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.
German born violinists Julia Kuhn received her first violin lesson at the age of 5 at the Georg-Friedrich-Händel Conservatoire in Halle and won prizes in national and international competitions from an early age.
Rebecca Hepplewhite (née Hewes) performs extensively throughout the UK and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician. Featured in the Sunday Times Top 10 for her performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto, she has performed all of the major concerto works across Europe, including tours of France, Spain and Ireland. As a chamber musician she has performed at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Purcell Room and Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Widely regarded as one of South Africa’s leading concert pianists, CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN has been recognised as a ‘South African piano icon’ and ‘national musical treasure’ (Classic Feel June 2009). He has performed extensively with all major South African orchestras in a repertoire of more than 25 works for piano and orchestra. Highlights include Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 (Cape Philharmonic Orchestra- Cape Town City Hall), Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 (Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra – Linder Auditorium) and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (KZN Philharmonic Orchestra – Durban City Hall).
Kinga moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music after graduating from the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. At the Academy she got interested in historical performance and picked up the baroque violin. Since then she has played with many of the leading period performance groups of England and frequently appears with The English Concert, The Academy of Ancient Music, English Baroque Soloists, the Orchestra Revolutionaire et Romantic and the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment.
Winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work. Her playing has been described in the press as ‘amazing’ (The Scotsman) and ‘a wonder’ (IRR). Performances have taken her around the world to venues including the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, and the Helsinki Music Centre. She has broadcast for the BBC, Classic FM, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, West- Deutsche-Rundfunk, ABC Classic FM (Australia) and Korean radio, and performed the Walton Concerto at the composer’s home at the invitation of the Walton Trust in a performance that was recorded by Canadian TV.
Sara is from Anglesey, North Wales where she was taught the violin by Almut Bone and Margaret Scourse before taking up the viola at the age of 15. She studied with Penny Stirling at Junior RNCM and went on to study with Louise Lansdown at the RNCM for her Bachelor’s Degree. Sara completed her postgraduate studies with Isabel Charisius at the Hochschule Musik in Lucerne and with Gabor Takacs-Nagy in Geneva.
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.
Described by Martha Argerich as ‘an outstanding young pianist’, Romanian/British pianist Florian Mitrea is the winner of the 2018 Royal Overseas League Piano Competition, and a double-laureate at the 2017 Scottish, 2017 Saint Priest, 2015 Hamamatsu and 2014 ARD Munich International Piano Competitions. He was also a major prize-winner at the 2018 Harbin International Competition in China and the 2016 James Mottram International Competition in Manchester, and he was joint-winner of the 2016 Verona International Piano Competition. In 2018 he was the top prize-winner at the New York International Piano Festival, after which he was invited to give his debut performance at Carnegie Hall.