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This Year's Artists

© 2018 Lincoln International Chamber Music Festival

Our 2018 artists are listed below.

Ashley Wass*

Matthew Trusler*

Matthew is in his second season as joint Artistic Director with Ashley Wass. On his graduation from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute in 1998, The Times declared of Matthew that, “we might just have an

authentic, though British, virtuoso” and The Independent stated that, “Matthew has been attracting the kind of praise normally reserved for a young Oistrakh”. Since then he has developed a reputation as one of Britain’s leading violinists, performing with many of the world’s great orchestras and receiving high critical acclaim for his diverse recordings.

Thomas Carroll*

Described by The Strad as a player of ‘authority, passion with an unerring sense of direction, full of colour and underpinned by a clear musical intelligence’, Welsh cellist Thomas Carroll launched his

career when he won both Young Concert Artists Trust and YCA, New York, performing in many major venues across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and America. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the LSO, BBC Orchestras and LPO as well as orchestras such as the Vienna Chamber, Melbourne Symphony and Bayerischer Rundfunk. As well as his work on cello, Thomas is also much in demand as a conductor, and was recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Orpheus Sinfonia. Thomas is currently a Professor at the Royal College of Music and the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Doriane Gable^

Doriane Gable is a violinist with a wide-ranging and varied musical career. From 2006 to 2014, she held the position of solo violin in the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris. Doriane has been invited to participate in numerous chamber music festivals around the world and has performed with artists such as Gary Hoffman, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Xavier Phillips, David Grimal, Olivier Charlier, FrançoisFrédéric Guy. In recent years Doriane has been invited to guest lead the

orchestras of Radio France, Lille, Auvergne, Luxembourg, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, European Camerata, the contemporary music ensemble TM+ and the Chamber Orchestra of Paris. She is a member of the Dissonances Ensemble and played with the Parisii Quartet from 2013 to 2017.

Richard Main

In addition to being well-known as an actor, Richard is Producer and Artistic Director for Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Chapterhouse have toured significant historic venues and theatres

throughout the UK, Europe and China for over fifteen years. He produced for The Lincoln Mystery Plays, the Lincoln Shakespeare Company and numerous regional East Midlands music and theatre events.

Eve-Marie Caravassilis^

“Particularly dexterous cellist” (Classica Répertoire) Eve-Marie Caravassilis is one of the most promising cellists of her generation. As the former cellist of the Psophos Quartet, she has been heard regularly at venues including the Wigmore Hall in London, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Paris’s Cité de la Musique and Théâtre du Châtelet and was chosen as a BBC New Generation Artist.

Alongside her affection for chamber music, Eve-Marie Caravassilis always had a great interest in orchestral repertoire. She became a member of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2013 and appears regularly as a guest principal cello in prestigious orchestras such as Scottish Chamber

Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and English National Opera. Eve-Marie plays an anonymous French cello generously loaned by the Fonds Instrumental Français.

Maya Meron^

Maya was born in Jerusalem in 1980. She studied violin and viola with Miriam Fried at Indiana University, Bloomington and at the Royal Academy of Music, where a special arrangement was made for her to have regular lessons with Tabea Zimmermann. As a chamber musician, Maya has played at many festivals including Ravinia Festival, Steans Institute for Young Artists, Open Chamber Music at

Prussia Cove (2016, 2017) and the Spannungen Festival in Heimbach under the musical directorship of pianist, Lars Vogt (2010, 2011, 2013, 2016). She has performed in chamber concerts with artists including Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Gustav Rivinius, Lars Vogt, Antje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust, Erich Höbarth and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker.

Maja Horvat^

Maja Horvat started playing the violin seven years old, at Music School Jesenice. She graduated at the Conservatory for Music and Ballet Ljubljana in the class of Volodja Balžalorsky in 2015. Since October 2015 she has been studying at the Royal College of Music London with prof. Daniel Rowland and prof. Leonid Kerbel. As an orchestra member she performed with Symphonisches Orchester der Jeunesse Leibnitz,

Ljubljana International Orchestra, RCM Philharmonic Orchestra and RCM Symphony

Orchestra. In her last year at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana she was the

concert master of the Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, she has performed with: the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Slovenian Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana, Chamber Orchestra Mladi ljubljanski solisti (Young soloists of Ljubljana), Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, and occasional orchestral groups.


Matthew Trusler, violin

On graduating from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute in 1998, the Times declared of Matthew Trusler that “we might just have an authentic, though British, virtuoso.” Since then he has developed a reputation as one of Britain’s leading violinists, performing with many of the world’s great orchestras, and receiving huge critical acclaim for his diverse recordings. He has also founded the record label Orchid Classics, the production company Mash Productions and the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation, which raises money for desperately ill babies.


Trusler has received particular acclaim for his performances of works from the 20th century, including concertos by Walton, Berg and Britten. His recording of concertos by Korngold and Rozsa received 5 stars in BBC Music Magazine, and the headline “Hotter than Heifetz?”


Trusler has been invited to perform as a recitalist and concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, LPO, RPO, CBSO, Halle and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Minnesota Orchestra, NDR Hanover, Helsinki Philharmonic, Deutsche Symphony Berlin, Malaysian Philharmonic and Johannesburg Philharmonic. In 2017 he became co-Artistic Director of LICMF.


Ashley Wass, piano

Described as an ‘endlessly fascinating artist’, Ashley Wass is the only British winner of the London International Piano Competition, a prizewinner at the Leeds Piano Competition, and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.


Increasingly in demand on the international stage, Ashley has performed at many of the world’s major venues, and as soloist with numerous leading ensembles, including all of the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, RLPO, CBSO, Bournemouth Symphony and under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle, Osmo Vanska, Donald Runnicles, Ilan Volkov and Vassily Sinaisky.


He appeared in a gala concert at Buckingham Palace to mark the Golden Jubilee celebrations, a performance broadcast live to millions of viewers around the world.  In recent years he has become a regular guest at the BBC Proms. Renowned for an eclectic repertoire, Ashley has received great critical acclaim for his recordings of music across a wide range of styles. He is Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, co-founder of Mash Productions and is co-Artistic Director of LICMF.

Hayley Mills, actor

Orpheus Sinfonia

The Orpheus Sinfonia, is, under the artistic direction of Thomas Carroll, establishing itself as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and inspiring of young orchestras. It was founded in 2008 as an orchestra to provide opportunity and support for exceptionally talented young musicians emerging from study into the profession. The orchestra attracts the very best of music conservatoire graduates, forming an elite group of performers excelling in artistic distinction.


The Orpheus Sinfonia provides a broad spectrum of diverse opportunity and repertoire - their recent projects include a Beethoven Symphony cycle, working with such world-class soloists, premiering works by their composer-in-residence, Stephen Goss, launching the first ever classical concert for an interactive tablet and audience, working with principals of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and participating in the Britten Centenary Celebrations. The orchestra is resident at St George’s Hanover Square where it has a season of concerts each year, alongside performing regularly at Cadogan Hall.


Acclaimed for its brimming excitement and sheer enthusiasm for musical life, the Orpheus Sinfonia is fast gaining a reputation for some of the most enraptured performances around.

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Artistic Director of LICMF for the past 12 years, Ashley Wass has been described by Classic FM as an “endlessly fascinating artist”. He is firmly established as one of the leading performers of his generation and “a thoroughbred who possesses the enviable gift to turn anything he plays into pure gold”. He is the only British winner of the London International Piano Competition and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

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* Also a member of Trio Apaches

^ Also a member of Salome String Quartet

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