

His recordings include the complete Beethoven sonatas, Haydn, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Poulenc and music by the late Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore. Neil has appeared on radio and TV playing live on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

His compositions include a Requiem and his songs set to poems by the Bronte sisters were recently performed at St James’s. Last year he played unfinished Schubert Sonatas (completed by Crossland) in Singapore giving masterclasses there and at the Royal College, London.

http://neilcrossland.com

steveSteve Law is a composer and pianist from Ruislip. He studied music at Bristol University, receiving a Masters for his jazz opera ‘Heaven on Earth’ which was described as ‘a significant contribution to the genre’. Steve is a published arranger of Dudley Moore’s music with Faber and his arrangements of piano and orchestral music for musicians such as Jack Gibbons, Rena Fruchter the late BBC Broadcaster and LSE lecturer Geoffrey Stern have been performed in the UK and United States.

In 2012-13 Steve played a series of unique musical tribute concerts starting at St James’s Piccadilly recreating the music and jazz playing of Dudley Moore. Steve’s Violin Concerto received it’s orchestral premier in Scotland on June 3rd with soloist Mark Wilson and Paul Wood conducting Ayr Camerata.

Musicweb International described his first CD of piano music as ‘kaleidoscopically varied works……engagement with melody, impressionistic atmosphere, jazzy syncopation….slowly burning passion’.

http://www.stevelawcomposer.com

markMark Wilson studied violin performance at both the RCS (then the RSAMD) and the RAM. He went on to co- found the Solaris String Quartet and the piano trio, Trilogy, before becoming concertmaster of the Orquestra do Estado de Mato Grosso in Brazil. He is now the leader of the flexible string ensemble, Afton Strings.

Mark has given solo performances throughout Britain and Brazil, specialising in performing British music. A composer in his own right, Mark has premiered the music of various composers, including Neil Crossland, Steve Law and Barrington Pheloung.

He recently performed the rarely heard Kenneth Leighton Violin Concerto and has the distinction of giving the Mato Grossense premier of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Mark enjoys performing in recitals and shows. He has given chamber music concerts in major venues throughout the U.K. and has broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4. He has played in many acclaimed productions of shows, including the TMA award winning run of Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” at the Dundee Repertory Theatre. Mark is currently playing solo violin in High Society at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

For the last three years Mark has been honing his skills as a composer. His works are being performed with increasing regularity and have been well received by audiences from London to Dunblane.

http://www.freewebs.com/markwilsonviolin

 

Nina Kopparhed made her professional UK singing debut in November 2011, performing Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate with the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra, and has since been busy as an oratorio soloist and giving recitals in both England and Scotland.

Highlights include a recital onboard the Cruise ship Saga “Sapphire” in February 2015, as well as recitals for the Moffat and Dumfries music societies and the Ruislip and Harrow Summer Music Festival.

Recent oratorio solos include the Handel Messiah, Handel: Dixit Dominus, Mozart Requiem, Haydn Kleine Orgelmesse, Vaughan Williams Mass, and Bach: Magnificat

Nina made her operatic debut in August 2012 as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and her Professional operatic debut, again as Susanna, with VoiceArc, in March, 2015.

Since then, Nina has been cast in a number of operatic roles: During the 2015-16 season she sang the roles of Olympia (Tales of Hoffmann), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte), Die Konigin der Nacht (Die Zauberflote, November 2015) and Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) with Harrow Opera.

Upcoming roles include: The Governess (Britten: Turn of the Screw), Hoxton Opera Studio, July 2016  as well as Zerbinetta and Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) with VoiceArc in November 2016.

http://www.ninakopparhed.com

Joanne Rozario has had an international career which has taken her from her home town of London to venues all over the world including Hong Kong, China, South Africa, Canada, America, Spain and Greece.
Joanne studied clarinet and saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Whilst there, she also founded a prize-winning saxophone quartet who received a scholarship to study at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, went on to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and played live on Classic FM.
In her final year at the Academy she joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic as Assistant Principal Clarinet where she performed concertos by Saint-Saëns and Glazunov, played live on Hong Kong Radio and Television and took part in the Sunset Ceremony which marked Hong Kong’s return from colonial Britain to China.
After a few months in England she moved to South Africa where she was Principal Clarinet with the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban for two and a half years. During her time in Africa, she played the Mozart concerto and the Debussy Rhapsodie with the orchestra. She performed regularly as a solo recitalist and also appeared in many chamber music concerts, including the prestigious Grahamstown International Festival.
When she was offered the post of Principal Clarinet with Northern Ballet Orchestra Joanne returned to England. She now tours extensively with the company alongside performing solo and chamber music concerts all over the country . She lives in London and maintains strong links with South Africa, where she recently completed a month long recital tour.

http://www.joannerozario.com

James Dutton studied flute at the Royal College of Music in London. During his time there, he won prizes for orchestral, solo and chamber music performances. He has also been awarded two Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medals, and a Fellowship in Flute Performance from Trinity College London.
In 1995 he was a Park Lane Group Young Artist, a performance which included the world premiere of “The Colour of Pomegranates” for alto flute and piano, written for him by the leading British composer Julian Anderson.
In 1997 he was appointed principal flute of the Band of the Scots Guards in London. He has appeared with them as a soloist many times including concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Beaulieu-sur-Mer music festival and a concert tour across Australia and South Korea.
He has also been principal flute of the CAMus Sinfonietta, Showbiz Pops Orchestra, Cygnus Orchestra of London, L’Anima di Musica and the Perspectives Ensemble.
Over the last twenty years he has appeared in numerous recitals in venues across London. He also appears on many recordings both with his own band and as a guest performer, and has given live radio and TV broadcasts. In December 2016 he gave a series of recitals and masterclasses in the USA, and has recently been invited to give recitals for both the British Flute Society and the Norwegian Flute Festival. Later this year he will be making his debut recording together with the pianist Oliver Davies of works for flute and piano by English composers, to be released by Mike Purton Recordings.

Karl Lutchmayer is equally renowned as a concert pianist and a lecturer. A Steinway Artist, Karl performs across the globe, but he also holds an academic professorship at Trinity College of Music, London and is a regular guest lecturer at conservatoires around the world, including the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York and the Mehli Mehta Foundation in India, his family home. He was recently awarded the Bharat Gaurav lifetime achievement award.

His London lecture-recital series, Conversational Concerts, continues to garner critical and public acclaim, and following his landmark recitals celebrating the Liszt and Alkan Bicentenaries, he has received invitations from 4 continents to give lecture-recitals. Karl has given recitals and concertos throughout the world, working with conductors including Lorin Maazel and Sir Andrew Davis, and performed at all the major London concert halls. He has broadcast on BBC Radio3, All India Radio and Classic FM, and is a regular chamber performer. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Karl has also given over 90 world premieres and had many works written especially for him. 

Karl studied at the Royal College of Music under Peter Wallfisch and John Barstow and undertook further studies with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatoire. His research interests include the music of Liszt, Alkan, Busoni and Enescu; The Creative Transcription Network; reception theory, and the history of piano recital programming.

Karl resides in London, where he is sometimes spotted in his alternative incarnation as keyboard, percussion and theremin player in the prog rock band The Connoisseur.

http://www.karllutchmayer.com

Richard Black is a versatile pianist whose work takes in opera, the symphony orchestra, chamber music and song recitals. He has worked for opera companies great and small in the UK, on operas ranging from half-forgotten gems of the late baroque to the largest works of Wagner to new pieces composed in the 21st century. He is a familiar face at London opera auditions, and he frequently accompanies students of every voice and instrument at colleges and schools in London. As a recital accompanist, Richard has played for singers at Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square, as well as in New York, Paris and Luxembourg. He has accompanied a wide range of instrumental works and played in a variety of chamber ensembles: he recently gave what was almost certainly the first UK performance in some decades of the piano trio by Pizzetti. He has for over 25 years had a strong interest in music by Ronald Stevenson, and has performed and recorded many songs and other works by him. Other recordings include songs by Alan Bush and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and he has broadcast several times on BBC Radio 3.

Thomas Schönberg (cello) has performed as soloist, conductor and Chamber Musician for over 30 years in Europe, USA and in Asia. As a founding member of the Ars Nova Trio he performed for over 10 years in concerts, recordings and TV-programs. In Taiwan he has toured as soloist and conductor with the Kaohsiung Symphony and the Taipei Philarmonic. In USA he has performed as Solo Cellist with the Maryland Symphony, Hopkins Symphony, SDSU New Music Ensemble and Collegium Musicum I Hartford. He has toured with a number of pianists, including Gayleen Chun (USA), Wen-Li Hsu (Taiwan), Howard Cohen (USA), Marian Buck-Lew (USA) and Francesco Possenti (Italien). Dr Schönberg has worked as dean for Hedemora School of Music, Sollentuna School for Fine Arts and Lidingö School of Music. Recent Recordings include Beethoven and Franck (2007) and Dancing Bach – The 6 Cello Suites (2015).

janineJanine van den Berg has been singing since she was 10 years old. She studied at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Mary Hammond. Janine went on to perform in television, film and theatre whilst working with various bands as a session/lead singer. Recently Janine has worked with producer Russell Scott on several productions throughout the West End, including shows dedicated to the work of Leslie Bricusse & Frank Wildhorn, Johnny Mercer and Barbra Streisand.

 

Haruko 13Haruko Seki was described by Musical Opinion as “a pianist with an innate ability to communicate with her audience ” has performed at St John’s Smith Square, The South Bank, Wigmore and Fairfield Halls and across Europe, America and the Far East.

An Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, Haruko studied under Piers Lane, Kathron Sturrock and Christopher Elton, completing her Master’s and graduating with the highest performance award. She won First Prize in the USA’s St Charles Illinois International Piano Competition in 1997. The Times referred to her playing as “bathed in tonal beauty..took one off into a world of serene enchantment.”

Haruko’s broad repertoire ranges from neglected works by Saint-Saëns and Tournemire to Gershwin and Scott Joplin and over 20 concertos. Having spent much of her life in the UK, Haruko now sees opportunity to act as a musical channel between the British Isles and Japan.

She has promoted British composers in Japan such as Cyril Scott, John Ireland and William Alwyn.

Her inspiration is derived from a cross fertilisation of poetry and music, having obtained her first degree in English literature. Her group, the Fantasia Ensemble brings together music, poetry and stories from the British Isles and Japan. She is passionate about music’s ability to cross cultures and draw people together. Her recent semi-staged performance of Enoch Arden with her soprano partner, Carollyn Eden, was highly acclaimed.

http://www.harukoseki.com

Tudor Trita was born in Bucharest and started playing the violin and piano at the age of 3. From the age of 6, he studied with Professor Zakhar Bron at Koln Music Hochschulle, Germany and also studied at the Reina Sofia Conservatoire in Madrid. He has won prizes at numerous violin competitions, including at Valsesia Musicale International Competition and at Kocian Violin International Competition. Tudor has played many recitals internationally, including concertos with the National Theatre Orchestra in Mannheim, Germany and the National Radio Orchestra of Romania. From 2010 he has studied at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, first with with Maciej Rakowski then with Jan Repko. Tudor has performed extensively in England. Recently, he has performed with the Folkestone Symphony Orchestra and with the Marryat Players, Wimbledon. He has lead the Marryat Players orchestra and the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, as well as playing in chamber music. Tudor has been offered a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London.