2013 Jury

Sagi HartovIsraeli-born cellist Sagi Hartov came to the UK in September 2000 to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Mats Lidstrom. He graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction and was also awarded an LRAM teaching qualification. Sagi commenced his cello studies at the age of ten. At the age of fifteen he performed with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and in 1996 was elected to the 'Outstanding Musician' programme as a member of the Israeli Forces String Quartet.

He has won several major awards from the Royal Academy of Music, Ferdinand Beck Fund, American-Israel Foundation, Muriel Taylor National Competition for Cello and many others and while at the Academy, represented the String Department in the Finals of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Club Prize, where he achieved a Distinction and opened the new David Josefowitz Recital Hall. He was also a finalist of the Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris in 2001. Past performances include concerts at Wigmore Hall in a solo recital with Benjamin Frith, Regent Hall Festival with Alberto Portugheis, Broomhill Festival, Gent Festival (Belgium) and the opening of a new recital hall in the Israeli Museum (Jerusalem) as well as the opening of The Tent of Peace in front of HRH the Prince of Wales. He has recorded for BBC Radio 4, BBC Channel 1, Universal Records and performed at St. Martin'sin- the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, and many other prestigious venues in the UK, Israel, Belgium, Germany and Australia. His outstanding talent has been rewarded by lifetime loans of both a Maucotel 1849 cello from a benefactor, as well as a Silvestre et Macotel, (Paris 1912), by a group of donors and he currently also plays a Guarneri 1720 - also given on loan from an anonymous donor.

In 2010, Sagi joined the well-established London Mozart Trio. He is also the Dean and Director of the London College of Contemporary Arts where he has created the award-winning Arts Enterprise Diploma for artists to establish themselves in their chosen field. Sagi is a Faculty Member of the Cambridge Performance Masterclasses.

Julian DawesJulian Dawes was born in 1942. He began his musical training in Birmingham, continuing at the Royal College of Music in London. He has worked extensively as an accompanist and teacher, holding posts at Drama Centre London, Birmingham University, the The Arts Educational Schools in London, and The Oxford School of Drama. He has directed the music for numerous theatre productions, and was for five years Musical Director of The Cherub Company London.

Theatre credits include Marya by Isaac Babel for the Royal Court, A Doll’s House by Ibsen and Don Perlimplin by Lorca for the Riverside Studios, The Royal Pardon by John Arden for the Arts Theatre, The Changeling by Middleton for a production in Sydney, Australia, and The Price by Arthur Miller for the Bristol Old Vic. His scores for Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle and Edward ll are both recognised scores for these plays held by the Brecht Estate in Berlin and have provided the music for many productions. His musical The Braddocks Time was a commission from the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, where it was followed by a tour of the north of England. The Sacrifice, a music drama based on a Japanese No play was initially premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, and in a revised version by The Acting Company at the New End Theatre. As Musical Director of The Cherub Theatre Company he composed scores for The Tempest at the European Festival Antwerp, The Merchant of Venice at The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, , Ten Days A-Maze at the Edinburgh Festival, Edward II at the Battersea Arts Centre, and Kafka’s The Trial at the Riverside Studios. He also composed a score for an adaptation of Twenty thousand leagues under the sea for the Watermill Theatre in Newbury

In the concert hall he has written a Mandolin Concerto, a commission from the International Music Competition for professional Mandolin players in Schweinfurt, Germany. He has written a large number of sonatas and suites for a variety of combinations of instruments, as well as thirteen song-cycles including ‘Songs of Ashes’, a setting of fifteen poems by the Polish poet, Jerzy Ficowski, about the Holocaust. This work has been broadcast in Israel four times. His output also includes a wide range of other vocal, choral and chamber music. His cantata ‘The Death of Moses’ for Narrator, Chorus and Chamber Ensemble, and his Oratorio ‘Ruth’, for Soloists Chorus and Chamber Ensemble were both first performed in London to high acclaim, as was also a recital featuring his chamber music at the Wigmore Hall. In early 2012 a Sonata Album of his music was released on the Classics Omnibus Label and received critical acclaim.

He has recently completed a song cycle setting poems by William Blake for the Mezzo Soprano/Piano duo Martha Jones and Joseph Ramadan, a Sonatina for Recorder and Piano written for the young Israeli Recorder player, Inbar Solomon, a suite for Harpsichord a string quartet. He is also beginning work on a new commission from the Alyth Choral Society for a setting of Shirat Hayam (The Song Of The Sea), the biblical song sung by Moses and the Children of Israel as they fled from the Egyptians across the Red Sea (The sea of Reeds). This is for performance in December 2013. His Cantata ‘The Death of Moses’ is due for a live broadcast from Jerusalem to be scheduled in 2013-14.

Amongst his 20th century English influences are the pastoralism and extended tonality of Herbert Howells, the richness of Walton, the elegant delicacy of Berkeley and the jazzy impetus of Rodney Bennett; wider European influences include the caustic irony of Shostakovich and Kurt Weil and the rhythmic impetus of Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Yet Dawes welds from his influences an individual voice that is distinctive and refreshing, displaying assured craftsmanship and characterful invention. (Malcolm Miller 2008)

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Malcolm TroupMalcolm Troup studied with Alberto Guerrero in Canada and later with the great German pianist Walther Gieseking thanks to an IODE scholarship secured for him by HRH Princess Alice Countess of Athlone, the wife of the Canadian Governor General. He made his debut with orchestra in Toronto at the age of 17 and, since then, has performed all over North and South America, Europe, Australia and the Far East. In London he was awarded the Commonwealth Medal by Harriet Cohen and became known throughout Britain for his pioneering broadcasts for the BBC, many of them premières of important modern works. His recordings for RCA Victor and Continuum have included Messiaen’s Vingt Regards, judged “notably perceptive with splendid panache” (Financial Times). He was appointed Director of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1970 where he worked with Juliette Alvin auditioning candidates for her postgraduate degree in Music Therapy – the first of its kind in a music college. In 1975, he moved to City University London where he created the Department of Music and of which he is now Professor Emeritus. One of his first acts while there was to set up a Research Fellowship for Music Therapy sponsored by the Music Therapy Charity of which he has long been a Governor, soon to be followed by the Joe Loss Research Fellowship in Jewish Music, described by Yehudi Menuhin as the first of its kind in Europe, which has since been transferred as a Lectureship to SOAS University of London.

In 1985 he inaugurated the new concert hall of Memorial University Newfoundland with an all-Liszt recital for which he was honoured with the degree of Doctor of Laws. In 1998, the American Liszt Society awarded him their coveted Liszt Medal. Over the years he has served on countless international piano competitions such as the “Claudio Arrau” in Chile (2002); the “Gina Bachauer” in Salt Lake City USA (2006); in Reykjavik, Zagreb, Rome, Melbourne and Ottawa, and most recently as chairman of the jury in the first-ever EU Piano Competition in Prague (June 2009). Under his editorship the Piano Journal – the official organ of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) – has developed an enviable reputation for its stimulating articles on music and musicians. He is a Freeman of the City of London where he became Master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 1999. He has been Chairman of the Executive Council of EPTA since its foundation in 1979 as well as Chairman of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe and a Trustee of the Jewish Music Institute. Recently he appeared in two programmes at St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James’s Piccadilly respectively as part of the relaunch of the International Ernest Bloch Festival (of which he is the chairman) to mark the anniversary of the composer’s death. During April and May 2010 he was in South America where, as well as playing the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Orquesta de Camara de Chile to mark the Schumann Bicentenary, he was also made Visiting Professor of the Universidad Catolica de Chile where he gave performances and masterclasses of Ernest Bloch besides introducing for the first time works by Israeli composers such as Paul Ben-Haim, Mark Kopytman and André Hajdu.

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Margaret FingerhutMargaret Fingerhut is regarded as one of the most poetic pianists of her generation who has captivatedaudiences in many different countries with her imaginatively designed recital programmes in which she explores the highways and byways of the piano repertoire. As a concerto soloist she has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players, in major venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican. She is often heard on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and many radio stations worldwide, and her film and television appearances include a role in “Testimony”, Tony Palmer’s film about Shostakovich.

 

Her extensive and eclectic discography on the Chandos label has received worldwide critical acclaim, and her numerous discs reflect her long-standing fascination with exploring lesser-known repertoire, including works by Bainton, Bax, Berkeley, Bloch, Dukas, Falla, Grieg, Howells, Leighton, Novák, Stanford and Suk as well as pioneering collections of Russian and French piano music. Many have been selected as Gramophone Critics’ Choice, and two of her Bax recordings - the Octet with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble and the Concertante for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra with Vernon Handley and the BBC Philharmonic - were short-listed for Gramophone awards. Her disc of solo piano music by the Polish/ French composer Alexandre Tansman was awarded the accolade of “Diapason D’Or” in France and received high praise: “A triumph of piano playing” (Pianist). She was also the soloist in the world première recording of Elgar’s sketches for his Piano Concerto slow movement, with the Munich Symphony Orchestra conducted by Douglas Bostock.

 

Margaret formerly taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and is now Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London. She is also a Visiting Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire. She is a regular guest at summer schools such as Dartington, Chetham's, Birmingham International Piano Academy and the International Summer School of Music at Shrewsbury. Her teaching at Dartington was described by The Spectator magazine as demonstrating “enormous skill and sympathy”. She has given masterclasses in the USA, Canada and China, and she has also been on the jury for many competitions including the BBC Young Musician of the Year.

 

In addition to her performing and teaching, Margaret has also written articles for magazines such as Classical Music, Pianist and Piano Professional.

 

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Ivan YanakovThe winner of numerous international piano competitions, pianist Ivan Yanakov has been heard to great critical acclaim in Asia, Europe and North America, most recently in France, Britain, Austria, Germany, Italy (more than 150 concerts), Andorra, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, China, and the United States. He has performed as soloist with orchestras in Europe and throughout Asia, and has appeared in halls that include the Tokyo Metropolitan Arts Center, Kitara Hall in Sapporo, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He is a frequent guest of international music festivals. He recently performed with musicians from London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Born in a family of musicians in Sofia, Ivan Yanakov moved to New York to pursue his musical studies. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Mannes College of Music and spent 10 years in New York, where he performed extensively in chamber music and recitals and was awarded the Artists International Debut Series Prize at Carnegie Hall. During his years in the United States, he participated in chamber music workshops conducted by violinist Pinchas Zukerman and by members of the Tokyo String Quartet. He moved to Paris and later to London, where he founded the London Chamber Players, a chamber orchestra comprised of young professionals with a home season at Saint-Giles-in-the-Fields, in Central London.

As a conductor, Ivan Yanakov made his conducting debut with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in 2010. He studied conducting with Michael Charry in New York, and has attended various conducting masterclasses.

Ivan Yanakov has appeared on live television and radio broadcasts throughout North America and Europe via satellite, including Live from the Los Angeles Museum of Art. Since 2003, the he has been frequently invited to record at the Bulgarian National Radio. He was presented in 2007 with the “Recognition of Excellence Award” by NATO’s Chief Commander in Bosnia, after performing a gala concert with the Sarajevo Philharmonic.

Mr. Yanakov was the co-founder of the Irvine Chamber Music Festival in California and of the Siena Belcanto Festival in Italy, where he also served as Artistic Director. He also a full-scholarship fellow at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. Today, he is often invited to give master classes, most recently in Turkey, China, and the Seoul National University.

The 2012/2013 season will take Ivan Yanakov once more to the Far East (Japan, China, Hong Kong), Turkey, and over 10 countries in Europe. His London season as Music Director of the London Chamber Players will explore standard and more obscure repertoire from the baroque, classical and contemporary. He resides in London.

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Daniel AlexanderDaniel Alexander, originally from London, is a professional flute player. He obtained a Masters at the Yale School of Music under Ransom Wilson, and a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Houston, studying with Aralee Dorough and Sydney Carlson. He has also participated in masterclasses with Alain Marion, Patrick Gallois, Christian Lardé, Susan Milan and Rien de Reede. He contributed to a CD of chamber works by Christopher Rouse with the Calder Quartet released in 2009 on E1 records, and runs the Cambridge Flute Masterclass in England with Ransom Wilson. He has taught flute as an assistant at the University of Houston, and has performed live on Houston's KUHF radio and at the National Flute Association in New York. Daniel won first prize at the 2009 Myrna Brown Competition in Denton, Texas, and also won the 2008 University of Houston concerto competition. He served as 3rd flute and piccolo with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra in its final season, also performing with Ballet Hawaii and the Hawaii Opera Theatre.

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