David Adams, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

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David Adams


David Adams is leader of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and tutor in violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Having previously performed with the London Bridge Trio as guest violist, David was invited to join the trio as their new violinist in 2017. Passionate about chamber music David has been a member of the Raphael Ensemble and Ovid Ensemble is now delighted to be exploring the extraordinary piano trio repertoire with two such wonderful, distinguished musicians, Kate Gould and Daniel Tong.

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    With regular guest appearances, recordings and broadcasts on both violin and viola with the Nash Ensemble, Endellion String Quartet, Gould Piano Trio and Hebrides Ensemble, he has recently recorded the complete Brahms Piano Quartets with the Gould Piano Trio. He regularly attends the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. This year also includes performances at the Winchester Festival, Leeds International Chamber Music Series, Corbridge Festival, and further concerts with the Nash Ensemble. David has also appeared as guest leader of many of the UK's symphony and chamber orchestras and recently enjoyed playing Principal Viola with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    In his role at WNO David has performed several concertos with the orchestra and enjoys directing concerts from the violin, including Mozart Symphonies 39, 40 and 41, Beethoven Symphony no.1, Viennese concerts, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and most recently Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Nights Dream. Their future plans include the Lark Ascending later in July at St David’s Hall, concerts at the Fishguard Festival including the Mendelssohn Octet and a tour of Viennese concerts in the New Year.

    David belongs to a musical family, his father was Principal Viola of the Halle Orchestra and he is married to the cellist Alice Neary. Alice and David take enormous pleasure in being the artistic directors of the Penarth Chamber Music Festival, which takes place each July on Penarth Pier. He began his studies at the age of 5 with his father continuing his training with Malcolm Layfield at Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM and then in the USA with Zvi Zeitlin and Daniel Phillips. His instruments are a Joannes Gagliano violin from 1800 and a Betts viola c.1840 previously played by his father.

Alice Neary, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

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Alice Neary


Alice enjoys a varied performing career and has recently been appointed principal cellist of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has played concertos with many leading orchestras including Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, BBCNOW, Liverpool Philharmonic, Israel Symphony and Baltimore Symphony. Familiar to listeners of BBC Radio 3, she has performed at major festivals including BBC Proms chamber series, Bath International, Santa Fe (USA) and Manchester International Cello Festival. Her discography includes the Mendelssohn cello sonatas and concertos by Howells and Tovey.

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    Alice studied with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music and, as a fulbright scholar, with Timothy Eddy at Stonybrook, USA. As winner of 1998 Pierre Fournier Award, Alice made her début at the Wigmore Hall, launching her career in the UK and abroad. Other competition successes include 2001 Leonard Rose (USA) and 1997Adam (NZ) International Cello Competitions, the Silver Medal in 1994 Shell/LSO competition and 1996 Royal Over-Seas League String prize.

    Alice is a member of the Gould Piano Trio, which has remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for the past 20 years. Career highlights include the complete piano trios of Beethoven, Schubert and Dvorak at the Wigmore Hall, the commissioning of new works from Sir James MacMillan and Mark Simpson, regular tours of USA and over 25 CD releases.

    Alice collaborates with pianists Benjamin Frith and Daniel Tong and has appeared as guest cellist with the Nash Ensemble, Ensemble 360 and the Endellion, Elias, Heath, Sorrel, and Bingham quartets. Regular visits to International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove provide ongoing inspiration.

    Much in demand as a teacher, Alice has been tutor in cello at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal college of Music. She is now based in her home town of Cardiff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she was awarded a Fellowship in 2015. She and her husband, David Adams founded the Penarth Chamber Music Festival in 2014. Alice plays a cello by Alessandro Gagliano of 1710.

Robin Green, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Robin Green


'A light touch and an engaging tone' The Strad magazine
Robin Green enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor.

Robin’s CD, Dialog mit Mozart released on the Gramola label, was Editor’s Choice in the Strad Magazine. His recording Games Chorales and Fantasie released on the Claves label was reviewed by Gramophone: “Green…an intelligent and sensitive musician with a genuine flair for imaginative programming.”

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    Robin regularly performs in festivals in the UK and abroad. Recent highlights include the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Interlaken Classics Festival, Davos Young Artists Festival, the International Musicians Seminar ‘Open Chamber’ Festival at Prussia Cove, the Pharos Trust, Penarth Chamber Music festival and the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier.

    Chamber music forms a central part of Robin’s life as a musician. Former recipient of the Leverhulme Chamber music fellowship at the Royal College of Music, Robin was the first prize winner of the Royal Overseas League Chamber music competition, the Concours Nicati in Switzerland and runner up prize winner at the International Schubert duo competition. Robin is currently a member of the Odysseus Piano Trio. He has collaborated with Gordan Nikolitch, Valeryi Sokolov, Bogdan Bozovic, Christoph Richter, Christian Elliott, Catherine Manson and Alice Neary amongst others.

    Robin is a piano professor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

    He lives in Cardiff with his wife and 2 children.

Lesley Hatfield, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Lesley Hatfield


Lesley Hatfield leads a distinguished and varied musical life, combining her position as Leader of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with chamber music, solo playing and teaching. After graduating with First Class Honours from Clare College, Cambridge, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music. During her early career, as a chamber musician and member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, she worked with Sandor Vegh and Nicholas Harnoncourt, both of whom had a lasting influence on her musical approach. She was co-Leader of the Northern Sinfonia and Leader of the Ulster Orchestra before taking up her current position.

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    Chamber music has always been an important part of her musical life. Lesley is a member of the highly acclaimed Gaudier Ensemble and is regularly invited to participate as a guest in a wide range of ensembles and chamber music festivals, also collaborating with pianists such as Ian Brown, Alasdair Beatson and Huw Watkins. Participation in the International Musicians'Seminar at Prussia Cove has become a fixture in her diary.

    She has appeared as soloist and director with many orchestras around the UK, recorded for Chandos and Naxos labels, and is regularly heard on BBC radio 3.

    She is an enthusiastic exponent of contemporary music and has had a number of pieces written for her, including John Casken's 'Apres in Silence' which she performed in the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra. She is much in demand as a teacher, and has a busy schedule of students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2008 she was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

Lenny Sayers, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Lenny Sayers


Lenny Sayers is the Principal Bass Clarinet player of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and tutor in clarinet at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He studied Music at York University and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

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    Education and outreach work plays a very important part in Lenny’s work as a musician. As well as playing an active part in the outreach work of BBC NOW, he has had a long association with Live Music Now and tutors on the ‘Outreach Skills’ and ‘Teaching Skills’ modules at the RWCMD. From 2016-2018 he worked as a Creative Agent on the Arts Council of Wales Lead Creative Schools scheme. As an animateur Lenny has devised and presented the family concerts for the Penarth Chamber Music Festival since it began in 2014. In 2019 he made his presenting debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in December 2020 will be leading and devising the family concerts for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

    His compositions have been performed on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Scotland. Three of his works for orchestra with audience participation, ‘A Very Silly March’, ‘Plinky Plonk Polka’ and ‘A Wibbly Wobbly Waltz’ have featured in the BBC NOW Family Concerts.

Rebecca Evans, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Rebecca Evans


Rebecca Evans was born in South Wales, and studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Recent highlights in Rebecca’s schedule include the title role in Rodelinda for the English National Opera, Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier for the Welsh National Opera and Alice Ford in concert performances of Falstaff opposite Sir Bryn Terfel in the title role with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko. This season she makes her debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Alice Ford in a new production of Falstaff.

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    She has sung Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, Mimì La bohème, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina Don Giovanni and Despina at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Ginevra Ariodante, Despina, Ilia Idomeneo and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro at the Bayerische Staaatsoper, Munich and Despina at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. At the English National Opera she has sung the title role in Rodelinda, Governess The Turn of the Screw and Romilda Xerxes and Ginevra. Her many roles for the Welsh National Opera have included the Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier, Angelica Orlando, Liu Turandot, Mimì, Contessa, Pamina and Gretel Hänsel und Gretel. In the USA she has sung Susanna and Zerlina for the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Susanna in Santa Fe; Pamina and Adèle Die Fledermaus for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Zerlina, Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress and Adina L’elisir d’amore for the San Francisco Opera.

    In concert she has appeared at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals and she is a regular guest at the BBC Proms. Recent highlights have included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester/Blomstedt and with the London Symphony Orchestra/Gardiner, A Child of our Time with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg/Rizzi, The Apostles with the Hallé Orchestra/Elder and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Accademia Santa Cecilia/Pappano.

    A Grammy Award winning artist, she has recorded prolifically including Marzelline, Pamina and Gretel with Sir Charles Mackerras, Ilia with David Parry and Laila with Brad Cohen (Chandos); Nanetta with Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Philips); a series of Gilbert and Sullivan recordings with Sir Charles Mackerras and a solo recording of Italian songs (EMI).

    Rebecca is a Trustee of the Colwinston Charitable Trust and patron of several charities, among them Shelter Cymru, Ty Hapus and Music in Hospitals Cymru/Wales.

Mathilde Milwidsky, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Mathilde Milwidsky


Born in London in 1994, 25 year old violinist Mathilde Milwidsky has been praised by The Strad (2017) for her "perfect intonation and beautiful shaping and colouring...comprehensively nailing each new stylistic and emotional universe as she went" as well as by the Ostfriesen Zeitung (2018) – “Milwidsky showed in the interplay with the pianist Thomas Hoppe a unique, rarely heard musical experience... that was sensational.” She has performed as a soloist at venues in the UK such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St John's Smith Square, Cadogan Hall and the Royal Albert Hall as well as across Europe in Finland, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece, Spain, Ireland and Sweden. Recent live broadcasts include BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’, BBC Radio 4, Radio Swiss Classic, Classic FM and the BBC One Show. Mathilde’s debut CD for Toccata Classics with pianist Sam Haywood, comprising the world premiere of the three Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Agnes Zimmermann, will be released in 2020.

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    Mathilde was the sole British violinist to be selected for the 2019 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition in Brussels and recently won 3rd Prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition 2019. At the inaugural Aurora Music Competition 2018 (Sweden) the jury, chaired by Gordan Nikolic, unanimously awarded her First Prize, alongside the Audience Prize. Mathilde is a semi-finalist laureate of the 2018 International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition Hanover and won the String Section of the 2017 Royal Overseas League Music Competition. She became a St John's Smith Square Young Artist for the 2017/18 season, for which she gave the world premiere of a piece written for her by the acclaimed composer Sally Beamish. She is very grateful for scholarships awarded by the Hattori Foundation, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Philharmonia Orchestra's Martin Musical Scholarship, the Drake Calleja Foundation, the Tillett Trust and the Sir John Cass Foundation.

    She is regularly invited to festivals such as Prussia Cove, East Neuk, Fraenkische Musiktage, Musikdorf Ernen, Musique à Marsac, Lichfield, Presteigne, Peasmarsh, Kings Lynn and Roman River, collaborating with musicians such as Anthony Marwood, Thomas Hoppe, Lilli Maijala, Avi Avital, Huw Watkins, Rosanne Philippens, Christian Poltéra, Hariolf Schlichtig, Christoph Richter and Ksenija Sidorova, as well as woodwind principals of the Philharmonia and die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Between 2011-2015 she was the first violinist of the Celan Quartet, with whom she toured the UK and recorded a CD of Berg’s Op 3 Quartet. She has worked closely with such esteemed composers as Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Huw Watkins, Sally Beamish, David Matthews and James Frances-Brown.

    Mathilde's studies began at the Royal College of Music Junior Department where she was a Tsukanov Scholar taught by Viktoria Grigoreva and David Takeno. She was then offered a place at Trinity College, Cambridge but instead studied at the Royal Academy of Music as a full scholarship student under György Pauk, graduating in July 2017 with First Class Honours and the Regency Award for notable achievement, the Louise Child Memorial Prize for highest-achieving graduate and the Marjorie Heyward Fund for the highest violin mark of the year. She is currently studying under Professor Mi-kyung Lee at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.

    Additional inspiration has come from members of the London Haydn Quartet, masterclasses with violinists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Maxim Vengerov, Mihaela Martin, Pierre Amoyal, Gerhard Schulz, Miriam Fried and Igor Ozim at festivals such as IMS Prussia Cove, Salzburg Mozarteum Sommerakademie, International Holland Music Sessions and the Lac Leman Masterclasses.

Scott Dickinson, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Scott Dickinson


Scott Dickinson was born in Glasgow and studied there and in Manchester, London and Salzburg, where he won the 1996 Mozarteum Concerto Competition. He has appeared with the Brodsky, Chilingirian, Elias, Navarra and Royal Quartets, regularly with the Hebrides, Nash and Red Note Ensembles and as guest principal viola with numerous orchestras including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, the John Wilson Orchestra and the World Orchestra for Peace.

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    For five years he was a member of the Leopold String Trio, performing worldwide ( including Carnegie Hall, New York, Musikverein, Vienna and frequently at the Wigmore Hall, London ) and since 2002 he has been principal viola of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has also regularly appeared as soloist, including 3 performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante to celebrate Donald Runnicles’ 60th birthday and “Jubilus” by Jonathan Harvey on CD which was nominated for a Gramophone award. Scott is passionate about the benefits of music in all areas of society, teaches at the Royal Conservatoire is Scotland and is an Artistic Advisor to the Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians.

Florence Plane, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Florence Plane


Florence Plane 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.

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    Other recent highlights include Beethoven’s Septet with distinguished colleagues at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and Nielsen’s Wind Quintet in Oslo in collaboration with the Barratt Due Institute.

Ben Goldscheider, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Ben Goldscheider


In 2020 Ben makes his debut at the Mozartwoche Festival in Salzburg.

At the age of 18 Ben was a Concerto Finalist in BBC Young Musician Competition. Highlights since then include his debut at the BBC Proms, solo appearances with the Lucerne Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Aurora, English Chamber, Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Prague Philharmonia and Sinfonie Orchester Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonie. In 2018 his debut album was released, and he was selected as a BBC Music Magazine Rising Star and Gramophone Magazine One to Watch.

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    A committed chamber musician, Ben has collaborated with Julian Prégardien at Wigmore Hall, Sergei Babayan at the Verbier Festival, Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich at Salzburg Festival and Matthias Pintscher at the Pierre Boulez-Saal.

    This season Ben makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra in the Mozartwoche Festival (Salzburg). He returns to give a solo recital at the Pierre Boulez-Saal.

    In demand as guest principal Ben has appeared with the Staatskapelle Berlin, West-Eastern Divan and Philharmonia Orchestras. He studies at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin with Radek Baborák and was selected by YCAT in 2019.

    Ben Goldscheider is YCAT’s inaugural Ann Driver Trust Artist.

    '...the horn soloist, Benjamin Goldscheider, was superb.' The Times / Halle Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder - Siegfried / 2019

Tom Poster, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Tom Poster


Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist. He has been described as “a marvel, [who] can play anything in any style” (The Herald), “mercurially brilliant” (The Strad), and as having “a beautiful tone that you can sink into like a pile of cushions” (BBC Music).

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    Since his London concerto debut at the age of 13, Tom has appeared in a wide-ranging concerto repertoire of over forty major works. Equally at home in the high-octane virtuosity of Rachmaninov or Ligeti as directing Mozart and Beethoven from the piano, Tom has appeared as soloist with the Aurora Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, China National Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, St Petersburg State Capella Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestra, collaborating with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, Thierry Fischer, James Loughran, Robin Ticciati and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Two outstanding new concertos have been written for Tom: David Knotts’ Laments and Lullabies, commissioned by the Presteigne Festival; and Martin Suckling’s Piano Concerto, commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

    Tom features regularly on BBC radio and television and has made multiple appearances at the BBC Proms, and his exceptional versatility has put him in great demand at festivals across the world. He is a regular performer at Wigmore Hall, and is pianist of the Aronowitz Ensemble (former BBC New Generation Artists) and the Aronowitz Piano Trio. Tom enjoys established duo partnerships with Alison Balsom, Guy Johnston and Elena Urioste, with whom he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2018. He also collaborates with Ian Bostridge, Steven Isserlis and Matthew Rose among many others, and has performed piano quintets with the Brodsky, Callino, Carducci, Castalian, Danish, Elias, Endellion, Heath, Martinu, Medici, Navarra, Sacconi, Skampa and Tippett Quartets.

    Tom’s passion for bringing wonderful musicians together, and for creative and innovative program- ming, has led him to found the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, an ensemble with a flexible line-up and an ardent commitment to diversity. Kaleidoscope’s recent and forthcoming highlights include res- idencies at Wigmore Hall, Kettle’s Yard, and the Cheltenham and Ischia festivals. Tom has previously been invited to curate series for BBC Radio 3, the Roman River Festival and Wilton’s Music Hall.

    Tom’s critically acclaimed recordings include solo discs for Champs Hill Records (In Dance and Song) and Edition Classics (Light and Shadows); three discs for Chandos with Jennifer Pike and the Doric Quartet; Finzi’s Eclogue with Aurora Orchestra for Decca Classics; works by Thomas Ades for EMI; and a duo album with Alison Balsom for Warner Classics. His most recent releases are a duo disc with Elena Urioste, Estrellita, on BIS Records, which includes Tom's own arrangements; and the premiere recording of Cliff Eidelman’s Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos with the London Symphony Orchestra. Tom also regularly features as soloist on film soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated score for The Theory of Everything.

    Tom studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at King’s College, Cambridge, where he gained a Double First in Music. He won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition 2007, and the keyboard section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 2000.

    As a composer, Tom’s recent commissions include two pieces for Alison Balsom, Turn to the Watery World! and The Thoughts of Dr May, the latter recorded for Warner Classics; a set of songs for Matthew Rose commissioned by Wigmore Hall; and The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak, a chamber opera for Wattle & Daub, which received a critically acclaimed three-week run at Wilton’s Music Hall in 2017. A lifelong devotee of the Great American Songbook, Tom’s arrangements of Gershwin, Cole Porter and others have been extensively performed, broadcast and recorded. Tom has also recently appeared on stage as conductor, cellist, recorder player, swanee-whistler and Reciter in Walton's Façade. His other passions include Indian food, redwood forests, yoga, contrabassoons, bright blue skies, wild freestyle dancing and animals with unusual noses.

Petr Limonov, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Petr Limonov


Pupil of Maria João Pires and Dmitri Alexeev, award-winning Russian-British pianist and conductor Petr Limonov frequently performs across Europe and the UK, having collaborated with, among others, Boris Berezovsky, Maria João Pires, Nicola Benedetti, Laura van der Heijden, Jennifer Pike, Leonard Elschenbroich, Natalie Clein and Van Kujik Quartet. He has recorded for Decca, Onyx Classics, Chandos and Champs Hill labels; the “1948” album, recorded with Laura van der Heijden, received the “Edison Klassiek” award in 2018 and the BBC “Newcomer of the Year” award in 2019.

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    Petr’s notable appearances include La Roque d’Antheron festival (Boris Berezovsky’s Carte Blanche, broadcast by radio France Musique), Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Kings Place, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Southbank Centre, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, a recital in The Duke’s Hall for HRH Prince Charles, iTunes Festival, TV appearances for BBC Proms Extra, Podium Witteman and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and “Culture” TV channel (Russia). In 2017, his arrangement of the Auld Lang Syne (from Nicola Benedetti’s “Homecoming” album, Decca, 2014) was performed in the Albert Hall at the BBC Proms. His repertoire stretches from Orlando Gibbons to Arvo Pärt.

    Born in Moscow, Petr started playing the piano at the age of 5. A year later he entered the prestigious Moscow Central Music School, where he studied under the guidance of Siavush Gadjiev, Valery Piasetsky and, later, Andrei Pisarev. After winning First Prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris he started giving concerts throughout Europe and Russia, supported by the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation. He went on to study with Hamish Milne and Alexander Satz at the Royal Academy of Music (London) on a full scholarship, followed by a year spent at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot, where his teachers were Ramzi Yassa and Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy. In 2010 Petr returned to London to commence his postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music with Dmitri Alexeev on a full scholarship, obtaining his Masters degree in 2012. During his studies Petr took part in masterclasses given by Ferenc Rados, Alfred Brendel, Stephen Hough, Vitaly Margulis and Stephen Kovacevich; whilst in RCM he also studied conducting under Peter Stark. In November 2013 Petr made his conducting début at Cadogan Hall with London International Chamber Orchestra, directing works by Glazunov and Rachmaninov.

    “...Petr Limonov, avec un détachement apparent, a joué les morceaux les plus ardus avec une aisance incroyable, une simplicité et une sincérité parfaite.” - La Nouvelle République

    “Petr Limonov is one of the finest pianists and musicians I have had the honour of playing with and hearing. His profound sensitivity is extremely rare, his musical intelligence is of the highest degree and his pianistic power is formidable. Petr is one of the most enlightened musical souls I have come across.” - Nicola Benedetti

    “His mastery is mesmerising.” - Rubric News

Richard Lester, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Richard Lester


Leading chamber-musician, solo-cellist, orchestral principal and renowned teacher, Richard Lester appears regularly at the world’s foremost concert venues and festivals. In September 2018 he became cellist of the internationally renowned Gould Piano Trio.

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    Having studied at the RCM with Amaryllis Fleming and in Germany with Johannes Goritzki, Richard was a member of the award-winning Florestan Trio, a founder member of the ensemble Domus, a member of Hausmusik and the London Haydn Quartet. At home on both period instruments and ‘modern’, he was for many years principal with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has been principal cello with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 1989. In addition he is frequently called upon to be guest-leader of the cello sections of the major London orchestras, appearing with many of the world’s finest conductors and soloists.

    Richard has performed as concerto soloist with numerous ensembles, including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Camerata Salzburg and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Paavo Berglund and Myung Whun Chung. He has also appeared as director and soloist with Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London Mozart Players, Irish Chamber Orchestra, and in Montreal and Quebec with Les Violons du Roy.

    The Florestan Trio was one of the world’s leading piano trios and for almost 17 years the group maintained the same personnel, winning the Gramophone award in 1999 and the Royal Philharmonic Society award in 2000. Many of its records are benchmark recordings, nominated in collectors’ guides. The trio disbanded in 2012, finishing with a sold-out Beethoven series in London’s Wigmore Hall.

    Richard is regularly invited to take part in chamber-music festivals around the world. He is artistic co-director, together with violinist Anthony Marwood, of the highly successful annual Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival in East Sussex.

    He has made over 40 highly acclaimed recordings, twice winning the Gramophone award for best chamber-music. His recordings of the complete works of Mendelssohn for cello and piano and a disc of Boccherini sonatas on period instruments are available on the Hyperion label.

    As well as teaching at the RCM, Richard teaches at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He gives masterclasses worldwide and is a frequent guest teacher at the Banff Center and Domaine Forget in Canada.

    He plays on a cello made in Brescia, c.1700, by G.B. Rogeri.

Elena Urioste, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Elena Urioste


Elena Urioste is a musician, yogi, writer, and entrepreneur, as well as a lover of nature, food, animals, and connecting with other human beings.

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    As a violinist, Elena has given acclaimed performances as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Minnesota Orchestras; New York, Los Angeles, and Buffalo Philharmonics; Boston Pops; and the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, among many others. Abroad, Elena has appeared with the London Philharmonic, Hallé, Philharmonia, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras; the BBC Symphony, Philharmonic, and National Orchestra of Wales; the Orchestra of Opera North; as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Edmonton Symphony, Würzburg Philharmonic, and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok and MAV Orchestras. She has collaborated with celebrated conductors Sir Mark Elder, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Spano, Karina Canellakis, and Gábor Takács-Nagy. She has regularly performed as a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Konzerthaus Berlin, Sage Gateshead, Bayerischer Rudfunk Munich, and Mondavi Center. Elena is a former BBC New Generation Artist (2012-14) and has been featured on the covers of Strings and Symphony magazines.

    Recent musical highlights include the release of Elena’s second album on BIS Records, Estrellita, a collection of miniatures for violin and piano with pianist Tom Poster; as well as debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and as soloist at the Barbican Centre in London. Upcoming engagements include a European tour as soloist with the Chineke! Orchestra, debuts with the San Diego Symphony and Louisville Orchestra, a return performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, and the release of her fourth studio recording, a collection of Grieg sonatas and songs with Tom Poster.

    An avid chamber musician, Elena is the founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music by the Sea, an annual festival on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Ravinia, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, Moab, and Sarasota Music Festivals, as well as Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, the Cheltenham Music Festival, Switzerland’s Sion-Valais International Music Festival, and the Verbier Festival’s winter residency at Schloss Elmau. Elena has collaborated with luminaries such as Mitsuko Uchida, Kim Kashkashian, and members of the Guarneri Quartet, and performs extensively in recital with pianists Tom Poster and Michael Brown.

    Elena is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Notable teachers and mentors include Joseph Silverstein, David Cerone, Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Claude Frank, Rafael Druian, and Ferenc Rados. The outstanding instruments being used by Elena are an Alessandro Gagliano violin, Naples c. 1706, and a Nicolas Kittel bow, both on generous extended loan from the private collection of Dr. Charles E. King through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

    Elena has being practicing yoga for over a decade and received her RYT-200 hour certification from the Kripalu Center in June 2019. She is the co-founder of Intermission, a program that combines music, movement, and mindfulness, aiming to make music-making a healthier, more holistic practice for students and professionals alike through yoga and meditation. Intermission offers Sessions for students, Retreats for professionals, and an App for absolutely everyone.

    Miscellaneous accomplishments include first prizes at the Sphinx and Sion International Violin Competitions; an inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence presented by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (they immediately bonded over their matching red formalwear); spreads in Latina and La Revista Mujer magazines; and the 2015 Brooklyn Film Festival’s Audience Choice and Best Original Score awards for But Not For Me, the independent feature film in which Elena acted as the lead female role. Writing is another passion for Elena — you can find many of her musings on her website’s blog.

    In addition to her love for hiking in lush forests, swimming in the ocean, and marveling at the stars, Elena’s heart melts around corgis, vibrant vegetarian and southern Italian cooking, and beautifully crafted literature. She enjoys knitting the occasional scarf to keep her fingers busy on airplanes. Finally, Elena believes that we should all strive to spend less time looking at screens, that Oxford commas should be required, and that people should clap whenever they feel moved to do so during concerts.

Robert Plane, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Robert Plane


Robert Plane’s hugely varied career has seen concerto appearances in Europe, Asia and the USA, with performances of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in Madrid with the City of London Sinfonia, Beijing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in the USA with the Virginia Symphony.

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    He made his BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011 with Simon Holt’s double concerto ‘Centauromachy’. Exploring a wide range of repertoire and commissioning new works, highlights of past seasons have included Piers Hellawell’s Agricolas with the Ulster Orchestra and RTE Symphony Orchestra, Finzi with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Christian Jost with the Dortmunder Philharmoniker and Stanford with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

    Rob has tirelessly pursued a particular passion for British clarinet music in concert and on disc, his Gramophone Award winning account of Finzi’s Concerto and Gramophone Award-shortlisted Bax Sonatas being just two of a large collection of recordings of works by the great English Romantics. He has performed and recorded with the Gould Piano Trio for over twenty five years, and their recording of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time to mark the composer’s centenary was hailed by BBC Music Magazine as the ‘finest modern recording’ of this epic masterpiece. He also appears on the Goulds’ recorded cycles of Beethoven and Brahms Trios and makes regular tours to the USA with them. They commissioned Huw Watkins to compose ‘Four Fables’ for them in 2018 in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival which they direct together in Northumberland. He looks forward to collaborating with the Elias String Quartet in Bliss’ Clarinet Quintet in 2020.

    Rob has explored the clarinet quintet repertoire with a number of the finest string quartets, opening BBC Radio 3’s ‘Brahms Experience’ with a live broadcast from St. George’s Bristol of the Brahms Quintet with the Skampa Quartet. He has given concerts in Germany and the USA with the Mandelring Quartet and at home in the UK with the Maggini, Carducci, Tippett, Brodsky, Dante and Sacconi Quartets. Rob has enjoyed a 25 year long relationship with the Royal Over-Seas League since winning the competition’s Gold Medal in 1992, highlights of which have included a recital tour of New Zealand and a gala performance of Bruch’s Double Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka in Colombo as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

    Always keen to take on a challenge, Rob gave his first performance of Boulez’s ‘Dialogue de l’ombre double’ at the Belfast Sonorities Festival in 2018, a work he subsequently revived in Manchester’s Stoller Hall in 2019. His delving into unjustly neglected works has unearthed concertos by Iain Hamilton, Ruth Gipps and Richard Walthew which he recently recorded, for Champs Hill Records, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. A disc of Hungarian repertoire for this same label, ‘Contrasts’, including the premiere recording of Tibor Serly’s Chamber Folk Music, was praised by the Guardian as ‘a little gem’ on its release last year.

    Rob is principal clarinet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and has held the same position with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia. He will take up the position of Head of Woodwind Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in September.

Susan Frank, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Susan Frank


Susan Frank was fortunate to grow up in Hampshire, with free council -funded flute and piano lessons, Youth Orchestra and Specialist Music Course, before becoming an Instrumental Award Holder and winner of the Williamson Prize for Musical Performance whilst reading Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

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    She was awarded a Countess of Munster Scholarship for postgraduate flute study at the RNCM in Manchester, where she was also fortunate to be able to continue her piano studies, and was subsequently promoted by the Munster Recital Scheme and as a Recommended Artist of the National Federation of Music Societies. As a soloist she has also appeared on Radio 2 and at the 2000 Snape Proms performing the Nielsen Concerto as a result of winning the Britten-Pears Concerto Competition

    In addition to Festival appearances and freelance flute and piccolo work in London and with all the orchestras of Northwest England and Scotland, where she now lives, Susan began teaching and accompaniment work whilst still at school, and has since taught at primary and secondary schools, and universities. She continued to accompany her pupils and was awarded the Piano Accompaniment Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in which she spent a year playing for a wide range of classes and soloists, and a substantial amount of time working with singers, accompanying and coaching their repertoire and foreign language skills.

    As well as continuing her freelance work as flautist and accompanist, Susan is firmly embedded in the grassroots of music education of her community, teaching in primary schools, privately, and accompanying and coaching pupils in their theory and aural skills, as well as their repertoire for school performances, exams and festivals. Whilst is hard to imagine anything more thrilling than playing in a large-scale orchestral concert or exquisite chamber music ensemble, this feeling can only be surpassed by discovering musical talent in a school child, who would not otherwise have had access to music. Music is life-changing, particularly for pupils coming the most deprived areas, and she hopes we will eventually see a return to free music tuition for all pupils, with their being offered the same opportunities she was so generously given in childhood by Hampshire County Council.

    Susan previously appeared at Penarth Festival as flautist in Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, alongside a wealth of French impressionistic music. Aptly, this year, she will be providing piano accompaniment for her husband, violist Scott Dickinson, with whom she has particularly enjoyed the renewed chance to play during lockdown, including movements of Bach’s Gamba Sonata BWV 1027, which she originally came to know in Bach’s version for two flutes and continuo (BWV 1039).

    The whole Dickinson family has exceptionally fond memories of their last visit to Penarth Festival, where the inspirational and diverse programming was an educational feast for ears of all ages and, for our children, remains a point of reference to this day, having planted the seed from which infinite musical branches could grow. The musical knowledge and finesse of festival organisers, Alice and David, goes without saying, but the friendly and accessible presentation of all kinds of music in a unique atmosphere is a tribute to their generosity of spirit. Lockdown has provided different challenges for all but, more positively, a natural online platform for musicians has also evolved, and it is no surprise that Penarth Festival has embraced this wholeheartedly, reaching out more extensively into the community to share their musical creativity.

David Stark, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

David Stark

Double Bass

David graduated with a first class BMus Hons Degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2011, studying with Graham Mitchell and Duncan McTier. David has been Principal Bass of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales since 2013 and has been guest principal of most of the symphony orchestras and chamber orchestras in the UK, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the John Wilson Orchestra. David is also Associate Principal Bass of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a position he has held since January 2017.

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    David teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and regularly takes classes at the Royal Northern College of Music. David plays on a William Fendt Double Bass 1848.

Kate Gould, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Kate Gould


Kate Gould is a member of the London Bridge Trio with Daniel Tong and David Adams. They recently received glowing reviews in the Telegraph, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone for the first installment of their ‘Leipzig Circle’ discs (the complete trios by the Schumanns and Mendelssohns including Clara and Fanny). They recently performed at Martin Randall’s ‘Beethoven at The Castle’ series in Taunton, including performances of two Beethoven Cello Sonatas which Kate played with Martin Roscoe. Before the lockdown, the trio were due to give the London premiere of ‘Hidden Agenda’ by Colin Matthews at the Wigmore Hall, which was commissioned for their festival in Winchester in 2018.

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    Kate was a member of the Leopold String Trio from 1991 to 2008. They gained many schemes and awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society, BBC New Generations Artists, ECHO Rising Stars and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and sustained a distinguished international career, culminating in their swan song - a live Radio 3 broadcast of the Tippett Triple Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Centre. They were Hyperion recording artists and collaborated with many wonderful pianists, recording discs of Schubert, Mozart and Brahms with Paul Lewis and Marc Andre Hamelin.

    Since 2007, Kate has been the artistic director of the flourishing Winchester Chamber Music Festival, at which the London Bridge Trio is resident each year, and she also directs the Ironstone Chamber Music Festival with her sister, Lucy Gould. Kate recently performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Peasmarsh, Sacconi Folkstone, Corbridge and Wye Valley chamber music festivals. She is a regular guest at the Festival de los Siete Lagos, Argentina, also giving classes for its course participants. In 2019 she performed in Jack Liebeck’s series at the Laeszhalle, Hamburg, and in also Cologne for an Offenbach theatre project using gut strings.

    She has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 2000 and often works as guest principal cellist in most of the British chamber and symphony orchestras, as well as ‘Les Siecles’ in Paris and ‘Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique’ on gut strings. Kate has been a professor of cello at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and coached last year on the ‘Cadenza’ summer course. This summer she was due to coach on courses in Bergamo, Italy, and at the Welsh National Youth Orchestra summer course.

James Lea


Pianist and academic James Lea holds a masters in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Ian Hobson. James's academic interests have always been broad, encompassing music analysis, ethnomusicology, and philosophy.

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    He co-edited a volume entitled Identity and the Arts in Diaspora Communities, and his doctoral dissertation explores the work of the American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce in relation to the aesthetics of music. James has lectured at the University of York, and frequently gives master classes at Cardiff University. He currently lectures at the Royal Welsh College of Music and

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