Xiang Fan (cello) was born in 1991 in China, and attended the China Central Conservatory of Music. He won bronze prize in the Golden Bell award, one of the most important Chinese competitions, and represented China, performing in St. Petersburg with the China Youth Symphony Orchestra for the China-Russia Youth Friendly Exchange Year. He has been a student at the Birmingham Conservatoire since 2015.
Andrei Ivanov (piano) was born in Belarus in 1990, and studied at the Central School of Music in Minsk, and at the Moscow Conservatoire. He has won numerous international awards including 1st Prize at the Belgrade International Piano Competition “Jeunesses Musicales”, 1st Prize at the Minsk International Piano Competition, and 3rd Prize at the Friuli Venezia Giulia International. He has been studying on a full scholarship at the Birmingham Conservatoire since 2016.
Anna Barsegjana (viola) was educated at the Latvian Academy of Music and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Anna is a very active and passionate chamber and orchestral musician, and has played throughout Europe in Denmark, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Hungary, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. She has participated in masterclasses held by musicians such as Jürgen Weber, Petru Munteanu, Aleksandr Bonduryansky, Sergey Azizyan and Oliver Wille.
Ursula Miethe Flores (cello) was born in Venezuela, and studied in Carabobo. She was a member of the Central Region of Venezuela's Youth Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. She then studied in the USA, gaining a Bachelor degree in Cello Performance from Louisiana State University. She won first prize in the Mississippi Music Teachers Association competition in 2008 and the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music competition in 2016. Last year, she completed her Master's degree in Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire and is currently pursuing a Diploma in Orchestral Performance.
Pascal Pascaleff (piano) was born in Bulgaria and studied at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. He won several international competitions including 1st Prize at the Pavel Serebriakov International Competition in Volgograd, 1st Prize at the Liszt–Bartók International Piano Competition in Sofia, and 3rd Prize at the Chopin International Competition in St Petersburg. Since 2016, he has been studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Maja Pluta (violin) is from Poland and started playing violin at the age of 7. She is in her 3rd year at Birmingham Conservatoire. She is a member of the Beorma String Quartet, 1 st prize-winning group of the 2016 Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Prize . She has a passion for pedagogy, which she pursues working as a student mentor at the Junior Conservatoire and as a member of the Conservatoire's Learning and Participation Ensemble.
Yu-Mien Sun (violin) is from Taiwan and enjoys a wide and varied career in music. Her string sextet and quartet have been the winner and finalist of competitions such as the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Prize, the Leamington Music Prize, and th eTown Hall Symphony Hall Recital Prize. She recently performed the Brahms Double Concerto with the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra.