After gaining a music degree from Sheffield University, Chris Hankin attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a postgraduate. She then continued her flute studies with Jonathan Snowden. She made her Purcell Room debut to much critical acclaim and she now gives recitals with a focus is on the lesser-known aspects of the flute repertoire. The recent release of their CD "The Feminine Flute" featuring the works of twentieth century women composers has been extremely well received. Radio 3 recently included their recording of Chaminade's Serenade des Etioles in a Composer of the Week programme.As an orchestral player she has played with most of the London orchestras and spent four years working in Cardiff with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She is also guest principal flute with both the London Concert Orchestra and the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Richard Shaw specialises in chamber music and accompaniment and has performed extensively in Britain and abroad. His recent broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 include duo performances with many of the finest instrumentalists of the day. He is Staff Accompanist at the Royal Academy of Music and regularly performs at the Dartington Festival. His recent CDs on the Deux-Elles label include music by the great French flautist Phillipe Gaubert and Sir Harrison Birtwistle etc. He is currently writing a biography of the distinguished Russian mezzo-soprano, Maria Karinskaya (1882-1942), following his discovery of an unknown 400-page Russian manuscript based on Karinskaya's lost memoirs.
The Chagall Piano Quartet are an exciting young chamber group based in London, dedicated to exploring the rich and varied repertoire for this combination. Praised for their 'imaginative and demanding' programmes, they combine well-known works with rarely performed gems. The Quartet are establishing themselves for their sharp attention to detail alongside their energetic and lyrical interpretations. Having begun collaborating in 2011 as the Heron Piano Quartet, members Katarzyna Ziminska (violin), Emily Hester (viola), Alice Purton (cello) and Abigail Sin (piano) are all much in demand as chamber musicians and have performed in major concert halls across Europe and Asia. As individual performers, they bring a wide range of musical experience to the quartet, from classical improvisation to contemporary music. The group have worked closely with many outstanding coaches including members of the Belcea Quartet, Matthew Jones, David Dolan, Caroline Palmer and Melissa Phelps. The quartet were finalists in the 2015 St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, and are also recipients of the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Award. They have performed at venues including Sophie's Barn, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Wigmore Hall and have given concerts at the City of London Music Festival and for concert societies including the Blenheim Music Circle and Ripley Recitals.