Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan’s recent tours have taken him to Asia, Europe and North America and to 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.
In 2018 he released his second CD for Hyperion’s lauded Romantic Piano Concerto series: concertos by Rheinberger and Scholz with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ben Gernon which garnered rave reviews and remained in the specialist classical charts for several weeks. His next disc, of solo works by Nicodé, will be released in 2019. Simon’s interest in rarely performed works has also led to invitations to perform concerti by Françaix and Tippett, and to give the first UK performance since 1946 of Medtner’s 3rd Concerto. He has also recorded for Somm and Danacord, his discography including works by Brahms, Coke, Delius, Sterndale Bennett and Parry.
Violin and Piano
Canadian violinist Katie Stillman and English pianist Simon Lane began their musical partnership whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and celebrated their 10th Anniversary year as a duo in 2015.
Heralded by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, while being praised as “impeccable in his pianism and unfailing in his idiomatic grasp” by Gramophone, Takenouchi’s curiosity and a natural penchant for integrity makes his playing and vast repertoire unique amongst his generation of pianists. His love for the music of classical masters – particularly Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin – sits side by side with his passion for the music of Medtner, lesser-known British composers such as Sterndale Bennett and Parry, and the contemporary repertoire.
Canadian violinist Katie Stillman’s career encompasses a wide variety of solo work, chamber music, orchestral performing and teaching. Recent highlights include solo performances with Manchester Camerata and London Concertante, leading a performance of George Crumb's quartet Black Angels with principal members of Manchester Camerata in the Royal Exchange Theatre, leading BCMG at Wigmore Hall live on BBC Radio, and being appointed External Examiner for Bristol University.
‘Unlike many conductors, [Robin] possesses innate and totally convincing authority together with an admirable sense of structure. It was a rare pleasure to make music with such an assured and very gifted musician’ John Lill, Pianist
Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, “totally and truly charismatic” by Beeld, while The Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single minded intensity” Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer.