Eriko Nagayama was born in Japan and graduated this year from the Royal Academy of Music. She won first prize at the Yokohama International Music Competition, and the Wilfrid Parry Brahms Prize, Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize and Winifred Small Violin Prize 2018 at the Royal Academy of Music. Her piano trio, the Opal Trio was awarded the first prize in the Birmingham Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition. She has led the Academy Symphony Orchestra and she currently participates on the LSO String Experience Scheme with Sir Simon Rattle and other conductors. Eriko is generously supported by the Yellow Angel Foundation in Japan and additionally has been granted the fellowship to study in London for the 2017/18 academic year sponsored by the Japanese government. She plays a violin by Nicolo Gagliano, Naples, 1755 kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Yi-Shing Cheng is from Taiwan, and is a highly active chamber musician and vocal accompanist. She studied in Taiwan, and has been studying at the Royal Academy of Music since 2014, and has gained her Master's degree with distinction. She is currently undertaking her Advanced Diploma with the generous support of a Clumber Studio Scholarship and the Frederic Jackson Award. She won the Wilfrid Parry Brahms Prize, the Rex Stephens Prize for Accompanists, the Patrons Award, and her piano trio, the Opal Trio recently won the 2018 intercollegiate piano trio competition. She has performed at Wigmore Hall, for BBC Radio 3, Colston Hall, Bristol, and many other venues in the UK. She is also a composer, and has had compositions performed in Taiwan.
The Coriolis Quintet, named for a scandalously underappreciated meteorological phenomenon, was founded in 2017 by five former and current postgraduate students of the Royal Academy of Music as they set out on their freelance careers. Based in London, the members have trained with prestigious organisations such as the Britten-Pears Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra Academy and Lucerne Festival Academy, and have worked professionally with orchestras and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, Janus Ensemble, and Melos Sinfonia. Individually, they have won accolades such as the Wind Finalist of BBC Young Musician of the Year, British Flute Society Young Artist 2018, the Lions Club prize at the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition, and the Countess of Munster Award. Their creative participation work has taken them to the Wigmore Hall as performers and workshop leaders, to school workshops with English Touring Opera, to hospitals with the Open Academy; it has involved working with people with special needs, with homeless people with St Martin-in-the-Fields Music, and with BBC Proms Family Events.