Eriko Nagayama was born in Japan in 1993, and is currently studying as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. She won first prize and also the Jean Schmidt prize for outstanding musicianship at the International Yokohama Music Competition in 2015. Recent performances include Bruch's Scottish Fantasy op.46 with Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra at the Rising Star Concert Series of Japan Performance Federation, and a programme of Chausson's Poème and Franck's Violin Sonata at the YAMAHA Music Foundation Concert. As a chamber musician she has performed at various venues including Suntory Hall, after winning full scholarships from the Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy for two years. Eriko is generously supported by the Yellow Angel Foundation in Japan.
Joel Siepmann was born in 1990 in Tübingen (Germany) where he started taking cello lessons aged 6. From October 2011 until July 2015 he was student of Christoph Richter at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen where he passed his Bachelor degree with distinction. Additionally he took part in masterclasses and had lessons with Steven Isserlis, Lynn Harrell and David Geringas amongst others. In September 2016 he started his Postgraduate studies with Guy Johnston at the Royal Academy of Music in London generously sponsored by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).
Yi-Shing Cheng is from Taiwan, and has been based in London since 2014, and gained her Master's degree with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music. She is now studying for the Professional Diploma there, under the tutelage of Michael Dussek. Yi-Shing was the winner of the Wilfrid Parry Prize Brahms duo competition in 2016 and the winner of Rex Stephans Schumann Lieder Accompanist Prize in 2017. Recent performance highlights include a concert of Bach sonatas for violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, a live performance on BBC radio 3 and a song concert at Wigmore Hall.