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.

 

WILLIAM BERGER
WILLIAM BERGERBARITONE
South African baritone William Berger was a member of the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir and the inaugural recipient of the Deon van der Walt UNISA/SAMRO bursary at age 17, before commencing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London supported by the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Award and the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust. Since winning the Lucerne Festival Prize at the Ernst Haefliger Competition in Switzerland, William has distinguished himself as a performing artist on the international stage and made both his Royal Opera House London and Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. debuts in 2019

 

NIEL DU PREEZ
NIEL DU PREEZPIANO
Niel du Preez has inspired live and radio/television audiences in the UK, continental Europe, the Far East and his native South Africa with his expressive and poetic solo playing, performances with leading orchestras and collaborations with chamber musicians. His most recent collaboration comes in the form of a duo with Paris-based clarinettist Myriam Carrier as well as with the Swedish cellist Kristin Malmbørg. He is also the Artistic Director and Founder of the newly established International ArtePiano Festival & Piano Competition with residencies in Italy and Germany.

 

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.

 

MARTYN JACKSON
MARTYN JACKSONVIOLIN
British violinist Martyn Jackson was born in 1988 and has performed as a solo artist and chamber musician throughout the UK, much of Europe and the Middle East. Martyn studied at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler”, Berlin with Professor Stephan Picard and is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky. He was a selected artist on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme in 2013 and is a Concordia Foundation Artist.

 

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.

 

YUKI NEGISHI
YUKI NEGISHIPIANO
Yuki Negishi has established herself as a pianist of rare poetry, passion and virtuosity, as well as an adjudicator, educator and researcher, captivating audiences wherever she performs around the world. Yuki has already performed in over 400 concerts in the UK alone, including many of the most important halls and festivals, and regularly performs about 30 concerts a year internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in countries such as the Netherlands (Concertgebouw), France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy (Festival di Londra), Romania, Japan, China and the USA. She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Channel 4, Dutch, Polish, Romanian and French television and radio.

 

SARA SHEPPARD
SARA SHEPPARDVIOLA
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.

 

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.

 

SARAH McMAHON
SARAH McMAHONCELLO
Irish cellist Sarah McMahon enjoys a varied career as principal cellist with the Academy of Ancient Music, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Marsyas and Camerata Kilkenny, collaborating closely with Peter Whelan, Malcolm Proud, Laurence Cummings and Richard Egarr amongst others. She also regularly plays as guest principal with Florilegium, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Orcgestra, Arcangelo and Dunedin Consort. Sarah is passionate about chamber music and a founding member of the Callino String Quartet.