Nicholas Jones, Cello
As a chamber musician, recitalist and soloist he performs and teaches regularly around the UK and in Europe, including the Festivals in Ireland, St. Cyprien Festival – France, Valdres Festival – Norway, Siena Music Festival – Italy, where he gave the world premiere of a new work by Italian composer, Simone Fontanelli. From 2001 – 2006 he was a teacher/performing artist at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, USA. He was cellist of the Bochmann Quartet for eight years and was also principal cellist of the English String Orchestra, with whom he was a frequent soloist and director. In 1987 he founded that Aberystwyth International Music Festival and Summer School, which he directed for 15 years. He now directs the string course there.
Min-Jung Kym, Piano
Min-Jung Kym has acquired an internationally recognised reputation performing with some of the leading orchestras and musicians and has enjoyed collaborations including with (amongst others) Barry Wordsworth, Alison Balsom, the Haffner Ensemble, Pierre Amoyal, Leon Bosch, Joy Farrall, Andrew Haveron, Sergey Levitin, Adrian Brendel, Thomas Carroll, Mats Lidstrom and the soprano Susan Bickley. Min-Jung was the ‘pianist of choice’ for the masterclasses of the legendary violinist Ruggiero Ricci. A former Purcell School scholar, Min-Jung made her London solo concert debut at the age of twelve at the Royal Festival Hall. She went on to study as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with the Eric Brough and Elsie Horne prizes. In 2004 Min-Jung was honoured with the Freedom of the City of London and elected a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Further recognition was given when Min-Jung was awarded the Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an honour bestowed to alumni of the Royal Academy of Music, who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and have made significant contribution to it in their particular field.