Katherine Hunka violin
London born, Katherine Hunka studied with Sheila Nelson and at the Royal Academy of Music with Gyorgy Pauk, and as Teaching Assistant at Indiana University with Mauricio Fuks. Her debut at Londonís Wigmore Hall, with pianist Sophia Rahman, gained critical acclaim.
Invited to join The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, she toured extensively with celebrated artists including Murray Perriah and Joshua Bell. She performed the world premiŤre of Brittenís re-discovered Double Concerto for Violin and Violist with Philip Dukes at the Aldeburgh Festival and was a co-founder member of the Britten Ensemble. Katherine has been a guest leader with the Manchester Camerata, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal National Scottish Orchestra and has been a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and RT…CO. Her duo with accordionist Dermot Dunne has toured Ireland and China and recently became a trio with bassist Malachy Robinson. In 2002 Katherine was appointed Leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra where she regularly directs from the violin as well as performing as soloist across a wide range of repertoire. She directs regional tours countrywide and has directed the ICO in distinguished concert halls across Europe and Asia including the Esplanade in Singapore and Berlinís prestigious Konzerthaus. This season she will direct the ICO in Germany and Austria.
She is a Professor at the CIT Cork School of Music and the Irish Chamber Orchestra's recently founded MA in string performance. She has also been a visiting professor at Indiana University USA. Katherine plays a Jean Baptiste Vuilaume 1874 with a bow made by Gary Leahy.
Guy Johnston cello
Guy Johnston is one of the most exciting and versatile cellists of his generation, his career developing rapidly after he won the BBC Young Musician title and a Classical Brit award. Since then he has performed with many leading international orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester and St. Petersburg Symphony, among many others.
Recent performances have included concerti with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, RT… National Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and chamber music performances at Wigmore Hall and in festivals across Europe.
As an enthusiastic chamber musician, Guy is a founding member of the Aronowitz Ensemble and Artistic Director of the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival and performs chamber music at acclaimed festivals around the world. As well as maintaining a busy performing career, Guy is dedicated to promoting music with young people and is a patron of several charities. He is also a Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music.
Guyís debut recital CD with pianist Kathryn Stott, received much critical acclaim; the New York Times refers to ďMr.Johnston's burnished and varied sound...Ē. Recent recordings include David Matthewsí ĎDark Pastoralí with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and a recording of the rarely heard Moeran Cello Concerto with the Ulster Orchestra for Naxos has also received high-praise. Guy Johnston plays a 1714 David Tecchler cello.
Hugh Tinney piano
Since winning first prize at both the 1983 Pozzoli and 1984 Paloma OíShea piano competitions in Italy and Spain, Hugh Tinney has performed in more than 35 countries throughout Europe, the USA, Latin America and the Far East.
A prize in the 1987 Leeds Piano Competition earned him a busy career in Great Britain performing with many major orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool, Royal Scottish and BBC National of Wales. He has made a major contribution to Irish concert life for over 30 years: solo recital series at IMMA in Dublin and in Cork in the 1990s, and at the National Concert Hall, Dublin in 2011; chamber series as curator and performer at the Royal Dublin Society in 2008 and at the National Concert Hall in 2013; and concertos with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to the present. Since the mid-1990s, he has played chamber music with many distinguished individuals and groups.
From 2012 to 2014, he toured China several times with the Academy Chamber Ensemble. He has recorded for Decca, Naxos, RT… lyric fm and several other CD labels. From 2000 to 2006 Hugh Tinney was Artistic Director of the Music in Great Irish Houses festival. He has taught at the Royal Irish Academy of Music since 1995 and has been a jury member at several international piano competitions. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the National University of Ireland in 2007.