Leander Kippenberg was born in 1991 in Germany. He studied in Frankfurt and Berlin and was principal cellist in the Youth Orchestra, “Die Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie”. He joined the Guildhall School in 2011, and is currently studying for a Masters degree with Louise Hopkins. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Germany, Switzerland and the UK in renowned concert halls such as the Tonhalle Zürich, the Sendesaal and the Glocke in Bremen, St. John Smith Square in London and the Barbican Hall. He made his debut with the Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in 2014 playing the Saint-Saens cello concerto, and recently gave multiple performances of Schumann's cello concerto in Germany. Forthcoming concerts include recitals in the UK and Germany with his duo partner Edward Liddall and various chamber music concerts with his string quartet and piano trio.
Edward Liddall is a young British pianist, active as a solo pianist, chamber musician and song accompanist. He has performed at venues across the UK and Europe both as a solo pianist, and as a chamber musician, including at The Barbican, The Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields. Recent highlights include a performance of Schubert's Winterreise as part of Graham Johnson's Song Guild, several Radio 3 broadcasts, and winning The Accompaniment Prize at the 2015 Maureen Lehane vocal Awards at The Wigmore Hall. He has recently completed a junior fellowship year at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama under the tutelage of Caroline Palmer, having previously completed a Masters degree (with distinction) there. Prior to this, he studied at the Royal College of Music, Junior Department, and at King's College, Cambridge. Forthcoming plans include a recital in St John's Smith Square with Alastiar Penman, as part of the 2017 Park Lane Group's Young Artists series, and concerts in France, Germany and Austria.
Tessa Uys was born in Cape Town and gave her first public performance at the age of seven. She first studied with her mother and, at 16 won an Associated Board Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she won several prestigious prizes including the Macfarren Medal. Shortly after this she was the 1st prize winner and gold medallist of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition. She has also enjoyed the unusual distinction of working with the film director John Schlesinger on his film Madame Sousatzka starring Shirley MacLaine. In 1994 she was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Tessa Uys has performed in many different countries and has broadcast frequently for the BBC. In recent years she has regularly given recitals in the City of London and at the Wigmore Hall.
South African pianist Ben Schoeman is a Steinway Artist. He has won major awards, including first prize in the 11th UNISA International Piano Competition, Pretoria (2008), gold medal in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, London (2009), the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music (2011) and the Contemporary Music Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, USA (2013). He has given solo, chamber music and concerto performances throughout Europe, Canada, the USA and South Africa in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Barbican, Cadogan, Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls in London, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Paleis het Loo in the Netherlands, the Gulbenkian Auditorium in Lisbon, the Cape Town City Hall and the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. Ben Schoeman has completed a doctoral thesis on the piano music of the eminent South African composer Stefans Grové at City University London/Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is proud to be a Scholar of the Drake Calleja Trust.