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Jeremy Young

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Linton Stephens

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Benyounes Quartet

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Timothy Ridout

With recent awards including the inaugural Sir Jeffrey Tate Prize in Hamburg and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, Timothy Ridout has confirmed his position at the forefront of young European soloists. He has been a BBC New Generation Artist since 2019 and joined the Bowers Program of the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in 2021.

Concerto engagements this season and last include Berlioz Harold en Italie with the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and Orchestre National de Lille; Mozart Sinfonia Concertante at the Sion Festival (alongside Janine Jansen) and with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Camerata Salzburg; Bartok with the BBC Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker and Sinfonieorchester Aachen; Walton with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Luzerner Sinfonieorchester; and the Britten Double Concerto with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Siberian State Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman, Gabor Takács-Nagy, Sylvain Cambreling and Sir Andras Schiff.

Equally in demand as a recitalist and chamber musician, his engagements include several appearances per season at the Wigmore Hall as well as throughout the UK, Europe and Japan. Festivals invitations encompass Lucerne, Lockenhaus, Heimbach, Bergen, Evian, Boswil Sommer, Heidelberger-Frühling, Montpellier, Aspen, the Enescu Festival and the Marlboro Academy; whilst his chamber music collaborators include Joshua Bell, Isabelle Faust, Janine Jansen, Christian Tetzlaff, Nicolas Altstaedt, Steven Isserlis, Kian Soltani, Benjamin Grosvenor, Lars Vogt and Christian Gerhaher, among many others. He also maintains a regular relationship with the Nash Ensemble.

His second album, Music for Viola & Chamber Orchestra: Vaughan Williams, Martinu, Hindemith & Britten with Jamie Phillips and l’Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne was released to general acclaim in February 2020 on Claves Records. He released his debut album with Champs Hill Records in spring 2017 Henri Vieuxtemps: Complete works for Viola, with pianist Ke Ma.

In 2016 Ridout won 1st Prize in the Lionel Tertis Competition and was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). Other prizes include the 2019 Thierry Scherz Award at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and 1st Prize at the 2014 Cecil Aronowitz Competition.

Born in London in 1995, Ridout studied at the Royal Academy of Music graduating with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. He completed his Masters at the Kronberg Academy with Nobuko Imai in 2019 and in 2018 took part in Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World.

He plays on a viola by Peregrino di Zanetto c.1565–75 on loan from a generous patron of Beare's International Violin Society.

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Alexander Sitovetsky

Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow into a family with a well-established musical tradition. His concerto debut came at the age of eight, and in the same year he moved to the UK to study at the Menuhin School. Lord Menuhin was his inspiration throughout his school years and they
performed together on several occasions.

The forthcoming season will see his return to the Anhaltische Phiharmonie Dessau, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Leopoldinum Orchestra Wroclaw, Detmold Chamber Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Rīga, English Symphony Orchestra and Anima Musicae Budapest. He will also debut with the North Netherlands Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia and will appear at Le Pont Festival in Japan, Reno Chamber Music Festival, Surrey Hills Festival and Contrasto Festival in Norway. He will also tour Germany with Julia Fischer’s quartet and return to the United States as part of the prestigious CMS touring.

Amongst the highlights of previous season are his debut at Vienna’s Musikverein with the Tonkünstler Orchester, with Pomeranian Philharmonic Bydgoszcz and Chattanooga Symphony
Orchestra, as well as return visits to the Manchester Camerata and Russian Philharmonic Novosibirsk.

Tours with the Sitkovetsky Trio brought him to the Chamber Music Series in Basel and Bern and to festivals in Finland, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Highlights of his recent concerto performances include appearances with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bolivia, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest The Hague, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra.

He is also much in demand as a director and has directed and performed as a soloist regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, London Mozart Players, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Players, Camerata Zurich, Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and most recently with the Romanian Sinfonietta.

He is also regularly invited as guest soloist with orchestras touring the UK and these have recently
included the Russian Philharmonic Novosibirsk, Brussels Philharmonic, St Petersburg Symphony
Orchestra and the Tonkünstler Orchester.

His critically acclaimed CPO recording of Andrzej Panufnik's Violin Concerto with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin commemorating the composer's 100th birthday won an ICMA Special Achievement Award. His most recent recording with the English Symphony Orchestra of Philip Sawyers’ Violin Concerto was released to great critical acclaim.

Alexander was awarded 1st prize at the Trio di Trieste Duo Competition alongside pianist Wu Qian. He is an alumnus of the prestigious ‘Chamber Music Society Two’ programme at the Lincoln Center, and in 2016 received the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.

Alexander is a founding member of the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio, with whom he has won various prizes including the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Kammermusik Prize. The trio has performed all over the UK and Europe including Alte Oper Frankfurt, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Wigmore
Hall, and toured Asia recently.

Alexander plays the 1679 ‘Parera’ Antonio Stradivari violin, kindly loaned to him through the Beare’s International Violin Society by a generous sponsor.

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Shunta Morimoto

Shunta Morimoto was born in Kyoto, Japan in 2004. He has won some of the top piano competitions in his native Japan and played many recitals and with orchestras around the world as a soloist and chamber musician. He gained the Yasuko Fukuda Scholarship and AOIDE Scholarship. In 2022 he won the First Prize in the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. Following this victory he played Schumann's Piano Concerto with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Mozart's 22nd piano concerto with The Royal College of Music Prince Consort Orchestra. He is now studying with William Grant Nabore as a special student of the International Piano Academy Lake Como and studies piano accompaniment in the class of Maestro Giovanni Velluti at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.

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Sophia Rahman

Sophia Rahman made the first UK recording of Florence Price’s piano concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She has recorded Shostakovich’s piano concerto Op. 35 with the Scottish Ensemble for Linn Records and over thirty-five chamber music discs for a host of international labels including CPO, Guild, Resonus, Dutton/Epoch, ASV and Champs Hill.

Sophia has appeared in recital with Steven Isserlis, Augustin Hadelich, Alex Klein, Karl Leister and Mark Padmore, as well as working frequently with her partner the violinist, violist and conductor Andres Kaljuste.

Sophia has coached junior chamber music at the Sibelius Academy, Finland and Lilla Akademien, Sweden, and on a course she specially designed at the Arvo Pärt Centre for young Estonian chamber musicians. She is also known for her work as a class pianist at IMS/Prussia Cove where she has played for the classes of Kim Kashkashian, Atar Arad, Thomas Riebl, Hartmut Rohde and, for more than a decade, Steven Isserlis. Her interest in this field began as a class pianist for the legendary William Pleeth at the Britten-Pears School.

After early tuition with Antonietta Notariello, Sophia studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School under Peter Norris, with additional guidance from Vlado Perlemuter and Louis Kentner. She took a first-class honours degree in English from King’s College, London and completed her piano studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly and Malcolm Martineau.

She was the winner of the Royal Overseas League’s Accompanist Award and the Liza Fuchsova Memorial Prize for a chamber music pianist in consecutive years.

Sophia is the Artistic Director of the Whittington Festival in Shropshire.

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James Pillai

James’ interest in brass playing started at an early age, taking up the tenor horn at just 7 years old. At 10 he moved onto the French horn, soon joining the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department where he studied with Susan Dent for 4 years. This ultimately led to him gaining a scholarship to the RCM where he studied with Simon Rayner, Nigel Black and John Ryan. James graduated in July of this year.

James has a wide range of orchestral experience and regularly performs with ensembles such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Aurora Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra where he is currently on trial for the position of 3rd horn. He also plays in the Riverside Brass Quintet.

James has also played regularly with the RCM Symphony Orchestra, performances which have included An Alpine Symphony with Bernard Haitink and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with Lorin Maazel. Following this, James went on an 8-week tour with a select number of RCM musicians to the USA and Canada, where he played for Maazel’s Opera Orchestra.

In his spare time James enjoys golf and cycling, and is also an avid fan of Watford Football Club, where he is a season ticket holder.