Musician Profiles

Liverpool born baritone Daniel Shelvey received his BMus Hons from the Royal Northern College of Music, a Masters of Music from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has just completed the Opera Course at GSMD under the tutelage of Robert Dean. Daniel was a Kathleen Ferrier Award finalist, won the Richard Van Allan award 2015; is a Countess of Munster Recital Artist 2015; was a Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist 2014; won second place in the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award 2013 and was the winner of the Frederick Cox Prize 2012. Daniel has performed Marchese La Traviata, Flora’s Servant La Traviata and Morales (cover) Carmen for Glyndebourne festival opera; Junius The Rape of Lucretia, Robert Iolanta, Damian The Tale of Januarie for GSMD; Sid Albert Herring, Ulisse Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Boris Paridise Moscow for the RNCM; he has also been a member of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus. Soloist concert highlights include Beethoven 9th Symphony with the Halle and Kinshasa Orchestras, Beethoven 9th symphony at the Royal Festival Hall for the BBC and an Oxford Lieder Festival recital. 

Daniel is represented by Simon Goldstone at Rayfield Allied.  

Pianist Dylan Perez is a highly sought after recitalist, chamber musician, and coach specialising in vocal repertoire. He graduated in 2016 with Distinction from the Artist Masters programme at the Guildhall School where he studied with Pamela Lidiard and Julius Drake. Prior to relocating to London, he studied at the University of Michigan with Louis Nagel and Martin Katz.

Recently, he was awarded the Gerald Moore Prize for accompanists. He was also awarded the Paul Hamburger Prize for Accompaniment in association with a performance of Die schöne Müllerin, directed by Graham Johnson. 

In April 2016, he was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier awards at Wigmore Hall where he, along with his duo partner mezzo soprano Bianca Andrew, received the Loveday Song Prize. He was a finalist in the competition again in 2017, and performed with Francesca Chiejina, Daniel Shelvey, and Eduard Mas Bacardit.

Along with duo partner Iúnó Connolly, Dylan was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg, Germany.

In May, he performed alongside the Prince Consort at the Wigmore Hall, playing Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzer and Stephen Hough’s Other Love Songs.

Dylan has performed in Pre-LSO concerts at the Barbican Hall and was featured in a BBC Proms Extra concert, broadcast live on Radio 3 from Imperial College. Recently, he was featured on a Radio 3 recital, performing songs by Richard Rodney Bennett with baritone Benson Wilson.

He is an alumnus of the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria, where he performed in masterclasses for Julius Drake, Rudolf Jansen, Helmut Deutsch, and Elly Ameling. Dylan is also a Britten-Pears Young Artist and studied there with Christoph Pregardien, Julius Drake, and Richard Stokes.

Dylan is the founder of re-sung, a London based song recital series that focuses on the connection between text and music, with special interest on creating new interpretations of masterworks and championing contemporary song.

He has attended SongFest on the Martin Katz Fellowship and the Aspen Music Festival as a student of Ann Schein. He was a participant in The Song Continues masterclass series at Carnegie Hall with Marilyn Horne, Jessye Norman, and Dalton Baldwin, and was subsequently invited to be a pianist for their residency in Paris.

Dylan has also played in masterclasses with Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Dame Felicity Lott, and with Roger Vignoles, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Christian Gerhaher at Wigmore Hall.

Passionate about the voice, Dylan is closely associated with Prof. Janice Chapman at the Guildhall School where he plays for her lessons, learns about the mechanics of vocal technique, and amasses vast knowledge for coaching young and mature singers.

He continues on the Artist Diploma course at the Guildhall School and studies with Eugene Asti, Andrew West, and Iain Burnside. Dylan is grateful for the support of the Norman Gee Foundation and the Guildhall School Trust.

 


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The Globe Ensemble


The Globe Ensemble is Britain’s premier harp, flute and viola trio, featuring award-winning Valeria Kurbatova,Renate Sokolovska  and Emma Purslow     


Valeria Kurbatova

London harpist Valeria Kurbatova started her musical career at the age of 8 when she began studying the harp at the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow.                           

She had her debut at the age of nine at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire. Since then Valeria has performed as a soloist and in ensemble groups in numerous concerts, at a vast range of concert halls: The Conservatory’s Concert Halls, Rachmaninov’s Concert Halls, The International House of Music, The Barvikha Concert Hall, and The Gnessin’s Hall. London concert halls and venues she has played include: Kensington Palace, Wigmore Hall, Victoria & Albert Museum, The Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, The Forge, The National Gallery, The Houses of Parliament, The Natural History Museum, Westroad Hall (Cambridge) and The Royal College of Music Concert Halls.

Valeria has won awards at a number of different International harp and music competitions: Scholarships from "New Names Foundation", "The Young Talent" award from the Spivakov International Foundation, 1st prize at the International Harp Competition in Moscow, Young Talent award at the Moscow Music Festival, 4th prize at the International Cardiff Harp Competition, "Best student of the year" award in 2011 (among all music conservatoires in Russia), finalist of the Croydon Concerto competition followed by "Young Soloist" award and the Jellinek Prize, 1st prize at the Royal College of Music harp competitions in 2012 and 2014. In 2012 Valeria was also selected as a ‘Rising Star’ by The Royal College of Music

In 2012 Valeria and her duo partner Luce Zurita (Elegiac Duo) were finalists of the Croydon Concerto Competition 2012 where they performed Mozart flute and harp concerto with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra.  They have since been appearing as soloists with various orchestras for the past 2 years and played a series of recitals at the Meridiennes Festival in Rouen, France in April 2014.                                                     

In 2014 they premiered a double-concerto by Richardson dedicated to them and a piece by Andrea di Paolo ‘In Quite for Morton F.’ 

In 2013 Valeria became the principal harpist of the London Electronic Orchestra founded by Kate Simko. The project has had success since the very first show. This year alone they have played the opening set at the iTunes Festival, Bestival, Boiler Room in Ibiza, The Forge and at The National Gallery in London. 

An active chamber musician, Valeria formed Globe Ensemble featuring Luce Zurita (flute), Shiry Rashkovsky (viola) and herself. Next season sees the ensemble tour across the UK and will incorporate music of Romantic, Impressionist and Contemporary styles. Valeria also collaborates in many other different ensembles and projects. 

Valeria can play alongside a range of different instruments and is available for concerts, private events and promotions. Please use the form on the bookings page for all booking enquiries or to contact Valeria for any other enquiries. 

Renate Sokolovska is a highly sought-after London-based flautist with a wealth of diverse experience, ranging from Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room solo recitals, to working with London Sinfonietta under George Benjamin, The Britten-Pears Orchestra under Marin Alsop and performing at Buckingham Palace under John Wilson alongside Maxim Vengerov for the Prince of Wales.

 

Born in Siberia, Renate grew up in Latvia before moving to the UK to study at Purcell School with Anna Pope. She was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with William Bennett, Kate Hill, Karen Jones and baroque flute with Lisa Beznosiuk.

 

Renate plays regularly as a soloist and chamber musician, including recent engagements at the Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, St James's Church Piccadilly, Cadogan Hall, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge and Moscow’s Myaskovsky Hall. As a recent recipient of the Jellinek Award, she will perform Darrell Davison’s new flute concerto in early 2018.

 

As co-founder of the St. James Quintet (prizes including Royal Overseas League, MMSF, Leverhulme Fellows, Park Lane Group and Concordia) Renate performed for The Queen, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Most recently she co-founded the Flute and Harp ensemble Solovey Duo (performance highlights including Proms on the Roof and several collaborations with The Royal Academy of Arts).

 

As well as performances with London Sinfonietta and The Britten-Pears Orchestra, Renate has played under Bernard Haitink and alongside musicians of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe. As a freelance orchestral player, Renate has performed with The London Contemporary Orchestra, Bath Philharmonia Orchestra, Mahler International Orchestra and London International Chamber Orchestra among others. She has taken part in side-by-side schemes with The London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and was invited to join the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment Experience Scheme.

 

Currently studying for a Masters in Performance at The Royal College of Music, Renate is generously supported by Lark Insurance Company, The Tillett Trust, The Drake Calleja Trust, Talent Unlimited and The Clemence Charitable Trust.

Renate Sokolovska is a highly sought-after London-based flautist with a wealth of diverse experience, ranging from Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room solo recitals, to working with London Sinfonietta under George Benjamin, The Britten-Pears Orchestra under Marin Alsop and performing at Buckingham Palace under John Wilson alongside Maxim Vengerov for the Prince of Wales.

 

Born in Siberia, Renate grew up in Latvia before moving to the UK to study at Purcell School with Anna Pope. She was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with William Bennett, Kate Hill, Karen Jones and baroque flute with Lisa Beznosiuk.

 

Renate plays regularly as a soloist and chamber musician, including recent engagements at the Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, St James's Church Piccadilly, Cadogan Hall, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge and Moscow’s Myaskovsky Hall. As a recent recipient of the Jellinek Award, she will perform Darrell Davison’s new flute concerto in early 2018.

 

As co-founder of the St. James Quintet (prizes including Royal Overseas League, MMSF, Leverhulme Fellows, Park Lane Group and Concordia) Renate performed for The Queen, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Most recently she co-founded the Flute and Harp ensemble Solovey Duo (performance highlights including Proms on the Roof and several collaborations with The Royal Academy of Arts).

 

As well as performances with London Sinfonietta and The Britten-Pears Orchestra, Renate has played under Bernard Haitink and alongside musicians of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe. As a freelance orchestral player, Renate has performed with The London Contemporary Orchestra, Bath Philharmonia Orchestra, Mahler International Orchestra and London International Chamber Orchestra among others. She has taken part in side-by-side schemes with The London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and was invited to join the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment Experience Scheme.

 

Currently studying for a Masters in Performance at The Royal College of Music, Renate is generously supported by Lark Insurance Company, The Tillett Trust, The Drake Calleja Trust, Talent Unlimited and The Clemence Charitable Trust.


Emma Purslow.

 Passionate about bringing live performance to everyone, Emma Purslow is a violinist and violist working as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and orchestral player in the UK and abroad. She is currently based in London following the recent completion of her studies at the Royal College of Music studying with Daniel Rowland and Sasha Rozhdestvensky, generously supported by the David Butler Trust and the Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award.

 

Emma currently leads the Street Orchestra of London; described by the Guardian as “truly uplifting” this 40 piece ensemble aims to bring live orchestral performance to those unable to access it. Emma recently represented them as a guest speaker at the Association of British Orchestras Conference 2017. She is currently on trial with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and also works with various orchestras around the UK, including the Little Orchestra, Trafalgar Sinfonia, the Faust Ensemble, the Melos Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Swan, leading the Kantanti Ensemble and co leading the Women of the World Orchestra. In her time at the Royal College of Music Emma led all the major RCM ensembles, including the RCM Symphony Orchestra in a performance for Steve Reich, the RCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the RCM Opera Orchestra in Albert Herring, and privileged to be part of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Shoulder to Shoulder Scheme 2015-16.

 

Emma is an enthusiastic chamber musician, and her ensemble the Vasara String Quartet have appeared in multiple venues throughout the UK and abroad. These include appearances at the Wigmore Hall, the Elgar Rooms at the Royal Albert Hall, and Kings Place, and they have also performed at venues including Leith Hill Place and the British Ambassadors Residency in Paris.  In 2014 they collaborated with Marc Danel of the renowned Quatuor Danel in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet at Wigmore Hall. Emma has also played with the award-winning Ruisi Quartet in the prestigious ‘ChamberStudio’ Masterclasses at Kings Place. Slightly alternative venues have included the Hammersmith Apollo alongside violinist Jack Liebeck and Professor Brian Cox, Kensington Palace and the National Portrait Gallery. In her time at the RCM Emma was awarded RCM String Quartet of the Year 2012 and the Britten Intercollegiate Prize 2013. Following her time as a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellow she now has the privilege of regularly coaching talented young chamber musicians at Pro Corda. Recent chamber events include the Roman River Festival where Emma appeared alongside esteemed musicians including Clio Gould, Rebecca Gilliver and members of the Navarra Quartet, and a celebration of Canadian contemporary music at the Royal Over-Seas League.

 

Emma has recently appeared in solo recital in venues including The Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall, St James Piccadilly and Lincoln’s Inn. She is a member of the Dovedale duo, a long standing musical friendship with pianist Eleanor Kornas and together they have performed notably as the New Generation Young Artists at the Stift International Festival in Holland, and in Cividale Del Fruili, Italy. Recent concerto appearances include Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2 with the Hereford Symphony Orchestra and Street Orchestra of London, and Emma is looking forward to performing in recital at the Leeds International Concert Series.

 

 

Outside of her classical musical activities Emma can often be found performing with Rwandan singer and international peace advocate Jean-Paul Samputu, and has also appeared in a short film by Bohemia Junction which featured at both the Cannes and the British Independent Film Festival, as well as winning Best Short Film at the Rajasthan Film Festival 2017.

 

Emma plays on a Guastalla violin generously on loan from the Harrison Frank Foundation, and a Ceruti viola kindly on loan from the Hepburn Foundation.

 


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The Alberni String Quartet

The Alberni String Quartet has been considered one of Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles for over half a century. Since its founding in 1961 it has performed across the world to critical acclaim, with the New York Times describing it, after a Carnegie Hall recital, as "one of the finest half dozen quartets in the world today". Its members worked with Benjamin Britten on performances of his first two quartets and were entrusted by him with the honour of giving the first UK performances of Shostakovich’s 8th and 9th quartets. In 1987 the Albernis became the first Western quartet to tour China since the Cultural Revolution. A former Quartet in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London, a position they took over from the Amadeus Quartet, the quartet’s members have been, and remain to this day, firmly at the forefront of musical education in Britain.

The Alberni’s long and distinguished history has allowed an incomparable wealth of experience and maturity to be passed down through the players as its line-up has evolved with the passing of time. Karin Leishman and Matthew Souter are long-standing members and the quartet is now undergoing another of its periodic episodes of change and rejuvenation with the appointment of the distinguished British cellist Richard May. They are equally delighted that tonight they will be joined by the distinguished Czech violinist Iva Fleischhansova.

Karin Leishman

Karin Leishman is widely recognised as one of Britain’s foremost violinists and chamber musicians. She was an Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music in London and whilst there won several major violin prizes. She also studied in Australia and The Netherlands and her teachers have included Carmel Kaine and the celebrated Russian violinist Viktor Lieberman. Karin Leishman also received much personal guidance and mentoring in chamber music from the members of the Amadeus Quartet. The famous British violinist Hugh Bean wrote of her after awarding her the first prize in a Royal Academy violin competition "an unfailing beauty of tone".

As well as being a long standing leader of the Alberni String Quartet Karin Leishman is also in demand as a recitalist and soloist. In this capacity she has performed and broadcast throughout the world. She has also guest- lead many distinguished ensembles and orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and she has also appeared as Assistant Concertmaster of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Karin Leishman is a very experienced teacher, having taught both the solo violin and string quartet repertoires for many years and her rare qualities as a performer have led to her being offered on loan several fine violins including a 1727 Antonio Stradivari. She is a key member of the Wells Cathedral School string teaching faculty and Professor of Violin at Bristol University.

Iva Fleischhansová (Butler) - violin 

Iva Fleischhansová studied in Prague at the Academy of Performing Arts with Nora Grumliková. In 1994 she went to the UK to do postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Lydia Mordkovich. Fired with enthusiasmfor period performance, she also studied with Pauline Nobes and Andrew Manze.

 While in Prague, Iva was co-leader of the Suk Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Talich Chamber Orchestra. Since her settling in the UK she has worked with Manchester Camerata, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the London FestivalOrchestra,  the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the London Classical Players, the Academyof Ancient Music, the Sixteen and others and toured with them extensively in Europe, America and Japan. She regularly performs with the renowned Czech pianist Tomáš Víšek, in a violin duo with her husband Mark Butler, theLuxEnsemble, the Bosch Quartet and has made recordings for BBC films and for Czech Radio.

Matthew Souter

"In complete command of his instrument" and "very musical in the finest way...", so wrote the world-famous conductor Antal Dorati about Matthew Souter when putting him forward for the principal viola position in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at just 22 years of age. Leonard Bernstein and Claudio Abbado likewise took a personal interest in his early career; Abbado described him as "an outstanding viola player" and it was with the help of these and many other similarly distinguished musicians that he has gone on to enjoy a fine career himself as a concert artist.

As a soloist he has performed across the world both as a recitalist and with professional orchestras from the UK, Europe, Russia and South East Asia. He has recorded and broadcast as a soloist on the BBC, NHK, Deutsche Rundfunk networks and on CD for Signum Classics, Regent Records and Hyperion.

Matthew has guest-lead the viola sections in virtually all of Britain’s most celebrated orchestras such as the Academy St Martin-in-the-Fields, English Chamber Orchestra and The London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also been a regular guest at international chamber music festivals in the UK, Europe and South East Asia, often collaborating with world-famous artists.

For the past 20 years Matthew Souter has been a member of The Alberni String Quartet, one of Britain’s most distinguished ensembles and described in the Washington Post as "reflecting the best of British musical tradition". Matthew Souter has been a Professor at The Royal Academy of Music in London for 18 years where he has attracted many exceptionally talented violists from across the world, and indeed violin students as well, wishing to work with him, many of whom have gone on to have highly distinguished careers themselves. He has been fortunate in his career to have been lent some outstanding instruments including a 1585 Gaspar da Salo and an Antonio Stradivari of 1695. Matthew works for the Music Dept of Wells Cathedral School, one of Europe''s foremost Specialist music schools.

Richard May

As one of the UK’s foremost cellists of his generation, Richard May has pursued an international career as soloist and chamber musician, performing many of the major cello concertos with such orchestras as the Basel Symphony, Ulster and BBC Philharmonic, and has performed worldwide, including at the Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Barbican and South Bank Centre, and at festivals in Salzburg, Berlin, London and Aldeburgh. He has performed live on television and radio, both nationally and internationally, and has collaborated regularly with such artists as Nigel Kennedy, Brodsky Quartet and Craig Ogden.

Following on from winning the BBC TV Young Musician of the Year String Category, his London debut recital at the Purcell Room included the world premiere of Five Duos for Cello and Piano by Colin Matthews. A recital of Bach Solo Suites in Switzerland gained critical acclaim for "absolute perfection and virtuosity".

Richard studied in London with Florence Hooton, winning a scholarship to The Royal Academy of Music, and privately with William Pleeth, then later with Thomas Demenga at the Basel Konservatorium. He also won awards to study intensively at Banff, Yale, Prussia Cove, and La Chaux-de-Fonds, with Paul Tortelier, Aldo Parisot, Ralph Kirshbaum and Andras Schiff. Past prizes include the National Federation of Music Societies Award and the EMI Jacqueline du Pre Competition, when The Times wrote of the Shostakovich Sonata "simply one of the most gripping performances I have heard".

Richard was cellist of the Angell Piano Trio for nearly 20 years, who were Ensemble-in-Residence at Aldeburgh and performed throughout the world, frequently for radio. Richard has recorded for Chandos, ASV, Priory, Sanctuary and Lorelt labels.

He is Professor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and teaches at Wells Cathedral School, and regularly gives masterclasses and coaches on courses throughout Europe. He is a founder and Artistic Director of Encore Music Projects International Summer School. Richard was made an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music in 2000, in recognition of his significant contribution to the music profession, and plays an Old English cello of 1789, by William Forster.

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Alexander Panfilov is a Russian-born pianist who  studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and at the RNCM where he won the gold medal for the best performance. He has  performed at world's prestigious concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London, Musikverein Vienna, Tonhalle Zurich and broadcast on BBC radio 3.  He has won first prize in numerous international competitions. 

February 2018
"Gitarrissima" of Vienna

 An award winning and unique ensemble of five guitarists from Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Japan and Russia. They create a refreshingly original sound giving a new dimension to popular classical works as well as lesser known compositions.



Noriko Ogawa internationally respected pianist, recording artist, presenter, educator and artistic adviser to MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall. Winner of the third prize in the 1987  Leeds International Piano Competition. Now London based she  is a professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama Noriko.  She founded Jamie’s Concerts a series for autistic children and parents and is a Cultural Ambassador for the National Autistic Society.

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Ms Ogawa opens our 2018/2019 season in October.