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 proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring globally, the group performs an extensive repertory both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading musicians, orchestras, conductors and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the ensemble’s performance and education ethos which is shared both online and in person.

Stile Antico

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It’s never a good idea to miss a concert from this British vocal ensemble: There are no finer singers of early music.

New York Times

Stile Antico is firmly established as one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles.

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 Decca and Hyperion labels 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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This really is exceptional singing - immaculately balanced and blended, with text always at its heart. Ross and his young singers have given us quite the gift in this series. I can't wait to hear what they do next.

Alexandra Coghlan, Gramophone

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.

Apollo5

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The hugely impressive Apollo5

Gramophone Magazine

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

Can Çakmur

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Faced with an artist who is still so young (he was born in 1997), it is customary to say that he is promising. It is not much a risk to say that this is already a master.

Patrice Liebermann, Crescendo

Turkish pianist Can Çakmur is the first prizewinner of the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018 and the 2017 Scottish International Piano Competition.

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.

Freddy Kempf

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Kempf is a pianist in a million

The Arts Desk

Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Exceptionally gifted with an unusually broad repertoire, Freddy has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer who is not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.

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.

Melvyn Tan

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... the most thoughtful, elegant and refined of pianists... one of those marvellous concerts where everything seemed to illuminate everything else.

The Guardian

Exploration, insight and imagination are vital ingredients in Melvyn Tan’s blend of artistic attributes. He established his international reputation in the 1980s with pioneering performances on the fortepiano and continues to cast fresh light on music conceived for the piano’s early and modern forms.

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.

Violin

Thomas Gould

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The staggeringly virtuosic Gould...his musicianship is enthralling. A talent to watch.

The Guardian

Thomas Gould performs as soloist with orchestras internationally, and in the UK he has performed with virtually all the major symphony orchestras in an unusually broad repertoire that includes many contemporary works. He also has considerable experience in Jazz performance.

Fenella Humphreys

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Humphreys's utter absorption and delight shines forth at every turn. [...] strong-toned, easy fluidity and immaculate technique.

Charlotte Gardner - Editor's Choice, Gramophone Magazine

Winner of the BBC Music Magazine’s Instrumental Award 2018, Fenella Humphreys is one of the UK’s most established and versatile violinists.

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.

Tai Murray

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" Technically flawless... vivacious and scintillating... It is without doubt that Murray’s style of playing is more mature than that of many seasoned players; and, with a debut record this outstanding, it can safely be assumed that she will exceed many expectations – she’s certainly exceeded mine. "

Muso Magazine

Described as "superb" by The New York Times, the former BBC New Generation Artist is an inspiring talent, appreciated for her elegance and effortless ability, mature phrasing and subtle sweetness.

Cello

Guy Johnston

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"A gripping performance"

New York Times

Guy Johnston is one of the most exciting British cellists of his generation.

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.

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.

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.

Rebecca Miller

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It is not possible to see the sparks, but you can certainly hear them.

Financial Times

Rebecca Miller is Chief Conductor of the Uppsala Kammarorkester and Associate Conductor of the Southbank Sinfonia, and is celebrated for her energetic and compelling presence on the podium.

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.

Bart Van Reyn

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Bart Van Reyn and his musicians relish the playful inventiveness of these works. Haydn-lovers should definitely indulge. ★★★★★

BBC Music Magazine shortlist Best Orchestral Recording 2020

One of Belgium’s leading conductors of the new generation

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

Piatti Quartet

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The Piatti Quartet are on ferociously fine form.

BBC Music Magazine

The Piatti Quartet are one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. Prizewinners of the 2015 Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition, they have performed in all the major venues and festivals around the country as well as concerts throughout the world.

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.

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.

Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra of The Swan

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Excellence, innovation and accessibility from Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon. 'Orchestra of the Swan brings the music ear-catchingly alive'

GRAMOPHONE

One of the UK's leading Chamber Orchestras

Chamber Ensemble

Wigmore Soloists

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A new chamber ensemble comprising a roster of outstanding musicians, led by Isabelle van Keulen and Michael Collins, and created with Wigmore Hall’s Director, John Gilhooly.

Choral leaders —

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.

Tenor

Gwilym Bowen

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Bowen was outstanding: his delivery of the Evangelist’s narrative struck the ideal balance of clarity, dramatic flow and tenderness.

Rian Evans, The Guardian

Acclaimed for the clarity and beauty of his singing and dynamic stage presence, British tenor Gwilym Bowen performs internationally with orchestras and ensembles of the highest calibre. Frequently described by reviewers as the “stand-out performance” (Independent, Guardian, Limelight Magazine) he is also a “Mozart tenor to the life and a little bit more” (Arts Desk) and celebrated for his interpretations of the J.S. Bach Passions “the most immersed I’ve seen an Evangelist in the drama” (bachtrack).

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.

Ola Gjeilo

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Ola Gjeilo is one of the most frequently performed composers in the choral world. An accomplished pianist, improvisations over his own published choral pieces have become a trademark of his collaborations across the world.

Games Composer

Luci Holland

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Luci Holland is a Scottish (Edinburgh-based) composer and sound artist who composes and produces music and audiovisual art for film, games and concert. She also is a presenter on Scala Radio

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

Narrator

Zeb Soanes

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The go-to person for musical narration, specialising in children's concerts.

Daily Telegraph

Edition Peters Artist Management is delighted to represent Zeb Soanes for musical narration and concert work.

Presenter

Luci Holland

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Luci Holland is a Scottish (Edinburgh-based) composer and sound artist who composes and produces music and audiovisual art for film, games and concert. She also is a presenter on Scala Radio

Music Education

Nate Holder

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Nate led a workshop for members of the Music Teachers' Association which were both thought-provoking and fear-busting, with some simple, practical actions to take away from the session.

Simon Toyne - MTA President

Nate Holder BA (Hons), MMus is a musician, author, speaker and music education consultant based in London.

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