Formed in 2009, the Idomeneo Quartet currently holds the Chamber Music Fellowship at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Already regarded as one of the most exciting young
quartets on the music scene, the Idomeneos are studying under the tutelage of the Vogler
Quartet in Stuttgart, Rainer Schmidt in Basel and Alasdair Tait in London.
Yuki Ito was born in Tokyo in 1989 and began playing the
cello at the age of 6.His teachers have included Sumiko Kurata, Alexander
Boyarsky and David Geringas, graduating from the Royal College of Music, London
with First Class Honours.
A music graduate of the University of Exeter and Goldsmith's College, and of the postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, Gweneth-Ann Jeffers is noted for her commanding voice and vivid personality. As well as receiving prizes including the 1999 Maggie Teyte, Ian Fleming and Sybil Tutton Awards, she represented England in the 2001 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was a member of the Royal Opera House Young Artist Programme.
Already acclaimed not only as one of the foremost accompanists of our day but also for his major contribution to the development of the song repertoire, Graham Johnson has most recently completed his major recording project of the complete lieder of Schubert for the Hyperion label and has embarked on a similar project of recording the complete lieder of Schumann. He was made an OBE in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours list, and in 2002 he was created Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government.
The young dramatic mezzo-soprano was named by both BBC Music
Magazine and the Observer as a rising star, and the Financial Times as the "Face
to watch in Opera". A former BBC New Generation Artist, she is a graduate of
Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, and is the recipient of
numerous awards including Second Prize in the Montserrat Caballé International
Singing Competition, two Susan Chilcott Scholarships and a Wingate Scholarship.
Canadian soprano Gillian Keith was the winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2000. She is in great demand for performances in recital, oratorio and opera. She has earned praise particularly for her interpretations of Baroque music, and has recorded Handel's Gloria with John Eliot Gardiner on the Philips label. She is equally respected for her song performances and has recorded a disc of early Debussy chansons for the Deux-Elles label. Gillian has appeared in principal roles with English National Opera and Scottish Opera.
Concert pianist, chamber musician and accompanist, Mark Kinkaid is an all-round pianist. Mark regularly collaborates with solo
flautist Lisa Friend. Together, they have
broadcast a live duo recital on Classic FM,
performed at the 'White Rose Ball' Holocaust Fundraiser alongside artist Liza
Minnelli and recorded a CD of romantic
works on the Signum Records.