Brundibár Arts Festival: The Artists 2019

Katya Apekisheva
Katya Apekisheva is one of Europe's most renowned pianists, in demand internationally as both a soloist and as a chamber musician. Since becoming a prize-winner in the Leeds International and Scottish Piano Competitions and collecting awards such as the London Philharmonic 'Soloist of the Year' and the Terence Judd Award, she has been marked out as a pianist of exceptional gifts, performing with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the Halle Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, working with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, David Shallon, Jan Latham-Koenig and Alexander Lazarev.
As a recording artist, Katya has received widespread critical acclaim for her interpretations. Her recording of Grieg solo piano works in .....


Jan Bradley
Jan Bradley is a freelance percussionist based in Manchester UK. He plays for various orchestras including the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Opera North, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony orchestra and Manchester Camerata.
As well as performing regularly as an orchestral percussionist, he is also known for his work with 4-MALITY Percussion Quartet. Jan has been part of the quartet since it was formed in 1999. Since then the quartet have performed extensively around the UK and have also been fortunate to give concerts in Ireland, Finland, Germany, Belgium, France, Turkey, Spain, Australia and Taiwan.
He is also a composer and arranger, primarily for percussion. although he has in addition written for Trumpet, Voice and a percussion concerto with full orchestra.
His works have been performed worldwide, including at .... More


Sarah Castle
The New Zealander Mezzo-soprano, Sarah Castle, studied at Victoria University, before moving to Manchester to study singing at the Royal Northern College of Music. Sarah Castle has been gaining attention for her committed and idiomatic performances of a wide-ranging repertoire spanning over three-and-a-half centuries of different styles and composers. Based in the UK, she has developed an ongoing relationship with London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where she debuted in 2001 as Tisbe in Cenerentola and has subsequently appeared there as Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos, Page in Salome, Mademoiselle Dangeville in Adriana Lecouvreur, and as Siegrune in Die Walküre, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Keith Warner. .... More


Natalie Clein
Described by the Times as 'mesmerising' and 'soaringly passionate', British cellist Natalie Clein has built a distinguished career, regularly performing at major venues and with orchestras worldwide. She records regularly with Hyperion, and has recorded the two Cello Concertos by Camille Saint-Saëns as well as Bloch's Schelomo and Bruch's Kol Nidrei with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to great critical acclaim. A solo disc with works by Bloch, Ligeti and Dallapiccola was released on 27 January 2017 and awarded Diapason d'Or. She has previously released 3 discs for EMI. In the upcoming season, Natalie Clein tours Australia, the USA and Ireland, and performs a programme of Beethoven cello works at Festival Cervantino with Marianna Shirinyan. In the UK, she returns to Wigmore Hall and Eaton Square and gives recitals in Cardiff, Nottingham, Bournemouth and Jersey. Concerto dates include Bloch's Schelomo with Opole Philharmonic. .... More


Philip Dukes
“Great Britain’s most outstanding solo viola player.” – The Times As a concerto soloist, Philip Dukes has appeared with the BBC Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, The Hallé, The Philharmonia, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, London Mozart Players, Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, BBC Scottish Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In 1995 Philip made his BBC Promenade Concerto debut returning again in 1999, 2005 and 2007. Philip has recorded a wide range of chamber and solo CDs, most notably the complete works for viola by Rebecca Clarke for Naxos and a debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon of the Triple Concerto by Sir Michael Tippett recorded live at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. The complete box set of Mozart Viola Quintets for Hyperion Records with the Nash Ensemble has also recently been released to critical acclaim. .... More


Daniel Garlitsky
“A truly exceptional talent” (Benoît Duteurtre), “exciting, exact and subtle” (Neue Württembergische Zeitung), “confident” (The Independent), and “elegant” (The Times), violinist Daniel Garlitsky possesses “an exceptional and pure sound” (Ouest France), “incredible precision and character” (Dr K. G. Berg), and delivers “majestic interpretation” (Diapason). DG is descendant of a lineage of famous Russian violinists and pedagogues. His grandfather, Mikhail Garlitsky, was the founder of the « Step by step » violin method, still widely regarded as one of the best violin learning techniques. His father, Boris, winner of the Paganini competition, served as concertmaster of the Moscow Virtuosi orchestra and later of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in Moscow, Daniel Garlitsky began his musical studies (violin and piano) at the « Specialized Gnessin School » at the age of 6. Having settled in France in the early 90s, he continued his tuition at the Lyon Conservatory and graduated with highest distinctions. .... More


Philip Harrison
Training and skills:
Trained at A.L.R.A 3 year acting course, Sorrell Carson Stockton Billingham Tech, Foundation drama, 2 yrs. Ken Parkin Fencing (Most Bladed weapons) A.F.A Basic coach Foil, Epee, Sabre. Eskrima (stick fighting). Martial arts: Basic Kung Fu, (Sholin Golden Fist) Karate (Wado Ryu) Progressive combat. Archery. Guitar. Video Production. Juggling, Stilt walking.

Film credits include:
The Boy on the Bus Simon Pitts Flourishing Pictures
Harrigans Nick   Tall Trees Films
Sleepworking Gavin Williams Hook Pictures



Robert Hersey
Theatre Director
Robert studied Music at Newcastle and Acting and Directing at The School of the Science of Acting and the National Theatre in London. He has worked extensively in London and the North of England as Head of Theatre in Colleges, Theatre in Education, Youth Theatres and Community Theatre projects. He has directed many plays and music theatre but has a particular passion for early and Contemporary Opera. He is also a singer, instrumentalist and conductor working with and directing various early music ensembles touring the UK . He is presently working with Edinburgh Studio Opera on Gianni Schicchi and Dido and Aeneas for March 2018.


Vanessa Lann
Vanessa Lann (New York, 1968) began composing and playing the piano at the age of five and has continued ever since. She studied composition with Ruth Schonthal at the Westchester Conservatory of Music, where she received the William Petchek Scholarship. For two summers she was a scholarship student at the Tanglewood Institute, and she holds degrees from Harvard University and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands. Her works are performed throughout the world, in such venues as the Philharmonie (Berlin), Lincoln Center (New York), Wigmore Hall (London), the Doelen (Rotterdam) and the Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), as well as at leading European and American festivals. She has received commissions and prizes from internationally renowned soloists, ensembles and organizations. ..... More


Jack Liebeck


Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro
One of Portugal’s foremost musicians, both nationally and internationally, Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro is considered a ‘poet of the piano’, whose musical interpretations, characterized by profound emotion and intellectuality, are highly appreciated by the public and by music critics. Born in Porto, he studied in various countries before becoming a disciple of Lyudmila Roshchina at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he obtained a Doctorate in Musical Performance in 2000, with maximum classifications, holding the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Scholarship. Playing the whole spectrum of the piano repertoire, from the Baroque to Contemporary Music, he has premiered many works from composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Marcelo Nisinman, Eurico Carrapatoso and Sofia Gubaidulina. ... More


Alexandra Raikhlina
Alexandra Raikhlina was born in Moscow in 1983 and moved to Belgium in 1990. Aged 13, she was Laureate of the 'Charles de Beriot' competition in Belgium, before being awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natalia Boyarsky. Later she received a full scholarship for both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with David Takeno and Krzsisztof Smietana. Alexandra has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Greece, Hong-Kong and throughout the United Kingdom. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls and Sage Gateshead. Alexandra has performed as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Epsom Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and .....


Liubov Ulybysheva
Liubov Ulybysheva was born in Moscow and started playing the cello at the age of five. Having studied at the Gnessin Special Music School and the Russian Music Academy, she came to London in 2003 to continue her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Stefan Popov and Oleg Kogan, graduating with 1st class honours. Following that, Liubov completed a Master of Music Degree at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Felix Schmidt, winning the Moir Carnegie Prize for cello on graduation.
Liubov became the only cellist to win a prestigious scholarship from the Paganini International Competition funded by the Investment Programme Foundation, Moscow. She was also featured in the Reader's Digest magazine as one of the young stars of the Russian Hope feature. In 2006 she won the First Prize at the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist Competition, followed by .....


Simon Wallfisch
There is no doubting the quality of Simon Wallfisch’s artistry... his ceaseless shifts in tone create characterisations of quite exceptional vividness..." Gramophone. “A multi-talented musician of incredible versatility” (BBC Radio 3), Simon Wallfisch is one of Britain’s most sought after Baritones, at home on the opera and concert stage. In 2017, Simon Wallfisch performed as soloist at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble live for BBC Radio 3, sang leading roles at the Nürnberg Staatsoper and recorded his third Song CD for Nimbus Records entitled: "Gesänge des Orients" to be released in July 2018. Born in London into a musical family, Simon Wallfisch studied cello, voice and conducting at the Royal College of Music between 2000 and 2006. During his studies in London, he was awarded several prizes including The Georg Solti Foundation, Emmy Destinn Foundation, Giuseppe Di Stefano Competition Sicily, The DAAD, Countess of Munster Trust, The English Speaking Union and the Royal Overseas League "Young Singer of Promise" 2005 ... More