Artists

Carolyn Dobbin
Mezzo Soprano

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Carolyn Dobbin

Carrickfergus born mezzo- soprano and Samling scholar trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and on the Young Artist Programme of Opera Theatre Company in Dublin in 2006.

In opera, she has worked with companies including Dorset Opera, English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, English Touring Opera. Castleward Opera, Bern Opera House ( Switzerland), Mid Wales Opera, Opera Della Luna, Opera Holland Park, OTC (Dublin), The Opera Group, Raymond Gubbay Ltd and Welsh National Opera.

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Anthony Gabriele
Conductor

Anthony Gabriele

Anthony Gabriele has established an international reputation for conducting with tremendous passion born of a profound knowledge and understanding of the repertoire. He was awarded 2nd Prize in the 2011 biennial Blue Danube Musik Impresario (Vienna) International Opera Conducting Competition, hosted by the Bulgarian State Opera (Burgas).

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Anthony Negus
Conductor

Anthony Negus

Anthony Negus studied clarinet and piano at the Royal College of Music London, and after gaining a music degree at Oxford University, trained as repetiteur and conductor at the London Opera Centre. He took part in conducting courses with Franco Ferrara (Siena) and George Hurst. He derived much inspiration from the recordings of Toscanini, Furtwängler, Walter and Erich Kleiber, as well as the live experience of Klemperer, Boulez (with whom he later worked on Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande) and Rudolf Kempe (particularly in the orchestra pit at Bayreuth).

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Arta Arnicane
Pianist

Arta Arnicane

“Her totally secure, innate authority is matched by her deeply considered and often profound approach during her performances, far removed from much of the more shallow and superficial playing that abounds nowadays. She totally lacks any form of affectation and has an innate but rarely found sense of structure. Needless to say, these qualities are matched by a formidable technique.” – John Lill CBE

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Brian Wright
Conductor

Brian Wright

Brian was a major prize-winner in conducting competitions in London and Milan. He was Assistant Conductor to André Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor to the BBC in London. He has conducted all the major British orchestras, winning particular praise for performances at the BBC Proms.

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Carlos Bonell
Guitarist

Carlos Bonell

Carlos Bonell is one of today’s most celebrated guitarists. He was born in London of Spanish parents and studied at the Royal College of Music with John Williams, where he was appointed the youngest ever professor in 1972. He gained prominence in 1981 through his recording for Decca of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Charles Dutoit.

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Cristian Mandeal
Conductor

Cristian Mandeal

Cristian Mandeal is among the most important Romanian conductors of his generation. He has had an international career for over four decades, conducting major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas, the Far East and Israel, and collaborating with some of the leading soloists of the day, including Alicia de LarrochaRadu LupuYefim BronfmanIvo PogorelichMstislav Rostropovich, and Maxim Vengerov.

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Daniel Szeili
Tenor

Daniel Szeili

Tenor Daniel Szeili was born in Rosenheim, Germany, and studied Theater and Music Sciences at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. From 1999 to 2002, he studied at the Internationales Studienzentrum für Oper (international study centre for opera) in Kirchbach, Austria, where he trained extensively in German and Italian Opera. He completed further vocal studies in Vienna and Berlin. Since summer 2011, he has studied with Inci Paige-Bashar in Kansas City, USA.

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Francesco Pasqualetti
Conductor

Francesco Pasqualetti

Francesco Pasqualetti studied Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Sir Colin Davis and Colin Metters, at the Accademia Chigiana with Gianluigi Gelmetti and at the Accademia Musicale di Stresa with Gianandrea Noseda.
Maestro Gianandrea Noseda invited Francesco to conduct Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, and in 2009 Francesco was invited to attend the LSO Discovery Scheme and had the chance to conduct Brahms Symphony No. 3 with the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Gardar Thor Cortes
Tenor

Gardar Thor Cortes

Gardar Thór Cortes was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, into a family of musicians. His Icelandic father was a world-class tenor who founded the Icelandic Opera, the Reykjavík School of Singing and the Reykjavík Symphony Orchestra. His English mother, Krystyna, was a concert pianist who studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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Gerard Quinn
Baritone

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Helena Dix
Soprano

Helena Dix

Having sung the title role in Cristina Regina di Svezia for Wexford Festival Opera to five star reviews and being previously nominated as Best Young Singer in The International Opera awards, all eyes are currently on Helena Dix.

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Hrólfur Sæmundsson
Baritone

Hrólfur Sæmundsson

Hrólfur Sæmundsson was born in 1978 in Iceland. He completed his Master´s degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Prior to that, he obtained the Advanced Certificate of the Royal Schools of Music in Reykjavik, Iceland. He has sung in France, Norway, Sweden, USA and Germany as well as in his home country, Iceland. In 2005 he was selected Singer of the Year by the Wagner Society. He has worked mainly in Germany since 2009 and is currently employed by the Opera in Aachen.

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Ian Fountain
Pianist

Ian Fountain

In 1989 Ian Fountain became the youngest winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Tel Aviv at the age of 19.
Since that time, he has performed extensively throughout Europe, the USA, the UK and the Far East, with orchestras such as the London Symphony and Sir Colin Davis, the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, and the Czech Philharmonic and Jiri Belohlavek. He has also performed with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Halle, CBSO, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony and Utah Symphony amongst others.

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John Gibbons
Conductor

John Gibbons

John Gibbons studied at Queens’ College, Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music winning numerous awards as a conductor, pianist and accompanist. He has conducted across the world, including the Spier Festival, Cape Town, the Crested Butte Festival in Colorado and the Romanian premiere of Walton’s First Symphony with the Georges Enescu Philharmonic. He has also given many world premieres including the Third Orchestral Set by Charles Ives, William Alwyn’s Violin Concerto, Martyr by Tarik O’Regan, Roxanna Panufnik’s Christmas Kompot and Malcolm Arnold’s opera The Dancing Master.

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Julian Clayton
Conductor

Julian Clayton

“Under Julian Clayton’s direction the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra was in full flow ….. a programme that hit the spot – slick, tuneful, bright and breezy, and well played to boot.” The Scotsman

Julian Clayton is one of the most dynamic and exciting British conductors on the concert platform today. His extensive repertoire of classical, opera, choral and ballet scores is complemented by his skills as a pops conductor and as a presenter and by his enviable reputation as a music educator.

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Kim Sheehan
Soprano

Kim Sheehan

Soprano Kim Sheehan, described by Opera Now as “sporting a super voice and blissfully funny acting skills” has sung many of the roles in the coloratura repertoire in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and her home country of Ireland. She has worked with such established companies as the Royal Opera House, Zürich Opera House, Opera North, Grange Park Opera, Garsington Festival Opera, NI Opera and Wexford Festival.

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Linda Finnie
Mezzo Soprano

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Linda Finnie

Linda Finnie was born and educated in Scotland, graduating from the RSAMD with two DRSAM Diplomas in singing (performer and teacher). Whilst a student she was the recipient of all the major singing prizes at the Academy, received a Sir James Caird Scholarship, the John Noble Bursary from Scottish Opera, and the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Award , London.

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Lukas Kargl
Baritone

Lukas Kargl

Austrian baritone Lukas Kargl is in high demand in opera and concert throughout the UK and Europe. After initial training at Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts, he studied with Rudolf Piernay at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, gaining his MMus with Distinction in 2006 and continuing on the School’s renowned Opera Course. Lukas has been a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Samling Foundation Scholar, was the winner of GSMD’s Patrick Libby Prize and the recipient of the coveted Youngster of Arts Prize from the city of St. Pölten, Austria.

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Maria Jones
Mezzo-Soprano

Maria Jones

Maria Jones began her training at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts and went on to study opera at the Royal Northern College of Music. She made her professional début as a Principal Artist with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre, singing Pitti Sing (The Mikado), title role (Iolanthe) and Phoebe (The Yeomen of the Guard). She later performed Pitti Sing in Rome, on a tour of the USA with D’Oyly Carte and for the Carl Rosa and Buxton G&S Festival companies.

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Matthew Willis
Conductor

Matthew Willis

Matthew Willis works with some of the world’s finest musicians, orchestras and choirs, and has built a reputation for passionate performances through an inspiring, scholarly approach. He has conducted the State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya, the Hamburg Simfoniker, Opera Holland Park, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Musica Viva Moscow, the Orquestra Simfonica del Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Academia Orquestra de Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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Paul Austin Kelly
Tenor

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Paul Austin Kelly

Paul Austin Kelly has performed leading tenor roles with the NY Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, and Milan’s La Scala opera houses, to name but a few. Originally a specialist in the Rossini repertoire, he sang numerous times at the Pesaro Festival, and recorded several Rossini operas with the Opera Rara label.

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Sebastien Obrecht
Tenor

Sebastien Obrecht

Sébastien Obrecht’s original musical career was as a cellist with leading ensembles, but he then decided to pursue a career in singing.

Conductor Paul McCreesh offered him his debut as Mathan in Handel’s Athalia. The production by the Academy of Ambronay was broadcast on the French TV programme Musiques au coeur with Eve Ruggeri, and Sébastien’s performance received critical acclaim : “…among which the tenor Sébastien Obrecht is distinguishable by his elegance” (Le Monde de la Musique); “Sébastien Obrecht, the evening’s revelation…”

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Simon Lobelson
Baritone

Simon Lobelson

Simon Lobelson was born in Sydney of Egyptian parents and brought up in Brussels. He gained his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney and completed his Opera Diploma with distinction at the Royal College of Music in London on a scholarship under Roderick Earle. He currently studies with Sir Donald McIntyre and has since worked as a soloist in Australia, the Middle East, Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Steinunn Soffia Skjenstad
Soprano

Steinunn Soffia Skjenstad

The Icelandic/Norwegian soprano, Steinunn Soffía Skjenstad, started her musical studies in Reykjavík, Iceland and graduated from the Icelandic Academy of Arts before studying at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. From 2008 – 2012, Steinunn studied at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre where she specialised in singing German lieder in addition to being a member of the opera class. Since 2012, Steinunn has been a singer with the Opera Studio of Theater in Lübeck in Northern Germany, where she has worked with directors such as Dieter Kaegi, Anthony Pilavachi and Reto Nickler.

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Stephen Higgins
Conductor

Stephen Higgins

Stephen Higgins is a conductor who has worked extensively in major opera houses and festivals both in the UK and abroad.

He spent his early professional career on the music staff of ROH, Glyndebourne and ENO and has worked on a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi, Mozart, Puccini, John Adams and Stephen Sondheim.

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Telman Guzhevsky
Tenor

Telman Guzhevsky

Armenian-born Israeli tenor Telman Guzhevsky studied sciences at Tel Aviv University before undertaking postgraduate vocal studies at Trinity College of Music where he won the Ricordi Opera Studies Prize, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  He studied with Sally Burgess from 2006 -2009, and then with Carlo Bergonzi in Italy.

Telman Guzhevsky sang Count Vronsky on the soundtrack for the film Anna Karenina by Joe Wright, which received the Ivor Novello Award in 2013.

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Timothy End
Pianist

Timothy End

Earlier this year Timothy was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied having completed his undergraduate studies at King’s College London.

A multiple first-prize winner, Timothy was awarded both the Pianist Prize and Jean Meikle Duo Prize with the baritone Jonathan McGovern at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition. Further prizes include the Accompanists’ Prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, the Parnell Award for an Accompanist at the ROSL Annual Music Competition, the Gerald Moore Award and the MBF Accompanist Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition.

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Ulf Hoelscher
Violinist

Ulf Hoelscher

Ulf Hoelscher received his first violin lessons from his father Ferdinand Hoelscher and from Bruno Masurat. He then studied with Max Rostal in Cologne, before a period in the USA studying with Josef Gingold at Indiana University and Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

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