One of the leading Norwegian pianists of her generation, Olga graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a First Class Honours degree in July 2015 where she studied piano with Hamish Milne. She has commenced a Master's degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music this autumn. Olga has enjoyed performing in the UK, Norway, Poland, Spain and Malta as a soloist and as a chamber musician. As the winner of the Norwegian Music Competition for Youth five times, she has performed at distinguished venues in Norway such as Grieg's birthplace, Troldhaugen in Bergen and at the University Aula in Oslo. Other highlights include an award from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and a collaboration with the Vilnius String Quartet in a performance of Sinding's Piano Quintet at the Johan Halvorsen Musikkfest in Drammen, Norway.
Olga has been awarded the 1st place in the Norwegian National Music Competition for Youth in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012. From this, she has had the opportunity to play at such venues in Norway as Troldhaugen (Grieg's birthplace) in Bergen, the Munch-museum, the University of Oslo, the Ibsen House in Skien, and Drammen Theatre. In April 2013 she performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no.2 with the University Symphony Orchestra (USO) in the University Aula in Oslo.
She has also performed as part of the 'Ad Astra' Summer Concert Series in Drøbak, and recently enjoyed collaborating with the eminent string trio ElveEnsemblet Telemark preparing Brahms Piano Quartet no.1. In March 2015 she collaborated with the Vilnius String Quartet playing Sinding's Piano Quintet at the Johan Halvorsen Musikkfest in Drammen, Norway.
Olga has performed extensively in the UK; at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room/Southbank Centre, St. Martin in the Fields, Steinway Hall, Trinity College Chapel, Magdalene College, Warwick University, Charter House and St Mark's Unitarian Church Edinburgh. She has also given concerts in Poland, Spain, Sweden, Holland and Malta. In 2007 she was the winner of the Jurmala Piano Competition for Youth in Latvia and here she also performed Beethoven's First Piano Concerto with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. In March 2009, she was a finalist at the Second Franz Liszt Piano Competition for Youth in Weimar, Germany and she has also previously been a finalist at the 17th J.S Bach Piano Competition in Gorzow/Frankfurt (Poland/Germany). In Norway, Olga has been awarded various prizes and awards such as the TICON Music Prize, Ånun Lund Rej Culture Prize, the 'Dream Scholarship' (Drømmestipendet), the Culture Prize for the City of Drammen (Drammen kommunes Kulturstipend), the Culture Prize for the Region of Buskerud (Buskerud Fylkesstipend), Ola Rønnings Legacy for Performing Musicians, Tom Wilhelmsen Prize, Margit and Eli Marie Arvesen Scholarship Fund, Eckbos Scholarship, Klæstad Prize, and the Ingerid, Synnøve and Elias Fegerstens Prize. She has participated in masterclasses in Norway, Poland, Germany, Holland and France with teachers such as Fabio Bidini, Kevin Kenner, Klaus Hellwig, Jiri Hlinka, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland, Pascal Devoyon, Martin Roscoe, Bernd Goetzke, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Philippe Giusiano, Alberto Nose, Andrzej Jasinski, Alexei Orlovetsky, Michael Roll, Kathryn Stott, Laurent Boullet and Yevgeny Sudbin. She has taken part in the Victoria International Arts Festival (Gozo, Malta) the Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Sweden), the Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy (Norway), Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival (UK), and the International Holland Music Sessions (Holland).
Antonia graduated with a First Class Honours degree from the Royal Academy of Music in July 2015 after studying with International Soloist, Jack Liebeck, for four years. During this time, she has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and freelance violinist with orchestras such as the London Concert Orchestra and Mozart Festival Orchestra, and has enjoyed teaching several private students.
Antonia is currently a Chamber Music Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music and a passionate chamber musician. She is violinist in the Jørgensen Trio, who have won the Harry Isaac's Piano Trio Prize, the St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition, the Jacob Barnes Scholarship, the Elias Fawcett Trust Prize in the Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition and most recently the Malta International Music Competition. With the trio, Antonia has performed in some of the country's leading venues, such as the Wigmore Hall, Colston Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Their future engagements include recitals at St John's Smith Square and for several british music societies. As well as their UK concerts, the trio have performed internationally, in Enkirch (Germany), at the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden, in Valletta (Malta) and in October 2016, Antonia will make her debut in LA, California State University where she will give masterclasses and concert with the Trio.
Antonia is also dedicated to teaching and educational Work. As well as teaching the violin to music students and Brunel University, she was recently a Chamber Music Assistant at Dartington International Summer School and works in schools for the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust. Her violin is an 1849 Bernadel borrowed from the Royal Academy of Music.
Cecilia Bignall is a cellist and composer based in London. Passionate about chamber music, she is a member of the multiple award-winning Jørgensen Trio and of exciting new ensemble Duo Bayanello, as well as performing with other ensembles.
Founded in 2012, the Jørgensen Trio was the first ensemble to win both first prize and the audience prize at St Martin's Chamber Music Competition in 2015, and won the Malta International Music Competition later that year. They have been awarded the Jacob Barnes Prize and the Harry Isaacs Prize, as well as 2nd Prize in the CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition, and attended the prestigious masterclass at IMS Prussia Cove, where they studied with Thomas Adès. The trio have recently been appointed CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music for the upcoming academic year, and were chamber music assistants at Dartington Summer School, where they performed a recital in the Great Hall. They perform extensively across the UK and Europe, including appearances in Malta, Sweden and Germany and at venues such as St John's Smith Square and the National Gallery. Duo Bayanello, in which Cecilia plays with virtuoso accordionist Iosif Purits, was founded in January 2015. Though a new ensemble, they have performed across London and in a recital at the prestigious International House of Music in Moscow to great acclaim. Cecilia is also passionate about new music and collaborations, and plays regularly with jazz vibraphonist Ralph Wyld's sextet Mosaic, which will release its debut album in 2016 with Edition Records.
Cecilia was awarded a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, to study with Robert Cohen, and graduated with First Class Honours. At the Academy she was awarded the Montefiore Prize, and was Highly Commended in the May Mukle Cello Prize. While studying she performed with the Manson Ensemble, including performances under Oliver Knussen and with the London Sinfonietta at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and was principle cellist of the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and the Britten Pears Orchestra in 2015. She has performed across the UK and Europe, in venues and festivals such as the Wigmore Hall, the Norfolk and Norwhich Festival, the Two Moors Festival, the Aurora Festival in Sweden and St Martin in the Fields, and performed as a soloist with the Dartington Chamber Choir. Cecilia travelled to Moscow in 2013 to perform two Russian premieres with renowned accordionist Owen Murray, at the Festival of Bayans and Bayanists at the Gnessin Academy of Music, which led to another performance of this programme, alongside a world premier, at the Castelfidardo Accordion Festival in Italy in 2015. Cecilia has received masterclasses with cellists such as Alexander Baillie, Josephine Night, David Strange, Christoph Richter and Mario Brunello.
Upcoming projects include performances such as contemporary ensembles at Nonclassical, a performance at St John's Smith Square with the Park Lane Group, a recital at California State University in LA, and various recitals across the UK. Cecilia plays an 1855 Honoré Derazey cello.