British pianist Irena Radić is currently studying with Dina Parakhina for her Master of Performance degree as a Cotes-Burgan scholar at the Royal College of Music, London. She is also generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Hilda Martindale Educational Trust. She was selected as a Philharmonia MMSF Piano Fellow, a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award Holder, and has received further support from the St Marylebone Educational Foundation, the Tsukanov Family Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and the Else and Leonard Cross Charitable Trust. She holds a First Class Bachelor of Music degree from the RCM where she studied with Niel Immelman, and was also a scholar at the Junior Department for three years. Irena was a finalist in the Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition 2018, and won second prize in the RCM’s Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition 2018. A keen chamber musician, she regularly works with musicians including Martin James Bartlett (piano), Katherine Bryer (oboe) and Sirius Chau (flute), and is a founding member Trio Tonada with David López Ibáñez (violin) and Deni Teo (cello). Concerts in 2020 include performances of Rachmaninoff’s 10 Preludes Op.23, Brahms’ Piano Trio no.1 in B major Op.8, Beethoven’s Sonata no.5 in F for Piano & Violin Op.24 ‘Spring’, Schumann’s Three Romances Op.94 for Oboe & Piano, and with Swedish Guitarist Jonatan Bougt, their own arrangements of Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes Op.34 for Guitar & Piano duo.
David López Ibáñez is a Spanish violinist based in London since 2013. At present he studies an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music in London focusing on period violin with Lucy Russell. Alongside his baroque studies he learns with Lorenza Borrani at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence. In 2019 David obtained a First Class Distinction for his Masters Degree at the RCM, having previously studied with Detlef Hahn and Radu Blidar. David receives the kind support of the Ian Stoutzker Award, the Antonio Brosa Award, the Countess of Munster Trust, Leverhulme Arts Trust, Help Musicians UK, the Sidney Perry Foundation and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. He was awarded the Philharmonia Orchestra Fellowship, a place in the BBC Symphony Orchestra Pathways Scheme and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe Academy in 2018. David is the winner of the Isolde Mendes Unaccompanied Bach Prize at the RCM Violin Competition in 2018. In 2019 he had the opportunity to lead the RCM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Strauss´s “Ein Heldenleben” and played a recital in Royal Festival Hall. He also performed Strauss´s "Metamorphosen" for string septet at Wigmore Hall. Since 2019 he is part of the Tonada Piano Trio. He regularly performs with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been invited to lead the second violins with the Haydn Philharmonie in Austria. He plays on a violin made in Florence by Lorenzo Carcassi in 1740, kindly on loan from Mr Sebastian Kutscha.
Deni Teo completed her Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music with Melissa Phelps. She achieved First Class Honours and Distinction respectively. She previously studied with Robin Michael at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, where she won all available prizes for cello, including the concerto competition. Deni was a member of Southbank Sinfonia 2019 and has recently been performing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Cymru. She recently started a trial with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. A keen contemporary musician, Deni is a core member of Explore Ensemble, a group consisting of RCM alumni dedicated to commissioning and performing modern music. They have given performances at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Kings Place, Oxford’s Jacqueline Du Pré Building, the Cambridge Music Festival and at the Zeitströme Festival in Darmstadt. They will be making international appearances in 2020 at Transit Festival in Belgium and November Music Festival in Amsterdam. Deni has recently been invited to tour with Cardiff based new music group Uproar Ensemble, founded by Michael Rafferty MBE, in 2020. She also looks forward to performances with the Max Richter Ensemble, giving premieres of his new piece ‘Voices’. Deni plays on a Thomas Kennedy cello which was made in London in 1820.