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© 2017 Lincoln International Chamber Music Festival

In recent years, as the Festival has grown in stature, LICMF has welcomed some of the world's most respected artists to its roster. The list includes Sarah Chang, Daishin Kashimoto, Claudio Bohorquez, Kathryn Stott, Sally Beamish, Huw Watkins, Mahan Esfahani, Maxim Rysanov, the Heath Quartet, Red Priest, Ailish Tynan, Elizabeth Watts and Alina Pogostkina, amongst many others.


Our 2017 artists are listed below.


Thomas Carroll, cello / conductor

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 Young Concert Artists, New York, which led to performing in many major venues across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and America.  He has appeared as concerto soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Orchestras and LPO as well as orchestras such as the Vienna Chamber, Melbourne Symphony and Bayerischer Rundfunk.  Much in demand as a chamber musician, Thomas has worked with the Belcea and Endellion Quartets, Yehudi Menuhin, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Michael Collins, at Wigmore Hall, the Edinburgh and Cheltenham International Festivals, among many others.


Concerts have included the Louvre in Paris, Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Dubrovnik Festival, Mecklenburg Festival and The International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht. Thomas is also 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.

Guy Braunstein, violin

Violinist Guy Braunstein was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and studied the violin under the guidance of Chaim Taub and later in New York with Glenn Dicterow and Pinchas Zuckerman.  He started performing as asoloist at a young age and has since played with the Israel Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Berliner Philharmoniker and many others.  His success brought him quickly to the world's most important venues and he has collaborated with musicians such as Issac Stern, Zubin Mehta, Maurizio Pollini, Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, Lang Lang and  Emmanuel Ax.


Between 2003 and 2007 Guy held the position of Professor of Music in the University of the Arts in Berlin and since 2006 has been the Music Director of the Rolandseck festival in Germany.  Guy was the youngest person to be appointed concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2000.


Highlights of the 2016/17 season include numerous concerto performances around Europe.  Guy is increasingly in demand as a conductor and next season will conduct orchestras including Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Trondheim Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker and Lahti Symphony.


Guy plays a rare violin made by Francesco Roggieri in 1679.

Mary Bevan, soprano

Praised by Opera for her “dramatic wit and vocal control” in stand out performances on opera and concert platforms, Mary Bevan is a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist award and UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in music.


She begins the 2016/17 season by returning to the English National Opera as Zerlina in Richard Jones’ new production of Mozart Don Giovanni, under Mark Wigglesworth. She will also headline a tour of Asia with The English Concert, and sing Bach’s Lutheran Masses with the Academy of Ancient Music, appear at the Adelaide Festival, and perform with the Aurora Orchestra.


Recent highlights include Elvira in Rossini L’italiana in Algeri at Garsington Opera, the title role in Rossi Orpheus for the Royal Opera House at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre, as well as a critically acclaimed Susanna The Marriage of Figaro and Despina Così fan tutte at ENO.


Bevan can be heard in such recordings as Handel in Italy with London Early Opera (Signum), Handel The Triumph of Time and Truth with Ludus Baroque (Delphian), Ludwig Thuille songs with Joseph Middleton, and Mendelssohn complete songs with Malcolm Martineau (Champs Hill).

Anna Tilbrook, piano

Anna Tilbrook has collaborated with many leading singers and instrumentalists including James Gilchrist, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Tynan and Barbara Hannigan, as well as several leading string quartets.  Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 she has become a regular artist at all the leading concert halls and festivals. She has also accompanied Jose Carreras, Angela Georghiu and Bryn Terfel in televised concerts. Anna regularly coaches the Jette Parker Young Artists at the ROH, and for the past ten years has been coach and accompanist for Les Azuriales Opera Festival in Nice.


Recent performances include her Amsterdam Concertgebouw debut with Lucy Crowe, recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and King’s Place. She curated three weekend festivals at St John’s Smith Square and has also given a series of recitals with violist Philip Dukes and performed at numerous leading festivals around the world.


In 2017 Anna and James Gilchrist will celebrate 20 years of their duo partnership. They have made a series of acclaimed recordings of English song and have recorded Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, (Editor’s Choice in Gramophone) Schwanengesang with Beethoven’s An die Ferne Geliebte and Winterreise (BBC Music Magazine 2011 Christmas disc of the month).

David Holt, actor

David Holt’s range of characters and voices has made him one of the top voice artists working in the UK today.  He has appeared in a wide variety of plays and shows, amongst them

Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business at Watford Palace Theatre and Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads at the Harrogate Theatre, and he has toured Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van in a Bath Theatre Royal production.  His television credits include Tudor History, Pulling, The Thieving Headmistress, Magnificent Seven, Fifteen Storeys High, The Day Britain Stopped, Roger, Roger; Bob Martin, Angry Kid, The A To Z Of Politics And Cracker.


He has been the voice behind over 180 TV animation series and films including Ruff-Ruff Tweet And Dave, Coconut The Little Dragon, Elias, Driver Dan’s Story Train, Tickety Tock, Rusty Knight, The Pinky & Perky Show, Alphablocks, A Town Called Panic, Jungle Book and Magic Roundabout.  He has appeared in countless BBC Radio plays including: Treasure Island, One Damn Thing After Another, 2 Pipe Problems, Continuity, The Mauritus Command, Inspector Steine; The Big Bow Mystery; Agatha Raisin; His Dark Materials; The Wind In The Willows And Something Understood, as well as appearing in his own Radio 4 productions: Beyond The Gravy and Tales From The Tower.

Les Bubb, mime artist

Les Bubb started performing at the National Youth Theatre and then at the Desmond Jones school of mime in London , and in Paris with Phillipe Gaulier (Le Coq) and Etienne Decroux.


He quickly became popular with his unique blend of mime and metaphysical clowning, joining the “new wave” of alternative comedy with contemporaries Ben Elton, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, Lenny Henry and Harry Enfield, supporting them live in theatres across the UK , and at the same time taking the TV show “Friday Live” by storm. From 1997 to 2002 Les starred in and co-wrote the young peoples’ series “HUBUBB” for BBC1, making his distinctive surreal humour popular to a whole new generation.


Since 2002 Les has been crossing countries and cultural boundaries with his own full length theatre show. Its universal appeal continues to win him awards worldwide and has influenced a whole generation of comic physical performers


In addition, the renowned director, Werner Herzog, has sought his unique talents several times, and he worked on 3 Harry Potter films, as voice artist and physical acting coach.

Solem Quartet

Winners of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition, the Solem String Quartet were brought together in 2011 by their studies at the University of Manchester, where they take their name from the University motto “arduus ad solem” meaning “striving towards the sun”.


Having moved on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, the quartet enjoyed success in numerous competitions. Continuing their relationship with the RNCM, the quartet have  been awarded the Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music. As part of the Fellowship they coach student ensembles and giving a series of concerts in the college throughout the year.


The Solem Quartet enjoy an increasingly busy concert schedule performing at venues across the UK including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Edinburgh Festival. They have been awarded a Tunnell Trust Award for 2017-18 and are Quartet in Residence at the University of Liverpool.


The Solem Quartet were delighted to have been selected for the prestigious ChamberStudio Mentorship 2014/2015, which allowed them to study intensively with the internationally renowned cellist Christoph Richter at Kings Place.

Harry the Piano

Lauded by the British Press as 'A National  Treasure' Harry's extraordinary piano playing has now been heard in six continents, recently appearing to a packed Albert Hall in London, on the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary 2 and performing his cabaret as guest with Andrea Bocelli.


Harry's career began in earnest as resident pianist in Soho's Groucho club where he was quickly spotted and given his own show on BBC Radio 2. He moved on to become the resident pianist on Channel 4's Big Breakfast for 5 years and to run the nine-piece band on Johnny Vaughan Tonight on BBC1 for three series. He put together his one-man show along with the release of an album 'In the Wrong Key' in the mid nineties and was lauded by the British Press as 'The New Victor Borge' and by Jonathan Ross as 'the best damn pianist in the civilised world'.


Harry’s ability to play any tune in any style has led to him becoming virtually resident on the world’s longest running music show ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ on BBC Radio 2. He has 'An uncanny ability to play any tune in any style' - and he proves it time and time again by taking live requests and interpreting them in any style demanded. You have never ever heard the piano played like this before!


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

Hayley Mills began her acting career as a child and was hailed as a promising newcomer, winning the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for Tiger Bay (1959), the Academy Juvenile Award for Pollyanna (1960) and Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress in 1961. During her early career, she appeared in six films for Walt Disney, including her dual role as twins Susan and Sharon in the Disney film The Parent Trap (1961). During this period, she also appeared in an adaptation of her mother's novel 'Whistle Down The Wind' in 1961 and alongside her father in the 1964 film 'The Chalk Garden'.


Her first film post-Disney, Columbia's 'The Trouble With Angels' in 1966 was also a huge success. She also acted in the film 'Kes', directed by Ken Loach, in 1969 and, during the 1980s, in three sequels to 'The Parent Trap'.


Mills has starred in many shows and plays since, more notably as a teacher in 'Saved By The Bell' (1989), and as Miss Anna Leonowens in the British production of 'The King and I' (1991). She made her off-Broadway debut in Noel Coward's 'Suite in Two Keys', in 2000. In 2007, Mills starred in the ITV1 Sunday-night drama 'Wild at Heart' - a show in which she continued to act until 2012.

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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