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This Year's Artists

Our 2019 artists are listed below:

Alissa Firsova

Andrew Marriner became principal of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1986. During his orchestral career, he has maintained his place on the worldwide solo concert platform alongside an active role in the field of chamber music.


He first played with the LSO in 1977 under Sergiu Celibidache and as guest principal on their 1983 world tour. He later became principal clarinet of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, a position he held alongside his commitment to the LSO until 2008.


His extensive solo career has taken him to La Scala Milan, La Fenice Venice, the Musikverein in Vienna and across the USA and Australia. Andrew has given the world premières of concertos written for him by Robin Holloway, Dominic Muldowney and John Tavener.


Andrew has worked with some of the most distinguished individuals in the world of chamber music such as Alfred Brendel, André Previn, Andras Schiff, Lynn Harrell, Steven Isserlis, Emmanuel Ax, Hélène Grimaud, Sylvia McNair, Edita Gruberova and with the Chilingirian, Lindsay, Endellion, Moscow, Warsaw, Orlando, Sine Nomine, Sacconi  and Belcea string quartets


In addition to numerous recordings with the LSO, on disc and for film and TV, Andrew has recorded the core solo and chamber clarinet repertoire with various record companies.


Andrew is in demand as a teacher and woodwind consultant and gives masterclasses, coaches orchestras and adjudicates competitions all around the world. He teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded an Hon. RAM  in 1996. Marriner is a Buffet Crampon Artist and a D'Addario Woodwinds Artist.

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Since winning the BBC Proms Young Composer competition in 2001, Alissa Firsova has received two world premières at the Proms, both conducted by Andrew Litton: her Bach Allegro was performed by the RPO in 2010 and her Bergen’s Bonfire Op. 31 featured in the Bergen Philharmonic’s 250th Anniversary Prom in 2015. Her music has also been performed by Imogen Cooper, the Dante Quartet, Netherlands Blazer Ensemble, Seattle Chamber Players, English Chamber Orchestra, Camerata RCO (members of the Concertgebouw) and the Britten Sinfonia, among others. Alissa was recently invited to Verbier, Asiago and Conques Festivals as pianist/composer-in- residence. Her music was recorded by Henning Kraggerud on the Simax label in his Munch Suitedisc and The Sixteen recorded her Stabat Mater Op. 30 for the Coro label, which was featured in Gramophone’s “Top 10 Compositions by Women."


As a pianist she gave her Wigmore Hall and Proms debuts in 2009, has performed for numerous prominent venues and festivals since, and released her debut CD, "Russian Émigrés", for the Vivat label in 2015. She has enjoyed collaborations with distinguished artists such as Stephen Kovacevich, Steven Isserlis, Roman Simović, Julius Berger, Tim Hugh, Andrew Marriner and Daniel Rowland. Alissa enjoyed a ‘triple’-debut with the English Chamber Orchestra as director, composer and conductor at the Cadogan Hall in 2013. She also conducted the Camerata RCO in her Le Soleil de Conques Op. 33 in Conques Festival in 2015 and for the Union Musicale series in Turin in 2016.


Alissa’s composer portrait CD, “Firsova Fantasy” was released in August 2018 on the Vivat label, which includes her string quartet, Tennyson Fantasy Op. 36, recorded by the Tippett Quartet. She received a world première of her latest string quartet Op. 40, “If a thing loves, it is infinite...” at the Stift Festival 2018 in Holland and a UK premiere of her Die Windsbraut Op. 38 by the BBC Philharmonic under Leo McFall in September, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She was also invited to give a solo piano recital for the Amsterdam Piano Series at the Concertgebouw on 27th October 2018, which will be released on vinyl by Gutman Records.


Exciting plans this season include a US tour with the Camerata RCO (Members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) and concerts in the Luberon, Algarve, Geneva and Prague. She has also been commissioned to write a new choral work for the Oriel Singers and a violin and piano work for the violinist, Daniel Rowland.

Alissa will be performing in Event 1 & Event 5 and also joins LICMF in the role of Guest Artistic Director for the 2019 Festival.

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Andrew will be performing in Event 1.

Yoanna Prodanova

Cellist Yoanna Prodanova was born in Bulgaria in 1992. She moved to Canada in her early teens before starting her studies at the Conservatoire de Montréal with Denis Brott and obtaining a Diplôme d'Études Supérieures (with highest honours). She completed her Bachelor and Master degrees at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (funded by the Guildhall Trust, Frost Trust and Help Musicians UK) with Louise Hopkins, Richard Lester and Rebecca Gilliver before continuing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Hannah Roberts on the prestigious Advanced Diploma course as a Bicentenary Scholar in 2018.


Yoanna is recipient of the 2016 Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Artistst, as well as the Sylva Gelber Award for two consecutive years. As a concerto soloist, she has performed with the Amati Orchestra, Banbury Symphony and Surrey Philharmonic, as well as the Sinfonia de Lanaudière (Canada) and Dobrich Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria).


She regularly performs in the UK, Europe and Canada and has appeared in such venues as the Wigmore Hall, Milton Court and Barbican Hall, Casa de Musica Porto and Tonhalle Zürich. Her festival appearances include recitals in St. Magnus, Buxton and Harrogate festivals, as well as chamber music in Festival de los Siete Lagos (Argentina), Rencontres de Violoncelle de Bélaye, Alderney and Newbury Festivals, among others.  She has also participated in IMS Prussia Cove, Music Academy of the West, London Masterclasses, Banff and Kronberg Festival. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, CBC Radio 1 and Medici TV.


A dedicated chamber musician, Yoanna is the cellist of the Barbican String Quartet, who made their Wigmore Hall début in 2017, thanks to the Maisie Lewis Award, and are also recipients of the RPS Frost Award. She regularly works with pianist Mihai Ritivoiu. The Duo is making their first recording in 2019 for Linn Records comprising of works by Janáček, Fauré  and Chopin. Additionally, her recording of Brahms chamber music for clarinet and piano with Joseph Shiner, clarinet and Somi Kim, pinao was released in 2019 on the label Orchid Classics.


Yoanna plays on a 1788 Giuseppe Gagliano cello generously loaned to her by the Canimex Group.

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Yoanna will be performing in Event 1 and Event 2.

Jess Gillam

The 2017/18 season ended on a high for Jess Gillam who closed the 2018BBC Proms in great style with three appearances in the world famous ‘Last Night of the Proms’ – performing as part of Radio 2’s ‘Proms in the Park’ before heading across to the Royal Albert Hall to join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis for Milhaud’s Scaramouche, and a duet with star baritone Gerald Finley. This was Jess’s fourth appearance at the Festival following two performances in 2017 and a cameo at the 2018 BBC Young Musician Prom celebrating 40 years of the competition, which brought her into the limelight back in 2016.


In June 2018 Jess made her international debut with the Gothenburg Symphony and Santtu-Matias Rouvali, and her international appearances build rapidly this season including concerts with the Tampere Philharmonic, at l’Auditori Barcelona, a Swiss debut opening the season at the Argovia Philharmonic, and her US debut recital at the acclaimed Philip’s Collection series in Washington D.C. Jess was named one of WQXR’s ‘19 for 19’ Artists to Watch, playing at the launch event in New York. She also appears extensively in recital throughout the UK and performs with orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic (Ben Gernon), BBC Concert Orchestra (Bramwell Tovey), Royal Northern Sinfonia (Jessica Cottis) and Manchester Camerata.


Jess records exclusively for Decca Classics and will release her first album “RISE” on 26 April, which features a selection of her favourite pieces ranging from Marcello and Shostakovich to David Bowie and Kate Bush. Her first three singles were published throughout the season: Milhaud: Scaramouche Suite -3. Brazileira; Iturralde: Pequeña Czarda and Nyman: The Diary of Anne Frank – If.

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Jess will be performing in Event 3.

The Turkish pianist Zeynep Özsuca has performed worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and accom- panist. Born in Ankara in 1984, she began piano lessons at the age of four and continued her studies at Ankara Conservatory of Hacettepe University. After winning Istanbul Symphony’s Young Soloists Compe- tition in 2001, Zeynep moved to the United States to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory under Prof. Peter Takács. She then majored in accompaniment and vocal coaching at Hochschule fur Musik “Hanns Eisler”, Berlin with Prof. Alexander Vitlin and graduated with an MA in 2013. Zeynep currently lives in London and pursues her career as concert pianist and repetiteur.

Zeynep has worked with conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Halsey, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Antonio Pappano, and acted as rehearsal pianist for singers Magdalena Kozená, Rolando Villazón, Ger- ald Finley, Annette Dasch, Michael Schade to name a few. She has been working as a repetiteur and or- chestra member with renowned opera companies and orchestras like London Symphony Orchestra, Ber- lin Philharmonic, Staatsoper Berlin, Aix-en-Provence Music Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

As a chamber musician, she has performed on prestigious stages including the Berlin Philharmonie, Pa- lau de la Musica Valencia, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as live radio broadcasts on Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio, RBB Kulturradio (Germany), RNE (Spain) and BBC 3 (UK). She also regularly appears in concert with her duo partners Jess Gillam and Sacha Rattle, as well as her wind and piano sextet Berlin Counterpoint.

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Zeynep will be performing in Event 3.

Mark Padmore has established an international career in opera, concert and recital. His appearances in Bach Passions have gained particular notice especially his renowned performances as Evangelist in the St Matthew and St John Passions with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, staged by Peter Sellars.


In opera Mark has worked with directors Peter Brook, Katie Mitchell, Mark Morris and Deborah Warner. Work has included the leading roles in Harrison Birtwistle The Corridor and The Cure at the Aldeburgh Festival and Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden; Captain Vere in Britten’s Billy Budd and Evangelist in a staging of St Matthew Passion for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Third Angel/John in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Recent projects have included the world premiere of Tansy Davies Cave with the London Sinfonietta and future opera plans include a new Royal Opera House production of Death in Venice.


In concert Mark performs with the world’s leading orchestras. He was Artist in Residence for the 2017-18 Season with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and held a similar position with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for 2016-17. His work with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has involved projects exploring both Bach St John and St Matthew Passions and has attracted worldwide acclaim.


Mark gives recitals worldwide. He has performed all three Schubert song cycles in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna and New York. Regular recital partners include Kristian Bezuidenhout, Jonathan Biss, Imogen Cooper, Julius Drake, Till Fellner, Simon Lepper, Paul Lewis, Roger Vignoles and Andrew West. Composers who have written for him include Sally Beamish, Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Dove, Thomas Larcher, Nico Muhly, Alec Roth, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Huw Watkins, Ryan Wigglesworth and Hans Zender. His extensive discography include recent releases: Beethoven Missa Solemnis and Haydn Die Schöpfung with Bernard Haitink and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on BR Klassik and lieder by Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart with Kristian Bezuidenhout for Harmonia Mundi. Other Harmonia Mundi recordings include Handel arias As Steals the Morn with the English Concert (BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award); Schubert cycles with Paul Lewis (Winterreise won the 2010 Gramophone magazine Vocal Award); Schumann Dichterliebe with Kristian Bezuidenhout (2011 Edison Klassiek Award) and Britten Serenade, Nocturne and Finzi Dies Natalis with the Britten Sinfonia (ECHO/Klassik 2013 award).


Mark was voted 2016 Vocalist of the Year by Musical America and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kent University in 2014. He is Artistic Director of the St. Endellion Summer Music Festival in Cornwall.

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Mark will be performing in Event 4.

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Britten Sinfonia is one of the world’s most celebrated and pioneering ensembles. Founded in 1992, the orchestra is inspired by the ethos of Benjamin Britten through world-class performances, illuminating and distinctive programmes where old meets new, and a deep commitment to bringing outstanding music to both the world’s finest concert halls and the local community. Acclaimed for its virtuoso musicians, and trail-blazing projects, Britten Sinfonia breaks the mould by not having a principal conductor or director, instead focusing upon its stellar musicians via collaborations with some of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum, resulting in performances of rare insight and energy.


Britten Sinfonia is an Associate Ensemble at London’s Barbican and became Resident Orchestra at Saffron Hall in 2016. The orchestra also has residencies across the east of England in Norwich and Cambridge (where it is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the University) and performs a chamber music series at Wigmore Hall. The orchestra appears at major international venues and festivals including London’s BBC Proms, Lincoln Center New York, the Paris Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the NCPA Beijing. Central to Britten Sinfonia’s artistic programmes is a wide range of Creative Learning projects within both schools and the community. These include the talented youth ensemble, Britten Sinfonia Academy and annual composition competition, OPUS, for unpublished composers of all ages and backgrounds. Britten Sinfonia is a BBC Radio 3 broadcast partner and regularly records for Harmonia Mundi and Hyperion.


Highlights for Britten Sinfonia’s 2018–19 season include a continuation of its critically acclaimed Beethoven and Brahms Symphony cycles conducted by Thomas Adès and Sir Mark Elder respectively; collaborations with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, American choreographer Pam Tanowitz and singers Sophie Bevan, Allan Clayton, Mark Padmore and Roderick Williams, with world premieres from composers Colin Matthews, Edmund Finnis, Nico Muhly, Joby Talbot, Josephine Stephenson and Luke Styles.


Its many awards include a second Royal Philharmonic Society Ensemble Award in 2013, the RPS Chamber Music Award and Olivier and Grammy nominations. Recordings have received Gramophone, ECHO/Klassik and BBC Music Magazine Awards and most recently in 2017 the prestigious Diapason d’Or, for James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater with The Sixteen, also streamed live to a worldwide audience from Rome’s iconic Sistine Chapel.

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Britten Sinfonia will be performing in Event 4.

The Tippett Quartet regularly appear at Kings Place, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Bridgewater Hall and frequently perform on BBC Radio 3. They have performed at the BBC Proms and toured Europe, Canada and Mexico. Their broad and diverse repertoire highlights the Tippett Quartet’s unique versatility. Their impressive catalogue of recordings have been released on Naxos, EMI Classics, Signum, Decca, Classic FM, SOMM Records, Vivat, Guild, Real World, Dutton Epoch and Tocatta Classics with universal critical acclaim and chart topping success. In 2018 they released a fantastic disc of Mendelssohn Quartets to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The Tippett Quartet have just collaborated with Decca Records on two exciting projects. Recording Jess Gillam’s debut CD and completing their 80 disc box set of Tchaikovsky with a number of newly discovered miniatures.


Alongside their busy performing and recording schedule, the Tippett Quartet pursues a keen interest in educational work with both schools and universities and was Ensemble in Residence at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University for 2012-13. They are resident at Royal Holloway University, London and St. Edmunds’ School, Canterbury and they regularly visit the Royal Academy of Music.


The Tippett Quartet worked on a groundbreaking reimagining of Beethoven’s Op.135 with composer/ soundscape artist Matthew Herbert for a BBC Radio 3 broadcast, which was also used as the BBC TV ident. They have also given numerous world and UK premieres including works by John Adams, Howard Goodall, Stephen Dodgson and Nathan James Dearden. The Tippett Quartet have worked with Peter Maxwell-Davies for a performance of his 9th Quartet at the South Bank, with Anthony Payne on his Quartet No.1 for a live BBC broadcast from Spitalfields Festival, and Hugh Wood on his String Quartet No.3 at the Presteigne Festival.


The quartet commissioned pianist and composer Alissa Firsova to write her ‘Tennyson Fantasia’. It was premiered at Kings Place

with the actor Finbar Lynch reciting Tennyson’s poems and was subsequently performed on BBC Radio 3 and across the UK. They have also collaborated with Damian Montagu and Hugh Bonneville for a Decca CD release and live performance of “In a South Downs Way”


In 2011 they celebrated the anniversary of the iconic film composer Bernard Herrmann with a series of concerts and radio broadcasts. They commissioned a unique string quartet arrangement of the “Psycho” film score, which Norma Herrmann, granted them special permission to make and perform. She also accompanied them on several occasions to give pre-concert talks on Herrmann’s life and music. The Tippett Quartet continued their link with film composers when they gave the premiere of Alberto Iglesias’ string quartet No.1 in Madrid.


The Tippett Quartet also enjoys recording and touring with some of the UK's finest Jazz musicians with their 'Close To You' project - a tribute to the album that Frank Sinatra made with the Hollywood String Quartet.

The Tippett Quartet will be performing in Event 5.

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