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.
Cecilia Ziano (violin) was born in Italy in 1991 and graduated with honours fronm the Conservatory of Turin. Since then she has been studying in Cremon and Berlin. She has collaborated with many renowned musicians in chamber ensembles, and performed in many prestigious concert halls including recently at the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Kammer Musik Saal of the Philharmonie with the Mini- Ensamble Berlin. She recently performed in Washington and Philadelphia for the 150th anniversary of Italian Culture in the United States, enjoying success with audiences and critics. In 2012 she was invited to participate in a project of chamber music with the principals of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and 2014 she won an audition for the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Cecilia has been the first violin of the Quartetto Lyskamm since January 2014, and she plays in a duo with pianist Alice Baccalini.
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.
Giovanni Gnocchi was born in Cremona in 1977, and studied at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, where he is now Professor of Cello. He was a laureate in the Prague Spring International Cello Competition and the Antonio Janigro Competition of Zagreb, as well as gaining several other awards. He was Solo-Cellist of Camerata Salzburg from 2003 until 2010, and has played as Principal Cellist in the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra the Orchestra Mozart of Bologna under Claudio Abbado, co-principal in the London Symphony Orchestra, and since 2008 he has been a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. His recent projects include concerts with Ilya Gringolts and Alexander Lonquich, chamber music in Japan with the Sextet of Lucerne Festival Orchestra and performances of the Rococo Variations of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Dvorak Concerto in Italy.