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.

Pierre Doumenge
Cellist Pierre Doumenge enjoys a busy career divided between solo work, chamber music and teaching. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Dante String Quartet performing at major venues in Europe and making regular radio and commercial recordings. Pierre has also worked as guest principal cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Passionately fond of chamber music, Pierre regularly explores and performs the repertoire with artists such as Pascal Rogé, Lars Vogt, Daniel Hope, Carolin Widmann, Pekka Kuusisto, Lawrence Power, the Belcea and Allegri Quartets and the Nash Ensemble. He has appeared at many international festivals (Aldeburgh, Bath, Cheltenham, Kuhmo, Bucharest, La Hague, Nuremberg, Bergstaden, Hindsgalv) and frequently attends the Open Chamber Music sessions at IMS Prussia Cove in Cornwall, joining their tour of England in 2003. Pierre is also a regular performer at the Joy of Music Festival in Hong Kong. He has recorded for the Dutton, Meridian and Hyperion labels to great critical acclaim. In 2008 he was chosen to be the official cellist of the Menuhin International Violin Competition, playing the Ravel Sonata with the nine semi-finalists. Pierre taught cello and chamber music at the Yehudi Menuhin School from 2003-2009 and is a cello professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He gives regular masterclasses at the Oxford Cello School, the International Cello Courses UK, the Violoncello Society of London, the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, the West Helsinki Music Institute, the Conservatoire Royal de Mons and the Szymon Goldberg Seminars in Toyama (Japan).