WILLIAM HOWARD is one of Britain’s leading pianists, enjoying a career that has taken him to over 40 different countries. As soloist and chamber musician William has performed regularly at major venues and festivals in the UK and can be heard frequently on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He has made over forty CD recordings and premiered several dozen new works by leading composers from the UK and abroad. In 1983 he founded the Schubert Ensemble, with which he performed for the full 35 years of the Ensemble’s existence.
Three recent solo piano recordings for Orchid Classics – Sixteen Romantic Love Songs (2016), Sixteen Contemporary Love Songs (2018) and an album of pieces by Howard Skempton (2020) – have been hugely successful on streaming platforms and have enjoyed much critical acclaim. Early in 2024 Orchid will release a new album featuring a collection Nocturnes by different composers. Concert engagements in the current season include recitals in Italy and the UK and performances with the Sacconi and Carducci String Quartets.
Has performed for more than 20 years as the leader of the Carducci String Quartet, winning prizes at international competitions including the Concert Artists Guild (USA), Kuhmo (Finland), Charles Hennen (Holland), Osaka (Japan), Bordeaux (France) and London (UK). He has recorded over 25 CDs for labels including Signum, Naxos, BMG, Somm, Nimbus and has performed at major concert halls around the world. In 2015 the Quartet won a Royal Philharmonic Society award for ‘Shostakovich15’ – a project which included a performance of the complete Shostakovich quartets in one day, at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Matt studied with Felix Andrievsky at the RCM and then continued as a Junior Fellow, studying with members of the Amadeus, Alberni and Chilingirian Quartets. He is a violin professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Matt plays on a historic Brother’s Amati violin from 1603 – ‘The Hurwitz ex Cooper.
Studied at the Royal Academy of Music where she received many of the top awards including the Louise Child Prize for the highest overall degree, the David Martin/Florence Hooten Concerto prize and the Max Pirani and Harry Isaacs chamber music prizes. She was the winner of the Muriel Taylor Scholarship and was selected to perform alongside Rostropovich at the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Emma has performed concerti with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, London Soloists and recently recorded ‘The Sacred Veil’ for Decca with VOCES8 and the Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre. Emma has performed for more than 20 years as the cellist of the acclaimed Carducci Quartet. They have appeared at major concert halls around the world and their Naxos recordings of Philip Glass Quartets have had over fifteen million plays on Spotify. Emma plays on a Ruggieri cello c. 1685.