Spring Season at CMLV


Artists performing for Chamber Music in Little Venice

2015-2016 Season

Lizzie Ball

violin, vocals

Lizzie Ball is a violinist/vocalist, a musical curator and a mentor. As a violinist (and occasional vocalist) her work happily weaves between classical, jazz, rock, pop and world music. More recently, Lizzie has carved out her own version of classical fusion, with the creation of Classical Kicks, a collective of world-class musicians performing innovative, energetic, passionately infused classical music that meets with other genres resulting in a kaleidoscopic concert experience. Classical Kicks premiered at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho in 2011 and continues its residency there, continuing to sell out each event.

In her performing work, Lizzie enjoys working as a solo artist, ensemble member and orchestral leader. She has performed in these roles across the world from the Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, to the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Beacon Theatre in New York, as well as major arts festivals including BBC Proms, Latitude Festival, Wilderness Festival, Morelia Arts, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in Madison Square Garden and most recently Bestival.


Martin Fogel


Martin Fogel is one of the most prominent guitarists to emerge from Sweden in recent years. He has received great critical acclaim for his artistry in Swedish, UK and Japanese press: “a Swedish genius” (CD Journal, Japan), “exudes easy charm” (Classical Music, UK), “sheer magic” (Classical Guitar Magazine, UK). As well as touring extensively in his home country, he regularly performs in England, Japan and Europe. A graduate from both the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Gothenburg School of Music, Martin went on to become a prize winner in several, major national and international competitions, including the Royal Swedish Academy of Music’s Scholarship Awards, the Tokyo International Guitar Competition and the Toru Takemitsu Competition in Finland.
Martin is Artist-in-residence at University of Southampton, teacher of guitar at Trinity Junior College, London, and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Björn Kleiman


Björn Kleiman studied at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany, with Professor Ulf Hoelscher. He performs solo and chamber music around Europe and has a strong commitment to contemporary music. He has given solo concerts at St Marin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall and St James’s Piccadilly. Björn has also recorded four CDs to great critical acclaim and has received scholarships from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee as well as the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation. In 2005 he was awarded the Byggnads Cultural Scholarship presented by the Swedish Prime Minister. Apart from performing Björn is a keen arranger of pop and jazz, and has had his arrangements published by Phoenix Music UK.

Karin Norlén


Born in Sweden and raised in the Middle East and Africa, Karin Norlén now lives in London where she enjoys a busy chamber music and orchestral career with, amongst others, the London Philharmonic, Oxford Philharmonic and Royal Opera House orchestras. She is Artistic Director of Chamber Music in Little Venice. Alongside her playing, Karin is a visual artist. She has exhibited her work in the UK and Sweden.

Angelique Lihou


Angélique Lihou attended the Purcell School and was later awarded a Masters in Music Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
She is a Concordia Foundation Young Artist and recent alumni of the Southbank Sinfonia, with which she had the privilege of performing alongside the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Royal Opera House Orchestra and the Royal Ballet. With Southbank Sinfonia Alumni, she has performed several UK tours with Tony Hadley/Spandau Ballet and ABC.
As a soloist, Angélique has performed concertos with the St James Sinfonia, the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra and the City of London Chamber Ensemble and has given recitals at the Alderney Performing Arts Festival and the Vilnius Philharmonic Hall, Lithuania for national radio and television.
Angélique teaches cello at the Junior Guildhall and Brunel University.


Jamie Kenny

Double bass

Jamie Kenny grew up in Edinburgh and is a graduate of the Royal College of Music where he studied with Thomas Martin, and the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Graham Mitchell, Dominic Seldis and Duncan McTier.

Jamie took part in the Halle String Leadership Scheme, was Principal Double Bass of Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival Orchestra and has toured extensively with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.

He now works with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, BBC Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, English National Opera and is currently on trial for Co-Principal Double Bass of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Tamás András


Hungarian violinist Tamás András graduated at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1996 he was prize winner of the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark and received third prize at the Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition in Hungary in 1997.Tamás has appeared as a soloist with the Budapest Philharmonia Orchestra, the Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players among many others and has given recitals and chamber concerts throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. He has also appeared as guest leader of several orchestras in the UK including the Academy of St. Martins in the Fields, London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Tamás is currently a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Konstantin Lapshin


Described as “a very special talent” by Murray Perahia, London-based Russian pianist Konstantin Lapshin is an accomplished musician with a unique artistic vision. A prize-winner in more than 15 national and international competitions, Konstantin has given recitals and concerto appearances at various concert halls across Europe including the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall, the Salle Cortot in Paris and the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Royal College of Music, where he recently received the Chappell Gold Medal and the college’s highest prize the Queen Elizabeth Rose bowl and subsequently played for HRH Prince Charles. Konstantin also teaches at the Royal College of Music and will serve as a jury member of the Schumann Piano Competition in Italy.


Susanna Andersson


Born in Sweden, her lyric toned voice and dynamic performances have taken her from Sweden to London, Leipzig to Buenos Aires, and from Shanghai to New York. With a span from baroque to modern music she is in demand on both the concert platform as well as on the operatic stage.
Recently Susanna appeared at the Turku Music Festival together with Topi Lehtipuu, Il Pomo d’Oro and Donna Leon with much success! She returned shortly after to sing Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Åbo Swedish Theatre and continued thereafter to Teatro Colon to sing her first Oscar in Un ballo in Maschera.
During 2014 Susanna will premiere ‘Animal Songs’ by Albert Schnelzer, especially written for her, together with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven 9, Luigi Nono’s Prometeo and a recording of Janácek’s ‘Danuj’ together with Ed Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and sing her first Musetta for Den Jyske Opera.


Wissam Boustany


One of only a few flautists to have launched a successful career as an international soloist, Wissam Boustany has toured in South/North America, Europe, the Middle/Far East, Africa and Australia. He founded the initiative Towards Humanity, using music to support humanitarian projects internationally. In 1997 he was awarded a knighthood in Lebanon, in recognition of his humanitarian work. He has also received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum, Switzerland. Wissam is professor of flute at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Wissam Boustany

Yuri Zhislin


Described by The Strad as a ‘Virtuoso with a truly Romantic temperament’, Yuri Zhislin is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Equally at home on both violin and viola, Zhislin enjoys an active and illustrious career as a soloist and chamber musician, performing in his native Russia, as well as Eastern and Western Europe, the United States, South America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. His performances have taken him to nearly 60 countries around the globe. He is a professor of violin and viola at the Royal College of Music

Johan Hugosson


Born in Lund, Sweden, into a musical family, Johan Hugosson studied at Royal College of Music in London (RCM) and at the Royal Danish Conservatoire in Copenhagen. At the RCM he won the Beethoven prize, the Chopin prize and other prizes before graduating from the advanced postgraduate course with distinction.
His career is now multi-faceted, from solo piano performances to a varied and exciting range of classical and more popular composition. Johan collaborates as a chamber musician with ”Trio Boyarsky”, Swedish singer and actor Sven-Bertil Taube and others.

Jonathan Cunliffe


Jonathan Cunliffe was born in Cambridge and took his first organ lessons at St. Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden. He went on to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire from where he graduated with a BMus (Hons), an MMus and the John Campbell Keyboard Prize. During his time in Birmingham, Jonathan held organ scholarships at St. Alban’s, Highgate; Symphony Hall; St. Philip’s Cathedral and Bilton Grange Preparatory School, Rugby.

Jonathan is Director of Music in the Parish of Little Venice serving the churches of St. Mary’s, Paddington Green and St. Saviour’s, Warwick Avenue. He also works as an editor for ABRSM publishing. He is the co-director of Chamber Music in Little Venice.

Jakub Cywinski

Double Bass

Born in Poland, Jakub is a graduate of the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw and the Royal College of Music in London. Jakub is active as a freelance classical and jazz bassist in London, working with amongst others the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC NOW. He is a former member of the Southbank Sinfonia.

Maiko Mori


Maiko is a Japanese pianist whose career has steadily grown since her first prize in 2002 at the 23rd Robert William and Florence Amy Brant International Piano Competition. Maiko made her orchestral debut in the UK with the RCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko and quickly went on to debut internationally with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra in India. Among her recent performances, she has enjoyed acclaim at prestigious venues such as the Purcell Room at London’s South Bank Centre, Bridgewater Hall, West Road Hall, Steinway Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Mats Lidström


As an international soloist and chamber musician, Mats Lidström has gained a reputation for performances of great insight and virtuosity. He is a member of the cello faculty at the Royal Academy of Music and attached to the Oxford University through his principal cello position with the Oxford Philomusica.


Tobie Tripp


Tobie is a graduate from the RWCMD, from which he gained a BMus(hons) as a violinist. He has played the violin since the age of four and continues to be inspired through the discovery of what the instrument can produce. He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall leading a string quintet, on a BBC/Sky programme ‘Da Vinci’s Demons and in masterclasses with incredible artists such as; Itzhak Rashkovsky, Daniel Phillips, Dona Lee Croft and the Brodsky Quartet. Not only does Tobie invest a lot of his time as a violinist, but he is also a string arranger, composer and the founder member of ‘The Tripp Ensemble’ where his role as performer includes singing, playing the guitar and synths/piano. The ensemble recently launched the E.P. ‘Fire in the Sky’ which gained high reviews from BBC Radio Wales. As a composer Tobie has had his music recorded at Real World Studio’s, composed music for dance and film at Dartington College, co-written music for an original theatre production with Peninsula Arts, and has composed and recorded string arrangements for other artists and adverts such as Hardy Amies.


Ilyoung Chae


Since April 2012, South Korean violinist Ilyoung Chae has played in the London Philharmonic Orchestra, fourth chair in first violins. She gives concerts abroad and in the U.K. and has performed at venues such as the Blenheim Palace, Hatfield House, National Gallery, Regent Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Menuhin Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. She has taken part in various festivals such as the Menuhin festival in Gstaad (Switzerland), Music Alp festival (France), Paxos (Greece), Chacombe, Chelsea, City of London, Battle Prom, North York Moors and IMS Prussia Cove (UK).


Aleksander Szram


Winner of the 2004 Vlado Perlemuter Award, Aleksander has performed in more than thirty countries over five continents. Aleksander has recorded several CDs for Nimbus, MMC and fonorum and teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.


Simon Desbruslais


Simon Desbruslais is a British trumpet soloist whose performances have been critically acclaimed as ‘steel-lipped’, ‘musically compelling’ and possessing ‘supreme confidence and flair’. He came to international prominence with the first ever recording of Hertel’s Third Trumpet Concerto on the natural trumpet. This was followed by new trumpet concertos from John McCabe, Robert Saxton and Deborah Pritchard, all recorded for Signum Classics. Simon has given live broadcasts and recordings of contemporary British music for BBC 1 Television and BBC Radio 4 to millions of viewers worldwide.

Keen to expand on the relationship between performance and musicology, Simon holds a doctorate from Christ Church, Oxford, on the music theory of Hindemith. He also gives international lectures and masterclasses.


Katya Apekisheva


Katya Apekisheva is one of Europe’s foremost pianists, in demand internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. She has been described by Gramophone Magazine as ‘ a profoundly gifted artist’ who has ‘already achieved artistic greatness’.
Katya has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Halle Orchestra, The Moscow Philharmonic, The Jerusalem Symphony, The English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jack Liebeck


Brit award winning violinist Jack Liebeck is a committed chamber musician as well as a celebrated soloist, performing concertos with many of the world’s great orchestras and renowned for his pure sound and clean interpretations. He is also director of his own Oxford May Music Festival of music, science and the arts.

Kristina Blaumane


Principal cellist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kristina Blaumane was born in Riga. She is a laureate of many prizes and awards, among them – “Great Music Award”(2005; 2007), the highest prize given by the Latvian state in the field of Music. Kristina has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Kremerata Baltica, Lithuanian Chamber orchestra, Sofia Soloists as well as all the major orchestras in Latvia. She has been a guest at many festivals including Salzburg, Verbier, Lockenhaus, Cheltenham, Spitalfields and Aldeburgh. Kristina is an avid chamber musician and has recorded for many labels. Her latest recording of chamber works by Beethoven was released in August 2012 for Onyx label.

Alexei Sarkisov


Alexei Sarkissov was born in Moscow in 1974 and started music lessons at the age of five in the famous Gnessin Special Music School. In 1992 he continued his education in the Russian Academy of Music with Prof Vladimir Tonkha. He gave his first solo recital at the age of ten and following year performed his concerto debut. In 1995 Alexei won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music with Professor Alexander Boyarsky. Winning all the major college awards while studying there in 1997 he moved on to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Professor Stefan Popov.
Since then, professional engagements have taken him all over Russia, former Soviet Union, Europe and as far as New Zealand and South America. His musical talent was recognised by a string of awards including Grand Prix in “Citta Di Moncalieri” International Competition and 1st Prize at the “Dasinamov” International Competition. Alexei has performed in presence of The Pope John Paul II in Vatican, The former President of Russia Boris Eltsin in Moscow’s Kremlin and HRH Prince of Wales. He has recorded for Russian and Italian radio and numerously appeared on international radio and television including BBC Radio 3. His CD includes works by Schubert, Schumann, Francouer and Tchaikovsky. Alexei currently resides in London and maintains a busy schedule of chamber music and solo performances.

Reinis Zarins


The Latvian pianist Reinis Zarins’ playing has been described as “electrifying”, with “unerring judgment” (International Piano Magazine). As an international artist, Reinis performs on both sides of the Atlantic, and recently also in South Africa. Exhilarated audiences have heard him as a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestras in the Baltic States, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Russia, and United States, in such venues as Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. Reinis is a two times winner of the supreme Latvian state award in music – the Great Music Award.

Jamie Walton


Founder and director of the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, Jamie Walton is now being compared by the critics to the great cellists of the past, renowned for his purity of tone and powerful interpretations. He has recorded ten concertos with the Philharmonia and most of the sonata repertoire. Jamie performs on a 1712 Guarneri.