Born in 1992, Savitri read Music at Christ Church, Oxford and is currently completing her Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama studying with David Takeno.
Over the last year Savitri has made her debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and appeared as soloist with the Bournemouth Symphony, English Chamber, Welsh National Opera and Birmingham Sinfonia Orchestras.
She gave recitals, and took part in festivals and masterclasses across Europe including IMS Prussia Cove, the East Neuk Festival retreat, the Holland International Music Sessions, Musique à Marsac in France, the Newbury Spring and Roman River Festivals.
Engagements this season include performances as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She returns to Wigmore Hall and continues to give recitals throughout the UK.
A committed chamber musician Savitri has collaborated with Susan Tomes, Christoph Richter, Steven Isserlis, Andrew Marriner and Alasdair Beatson, and regularly gives recitals with the Grier Trio. She was selected by YCAT in 2015.
Savitri plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin on generous loan from the Aidan Woodcock Charitable Trust.
Richard is a soloist and chamber musician in new and old music. He studied at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating with a Double First in Music, and at Guildhall School with Martin Roscoe. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2011 and was mentored by Rolf Hind through the Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme 2013-15.
A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Richard won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006. In 2015, he gave a recital in the opening weekend of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, featuring world premieres by Francisco Coll, Michael Cutting (commissioned by hcmf//), and Naomi Pinnock (commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society). That same year, Richard premiered a major new work by Matthew Kaner (commissioned by the RVW Trust, Britten-Pears Foundation and Arthur Bliss Trust) at St John’s, Smith Square, and recorded it for the BBC at Maida Vale Studios. 2015 also saw the world premiere of a concerto by Rolf Hind – Tiger’s Nest, for two pianos, percussion and gamelan (with Zubin Kanga and Joby Burgess) – at Cheltenham Festival, and a recording of Mark Simpson’s Barkham Fantasy for NMC.
Richard has released three solo recital discs to critical acclaim. Ghosts & Mirrors (Artists Recording Company), released last season, was the first recording to be made at Milton Court Concert Hall. Richard spent a Winter Residency at The Banff Centre (Canada) preparing the programme, which features the premiere of Marvin Wolfthal’s Lulu Fantasy. The disc was launched at The Forge, Camden, in a concert with live visuals, in collaboration with artist Nat Urazmetova.
A committed chamber musician, Richard was invited to attend Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove in 2014. He regularly collaborates with clarinettist Mark Simpson, and together they have made numerous recordings for Radio 3, given live broadcasts from Wigmore Hall and Sage Gateshead, and appeared in a Sky Arts film and at Manchester International Festival 2015 (broadcast on BBC Four).
Highlights this season include: a solo recital in Bridgewater Hall; a special concert exclusively of works originally premiered by Richard, at the Cité des Arts, Paris; and, with violinist Callum Smart, the release of a disc of French music (Orchid Classics) plus recitals in Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre and Konzerthaus Berlin.
Richard is on the teaching staff at Guildhall School and City University, and is a trustee of New Dots, a charity supporting emerging composers and performers of new music.
Set up in 1984, YCAT provides a unique stepping stone for exceptional young artists who have the potential for international performing careers. With support from the Foyle Foundation, YCAT introduces these artists at home and abroad, bringing high quality classical performances to as wide a public as possible. YCAT is totally reliant upon the generosity of individuals, trusts and foundations, and currently receives no public subsidy.
YCAT provides its young artists with a secure management base. By offering advice, instruction and guidance, they educate the artists in strategic and long term planning, both musically and professionally. YCAT liaises with event promoters in the UK and abroad providing performance opportunities and engagements for its artists. After three to five years, YCAT aims to hand the artists on to suitable commercial management.
To present their artists to as wide a public as possible, YCAT promotes a number of high profile annual presentation concerts at venues including Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. YCAT holds annual auditions to identify exciting new talent who could benefit from the charity’s work. This rigorous selection procedure culminates in a Public Final at Wigmore Hall.
In addition to its services to young musicians at the beginning of their professional careers, YCAT has, since 1994, in a unique arrangement with the BBC, been advising the finalists of the BBC Young Musician Competition. Several of these musicians have gone on to audition to become YCAT artists.