Brundibár Arts Festival: The Artists 2017

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 .....


Hanni Begg
Holocaust Survivor
Hanni Begg was born in Germany in 1929 to a Jewish father and Christian mother. The family moved to Berlin when she was six. Whilst at school she once shook hands with a famous visitor - Adolf Hitler.
One day, in 1943, she returned home from school to find that her younger brother Max (8) and sister Ruth (6) had been picked up by the Gestapo. Max and Ruth were both murdered in Auschwitz (as was Hanni's grandmother). Max and Ruth went via Theresienstadt and it is possible that they were present at the first performance of Brundibár.
Hanni herself, bound for Auschwitz, made a miraculous escape from another Czech transit camp, and made her way back to Berlin were she was hidden for the last eighteen months of the war in a convent hospital run by Protestant nuns.
As the Russians closed in on Berlin at the end of the war .....


Iona Brown
Iona received her early musical education in Leicestershire where she was a member of the Leicestershire Schools Youth Orchestras for seven years. She won a scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music under Christopher Rowland, Lydia Mordkovitch and Wen Zhou Li. During her studies she won three major violin prizes and also several awards for chamber music with the Laurel Piano trio, fostering a passion for chamber music that has since come to fruition. Whilst in Manchester she helped found Psappha with whom she appeared live on Radio 3 and in various series nationwide. She was also a member of Manchester Camerata performing regularly with their Chamber Ensemble and as a soloist.
Iona joined Northern Sinfonia in 1995 where she is now a principal first violin. She has featured as soloist, leader and chamber musician over recent years. She also performs regularly with .....


Krzysztof Chorzelski
Krzysztof Chorzelski was born in Warsaw in 1971 and enjoys a diverse career as a performing musician that has taken him all over the world as violist of the acclaimed Belcea Quartet, chamber musician and soloist.
In 1992 he won the Wronski Solo Violin Competition in Warsaw and has subsequently performed as a recitalist and concerto soloist in Europe, making recordings for Polish Radio and the BBC. In 1996 became the viola player in the Belcea Quartet. Krzysztof is a viola professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London.
Krzysztof works as a chamber music partner with Quatuor Ysaye, Quatuor Ebene, Pavel Haas, Jerusalem and Skampa Quartets and artists such as Stephen Kovacevich, Piotr Anderszewski, Christian Zacharias, Polina Leschenko, Katya Apekisheva, Henning Kraggerud and Natalie Clein. In 2006 he was invited by the Alban Berg Quartet to perform as a guest violist .....


Natalie Clein
British cellist Natalie Clein has built a distinguished career, regularly performing at major venues and with orchestras worldwide.
She is an exclusive recording artist for Hyperion and has recently recorded the two Cello Concertos by Camille SaintSaëns 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 will be released in February 2017. She has previously released 3 discs for EMI.
In the 2016/17 season, Natalie Clein tours the US with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the UK with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Libor Pešek, and appears with the Orchestre National d'Ile de France and the Recreation Orchestra Graz with Michael Hofstetter.
Her 2015/16 season started a performance of Bloch's .....


Jessica Duchen
Jessica Duchen is an acclaimed author and music journalist, her work having appeared regularly in The Independent, BBC Music Magazine and many other publications. Her five novels to date include Ghost Variations, Hungarian Dances and Alicia's Gift, which have been adapted for concerts of live music and narration. A Walk through the End of Time was her first play. She has also written several other stage works for musicians and actors; biographies of Korngold and Fauré (Phaidon Press); and an opera libretto for Roxanna Panufnik (Silver Birch, for Garsington Opera 2017). 'Splendid' - Sir András Schiff on Ghost Variations.
Eilidh Gillespie
Flute and Piccolo
Eilidh is a member of Royal Northern Sinfonia, with whom she features regularly as principal flute, soloist and chamber musician. She was previously a member of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and held the position of Principal Flute with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Besides her work with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Eilidh enjoys a busy freelance career with other orchestras around the UK and abroad. She has worked with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra among others.
Eilidh enjoys working as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing regularly in RNS chamber music concerts at Sage Gateshead and around the region. She has also performed .....


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



Siân Hicks
Double Bass
After reading Zoology at the University of Nottingham, Siân went onto complete a postgraduate course at the Royal Northern College of Music under Corin Long. She was awarded the Professional Performance Diploma and established herself as a freelance bassist in great demand. She has performed with most of the country's top orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, Orchestra of Opera North and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, as well as many chamber ensembles including Composers Ensemble, Kantak, and European Union Chamber Orchestra.
With the Manchester Camerata, she premiered the virtuosic "Rondo for 9" by John Manduel, written to celebrate the life of Ida Carroll, a past figurehead of the double bass. This was made all the more special as she had won the Ida Carroll Award for young bassists several years earlier .....


Traditional Dance Music Ensemble
Horovod is a flexible ensemble performing traditional Klezmer and Balkan dance music.
Frazer Watson is drummer and percussionist specializing in Balkan, Klezmer and Middle Eastern percussion as well as twenty years' experience in Jazz, World and Folk Music. With numerous BBC and radio appearances and countless performances and tours, he is currently studying for a BA(Hons) in Performance Industries at the Edinburgh Academy of Music.
Tony Abell played in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales from 1985-2006 as both tutti and sub principal bass. He moved to Newcastle in 2007 and now works regularly with Royal Northern Sinfonia, teaches Double/electric-bass, jazz piano and is a tutor with 'In Harmony'. He is in high demand as Bass player with many and varied Jazz, folk and classical ensembles.
Dov Goldberg was enabled by an arts council grant .....


Kyra Humphreys
Kyra Humphreys is an accomplished orchestral and chamber musician. She has performed with most of the major UK symphony and chamber orchestras and appeared as guest leader with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. She has appeared as a soloist in the BBC Proms and performed in music festivals around the world. Her world premiere of John Casken's 'Après un Silence' (orchestral version) was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and described as 'authoritatively dramatic' by The Times.
As the violinist/violist of the Zanfonia Trio Kyra was a finalist in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and the trio performed frequently throughout the UK as award winners in both the Munster and John Tunnell Trust concert scheme competitions.
Since 1998 Kyra has been the Co-Leader of Royal Northern Sinfonia. She has appeared as .....


Junichi Kajioka
Film Director / Writer / Actor
Junichi Kajioka is an award-winning Japanese filmmaker and actor based in London. He started his career in Tokyo appearing in popular TV series in the early 90s and then went to China to study acting. He was one of the pioneer Japanese actors who went to China to study drama and to work in the Chinese Film and TV industry.
Junichi's first professional film appearance came in Jiang Wen's Cannes 2000 award winning film DEVILS ON THE DOORSTEP in China where he had been studying acting at the Central Academy of Drama. He has also played various Japanese historical figures in Central Chinese Television (CCTV) drama series in leading roles.
He now resides in London and actively works both behind and in front of the camera in the international film industry. Notable projects include Universal Pictures' 47 RONIN, and SPECTRE BOND 24. He is due to appear in Mark Stirton's Scottish .....


Yoshie Kawamura
Yoshie Kawamura was born in Japan in 1984, and has been a resident in the UK since the age of 11. She completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a pianist, studying with Joan Havill. She then continued her music studies for a further 3 years at the Musikhochschule Freiburg in Germany, with Professor Mishory. In 2013, Yoshie returned to the UK to begin her second Masters Degree in Cultural Management at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, where she is now based. As a pianist she has given many performances worldwide including; Germany's 200th year of celebration for Chopin, at Freiburg Musikhochschule, recitals at Luzern Marianischer Saal, Lunchtime Concert Series at Berliner Philharmoniker, and the International Stichting Apeldoon Festival in the Netherlands. She was also invited to join the Berlin Philharmonic Quartet in performing Schumann's .....


Jessica Lee
Jessica was born in Chichester, West Sussex. She began to learn the clarinet aged nine whilst one of the first girl choristers at Salisbury Cathedral.
Jessica graduated from the Royal College of Music with a First Class Honours degree in 2004, where she studied with Janet Hilton, Michael Collins, Tim Lines and Richard Hosford. In 2005, Jessica gained her PGDip with distinction from the RCM where she was the Wilkins-Mackerras scholar and was supported by a full grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
After a busy freelance career in London working with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the London Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, English National Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Nash Ensemble, Jessica joined Royal Northern Sinfonia as Second Clarinet/Principal Bass Clarinet in September 2009.


Jack Liebeck
Born in London in 1980, Jack Liebeck is established as one of the most compelling young violinists on the concert platform. He has appeared with all the major British orchestras and internationally with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony, Sinfonica de Navarra, Real Philhamonia de Galicia, Belgian National, Lausanne Chamber, Polish Radio Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and Indianapolis Symphony, among others. Jack made his acclaimed London recital debut to a sold-out Wigmore Hall in 2002 and has gone on to perform recitals all over the world. Jack is a committed chamber musician; collaborations have included Katya Apekisheva, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Michael Collins, Julius Drake, Bengt Forsberg, Angela Hewitt, Piers Lane, Leon MacCawley, Christian Poltera, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Ashley Wass. Jack has appeared at many major festivals including .....


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 .....


Joy Sanders
Performer and
Creative Artist
After first discovering the joy of performance through Dance and Physical Theatre, she has worked extensively as a Performer and Creative Artist for 25 years, and been fortunate to collaborate with some brilliant teams including Dodgy Clutch Theatre Company, November Club, Northern Nomads, Operating Theatre, Live Theatre and Northern Stage and Infinite Arts. She also enjoys facilitation work as a Costumier for theatre and film and regularly works as a Drama Based Trainer.


James Slater
James was born in Cheltenham and grew up near Bristol, where he took up the viola at his local primary school, following strong encouragement from his mother. He spent several years learning with Richard Crabtree, then earned a place at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Nick Logie and Roger Benedict whilst beginning to work with the major orchestras of the north of England. After graduating in 1999, he completed a postgraduate diploma and received the Certificate of Professional Performance . The next year, James' partner, Chrissie, also a viola player, took a job with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff. James moved with her and continued to freelance, working with most of the country's orchestras.
Following the birth of their first child, James and Chrissie moved to the north east when James took a position with Royal Northern Sinfonia. He's closing in on a decade of service now 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 .....


Frederick Viner
Born in Tunbridge Wells (1994), Frederick Viner is a composer and pianist who recently graduated from the University of York (with first class honours, with distinction). He came late to music, starting piano at the age of 14, but since then has amassed a large repertoire, specialising in romantic music as well as the piano music written at the beginning of the 20th century. One notable concert last November featured Frederick as soloist performing Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto with the University of York Symphony Orchestra. His composition successes include a 'Bagatelle' for Organ that was published by Banks in 2015 in the Ebor Organ Album Seven Pieces for Seven Decades, as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the York District Organ Association. In January 2016 he was awarded first prize in the Sage Gateshead Mozart's of Tomorrow Composers Competition, with his orchestral piece 'Sleeping Gomatz' being .....


Gabriel Waite
Gabriel comes from Chichester in West Sussex. He started learning the cello, aged eleven, with Nigel McNestrie and later Sophie O'Flynn who are now married to each other! In 1994 he gained a place to study with Eduardo Vassallo at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 1999 whilst still at the RNCM Gabriel was a founder member of the Yeomans String Quartet. In 2001 the Quartet made the world premier recording of the String Quartet by Sir Arthur Sullivan and were semi-finalists at the Shostakovich String Quartet competition in Moscow.
After living in Glasgow for four years, enjoying a busy freelance career as orchestral and chamber musician, Gabriel joined the cello section of Northern Sinfonia. Gabriel is married to Jane Nossek , a violinist and also a member of Northern Sinfonia. They live in Low Fell with their daughters, Maria and Lydia.


Simon Wallfisch
Born into a musical family, Simon Wallfisch began playing the cello aged 5. At 18 He was awarded a foundation scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music. After graduating as a cellist with Honours in 2004, Simon returned to the Royal College of Music to study voice, gaining a Post-Graduate Diploma. 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.
In 2006 Wallfisch left London for studies in Berlin (Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik 2006-2007) and Leipzig (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy 2007-2009).
Subsequently he was engaged at the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera House (2009-2011). There he had .....