Award winning Clarinettist Matthew Scott graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) with BMus(Hons) First Class in 2013, followed by an MA with Distinction and DipRAM in 2015, generously supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and The Greenbank Scholarship.
Matthew is delighted to be an Artist for both The Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme and Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists. He was Wind Finalist in the Royal Overseas League 63rd Annual Music Competition, 34th and 35th Bromsgrove International Young Musicians Competitions and won Wind Category 1st Prize in the 2014 Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition. He was also invited onto the 2015 London Sinfonietta Academy and Britten-Pears Young Artists Platform. Matthew has performed at London venues including Eaton Square, Kings Place, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. George’s Hannover Square, St. John Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Wigmore Hall.
He appears on the RAM Soloists Ensemble’s critically acclaimed CD of Bruckner’s Symphony No.2 under Trevor Pinnock (Linn Records) and has concerto dates with orchestras including the London Festival Sinfonia, Southern Pro Music and Petersfield Orchestra. He regularly collaborates with string players and pianists in chamber music, including his ensemble Trio Mirage; who won the Harold Craxton Prize and a 2015/16 Chamber Music Fellowship at RAM, and recently performed at The Two Moors Festival. Matthew made his St. Martin-in-the-Fields solo recital debut in January 2015, followed by a second concert in October 2015, and has a series of solo and chamber recitals at music societies throughout the UK in 2015-16 .
Romanian-born pianist, Alexandra Vaduva started playing the piano at the age of 4 with Doina Olteteanu. Since then she has won prizes at numerous national and international piano competitions, including the Vienna International Piano Competition (2011), Beethoven Piano Competition (London, 2011), Sterndale Bennett Piano Competition (London, 2011), Else Cross Modern Piano Competition (London, 2010), Pro Piano and Carl Filtsch International Piano Competitions (Romania, 2008) and many others.
Her competition activities have harmoniously blended with a busy concert schedule. Alexandra has recently performed Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto with the Royal Academy of Music Wind Orchestra conducted by Keith Bragg and the Petrushka Ballet Suite conducted by Thierry Fischer.
Alexandra has performed in masterclasses given by famous pianists and teachers such as Imogen Cooper, Maxim Vengerov, Stephen Kovacevich, Stephen Hough, Pascal Devoyon, John O’Conor, Evgheny Sudbin, Joanna MacGregor, Galina Eguiazarova, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Petras Geniusas, Jerome Rose.
Alexandra’s performances have taken her to wonderful venues such as the Lobkowitz Palace (Vienna), Minato-Mirai Hall (Yokohama-Japan), Wigmore Hall, Duke’s Hall, Yamaha Centre, The Castle, St. James’ Church, Steinway Hall, Colston Hall, Regent’s Hall, Charlton House, the Romanian Cultural Institute, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, King’s Place.
Alexandra is grateful to the Help Musicians UK Fund, David Bowerman and Barry Sterndale-Bennett for their support. She is currently holding a double Fellowship at the Academy: the Hodgson Fellowship for solo pianists and the Royal Academy of Music chamber music Fellowship with her group, Trio Mirage.
Júlia Pusker began her musical studies at the age of 5. Her violin teacher was Tamás Ittzés and Judit Szászné-Réger. In 2005, she entered the Special School for Young Talents, Preparatory Department of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where she studied under Katalin Kokas, from 2006, with István Kertész.
In 2011, she moved to London to further her studies at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of György Pauk.
She has been a multiple recipient of major awards in competition such as the János Koncz National Violin Competition, the Dénes Kovács Violin Competition, the Georg Philipp Telemann International Violin Competition, as well as the Carl Flesch Violin Competition.
In 2009 she won the Music Scholarship by Yamaha. In 2011 she received the Junior Prima Primissima Prize in her hometown, Kecskemét. As a soloist she has performed with numerous orchestras such as the Budapest String Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Budapest Philharmony Orchestra, Danubia Symphony Orchestra, Győr Philharmonic Orchestra and Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2010 she was featured in a documentary called Invisible Strings – The talented Pusker Sisters. She has recorded the chamber version of Bruckner 2nd symphony with Trevor Pinnock and the Royal Academy Soloists Ensemble for the Royal Academy of Music’s second disc in their chamber symphony series released on Linn Records.
Her violin, a G. Gagliano crafted in 1791, is loaned to her by the Royal Academy of Music.