Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival 2014 Artists

The Sixteen


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Now in its 35th year, The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen’s total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. A special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance.


Guy Johnston


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Guy Johnston is one of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation. He went on to achieve important early success through the ‘BBC Young Musician of the Year’ title, the Guilhermina Suggia Gift, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award and he was a recipient of a ‘Classical Brit’ Award.


Aronowitz Ensemble

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The Aronowitz Ensemble was formed out of the desire of seven outstanding young international artists to explore and perform chamber music together in the highly adaptable combination of string sextet and piano.


Navarra Quartet


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Since its formation in 2002, the Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. Selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) from 2006 to 2010, they have been awarded the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti- Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a Musica Viva tour and prizes at the Banff, Melbourne and Florence International String Quartet Competitions.


Hugo Ticciati


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Hugo Ticciati embraces the world of contemporary music, collaborating with  composers such as Sven-David Sandström, Albert Schnelzer, Anders Hillborg,  Djuro Zivkovic, Leonardo Coral, Andrea Tarrodi, Tobias Broström, Thomas  Jennefelt, Sergey N. Evtushenko and Esaias Järnegard.


Göran Fröst

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Göran has performed as soloist and chamber musician in most European countries and Japan. During his career he has collaborated with artists such as Nobuko Imai, Christian Poltera, Antje Withaas and Maxim Rysanov. As a member of Kammarensemblen – Sweden’s leading ensemble for contemporary music – he is a keen interpreter of the modern repertoire and has had many pieces written for him.


Adi Tal


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Born in Israel in 1986, Adi began her cello studies at the age of seven with Hillel Zori. She has performed in Master Classes presented by Steven Isserlis, Bernard Greenhouse, Lynn Harrell, Boris Pergamenschikov, Janos Starker and Natalia Gutman.


Ruby Hughes


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Winner of both First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 Handel Singing Competition, Ruby Hughes was a BBC New Generation Artist between 2011 and 2013 and studied at the Royal College of Music, making her debut at the Theater an der Wien.


Tom Poster


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Born in 1981, Tom Poster studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at King’s College, Cambridge, where he gained a Double First in Music.


Ana-Maria Vera


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Ana-Maria Vera, an American pianist of Dutch-Bolivian origin, began her musical studies with her mother at the age of three, made her professional debut when she was eight and has been performing across the globe ever since.


Samuel West


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Born in London in 1966, Samuel West is the son of actors. West began acting as a child, and gave one of his most memorable performances in 1992, as Leonard Bast in the film Howards End. He went on to land several prominent movie roles, including parts in 1999’s Notting Hill and 2004’s Van Helsing.

Mark Simpson


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Mark won the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006 title playing Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto with the Northern Sinfonia and Yan Pascal Tortelier at The Sage Gateshead. In the same year, Mark was also the winner of the BBC Young Composer of the Year competition, becoming the only person in history to have ever won both competitions.

Tom Hankey


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Tom Hankey studied the violin with David Takeno, Krzyzstof Smietana, Levon Chilingirian and Yossi Zivoni. He studied at the Purcell School, the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.

Nadia Wijzenbeek


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Dutch violinist Nadia Wijzenbeek enjoys a career as a concertmaster, soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She made concerto debuts in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Royal Albert Hall with the Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

The Musicale Young Artists’ Chamber Orchestra


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The Musicale Young Artists’ Chamber Orchestra is drawn from the most senior players in the Musicale Young Artists’ Symphony Orchestra. Directed by Gonzalo Acosta and Conducted by David Johnston.

Future Talent


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Future Talent is a very special charity that gives financial support and guidance to young musicians aged between 5 and 18 who are clearly demonstrating outstanding musical ability or potential, but for whatever reason do not have the financial means to reach their goal.


Nicholas Daniel


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Nicholas Daniel’s long and distinguished career began when, at the age of 18,  he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and went on to win further competitions in Europe.


Jack Liebeck


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Born in London in 1980, Jack Liebeck is established as one of the most compelling young violinists on the concert platform.


Claire Barnett-Jones


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British Mezzo Soprano, Claire Barnett-Jones is currently furthering her studies on the Preparatory Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music with Sarah Walker and Mary Hill after completing her BMus at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012, studying with Louise Crane.


Gwilym Bowen


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Born in Hereford, Gwilym Bowen is a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, having graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2011 with a double First class degree in Music.


Tristan Hambleton


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Bass-Baritone Tristan Hambleton studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music under Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland. An alumnus of St John’s College Cambridge, where he studied History of Art, Tristan took a scholarship to Heidelberg Universität where he pursued studies in Music and German.

Hertfordshire Chorus

Hertfordshire Chorus

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Hertfordshire Chorus, directed by David Temple, is one of the finest large choirs in the country, with 130 members of all ages from across Hertfordshire, surrounding counties and London. We offer a high standard of music in a fun and friendly atmosphere.