Franklin Cohen was principal clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra from 1976 to 2005 and is one of the outstanding clarinetists of his generation. He has enjoyed an illustrious career as soloist, recitalist, recording and chamber artist, pedagogue and orchestral principal. He has been featured as soloist in nearly 200 performances throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. In 1992, he recorded the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnányi for Decca Records, and made a Decca recording of the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas with Vladimir Ashkenazy. Mr. Cohen has given countless master classes and seminars at prestigious universities and conservatories throughout the world. His former students hold principal positions in major orchestras in North America, Europe, Mexico and Asia.
Christopher Richards studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning various awards. He was appointed principal clarinet with the Northern Sinfonia at the Sage Gateshead and in 2010 became principal clarinet with the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as a guest principal with most of the UK's leading orchestras. In 2008 Chris gave the premiere of Richard Rodney Bennett's Troubadour Music for clarinet and piano at the Wigmore Hall. A regular performer of chamber music, Chris has played at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke's, The Sage Gateshead and Aldeburgh Festival with artists such as the Aronowitz Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble 360, Thomas Adès, Pascal Rogé and Howard Shelley.
Kazakh-British pianist Dina Duisen comes from a musical family. She studied in Kazakhstan and America before completing her Masters with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music. A major prize winner at many piano competitions, including the 29th International Piano Competition in Senigallia, Italy, the Shabyt International Competition, the National Competition of Kazakhstan and the International Musician of the 21st Century Competition, Dina has also participated in a number of international music festivals in Europe, the USA and in Asia. She has taken part in the IMS Prussia Cove Master Classes and Open Chamber Music, Rome Music Festival and the Oxford International Piano Festival. She will make her debuts at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, Cadogan Hall and appear at the 20th Anniversary Oxford Piano Festival in 2018. Her solo CD 'Mazurkas from Chopin to Adès' was recorded with the Grammy award-winning producer Andrew Keener.