Mayumi Fujikawa (violin) was born in Japan, and studied at the Toho Conservatoire in Tokyo, and subsequently in Belgium, before her success in the 1970 Tchaikowsky Competition in Moscow. Since then her career has taken her throughout the world, appearing with all the major orchestras and conductors in the UK and USA. She has made several outstanding CDs, and appeared at the Proms, the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals etc. She has performed chamber music with Michael Roll, Jorge Federico Osorio and Richard Markson in addition to appearances with Andre Previn, Ralph Kirshbaum, Nobuko Imai and Peter Frankl. She and her husband, Richard Markson, have lived in Ealing for many years, and are loyal supporters of St Mary's.
Richard Markson (cello) became a pupil of Tortelier at the age of 12. He later worked with Fournier. He has completed twenty-six world tours as a solo cellist. In recent years he has also developed a conducting career, working with orchestras in Australasia and South America. He partnered Michael Roll and Mayumi Fujikawa in a piano trio for many years, and performed in a duo with Jorge Federico Osorio. He has recorded the complete Bach Suites for Meridian Records and the complete Beethoven and Brahms Sonatas with Jorge Federico Osorio for ASV & Regis respectively.
With engagements in Japan, China, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Thailand and the United States, Oliver Markson is establishing himself internationally as pianist and composer. Born in London, following his studies with the Canadian pianist/composer, Douglas Finch, he worked with Tatiana Sarkissova at the Royal Academy of Music and with Bernard Flavigny in France. He completed his Masters and Doctorate in New York at the MSM and CUNY Graduate Center respectively, working with Ursula Oppens, Gerald Robbins, and with Richard Kramer for his doctoral dissertation: "A Study of Nikolai Medtner's Compositional Technique: Form and Narrative in Tales". As a composer, Oliver Markson blends together inspiration from Japanese traditional music and French impressionism. Latest works include Evocation (violin/piano), and Impressions (voice/piano). He is also a faculty member at the Bronx Community College NY.
Judy Pang is in demand as an inventive solo and chamber musician performing mainstream and contemporary repertoire in the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, Australia and China. Recently she premiered “Haiku” and “Firebird” by Oliver Markson, and “The Happy Prince” by Colin Dixon. Alongside her dedication to such wide-ranging repertoire, she has continued her study of French impressionist music, on which she gave lecture recitals in New York and Shanghai. She obtained her BMus studying with Igor Machlak at the University of Melbourne, her Masters at Manhattan School of Music working with Nina Svetlanova, and her Doctorate at Stony Brook University with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl. She was recipient of the President's and Dean's Awards at MSM. She has also studied with the distinguished French pianist Bernard Flavigny.
Robin Wedderburn (viola) studied violin and viola at the Royal Academy of Music, with Manoug Parikian, and at King's College, Cambridge. He was Head of Strings at St Paul's School, Barnes for many years. He is an experienced coach and conductor, and has participated in the annual courses run by the Scottish Schools Orchestral Trust for the past 10 years.