Paul Cibis Philip Sharp Suling King Robert Hunter
Educated in Hanover, Berlin and London, Paul has performed on five continents and established an international presence. He has been invited to international festivals in the UK, Germany, USA, South Africa, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to his many concert appearances, he has been featured in radio and television programs around the world, including the BBC, WDR, 3Sat, ORB, HR, RTHK, and CCTV. Following his interest in presenting classical music in unique and inovative ways, Paul has co-developed the PIANO BATTLE concert show which has been performed at various festivals in Europe and Asia. Its success has led to further invitations in China, Taiwan, USA, Italy, Germany and the UK, including festivals such as the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Klavierfestival Ruhr and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Paul has also been involved in various film projects. He penned the music scores for several short films, and was the initiator and music supervisor of the international award-winning documentary PIANOMANIA. A committed pedagogue, Paul has taught at Trinity College of Music in London and frequently gives master classes in Germany, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. Paul has been playing for the Oxford Cello School since 2005. www.paulcibis.com
Pianist and composer, Pavel Timofeyevsky, is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most exciting and compelling artists of his generation. Born in Russia and educated in England, Pavel graduated with distinction as Master of Arts from the Royal Academy of Music, London. Solo and chamber music recitals, as well as concerto performances with orchestras has brought him to nearly all major concert venues in UK; these include the prestigious Wigmore Hall, as well as the Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London. Concert tours, along with television and radio appearances in other parts of the world include the USA, Russia, China, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Latvia, Greece, Cyprus and India. Pavel is the recipient of several prestigious British music awards, scholarships and national competition prizes: these include the Musicians Benevolent Fund Award, the 2007 Myra Hess Award, and the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship for piano, as well as winning the BBC/Guardian Young Composer of the Year award for composition. Having made London his home and professional stomping ground, Pavel is highly sought after as a solo performer and a chamber music partner, collaborating with some of world's finest musicians. A keen and eloquent speaker, Pavel enjoys giving lecture- recitals and has his own regular lecture-concert series for the Kensington Music Society. As a prominent member of the Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now scheme, Pavel gave concerts, and led workshops in a variety of community venues across the United Kingdom: these included hospitals, prisons and schools for children with learning and behavioural difficulties. Additionally, Pavel directs a West London Music School Symphony Orchestra. In July 2014, under his baton, the orchestra has performed a world premier of Pavel's orchestral composition at the Cadogan Hall ,London. Pavel's passion for film has led him to work in that field too. He recorded the soundtrack and starred in the US documentary "Tchaikovsky" (US Bioghraphy channel) and has composed music for several films, including the critically acclaimed "Le fin de la belle époque"documentary for Russian television. Most recently he created a soundtrack for Russia's oldest Animated film studio "Souyzmultfilm". A fervent advocate of contemporary music, Pavel has given many premieres of fellow composers works and has recorded an album called "ISLAS" of chamber music by cult British composer Ian Stewart for the music-chamber label in 2011. He continued this collaboration with music-chamber by recording an album of works for viola and piano with violist Katya Lazareva, which was released in 2014. 2014-2015 season highlights included Pavel making his US and Italian debuts with solo recitals at the prestigious Merkin Concert Hall in New York, and Basicila San Miniato Al Monte in Florence respectively. In March 2015, Pavel joined violinist Irmina Trynkos on a two week concert tour of China. Other highlights included a highly successful collaboration with the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra in performance of Ravel's piano concerto and a debut performance at the Latvian Music Academy in Riga, Latvia. Highly sought after as a soloist and chamber music partner, Pavel continues to collaborate with orchestras and to tour extensively with recitals across the UK and abroad, making regular appearances on the British music festival scene. Concerts next season include recital tours of Switzerland, Kenya and South Africa as well as return to the USA.
Philip currently studies with Murray Mclachlan on the Joint Course at the RNCM and Manchester University. As a soloist Philip has appeared as a soloist at the Bath Young Artists Recital Trust, The Queen's Hall Edinburgh and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Philip has had lessons with eminent pianists including Peter Donohoe, Leslie Howard, Leon McCawley and has performed for many others including David Wilde and Bryce Morrison. Since studying at Chetham's School of Music, Philip has studied some of the major works in the piano literature including Pictures at an Exhibition, Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto and Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto. Concerto performances include Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto with the Chester Philharmonic. Competition success includes prizes at the EPTA UK Piano Competition, first place in the Chetham's 2010 Yamaha Piano Competition and a second prize in the 21 and under category in the Rome International Piano Competition.
Suling King specialised in Piano at the Purcell School of Music with James Gibb from 2002-2004, and Studied with Tessa Nicholson at the Royal Academy of Music. She's also gained a Bachelor of Music from King's College London, specialising in piano performance. Suling regularly accompanies musicians at the London Colleges and the European Union Youth Orchestra. She's also one half of Dionysus Duo with oboist Caroline Adie. Suling (also previously a cello student at OCS!) has been a member of staff at Oxford Cello School since 2013.
Robert Hunter has performed across the UK and Ireland including in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Nottingham, Bristol and Dublin. Major London concert venues have included St. Johns Smith Square, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Blackheath Concert Halls and St. Martin-In-The-Fields. Concerto performances have included Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no.2 with London's Aurelian Ensemble, Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, Mozart's Piano Concerto No.21 in C major and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. He also appears frequently as a guest pianist aboard many P&O and Cunard cruise ships giving series of solo recitals. In April 2010 he was invited to perform on the maiden voyage of P&O's newest superliner Azura.0. In 2002 Robert performed with Opera Etcetera as a part of the Opera Holland Park festival in London exploring rare instrumental music by operatic composers. His performance of Donizetti's first sonata at this concert was released on CD and later broadcast on Classic FM. In 2006 Robert embarked on a tour of the UK and Ireland performing solo and chamber music with the Botton Eurhythmy Ensemble. During this tour he gave over 30 performances in 16 different venues. Robert Hunter grew up in Taunton, Somerset, where he started to play the piano at the age of ten. He graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2000 and has since been in demand as a solo pianist, accompanist and chamber musician. He currently holds the posts of Head of Piano at Forest School, East London, and teacher of piano and chamber music at Junior Trinity College of Music, London.