Beth Stone is an Ian Evans Lombe Scholar at the Royal College of Music on a joint principal course in modern and historical flutes.
She plays in the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra and is the principal historical flautist of the London Baroque Orchestra, resident at the Covent Garden’s Swiss Church. She had the privilege of being a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for 2 years in which she performed in the BBC Proms, toured the UK, and played in the Berlioz Festival in La Côte-Saint-André, South France.
Apart from Ensemble Matters, she is also a member of Flutes & Frets Duo, Lumas Winds, and Grand Siècle.
Fran Cervera is a versatile clarinettist who has graduated with a Master of Performance from the Royal College of Music with distinction. His studies were generously supported by the RCM Award Woodwind and the Big Give Scholarship. He studied clarinet under Tim Lines, Richard Hosford, and Peter Sparks after finishing his undergraduate studies with the soloist Jose Franch-Ballester. Fran has performed with a variety of contemporary music ensembles, specialising in the music of Stockhausen, premiering works through Spanish national scope, and recording for Spanish television (TVE). Beyond his formal studies, Fran has also learned from international professors such us Andrew Marriner, Thomas Watmough, Andreas Sunden, Joan Enric Lluna, and played under the direction of conductors like Vasili Petrenko, Holly Mathieson, Rafael Payare or Michael Rosewell.
Mikaela Livadiotis is a pianist specialising in contemporary works and improvisation. She completed her postgraduate studies with Danny Driver at the Royal College of Music, where she was a Kenneth and Violet Scott Scholar. Her undergraduate degree was taken at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under Simon Young and Katya Lebedeva, where she held joint first place in two Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competitions and was a finalist in the Alfred Kitchin Solo Piano Competition. She is a co-founder of Company Concentric and has performed in venues such as St John’s Smith Square, Conway Hall, the V&A Museum, and The Place. www.mikaela-livadiotis.com
After completing her first master’s in China, Sherry Shen has performed in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore and served as the principal second violin in China’s first professional chamber ensemble, the Alexander Chamber Orchestra. She later came to the Royal College of Music to study with Leonid Kerbel (MPerf), during which she has performed with the College’s Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she was a member of the RCM’s Aeolian String Quartet and has appeared regularly with the London City Philharmonic, London Film Orchestra, London Firebird Orchestra, amongst others. In 2021, she has been appointed London Ambassador of emerging talent showcase Music Passion.
Tamaki Sugimoto is a recipient of various international prizes and performs extensively across the UK, Europe and Japan. Her recent concert venues include Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Kozerthaus Berlin and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Alongside solo/chamber music making, she enjoys working as a freelance cellist with UK’s major orchestras including Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Hallé after completing schemes with LSO, LPO and London Sinfonietta. Having previously graduated from the Yehudi Menuhin School and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Tamaki currently studies with Melissa Phelps at the Royal College of Music where she holds a full scholarship supported by The Linbury Trust. More at www.tamakisugimoto.com
OWEN HO is a composer and conductor. He has won numerous prizes from competitions such as the AESS Song Writing Competition 2019, the Arcubus Ensemble Call for Scores 2020, and the Hong Kong International Composition Competition for Chromatic Harmonica 2021. His music has been published and performed internationally. Apart from Ensemble Matters, he also directs the Goodensemble Orchestra.
As a doctoral composer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, his current interest lies in the musicalising of the aesthetics of romanticism. Previously, he obtained his MMus with Distinction at the Royal College of Music and BA with 1st Class Honours at the University of Hong Kong. His studies have been generously supported by numerous scholarships and awards. More at www.owenhomusic.com