James Gilbert currently learns with Mark Van de Wiel and Chi-Yu Mo at the Royal Academy of Music. His studies are generously supported by the Academy with a scholarship. Previously, James studied with Derek Hannigan at the Junior Guildhall Department where he was holder of a Clarinet Scholarship, two time finalist and runner-up of the Lutine Prize Competition, and recipient of the Director’s Prize.
James was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for three years where he played under distinguished conductors such as John Wilson, François Xavier Roth and Sir Mark Elder in world-class venues such as the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms. In 2015 James represented the Orchestra in ‘BBC Ten Pieces II’ where he performed alongside BBC Symphony Orchestra members at the premiere of the film screening and played live for the ‘In Tune’ programme on BBC Radio 3. Last summer James played Principal Bass Clarinet on a recording of Holst’s ‘The Planets’ and ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ by Strauss with acclaimed conductor Edward Gardner for Chandos Recording. This was James’s final project with the NYO and a highlight of his time in the orchestra.
During his first year at the Academy James has been involved in several public performances varying from symphonic to chamber to solo music. James is a busy freelance orchestral musician including being invited to play as extra for the University of London Symphony Orchestra directed by Peter Stark, as Principal Clarinet for the London Young Sinfonia recently for a performance at The St Marylebone Festival and selected to play in the Academy Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner.
James is an active chamber musician being a full time member of the Wind Quintet Lyrus Winds and a Clarinet Viola Piano Trio – both of which have recently performed in the Academy’s popular Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts.
As a soloist James has received public tuition from Patrick Messina and Andrew Marriner and was invited to perform in an open masterclass given by acclaimed clarinettist Franklin Cohen. Further to this, James participated in the Academy’s prestigious Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize where he came runner-up with ‘very highly commended’. He was also recently invited to perform solo as part of a celebratory concert for the composer Finzi.
James has a particular interest in the study and performance of contemporary music. At the Academy he has associated himself with the Composition Department, both playing for and offering technical and practical advice on many new compositions. He has been asked to perform in several of the Department’s platform concerts, most recently at The Forge in Camden and Shoreditch Town Hall for the ‘Art of Chaos’ Festival. James has played as an extra with the contemporary music group ‘Ensemble x.y’ in a concert for The Waterloo Festival and recently enjoyed participating in a one-off performance of Pierrot Lunaire with colleagues from the Academy. James continually looks forward to collaborating with Academy composers, conductors and musicians on many new compositions in the future.
James is an extra player in the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra, most recently playing Second and Bass Clarinet with the former for a recording session at AIR Studios. He is looking forward to building his professional portfolio career further as his studies at the Royal Academy of Music continue.
Miguel Sobrinho is in his second year studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Martin Outram, where he was awarded a scholarship and first prize in the Theodore Holland Viola Prize.
Previously, he studied in Portugal with Paul Wakabayashi and Jorge Lé. Miguel has played with many orchestras including the European Union Youth Orchestra, Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa and Gulbenkian Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Trevor Pinnock and Vasily Petrenko among others.
Miguel has been awarded two prizes for chamber music and has had coaching from the Doric Quartet, Levon Chiligirian, Paul Wakabayashi, Martin Outram, Ian Brown, Mark Van de Wiel, David Smith and Anna Tomasik. He has won first prize in numerous competitions including “Vasco Barbosa”, which gave him the opportunity to play as a soloist with Camerata Atlântica and to record on national radio. He was accepted to the semi-finals of Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition in November. He has worked with many violists such as Nobuko Imai, Helen Callus, Dimitri Murrath, Máté Szucs, Igor Sulyga, Diemut Poppen, Harmut Rodhe, Tatjana Masurenko, Anna Serova, James Sleigh, Rachel Roberts, Matthew Jones, Jonathan Barritt and Simon Rowland-Jones.
Alim Beisembayev was born in Kazakhstan in 1998. He started playing the piano at the age of 5 in a music school in Almaty. In September 2008, he moved to study at the Central Music School of Moscow. Later that year, he won the televised, international competition for young talented musicians “Nutcracker”.
After two years of studying in Moscow, he moved to continue his studies at the Purcell School for Young Musicians in the UK, where he was taught by Tessa Nicholson.
Alim has played with many orchestras including the Orchestra of Evgeny Svetlanov, Symphony Orchestra of Vladimir Fedoseev, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and has also worked with conductors such as Mark Gorenstein, Dmitry Liss, Evgeny Bushkov, Mei Ann Chen and Karina Canellakis.
In 2010, Alim recorded Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Symphony Orchestra “New Russia” under the baton of Evgeny Bushkov.
His performances have taken place in halls such as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the St. Petersburg Philarmonia of Shostakovich, the Steinway Hall, Wigmore Hall Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall and the Fazioli Hall in Italy.
In 2014 he was awarded 3rd prize at the Liszt International Junior Competition in Weimar. In June 2015 Alim won the First Prize in the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas.
In February 2016, Alim was a guest at BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ promoting the concert at the Royal Festival Hall, where he performed Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra.
In summer 2017, Alim was awarded 1st prize at the Manchester International Piano Comeptition where he performed the First Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with the Manchester Camerata.
Alim has been studying with Tessa Nicholson at the Royal Academy of Music in London since September 2016, with a full scholarship.