Lithuanian Pianist, Chamber Musician and Educator with repertoire ranging from Early Baroque to late 20th and early 21st century music in all Solo, Chamber Music and Orchestral setups. His particular interests and native musical voice is in the music of those by Haydn, Chopin and Debussy. Ugnius has won numerous awards, including RNCM Gold Medal, the Schubert and Mark Ray Prizes, the Recital Prize and a prize at the International Amy Brant Piano Competition in Birmingham Most recently, Ugnius was awarded with the Silver Medal Award for excellence in performances by the Worshipful Musicians Company UK, as well as PDG Young Artist award from Music Making UK for 2018-2020, including various scholarships and bursaries to support his further career in Classical Music by the North West Music Trust.
As a soloist Ugnius played with the BBC Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra. He has given solo and chamber music recitals in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and all the
Baltic states performing in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Lithuanian National Philharmonic, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and many more.
American born violist Rosamund Hawkins started viola at the age of 7 to complete her family string quartet in New Hampshire. She trained at the Walnut Hill School and New England Conservatory Preparatory programme before moving to the UK for her Bachelor’s at the Royal Northern College of Music with Louise Lansdown, Vicci Wardman and Garth Knox. With chamber ensembles, Rosamund has performed at many festivals including Foulger International Festival, Dada Fest, Llandeilo Festival and Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, and on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune series. She has also enjoyed working with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and recently was guest principal violist of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra with Artistic Director John Storgards.
Originally from Thirsk in North Yorkshire, Oliver Baily is a graduate of the RNCM where he was taught by Ben Holland. Whilst at the RNCM he won the Helen Porthouse Paganini Prize and the Emmanuel Prize. For Oliver, being able to explore the treasure trove of chamber music repertoire with other people has always been a joy and a privilege. He is a founding member and 1st violinist of the Treske Ensemble, with whom he has performed at numerous UK festivals which include the Ryedale Festival and Llandeilo Festival of Music. In the Spring of 2021 they will be recording new music by Edward Cowie for Divine Arts record label, collaborating with the Dante Quartet.
In recent years Oliver has given soloperformances across the UK, including a recital at the Northern Aldborough Festival, and he regularly freelances with orchestras and ensembles across the North of England. He has previously joined the Chamber Orchestra of Europe on tour in Salzburg. In his spare time Oliver enjoys the swashbuckler films of Errol Flynn and is an avid darts player.
Lithuanian cellist Gunda Baranauskaite completed her Master's degree at the Lithuanian Music & Theater Academy Edmundas Kulikauskas' cello class in 2016 while working at the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. Later she moved to the UK to continue her studies with Nicholas Jones at the Royal Northern College of Music and graduated with Distinction in 2018. Gunda is a passionate chamber musician with a particular interest in contemporary music. She performed 'Sleep On' By Anthony Turnage at the Wigmore Hall and premiered a cello and saxophone duo by Eldad Diamant at the Southbank centre in 2018 as well as participated in contemporary music festivals around Europe with ensemble Synaesthesis of which she was a member during 2016-2020.
Since her move Gunda has already had the privilege to work with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic with which under the baton of John Storgards she had her debut at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in 2019.
Glaswegian violist Christine Anderson completed her Masters degree at the Royal College of Music, studying with Simon Rowland-Jones and graduating with distinction in 2014.
Christine enjoys a varied career as an orchestral and chamber musician. She
joined the viola section of the Hallé in 2016, and also freelances with many of the
UK's orchestras; recently, she has particularly enjoyed touring as guest principal viola with Scottish Ballet, in their productions of "The Crucible" and “The Snow Queen”. As a member of the award-winning Aurea Quartet, Christine has performed throughout the UK and Europe. She is co-principal viola of the United Strings of Europe, with whom she regularly tours in Europe and the Middle East. The ensemble recorded their debut album, ‘Something to Tell You’, last year. She is also involved with Her Ensemble, the UK’s first all-womxn string orchestra.
William started his musical journey at the age of 8 through his local music service in Solihull.
He has now recently embarked upon his professional career as a freelance chamber and orchestral violinist after having completed 6 years of study at the Royal Northern College of Music. There, under the tutelage of Pavel Fischer, he has most recently completed his masters with distinction. At the college William gained much orchestral experience through
professional schemes with the Manchester Camerata and the BBC Philharmonic, as well as leading many of the RNCM’s ensembles including the symphony, opera, and chamber
orchestras. William now works professionally with several of the UK’s professional orchestras but also enjoys playing as first violinist in the Anella Quartet, winners of the Hirsch, Nossek and Weill prizes.
Louis Baily has recently finished studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London where he gained a first class masters degree in Cello performance. He has regularly played in masterclasses with world class cellists and in open rehearsals with the London Symphony Orchestra. He freelances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and has worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of their Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme. Louis was recently invited to perform for the Dorset Opera in their summer festival performances of Verdi’s Nabucco and Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor. In 2016, Louis made his concerto debut with the Vacation Chamber Orchestra, playing Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in B flat. Recently he has gained experience at Abbey Road Studios, London recording new compositions for string quartet to accompany silent films.Louis plays a 2015 cello made by Jan Bobak.
Lithuanian born violinist, Rūta began her violin journey at the age of 6. As soon as she was accepted into Juozas Naujalis Music School in Kaunas, she proclaimed to her parents - I will become a violinist! At the age of 14, she moved to the UK to study under Carmel Kaine and Sam Maison at the Junior Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She moved onto the senior school at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where, for her undergraduate studies, she studied under Simon Smith and Pavel Fischer. She completed her master’s degree at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire specialising in orchestral performance. During her time as a postgraduate student, she successfully auditioned for a place on the Erasmus+ programme, where she had the opportunity study at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts, in professor’s Jan Pospichal’s violin class.
Nate Chivers (b. 1992) is a Composer & Guitarist from Western Massachusetts based in Manchester. He is currently a PhD research student in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. His music has been performed in the UK, USA, France and China and has been featured on BBC Radio 3. Nate has worked with and been commissioned by PRiSM, the Mother Tongue Other Tongue with Psaphha, the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Kinetic MCR, amongst others. He has also participated with the Composing for Scheme run by Psappha ensemble. As a guitarist he has performed in various projects and ensembles, as well as a solo act. He is also an arranger and guitarist with the Manchester Video Game Orchestra.
Eldad Diamant is a Manchester based composer, sound designer and theatre practitioner. Previous work includes The Dawns Here are Quiet (B.Vasilyev, Beit Zvi), Be Thyself (S.Wolfish, Gesher Theatre), No Exit (J.P.Sartre, SB Centre), Welcome to Thebes (M.Buffini, HOME MCR), MDRS (H.J.Syberberg/A.Chekhov, RNCM) & Fivestones (J.Drigues, RNCM).