Anna Hashimoto was born in Japan in 1989, and moved to London six months later. She studied at the Junior Department of the RCM, the Purcell School and Royal Academy of Music, where she won a scholarship and various prizes.. There she was awarded a full Associated Board Scholarship and numerous prizes. She made her London debut at the age of fifteen playing Weber with the English Chamber Orchestra at Barbican Centre. She has since been invited regularly as a soloist with the orchestra, most recently at London's Cadogan Hall. She was the winner of the International Clarinet Competitions in Kortrijk (Belgium) in 2010, in Carlino (Italy) in 2009, and the Young Clarinettists Competition in Tokyo in 2003. She has been a guest principal with the UK's leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Mark Viner began playing at the age of 11 and was awarded a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music. He subsequently won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. He is recognised as one of the most exciting British pianists of the younger generation. His playing is notable for its individuality, tonal allure, musical integrity and technical mastery. He has given acclaimed performances at London's Wigmore Hall and St. John's Smith Square while foreign engagements have included concerts in France, Germany and Italy. Following his participation in the prestigious Oxford Philomusica International Piano Festival, he was invited to give recitals at the Jacqueline du Pré Hall, and he has given a recital in the prestigious Cheltenham Music Festival. Two years ago he won 1 st prize in the 1 st Alkan-Zimmerman International Piano Competition in Athens.
Oscar Perks (violin) enjoys a varied performing career playing both violin and viola. He is the second violinist of the Dante Quartet, works as an assistant violin teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School and also pursues an interest in composing and arranging. He studied at the Menuhin School, at Cambridge and at the Royal College of Music, where he gained his masters with distinction. He has performed at many leading London venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and Kings Place; and has also performed live on radio three. He is regularly visits IMS Prussia cove open chamber music and took part on Prussia cove autumn tour of England last year. Oscar is also a founding member of The Perks Ensemble, a flexible chamber group he co-founded along with his brother and sister.
Sebastian Kolin (cello) studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and in Lugano, Switzerland. He has performed across Europe in countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, made television and radio appearances in Switzerland and played in many of Londons main venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Festival hall, the Purcell room, the Fairfield hall, the Queen Elizabeth hall, the Menuhin Hall and the Elgar Rooms of the Albert Hall.
Caroline Palmer (piano) studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Edith Vogel and later continued her studies with Peter Wallfisch and Hans Keller. She was a finalist in the Busoni competition and has played in the USA and in much of Europe. Well-known as both a solo pianist and chamber musician, she has recorded for British, Swiss, French, German and Italian radio stations and has made televised appearances in Italy and Bulgaria. Caroline's latest CDs include the cello sonatas of Saint-Saens, Faure and Busoni and the Brahms violin sonatas with Krzysztof Smietana. She has made numerous recordings as soloist and chamber musician for the BBC. Caroline has been a piano professor at the Guildhall since 1990, where she coaches chamber repertoire as well as teaching individual students.