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Siân Philipps made her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in July 2004 and was subsequently invited to perform at Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Symphony Hall Birmingham and in April 2006 performed for the President of Austria in the Ferstl Palace in Vienna. She has performed with conductors including Ilan Volkov, José Cura, Nicolae Moldoveanu and André de Ridder with London and Manchester orchestras.She has performed at all of the major London recital Halls including the Wigmore hall and St. John's Smith Square in 2006.

Siân began to learn the violin aged 5, soon gaining a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School and taking part in masterclasses with Lord Menuhin, Felix Andrievsky and Sidney Griller. A scholar at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama she concluded her studies with Zakhar Bron in Germany. She has won many national and international prizes, including the Ian Fleming, Emily English, John Lill and Ryan Davies awards and the Blue Riband at the Eisteddfod of Wales.

Siân is a keen chamber musician, playing regularly with Adrian Brendel and in Vienna with Ensemble 20th Century, with whom she recently toured Taiwan. She plays a Stradavarius violin made in 1699.

You can find out more about Siân from her website at

Philip Smith is a pianist who thrives on variety. He gives solo and chamber recitals, concerto performances and concerts in various styles with the distinguished percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Recent concerto performances have taken place with the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder and the Philharmonic Orchestras of Strasbourg and Duisburg.

Recordings include Liszt's complete "Soirées de Vienne" (Meridian) and several CDs with Dame Evelyn Glennie. The most recent with Evelyn also includes saxophonist John Harle in music by Dave Heath. In 2000 Philip Smith and clarinettist Bernhard Röthlisberger began their duo partnership with concerts in Switzerland and the UK. They went on to make a CD of the clarinet sonatas by Brahms and his pupil Gustav Jenner.

Since the new millennium highlights have included a series of six Mozart concertos in Colchester and tours to Italy, Germany, Norway, Iceland, Korea and Japan. In 2008 he gave a recital and masterclass at the Chetham’s International Summer School for Pianists in Manchester. Philip also enjoys performing aboard ship on classical music cruises.

Philip has had a very long association with St Botolphs Music Society first performing Saint-Saens 1st cello concerto there when he was 13. He has been a regular performer ever since and you can learn more about him from his website at

Noriko Ogawa has achieved considerable renown throughout the world since her success at the 1987 Leeds International Piano Competition. Accoring to the Telegraph, her ‘ravishingly poetic playing’ sets her apart from her contemporaries and acclaim for her complete Debussy series with BIS Records confirms her as a fine Debussy specialist.

She appears with all the major UK, European, Japanese and US orchestras and is also renowned as a recitalist and chamber musician.

Since 1997, Noriko has been an exclusive recording artist for BIS Records and as an adjudicator she regularly judges the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, Honens International Piano Competition and the Scottish International Piano Competition.

In Japan Ogawa acts as artistic advisor to the MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall ( in her hometown. In 1999, the Japanese Ministry of Education awarded her their Art Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cultural profile of Japan throughout the world and she has also been awarded the Okura Prize for her outstanding contribution to music in Japan.

You can find out more about Noriko from her website at