Alice Purton is a London-based cellist, specialising in chamber music. Alongside her work with Ensemble Kopernikus, Alice performs regularly with Distractfold and Ensemble Plus Minus - both groups renowned for their performances of experimental electronic, acoustic and hybrid contemporary repertoire. With her groups Alice has performed at festivals and given broadcasts nationally and internationally, and recorded projects released on labels including Kairos, Another Timbre, All That Dust and NMC. Alice also records regularly for film and television, collaborating with composers and recording in studios including Abbey Road, Air Lyndhurst, Maida Vale and Air-Edel.
Alice is a dedicated teacher, with a basis in Kodaly method; she works with individuals and groups teaching instrumental performance, musicianship and composition from beginner to degree level. She holds regular workshops and residencies at universities both in the UK and abroad, at institutions including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, McGill, Oxford, Edinburgh, Huddersfield and Manchester Universities; the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music.
Ian Tindale has performed across London, the UK and Europe. Following studies at Selwyn College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music, London, Ian was awarded the Pianist's Prize in the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition in 2017 and he has been the recipient of accompaniment prizes at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Royal Overseas League Music Competition and the Gerald Moore Award. Ian is a Britten Pears Young Artist and a Samling Artist.
Concert highlights have included a recital in the Leeds Lieder Festival with tenor Nick Pritchard to give the world premiere performance of Daniel Kidane's Songs of Illumination and performances with regular duo partner and soprano Harriet Burns, the Albion Quartet and flautist Adam Walker at the Ryedale Festival. Other highlights include performances at the Wigmore Hall, Sage Gateshead and Snape Maltings Concert Hall with artists such as Soraya Mafi and BBC New Generation Artist James Newby, at festivals including the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Buxton Festival, and the Petworth Festival.
In the 2018-19 season Ian performed with baritone and ECHO Rising Star Josep-Ramon Olive in recitals across Europe including at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, as well as in Luxembourg, Cologne and Stockholm. Over the past year he has been performing and recording for English Touring Opera as part of their 'Lyric Solitude' programme of Britten, Tippett and Shostakovich songs, as well as appearing again at the Leeds Lieder Festival with tenor Laurence Kilsby and a sequence of song recitals recorded with singers including Robin Tritschler and Julien van Mellaerts.
Kasia Zimir\ska is a versatile violinist and violist committed to exploring repertoire ranging from early to contemporary experimental music. She completed her Bachelor studies with Stephanie Gonley and Krzysztof Chorzelski at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London; she received guidance from celebrated pedagogues Pavel Vernikov and Svetlana Makarova at the Accademia Santa Cecilia, Bergamo and has recently completed her Masters degree at the Royal College of Music, London with Maciej Rakowski. Kasia has performed in a series of masterclasses for the legendary violinist Maxim Vengerov. Her recent solo highlights include Vivaldi's The Four Seasons as soloist with the Silk Street Sinfonia and Shostakovich's Viola Sonata at the Milton Court Concert Hall. Kasia is passionate about improvisation in historical performance and likes to write her own concerto cadenzas. She has received mentoring from experts in early music and improvisation such as Rachel Podger and David Dolan and is currently studying baroque violin with Lucy Russell. As founding member of the Chagall Piano Quartet and Salome Quartet she has been successful in competitions such as the St Martin-in-the-Fields Competition (London), the Johannes Brahms Competition (Gdar\sk), the RCM String Quartet Competition (London) and has received awards such as the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Prize, the Helen Just & Susan Connell Prize and the Sacconi Quartet Prize. Kasia's debut in the iconic Kammer Klang new music series led to her collaboration with acclaimed contemporary ensembles such as Distractfold Ensemble and PlusMinus Ensemble. Kasia has performed in concert halls in Europe and Asia and her performances have been broadcast on television and radio including BBC Radio 3, WOXR New York, and Classical Planet.