Performers in 2018

The English Chamber Orchestra

The English Chamber Orchestra is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, its discography containing 860 recordings of over 1,500 works by more than 400 composers.

The ECO has also performed in more countries than any other orchestra, and played with many of the world’s greatest musicians. The American radio network CPRN has selected ECO as one of the world’s greatest ‘living’ orchestras. The illustrious history of the orchestra features many major musical figures. Benjamin Britten was the orchestra’s first Patron and a significant musical influence. The ECO’s long relationship with such great musicians as Slava Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, and earlier with Daniel Barenboim led to an acclaimed complete cycle of Mozart piano concertos as live performances and recordings, followed later by two further recordings of the complete cycle, with Murray Perahia and Mitsuko Uchida.

Recent tours have included the USA, Bermuda, China, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Slovenia and Austria (culminating in a concert at Vienna’s Musikverein) as well as concerts across the UK and at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, and Kings Place.

The Orchestra has been chosen to record many successful film soundtracks including Dario Marianelli’s prizewinning scores for Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, and several James Bond soundtracks, and has taken part in a variety of other film and television projects.

Škampa String Quartet

Helena Jiříkovská - violin

Adéla Štajnochrová - violin

Radim Sedmidubský - viola

Lukáš Polák - violoncello

The Škampa Quartet is among the very finest of an outstanding group of current Czech string quartets that has represented their country in major Concert Halls around the world for twenty five years.

Through their mentors, the legendary Smetana Quartet, they trace their roots to the earliest quartets - such as the Bohemian Quartet - in a land described in the 18th century as the Conservatoire of Europe and that remains, to this day, the very cradle of European Chamber Music.

To this innate musicality they have added their own particular research to inform their understanding of the folk-song and poetry, rhythms and dance from which their native music grew - to the extent that their recordings of the quartets by Janacek and Smetana particularly are quoted as the bench-marks against which other performances are judged. This research resulted in, among other things, the production of an illustrated talk - 'Janacek and his Moravian Roots' - and led to collaboration with singer Iva Bittova which successfully crossed many musical boundaries.

Prizes at International Competitions, Awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society and others - and appointment as the first-ever Resident Artists at Wigmore Hall - marked the solidity of their early years and provided recognition which led to invitations to perform at major Festivals world-wide including Prague Spring, Schwetzingen, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein and Melbourne. These engagements included collaboration with many fine internationally recognised artists including Melvyn Tan, Itamar Golan, Josef Suk, Michael Collins, Kathryn Stott and Janine Jansen among many others.

From the beginning they have established a close relationship with BBC Radio 3 resulting in regular broadcasts from Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, LSO St Luke's and the Chamber Music Proms.

The Škampa quartet have been award-winning recording artist for Supraphon for most of the Quartet's career. They are now also among the elite artists whose performances have been selected for release on the Wigmore Hall Live label. Education has long been an important facet of their work, and one that they find particularly rewarding. They teach in many places around the world but particularly at the Royal Academy of Music in London where they were appointed Visiting Professors of Chamber Music in 2001.

Chloë Hanslip

Chloë Hanslip (b. 1987) has already established herself as an artist of distinction on the international stage. Prodigiously talented, she made her BBC Proms debut in 2002 and her US concerto debut in 2003, and has performed at major venues in the UK (Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall), Europe (Vienna Musikverein, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Paris Louvre and Salle Gaveau, St Petersburg Hermitage) as well as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Arts Space in Tokyo and the Seoul Arts Centre.

Her performances have included the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Lahti Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Norwegian Radio, Real Filharmonia Galicia, Vienna Tonkünstler Orchester, Hamburg Symfoniker, Czech National Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Helsingborg Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Further afield her engagements include the Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Malaysia Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony, Auckland Philharmonina and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Andrew Davis, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Michail Jurowski and Jeffrey Tate.

Chloë records for Hyperion and her first release on the label featured Violin Concertos by Vieuxtemps (Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra/Brabbins). Her CD of York Bowen Sonatas with Danny Driver received recommendations from Gramophone (Choice) and The Strad and her other Hyperion recordings include Glazunov/Schoeck Concertos and Medtner Violin Sonatas. Other notable recordings included Bruch Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra (Warner Classics) winning her the Echo Klassik Award for 'Best Newcomer' (2002) and 'Young British Classical Performer' at the Classical BRITS (2003), and a highly acclaimed recording of John Adams Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Slatkin.

Hanslip's wide-ranging repertoire spans Concertos by Britten, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Brahms, Korngold, Shostakovich, Barber, Bernstein, Delius, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Walton and Sibelius as well as contemporary works by Adams, Glass, Corigliano, Nyman, Huw Watkins, Peter Maxwell Davies and Brett Dean. A committed chamber musician, she is a regular participant in Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove and at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland. Her recital partners include Angela Hewitt, Danny Driver, Igor Tchetuev and Charles Owen.

Highlights of the 2015-16 season include concerto performances with the Royal Philharmonic, Kristiansand Symphony, Kymi Sinfonietta, Sinfonia Lahti, Flanders Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Milan Giuseppe Verdi, Prague Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in the USA she tours Florida with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. With regular recital partner Danny Driver, she tours Ireland and the UK.

Chloë studied for ten years with the Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron. She has also worked with Christian Tetzlaff, Robert Masters, Ida Haendel, Salvatore Accardo, and Gerhard Schulz.

She plays a Guarneri del Gesu 1737.

Stephanie Gonley

Stephanie Gonley has a wide-ranging career as concerto soloist, soloist/director of chamber orchestras, recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with many of the leading orchestras in the UK, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Manchester Camerata, The Hallé, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Stephanie Gonley is the leader of the English Chamber Orchestra and appears with them regularly as director and soloist. She was the leader of the Vellinger Quartet for some time, and she still enjoys performing a wide range of chamber music with such ensembles as the Nash Ensemble and the English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble.

As Director/Soloist, Stephanie Gonley has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Oriol Ensemble Berlin, the Vancouver Symphony, the Academy Of St. Martin in the Fields, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Lancashire Sinfonietta and Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra.

Her concerto performances abroad have been with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Hannover Radio Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Noord Nederlands Orkest, RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Regina Symphony (Canada), Norrköping Symphony, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Regensburg Phiharmonic, and the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Her recordings include the Dvorák Romance with the ECO and Sir Charles Mackerras for EMI, the Sibelius Violin Concerto for BMG/Conifer with conductor Adrian Leaper and a CD of baroque repertoire which she directed.

Stephanie Gonley is currently Professor of Violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she also studied with David Takeno. She continued her studies with Dorothy DeLay (Juilliard) and Ilan Gronich (Hochschule, Berlin).

Amongst other awards, she was a winner of the prestigious Shell-LSO National Scholarship.

Tom Poster

Tom Poster is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry and versatility, equally in demand as soloist and chamber musician across an unusually extensive repertoire. He has been described as “a marvel, [who] can play anything in any style” (The Herald), “mercurially brilliant” (The Strad), and as having “a beautiful tone that you can sink into like a pile of cushions” (BBC Music). Since his London concerto debut at the age of 13, Tom has appeared in a wide-ranging concerto repertoire of over 40 major works. Equally at home directing Mozart and Beethoven from the piano as in the high-octane virtuosity of Rachmaninov or Ligeti, Tom has appeared as soloist with the Aurora Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, China National Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and St Petersburg State Capella Philharmonic, collaborating with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, James Loughran, En Shao, Robin Ticciati and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Two major new concertos have recently been written for Tom: David Knotts’ Laments and Lullabies, commissioned by the Presteigne Festival and premiered there in 2015; and Martin Suckling’s Piano Concerto, commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, which receives its premiere in October 2016 with Robin Ticciati conducting. Other forthcoming highlights include debuts with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast and with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall.

Tom features regularly on BBC radio and television and has made multiple appearances at the BBC Proms. He has given solo recitals at the Aberystwyth, Brighton, Cambridge, City of London, Edinburgh, Hay, North Norfolk, Presteigne, Spoleto and Two Moors Festivals, as well as in Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. As pianist of the Aronowitz Ensemble (former BBC New Generation Artists), he has appeared at the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, and the Aldeburgh, Bath and Cheltenham Festivals. Tom enjoys established duo partnerships with Alison Balsom, Guy Johnston and Elena Urioste, collaborates with Ian Bostridge, Laura van der Heijden, Steven Isserlis and Huw Watkins, and has performed piano quintets with the Brodsky, Callino, Carducci, Danish, Elias, Endellion, Heath, Martinu, Medici, Navarra, Sacconi, Skampa and Tippett Quartets. Highlights of the 2016/17 season include two appearances at the Wigmore Hall, curating and performing four concerts of French chamber music for BBC Radio 3 at the Roman River Festival, and a major residency at Wilton’s Music Hall as both pianist and composer.

Tom’s critically acclaimed recordings include solo discs for Edition Classics (Light and Shadows) and Champs Hill Records (In Dance and Song); three discs for Chandos with Jennifer Pike and the Doric Quartet; two discs for Sonimage with the Aronowitz Ensemble; Finzi’s Eclogue with Aurora Orchestra for Decca Classics; works by Thomas Ades for EMI; and a duo album with Alison Balsom for Warner Classics. He also regularly features as soloist on film and television soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning score for The Theory of Everything.

Tom studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at King’s College, Cambridge, where he gained a Double First in Music. He won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition 2007, and the keyboard sections of the Royal Over-Seas League and BBC Young Musician of the Year Competitions in 2000.

As a composer, Tom’s recent commissions include Turn to the Watery World! for Alison Balsom, a piece about deep sea creatures which includes perhaps the first musical depiction of a blobfish; The Thoughts of Dr May, co- composed with Alison Balsom and inspired by Queen guitarist Brian May, recorded by the duo for their Warner Classics album; and The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak, a chamber opera for Wattle & Daub Figure Theatre, which receives a three-week run at Wilton’s Music Hall in February 2017. A lifelong devotee of the Great American Songbook, Tom’s arrangements of Gershwin, Cole Porter and others have been extensively performed and recorded. His other passions include cheese, redwood forests, yoga, contrabassoons, bright blue skies, wild freestyle dancing and animals with unusual noses.

Ben Baker

Born in 1990 in New Zealand, Benjamin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music where he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl. In 2016 he won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York.

At the opening of the 2016/17 season Benjamin made his debut with the Royal Philharmonic and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestras performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto.

Over the last year he has appeared as soloist with Philharmonia Orchestra at Salisbury Festival, Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead, the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese L'Aquila in Italy, Sinfonia Cymru, English Chamber Orchestra and Maui Pops Orchestra in Hawaii. In summer 2016 he joined Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago as a Fellow. Future engagements include concerts at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, debut recitals in New York and Washington D.C. and recitals in Argentina, Chile and China.

Benjamin has given recitals and taken part in festivals across Europe including Wigmore Hall, Saffron Hall, Pedrera Hall, the Pärnu, Steirisches Kammermusikfestival, Cheltenham, Buxton, North Norfolk, Northern Chords and East Neuk Festivals. He has toured throughout New Zealand and appeared as soloist with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company. His first CD for Champs Hill Records was released in 2015 and immediately went to No. 12 in the Classical Charts and was featured on Classic FM. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2013.

Previous solo appearances include the Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Cardiff Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Orchestra Wellington, Joven Orquesta Sinfónica de Salamanca, Orpheus Sinfonia and Bath Philharmonia at major venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Bath and Gstaad Festivals. A committed chamber musician, Benjamin has toured Sweden, Denmark, France, Singapore and New Zealand as a member of the Trio Boyarsky.

At the YCA Final Auditions in 2016 Benjamin was awarded the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Prize, the Embassy Series Prize, the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series Prize and the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert Prize.

During his studies Benjamin won numerous prizes and awards including 1st Prize at the 2013 Windsor International Competition, the Development Prize from the Michael Hill Violin Competition, 1st Prize in the string section of the 2012 Royal Over-Seas League Competition and 2nd Prize at the 2011 Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy.  In 2005 his CD Arcadian Strings won the Classic FM Next Big Thing Competition.

Hugely popular in New Zealand Benjamin returns whenever he is able, to give concerts and appear on radio and television. He moved to the UK in 1998 with his family to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, on the recommendation of Nigel Kennedy. He is very grateful to be awarded Honorary Membership of the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson for his commitment to children’s charities.

Benjamin plays on a Tononi violin (1709) on generous loan from a private individual.

Howard Shelley

As pianist, conductor and recording artist Howard Shelley has enjoyed a distinguished career since his highly acclaimed London debut in 1971, performing with renowned orchestras around the world. He has been closely associated with the music of Rachmaninov and has performed and recorded complete cycles of that composer's solo piano works, concertos and songs.

His discography now exceeds a landmark 150 cds, all highly acclaimed. He has appeared in several television documentaries, including ‘Mother Goose’, a documentary on Ravel which won a Gold Medal at the New York Festivals Awards. Since his conducting debut in 1985 he has worked with all the major London orchestras and many other symphony orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, RTE National Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, City of Mexico Philharmonic and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Switzerland.

He has toured to Australia for over thirty consecutive years, performing now as both conductor and soloist with the Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra – with the latter he has recorded fifteen volumes (and rising) for Hyperion’s Romantic Piano series. Much of his current work is now in this combined role with major chamber orchestras.

His long association with the London Mozart Players has now been recognised by the title of Conductor Laureate. Shelley has also been Principal Conductor of Sweden's Uppsala Chamber Orchestra. In addition to close relationships with the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto in Italy, Västerås Sinfonietta in Sweden, Poland’s Sinfonia Varsovia and the St Gallen Symphony in Switzerland, with most of whom he also records, other chamber orchestras with whom he has worked include the Swedish Chamber, Zurich Chamber, Netherlands Chamber, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestre de Picardie and Camerata Salzburg. In 1994 HRH The Prince of Wales conferred on him an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Music and in the 2009 New Year's Honours he was awarded an OBE for services to classical music.

The King's Consort

The King's Consort is one of the world's leading period instrument orchestras and choirs. Its one hundred CD recordings have won many prestigious international awards and sold more than 1,500,000 discs. On tour, TKC has appeared in almost every European country, in Japan, Hong Kong, the Far East and North and South America. TKC’s acclaimed Choir of The King's Consort have also featured on the sound tracks of major Hollywood films. TKC's repertoire ranges from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, encompassing a vast range of music from Albinoni to Zelenka. Most famed for its performances of baroque repertoire by Bach, Handel, Purcell and Vivaldi, and classical works by Haydn and Mozart, TKC also performs nineteenth and twentieth century music by Brahms, Britten, Gershwin, Kern, Mendelssohn, Rossini and more.

John Anderson

John Anderson studied oboe with Derek Wickens and Terence MacDonagh. At the Royal College of Music he studied composition with Anthony Milner. He joined the Suisse Romande Orchestra aged 20 and is currently principal oboe with the Royal Philharmonic and English Chamber Orchestras.

John's discography includes two versions of the Mozart concerto with the RPO and ECO, and two of the Strauss concerto with the BBC SO and the Philharmonia. He has also recorded concertos by Martinu and Francaix and a collection of Venetian baroque concertos. His other recordings include recitals with piano and guitar and numerous chamber music recordings from the classical to the contemporary. Future plans include recording “Sahara”, a concerto for oboe and chamber orchestra by David Heath which was written for him and the ECO.

John's playing has featured on scores for television and film for over 25 years. Recent projects have included A Short Stay in Switzerland, Up and Lewis.

John Anderson is professor of oboe at the Royal College of Music and has given masterclasses at all the music colleges in the UK as well as in Germany, Japan, China, Canada and Singapore. He is a graduate of the Open University in social science and is a passionate cricket supporter.

Julia Doyle

Originally from Lancaster, Julia studied Social and Political Sciences at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge before embarking on a singing career, and has since performed all over the world and become established as a specialist soprano in Baroque repertoire.

She has performed Bach St John Passion at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Sir John Eliot Gardiner), and in Toronto (Tafelmusik), St Matthew Passion at Alice Tully Hall in New York (Philippe Hereweghe), Christmas Oratorio in Sydney and Melbourne with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (Richard Tognetti), BWV 202 with Music of the Baroque in Chicago (Nicholas Kraemer), BWV 199 with Bach Vereniging (Alfredo Bernadini), Mozart Exultate Jubilate at the Cité de la Musique in Paris (Arsys Bourgogne), & Mass in C Minor in Budapest (Györgi Vashegyi), Handel Occasional Oratorio at the Halle Handel Festival (English Concert), La Resurezzione at The Wigmore Hall (London Handel Orchestra), Messiah at The Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Richard Cooke) & The Palace of Versailles with the King’s Consort (Robert King), Apollo e Dafne with Concerto Copenhagen (Alfredo Bernadini), Haydn Nelson Mass in the Canary Islands with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Eamonn Dougan), Haydn Paukenmesse and Beethoven Symphony No.9 with J.S. Bach Stiftung (Rudolf Lutz), and Haydn Creation in St Paul’s Cathedral with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Julia’s discography includes Handel Messiah with The Britten Sinfonia / Polyphony (Stephen Layton) and The Bethlehem Bach Choir (Greg Funfgeld), Israel in Egypt with Arsys Bourgogne (Pierre Cao) & L’Allegro with Koelner Kammerchor (Peter Neumann), Mendelssohn Israel in Egypt with The King’s Consort (Robert King), Bach Magnificat with Dunedin Consort (John Butt), & Bethlehem Bach Choir (Greg Funfgeld), BWV 107, BWV 9 & Mass in B Minor with J.S.Bach Stiftung (Rudolf Lutz), & Lutheran Masses with The Sixteen (Harry Christophers), Astro Nuevo: En Torno a Rabassa with Orquestra Barocca de Sevilla (Enrico Onofri) & Lutoslawski Dwadziesci Koled with BBC Symphony Orchestra (David Zinman).

In the next twelve months Julia looks forward to performing Mozart Mass in C Minor in Toronto with Tafelmusik, Vivaldi Juditha Triumphans at the Concertgebouw, Palace of Versailles and Theater an der Wien (The King’s Consort), Handel Aci, Galatea e Polifemo at Halle Handel Festival (Peter Neumann) and making recordings of Bach St John Passion with J.S. Bach Stiftung (Rudolf Lutz) and Handel Occasional Oratorio with Bayerische Rundfunk (Academie für Alte Music Berlin).

Nash Ensemble

The Nash Ensemble, Resident Chamber Ensemble at Wigmore Hall since 2010, is acclaimed for its adventurous programming and virtuoso performances. It presents works from Haydn to the avant-garde, and is a major contributor towards the recognition and promotion of contemporary composers: by the end of the 2016/17 season the group will have premièred over 300 new works, of which well over 200 have been specially commissioned from 225 different composers.

An impressive collection of recordings illustrates the same varied and colourful combination of classical masterpieces, little-known neglected gems and important contemporary works. Releases receiving critical acclaim include all the Mozart String Quintets, Russian chamber music, chamber works by Schumann and Joaquin Turina, and chamber works by Czech composers incarcerated in the Theresienstadt concentration camp between 1941 and 1945. Recent releases include a CD of Hollywood composers for Hyperion, Harrison Birtwistle's The Moth Requiem for Signum Classics and a chamber music CD of works by Max Bruch for Hyperion. In June the Nash will record works by Ernst von Dohnányi and there are plans for a recording of chamber works by Julian Anderson for NMC.

In its 2016/17 series at Wigmore Hall the Nash Ensemble combined the music of Vienna, from the 'Viennese Classical school' of Haydn and Mozart to Mahler and the 'second Viennese school' of Schoenberg and his pupils, with music from Hungary and the Czech lands. Continuing the ongoing and fruitful collaboration between the Ensemble and the Royal Academy of Music, there was a special concert in February in which members of the Nash and students from the RAM combined 'Side by Side', to perform rarely heard early works by Schoenberg, Webern and Berg.

The main theme for the 2017/18 Wigmore Series is 'The French Connection', juxtaposing music from Stravinsky's French period with music by Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Milhaud. The Ensemble's annual selection of the best of British contemporary music - Nash Inventions on 20th September - includes Alexander Goehr's latest chamber work (a Wigmore Hall commission for the Ensemble), Harrison Birtwistle's single movement Trio, Peter Maxwell Davies's acclaimed String Quintet, and another new Nash commission - a Quintet for clarinet and strings by John Casken.

Recent highlights have included concerts in Turkey, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy as well as a tour of the USA. The Ensemble broadcasts regularly for the BBC including appearances at the BBC Proms.

The Nash Ensemble has won numerous accolades including The Edinburgh Festival Critics award 'for general artistic excellence' and two Royal Philharmonic Society awards in the chamber music category "for the breadth of its taste and its immaculate performance of a wide range of music."

Past Performers

Artists who have taken part in the concerts include:-

  • Cecilia Bartoli
  • Kristine Blaumane
  • English Chamber Orchestra
  • Paul Watkins
  • Chlöe Hanslip
  • The King's Consort
  • Lorna Anderson
  • Carole Cerasi
  • Škampa Quartet
  • The Avison Ensemble
  • Pavlo Beznosiuk
  • Piotr Anderszewski
  • Nancy Argenta
  • Katya Apekisheva
  • Borodin String Quartet
  • Alfred Brendel
  • Shura Cherkassky
  • Kyung-Wha Chung
  • Imogen Cooper
  • Sir Colin Davis
  • Augustin Dumay
  • Emerson String Quartet
  • The Endellion String Quartet
  • Ilya Gringolts
  • Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Yvonne Kenny
  • Evgeny Kissin
  • Sergey Krylov
  • Lang Lang
  • Sergei Nakariakov
  • Rafael Orozco
  • Cécile Ousset
  • Anne Sofie von Otter
  • Charles Owen
  • Murray Perahia
  • Maria João Pires
  • Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Heinrich Schiff
  • Takács String Quartet
  • Melvyn Tan
  • Maxim Vengerov
  • Ysaÿe String Quartet
  • Pinchas Zukerman
  • Sir Neville Marriner
  • Dame Emma Kirkby
  • Clara Mouriz
  • James Bowman
  • Michael Chance
  • The Nash Ensemble
  • Raymond Leppard
  • Antonio Meneses
  • John Thurgood
  • Hannah Stone
  • Amy Harman
  • Stephanie Gonley
  • Thomas Bowes
  • Caroline Dale
  • Monteverdi Choir
  • The English Baroque Soloists
  • Sir John Eliot Gardiner
  • Kaspar Zehnder
  • Howard Shelley
  • Alena Baeva
  • Narek Hakhnazaryan
  • Anna Hashimoto
  • Daniel King Smith
  • Danny Driver
  • Daisuke Muranaka
  • Adrian Brendel
  • Oliver Coates
  • Alina Ibragimova
  • Jakob Lindberg
  • Nicholas Kraemer
  • Iain Farrington
  • James Johnstone
  • Robert Howarth
  • Raphaela Papadakis
  • Young-Choon Park