The Zorya Guitar Duo was founded in 2014 while Antonio Persak and Borna Kuca were both studying in Croatia at the prestigious Varazdin School of Music. Antonia and Borna quickly cultivated a musical chemistry that has resulted in a dynamic and exciting performance style.
Praised for her ‘flawless and accomplished’ performances (Peterborough Telegraph) and ‘honest and genuine music-making’ (D’Addario Competition), Gillian Blair enjoys a varied career as a classical saxophonist, chamber musician and educator.
Greta has also been involved in various musical projects including collaboration with other RNCM students when performing in Spotlight Concerts, Monday Recital Series, and competitions. Her collaboration with the composer Aled Smith and the soprano Jenny Carson won second prize at the RNCM/MMU Rosamond Prize (Manchester, 2014).
Restarting our Friday Lunchtime season we welcome back Simon and Philip. Just £5 on the door at 12:30. Come along and be part of our musical tradition!
Savva's most recent performances include a concert with the Halle orchestra at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, performance with the RNCM symphony orchestra in Montepulciano, Italy, and other concerts with orchestras throughout the UK.
Yorkshire pianist and composer Neil Crossland began playing the piano at the age of six and studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won major prizes in both piano and composition. Since then he has performed extensively at home and abroad, and written pieces in all genres.
Anna graduated at the Royal College of Music in 2018, and studied with Natalia Lomeiko. During her studies at RCM, she regularly participated in chamber masterclasses and orchestral concerts, with conductors such as Bernard Haitink and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Formed in 2013, the Meraki Duo enjoys exploring the diversity of repertoire available to the flute-guitar pairing while contributing arrangements of their own.
Maria Stratigou was born in Athens. She began her piano studies at the age of seven with Sofia Mouratoglou,later with Christos Papageorgiou, and then at the Conservatory of Athens with Aliki Vatikioti-Farrant.
She graduated in June 2007 winning the first prize of the Conservatory. She continued her postgraduate studies at the RSAMD with Jonathan Plowright (PGDip in Performance with Distinction) and Fali Pavri (MMus in Performance), being a scholar of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. In 2010, she finished the PGDip Advanced Accompaniment Course with Distinction under the guidance of Fali Pavri.
Maria is currently a first year PhD in Performance student at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) under the supervision of Dr Barbara Kelly, Dr David Jones and Dr Simon Clarke, with scholarships from the RNCM and the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation