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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 one of Britain’s most versatile pianists. He gives solo, chamber and concerto performances, and for 30 years he has performed regularly with Dame Evelyn Glennie. After their 1989 BBC Proms recital début they appeared at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Hollywood Bowl. They have played in the presence of royalty and heads of state in several countries and their critically acclaimed New York recital début took place at the Lincoln Center in 1998. They appeared again at the BBC Proms in 2015, and a short film about their collaboration was shown on BBC2 as part of ‘Proms Extra’.

As a soloist Philip has performed all of the 50 plus concertos in his repertoire and has played live and broadcast on 5 continents. In the UK he has appeared with the Hallé, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, London Philharmonic and English Chamber Orchestras. He has performed the cycle of Beethoven concertos 5 times, and he also enjoyed playing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Recordings include Liszt’s complete “Soirées de Vienne” for solo piano, several CDs with Dame Evelyn Glennie, and other chamber music. Philip appears at international Summer schools and festivals and he teaches in London. He enjoys duos with his pianist partner Noriko Ogawa in Japan and the UK, and they share a home with their cat, Sox. 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