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Susanna Stranders – Pianist

Susanna began her musical training with Harpenden Musicale. After graduating from Exeter University with first-class honours in music she studied at the GSMD and University of Cincinnati, winning many accompanist prizes. She was répétiteur for Cincinnati Opera, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Programme, and a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Texas. From 2004-2006, Susanna was a répétiteur on the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

She has since worked regularly for the ROH, for the Glyndebourne Festival and Tour, Opera Grange Park, the Blackheath Halls, the Philharmonia orchestra, Complicite and the Festspiele and Landestheater, Salzburg. Susanna has accompanied leading singers and instrumentalists in recital performances including Bryn Terfel, Sir John Tomlinson, Christine Rice, Kate Royal, Mark Padmore, Kurt Streit, Jeremy White, Andrew Kennedy, Adrian Thompson, Ailish Tynan, Andrei Bondarenko, oboist Melanie Ragge and cellists Guy Johnston and Paul Watkins. Susanna also plays for Ellipsis – a trio for flute, oboe and piano – and enjoys engagements with them throughout the country. She has broadcast live for the BBC on both television and radio.

Currently a Senior Opera Coach at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, the Welsh International Academy of Voice, The National Opera Studio, and for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Susanna is also official pianist for the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of GB and Music Director for the Opera Scenes at the Oxenfoord International Summer School. Susanna is Head of Music for Garsington Opera.

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Anna Cardona – Pianist

Catalan pianist Anna Cardona is the winner of the MBF accompanist’s prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition 2010, prize winner at the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform 2011, winner of the Paper de Música Competition 2012 and the Wigmore Hall Prize Recital of the Worshipful Company of Musicians 2012. She is a graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama having studied with professors Peter Bithell, Eugene Asti and Pamela Lidiard.

Anna has participated in masterclasses given by Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Paul Lewis, Roger Vignoles, Sir Thomas Allen… and was selected to take part in the Young Songmakers Almanac Masterclasses 2011, Lieder Leeds+Festival 2009 and is also a Samling Scholar. Recent performances have included venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Crush Room in ROH Covent Garden, St. James’ Piccadilly, The Forge in London; Auditori Nacional de Catalunya and Palau de la Música in Barcelona.

Future engagements include Rome, Paris, Oxford and a cicle of concerts around Catalunya with baritone Victor Sicard. For more info visit: www.annacardona.com

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Elizabeth Marcus – Pianist

Elizabeth Marcus was born in Brighton and studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she now works as a vocal coach, staff accompanist and tutor of harpsichord. While at college she won the Raymond Russell Competition for harpsichord, the Dove Memorial Prize for top Graduate of that year and the Carl Meyer Memorial Prize for outstanding service to the School.

Elizabeth has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Floral Hall at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and St. John Smith Square and appeared in concert with Alastair Miles, Janice Watson, Sally Matthews, Robert Hayward and Claire Rutter. She has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, Classic FM, BBC 2 TV, Channel 4 and French National Radio.

She has been official accompanist for the Peter Pears, the Richard Tauber and the Kathleen Ferrier competitions and for masterclasses with Ileana Kotrubas, Guisseppe di Stefano and Sherrill Milnes. She is much in demand as a vocal coach and works regularly with singers such as Sally Matthews, Patricia Bardon and Sir Willard White.

Elizabeth is a member of the Tzigane Piano Trio, which performs regularly in the UK and has released a disc of the complete music for Piano Trio by Cecile Chaminade.

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Gavin Roberts – Pianist

Gavin Roberts enjoys a varied career as a piano accompanist. He has partnered singers in recital at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and is Artistic Director of the recital series SONG in the CITY. Engagements have include appearances at The Ludlow Weekend of English Song, The Cheltenham Festival, The Ryedale Festival (as a duo partner to the late clarinettist Alan Hacker), Brahms’ Liebesliederwaltzer as a duet partner to Graham Johnson, The Young Songmakers’ Almanac, The and A Soldier and a Maker directed by Iain Burnside – a play about the life of Ivor Gurney staged in the Barbican Pit Theatre. Alongside soprano Lucy Hall, he was the winner of the 2012 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform.

He has played for The BBC Singers, The Joyful Company of Singers, The Hanover Band, Orpheus Britannicus, Tiffin Boys’ Choir and The Guildford Chamber Choir, and as a repetiteur for Sir Roger Norrington and the late Richard Hickox.

Gavin has appeared regularly on BBC Radio broadcasts as a soloist and accompanist, often giving premiere performances of new works. He has played on numerous recordings for the BBC, ASV, Guild and Priory Records. His most recent project is a recording of Gurney songs with baritone Philip Lancaster.

Gavin studied Piano with Andrew West and Eugene Asti at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he subsequently became a fellow in piano accompaniment. He also received coaching from Graham Johnson, Sarah Walker, Iain Burnside, Julius Drake, Malcolm Martineau and Martin Katz. He previously read Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he also held the organ scholarship. Following this, Gavin gained a Master’s degree from King’s College London. Since 2002, Gavin has been Assistant Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church. More details: www.gavinroberts.org & www.songinthecity.org

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Yoko Misumi – Pianist

Yoko Misumi was born in Kyoto, Japan to a musical family and started her piano lessons very early. At age 14 she received the Second Prize in the prestigious Kyoto Piano Competition. After graduating from Kyoto Music High School she moved to London, where she completed a BMus degree at Trinity College of Music, and later two postgraduate diplomas.

Misumi’s concert appearances include a highly acclaimed performance of Chopin’s “Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante” with the Trinity College of Music Symphony Orchestra under James Judd. Yoko has performed all around Japan and in Germany, Portugal, London, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia, both as soloist and in chamber music recitals. She has appeared in such prestigious venues as Kyoto Concert Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Church Piccadilly, Wigmore Hall, Adrian Boult Hall and Regent Hall. In master classes Yoko has worked with Bernard Greenhouse and Dimitri Alexeev, among others.

She is the recipient of the First Prize of the John Longmire Beethoven Competition, Second Prize of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Intercollegiate Piano Competition 2005, the winner of the Elizabeth Schumann Lieder competition 2006 and the Leonard Smith & Felicity Young Duo Competition 2007 with cellist Stjepan Hauser. Most recently she won the 2008 Alfred Kitchin Piano Competition. Currently, Yoko is the Leverhulme Scholar at Trinity College of Music, and also recipient of the TCM Founders’ Prize for musical accomplishments.

Misumi is a member of The Greenwich Trio,[2] together with the Slovenian violinist Lana Trotovsek and Croatian cellist Stjepan Hauser. The Trio, a 2008 winner of Solti Foundation Award, has been described by legendary cellist Bernard Greenhouse as the new “Beaux Arts Trio”. The trio won both the first and the audience prize of the Cavatina Chamber Music Competition, a result that was followed by a series of highly praised concerts all around Europe. They are the current holders of the first prize in the Trinity Laban Chamber Music Competition and of the first and special prizes at the International Chamber Music Competition in Candelo, Italy.

The Greenwich Trio received regular coaching from Bernard Greenhouse (Beaux Arts Trio) and Stephen Kovacevich, and has received coaching from Rivka Golani, and master classes from Bernard Greenhouse, Ivry Gitlis and Klaus Maetzl (Alban Berg Quartet). Highlights from the year 2008 include concert in St. Martin in the Fields and performance of the Triple Concerto with conductor Barry Wordsworth.

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Patrick Leresche – Pianist

Swiss pianist Patrick Leresche has graduated from the University of Arts in Bern (Switzerland) with a Master of Piano in Pedagogy before coming to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After receiving a Masters of Performance in Piano Accompaniment with Distinction, he is staff accompanist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, teaches piano on a private basis and performs on many occasions.

Patrick has won the Swiss National Competition for young musicians twice, is a prize winner of the Hans-Ninck Music Prize, has been invited to the European Music Competition for Youth in Weimar and was chosen to represent Switzerland at the Steinway Festival in Hamburg. He has given concerts as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in Switzerland, England, the United States and Japan. He has performed Mozart’s Concertos KV 414 and 415 with orchestra as well as Beethoven’s first Piano-concerto, Weber’s Konzertstück, the Double Concerto of Mendelssohn and the Concerto in f by Gershwin, which has been released on the label Amos. He has worked together with teachers such as Graham Johnson, Iain Burnside, Charles Owen, Julius Drake and André Tribuzy. At the Biennale Bern he has played the Swiss première of Kepler’s Dream by Italian composer Battistelli. Patrick has worked together with the Swiss composer David-Philip Hefti on several occasions and has played the UK premier of his song cycle “Rosenblätter” in January 2012 in London and Manchester.

As an accompanist, he has been invited to play for a Masterclass of Hans-Peter Blochwitz and some productions of the Swiss Opera Studio in Biel (Switzerland). He has been playing for the singing class of Australian soprano Yvonne Kenney for a year and is currently accompanying Prof. Detlef Hahn’s violin class.

Next to his activities as a classical pianist, he is very much interested in cross-arts projects, which break open the common boundaries of the classical traditions. During his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama he has been working with Prof. David Dolan in the course of the module Interpretation through Improvisation and has had the chance to improvise and play together with actors. As part of his final exam of his studies he wrote a play about Robert Schumann’s life based on the letter conversation with his wife Clara, which includes acting, improvisation and interpretation. It was shown at the Reflective Conservatoire Conference 2012 and will be shown in Luzern (Switzerland) this November. Another project cross-arts project Patrick has been involved with was the theatrically staged “Lads in their hundreds”, directed by Iain Burnside. The piece was performed at Theatro Technis (London), at The Weekend of English Song in Ludlow and on a live broadcasting on BBC Radio Three.

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Ricardo Gosalbo – Pianist

Ricardo Gosalbo is a Spanish-French pianist and composer. He studied piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Ilana Davids and Mikhail Kazakevich, then moved to Germany to study composition with Helmut Zapf.

He is a demanded music collaborator, working freelance as accompanist, chamber musician, répétiteur, dance accompanist and composer. He performs regularly with singers, focusing on the German lied and French mélodie repertoire. He also works extensively with contemporary dancers and choreographers and has assumed Mumuki Music & Dance Company’s artistic direction since 2009.

He is currently studying piano accompaniment at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Eugene Asti and Pamela Lidiard.

For more info please visit www.ricardogosalbo.com

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Justin Snyder – Pianist

Justin Snyder, an advocate of new music, has worked with composers such as Libby Larsen, William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, John Musto, and Mohammed Fairouz. He has collaborated with and performed world premieres by William Bolcom and Libby Larsen. In 2008, he recorded Rachmaninov’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli for the Czech National Radio and recently performed live on BBC Radio 3′s In Tune programme. In the summer of 2011, he was a Martin Katz Fellowship and Stearns Fellowship student at Songfest in Malibu, California where he worked with Graham Johnson among other teachers, composers, and performers.

Since studying in London, he has won the Guildhall Accompanist Prize, the Cunard Prize in the Guildhall English Song Competition, and the Paul Hamburger Pianist’s Prize as part of Graham Johnson’s series Cycles in Tandem. Some of the venues he has performed at include Wigmore Hall, Barbican Main Hall and Barbican Pit, and Sadler’s Wells (in collaboration with Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal).

Justin has studied with Christopher Harding and Martin Katz at the University of Michigan on full scholarship and is currently pursuing his second masters degree in Accompanying on full scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Pamela Lidiard.

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Matteo Dalle Fratte – Italian Vocal Coach

Matteo Dalle Fratte was born in Asolo, near Venice. He studied Arts, Literature, History of Music and Musicology with Dr Anna Laura Bellina at the University of Padova and achieved a 5-year degree cum laude in 2003 with a thesis about Giacomo Puccini. He studied singing at the Steffani Conservatoire of Castelfranco Veneto and privately with the bass Paolo Badoer, a pupil of Gilda Dalla Rizza who was one of Puccini’s favourite sopranos. He also studied piano at the Malipiero Institute of Asolo and at the Morello Institute of Castelfranco Veneto.

From 2006-08 Matteo was Artistic Director of the Theatre Auditorium Spazio Binario in the town of Zola Predosa, where he collaborated with the University and the Conservatoire of Bologna. In the same period he was employed by Kaleidos Musical Association as an organisational director of Baroque Music Tours around Italy.

Matteo also worked for many years as a journalist and a music critic for the magazine Rassegna Melodrammatica of Milan and the newspaper Gazzettino. He published biographies of the soprano Gilda Dalla Rizza and the tenor Giovanni Lunardi and wrote the History of Teatro Sociale in Notiziario degli Amici del Museo of Bassano del Grappa.

Matteo moved to London in 2008 and obtained a Masters in Music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied with Scott Johnson and Emanuele Moris. As a tenor he has performed in concerts and opera productions in the UK and Italy. His main repertoire focuses on the Italian romantic operas written by Verdi, Puccini and composers from the ‘Giovine Scuola’.

He was appointed Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2010, where he teaches Italian grammar and holds recitative classes and coaching sessions. Matteo has been an Italian coach at the National Opera Studio in London since 2010 and has coached opera productions including Raymond Gubbay’s Aida at the Royal Albert Hall, Vivaldi’s Olimpiade with La Serenissima and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Grange Park Opera.

Musical research and history of music are also part of his commitment, both as a performer and as a musicologist. One of his current research projects is the study of Italian phonetics for singers with the aim to establish a new Italian lyrics phonetic system from the performer’s point of view. As a musicologist, Matteo has being working with the Claudio Monteverdi Foundation in London.

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Gerhard Gall – German Language Coach – www.gerhardgall.com

Gerhard was born in Treuchtlingen, Germany and studied at the University of Bayreuth where he was also part of the extra chorus of the Bayreuther Festspiele. As a German Language Coach he has worked with singers of the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Welsh/Cardiff International Academy of Voice, the National Opera Studio, the Royal Opera House,

Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Bayreuther Festspiele.

Gerhard has collaborated with Grange Park Opera (Capriccio, Tristan und Isolde), Longborough Festival Opera (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Classical Opera (Orpheus), Fulham Opera (Siegfried, Götterdämmerung), the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Opera Courses at the RAM, RCM and GSMD as well as with various choirs, vocal ensembles and individual artists. He has also been involved with several CD recordings and provides special help for auditions in Germany.

In addition to his engagements as a coach, Gerhard also teaches German and occasionally French language and acts as a translator and interpreter.

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Nuria Luterbacher – German Language Coach

Nuria Luterbacher started her musical training in Germany where she grew up, and continued in Barcelona at the Conservatorio del Liceu and the Conservatorio Municipal where she graduated with distinction and Premio de Honor. She obtained BMus Hons at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and currently studies with Jane Highfield.

As a singer, Nuria’s repertoire covers opera, Lied and oratorio and she has performed music by Spanish and Catalan composers, German Lied and opera arias in Spain, Germany and London.

She has performed excerpts from Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, Mercédès Carmen (GSMD); Dorinda Orlando, Contessa Nozze di Figaro, title role Anna Bolena, La madre Il Prigioniero by Dallapiccola (Birkbeck University); Dorabella Così fan tutte, Lady Billows Albert Herring; title role Kat’a Kabanova, Ellen Orford, Peter Grimes (Morley Opera) and full roles Gerhilde Die Walküre (Midsummer Opera), Suora Infermiera Suor Angelica (Fulham Opera, Giornata Opera) Grimgerde Die Walküre (Fulham Opera) and Annio La Clemenza di Tito (Giornata Opera).

She is also Speech Therapist (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) specializing in professional speech and voice disorders, and also language adquisition and pathology in bilingual children.

This has also given her a deep insight into phonetics that she applies to her German language coaching.

She also holds a Master’s degree in Music Therapy (Universidad de Barcelona).

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Jevan McAuley – English Language Coach

Jevan McAuley is a Baritone from Salisbury, Wiltshire, and is currently studying with David Pollard at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

His production experience includes Albert Herring, Sid (Reduced Score), Chorus for Opera North’s production of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach, Bass Soloist for Cornelius Cardew’s Ode Machines at the Southbank Centre, Bass Soloist in Handel’s Israel in Eygpt, Will Harvey in Iain Burnside’s play A Soldier and a Maker for BBC Radio 3, and Ernest Cabaner in Iain Burnside’s Journeying Boys. This year Jevan will be giving a recital for the Song in the City series, and will be appearing in Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio at the Guildhall School.

Jevan is now nearing the end of his BMus course, and will be continuing at the Guildhall School on the Masters programme, starting in September 2014.

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Emily (Adi) Chase – Score Copyist

Emily (Adi) Chase was born in Bedford, England, where her love for music and composition grew from an early age. With a keen interested in the performing arts, Emily had attended Stagecoach National Theatre Arts School from the age of 4 and later the Sylvia Young School for Vocal and Performance Studies, where her understanding and knowledge of the theatre grew. Emily has attended the Sound and Music summer school for composers twice, which is held every summer at the Purcell school of music and now studies Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Composing a variety of music from pastiche classical music, solo instrumentation to orchestral works, electronic music, such as dubstep and trance, film music and acoustic-pop songs, Emily is also the lead singer and electric violinist of the alternative-rock band, Near Moments. With a working knowledge of musical software such as Sibelius, Reason and Logic, Emily takes on an assortment of projects from independent film companies, such as Avenge Productions, projects from Westminster Film School and editing scores for Lyribox.

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Benjamin Fingerhut – Score Copyist

Benjamin Fingerhut was born and currently lives in London. He has played the piano for as long as he can remember and started writing music from a young age.

At the age of eight, Benjamin started having piano lessons which enabled him to advance quickly through the grades and to diploma level. Having always had a passion for writing music and playing by ear, Benjamin successfully applied to the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study composition with piano. Now 22, he is approaching the end of the BMus degree in Classical Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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James Garner – Score Copyist

James Garner (b.1992) is a composer from Leicestershire. His commissions have included works for the Knighton Chamber Orchestra, Leicestershire Chorale, bass-baritone Martin Häßler, pianist Antonio Oyarzabal, and most recently the Alma Mater Vocal Ensemble. James is recipient of the 2013 Mary Ryan Richmond Concert Society Award for Composition.

James’s theatre works include music for Chekhov’s The Three Sisters (dir. Wyn Jones), the debut production in the Milton Court Theatre (opening in October 2013), and East of the Sun, West of the Moon (dir. Anna Pool), a new opera in collaboration with a librettist, singers, instrumentalists and technical theatre students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (set to be staged in January 2014).

James is also a musical director, orchestrator, arranger and accordionist, but in his spare time he enjoys good films, unwinding in coffee shops, and sniffing out food festivals. He currently lives in London and attends the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying composition with Paul Whitmarsh and voice with Andrew Watts.

James is generously supported by a scholarship from The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

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Poeticall Musicke – Resident Baroque Ensemble

Poeticall Musicke is an early music band founded in 2011. Their exhilarating sound, engaging programmes and energetic schedule have attracted a growing audience, and notably the support of Dame Emma Kirkby DBE and Suzi Digby OBE as honorary patrons. They are one of the few ensembles to boast a permanent continuo array of baroque harp, theorbo, harpsichord, viol and lirone which they use in different combinations, usually as accompaniment to soprano Rosemary Galton and violinists George Clifford and Rafael Font.

Poeticall Musicke is resident in many venues throughout the UK. If you miss the ensemble at their home residency at St James’ Church (Islington), you can hear them perform monthly at: All Saints Church (York), St Edward King and Martyr (Cambridge) and St Mary Magdalen (Oxford). They are also the resident baroque ensemble for the website Lyribox. They have played throughout London in venues including the Southbank Centre, Christchurch Spitalfields and the Foundling Museum.

Unusually for an early music ensemble they have embraced internet music distribution by providing outstanding recordings that are free to stream. Through their record label Veterum Musica they have gained an increasingly substantial online following, having attracted over 30,000 plays with six albums.