Much in demand on the concert platform for the great lyric mezzo repertory Sarah Connolly has appeared at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg, Tanglewood and Three Choirs Festivals and at the BBC Proms. Recent appearances have also included the Berlin Philharmonic with Rattle; the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis and von Dohnányi; the Filarmonica della Scala with Harding; the Philadelphia Orchestra with Nézet-Séguin; the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg with Bolton; the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester with Chailly, L’Orchestre des Champs-Élysées with Herreweghe and the Hallé Orchestra with Elder.
She studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music, of which she is now a Fellow. She was made CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.
Steven Isserlis enjoys a uniquely varied career as soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. He appears with the world’s leading orchestras, gives recitals in major musical centres, and works with many period-instrument ensembles and contemporary composers.
Steven’s award-winning discography includes Bach’s complete Solo Cello Suites, Beethoven’s cello music, and the Elgar and Walton concertos. His latest release is the Brahms Double Concerto with Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
For children, he has created three musical stories with the composer Anne Dudley, and has written two books about the great composers. His commentary on Schumann’s Advice for Young Musicians, was published by Faber’s in 2016.
He performs on the 1726 Marquis de Corberon (Nelsova) Stradivarius, loaned by the Royal Academy of Music.
Described in reviews as ‘a fiery violinist’ and ‘highly charged yet imaginatively refined’ Alexandra Wood is fast establishing herself as one of the most dynamic and versatile violinists of her generation.
After studies at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music she went on to win many prizes at music festivals and she has regularly performed with leading conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, Lorin Maazel and Pierre Boulez. Her concerto repertoire includes all the major violin works, plus some rarities, such as the concerto by Hugh Wood, written for her which she premièred in 2009. Alexandra is currently the Leader of City of London Sinfonia and also the Aurora orchestra.
Martin James Bartlett
Pianist Martin James Bartlett studies with Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music. Since winning the 2014 BBC Young Musician competition, Martin has made his BBC Proms debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and performed concertos with Bournemouth Symphony and BBC Concert Orchestras.
He was one of 27 international artists, including Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Nicola Benedetti, invited to record the ‘God only Knows‘ charity single for BBC Children in Need. Recent highlights include a recital in Monaco’s Théâtre des Variétés, and performing with Lara Melda and Aurora Orchestra at Kings Place as part of their Mozart piano concerto cycle.
Stephen Hough is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation. Over the course of his career he has distinguished himself as a true polymath, not only securing a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist, but also as a writer and composer. From highly acclaimed performances of central repertoire in recital, in recording, and with the world’s greatest orchestras, he integrates the imagination and pianistic colour of the past with the scholarship and intellectual rigour of the present, illuminating the very essence of the music he plays.
He was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2001 in recognition of his achievements, and in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Laura Van Der Heijden
Laura van der Heijden rose to fame when she won the title of BBC Young Musician in 2012. She has since embarked on an impressive career which this season includes a recital with Fazil Say at Zürich Tonhalle, her BBC Philharmonic debut and recording of her first CD. Her artistic integrity and captivating stage presence are rapidly ensuring her a place among the most distinctive emerging artists. Currently Young Artist in Residence of the London Mozart Players, she has also performed with the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.
Laura is a keen chamber musician, collaborating regularly with pianists Petr Limonov, Tom Poster and Huw Watkins.