2020 Season 2

Jury Members

Nigel Clayton (Masterclass)
Harry Nowakowski-Fox
Dr Lin Lin
Ugne Tiskute
Bo Lyu
Henry Hargreaves
Ke Ma
Alisa Liubarskaya
Phillip Leslie
Amiran Zenaishvili
Hao Wang
Naufal Mukumi
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Nigel Clayton

Piano professor at the Royal College of Music, Nigel's worldwide travel has included four major tours of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with Indian cellist Anup Kumar Biswas, tours of the Middle East and America with Wissam Boustany, of Scandinavia with Gerald LeFeuvre and throughout every European country. He performs more than eighty concerts every season and has also played at most of the music clubs and festivals in his native Great Britain, appearing regularly on the BBC's radio network, at the Wigmore Hall and at the South Bank Centre, where he has already performed over fifty recitals. His most recent concerts have been in Taiwan and Japan, where he is becoming an increasingly regular performer.
Nigel also continues to perform as a soloist and has given more than one hundred solo recitals on board the British cruise liner SS Canberra, as well as completing several cruises on P & O's Oriana, Victoria and Arcadia luxury cruise liners. He has performed concertos by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Ravel, Rachmaninov, Liszt, Mozart (directed from the keyboard), and was a soloist in Poulenc's two piano concerto in the Royal Albert Hall whilst still a junior student at the Royal College of Music.

Dr Lin Lin

Described by conductor Jonathan Tilbrook as ‘an exceptional musician’, ‘a phenomenal flute player’ and ‘a wonderfully gifted pianist’, and by composer Peter Weigold as ‘a very fine and creative musician’. Lin has established herself as one of the most exciting young musicians of today by giving a large number of solo and chamber recitals in major concert halls and music festivals throughout Europe and Asia, including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Blackheath Great Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Fazioli Concert Hall, etc. Lin has also collaborated with composers since 2013 in the creation of new art music. The recent releases and publications including: music score of 'Book of Dreams' for flute and string quartet published by United Music Publishing; CD albums 'Anatta' and 'Soft Light' released by Metier and Miraco Studio, both contains new compositions collaborated with different UK based composers. The recent concert performance including: art musical concert 'Lenged Unfold' at London Deptford Chamber Room; piano and flute recital at Honiton Music Festival; premiere performace for Alex McGery's 'Dai vilalge' at Faversham Assembly Rooms; live performance with King’s Choir for John Rutter’s new work ‘SecondFarewell to Cambridge’ at Corn Exchange; and premiere performance for Sandy Clark's ‘Hua Mulan Saga' at Blackheath Great Hall with Trinity Symphony Orchestra. Lin has studied and worked with many well-known musicians including Anna Noakes, Susan Milan, Paul Edmund Davies, Sue Thomas, Nigel Clayton, Matino Tirimo and Dmitri Alexeev. Lin received her PhD in music performance at University of London in 2019, and published her research thesis about soloist's creative realisation in new collaborative compositions. Unusually, Lin also has a Master’s degree in Science & Engineering, having studied material science and engineering at Queen Mary University of London from which she graduated with first class honours in 2009, the only student in her year to have a research essay published at Science Journal. Lin’s talents in both science and musical art, and her life change to musical art story has been filmed in the documentary film ‘Great Britain, Great Experience’ by the British Embassy in China in 2015.

Harry Nowakowski-Fox

Harry Nowakowski-Fox is a young Steinway Artist and the co-founder of Piano and Strings Tutors London. He has rapidly established an exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, having performed internationally at concerts, competitions and chamber music festivals in Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain, Switzerland the UK and the United States. Performances at prestigious London venues include St Martins in the Fields, St John Smiths Square, Victoria and Albert Museum, Fairfield Halls, and Wigmore Hall. In 2016 he gave his debut recital in Moscow performing works by Bach, Schumann & Chopin. Of Polish and Finish descent Harry was born in the UK and started playing the piano at the age of 5. His progress was quickly noticed which led to being accepted to Chetham’s school of Music in Manchester at the age of 8 to study with the head of keyboard at the time, Nigel Pitceathly. Shortly afterwards he appeared on a television documentary about laying the technical foundations of piano playing for young students. When he was 13, he gave his concerto debut performing Grieg’s Piano concerto in A minor. Whilst at Trinity College of Music Harry won the opportunity to perform Chopin´s 1st piano concerto in the United States and was also the 2010 winner of the Derek Butler London prize, held in London´s Wigmore Hall. Harry graduated as a Kendall-Taylor Scholar of the Masters in Performance course at the Royal College of Music in 2013, where he was studying under Professor Dina Parakhina. Shortly afterwards he was named as a Young Steinway Artist and won the special prize at the Valletta International Piano competition. He was also the 2015 Grand Prize winner at the Windsor International Piano Competition. In 2016 Harry signed a recording contract with the label KNS Classical and released his first solo recording, an all Schumann disc. A keen chamber musician and concerto performer Harry collaborates regularly with talented instrumentalists in a wide-ranging variety of ensembles. In 2017 he founded the Harry & Alisa Recital duo with his wife, the Cellist Alisa Liubarskaya. They have since performed a series of concerts in the UK, Greece, Valetta, Paris & Rome. Their first recording as a duo, Sonatas by Schubert, Brahms and Schnittke, was realeased in Autumn 2019 on the label Grand Empirical.

Alisa Liubarskaya

Alisa is a guest cellist at venues including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Scottish Opera, Southbank Sinfonia, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and the Belarus State Music College in Minsk. She started playing the cello at the age of seven and began giving public performances soon after. Among her early successes were prizes at the Heran, Beethoven and Chandos International Competitions as well as a solo Concerto performance with the Belarus State Chamber Orchestra and a place in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Scheme. Since 2007 Alisa has been studying in London under Natalia Pavlutskaya and Hélène Dautry, generously supported by the Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the Albert Cooper Trust. During 2012 Alisa became a member of the Southbank Sinfonia and most recently has been invited as a Guest Section Principal with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and a member of Covent Garden Soloists. As well as multiple funding awards to support her Undergraduate and Masters degrees, Alisa has received first prizes at the Vivian Joseph Concerto Competition, Vera Kantrovic, Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Competitions. She also won the John Thompson, Cavatina Chamber Music Prizes and the Barbirolli Memorial Prize for Cellists. Her most recent performances including solo concerto performances with the Southbank Sinfonia, Trinity Laban Sinfonia, Canterbury Symphony Orchestra as well as chamber music recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martins in the Fields, Warwick and Leeds University Halls, Jacqueline du Pre Music Building in Oxford and Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham. Alisa has taken part in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Torleif Thedeen, Karine Georgian, Bernard Greenhouse, Aleksander Ivashkin, Roel Dieltiens, Leonid Gorokhov and Patrick Demenga.

Ke Ma

“Pianists go on a lifetime’s search for the heart of this music, but Ke Ma is already closer than many, and quicker than most” – Peter Quantrill, The Arts Desk “Her music unfolds naturally with ease and shows superb technical command” Xianjie, Zhu <Arts of Piano Magzine> “Where [Timothy Ridout] and his sensitive pianist Ke Ma are at their most convincing is in the short character works.” Vieuxtemps Disc review on Gramophone. Ke has won top prizes at international competitions including 1st Prize at the 2016 Concours International de la vie de Maisons-Laffitte and Karoly Mocsari Special Prize (France), 1st Prize at the 2014 Shenzhen Competition (China) and 3rd Prize at the 2012 Ettlingen Competition (Germany). As a soloist, highlights have included appearances with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Young Musicians Symphony, Suffolk Symphony Orchestra and the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra at the Palace of the Arts in Budapest. In 2017 Ke made her debut at Wigmore Hall. She has given concerts across the UK, in France, Germany, Poland, the US and Canada. Recent engagements include recitals at the Purcell Room, Kings Place, the Saintonge Festival, Maison Laffitte and Salle Molière Lyon in France and the Chopin Festival at the Fisher Center in Bard College, New York. A committed chamber musician, Ke has undertaken a Tunnell Trust Award tour of Scotland, given a recital at Wigmore Hall and recorded music by Vieuxtemps for Champs Hill Records with violist Timothy Ridout. 

Ugne Tiskute

Lithuanian born violist is a versatile performer and teacher, quickly establishing herself as renown musician and winner of major awards. A member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and active concert violist around UK and Europe. She has recently appeared as a visiting viola teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Ugne Tiskute began her music studies at the age of six inspired by her mother violinist herself. She has moved to London in 2009 and completed her Bachelor, Masters and Advance Diploma degrees with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music. Her studies has been kindly supported by major foundations and awards including the Royal Academy of Music, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Musicians Help UK award, the Solti Foundation, Drake Calleja Trust and the Marylebone Educational Trust. She is also an active member of the Ensemble Mirage who recently has won the St Johns Smith Square Young Artists Scheme. In addition, Ugne has been awarded the International LRAM teaching certificate by the Royal Academy of Music; demonstrating her talent for teaching. She is dedicated teacher who is sharing the newest methods with a great enthusiasm while helping young violists to achieve their aspirations in music performance. Ugne has performed at the International Menuhin Competition of 2016 semi-finals together with Jack Liebeck and Junior semifinalists. She has worked with distinguished soloists including Nobuko Imai, Lawrence Power,Thomas Riebl, Wolfram Christ, Hartmut Rohde, Jerzy Cosmala, Avri Levitan, Ettore Causa, Maxim Vengerov, Helen Callus and others. As a soloist and chamber musician she has performed in various concert venues across Europe and China such as Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Centre, Palacio de Festivales in Cantabria, St. Johns Smith Square, Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall and many more. She has recently appeared as guest conductor and the soloist at the International Avanti Festival, Kaunas. In addition to her viola studies at RAM Ugne has been studying Baroque viola with Annette Isserlis and Orchestral conducting with Paul Brough.

Bo Lyu

Bo Lyu, Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, Artist in Mousikos Classical Company. Since he won the first prize at the Norah Sande Award Piano Competition in 2018, Bo Lyu has won several Top prizes in many other competitions including Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition in Wigmore hall and Windsor International Piano Competition. He has given concerts at Bristol Colston Hall, Huntingdon Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts and Bedford The Quarry Theatre. Recent performances include Solo recital in the Oundle International Music Festival, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Royal Academy Soloists Orchestra in the Duke’s Hall, Benjamin Britten Young Apollo, Op.16 with the Dartington Festival Orchestra and Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No.2 with St John’s Chamber Orchestra at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead. Bo Lyu studies piano with Professor Joanna MacGregor at the Royal Academy of Music. He was awarded a full scholarship for his BMus degree in September 2014 and he commenced his Mmus degree in September 2018. He has been generously supported by the Help Musicians UK, the Sterndale Bennett Scholarship, Pisani Scholarship and Derek Butler London trusts and foundation.

Phillip Leslie

British Pianist, Phillip Leslie is first class honours graduate from Trinity Laban and a recipient of the Silver Medal Keyboard Award. Having performed in venues such as Steinway Hall, Reid Concert Hall, St John's Smith Square & St Martin in the Fields he has been described as a musician who plays with "vigor and excitement." He has previously worked with Philip Fowke, Martino Tirimo, Peter Tuite & Margaret Fingerhut. Further accolades include the Weingarten Prize for Piano and Angela Rinsler Award (EPTA). In 2017 he became a Concordia Foundation Artist. He has worked with renowned pedagogues including Stephen Hough at the Hertfordshire Festival, Leslie Howard, Antti Siirala, Boris Petruchansky, Jonathan Plowright & Leon McCawley.

A growing interest in the British repertoire, his interpretations have been expressed by a critic "...responding to the virtuosic nature of this music with a full-bodied sound, transparent passagework, and clarity of expression." In a repertoire which spans from Rameau to Boulez, in 2018 he gave a recital at the Reid Concert Hall in memory of Kenneth Leighton which received high acclaim. In 2016 he was interviewed on BBC Radio. Phillip is currently a Park Lane Group Artist and made his debut at the Southbank Centre in January 2019 as part of Southbank International Festival where he performed works by Knussen & Boulez. As a PLG Artist. Most recently he won 2nd Prize at the Liszt International Piano Society Competition.

Amiran Zenaishvili
 

Critically acclaimed pianist Amiran Zenaishvili frequently appears as a concert soloist and in chamber music ensembles in public recitals and concerts in more than ten countries all over the world including in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall. His playing has been described by Toronto Concert Reviews as ‘electric,<…> full of driving force and energy’. His most important recent public appearances include the Wigmore Hall, the Piano Festival of the Royal Academy of Music, Encuentro de Musica Festival in Santander, Spain, and the 9th Chopin Birthday Concerts Festival in Warsaw, Poland. In April 2018 he was invited by the Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico, to perform a concerts series and give piano and masterclasses. Amiran started studying piano at the age of five in Moscow, and he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in London with full scholarship where he completed his undergraduate studies. During his studies he became a prizewinner of many international competitions. In 2019 he completed his postgraduate studies at the Academy as a student of Professor Joanna MacGregor CBE with distinction and has also received a highest Academy performance award DipRAM.  Amiran was appointed Hodgson Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music. 

Hao Wang

Hao Wang is a Chinese guitarist and singer began his musical studies at the age of ten, studying classical guitar with Haitao Lu. He showed early promise as a musician and in 2003 won Third prize at the One of the Youth International Guitar Competition in Greece. Between 2006 and 2009, Hao studied at Wuhan High School of Music where he gave a one great recital in the Wuhan Qintai Grand Theatre. These award-winning performances helped to shape and direct his early musical career. Hao’s development as a musician also involved vocal studies (Baritone) at the College of Music in Wuhan, studied with the head of the vocal studies who name is LeiMing He. His performances in master classes and high school performance classes received much critical acclaim.
Between the year of 2010 and 2012, he studied with Chris Stell in Royal college of music where he had master class with Johans Muller. Hao’s undergraduate studies took place at the Trinity Conservatory of Music and Dance with the Scolarship, studied with The head of guitar department, Graham Antony Devine. During his tie at the college he took part in master classes with Alvaro Pierri, Johannes Moller, Roland Dyens Tom Kerstens, John Mills, Jose Antonio Escobar and Augustin Wiedemann. He also gave solo and chamber music recitals at Modern College, Chapel, St Alfege Church, Queen’s house, S’t Anns church and Southwark Cathedral. Hao received a Master and Postgraduate Advanced degree from the Royal Northern College of Music with scholarship. Hao worked as a specialist guitar teacher at LEVII ACADEMY for nearly one year in Manchester before he went back to Trinity for his Postgraduate Advanced Study course. He also played in several master class, and gave some solo concerts in Manchester. And got highly recommend in the Alison Stephens guitar competition in the later 2019. 

Henry Hargreaves

Henry is a versatile cellist with a particular interest in orchestral performance and working with young Cellists. In the 2019-2020 season he has been awarded a place on the London Symphony Orchestra String Experience Scheme, performed as principal cello with Academy Symphony Orchestra under Robert Trevino and John Wilson and continued his position as Principal Cello with the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming highlights include performing the Saint Saens Cello Concerto with the Whitehall Orchestra, concerts at the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra and quartet recitals around the UK. Highlights of the 2018/9 season included performing the Schumann Cello Concerto at the Waterloo Festival, a side by side concert with the Nash Ensemble at Wigmore Hall and performing the Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto with Thomas Carroll at Thinking Musician Festival, Italy. Henry appeared on Resonance FM and performed with the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists (the elite string ensemble at the RAM) for Karl Jenkins 75th Birthday Concert. A committed teacher, Henry feels privileged to work at the Youth Music Centre in Golders Green and has a large private class. His students have gone on to win scholarships to leading independent schools in London and at the Royal College of Music Junior Department in addition to the National Children’s Orchestra. Henry’s musical education began at the Bromley Youth Music Trust with Michael Nebe followed by private tuition with Gillian Thoday. Henry is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Benjamin Hughes and received a First Class Honours degree from the same institution studying with Felix Schmidt. Henry has been recipient of many prizes for duo and ensemble playing both at the Academy and externally. He is grateful to the Raphael Sommer Foundation for their support during his studies.

Naufal Mukumi

Naufal is an experienced concert pianist and winner of several international piano competitions. He has been teaching piano for almost ten years and he likes to incorporate his wealth of performing experience into his teaching practice. Working with students of all ages and levels, Naufal tailors his teaching approach to the each individual pupil, according to their interests and aspirations. He encourages his  tries to encourage his students to connect with the meaning and character of each piece of music, and to build not only the technical, but also the expressive foundation in their practice.

 

Naufal holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance and he completed his Postgraduate and Artist Diploma with distinction. He has performed as a soloist at the Wigmore Hall, Steinway Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, King’s Place, St. James Piccadilly, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Alfege’s Church and Blackheath Halls. Other appearances include a piano quintet performance at Wigmore Hall and he also works as an accompanist with a number of instrumentalists.

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