Guest Artists

Simon Callaghan

Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. His recent  tours have taken him to Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, throughout Europe and on two occasions to the Banff Centre in Canada. He has performed at all of the UK’s major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, St David’s Hall Cardiff and Manchester’s Bridgewater and Stoller Halls.

Simon’s interest in rarely performed works has led to invitations to perform concerti by Françaix and Tippett, and to give the first UK performance since 1946 of Medtner’s 3rd Concerto, which he will perform again in 2018. His rapidly-expanding discography includes solo works by Sterndale Bennett, Parry, Sacheverell Coke, chamber music by Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, and two volumes of Delius with Parnassius Duo partner, Hiro Takenouchi (on Somm). In 2017 he released his debut CD for Hyperion’s lauded Romantic Piano Concerto series: the first recordings of Roger Sacheverell Coke’s Concerti with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins. The disc reached No.3 in the specialist classical charts, the top ten in the Classic FM chart and garnered enthusiastic reviews across the press.

Festival invitations have included Highgate, Husum, Whittington and Cervo Chamber Music. Callaghan has also performed frequently on BBC radio and television. In chamber music he has collaborated with Feng Ning, Jack Liebeck, Giovanni Guzzo, Tim Hugh, Thomas Gould, Raphael Wallfisch and the actors Timothy and Samuel West, and Prunella Scales.

His extensive repertoire has included complete cycles of Beethoven and Brahms chamber works, and a three-concert residency at St John’s Smith Square in London, exploring the piano quartet medium. Contemporary music performances have included works by Joseph Phibbs, Julian Anderson and Kenneth Hesketh, and he was invited by the Royal College of Music to play Boulez’s ‘Dérive II’ as part of their ‘Variable Geometry’ series. His world premiere recording of Paul Patterson’s ‘Allusions’ for two violins and piano (with Midori Komachi and Sophie Rosa) was released in 2017.

In 2018 Simon will release two further recordings on Hyperion, return to the Husum Festival of Piano Rarities in North Germany, present a series of Schubert chamber music in London and perform a programme of American music for two pianos for the Americana Festival at St John’s Smith Square, including the European premiere of Irving Fine’s Toccata Concertante. He has also signed with Lyrita Recordings, for whom he will make three recordings in 2018 with Raphael and Simon Wallfisch, Hiro Takenouchi and others.

Esther Abrami

Described as a ‘rising star’ by the Strings Magazine, Esther has performed in world renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall in New-York, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Centre in London. Her most recent performances as a soloist include a concert with the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra in New-York and recitals at the British Embassy in Paris and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. She was recently invited to perform at Classic FM studios.

Up-coming engagements include recitals in New-York, Utah, Las Vegas, Spring Island (USA) and Paris (France) as well as solo concerts with orchestra in Vienna (Austria) and Leeds (UK).

Esther has been awarded a first prize at the Vatelot Rampal violin competition, at The Arts of Instrumental Performance Concert Series “The Arts of Strings” and at the IMKA International Music Competition. She has recently won the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition 2017.

With over 100,000 followers, Esther’s extensive and ever-growing following via social media has led her to become an ambassador for renowned music related brands such as GEWA, D’Addario Orchestral, Newzik and Beaumont Music as well as for fashion luxury brands including Yves Saint-Laurent, Lancôme, Daniel Wellington, The Kooples and many others.

Born in France in 1996, Esther graduated from the Aix-en-Provence Conservatoire at the age of 14. She continued her studies at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester with Jan Repko. In 2015, Esther began her undergraduate degree at the Royal College of Music in London and currently studies with Leonid Kerbel. This year she is representing the Royal College of Music at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

She has had the privilege of working with many distinguished musicians such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Alexander Markov, Regina Carter, Lewis Kaplan and Charlie Siem.

Esther plays on a Carlo Giuseppe Testore of Milan violin, dated ca. 1700, label Giovanni Grancino.

Natasha Page

Natasha Page is studying for an MA at the Royal Academy of Music with Mary Nelson and Iain Ledingham. She is generously supported by the Jennifer Vyvyan Scholarship and the Josephine Baker Trust and is the grateful recipient of the A.M. Parker Prize.

Recent roles include Cleopatra (Julius Caesar – Handel) with Kings Opera, Mimi (La Boheme – Puccini) in RAO Scenes, Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro – Mozart) in RAM VF Scenes, Cricket (Pinocchio – Dove) in RWCMD Scenes and Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea – Monteverdi) in Opera’r Ddraig Scenes. Upcoming roles include Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte – Mozart) with Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, Norina (Don Pasquale – Donizetti) and Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro – Mozart) in scenes performances.

Natasha enjoys a busy schedule of both oratorio and recital work. Oratorio highlights include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day. Natasha is a soloist for the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. She has performed as a soloist with both the de Havilland Philharmonic and the Maltings Sinfonia orchestras and looks forward to performing in an opera gala with Hertford Symphony Orchestra in 2019. Natasha is delighted to be a Leeds Lieder Young Artist for 2018, after making her debut at the festival in 2017. She was delighted that one of her song recordings was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in March. Recent recital engagements include performances at Herford Music Club, Hoddesdon Music Club and in Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square. Natasha is the winner of the 2018 Recital Prize at the North London Festival of Music and a finalist in the Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition 2018.

Natasha has taken part in masterclasses with distinguished artists such as Christiane Karg, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sophie Daneman, Helmut Deutsch and Dame Emma Kirkby, amongst others.

Stefan Morris

Welsh cellist Steffan Morris is quickly making a name for himself as one of the finest cellists of his generation. Much in demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral player, he enjoys a very varied career.

At 13 years old, Steffan started studying at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey with distinguished cellist, Thomas Carroll. While a student there he performed as a soloist at many notable venues such as St David’s Hall and Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

At 17 years old, Steffan won the Texaco Young Musician of Wales.

In 2010, Steffan moved to Vienna to study the cello under the prestigious tutor Professor Heinrich Schiff at the University of Music and Performing Arts. He is the youngest ever guest principal cello with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and has also been guest principal cello with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Northern Sinfonia.