AyseDeniz Gokcin made her concert debut with an orchestra at the age of nine and won the diploma prize at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in 1999. She recently completed her Masters Degree at the Royal Academy of Music. The young pianist has been conducted by masters like Vladimir Sirenko and Kirill Karabits and has been performing internationally for many years: in Moscow’s Kremlin Palace (upon the invitation of Nikolai Petrov), at the Beijing International Music Festival & Academy in China, at the International Istanbul Music Festival and in London to name a few.
AyseDeniz is as fascinated by classical music as she is by rock and pop. Her next project is fusing Liszt’s compositions with Pink Floyd: and they have more in common than you’d think. Intrigued? Watch this space, the project is definitely an exciting experience for AyseDeniz and the audience.
Max Richter is an award-winning British composer who studied at the Royal Academy of Music and with Luciano Berio in Florence. His body of work is remarkably diverse and includes concert music, film scoring and a series of acclaimed solo albums.
Max's work explores the meeting points of many contemporary artistic languages and his influences and collaborations are consequently wide-ranging: he has worked with Tilda Swinton, Robert Wyatt, Future Sound of London, Roni Size and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Memoryhouse 2002. Recent projects include the ballet INFRA, for Wayne McGregor at The Royal Ballet, with scenography by Julian Opie, the music installation The Anthropocene, with Darren Almond at White Cube and his compositions have recently been featured in films such as Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.
Max was named 2008 European Composer of the Year for his score to Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir, for which he was also nominated for the Prix France Musique. His Vivaldi Recomposed for Deutsche Grammophon, recorded with British violinist Daniel Hope and the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, will be released in the UK in October 2012.
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Nimrod Borenstein already has an extensive body of work, including vocal, orchestral and chamber music as well as solo instrument pieces. His compositions are regularly performed all over the world and have garnered exceptionally positive reviews. Several ensembles and orchestras have included his works in their repertoire
He collaborates with many internationally renowned musicians: Konstantin Lifschitz, the Kronos Quartet's cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and Dmitry Sitkovetsky amongst others.
Nimrod’s commissions being performed internationally in 2013 and 2014 include If you will it, it is no dream. Commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra the work will have its world premiere at the Royal Festival Hall in June 2013, conducted by Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy, who has been supporting Nimrod’s work for many years.
Okeanos, known for its unusual mix of Western and Japanese instruments and formed in 2000, has a primary focus to reach out to new audiences, create opportunities for young composers and initiate pioneering performance events, often collaborating with other art forms.
Okeanos have premiered over 100 works and commissioned composers including Robin Holloway and Howard Skempton, as well as performing in renowned London venues including Kings Place and The Warehouse. They feature on the recently released NMC Debut Disc series with music by Dai Fujikura, including his Okeanos cycle composed especially for them, which has been acclaimed worldwide.
Award winning Contemporary Classical composer Raymond Yiu’s first major work Distance of the Moon was premiered by the renowned Lukas Foss. He proceeded to win critical acclaim for his debut opera score for The Original Chinese Conjuror, which was premiered at Aldeburgh Festival in 2006
Raymond, who is currently completing a DMus in Chinese music heritage under the tutelage of Julian Anderson at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, infuses his work with a definitive blend of Asian music, western influences and his academic discoveries.
In January 2013 the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Long Yu premiered a major new work, The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured. In 2013 Raymond's opera The Original Chinese Conjuror will receive its second performance at the Teatro Barocco.
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Founded by Opera director Daisy Evans, Silent Opera is an innovative concept bringing opera to the 21st century audience. Through the combination of technology and interactive theatre, Silent Opera provides a completely unique operatic experience to those new to opera, and to regulars wanting to experience the genre in a new way. Silent Opera's previous productions have included Dido and Aeneas, and La Boheme; upcoming performances include Monteverdi's L’Orfeo.
‘If anyone asks you what the next hot thing is, the answer is Silent Opera’ My Telegraph.
Composer Tom Hodge has an extremely diverse portfolio, ranging from film, television and advertisement scores, to classical remixes and his upcoming full-length orchestral ballet commission for June 2014. Tom recently enjoyed great success with Paganini Rocks and with his celebrated collective Piano Interrupted.
With three feature films, various television themes, and hundreds of commercials for some of the world's most competitive companies and brands in his music catalogue, Tom has touched most corners of the commercial music world including fashion: his recent commission composition Capriccio for Carolina inspired the entire collection presented by Carolina Herrera in her February 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
Opera production company
Vignette Productions is an innovative and dynamic travelling opera production company which provides opportunities for young artists at the start of their careers. Under the direction of Andrew Staples, and taking their inspiration from cinema, Vignette’s productions have received considerable critical praise. Recent productions include Così fan tutte, the ensemble of which was described by Opera magazine as saying ‘much for the calibre of young talent in London at the moment’. Their latest production of La Bohème was hailed by theartsdesk.com as seeing ‘some of the most nuanced dramatic performances you're ever likely to see on an operatic stage’.