Born in South Africa, James studied at the University of Cape Town and the Royal Academy of Music in London with Michael Dussek, Malcolm Martineau and Kathryn Stott. He was appointed a Hodgson Junior Fellow in 2007, a Professor of Piano Accompaniment in 2011, and awarded an ARAM in 2012.
An accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, James collaborates with singers and instrumentalists including Lise Davidsen, the Heath Quartet, Adam Walker, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Pumeza Matshikiza, Allan Clayton, Jacques Imbrailo, Ailish Tynan and John Mark Ainsley. Venues include Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, Bridgewater Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin and the Bergen, Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, City of London, St Magnus, Norfolk & Norwich, Brighton, Verbier and Aix-en-Provence Festivals. As a soloist he has appeared with the Ulster Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and at the Petworth Festival with the Wiener Kammersymphonie.
Numerous radio broadcasts and high-profile appearances have earned Joseph Breinl a reputation as one of the most highly respected piano accompanists and chamber musicians of his generation. He has performed to critical acclaim at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Semperoper Dresden and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
Future engagements for Joseph include accompanying recitals with Christianne Stotijn for Oper du Rhin, Strasbourg.
Iain Burnside is a pianist who has appeared in recital with many of the world’s leading singers (“pretty much ideal” BBC Music Magazine). His recordings straddle an exuberantly eclectic repertoire from Beethoven and Schubert to the cutting edge Gramophone Award-winning NMC Songbook. Recent recordings include sets of Rachmaninoff and Medtner songs for Delphian (“the results are electrifying” Daily Telegraph).
He recently performed the three Schubert song cycles with Roderick Williams at Wigmore Hall, and returns to the hall in the 2018/19 season with his major series of Russian Song. Upcoming projects feature Rosa Feola, Ailish Tynan, Joyce DiDonato, Andrew Watts, Lawrence Brownlee, Benjamin Appl, Brett Polegato and Roderick Williams.
Away from the piano Burnside is active as a writer and broadcaster. As presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Voices he won a Sony Radio Award. His play A Soldier and a Maker, created at the Guildhall School, was performed at the Barbican Centre and Cheltenham Festival and broadcast by Radio 3 on Armistice Day (“searing” Daily Telegraph). Iain Burnside is Artistic Director of the Ludlow English Song Weekend and Artistic Consultant to Grange Park Opera.
Larissa Gergieva is Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers, General Director of the International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition and the International Lisitsian Competition, Artistic Director of the International Summer Academy (Finland), Artistic Director of the Vladikavkaz Opera and Ballet Theatre and jury member of many international competitions.
She has worked as a coach at the world’s leading opera houses, among them the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, Tokyo Opera, the Salzburg Festival and theatres in San Francisco, Florence and Paris.
Larissa Gergieva performs with renowned Mariisnky Theatre singers as well as her student soloists from the Academy at venues including Carnegie Hall, La Scala, La Monnaie (Luxemburg), the Grand Théâtre (Geneva), the Colón (Buenos Aires) and Wigmore Hall (London), as well as running regular master classes in Russian vocals in the USA, the UK, Finland, Canada, Germany, Italy, France and Japan.
Larissa Gergieva has received numerous prestigious awards and diplomas at international competitions. Larissa Gergieva has been involved in the production of Cds in the UK, Germany and Russia (Philips Classics, EMI, Harmonium and Delos).