Ji Liu has been described as “the next Lang Lang” due to his astonishing musical abilities and pianistic flair. He is equally adept at performing beautiful, spellbinding melodies as he is as ferociously challenging technical pieces. He has performed internationally from an early age – when he was just 14, Ji performed Ravel’s famous Piano Concerto in G Major with the French Republic Guard Orchestra in Canada, then (in the same year), Ravel’s two Piano Concerto with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra in China. His repertoire is wide and impressive, including some of the instrument’s most difficult works, including Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto which he performed in London in 2008.
Winner of the 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year Born Percussion section, Lucy Landymore is an exceptional musician with astonishing skills on a large range of instruments including marimba, latin percussion and drum kit.
Born in Cambridge in 1992, Lucy grew up surrounded by music and vividly remembers being inspired by a musical performance when she was 6 years old. At 15, She won the Cambridge Young Musician of the Year contest, subsequently performing her first concerto; Concerto for Marimba by Ney Rosauro.
In 2010 Lucy won the percussion category of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. As a result, Lucy has been invited to give recitals and concertos at schools and universities, arts centres and concert halls across the UK. A selection have been performing Steven Barlow’s Clarinet and Marimba concerto, Nocturne, with Emma Johnson; a world music recital at the St. Ives Arts Centre in Cornwall and a percussion concerto for multi-percussion called Tales from the centre of the Earth by Nebojsa Zivkovic, with Cambridge Symphonic Winds.
Saira is an astonishingly gifted and stylish classical singer. Admired for her floating bell like top notes and warm tone, Saira is a sought after singer for concerts and events and has performed at many venues including Parliament House, Sydney Opera House, Myer Music Bowl, Trinity House and Kew Gardens. She completed her Masters in Opera with High Distinctions at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has received many awards and scholarships including audience favourite for the Meistersinger Competition (Graz, Austria), second prize for the Sydney Opera Award (Australia), an Australia CouncilArtStart Award and Henderson, Helpmann and Conservatorium Association Scholarships (Australia). Saira has worked with Opera Australia, Pacific Opera, Victorian Opera, Sydney Philharmonia and Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia and Opera Up Close, Opera Interludes and The London Festival Opera in the UK.
Svetlana Mochalova (Russia) and Slava Sidorenko (Ukraine) are a cello and piano duo. Between them they have won many international competitions and given recitals at prestigious venues most recently including the Wigmore Hall. They are exceptionally gifted musicians whether playing as individual soloists or together as a duo. Slava is praised for his seemingly effortless virtuosity and engaging musicianship. He has appeared as recital and concerto soloist in the Ukraine, Germany, Italy and UK. He made his debut in 2009 at the Wigmore Hall, as winner of the Jacques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition, receiving glowing reviews and at the Bridgewater Hall, also with the Manchester Camerata, in 2010. Svetlana is known for her beautiful tone and prestigious ability, and has performed concertos internationally, including Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak.
We recommend the duo perform a mixture of solo and duo pieces within their performance.
Kristine and Margarita are sisters from near Riga, Latvia. They share exceptional talent, performing with great passion and flair. They also create their own arrangements for the cello and violin, including well-known pieces such as Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’. Violinist Kristine began studying the violin aged 7 at her local music school. In 2007 she was invited by Professor Gyorgy Pauk to study on a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London from where she recently graduated with First Class Honours. As well as her degree Kristine received Her Royal Highness Princess Alice the Duchess of Gloucester’s Prize of 2012 for Exemplary Studentship. Margarita is an exceptionally gifted cellist who began her studies at the renowned Purcell School. Between them, the pair have played with such orchestras as The Latvian National Orchestra, Vidzemes Chamber Orchestra, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovakian Chamber Orchestra, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Ashover Festival Orchestra, Royal Society Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Kew Sinfonia, Mumbles Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra ‘’Constantinescu’’, Hertford Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia d’Amici.