The Trio Isimsiz was formed in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, under the guidance of Louise Hopkins and Alasdair Tait. They have participated in masterclasses with the Belcea, Endellion and Takács Quartets and with Pavel Gililov, Wolfgang Reddick and Thomas Riebl at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2013 they were selected for representation by YCAT.
Over the last year the Trio has undertaken a winter residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts working with Henk Guittart and given recitals at the Barbican and Royal Festival Hall. Engagements this season include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Barber Institute Birmingham, The Sage Gateshead, Brighton Dome and Colston Hall Bristol.
Pablo Hernán Benedí was born in 1991 in Madrid. He studied at the C.I. Padre Antonio Soler Conservatory in San Lorenzo de El Escorial and since 2009 at the GSMD with David Takeno. During his studies he has won numerous prizes and awards including a Martin Musical Scholarship Fund award and the Juventudes Musicales. In 2010 Pablo became a member of the Chiaroscuro Quartet, formed by Alina Ibragimova, Emilie Hornlund and Claire Thirion, appearing at major venues throughout Europe. The Quartet’s debut recording was released in 2011 to critical acclaim. Future engagements include the Liceo de Camara del Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the Gulbenkian Foundation and a return visit to Wigmore Hall.
Born in Bulgaria in 1990, Michael studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Louise Hopkins, winning the Gold Medal in 2014.
Over the last two years Michael has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber and the Barbican Young Orchestras (conducted by Edward Gardner) performing concertos by Dvorak, Elgar, Haydn, Walton and Shostakovich.
Nominated by the Barbican as ECHO Rising Star, Michael gave recitals at eighteen major concert halls throughout Europe including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique Paris, Musikverein Vienna, Budapest Palace of Arts, Kölner Philharmonie and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg.
Recent concert highlights also include his debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and recitals at the Los Angeles Cello, Bath International, Plush and Peasmarsh Festivals. This season Michael returns to Wigmore Hall, attends open chamber music at IMS Prussia Cove and gives recitals throughout Europe.
He plays on a Vuillaume cello (c.1845) Erdem Misirlioglu
Erdem Misirlioglu started piano lessons when he was nine. He is currently doing his masters in performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studies with Martin Roscoe and Ronan O’Hora. He studied the piano with Mark Fielding for five years at Junior Guildhall prior to this.
In 2006, Erdem was a prizewinner in the International Rachmaninov Competition for Young Pianists and was also awarded both the Keyboard Instrument Prize in 2006 and the Principal’s prize in 2008 at GSMD. Erdem won the piano section of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2008 and subsequently performed Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In 2011, Erdem was awarded 1st prize in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s intercollegiate piano competition.
A passionate chamber musician, Erdem is a member of Trio Isimsiz, a piano trio who are also represented by the Young Classical Artists Trust.
He has enjoyed participating in masterclasses with distinguished pianists including Bernard Roberts, Peter Donohoe, Lang Lang, Paul Lewis and Stephen Kovacevich and has performed in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, St Martin in the Fields, St James’ Piccadilly, Snape Maltings, Cardiff Millennium Centre and Wigmore Hall.
Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT)
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.