Jinah Shim began learning the piano at the age of five and during her junior school years, she was a winner of the European Piano Teacher’s Association competition as well as the youngest finalist of the Glasgow International Piano Competition. She is currently on the Artist Diploma course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire as an Arthur Haynes Scholar, and is studying with pianist Margaret Fingerhut. In 2011, she won ‘Chandos Young Musician of the Year’ and was the first Guildhall winner of the 2011 Enescu scholarship offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute. In 2015, Jinah won 1st prize at Christopher Duke Piano Competition and won 2nd prize at Brighton’s Springboard Concerto competition, as well as being an artist for Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Award for Young Concert Artists scheme. Most recently, she won the House Concert Prize at Euregio Award International Competition for which she played a concert in Geilenkirchen, Germany. Notable past performances include Grieg’s Piano Concerto in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and directing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 at the piano. She has performed other concertos with various different orchestras, including Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at Birmingham Festival Orchestra’s inaugural concert and later this year, she will be performing Brahms Concerto No. 1 with Southampton Concert Orchestra. She has also given recitals around the UK including London’s Wigmore Hall, Steinway Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St. James’ Piccadilly Church.
Canadian violinist Natasha Hall has performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in North America, Europe and Asia. She has appeared as soloist with the Oxford Sinfonia, City Chamber Ensemble (London UK), Calgary Civic Symphony, Symphony of the Kootenays, Carnegie Mellon University Baroque Ensemble and Selkirk Youth Orchestra. Currently based in London England, Natasha performs regularly as orchestral musician with the English Chamber and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. Natasha has received numerous awards for her violin performances and is a winner of the Calgary Concerto and Morningside Music Bridge Chamber Music Competitions. She has collaborated in performance with artists such as Rohan de Silva and Andres Cardenes and has appeared on CBC TV, “The Nature of Things”, with David Suzuki. Her interest in humanitarian work has led her to raise over $25,000 through solo benefit performances for charities in Canada, the United States, Georgia and Russia. Natasha began her studies in British Columbia with Wendy Herbison, subsequently learning from William van der Sloot (Mount Royal University, Calgary AB), Andres Cardenes (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA), Patinka Kopec (Manhattan School of Music, New York NY), Pinchas Zukerman (Ottawa ON), Rodney Friend (London UK) and SoOck Kim (London UK). Natasha gratefully acknowledges Jumpstart Jr. Foundation of the Netherlands for the generous loan of the 1680 Ruggieri violin she currently plays. In her spare time, Natasha enjoys spending time in nature particularly skiing, hiking and paddle boarding, practicing yoga and meditation and studying psychology. Always passionate about learning, she is especially fascinated by the connection between music, nature, movement and mindfulness.
Patrick Davies is a dynamic and versatile musician based in London. Busy as a clarinettist in the recital hall and the concert hall, Patrick is also a highly experienced multi-instrumentalist, playing a wide range of woodwind instruments including saxophones, flutes and recorders, and stretching as far as blues harmonica and traditional Chinese bamboo flutes. His ambition is to forge a freelance career offering as much musical variety as possible. Whether in the opera pit, on the recital platform or in the recording studio, Patrick brings to his music passion, excitement, and a joy of exploration that has taken him from the classical cannon, through jazz and blues idioms to world folk traditions, improvisation, and composition. Patrick lives in London, and is currently studying for his Masters in Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where his experiences have included concerts and rehearsals with the London Symphony Orchestra, broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, a production with the Shanghai Opera House on tour, and regular orchestral, opera and chamber performances within the Guildhall School itself. Outside his studies, Patrick has recently performed with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, London Mahler Orchestra, Ilyrian Ensemble and other groups in the capital. Patrick is also a keen and dedicated teacher. Patrick grew up in Bournemouth and developed his love of music performing with a number of local ensembles, including Dorset Youth Orchestra and Bournemouth Youth Orchestra, Christchurch Recorder Consort and Corpus Christi Boys’ Choir. He studied music at the University of Manchester, from which he graduated with honours, specialising in performance and composition. Concerto appearances have included Stanford’s Clarinet Concerto with the Innovaris Orchestra, Weber’s Second Clarinet Concerto with the Bournemouth Youth Orchestra, and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Leighton Buzzard Sinfonia.
Recently awarded the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist of the Year 2018, Hong Kong-born flautist Sirius Chau is the recipient of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Postgraduate Study Award, the Drake Calleja Trust Scholar, the Kathleen Trust Scholar and the St Marylebone Educational Foundation Scholar. He received a bachelor’s degree with first-class honours from the Royal College of Music (RCM), where he continued on to study his Master of Music with Katie Bedford and Sue Thomas, supported by a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship. He was a prize winner in the III Alion Baltic International Music Competition, 2015/2016 Enkor International Music Competition and North London Music Festival. Sirius has performed at the Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, St John’s Smith Square, LSO St. Luke’s, and major venues in Hong Kong and Estonia. He has appeared on stage as a member of the English National Opera Orchestra, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, London Firebird Orchestra and Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with renowned conductors Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Nicholas Collon. Future highlights include his solo debut at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester during the 2018/19 season as part of the Manchester Mid-day Concerts Series.