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Recent Soloists

March 2019

Rustam-Khanmurzin, Most Recent Soloist with St Bart's Orchestra

Rustam Khanmurzin graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with Alexander Mndoyants, and he is a laureate of a number of piano competitions worldwide: in Russia, Italy, China, South Korea and Greece. Since September 2017 Rustam continues his studies with Ian Jones at the Royal College of Music with Future of Russia Scholarship supported by ISH Award. During the first year of his studies in London he was selected to perform at annual RCM President's Visit concert, appeared in number of festivals in such venues as Starr Cinema (Tate Modern), Cadogan Hall, Amaryllis Fleming Hall, Britten Theatre, also performing in cities of France and Italy. He made his concerto debut with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra at the Moscow Soloists Festival where he was awarded a title of Laureate for an outstanding performance of the 2nd Piano Concerto by Chopin. Moreover, in 2012 in South Korea the First Lady of Poland presented Rustam with the Silver medal of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Chopin Piano Competition. In 2013 the Melodiya Lable launched Anthology of Piano Music by Russian and Soviet Composers CD Series with Rustam's recordings of pieces by Tchaikovsky, and now year the project is followed by Rustam's recordings of early Russian keyboard pieces in partnership with Ray Records Russia. It was Rustam Khanmurzin who was entrusted by PETROF Pianos to introduce a new Ant. Petrof 275 grand piano on Russian music stage. Twice Rustam won the Presidential Award for Talented Youth; in 2015 he was awarded with the PianoForum Magazine Award and Russian Music Union Prize "for a brilliant performance at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory".

December 2018

Luiz de Campos In September 2015, Luiz began his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Celia Nicklin, Christopher Cowie and Sue Böhling. Since joining the Academy, he has performed with many orchestras, including the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, Royal Academy Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Horton Chamber Orchestra, Central London Chamber Orchestra and the Kohn Foundation Chamber Orchestra, and has worked with renowned conductors, such as Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Jonathan Lo, George Jackson and Dominic Grier. In 2016, he received the 'Commended' award at the Royal Academy of Music's Leila Bull Oboe Prize, and later that year he became the Principal Oboe of the King's College London Symphony Orchestra, allowing him to also perform with the KCL Opera, KCL Chamber Orchestra and KCL Modern Music Society.

Spring/Summer 2018

In our two most recent concerts, we welcomed five soloists, four in our performance of Mozart's Impresario opera, and our own 1st oboe as soloist in Bellini's oboe concerto.

Camilla Rose Saba Davies sang the part of Madame Herz. Camilla divides her time between London and Tokyo, and is a coloratura soprano. She has performed with the CBSO, and won First Place in the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for young singers and First Prize in the Alida Vane International Competition in Latvia.

Louisa Stirland is also a soprano, and sang Mademoiselle Silberklang. She was Radio 2's Young Chorister of the Year and has gone on to sing frequently on Radio 2, 3 and 4 and BBC's Songs of Praise. At the John Kerr Award 2016, she won First Prize for best 17th Century Song, and has sung in many concerts with the BBC Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras, the BBC Singers and the Bach Choir.

Magnus Walker (Monsieur Vogelsang), a tenor who has sung at Gloucester Cathedral and was soloist in Elgar's The Kingdom at the Three Choir's Festival. He won First Prize for the most outstanding singer under eighteen at the Glasgow Music Festival in 2015, and recently performed Britten's War Requiem with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Michael Rakatoarivony, a prize-winning baritone and conductor at the Royal Academy of Music, made his final appearance as our conductor and sang Buff while the orchestra went into autopilot for this brief cameo.

Nicholas Mitchell is our 1st oboe. At school, he won prizes for his playing, and at university he specialised in the early oboe and gave several premiere performances in this country on original instruments. He has been a member of the orchestra for four years, and also plays with the newly-formed wind ensemble Aeolus X.

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