Elisabeth Perry (violin) studied at the Menuhin school, and at the age of 14 shared center stage with Lord Menuhin in a memorable Royal Albert Hall concert. She subsequently studied at the Juilliard School of Music, and won New York's prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition. Applauded for her virtuosity in the standard repertoire, she is an avid proponent of contemporary music, a committed chamber musician, dedicated pedagogue and an internationally renowned concertmaster. She was concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie from 1985 to 1990, holds the position of First Concertmaster of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, and has performed as soloist with the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestras.
Melissa Phelps (cello) has been described by The Guardian as ‘one of the most talented cellists of her generation'. She has played throughout the world as soloist and recitalist, and is in wide demand as a chamber music player. She studied with Paul Tortelier, and with Joan Dickson at the Royal College of Music, where she won the top cello prize. She is a very highly respected teacher, having taught at the Guildhall School and the Menuhin School, and she is currently Professor at the Royal College of Music. Several of the leading younger British cellists were her pupils. Melissa Phelps has premièred many important new works in the UK including pieces by Witold Lutoslawski, Roger Smalley and Mark Anthony Turnage.
Julian Jacobson studied piano and composition from the age of seven with Lamar Crowson and Arthur Benjamin, subsequently studying at the Royal College of Music, Queen's College Oxford and privately with Louis Kentner. He enjoys an international career as soloist, chamber musician with many prominent artists, and teacher, appearing in over 40 countries and making annual visits in recent years to Australia and the Far East. He has been soloist with several of the principal British orchestras under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Jane Glover and Tamás Vásáry, as well as appearing in most of the leading UK festivals. He has been particularly acclaimed for his performances of the Beethoven Sonatas, of which he has given eight complete cycles, most recently at The Forge, Camden Town (2011-12). In 2003 he performed the entire cycle in a single day in aid of the charity WaterAid, an event which attracted worldwide media coverage and which he repeated in October 2013 in St Martin-in-the-Fields. He has recorded for Meridian, Hyperion, Chandos, Decca Argo, Continuum and other labels.