Martin Cousin is one of the most exceptional pianists of his generation, having been awarded 1st prize at the 2005 Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (Seregno, Italy) and Gold Medal at the 2003 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition (London). He studied at the Royal College of Music, making his solo debut at the Purcell Room in 1998, and gave Wigmore recitals in 2001 and 2005. He has performed as concerto soloist with the London Philharmonic, Halle, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestra, toured New Zealand, the US, Indonesia and Thailand, and given concerts in Stockholm, Brussels, Toronto, Tokyo, Berne, The Hague, and throughout Italy. He released his debut CD of Rachmaninov in 2006 to critical acclaim. This season will see the release of his much-anticipated second CD for SOMM Recordings, which will feature Glazunov's Piano Sonatas, along with a return to the Wigmore Hall and Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto with the Philharmonia at Barbican Hall. His hands are also featured on the big screen in the Oscar-winning film "Shine", for the scenes involving Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto.
Anna Cashell (violin) began her musical studies in Ireland before training at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music, where she was awarded many prizes including the college's prestigious Mills Williams Junior Fellowship and the Tagore Gold Medal. She also won the Raymond Fox Bursary from the UKs ‘Making Music Society' and the Serena Neville prize from the Concordia Foundation. She has performed as a soloist with many orchestras in Ireland and the UK, such as The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Camerata Ireland conducted by Barry Douglas, and given concerts in prestigious venues throughout the world.
Peggy Nolan (cello) studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and at the Royal Northern College of Music. She holds an International Artist Diploma in String Leadership, Master of Music and first class Bachelor degree from the RNCM. She enjoys a varied music life, including chamber music, orchestral playing and teaching. As a member of the Eblana String trio she has given numerous performances for music societies and festivals throughout the UK. She frequently performs with some of the UK and Ireland's finest orchestras including the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra of Opera North, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and Irish Chamber Orchestra.
Simon Watterton (piano) was born in Cheshire , and studied at the Purcell School and at the Royal College of Music, where he won a number of prestigious prizes, including the Hopkinson Silver Medal. He won the piano prize at the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition. Simon featured as a Rising Star in the International Piano Quarterly magazine, and in April 2010 was awarded the British Music Prize at the inaugural Sussex International Piano Competition. In the same year he gave a cycle of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in London. Simon has recently selected the music and written a foreword for a new edition of Frank Bridge's piano music. Published by Dover, it came out in October 2013.