Artists

Vocal Ensembles —

VOCES8

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The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.

Gramophone Magazine

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the most versatile and best-loved singing groups in the world. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements.

Stile Antico

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One of the world’s great vocal ensembles

Vancouver Sun

Stile Antico is an ensemble of young British singers, now established as one of the most original and exciting new voices in its field.

The Real Group

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At the core of this quintet's repertoire are the standards on which every jazz artist, foreign or domestic, eventually must prove his mettle.

Chicago Tribune

Undoubtedly one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music today, The Real Group's unbeatable combination of its trademark sound, insatiable humour and audience engagement defines this ground-breaking Swedish group.

The Marian Consort

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Exquisite...the ensemble sings with eloquence and expressive finesse

The Sunday Times

The Marian Consort is a young, dynamic and internationally-renowned early music vocal ensemble, recognised for its freshness of approach and innovative presentation of a broad range of repertoire.

Ex Cathedra

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brilliantly virtuosic and committed

The Telegraph

Ex Cathedra has established an international reputation as one of the UK's leading choirs and Early Music ensembles, comprising specialist choir, vocal consort, period-instrument orchestra and thriving education programme.

The Choir of Royal Holloway

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What more can you possibly ask for? Here is a choir of young singers, fresh of tone and fresh of mind. They blend perfectly, they shade sensitively, they appear to work with a like mind towards an agreed ideal of choral sound.

Gramophone Magazine

The Choir of Royal Holloway is considered to be one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in Britain. Their recordings on the Hyperion label have attracted top reviews from all major music publications. The choir gives around 50 concerts a year with a specialism in music from the late Renaissance and contemporary music, and especially from the Baltic states.

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

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a world-class choral group

The Straits Times

Since the founding of a mixed voice choir in 1972, the Choir of Clare College has gained an international reputation as one of the leading university choral groups in the world.

Cantabile – The London Quartet

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One of the finest vocal groups in Europe

Classic FM

Cantabile – The London Quartet has been delighting audiences for 30 years with its diverse range of programmes. From a cappella favourites to the sacred music of the last millennium, they are outstanding in both Comedy and the Classics.

Apollo5

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A stunning, beautiful sound

BBC Radio 2

The international award-winning British vocal ensemble Apollo5 delights audiences with versatile and engaging performances on the concert platform, singing repertoire ranging from renaissance, classical and contemporary choral music to folk, jazz and pop.

Instrumentalists & Conductors —

Piano

Andreas Boyde

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Andreas Boyde is more than just a pianist: he is an explorer of meaning as well as a musicologist and passionate performer - a rare combination.

Crescendo Magazine

Hailed by the critics as “Monsieur 100,000 Volts”, pianist Andreas Boyde’s performances have electrified audiences worldwide. His recitals in renowned concert venues and appearances as soloist have secured his reputation as an esteemed pianist.

Peter Donohoe

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I cannot imagine a living pianist capable of improving upon Donohoe’s outstanding artistry

Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion

Since his success as joint winner of the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Peter has gained international renown as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique.

Janina Fialkowska

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Indeed, lesser mortals may well weep with envy at such unfaltering authority. She has done her one time mentor, Arthur Rubinstein, proud.

GRAMOPHONE

Beloved the world over for her exquisite pianism, Janina Fialkowska has enchanted audiences for over thirty years with her glorious lyrical sound and her profound sense of musical integrity.

Daniel Grimwood

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He has all the virtuoso velocity and firepower, and then some

BBC Music Magazine

Pianist Daniel Grimwood is a performer of international renown, combining an exceptional talent, rare versatility and refinement, with an inquisitive personality.

Noriko Ogawa

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…pianism of the highest order

The Times

Noriko Ogawa has achieved considerable renown throughout the world. Appearing with all the major European, Japanese and US orchestras, as well as an extensive discography with BIS Records, Noriko’s highly acclaimed performances set her apart from her contemporaries.

Daniel Tong

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An extraordinarily sympathetic Schubertian with his crystalline sonority and wonderful tiny rubatos that release avenues of expression even in the simpler moments

Gramophone

Daniel Tong was born in Cornwall and studied in London. His musical life is spent performing as soloist and chamber musician, as well as directing two chamber music festivals. He has appeared at many of the foremost British venues and festivals – Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, St Georges Bristol, Birmingham Town Hall, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh as well as the Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals.

Ashley Wass

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“beautifully poetic, considered pianism”

The Strad

Described as an ‘endlessly fascinating artist’, Ashley Wass is firmly established as one of the leading performers of his generation.

Piano Duo

Peter Donohoe & Noriko Ogawa

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Peter Donohoe and Noriko Ogawa, two of Britain’s finest pianists, collaborate again to reaffirm their highly regarded working relationship, performing a wide variety of repertoire for two pianos.

Clarinet

Michael Collins

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Brilliant playing in every sense

Classic FM

As a leading conductor and exponent of the clarinet, Michael Collins is one of the most complete musicians of his generation.

Saxophone

Amy Dickson

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Dickson has an individual and unusual tone, luscious, silky smooth, sultry and voluptuous by turns; her phrasing is beautifully finished, her control of dynamic infinitely subtle".

Gramophone

Twice GRAMMY-nominated Amy Dickson made history by becoming the first saxophonist and the first Australian to win a Classic Brit Award, as 2013 MasterCard Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

Flute

Katherine Bryan

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“Exuberance of spirit coupled with the mellowness of her golden timbre lend […] a lightness, energy and mellifluous fluency, with the rich sonority of her flute’s lower register coming into its own…”

Gramophone

One of the world's most outstanding young flute soloists, Katherine Bryan is known for her virtuosic, expressive performances and exceptionally rich, warm tone.

Violin

Simon Fischer

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Only the most ambitious violinist could attempt all three of Brahms’s Sonatas in the one recital, and only an unusually gifted one could play them as well as did Simon Fischer.

The Times (London)

Simon Fischer is recognised as one of the pre-eminent musicians of our time, enjoying a distinguished and wide-ranging career as a performer, educator and recording artist.

Conductor

James Burton

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James Burton inspires Oxford’s classy intercollegiate choir to realise a masterpiece in Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom … the bright, lithe sopranos are absolutely together … the stimulating rhythms, exquisite tuning, rich word painting and constant attention to imaginative dynamics make this an outstanding performance.The Times

The Times (London)

James Burton is conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and choral director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Stephen Cleobury

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Hearing the choir minus the impressionistic shimmer of the chapel’s reverberation only increased one’s admiration for conductor Stephen Cleobury’s achievement in maintaining such standards.

The Times (London)

Stephen Cleobury has directed the choir of King’s College Cambridge for 35 years, and with the choir has worked with many leading orchestras and soloists. He complements his work in Cambridge with many other musical activities including orchestral and choral conducting, giving organ recitals and making frequent workshop and judging appearances as a choral expert.

Michael Collins

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Brilliant playing in every sense

Classic FM

As a leading conductor and exponent of the clarinet, Michael Collins is one of the most complete musicians of his generation.

Justin Doyle

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an evening of almost unadulterated Mozartian bliss – Così fan tutte

Opera magazine

Justin Doyle is chief conductor and artistic director of the RIAS Chamber Choir.

Ernst Kovacic

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He has a mastery which extends from mere technical control into unnameable areas. It does not suffice to say that his tone is big and silvery, his musicianship prodigious, his intellectual grasp profound. He has a unique personal affinity for his instrument and for music...

The Daily Telegraph

Viennese violinist and conductor Ernst Kovacic is equally at home in repertoire from Mozart to Gruber. An indefatigable champion of new music, he is first choice for many composers and orchestras to premiere new works.

Jason Lai

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Highest praise ultimately goes to conductor Lai...whose no-nonsense leadership and indefatigable energy oversaw this empowering concert.

THE STRAITS TIMES

Jason Lai is a leading light in a new generation of Asian conductors, and has recently been appointed Associate Conductor for both the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Principal Conductor of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra and frequently appears with orchestras all over the world as a guest conductor.

Nicolae Moldoveanu

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Moldoveanu has found ways to interpret the work with subtle rubato, carefully timed phrasing, and tasteful adjustments to dynamics, and the ballet seems to be freshly revived with only the slightest of changes.

Blair Sanderson, All Music

Internationally-renowned conductor Nicolae Moldoveanu is known for his versatility, having conducted extensive opera and orchestral repertoire with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras and opera companies.

Dominic Ellis-Peckham

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In Peckham, there is a latent star. His super-clear direction of both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra ensemble and his eager choir was energising and energising…

Kenneth Walton - The Scotsman

Dominic Ellis-Peckham is regarded as one of the UK's finest dynamic orchestral and choral conductors of his generation. Dominic has been praised at home and abroad for his ‘freshness and vitality’ directing both orchestras and choirs. A conductor of immense energy and focus delivering ‘gutsy, raw and exciting performances’, Dominic is renowned for his dedication to the Renaissance and Baroque era, whilst also passionate about the delivery of new works and inspirational collaborations.

Graham Ross

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To say he's impressive would be an understatement.

The Telegraph

Graham Ross is Director of Music of Clare College, Cambridge, and Principal Conductor/co-founder of The Dmitri Ensemble. A composer and conductor of a broad repertoire, he has had works performed throughout Europe and beyond.

Chamber Ensembles —

String quartet

Sacconi Quartet

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An exceptional ensemble… a unanimous sense of musical breath and a meticulous attention to detail.

Musical Opinion

One of the UK's leading string quartets, the award-winning Sacconi Quartet continues to perform with its four founder members. It is celebrated for its creativity, energy and integrity of interpretation.

Tippett Quartet

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The Tippett Quartet’s performance had enormous cogency and power

The Guardian

Like their namesake, the Tippett Quartet draw inspiration from the past and future alike. - they are committed to combining mainstream repertoire with contemporary works.

Piano trio

London Bridge Trio

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The poetry, flexibility and ardour displayed by these gifted players held me captive from first note to last

Gramophone

The London Bridge Trio is one of Britain’s most exciting and brilliant chamber groups, whose primary focus is driven by the piano trio repertoire.

Wind ensemble

London Winds

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London Winds are second to none in terms of technical accomplishment, expressive commitment and warmth of timbre.

BBC Music Magazine

A stunning combination of virtuoso players who also enjoy active solo careers, London Winds' performances are renowned for their technical brilliance, interpretative vision and joie de vivre.

Brass ensemble

Septura

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Virtuoso playing: glossy, brilliantly articulated, audaciously coloured, technically flawless.

Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine

Septura brings together London’s leading players to redefine brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet.

Choral leaders —

Dominic Ellis-Peckham

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In Peckham, there is a latent star. His super-clear direction of both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra ensemble and his eager choir was energising and energising…

Kenneth Walton - The Scotsman

Dominic Ellis-Peckham is regarded as one of the UK's finest dynamic orchestral and choral conductors of his generation. Dominic has been praised at home and abroad for his ‘freshness and vitality’ directing both orchestras and choirs. A conductor of immense energy and focus delivering ‘gutsy, raw and exciting performances’, Dominic is renowned for his dedication to the Renaissance and Baroque era, whilst also passionate about the delivery of new works and inspirational collaborations.

Paul Phoenix

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Paul Phoenix is truly a talented, unique man that can instantly make a room come alive with his positive energy. His insight and engaging spirit is infectious and he can absolutely change an ensemble from singers to performers extraordinaire!

Cantilena Chorale, Arizona, USA

Grammy Award-winning singer Paul Phoenix has extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of vocal styles and numerous languages. As an experienced vocal coach he has a particular interest in young and developing voices, in presentation, interview and audition technique.

Paul Smith

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An a cappella wizard!

UK Music Expo

Paul Smith is an innovative and creative performer, an inspirational educator and an empowering public speaker. As CEO of the VCM Foundation, co-founder of VOCES8 and author of The VOCES8 Method he has enjoyed a decade of work including global travel to prestigious concert venues, schools and universities.

Singers —

Soprano

Anna Dennis

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Dennis’s golden tone and rounded upper register held us enchanted.

The Times (London)

Described by the Times as a “delectable soprano and a serene, ever-sentient presence”, Anna is especially noted for her work in Modern and Baroque repertoire. Previous opera stages include ROH, ENO, La Scala, Göttingen and Aldeburgh. Concert work includes Berlin Philharmonie, Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Gulbenkian Lisbon, and Sydney Opera House.

Elin Manahan Thomas

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"Sublimely sung"

Gramophone

Elin Manahan Thomas is one of the most exceptional sopranos of her generation. Since releasing her début album ‘Eternal Light’ in 2007, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, and with leading orchestras and conductors.

Countertenor

David Allsopp

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… sang like an angel, very expressively and with a very present voice

Stuttgarter Zeitung

David Allsopp has established himself as one of the most versatile counter-tenors of his generation. He is increasingly in demand as a soloist in the UK and internationally in repertoire ranging from the medieval to the modern.

Tenor

Paul Phoenix

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Paul Phoenix is truly a talented, unique man that can instantly make a room come alive with his positive energy. His insight and engaging spirit is infectious and he can absolutely change an ensemble from singers to performers extraordinaire!

Cantilena Chorale, Arizona, USA

Grammy Award-winning singer Paul Phoenix has extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of vocal styles and numerous languages. As an experienced vocal coach he has a particular interest in young and developing voices, in presentation, interview and audition technique.

Composers —

Ēriks Ešenvalds

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In terms of imagination and aural allure [is] beyond anything I have heard since the halcyon age of the young Benjamin Britten.

The Oldie

The Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds is at the forefront of contemporary choral composing. He has won multiple awards for his work, including the Latvian Great Music Prize, had his music performed at numerous international festivals, and has been frequently featured on CDs. He is in demand as a choral clinician and jury member.

Other —

In association for London A Cappella

The Swingles

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Ikon Arts is delighted to present London A Cappella with The Swingles

World

She’Koyokh

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She’Koyokh are one of the finest and most entertaining British-based exponents of global music

The Guardian

“Among the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet” (The Australian), She’Koyokh is “one of London’s musical treasures, playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain.” (The Evening Standard). With four internationally acclaimed studio albums, this prize-winning ensemble has over fifteen years of expertise in traditional music from across the Balkans.

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