Tom Poster studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at King’s College, Cambridge. He won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition 2007 and the keyboard sections of the Royal Over-Seas League and BBC Young Musician of the Year Competitions in 2000.
Tom has performed concertos ranging from Bach to Ligeti with Aurora Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, China National Symphony, Hallé, Royal Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He features regularly on BBC Radio 3 as soloist and chamber musician, and has appeared several
times at the BBC Proms.
He has given solo recitals throughout the UK, as well as in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Tom enjoys duo partnerships with Alison Balsom, Guy Johnston and Jennifer Pike. As pianist of the Aronowitz Ensemble (former BBC New Generation Artists), he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Aldeburgh, Bath and Cheltenham Festivals.
Tom has recorded for EMI, Chandos and Sonimage, and his debut solo CD, In Dance and Song, was released on Champs Hill Records in 2014.
Huw Watkins was born in Wales in 1976. He studied piano with Peter Lawson at Chetham’s School of Music and composition with Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr and Julian Anderson at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music.
In 2001 he was awarded the Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, where he now teaches composition.
As a pianist, Huw Watkins is in great demand with orchestras and festivals including the London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, the BBC orchestras and Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals.
A favourite partner for chamber collaborations, Huw Watkins performs regularly with his brother Paul Watkins, as well as Alina Ibragimova, James Gilchrist, Daniel Hope, Nicholas Daniel, Sebastian Manz, Mark Padmore, Carolyn Sampson, and Alexandra Wood.
Huw Watkins is one of Britain’s foremost composers and his music has been performed throughout Europe and North America. He is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, both as a performer and as a composer. Most recently, NMC Records have released a disc dedicated to Huw Watkins’ work entitled "In my craft of sullen art"
Alison Rhind is recognised as one of the leading collaborative pianists specialising in the repertoire for piano and strings.
Her ability to accompany was recognised and nurtured at an early age whilst still at Chetham’s School of Music and she became increasingly in demand throughout her time at Oxford University where she read Music at Wadham College, completing her studies with Edith Vogel at the Guildhall School of Music.
Alison worked at Chetham's and then at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and now holds a post as Coach for the String Department of the Royal College of Music, which she combines with freelance recital work.
She has coached many young instrumentalists with whom she has since forged notable recital partnerships particularly the violinists Alina Ibragimova and Nicola Benedetti with whom she toured the USA and Japan.
She lives in Surrey with her three children.
Mana Oguchi was born in Sapporo, Japan, 1984 and has been studying the piano since the age of 3.
In 2007 she graduated top of her year from the State Academy of Fine Arts and Music Tokyo.
She went on to study piano at the Conservatory of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover (HMTMH). She completed the 'Artistic Education' course in 2009 and between 2009 and 2013 she studied for her master’s degree, including Chamber Music, with Professor Markus Becker.
In 2007 She received a scholarship from the YAMAHA foundation, and from 2009-2011 from the DAAD foundation.
She has recently become the accompanist of the class of Professor Leonid Gorokhov at HMTMH.
Mana is highly valued as both a soloist and chamber musician and has performed in Japan and throughout Europe.
As a soloist she has played with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Wernigerode and the Festival Orchestra concert of the International Concert Society Bodensee. Mana has appeared in the Budapest Fruhlings Festival in Hungary and for the last 3 years she has performed at the Chamber Music Festival of HMTMH.