Roman Simovic is a Ukrainian violinist and conductor. He began taking music lessons with his father, conductor Igor Simovic, and studied at the Cetinje Music Academy, the Academy of Music and Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia, and the Moscow State Conservatory. He won awards at the Premio Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition, the Sion-Valais Competition, the Yampolsky Violin Competition, and the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition. In 2010 he was named a leader of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with many orchestras, including the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Kiev Philharmonic and the Prague Philharmonia among others, and he has played at numerous music festivals, including the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the Kotor Art Festival, and the Bergen Festival. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Rubicon String Quartet.
Katerina Nazarova was born in Tasmania and made her debut aged 11 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 she won Australia's most prestigious music competition, the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards. She then studied at the Royal College of Music. She is a prizewinner in various competitions including the 2015 Royal Overseas League Music Competition, the Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy, and won the RCM Concerto Competition. Katerina has led various orchestras and ensembles including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra etc. As an active chamber musician Katerina has performed across Europe and Asia.
Milena Simovic was born in Belgrade, and studied at Belgrade University, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining her Mastership with Distinction. Milena is resident viola and chamber music coach at the Culture Festival in Sardinia, teaching and performing alongside Ivry Gitlis, Olga Sitkovetsky and Roman Simovic among others. She enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher, and has appeared on several CDs with Nigel Kennedy and his band. She is “Keshet Eilon” alumna, where she was working with renowned musicians such as Shlomo Mintz and Ida Haendel, performing at the final concerts in Opera House in Tel Aviv. She has recorded music programmes for radio and television in many countries across Europe and South America.
Tim Hugh (cello) studied at Yale, and with Pleeth and Jaqueline du Pre whilst gaining his MA in Medicine at Cambridge. He won two medals, including the Bach Prize, at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Since then he has enjoyed an international career as soloist, performing with many of the greatest conductors including Gergiev, Previn, Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Rostropovich and Menuhin etc. He has recorded the 3 Britten Suites twice and other recordings include concertos by Walton , Bliss, Finzi, Boccherini, Hoffman, Holst , CPE Bach. With Haitink he recorded Brahms Double and Beethoven Triple concertos. As chamber musician he plays with the Nash ensemble regularly and has recorded a large part of the Piano trio repertoire with the Solomon Trio. As solo cellist with the LSO he has also performed all the major cello concertos. He gave the UK premiere of Tischenko Cello Concerto with Gergiev and the LSO at the Barbican and also premiered it with him at Berlin Philharmonie and the Rotterdam Festival. In 1995 he was appointed Principal Cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra, with whom he immediately appeared as soloist with Pierre Boulez, standing in for Rostropovich.