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Margarita Balanas

Latvian cellist Margarita Balanas is one of the most exciting and versatile artists of her generation. Known for her distinguished artistry and mesmerising stage presence, Ms Balanas has performed to audiences world-wide being hailed as “powerful, delicate, intense and brilliant” (GLAM Adelaide).

This season will include debut concerts at the Berliner Philharmonie and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, a concert tour with the Israel Camerata and Doron Saloman, directing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Cyprus Chamber Orchestra, as well as performances with IASI Philharmonic Orchestra and Gabriel Bebeselea, and the Orchestra of St. John’s and John Lubbock as part of the Ashmolean Proms. Other highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Barbican Centre in London, and participation in the International Cello Festival Shanghai and International Cello Cesis Festival in Latvia.


Lisa Friend

Lisa  Friend  (Flautist) has  appeared  as  a  soloist  with  the  Philharmonia  Orchestra,  City  of  Prague  Philharmonic, Virtuosi  Pragenses  Chamber  Orchestra,  Royal  Liverpool  Philharmonic  Orchestra,  Oxford  Philharmonic  and  has  toured throughout  much  of  Europe,  Asia  and  the  USA.

She  has  given  live  broadcasts  for  Classic  FM,  BBC  Radio  3 and  BBC  London.  Solo  recital  highlights  include performances  for  Steven  Spielberg  and  his Foundation ‘Shoah’,  the  Royal  Family  at  Buckingham  Palace,  LG  Arts Centre-Seoul,  Wigmore  Hall  and  Cadogan  Hall  Concert  -  Children  &  the  Arts  '10th  Anniversary  Concert'  in collaboration  with  Classic  FM.  In  February,  Lisa  also  performed  tracks  from  her  cd,  'Cinema  Affair'  playing  live  on stage  as  a  soloist  with  Principal  dancers  of  the  Royal Ballet  for  Sergei  Polunin’s  'Project  Polunin'. Recent  recordings  include  Ian  Mulder/London  Philharmonic  Orchestra  CD  at  Air  studios,  a  CD  of  Faure  and Debussy  with  pianist,  Rohan  De  Silva,  (Chandos-Released March  2019)  and  a  flute/guitar  CD  With  guitarist, Craig  Ogden  and  the  Aquarelle  Guitar  Quartet  (Chandos-Released  2019).


Julie Svěcená

Czech violinist Julie Svěcená is celebrated as one of Europe’s most gifted young violinists, and, since winning the International Radio Competition 'Concertino Praga' in 2010, she has been performing extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

Ms Svěcená’s musical collaborations include prestigious artists such as, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Mark Elder, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Trevor Pinnock, Gabor Takács-Nagy, and Clio Gould. Having recently received 3rd Prize at the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, Julie is a prizewinner and laureate of several international competitions, including the Kocian International Violin Competition and the International Georg Philipp Telemann Violin Competition in Poznan, Poland. She also competed in the Concertino Praga International Radio Competition for young musicians, marking an end to the forty-year wait for the next Czech violinist to win this competition in the solo violin category.