MARK NIXON
MARK NIXONARTISTIC DIRECTOR & PIANO
Mark Nixon is a graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the University of Cape Town and the University of South Africa (UNISA). His teachers have included Laura Searle, Lamar Crowson, Håkon Austbø, Graham Johnson and Andrew Ball. From 2000 – 2002 he was the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music.

 

ASHLEY FRIPP
ASHLEY FRIPPPIANO
British pianist Ashley Fripp has performed extensively as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. Highlights include the Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Philharmonie halls of Cologne, Paris, Luxembourg and Warsaw, the Bozar (Brussels), the Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (London), the Megaron (Athens), and the Konserthus (Stockholm).

 

ANTONIA KESEL
ANTONIA KESELVIOLIN
Antonia is Co-principal 2nd Violin with the London Mozart Players. She also works with London Concert & Mozart Festival Orchestras, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and London Contemporary Orchestra. Sessions for Hilary Skewes & Isobel Griffiths Ltd.

 

ERICA ELOFF
ERICA ELOFFSOPRANO
Erica Eloff is a member of the Landestheater Linz where her roles include LEONORE Fidelio, CONTESSA Le nozze di Figaro and MIMI La Boheme. Recent guest engagements include Rodrigo (title role) Händel Festspiele Göttingen, LEONORE Fidelio Theater Ulm, Tosca (title role) Schlossfestspiele Schwerin, Tosca and FIORDILIGI Cosi fan tutte Theater Lübeck and Theater Bielefeld, DONNA ANNA Don Giovanni Mozartfest Würzburg, FARNASPE in J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria Classical Opera Company, and her debut in Argentina in a new work composed for her by Augusto Arias.

 

CHARLES OWEN
CHARLES OWENPIANO
Charles Owen enjoys an extensive international career performing a wide-ranging repertoire to outstanding critical acclaim. He appears at many major UK venues such as Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, The Sage & Kings Place. Internationally, he has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Brahms Saal in Vienna’s Musikverein, Paris Musée d’Orsay, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Moscow Conservatoire.

 

SHELLEY LEVY
SHELLEY LEVYCLARINET
Clarinettist, Shelley Levy, was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She began her studies at the University of Cape Town graduating with a performer’s diploma in 1992. She was then awarded a prestigious Swiss government scholarship to study at the Geneva Conservatoire where she graduated with a Prix de Virtuosite (Premiere Prix) in 1996. Shelley continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where she received a post graduate diploma in Orchestral training in 1997.

 

LEO POPPLEWELL
LEO POPPLEWELLCELLO
A dynamic young cellist who plays with “full-blooded commitment” and “delicious dancing grace”, Leo Popplewell studied at Clare College, Cambridge, and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

 

SOPHIE RENSHAW
SOPHIE RENSHAWVIOLA
Throughout her viola playing career, Sophie has sought to develop both sides of her musicianship as interpreter and innovator. Her 38 years of professional playing began as violist in the Orford String Quartet, in residence at the University of Toronto. She later took up the Principal Viola position in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and has performed as a chamber musician at numerous festivals, including the International Festivals of Gstaad, Kuhmo, ISM Prussia Cove, London Proms and Carnegie Hall recital series.

 

GARETH SHEPPARD
GARETH SHEPPARDDOUBLE BASS
In 2005 Gareth graduated from the University of Birmingham and in 2008 completed a Postgraduate Diploma having studied with Roberto Carrillo-García of the Hallé. He joined the Philharmonia in December 2009 as a member of the double bass section.

 

RUTH ROGERS
RUTH ROGERSVIOLIN
Born in London in 1979, Ruth Rogers began violin lessons at the age of five. In 1997 she was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music to study with Itzhak Rashkovsky, where she won many major prizes and awards. Ruth graduated in 2001 with First Class Honours and was awarded the Tagore Gold medal – the College’s highest accolade – by HRH The Prince of Wales. Further study followed in the Netherlands with Herman Krebbers.

 

DOMINIC SEDGWICK
DOMINIC SEDGWICKBARITONE
British baritone Dominic Sedgwick is a graduate of the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and is a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.