Raphael Wallfisch
Raphael Wallfisch is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage. He was born in London into a family of distinguished musicians, his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and his father the pianist Peter Wallfisch. At an early age, Raphael was greatly inspired by hearing Zara Nelsova play, and, guided by a succession of fine teachers including Amaryllis Fleming, Amadeo Baldovino and Derek Simpson, it became apparent that the cello was to be his life's work. While studying with the great Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky in California, he was chosen to perform chamber music with Jascha Heifetz in the informal recitals that Piatigorsky held at his home. At the age of twenty-four he won the Gaspar Cassadó International Cello Competition in Florence. Since then he has enjoyed a world-wide career playing with such orchestras as the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Symphony, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and many others. He is regularly invited to play at major festivals such as the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Spoleto, Prades, Oslo and Schleswig Holstein. Teaching is one of Raphael's passions. He is in demand as a teacher all over the world and holds the position of professor of cello in Switzerland at the Zürich Hochschule der Kunst. Raphael has recorded nearly every major work for his instrument. His extensive discography on EMI, Chandos, Black Box, ASV, Naxos and Nimbus explores both the mainstream concerto repertoire and countless lesser-known works by Dohnanyi, Respighi, Barber, Hindemith and Martinu, as well as Richard Strauss, Dvorak, Kabalevsky and Khachaturian. He has recorded a wide range of British cello concertos, including works by MacMillan, Finzi, Delius, Bax, Bliss, Britten, Moeran and Kenneth Leighton. For the Chandos Walton Edition he was privileged to record the composer's Cello Concerto, originally written for his master, Piatigorsky. Britain's leading composers have worked closely with Raphael, many having written works especially for him. These include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kenneth Leighton, James MacMillan, John Metcalf, Paul Patterson, Robert Simpson, Robert Saxton, Roger Smalley, Giles Swayne, John Tavener and Adrian Williams. Alongside his solo career, Raphael has a long-standing and distinguished duo with pianist John York. With a rich history of many international recital tours and numerous recordings, the duo looks forward to celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2017. Raphael also greatly enjoys touring with his very successful piano trio - Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch - which he and his colleagues Hagai Shaham (violin) and Arnon Erez (piano) founded in 2009. Four recordings have been released so far, each receiving the highest critical acclaim. Raphael plays a 1760 Gennaro Gagliano, the 1733 Montagnana "Ex-Romberg" and an exquisite modern cello built for Raphael by Patrick Robin.

Catherine Ardagh-Walter
Catherine Ardagh-Walter was born in Winchester, Hampshire and commenced 'cello studies at the age of seven. After studying with Eileen Croxford, Philip de Groote and Amaryllis Fleming, she graduated from the Royal College of Music in 1989 with the Performers' Diploma and major prizes and went on to perform throughout England as a duo-recitalist with the pianist, Emily Jeffrey. Performances included a series of recitals at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, live broadcasts on Classic FM and a debut recital at the Purcell Room. Catherine took up her post as 'cellist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1995 and in addition to her work with the orchestra she has a busy schedule of teaching and Chamber Music Performing. She is a cello tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire, and has appeared with the Birmingham Ensemble and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. She regularly plays as part of the CBSO's 'Centrestage' Chamber series and has enjoyed working with artists such as Akiko Suwanai, Paul Lewis, Truls Mork, Peter Donohoe, Christian Tetzlaff and Baibe Skride. Catherine has two small boys who keep her laughing and plays on an Italian cello made in 1560 by Gaspar da Salo.

Leandro Silvera
Leandro Silvera is Head of Chamber Music and cello tutor at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, and Head of Strings at King's College School, Wimbledon. He is a passionate believer in educating young musicians through orchestral experience and chamber music, and as well as regularly coaching chamber groups of highly gifted young musicians, he conducts orchestras at Pro Corda, the NSSO, King's College School and the NCO. He also works with talented young cellists every year at the summer course that he founded with Hannah Roberts in 2005. He was born in Argentina, and after graduating from Buenos Aires Conservatoire he won a British Council scholarship to study with Eduardo Vassallo and Hannah Roberts at the Royal Northern College of Music. Between 2000 and 2005 Leandro taught cello and chamber music at Chetham's School of Music, and completed his postgraduate studies at the RNCM. He has given cello masterclasses for European String Teachers' Association, the London Cello Society and the Oxford Cello School, and worked at Bowdoin Summer Music Festival (USA) as Performing Assistant to Steven Doane. Leandro has worked as a cellist with the King's Piano Trio and several orchestras, including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English National Opera, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra. www.leandrosilvera.co.uk "Formidable musicianship, an engaging mixture of humour and latin charm and a genuine talent for communicating with each pupil at their own level - an illuminating and entertaining masterclass" European String Teachers' Association.

Corinne Morris
Described as 'a triumphant assertion' by Classical Music Magazine, Corinne Morris's relaunch album 'Macedonian Sessions' recorded with the Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra, marked the British/French cellist's return to the platform after a debilitating shoulder injury brought her career to a halt for over 5 years. Corinne has a long list of professional accomplishments, including being a prizewinner of the Maria Canals International Cello Competition in Spain, and the International French Music Competition in France. Corinne was chosen by Rostropovich to perform at his festival in Evian (where he affectionately nicknamed her Corinotchka). She was also invited to perform and take part in the world-famous Verbier Academy in Switzerland, as well as the international Cello festival in Kronberg in Germany. Corinne has performed throughout Europe and beyond, including chamber music performances with Schlomo Mintz at the Jerusalem Conservatory. She has made several recordings for France Musique, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany) and ORF (Austria). Her BBC debut recital was broadcast on Radio 3, and she is on the list of solo artists for Radio 3 programmes. Corinne started the cello at the age of 8 and was a student of Raphael Sommer, a major disciple of Paul Tortelier. At age 16, she obtained an ARCM with honours (Royal College of Music, London) and continued her training at the prestigious Conservatoire in Paris where she graduated with a first prize in both cello and chamber music. She then completed a post-graduate solo cello performing degree at the University of Music in Vienna, Austria. During her studies, Corinne had the privilege to work with Paul Tortelier, Mtislav Rostropovich, André Navarra, Bernard Greenhouse, Ralph Kirshbaum and Franz Helmerson. Corinne's story has inspired many in the music industry and beyond. She has given several interviews for publications including International Arts Manager, Classical Music Magazine, Gramophone, The Strad and Australia's Limelight Magazine. Most recently Corinne has been featured on BBC radio 3's 'In Tune' programme and she was invited to Classic FM's weekly Webchat. This summer, Corinne has been invited to perform with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and next season sees her performing in recitals and concerto appearances in the UK, France and South-Africa. Corinne plays a cello by C.A. Miremont dated 1876 on loan to her by a private investor.

Robin Michael
Robin Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and later with Ferenc Rados. He is principal cellist in Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Solo cellist with Orchestre Les Siecles (Paris) as well as regular guest principal cellist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, RTE Concert Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, English National Opera and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Robin was the cellist in the Fidelio trio for over 10 years with whom he toured Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa. He has also appeared in collaboration with the Dante and Eroica quartets. Highlights in his discography include the premier recording of Joe Cutler's cello concerto with the BBC CO (NMC), first recording of the original version of Mendelssohn's Octet on period instruments (Resonus) and Fidelio trio recordings on Naxos, NMC, Métier and Delphian records. Recent concert highlights include complete Bach and Britten suite cycles in France and London, the South Korean premier of Jonathan Harvey's 'Advaya' for cello and electronics, both Haydn concertos at the Spier festival in South Africa as well as festival appearances in Buenos Aires, Library of Congress, Washington, and European festivals including Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and St. Magnus. Forthcoming projects include a recording of the Brahms sonatas with Daniel Tong for Resonus Classics to be released in spring 2017, a Bach suite cycle at the St. Magnus festival, Britten Suite cycle at festival 'Phil Grobi' in the Auvergne and the first Kinnordy Chamber music festival in Scotland where he is co-artistic director with Daniel Tong. Robin plays on a cello made for him by the German luthier Stephan von Behr, 2010.