Stift Festival founder and director, Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a charismatic, adventurous and highly-versatile performer.

“Daniel Rowland has a powerful, glamorous tone, gleaming at the top and throaty and rugged down at the bottom.”

— Gramophone, Richard Bratby


Heralded by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, Takenouchi has a deep curiosity and a natural penchant for integrity.

“Hiroaki Takenouchi … is impeccable in his pianism and unfailing in his idiomatic grasp.”

— Gramophone, David Fanning

Huw Wiggin


Commonwealth Musician of the Year and Gold Medal winner of the 2014 ROSL Annual Music Competition, Huw is one of the leading saxophonists of his generation.

“a keen musical intelligence and a remarkably beautiful sound … Wiggin brings dazzling flair and imagination to his performance”

— BBC Music Magazine, Kate Wakeling

Louise Thomson Harp


Winner of the Harp Finals at the 2003 Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales Competition, Louise has gone on to forge a prestigious and varied solo career.

“Louise Thomson is a consummate performer. Fluid technique combined with beautiful artistry, compelling programmes, excellent and clear spoken introductions and a personality that audiences love.”

— Craig Ogden

Rachel Roberts


Rachel Roberts is one of Europe’s leading violists and performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician.

“… Roberts’ beautifully expressive tone … offering countless felicities of phrasing … powerful and projecting”
— The Strad Magazine

by Sara Porter


Particularly known for his performances and recordings of the magnificent English repertoire for clarinet, Rob is also principal clarinet of BBCNOW.

“A highly accomplished, indeed commanding performance of Finzi’s gorgeous Clarinet Concerto from Robert Plane. With his bright, singing tone and effortless technical mastery, Plane leaves a stylish impression…”

— Gramophone, Andrew Achenbach

Simon Callaghan


Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan has a diverse collaborative and solo career, has released two discs for Hyperion, and is Director of Music at Conway Hall.

“Simon Callaghan extracts every ounce of eloquence and fantasy from this intriguing repertoire.”

— Gramophone, Andrew Achenbach

Timothy Orpen


Described as a “blazing talent” by the Times, Orpen is Principal Clarinet of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Aurora Orchestra (founding member).

“consummate taste… the sound was warm, full and immediately engaging, the sort of sound that needs no vibrato to give it interest”

— Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine