Alena Walentin (Lugovkina) (flute) was born in Moscow and studied at the Gnesins Special Music School, at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She won 1st Prize at the RAM competition “J&J Brough Prize”, as well as 1st Prize at the 13th International Flute Competition “Friedrich Kuhlau” in Germany and 1st Prize at the British Flute Society's Competitions. She has performed at the most prestigious UK venues including Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall, has toured throughout the world and has won several prestigious awards. She has recently played as a Guest Principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and has played with various other leading orchestras.
Serbian born classical accordionist Miloš Milivojevic was first prizewinner at the International Accordion Competitions in Italy (Castelfidardo 1996), Denmark (Diremose Prisen 1996), France (Grand Prix 1997) and Germany (Klingental 1998 & 2000). In 2002 he moved to London and was awarded a full scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music. In 2004 he made his debut at the London's Purcell Room. In 2007 Miloš became the first accordionist ever to win the RAM Club Prize at the Academy open to all instrumentalists and in 2008 won the prestigious Derek Butler London Prize at the Wigmore Hall. In 2009 Miloš was awarded Distinction and Vice Principal's Special Prize at the Royal Academy of Music.As a result of Miloš's diverse musical interests he has already appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and regular member of the London Tango Quintet, Kosmos Ensemble, AccordDuo and Balkan group Paprika, at many prestigious classical and world music festivals across the UK, Russia, Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Serbia, Montenegro, Spain, the Canary Islands, Malta, Australia and New Zealand.In 2014 Miloš has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music ARAM for his contribution to the music. Miloš's debut solo CD will be released on Nimbus label in 2016.
Belgian violinist Alix Lagasse is currently studying on the Artist Diploma Course at the RCM as an Scholar. In July 2016 Alix completed her Masters Degree at the RCM with distinction, and was awarded the Worshipful Musicians Company Silver Medal for her outstanding musical achievements. Alix has won several prizes in international competitions, such as First Prize in the UFAM International Violin Competition in Paris, Prix National Edouard Deru Competition, Young Soloists Competition, and Young Tenuto Competition. She became a laureate in the Lions European Musical Competition and won first prize in the Belgian Dexia Classics Competition. She has given solo recitals across Europe and the USA. She has recently been awarded the Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF Fellowship 2016-2018 and regularly features as concertmaster or section leader with RCM ensembles, including RCM Symphony Orchestra and RCM Philharmonic.
Maria Tarasewicz has already gained an enviable international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician. She was born in 1987 in Kiev and studied first in the Ukraine, and then in Poland. In 2008 she moved to Brussels where she continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She is in great demand as a chamber musician, teacher and accompanist in many international musical festivals including Musica Mundi in Belgium, the Stavanger Youth Chamber Festival in Norway, Jersey International Masterclass and Festival. Maria is a laureate of many chamber music competitions as well as appearing as a soloist across Europe.