James Lisney enjoys a rich musical life, moving seamlessly from concerto and recital soloist to chamber musician, song accompanist and pianist director. Initiatives, such as his Schubertreise series at London`s South Bank Centre, his extensive Beethoven Project or the recording company Woodhouse Editions, provide a platform for his wide-ranging musical sympathies.
Following study with Jean Murphy, Phyllis Sellick and John Barstow, James Lisney made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1986. Early representation by the Young Concert Artists Trust in London lead to a career that has taken him to many prestigious venues and gained invitations to appear with major orchestras. Recent seasons have seen him host residencies at Carnegie Hall, New York and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In 2012 he made his solo debuts at Bozar, Brussels and the Leipzig Gewandhaus and presented three major premieres of works by the Dutch composer Jan Vriend.
James Lisney`s repertoire ranges from baroque masterpieces to music of the present day. In the past decade, the music of Schubert and Beethoven have been a central pre-occupation (in performance and in recordings) and he regularly presents cycles of the piano sonatas and relevant chamber music. His recordings (on Naxos, Bis, Somm, Olympia and Carlton) have gained the highest recommendations.
James Lisney has a deep involvement with music education and has given master classes throughout the United Kingdom and in Romania, Ireland, France and the United States.
Christine Stevenson enjoys a distinguished career as a piano recitalist and concerto soloist. Winner of the prestigious Dom Polski Chopin competition, her wide experience extends from making the premiere recording of Alkan’s Rondo Brillant with members of the London Mozart Players, to being the pianist on the soundtrack of three animated films featuring the 2012 Olympic Mascots. Recent highlights have included recitals in France and in the UK featuring Russian repertoire, including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, recording sessions at London’s Abbey Road Studios, and programmes based on music for four hands at one or two pianos – Twenty Digits. In 2017 Christine’s solo programmes will celebrate Preludes – from Bach to Kapustin; chamber music will include the rarely performed piano trio by Clara Schumann.
Christine’s blog, Notes from a Pianist, covers a wide range of piano-related topics. Recent series include Nocturnes – A Little Night Music, The French Connection – An A-Z of music by Debussy, and Death in Venice – with posts about Wagner, Stravinsky and Britten. Her recording of Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage - II- Italie received excellent reviews and is available on CD and on iTunes.
An inspiring communicator, Christine is on the staff of the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music in London, as well as having been invited to give masterclasses at Morley College, Jackdaws, Hindhead, the City Lit, for the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association and for the London Piano Circle. She studied with pupils of Cortot, of Nadia Boulanger and of Michelangeli, and with the celebrated English pianist, Ronald Smith, also participating in masterclasses given by Sergei Dorensky, Aldo Ciccolini and Vlado Perlemuter. www.christinestevenson.net
Karl Lutchmayer enjoys a career as both a pianist and lecturer and has given recitals and concertos throughout the world, working with conductors including Lorin Maazel and Sir Andrew Davis. He has broadcast on BBC Radio3 and Classic FM, and his regular recital series at the Warehouse has been received with critical acclaim.
A regular chamber performer, particularly with his own ensemble, Dialogos, he is also a passionate advocate of contemporary music, and has given numerous premieres and had many works written for him.
His research interests include the piano music and pianism of Busoni, The Creative Transcription Network and the history of piano recital programming.
He currently teaches on the Bmus and Mmus courses at Trinity College of Music, and is a regular guest lecturer at the Manhattan and Julliard Schools in New York, and at the Wigmore Hall. www.karllutchmayer.com
Graham Fitch maintains an international reputation as a pianist, teacher, adjudicator and writer. Graham is a regular writer for Pianist Magazine, and has several video demonstrations on the magazine’s YouTube channel. He has recently published an ebook based on his popular blog, www.practisingthepiano.com, and has just launched an online resource for pianists and piano teachers, the Online Academy. Graham teaches privately in London, and counts among his long-term students Daniel Grimwood and James Baillieu, with many others active in the profession. In addition to teaching talented youngsters, tertiary level piano students and working with piano teachers, Graham is very interested in helping amateur pianists develop their playing. Graham is a principal tutor on The Piano Teachers’ Course (EPTA) UK, and is also a tutor at the Summer School for Pianists at Walsall, and gives weekend courses at Jackdaws. Graham also gives regular workshops and classes across the UK.
Her innovative programmes have “reinvigorated chamber music” (The Times) and her work in this area was recognised by the Royal Philharmonic Society when Sound Bites was nominated alongside Glyndebourne Opera and BCMG for the prestigious Audience Development Award.
Her reputation in the world of chamber music is wide and various; she has curated concerts at numerous venues and has performed twentieth century and contemporary repertoire throughout the world. This year, she will be touring her latest cross-genre programme Mr James’ Garden throughout Mexico and the UK, beginning with a premiere at the Henley Festival in the summer.
Ann studied at the Royal College of Music with Phyllis Sellick, where she won the College’s premier piano prize, the Chappell Gold Medal. A series of awards led to a South Bank debut at the Purcell Room and she subsequently won scholarships to study with Arie Vardi in Hanover and Gyorgy Sebok in Canada.
It was at this time that Ann played to the polish composer Witold Lutoslawski and her disc of his solo piano and chamber works received international acclaim. This disc, described as “beautiful and exquisite” by BBC Music Magazine, is to be re-released on the Nimbus label this year.
In addition to her international recital work, Ann has a wealth of educational experience, not just in master-class environments, but also in state-funded and music in the community programmes. Ann is much in demand as an adjudicator is also a member of the examiners panel for the Associated Board.
“A distinguished scholar and pianist” Gramophone Magazine