NIKA GORIC

Born in Slovenia in 1990, Nika studied at the Ballet and Music School in Maribor, the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, and the Royal Academy of Music where she is completing her studies with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp on the Opera Course.   She was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2016.
This summer Nika joined Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project, taking part in  a new production of The Fairy Queen and in masterclasses with Thomas Hampson and Ann Murray.  Over the last year she has performed in a production of Handel’s Messiah with Opera National de Bordeaux and sung the roles of Susanna (Marriage of FIgaro) and Fortuna and Pallade (L'incoronazione di Poppea) with RAO.

During the 2016/17 season Nika takes the roles Norina (Don Pasquale) with Slovene National Theatre and Eurydice (Offenbach’s Orfeo and Eurydice) with RAO.  She gives recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival and at Wigmore Hall.
Previous concert appearances include the Klavier Festival Ruhr with Graham Johnson, Kioi Hall (Tokyo) and the Festival Maribor with Richard Tognetti.

Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, baritone GARETH BRYNMOR JOHN studied at St John’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music where, in his final year, he won the Royal Academy of Music Patrons’ Award. He recently studied at the National Opera Studio where he was supported by the Royal Opera House, Richard Carne Trust, and Chris Ball. He will make his debut with Welsh National Opera singing Schaunard (La Bohème) in Spring 2017.

Gareth has performed extensively on the concert platform, including with a number of the UK’s leading orchestras and ensembles including The Philharmonia, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players. Highlights include Elijah with the Really Big Chorus at Birmingham Town Hall; Carmina Burana with the Bach Choir at the Royal Festival Hall, and with Hertfordshire Chorus at the Barbican; Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall; Faure’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall; Dream of Gerontius with the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus; Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions; Handel’s Judas Maccabeus and Alexander’s Feast; Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony; Rachmaninoff The Bells; and Britten’s War Requiem at Guildford and Chichester Cathedrals. Gareth is part of the Songsmiths, and regularly sings in the London English Song Festival. He has also given recitals at St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Barber Institute, King’s Place, King’s Lynn Festival, North Norfolk Music Festival, Haddo Festival, Buxton Festival and Leeds Lieder. His recording of Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen with Trevor Pinnock was recently released by Linn Records.

 Peter Sheppard Skærved is the dedicatee of well over 200 works for solo violin, by composers    such as George Rochberg, Judith Weir, Michael Finnissy, and Hans Werner Henze. He regularly    appears as soloists in over 30 countries. His discography is extensive, ranging from cycles of  sonatas by Beethoven and Telemann, the complete quartets of David Matthews, Michael Tippett,  and cycles of concerti from Haydn to Henze.    

He has won awards from the BBC Music Magazine, been nominated for a Gramophone Award, as well as a GRAMMY for a concerto recording in 2007. He records for NMC, Chandos, Naxos, Metier and Toccata. Director of an acclaimed series of concerts at Wiltons Music Hall in London, Peter Sheppard Skærved is the founder and leader of the Kreutzer Quartet and the Munich-based Ensemble Triolog. He regularly appears as director and soloist with ensembles such as the Zagreb Soloists and Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen.

Peter Sheppard Skærved is the only British violinist to have been invited to play on Paganini’s violin il Cannone more than once (five times in particular) and he regularly gives recitals on the prestigious collection of historic instruments at the Library of Congress, Washington. He is also acclaimed for his collaborative work with museums, working regularly with the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum and   worldwide. He plays on a 1698 Stradivari owned by Joseph Joachim from the collections of the Royal Academy of Music, where he is the Fellow of Performance Studies.