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Krysia Osostowicz - credit Georgia Bertazzi

Krysia Osostowicz (violin)  is the founder and artistic director of the Dante Festival, now in its 17th year. She has enjoyed a long career in solo and ensemble playing, and is much respected as a teacher of violin and chamber music. B orn in London of Polish descent, she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, King's College Cambridge and in Salzburg with the great Hungarian violinist Sandor Vegh. She has collaborated with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Radu Lupu, Ferenc Rados and Tabea Zimmerman.

In the 1980's she 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, including the sonatas of Brahms, Faure and Bartok. Her recordings have been described in Gramophone Magazine as “performances of flawless integrity”.

Over the past three years, with her duo partner Daniel Tong, Krysia has toured the UK performing the entire cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas alongside a set of newly commissioned companion pieces by various composers. Titled “Beethoven Plus”, this series of recitals is now available as a series of live recorded recitals on SOMM Records. Krysia’s current project is titled “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 teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and also runs frequent courses for musicians and artists in other creative disciplines at her base in Blisland, Cornwall.

Linos Piano Trio
(Prach Boondiskulchok, piano; Konrad Elias-Trostmann, violin; Vladimir Waltham, cello)

Linos Piano Trio credit Kaupo Kikka

Linos (Λiνος) was a celebrated musician in Greek mythology. The son of Apollo, Linos received from his father the three-stringed lute, and became known as the inventor of new melodies, lyric songs, and eloquent speech. As one of the original demi-gods of music, Linos had many pupils, most famously Heracles and his brother Orpheus.

Winner of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2015, the Linos Piano Trio is increasingly recognised as one of Europe's most creative and dynamic ensembles. Praised for its “slow-burning, gripping performance” by The Strad, and an “astounding performance” by the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, the trio has performed at prestigious venues worldwide including the Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Melbourne Recital Centre, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Holzhausenschlösschen in Frankfurt, Théâtre Saint-Louis in France, and the György Ligeti Saal in Graz.
Founded in 2007, the Linos Piano Trio studied at the Guildhall and then at the Musikhochschule Hannover with Oliver Wille and Markus Becker, also receiving guidance from Sir András Schiff, Peter Cropper, Ferenc Rados, Rainer Schmidt and Eberhard Feltz. In 2014 they were awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize for an outstanding ensemble. The trio recently made their debut appearance in Italy, and their busy 2019-20 season included numerous performances across the UK as well as concerts in France and Germany.
The Linos Piano Trio has recently recorded the complete Piano Trios of C.P.E. Bach to celebrate the 300th anniversary of his birth. In 2016 the trio embarked on its current project, ‘Stolen Music’, a rapturously received series of creative arrangements of orchestral masterpieces such as Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan and Isolde, and Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Since 2017 they have held the position of ‘Artists-in-Residence’ at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London.


Thai-British musician Prach Boondiskulchok enjoys a diverse career as a pianist, composer and teacher. He studied piano and composition at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Scholar of Princess Galyani Vadhana. Prach has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, South East Asia, and the US. His youthful performance of Bach Sinfonias at the Royal Festival Hall was praised by the Independent as an “ecstatic rendition which would have been a high point in any programme”. More recent highlights include a recital tour with Steven Isserlis, and Prach has received critical acclaim in The Strad, The Times and The Guardian.
His compositions include Night Suite (2014) for Piano Trio, praised by George Benjamin for its “ingenuity and imagination”, and Goose Daughter, a semi-operatic song cycle commissioned and premiered by the U.S. Birdfoot Festival in 2016. His Ritus: Four Portraits for String Quartet was commissioned for the Endellion String Quartet’s 40th Anniversary in 2019, alongside new works by Sally Beamish, Jonathan Dove, and Giles Swayne.
A keen educator and committed scholar, Prach is Doctoral Researcher at the Orpheus Institute, and a faculty member at the Royal College of Music.


As a passionate chamber musician, violinist Konrad Elias-Trostmann enjoys a varied international career in all types of ensembles, with his performances bringing him to venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Seoul Arts Centre and Shanghai Grand Theatre.
He has been invited as Principal 2nd Violin by orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and Kammerorchester Basel. Recent solo highlights include a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto directed by Konrad from the violin.
Konrad was born in London of German and Brazilian parents. After attending the Purcell School of Music he completed studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Cologne’s Musikhochschule and Salzburg’s Mozarteum, studying with Professors Mihaela Martin and Rainer Schmidt. He has also worked with Maxim Vengerov, James Ehnes, Carolin Widmann and András Keller at IMS Prussia Cove.


Dedicated to maintaining the broadest possible musical palette and praised for his “luminous tone” (Gramophone), Vladimir Waltham is much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician on cello, baroque cello and viola da gamba, in repertoire spanning from the Middle Ages to collaborations with living composers. His competition successes include 3rd Prize at the 2016 International Bach Competition Leipzig.
Born in France, Vladimir moved to the UK to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, then at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Vladimir performs regularly in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan t’Ij, Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional and Melbourne Recital Centre. Other notable venues have included Concertgebouw Bruges and Volksbühne Berlin, with solo and chamber appearances at festivals such as Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, City of London Festival, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Birdfoot Festival (USA) and Eilat Festival (Israel).


Jenna Sherry Credit Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

A musician deeply shaped by her roots in the bohemian city of New Orleans, violinist Jenna Sherry is based in London. A versatile chamber musician who also specializes in historical performance, Jenna has collaborated with Steven Isserlis, composers Unsuk Chin and Julian Anderson, and performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Barbican Hall, Cologne’s Acht Brücken Festival, the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, and International Musicians’ Seminar Prussia Cove.
Jenna has recorded for BBC broadcast and in 2020, with pianist Dániel Löwenberg, will release a recording of sonatas by Dohnányi and Brahms for the BMC label (Hungary).
Jenna is solo violinist/violist with the ExperimentalEnsemble des SWR (Freiburg), and regularly plays with groups such as the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Spira Mirabilis, and John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
Selected as a Marshall Scholar by the British government, Jenna studied with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and previously at Indiana University with Mark Kaplan. Other formative musical influences include Ferenc Rados, András Keller, Pavlo Beznosiuk, and Valerie Paullette.
Having sensed early on that New Orleans had something to give that classical music needs, Jenna Founded and is Artistic Director of the Birdfoot Festival, praised for its “youthful, rule-bending style”.
Jenna teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague’s School for Young Talent, and previously taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School (UK).


Alinka Rowe

Alinka Rowe started playing the viola at an early age and is already developing a varied career as a soloist and chamber musician. Most recently, Alinka performed as a soloist at the Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, and performed Walton’s viola concerto with the North London Symphony Orchestra. She currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Jim Sleigh and Juan-Miguel Hernandez, and has been awarded several prizes there, including the Wilfred Parry Brahms Prize by Lawrence Power. Alinka previously studied with Rachel Roberts, and she has performed in public masterclasses for distinguished musicians including Tabea Zimmermann, Lawrence Power and Hariolf Schlichtig. She has taken part in chamber music festivals across Europe including Swaledale Festival, Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and Musique à Marsac. Alinka has also attended the prestigious masterclasses at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, playing for eminent musicians including Ferenc Rados, and was subsequently invited to participate in IMS Open Chamber Music. As a chamber musician, Alinka was a member of the Cassado Ensemble with cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, performing at venues including Wigmore Hall and Perth Concert Hall. The ensemble has also recorded for Decca Classics.


Eliza Millett

Cellist Eliza Millett is a graduate of Oxford University, attaining First-class Honours in Music, and of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied cello with Christoph Richter. Eliza has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in a number of UK venues such as Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square and St James Piccadilly, and has taken masterclasses with international musicians such as Raphael Wallfisch, Colin Carr, Johannes Moser and Gary Hoffman.
She is a founder member of the award-winning Echea Quartet, currently Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy and recent recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Chamber Music Prize. The quartet has appeared at international festivals in Ireland, France, Argentina and at the Banff Centre in Canada.
The Echéa Quartet’s dedication to new music is central to their work: they have commissioned works by UK-based composers, including Louise Drewett, Freya Waley-Cohen and Robert Laidlow, and have worked closely with Harrison Birtwistle, Andrew Norman and Henning Kraggerud. Eliza plays on a Paul Kaul cello of 1912, on loan from the Royal Academy.


Cordelia Williams

Pianist Cordelia Williams is recognised for the poetry, conviction and inner strength of her playing. She has enjoyed traveling and performing all over the world, including concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra (in Mexico City), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (at Barbican Hall, London), as well as recitals at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Beijing Concert Hall.
Alongside her performing career she gained a First in Theology from Clare College, Cambridge. Her curiosity towards religions and faith led to her year-long project, Between Heaven and the Clouds: Messiaen 2015, in partnership with award-winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams and artist Sophie Hacker. Her latest CD, featuring music by J.S. Bach and Arvo Pärt, was described as a ‘superb concept... brilliantly realised’ in a five-star review.
Cordelia is a passionate chamber musician, having appeared with the Endellion, Fitzwilliam and Maggini quartets among others. She enjoys forming unusual collaborations and creating innovative projects with other musicians and across disciplines. Cordelia welcomed her first son in 2017, who has accompanied her on several concert tours and was recently joined by a brother.


Robert Plane - photo by Sara Porter

Clarinettist Robert Plane won the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition in London in 1992 and has since enjoyed a career encompassing solo and chamber work, as well as holding the principal clarinet positions of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Robert has played concertos with major orchestras across Europe, from Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional and the Zurich Tonhalle to London’s Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall. He toured China as soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, including a performance broadcast live from Beijing to a TV audience of 6 million. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2011 in Simon Holt’s double concerto ‘Centauromachy’, and has given premiere performances of concertos by Piers Hellawell, Diana Burrell and Nicola LeFanu.
He is a successful recording artist, particularly highly regarded for his solo recordings for Naxos. His recording of Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ with the Gould Trio was praised by BBC Music Magazine as the ‘best modern account’ of this monumental work. Robert has collaborated with a number of well-known string quartets (Maggini, Auer, Brodsky, Mandelring, Vellinger, Tippett, Carducci, Finzi, Cavaleri and Dante) as well as with the chamber ensemble of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Ibis Ensemble in Trinidad. He has played with the pianist Sophia Rahman for over 20 years and highlights of their concerts together include tours to South America, New Zealand and China. Together with the Gould Piano Trio he directs the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival in Northumberland.
Robert has given masterclasses around the world, including music colleges in London, Beijing and San Francisco, and he has recently been appointed Head of Woodwind at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.


Tom Findlay

Cornish-born horn player Tom Findlay studied in France before moving back to Cornwall, where he was taught by Jaqueline Kershaw who inspired him to pursue a career as a horn player. Tom was principle horn of the Cornwall Youth Orchestra which has performed at both the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Tom was also principle of the County brass ensemble, where he made his debut as a soloist, playing John Iveson’s arrangement of Hoagy Carmicheal’s Stardust in several venues across Cornwall, including the Minack theatre.
Tom is currently studying with Simon Rayner at the Royal College of Music, London where he is the holder of the Wyseliot Scholarship. Recent performances include a solo recital with pianist Charles Martin at King Charles Church, Falmouth, Schostakovich’s Ninth Symphony with Campanella Symphony Orchestra and Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony with the Apollo Philharmonic Orchestra, both in London.


Florence Plane

Florence Plane (bassoon) is an undergraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studies with Robin O’Neil. Prior to this she attended Chetham’s School of Music and studied with Ben Hudson. She is a former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and is currently principal bassoon with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. She is a founder member of Lumas Winds, a dynamic young wind quintet whose members first met at NYO. Lumas Winds has given concerts in London, Cambridge and Glasgow this season.
Other recent highlights include Beethoven’s Septet with distinguished colleagues at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival, Nielsen’s Wind Quintet in Oslo in collaboration with the Barratt Due Institute, and performances with the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival.



Joseph Barker

Cellist Joseph Barker grew up in Cornwall and began playing the cello at age 7. He has played with Cornwall Youth Orchestra and other youth string orchestras, also participating in courses with South West Music School. As a member of the Efander ensemble (studying with Tim Boulton) Joseph performed at Town Hall Birmingham, the Elgar Room and Calstock Arts. As part of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain he has performed in the Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, Barbican Centre, Snape Maltings and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Joseph recently moved to Manchester to study at Chethams School of Music with Gil Thoday; there he has participated in solo and chamber masterclasses with artists such as Francis Gouton, Gabor Tackacs-Nagy, David Waterman, and Stephan Picard. He is excited to start studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Louise Hopkins in September.


Edward Francis-Smith

Originally from Penzance, double-bassist Edward Francis-Smith began his studies aged 10 with his father, before becoming a pupil of Thomas Martin at the age of 12. He continued to study with Thomas as part of his bachelor’s degree at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Edward was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra between 2013 and 2016, and in 2015 he toured the South West with a group from the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, attracting great critical acclaim. He has performed with numerous British orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and has appeared as Principal with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Welsh National Opera.
Following his undergraduate studies in Birmingham, in 2016 Edward gained a place at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He graduated with an Artist Diploma in May 2018, and soon afterwards was selected from among hundreds of candidates for one of the most prestigious jobs in North America, a position with the Metropolitan Orchestra in New York, where he now resides when not visiting his family in Penzance.