Violinist Alina Hiltunen
Finnish-born Alina has been playing the violin since she was five. She held her first solo recital at the age of 14. She took her degree in music education at the North Karelia University of Applied Sciences in Finland under the guidance of Dr. Tapani Yrjola, and studied her Master Degree at the Royal Academy of Music with Diana Cummings and Erich Gruenberg, graduating in 2011.
Alina has attended many masterclasses by famous violinists, such as Jack Liebeck, Hu Kun, Almita Vamos and Rodney Friend. She is a member of FeMusa String Orchestra, London Arte Chamber Orchestra and Collaborative Orchestra, and done successful tours to Oman, Azerbaijan, France, Hong Kong, China and Germany. Alina is currently the first violinist of Konvalia String Quartet, and has worked professionally with the Joensuu City Orchestra in Finland and Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. In 2015 she was a member of the Southbank Sinfonia in London and has continued to work with them on numerous occasions.
Violinist Kamila Bydlowska
Polish violinist Kamila Bydlowska graduated from the Royal College of Music with an Artist Diploma in Performance where she was under the tutelage of Ani Schnarch, supported by Jacqueline Ward Award. She previously studied at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, USA with Mauricio Fuks and Kevork Mardirossian, where she was awarded a full scholarship.
Her solo and a chamber performances include : the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly, the National Gallery, St Martin-in-the Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Center, Victoria & Albert Museum in London , National Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, Grand Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatory. As a soloist she recently appeared with the Angel Orchestra, Chamber Academy Orchestra, Croydon Symphony Orchestra ,
Ealing Symphony Orchestra , Guilford Symphony Orchestra, North London Sinfonia, Worthing Symphony Orchestra and the nearets engagements include Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Northampton Symphony Orchestra as well as recitals for Oxford Music Society and in London.
She performed at Tengiz Amirejibi International Music Festival in Tbilisi (Georgia ), iPalpiti Festival of International Laureats in Los Angeles, Bowdoin International Music Festival ( USA), Orford Music Festival ( Canada). A winner of multiple awards, she is the recipient of the Ministry of Culture of Poland scholarship and Artistic Excellence Award from Indiana University. As a soloist she performed in Austria, Canada, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Israel, Poland, Sicily, Slovenia, UK, USA.
Pianist Emil Duncumb
Born in Sheffield in 1990, Emil moved to Norway when he was seven. He started playing the piano in 1999, and in 2002 was accepted onto the Barratt-Due’s Young Talents Program as a student of Mark Nippierd. In 2008 Emil won the Senior Class in the Sparre Olsen Competition in addition to an overall Honorary Award and became a student of Liv Glaser. From 2009 to 2013 Emil studied with Christopher Elton and Joanna MacGregor for his BMus at the Royal Academy of Music and from 2013 to 2015 took a Masters in performance at the Norwegian Academy of Musicunder the direction of Håvard Gimse.
After a brief period at the Juilliard School in 2015, Emil has now returned to the Royal Academy of music for a professional diploma.
Emil has performed in various concerts and festivals both at home in Norway and abroad, with outstanding reviews. Amongst these are appearances at the Northern Lights Festival (Tromsø), Olavsfestdagene (Trondheim) and International Arts Festival (Gozo). He has performed at Gamle Logen and the Konserthus in Oslo and London’s Wigmore Hall. Emil's final 2 years of study are kindly funded by a scholarship from the Ingvar Dobloug stiftelse.
Flutist Chiawen Kiew
Chiawen is a London-based freelance flautist performing regularly as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chiawen received his music degree from Stanford University in the United States where he was the principal flute of the US National Youth Orchestra, the California Youth Symphony, and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Europe, Chiawen has maintained an active schedule of solo recitals, orchestral concerts, and chamber music performances. He is a founding member of the Paris-based wind quintet Quintitus and is also principal flute and a founding member of the London City Philharmonic.
Cellist Alexandra Fletcher
Alexandra Fletcher was born in West London, and began playing the cello at the age of eight. After moving to Boston, USA in 1994, she began studies at the New England Conservatory of Music junior department, under Laura Blustein, with coaching in chamber music from Colin Carr. On returning to the UK she studied with Robert Max and Philip Sheppard at the Royal Academy of Music, and later Mats Lidstrom, with masterclasses from Steven Isserlis and Alexander Baillie.
Alexandra was a category finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year, winner of the Marlowe Young Musician of the Year, Kingston Young Musician of the Year and Royal Academy of Music Junior Department concerto competitions. She has also won the Kent Music Festival Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Violoncello Prize, Instrumental Prize and Premier Award at the Kingston Festival of the Performing Arts. Previously a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Alexandra plays as a freelance orchestral cellist with a range of ensembles. Past solo performances have included Dvorak’s Silent Woods, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and the Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and she will be performing Richard Strauss’s Romanze for Cello and Orchestra in the new year.
Pianist Shkelzen Baftiari
Shkelzen Baftiari finished his primary and high school
in Skopje in the class of Professor Ludmilla Romanova graduating cum laude from the Faculty of Music in Skopje in the class of Professor Boris Romanov. He currently studies piano with the pianist Simon Trpceski. Shkelzen Baftiari has participated in many concerts in Macedonia and Abroad, and is also the winner of many international competition, including first prize in Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria), Laureate at the Valentino Bucchi International Competition in Rome (Italy), second prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition (France), second prize in Torino (Italy), first prize at the Schumann-Brahms International Competition (Bulgaria). In april 2007 he was the winner of the
Special First Prize at The Republic Competition on Piano. He has given recitals in Skopje, Pristina, Tirana, Sofia, Belgrade, Ohrid
(Ohrid summer) and has performed as a soloist with Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Faculty of Musical Arts in Skopje. Beside his recordings at the Macedonian Radio - Television (MRT), at the Albanian Television (TVSH) and at the Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK) he is a regular follower of the seminars in Ohrid during "Ohrid Summer" held by professor, Boris Romanov.
Violinist Dacian Marin
Born in Braila, Romania, Dacian Marin began his musical preparation at the age of 7 in the newly founded Haricleea Darclee school of music in Braila.At the age of 13, he gave his first solo violin recital in the presence of Prince Paul of Romania and Princess Lia, who gave excellent reviews on the young interpreter artist. At 16, he decided to follow the violin under the watchful eye of the young teacher I. Filip and started successfully representing the city of Braila in violin competitions such as the International Music Competition George Georgescu, International Violin Competition Garabet Avachian among others. A year later, he performed works by Sarasate, Paganini, Bach, Mozart Saint-Saëns at the Pro Arte Concert Hall of Braila.
In 2006 he began working in Madrid, Spain as concertmaster of groups such as “Studio Lirico” and “Lirica Scene”. In April of 2012, he played the world premiere of the sonata of violin and piano by Ricardo Vidal Tolosa who favourably reviewed his interpretation of the piece. Until 2014 he played with “Studio Lirico”(Lisboa, Azores, Madrid, Zamora) and also the “Iberic Company”(France, Barcelona, Madrid, Leyda)as guest concertmaster. Dacian has also played as a soloist and guest concertmaster in France, Italy, Mexico, Romania and Portugal.