Jonathan Berman is a Conductor who performs with orchestras all over the world. He is known for his unique approach to communicating complex ideas with all audiences. He goes above and beyond the traditional role of a conductor, forming the trust of audiences from traditional listeners to the next generation. He is currently in the process of recording the complete symphonies and promoting the music of Franz Schmidt. At the start of lockdown, he began the website standtogethermusic.com in order to promote artists who have had cancellations.
Eunsley is a South Korean/British violinist based in London. She studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, University of Performing Arts Vienna, and the Royal College of Music where she graduated with top marks and held the position of Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellow. Eunsley has a versatile career performing in prestigious venues across the UK and internationally as soloist, chamber musician and as a member of the first violin section of the Philharmonia Orchestra. She plays a 1800 Lorenzo Storioni violin, generously loaned by a patron of the Beare's International Violin Society.
Silverthorne studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Clarence Myerscough, Max Gilbert and Sidney Griller. In 1988, Silverthorne was made principal of the specialist contemporary music ensemble London Sinfonietta. In 1990, he started playing with the London Symphony Orchestra and appointed principal viola of the Orchestra the following year. In addition to his orchestral work, Paul Silverthorne is an active viola soloist and has performed with major English, American and European orchestras with conductors such as André Previn, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Kent Nagano. Silverthorne is a specialist in contemporary music and has given many first performances both with the London Sinfonietta and in recitals. He has recorded for EMI, ASV, Chandos, Albany and Naxos. Silverthorne is a professor of viola at the Royal Academy of Music (London), and plays a 1620 Amati viola loaned from the Royal Academy of Music. Since 2015, Silverthorne has taught at the newly founded school of music in Soochow University, in Suzhou, China
Tim spends much of his time playing solo and Chamber recitals throughout the UK and Europe and has played recitals many times in major London venues including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, QEH, Cadogan Hall and Purcell Room. He has played most of the major cello concertos in recent seasons and is also the cellist of the Rossetti Ensemble. Tim has played live on TV and radio in the UK and across Europe including regularly on BBC Radio 3. He has recorded chamber music CDs for various labels, including recently for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, and Champs Hill - the latter was highly recommended by Andrew McGregor on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review (Reynaldo Hahn). As an orchestral player Tim is Guest Principal Cello with many major UK orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Tim is a Cello Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he has a large class and also coaches chamber music. He teaches and coaches regularly on courses and festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He is the Artistic Director of York Chamber Music Festival. He plays a cello made by Carolus Tononi in Bologna in 1716.
Lynda Houghton is Principal Double Bass with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and has been playing with the orchestra for over 25 years on many world tours and recordings. Having studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts in Canada, she rapidly went on to establish a reputation as a talented exponent of contemporary music, much in demand with the London Sinfonietta. She was also invited to play with the London Symphony Orchestra-the first woman bassist in that orchestra. She is principal bass in the City of London Sinfonia and Orchestra of St John's Smith Square, and is guest artist with the Nash Ensemble and the Fibonacci Sequence. Since 1996 she has regularly played at the Sangat Chamber Music Festival in Mumbai and also in Germany at the Mecklenburg-Vorponnen Chamber Music Festival. As an enthusiastic 'period' instrumentalist she has toured and recorded with Trevor Pinnock's English Concert and with John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists. Lynda is now an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Karen studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Peter Lloyd and subsequently won a Fulbright Scholarship and Harkness Fellowship to study in Vienna with Wolfgang Schulz and in New York with Thomas Nyfenger. Whilst completing her studies in the USA, she was appointed Principal Flute of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, a position she held for 5 years before returning to London. She is in great demand as guest principal flute with all the major London orchestras and ensembles including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia and London Sinfonietta. In addition, Karen is principal flute of both the London Chamber Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia and in 2014 was invited to play with the World Orchestra for Peace. She combines this with regular solo engagements, chamber music projects and commercial studio work including the film scores to Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd and Bridget Jones. Previously having held teaching posts at the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity College of Music, London, Karen has a busy schedule as one of the UK’s leading flute teachers giving masterclasses across the country, as well as coaching for orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra and Kent Youth Orchestra. In 2004 Karen became a professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
Tom grew up in North Wales where he began learning the Oboe aged 10. He studied at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music where he was taught by Rachael Pankhurst and was a member of both the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for a number of years. Tom graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in the summer of 2017 shortly before joining the Philharmonia Orchestra as their new Joint Principal Oboe just a couple of months later at the age of 22. While at the Academy he studied with his predecessor at the Philharmonia, Christopher Cowie and London Philharmonic principal Ian Hardwick. Tom is now a professor of oboe at the Royal Academy of Music, a role he undertook only a year following completion of his own studies there. Tom’s career so far, outside of the Philharmonia, has led him to play Principal Oboe with The London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Aurora Orchestra and can be heard on many film and commercial soundtracks. He regularly plays and tours with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with whom he has travelled to America and all over Europe.
Mark van de Wiel
Mark van de Wiel is principal clarinettist with the Philharmonia Orchestra (since 2000), with the London Sinfonietta (since 2002) and London Chamber Orchestra (since 1997). He is a founder member of Endymion. Mark works closely with leading composers and conductors, and has given many world and UK premieres as soloist, including works by Carter, Maxwell Davies and Birtwistle among many others. In 2017 he gave the premiere of a clarinet concerto by Joseph Phibbs which he commissioned jointly with the Philharmonia. Mark was born in Northampton and studied at Oxford and the RCM. He is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music, where he is a professor, and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Northampton University. Mark is clarinet professor for the I,Culture Orchestra and the British Isles Music Festival, and gives masterclasses worldwide. He appears as soloist with the Philharmonia and LCO on several Signum recordings.
Emily Hultmark, born in 1985 to English/Swedish parents, grew up outside of London. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra gaining invaluable experience under leadership of conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Andrew Davies, Marin Alsop and Yann-Pascal Tortellier. In 2006, Emily moved to Berlin to study with Volker Tessmann at Hanns Eisler Hochschule der Musik. Following this, in 2008 Emily became a member of Göteborgs Symfoniker, 3 years under the chief musical director Gustavo Dudamel. Emily worked from January 2012- June 2013 as Principal bassoon with the opera orchestra of Palau de les Arts, Valencia. In 2014, Emily was given the position of co-Principal bassoon with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic with whom she is a current member. Emily has recently toured with the Philharmonia, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Royal Philharmonic and has just accepted the position of Principal bassoon with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Currently in her fourth year at the Royal Academy of Music, Zoë is currently taught by David Pyatt, Richard Watkins and Martin Owen, and previously studied with Katy Woolley and Mike Thompson. She receives natural and baroque horn, and Wagner Tuba lessons with Roger Montgomery. She has attended various music festivals and courses including the London Symphony Orchestra Brass Academy, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and the London Sinfonietta Academy. She was also a finalist in the Dublin Brass Week Concerto Competition 2019. Zoë is currently on trial for Principal Horn with both the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and other professional experiences include performances with London Sinfonietta and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Zoë is also the recipient of the Sir Elton John Scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music.
Joseph Havlat was born in Hobart, Australia, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Prof. Joanna MacGregor from 2012 -18. He is currently a Young Artist at St. John’s Smith Square, and in 2019 was made Young Artist of the Oxford Lieder Festival alongside fellow Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean, and was the winner of the keyboard section of the ROSL music competition. Aside from work as a soloist he is also a keen chamber musician, performing frequently with his clarinet trio, the Tritium trio, and also the LSO percussion ensemble. Passionate about contemporary music, he is a founding member and artistic director of contemporary music collective Ensemble x.y and is also an avid composer.