Libby Burgess | Artistic Director & piano

Libby Burgess is a prize-winning pianist dedicated to the fields of song and chamber music, collaborating regularly with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. Her diverse schedule ranges from song recitals in the UK’s major concert halls and festivals, to chamber music in obscure venues around the country or appearances on Radio 3. Libby is the Artistic Director of New Paths, a major new festival of concerts and outreach events in Yorkshire, founded in 2016, and is Co-Artistic Director with pianist Martin Roscoe of the Beverley Chamber Music Festival. Libby is noted for her imaginative programming ideas, and her enterprise Konstellation presents concerts exploring the intersection of song and chamber music. This combined interest is reflected in her discography, which ranges from multiple well-received discs with oboist James Turnbull, to songs of madwomen with mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin. Libby is committed to the encouragement and performance of contemporary music: she regularly premières new works in recital and always enjoys the opportunity to work on new music hand-in-hand with the composer.

Born in Sussex, Libby took a first in music at Oxford, where she was the first female organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, before specializing in piano accompaniment with a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music.

Libby’s passion for working with singers extends beyond the piano: she is in demand as a vocal coach, runs opera workshops with director Joe Austin, and is highly regarded as a chorusmaster, in which role she collaborated with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in the premiere of his Kommilitonen!. She has conducted operas for Ryedale Festival Opera and Grimeborn, and is regularly invited to give choral workshops or guest-conduct choirs. She holds the position of In-House Accompanist at Eton College, where she was previously Head of Keyboard, and gives masterclasses at schools and universities across the UK. Libby has been made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of her contribution to the music industry.

Martin Roscoe | Artistic Director & piano

With an extraordinary career spanning over four decades, Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. Renowned for his versatility at the keyboard, Martin is equally at home in concerto, recital and chamber performances. In an ever more distinguished career, his enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.

With a repertoire of over 100 concertos performed or recorded Martin works regularly with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, having especially close links with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hallé, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has given over ninety performances. Martin has also performed with orchestras and festivals across Europe, Canada, Australia and the Far East, and shared the concert platform with eminent conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Christoph von Dohnányi.

A prolific recitalist and chamber musician, Martin tours the UK extensively every season, including regular appearances at Wigmore Hall and Kings Place. He has long-standing associations with Peter Donohoe, Kathryn Stott, Tasmin Little and the Endellion and Maggini Quartets as well as more recent collaborations with Jennifer Pike, Ashley Wass, Matthew Trusler, Liza Ferschtman and the Brodsky, Escher and Vertavo Quartets. One of his most important ensembles, the Cropper Welsh Roscoe Trio, performed many times across the UK, most notably at Wigmore Hall.

Recent highlights include BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, whilst future plans include engagements with the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Northern Chamber Orchestra.

Martin is Artistic Director of Ribble Valley International Piano Week, Beverley Chamber Music Festival and the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society.

Having made over 500 broadcasts, including seven BBC Prom appearances, Martin is one of the most regularly played pianists on BBC Radio 3. Martin has also made many commercial recordings for labels such as Hyperion, Chandos and Naxos. He has recorded the complete piano music of Nielsen and Szymanowski, as well as four discs in the Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto series. For the Deux-Elles label, Martin has recorded the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, the first four discs of which have been released to unanimous critical acclaim. Martin’s most recent disc is Volume 3 of the complete piano music of Dohnányi, released on Hyperion in 2015; the disc has been yet another success with reviews such as “commanding and warm-hearted… a delectable disc” (Gramophone) and “exuberant and expressive…brilliant technical precision” (BBC Music Magazine, 5 stars).

Teaching has always been an important part of Martin’s life and the development of young talent helps him to constantly re-examine and re-evaluate his own playing. He is currently a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London and has been awarded his Fellowship there. Martin lives in the beautiful English Lake District which provides inspiration and relaxation, and also enables him to indulge his passions for the countryside and hill-walking.

Liza Ferschtman | violin

Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman is known for her passionate performances, innovative programmes and communicative qualities on stage. The daughter of Russian musicians, Liza Ferschtman grew up constantly surrounded by music. One of her earliest major influences was the violinist Philipp Hirschhorn, a close family friend. She received her formal training from Herman Krebbers at the Amsterdam Conservatory, Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and David Takeno in London. In 2006 she received the highest accolade awarded to a musician in the Netherlands, the Dutch Music Award.

Liza Ferschtman’s worldwide appearances include: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Philharmonic, Dallas and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, Essen Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Weimar and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique and Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Prague, Malmö Symphony and Bergen Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic as well as virtually every Dutch orchestra, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Amongst the Conductors with whom she has worked include: Stefan Blunier, Frans Brüggen, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zdeněk Macál, Jun Märkl, Gianandrea Noseda, Marc Soustrot, Leonard Slatkin, Thomas Søndergård, Mario Venzago, Jan Willem de Vriend, Jaap van Zweden, Jakub Hrůša and Eivind Aadland.

An avid chamber musician, Liza Ferschtman has collaborated regularly with artists such as Jonathan Biss, Nobuko Imai, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Christian Poltéra, Lars Anders Tomter and Alisa Weilerstein, and counts among her duo partners Enrico Pace, Inon Barnatan, Roman Rabinovich and Martin Roscoe. She has performed at venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Liederhalle Stuttgart and the Beethoven Haus Bonn. Since 2007 she has been the artistic director of the Delft Chamber Music Festival, one of the most admired festivals in the Netherlands, while she is regularly invited to participate in other major international Chamber Music festivals round the world.

Liza Ferschtman has made a number of acclaimed recording for Challenge Classics, Her recording of Bernstein’s Serenade and the Korngold Concerto with the Arnhem Philharmonic and Prague Sinfonia Orchestras respectively was released in early 2018. Her previous recording of the Mendelssohn Concerto and Octet met with great critical acclaim, with Gramophone magazine saying ‘…it is heart-warming to find Ferschtman’s own revivifying thoughts borne out by the special qualities of her music-making’.

Maria Włoszczowska | violin

Violinist Maria Włoszczowska is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide and currently makes her home in London. As First Prize winner of the Michail Elsky International Violin Competition, Minsk, and finalist of the XV International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in 2016, she has most recently performed as soloist in Japan, France, Germany, USA, Poland, Belarus, Holland, Belgium and the UK.

Maria appears in recitals, concertos and international chamber music festivals, collaborating with Maxim Vengerov, Robert Levin, Philippe Graffin, Alasdair Beatson, Nobuko Imai, Michel Lethiec, Roger Chase and the Doric String Quartet amongst others. She has performed as soloist with most of Poland’s symphonic and chamber orchestras, supported by Poland’s Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

She was selected as the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Emily Anderson Prize, performing at the Wigmore Hall for the final of Young Classical Artist Trust (YCAT). She was a Hattori Foundation Senior Award Winner and became an RPS Young Artist in 2014.

In Spring 2016, Maria returned to the Wigmore Hall for a recital as part of the Young Producers series with the pianist Alasdair Beatson.

After earning a degree from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in her hometown of Warsaw, Maria went on to study with Leonid Kerbel in Brussels. She completed her Masters Degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London having been under the tutelage of Maxim Vengerov since 2011. She is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma course with András Keller at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Her debut recording of Mozart’s complete Church Sonatas for two violins and organ with Maxim Vengerov was recently featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’.

Simon Tandree | viola

As an internationally recognised soloist and chamber musician Simon Tandree has performed in the world’s leading concert halls including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Konzerthaus and Library of Congress in Washington. Simon also plays regularly in festivals around the globe including Maputo, Sidney, New York and Bratislava. As a member of the world-renowned Doric String Quartet Simon won numerous prizes including 1st prize Osaka International Chamber Music competition, 2nd prize Borciani Competition in Italy as well as having two Gramophone nominations for CD’s recorded with Chandos. Simon has collaborated with some of the world’s leading artists including Alexander Melnikov, Mark Padmore, Chen Halevi, Anthony Marwood and Laurence Power. As well as being in demand as Principle Viola, appearing regularly with orchestras such as Britten Sinfonia, Aurora orchestra, ENO, Manchester Camerata and Porto Sinfonica Simon is passionate about teaching and has given master-classes in institutions and courses in Spain, India, Indonesia and Mozambique where he is part of the Xiquitsi project helping to bring classical music to young children. Simon studied at the Guildhall in London, in Detmold, Germany and in Basel,Switzerland.

Tim Lowe | cello

Tim enjoys a busy and varied career and is quickly emerging as one of the new generation of outstanding young British cellists. He is established as a recitalist and chamber musician appearing regularly in festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He has played as a soloist in all the main concert venues in the UK and in London many times at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square. Tim is Guest Principal Cello of the English Chamber Orchestra and tours around the UK and internationally with the ECO and the ECO Ensemble. He has also been Guest Principal at other major orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia.

In recent seasons Tim has performed the Elgar, Walton, Schumann and Dvorak concertos and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Rococo Variations’. He has built a reputation as an outstanding teacher and was by some distance the youngest Professor of Cello in London when he was appointed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2012.
Tim’s playing has inspired a number of composers to write new pieces for him and has given many world and UK premieres for solo cello as well as some chamber works. Tim is Artistic Director of York Chamber Music Festival (patron Steven Isserlis), an exciting new venture started in February 2014 which is bringing to York some of the finest chamber musicians in the country.

Tim was a chorister at York Minster before wining a major music scholarship to Eton College. He played in the National Youth Orchestra for 5 years and was Principal Cello in 2004. He was awarded a silver medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his ‘outstanding musical contribution’ to the NYO. He won many prizes for his playing including from the Countess of Munster Trust, the Leverhulme Trust (‘Jacqueline du Pre scholarship’), Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, Craxton Memorial Trust and in 2011was winner of the Kirckman Concert Society prize and the Tillett Trust ‘Young Artists’ Platform’. Tim studied with Louise Hopkins at GSMD. He plays on a cello made by Carlos Tononi in Venice in 1716.

Moray Welsh | cello

Moray Welsh has had a very distinguished career as soloist and chamber music player, following the unique experience of studying for two years at the Moscow Conservatoire with the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. A native of Edinburgh, while still a student at York University, the quality of his playing was recognised by Benjamin Britten, who then arranged an introduction to Rostropovich.

In Britain he has played several times at the Proms, in all the major concert halls and with all the key symphony orchestras. He has toured abroad as a soloist with several British orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia , the RPO, and BBC Scottish Symphony, and appeared as a soloist in Scandinavia, Europe, the USSR, the USA, and the Far East.

His musical interests are extremely wide, and his records range from a disc of Baroque Concertos, to several records of contemporary music, including the Hugh Wood Concerto, which was selected as a Record of the Year by the Sunday Times. A disc of Herbert Howells pieces with the LSO was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine, and his CD of cello music by Rachmaninov with Martin Roscoe was an Amazon record of the month.

Also very active in the chamber music field, Moray Welsh has been a guest with numerous groups, including the Amadeus Quartet and all the major British String Quartets. He has recorded Bach Trio Sonatas with James Galway and Kyung Wha Chung, and has several times performed the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano. Chamber music partners have included Andre Previn, Yuri Bashmet, Simon Rattle, Midori, and Leif Ove Andsnes and with Martin Roscoe and Peter Cropper, ( until his death in 2015 ) he enjoyed exploring the Piano Trio repertoire for ten years.

Highlights in past seasons have included appearances as a soloist with the ECO under Sir Yehudi Menuhin, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall , and in November 1991 with the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, where his playing of Frank Bridge’s “Oration” was praised for its ” sense of passionate conviction and wonderful tone. ”

For eighteen years Moray Welsh held a teaching post at the Royal Northern College of Music, and followed that in 1992 with an appointment as Principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra. With the LSO he was often heard as soloist in Don Quixote, the Tippett Triple Concerto , Beethoven Triple Concerto, the Elgar Concerto and the Brahms Double Concerto, both in this country and abroad, under such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Rafael Frubeck de Burgos and Andre Previn. In June 2007 he relinquished this position to diversify and concentrate on chamber music activities and teaching.

When not sitting behind a cello, Moray Welsh also enjoys skiing, gardening, and 20th century British art, and now has another string to his bow – painting – to which he devotes almost as much time as playing.

Doric String Quartet

Alex Redington | violin
Jonathan Stone | violin
Hélène Clément | viola
John Myerscough | cello

“This is a superb ensemble, intelligent, technically brilliant, wonderfully balanced.”

The Times, 24 July 2016

The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Selected for representation by YCAT in 2006, the Quartet went on to win several prizes including 1st prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, 2nd prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy and the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany.

The Quartet performs in leading concert halls throughout Europe including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and De Singel, Antwerp, and is a regular visitor to the Wigmore Hall. In 2010 the Quartet made its highly acclaimed American debut with recitals at the Frick Museum in New York and Library of Congress in Washington, and now returns for annual tours to North America. Alongside main season concerts the Quartet has a busy festival schedule and has performed at the Aldeburgh, Carinthischer Sommer, Delft, Edinbrugh, Grafenegg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Musica Viva Sydney, Risør, Schwetzinger and West Cork Festivals, collaborating with artists including Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Biss, Ian Bostridge, Andreas Haefliger, Chen Halevi, Alina Ibragimova, Aleksandar Madžar, Alexander Melnikov, Daniel Müller-Schott, Mark Padmore, and Cédric Tiberghien. Another recent highlight has seen the Quartet take on John Adams’ “Absolute Jest” for String Quartet and Orchestra. The Doric have now performed the piece with the Vienna Symphony at the Vienna Konzerthaus with John Adams conducting, with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw and with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Markus Stenz.

Highlights of the 2015/16 season include five performances at the Wigmore Hall, as well as return appearances at the Berlin Konzerthaus and Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In April the Quartet returns to North America for its annual tour, this time including performances in Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Boston and Vancouver. European recital engagements include appearances in Aalborg, Aarhus, Clermont-Ferrand, den Bosch, Ferrara,,Haarlem and Perugia. They will also tour with Elisabeth Leonskaja, including performances at the Musikverein in Vienna and at Wigmore Hall. Festival engagements take the quartet to the Cheltenham, Poznan, Risør and Storioni Chamber Music Festivals, as well as appearances at the Oxford Lieder, Two Moors and North Norfolk Music Festivals.

In 2009 the Doric String Quartet’s first CD was released to critical acclaim on the Wigmore Live label and was chosen as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Since 2010 the Quartet has recorded exclusively for Chandos Records. The first CD, the complete Korngold String Quartets, was featured as one of the 2010 Critic’s Choice discs in Gramophone and was followed by a CD of the Walton String Quartets which was nominated for a 2011 Gramophone Award. The Quartet’s release of the Schumann String Quartets was named CD of the Month in both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine and was shortlisted for a 2012 Gramophone Award. Their most recent releases of Haydn’s Op 20 Quartets and Quartets by Janáček and Martinů have both gathered enthusiastic reviews across the board, with the Haydn disc being named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone and shortlisted for a 2015 Gramophone Award.

Formed in 1998 at Pro Corda, The National School for Young Chamber Music Players, the Doric String Quartet studied on the Paris-based ProQuartet Professional Training Program, where they worked with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis, Hagen and LaSalle Quartets and with György Kurtag. The Quartet furthered its studies at the Music Academy in Basel where they worked extensively with Rainer Schmidt of the Hagen Quartet. In 2015 the Quartet was appointed as Teaching Quartet in Association at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Marta Fontanals-Simmons | mezzo-soprano

Highlights this season for British-Catalan mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons include her debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid as Jennie Hildebrand in Weill Street Scene, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera and Alasdair Nicolson Shadows on the Wall – Five Hauntings at the Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ben Gernon. Future engagements include a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera and to the Teatro Real, and her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and for Monte Carlo Opera.

Recent operatic highlights include Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera and at the Théâtre Champs Elysées, Paris, her Glyndebourne debut as Lapák The Cunning Little Vixen, the title role La Cenerentola for Diva Opera and Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly for the Glyndebourne Tour and for Grange Park Opera. On the concert platform, recent highlights include Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with Sakari Oramo at the Last Night of the Proms, Mendelssohn Elijah with CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Mahler Das Lied von der Erde at Oxford Lieder Festival, Vivaldi Gloria at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with Stéphane Denève and the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Mozart Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach Mass in B Minor with Ryan Wigglesworth at the St Endellion Festival, Mozart Mass in C Minor at St John’s Smith Square, and Handel Messiah with Lawrence Cummings at the London Handel Festival. Upcoming highlights include Stravinsky Les Noces at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Haydn Harmoniemesse with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a concert at St John’s, Smith Square celebrating the music of Michael Hurd.

A keen exponent of contemporary music, Fontanals-Simmons most recently premiered the role of Ursula in the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne coproduction of David Bruce Nothing, recorded two new songs cycles (Damsel, Wife, Witch by Glyndebourne composer in residence Lewis Murphy and Letters from Home by award-winning composer Benjamin Ellin), and performed Jonathan Harvey Songs of Li Po with Richard Baker at Barbican Hall which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. She is also a passionate recitalist and has performed at the Wigmore Hall, St Martinin-the-Fields, and St James’s Piccadilly.

Fontanals-Simmons trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, where she was awarded the Gold Medal, and was a Jerwood Artist at Glyndebourne for the 2015/16 season.

James Turnbull | oboe

Described by The Independent as “a worthy champion” of contemporary oboe music, James has dedicated much of his performing life to promoting and extending the oboe repertoire. James has performed frequently throughout the UK and Europe including a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2010. He has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and appeared as a soloist in numerous UK festivals. James has released solo recordings for Champs Hill Records, Quartz Music and the ABRSM as well as featuring on a disc of Thea Musgrave’s works for Harmonia Mundi USA. James is deeply committed to expanding the oboe repertoire. He worked closely with Michael Berkeley, John Casken, Jonathan Dove, John Woolrich, Thea Musgrave and Tansy Davies on their compositions for oboe. Composers including Patrick Hawes, Thomas Hewitt Jones and Norbert Froehlich have also written for him. James has a keen interest in researching lost repertoire and bringing to new audiences works which have been rarely performed. In 2011 he worked closely with Christopher Hogwood on preparation for a new edition of Thomas Attwood Walmisley’s Sonatinas for oboe and piano. Aside from his performing interests, James is dedicated to broadening the appeal of the oboe and encouraging young people to learn the instrument. To this end, he has launched the website LearnToPlayTheOboe.com which now receives over a thousand new visitors every month from across the world. James also teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and gives masterclasses across the UK.

John Slack | clarinet

John Slack studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Julian Farrell and Joy Farrall, and with Israeli virtuoso Chen Halevi at the Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany. Returning to the U.K in 2011, John has built a portfolio career as a performer, educator and administrator. As a freelance orchestral musician John has worked with several of the UK’s leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. However, John’s real love is chamber music and as a founding member of the Berkeley Ensemble has performed at festivals and music clubs throughout the UK and abroad, live on BBC Radio 3 and has featured on several recordings released on the Delphian and Resonus Classics labels. He is also a dedicated teacher and has given masterclasses at schools across the UK, in Macau and Hong Kong. He has coached chamber music at the University of York and Dartington International Summer School and has worked with organisations including Southbank Sinfonia, Live Music Now and the Berkeley Ensemble to deliver imaginative and engaging education projects.