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Krysia Osostowicz - credit Georgia Bertazzi

Krysia Osostowicz (violin) is the founder of the Dante Summer Festival. She has enjoyed a long career in solo and ensemble playing, and as a teacher of violin and chamber music. Born in London of Polish descent, Krysia studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, King's College Cambridge and then in Salzburg with the great Hungarian violinist Sandor Vegh. She has collaborated with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Radu Lupu, Thomas Ades, Ralph Kirschbaum and Ferenc Rados.

In the 1980's Krysia toured with the pioneering chamber group Domus, a piano quartet with its own portable concert hall - a geodesic dome - winning two Gramophone awards and a worldwide audience. In 1995 she founded the Dante Quartet, which became recognised as one of Britain's finest ensembles, winning the Royal Philharmonic Society award for chamber music and playing throughout the UK, Europe and Japan. The Dante Quartet was very popular throughout the South West and was central to the formation of the Dante Summer Festival.

Krysia has made many recordings for Hyperion and other labels, and her recordings have been described in Gramophone Magazine as “performances of flawless integrity”. Krysia’s performances of Beethoven’s sonatas, with pianist Daniel Tong, are available as a series of live recorded recitals on SOMM Records. Among her current projects is “Conversations with Bach”, an innovative programme combining Bach’s music with poetry and prose readings, forming a portrait of the musician and the man.

Krysia has greatly enjoyed her first year with the Brodsky Quartet, which has been a busy one including three recordings for Chandos and numerous concerts in the the UK, Belgium, Germany and Spain. She is delighted to welcome the quartet back to the Dante Festival.

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Brodsky Quartet

The Brodsky Quartet: Krysia Osostowicz and Ian Belton, violins; Paul Cassidy, viola; Jacqueline Thomas, cello.

Since forming in 1972, the Brodsky Quartet have performed over 3,000 concerts on the major stages of the world and have released more than 70 recordings. Their energy and craftsmanship have propelled the group in a number of artistic directions and ensured them a prominent presence on the international chamber music scene, attracting numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while their ongoing educational work provides a vehicle to pass on experience and stay in touch with the next generation.

Throughout their career of almost 50 years, the Brodsky Quartet have enjoyed a busy international performing schedule, touring the major festivals and venues throughout Australasia, North and South America, Asia, South Africa and Europe, and the UK, where the quartet is based. They are regularly recorded for television and radio with performances broadcast worldwide.

The Quartet have undertaken numerous performances and recordings of the complete cycles of quartets by Schubert, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Britten, Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, Webern and Bartok. It is, however, the complete Shostakovich cycle that has now become synonymous with their name: their 2012 London performance of the cycle resulted in their taking the prestigious title ‘Artistic Associate’ at London’s Kings Place and, in October 2016, releasing their second recording of the cycle, this time live from the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam for Chandos Records, with whom they enjoy an exclusive and fruitful relationship, most recently releasing the Late Beethoven Quartets and the three Violin Sonatas of Bach in an exciting new arrangement by Paul Cassidy.

In the past year, since Covid travel restrictions began to relax, the Brodskys have played in Belgium, Holland, Germany and Spain, with future plans to tour Australia and Brazil. They have also made three new recordings for Chandos: Schubert's Quintet with cellist Laura van der Heijden, "Rocking Horse Road" with jazz vocalist Jacqui Dankworth, and a unique collection of Brodsky Encores - arrangements by the quartet of favourite pieces originally composed for piano or other instruments.

As well as partnering many top classical artists for their performances and recordings, the quartet have made musical history with ground-breaking collaborations with some of the world’s leading artists across many genres and have commissioned and championed many of the world’s most respected composers.

The Quartet took their name from the great Russian violinist Adolf Brodsky, dedicatee of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and a passionate chamber musician.

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Ben Goldscheider – French Horn

Ben Goldscheider

Nominated by the Barbican as an ECHO Rising Star, Ben has given recitals at major concert halls including the Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Elbphilharmonie and Köln Philharmonie. This year he makes his debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo at the Barbican, and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ed Gardner at the Royal Festival Hall performing the Knussen oncerto. Highlights over the last year have included the release by Three Worlds Records of Legacy: A Tribute to Dennis Brain with newly commissioned pieces by Huw Watkins and Roxanna Panufnik, and a solo concerto recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

At the age of 18 Ben was a Concerto Finalist in the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition. Since then he has made his debut at the BBC Proms, and appeared as soloist with the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, the Aurora, Britten Sinfonia, English Chamber, Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Lucerne Symphony, Manchester Camerata, Prague Philharmonia and Sinfonie Orchester Berlin. 

A committed chamber musician, Ben has collaborated with Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich, Sergei Babyan, Elena Bashkirova, Sunwook Kim and Michael Volle at the Verbier, Salzburg, Jerusalem, Intonations (Berlin) and Barenboim (Buenos Aires) Festivals, among many others. As guest principal he has appeared with the Staatskapelle Berlin, West-Eastern Divan, English Chamber and Philharmonia Orchestras. A keen advocate for new music, he has recorded works for horn and electronics for the Aberdeen Sounds New Festival broadcast by Radio 3. 

Born in London, in 2020 Ben completed his studies with honours at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin with Radek Baborák. He was a prize-winner at the 2019 YCAT International Auditions.

Ben is a patron for the charity Music4People and has given masterclasses at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  He is grateful for awards from the Dorothy Croft Trust for Young Musicians, Awards for Young Musicians, June Emerson Wind Music and the EMI Music Sound Foundation.

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Danny Driver – Piano

Danny Driver

Acclaimed British pianist Danny Driver is recognised internationally as an artist of sophistication, insight and musical depth. His studies at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music inspired his uniquely holistic approach to performance and have enabled him to cultivate an enviably broad repertoire encompassing works from Bach and Handel to Ligeti and Adès. Despite the difficulties of lockdown, Driver has given four live streamed recitals from Wigmore Hall, some also broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

Highlights of the 2021/22 season include Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, a three-concert Ligeti series at the Wigmore Hall, Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra (Sweden) and Dorothy Howell's Piano Concerto in Kuopio (Finland). Driver has performed as soloist with major orchestras worldwide, and his long-standing collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra continues at London’s Cadogan Hall and the BBC Proms.

Driver is equally at home as a recital artist: most recent highlights include recitals at the Wigmore Hall (where Driver is regularly invited to perform), London Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series, Lichfield Festival (as their Artist-in-Residence), Ryedale Festival, Gothenburg Chamber Music Festival, Music Toronto, Salle Bourgie in Montreal, Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, and several performances of Ligeti’s Piano Études interlaced with Debussy’s complete Images across the United States, the U.K and Japan.

Driver’s decade-long relationship with the prestigious Hyperion Records label has spawned a varied and internationally acclaimed discography of works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Handel, York Bowen, Benjamin Dale, Mili Balakirev, Robert Schumann, and Erik Chisholm. He has also recorded the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas with recital partner Chloë Hanslip for the Rubicon label. His current release of György Ligeti’s Piano Études has met with great critical acclaim; “Driver, as fleet of finger as this formidably challenging writing demands, has a mind that searches beyond contrivance; these are transfixing performances” [The Sunday Times].

The Nova Ensemble

The Nova Ensemble

Formed in 2021, the Nova Ensemble is formed of four young musicians studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. They first met as members of Cornwall Youth Orchestra, and have been playing chamber music together since 2016.
Elena Sidman (violin) went to Wells Cathedral School and Chethamís School of Music and is in her second year studying with Caroline Pether at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She has played in masterclasses with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Krysia Osostowicz, and Oliver Wille.
Jake Montgomery-Smith (viola) grew up in Cornwall and studied violin with Karen Frost and Tim Boulton, who inspired him to pursue the viola. He is now in his second year at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, studying with Matthew Jones.
Joseph Barker (cello) studied with Chris Pascoe in Cornwall before moving to Manchester to study with Gil Thoday at Chethamís School of Music. He is currently in his second year at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studies with Louise Hopkins.
Angus Webster (piano) studies with Alasdair Beatson at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and has played in masterclasses with Ferenc Rados and Rita Wagner at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove. He is also developing a flourishing career as a conductor, both in the UK and abroad.
The Nova Ensemble has studied with Krysia Osostowicz, Robin Ireland, and Prach Boondiskulchok and are ensemble-in-residence at the Nova Classical Music Festival, which takes place from 25-27 August 2022 at Wheal Martyn, St. Austell.