Fali Pavri enjoys a busy and varied career as soloist, chamber musician, teacher and adjudicator. Born in Mumbai, India, he studied the piano at the Moscow Conservatoire with Professor Victor Merzhanov and at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Christopher Elton.
While still a student, he was invited by the great Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovitch to be his pianist on an extensive concert tour of India. This was followed by his London debut at the Purcell Room and concerts in prestigious venues around the world. He has performed and collaborated with many eminent musicians including the Vellinger and Vertavo quartets, the Leopold Trio, Paragon Ensemble, Scottish Ensemble, clarinetist Andrew Marriner, cellist Franz Helmerson, singers Roderick Williams and Mark Padmore and composer Mauricio Kagel. Fali was, for many years, a member of the Pirasti Piano Trio and he has a successful duo with his wife, the cellist Naomi Boole-Masterson.
He has recorded two critically acclaimed discs with the cellist Timothy Gill on the Guild label, including world premieres of two works by the Indian composer, John Mayer (“Prabhanda” and “Calcutta Nagar”). In 2009 he recorded another world premiere, the song cycle "Black Sea" by the British composer Anthony Bolton, with the tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson. His latest CD which features the music of the Swiss composer Volkmar Andreae will be released shortly. Radio broadcasts include regular appearances on BBC Radio 3, where he has played some unusual and challenging repertoire including the Sinding Piano Quintet with the Vertavo Quartet and Alexander Goehr’s “Das Gesetz der Quadrille” with the baritone, Roderick Williams. He has recorded for All-India Radio with Mstislav Rostropovich and for CBC (the North-American premiere of “La Trahison Orale” by Mauricio Kagel).
A committed and sought-after teacher with many prize-winning students, Fali Pavri is on the Piano Faculty at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and is also much in demand as an adjudicator and examiner. He has given masterclasses in many countries around the world including recently in Estonia, Finland, Cyprus, India and South Africa, where he was also a jury member at the Unisa International Piano Competition.
Julian Jacobson , who studied with Lamar Crowson, John Barstow and Louis Kentner, has established a reputation as a pianist of extraordinary breadth and versatility.
His repertoire is firmly centred on the great classics of the repertoire - in recent years he has become particularly known for his Beethoven cycles and marathons - but he is also an acclaimed exponent of contemporary music including jazz, and as a much sought-after duo and ensemble pianist he has partnered many leading British and international soloists.
His concert tours have taken him to over 40 countries worldwide and he has recorded more than 20 CDs.
Julian was Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama from 1992-96 and Artistic Director of the Paxos International Music Festival, Greece, for 17 years.
He gives masterclasses internationally, including recently in Germany, France, Hong Kong, Bahrain and Dartington, and is increasingly invited to participate in competition juries.
William Fong first came to international attention when he won the first prize, gold medal and Rosa Sabater prize at the Concurso Internacional de Piano in Jaén, Spain in 1984.
This was the first of many competition successes, which include the Busoni, Iturbi and Scottish International Competitions.
William performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe. Tours include Spain, France and Russia where he gave hisMoscow and St.
Petersburg débuts under the auspices of the Sviatoslav Richter Foundation.
As a chamber musician, he performs with ensembles such as the Brodsky Quartet, members of Guildhall Strings, and with the singers Steve Davislim and James Rutherford.
As well as recording for BBC Radio 3, William's performances have been broadcast on Classic FM, regional and national BBC television and on European and US radio and television.
CD recordings are available on Olympia and Guild Records.
Professor at the Royal College of Music
Head of Keyboard at the Purcell School and Professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
John Thwaites has a varied performing career. He has been working with
Alexander Baillie for thirty years. They appeared in the first and last
Manchester International 'Cello Festivals, released a recital CD in 2000, and
selected live performances in 2009.
Another long-standing association is with Sue Lowe's 'Cello Schools, and John
has performed with Johannes Goritzki, Louise Hopkins, Pierre Doumenge, Li Wei,
Oleg Kogan, Melissa Phelps, Alexander Ivashkin, Alexander Boyarsky, David Cohen
and Natalie Clein.
Alongside relationships with the Schidlof, Maggini, Emperor, Martinu and Brodsky
Quartets, a performance of Lyapunov's Sextet with the Dante Quartet on Dutton
Digital was BBC Music Magazine's chamber music choice for November 2004. John is
also a member of the Audley Horn Trio (Stanzeleit, Stirling, Thwaites). He is regularly invited to festivals such as Stift in Holland, Cotes des Isles in France and Pro Corda in Britain.
Recent concerto performances include Grieg at St John's Smith Square and Tchaikovsky at the Royal College of Music.
Two discs of British repertoire, a double Strauss disc, contemporary disc and
Brahms/Faure dics have been released on Meridian. A solo disc of Romantic
Favourites was released in 2010.
Formerly Head of Piano at Christ's Hospital and tutor at GSMD.
Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Pascal Nemirovski studied at the Julliard with Nadia Reisenberg
and in France with Alexis Weissenberg. He is one of the great “go-to” pedagogues
of our time, competition-winning students including Lise de la Salle and Louis
Scherizgebel. He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, the Purcell
School, and visiting professor in Shanghai and Guangzhou Conservatoires.
Head of Keyboard Studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire
Victor Sangiorgio records for Collins Classics, Naxos, ABC
Classics and Dutton, with the RSNO, and conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Sir
Charles Groves, Andrew Litton, Andre Previn and Stanislaw Skrowacewzski. He is
active as a solo recitalist and chamber musician and teaches at the Birmingham
Conservatoire and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Professor at the Royal Academy of Music
Katya Apekisheva, described as being a “profoundly gifted artist” by Gramophone magazine, is one of Europe’s most renowned pianists, in demand internationally as both a soloist and as a chamber musician.
Since becoming a prize-winner in the Leeds International and Scottish Piano Competitions and collating awards such as the London Philharmonic ‘Soloist of the Year’ and the Terence Judd Award, she has been marked out as a pianist of exceptional gifts.
She has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia, the Halle Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, working with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, David Shallon, Jan Latham-Koenig and Alexander Lazarev.
Professor of Piano, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama