MEURIG BOWEN (CHAIRMAN)
Meurig Bowen is currently Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Britten Sinfonia. He was previously Artistic Planning Manager of the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales following his decade tenure as Artistic Director of the Cheltenham Festival.
The son of a Welsh tenor, he is steeped in music. Educated in London at William Ellis School, he graduated in music at King's College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar. As a viola player he had been a member of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and learnt to play the piano to reach Grade 8. When time allows he continues to sing as a counter tenor in the choirs of Gloucester and Tewkesbury Cathedrals.
After graduation, Meurig managed The Hilliard Ensemble in London before moving to Sydney in 1995 to be Artistic Administrator of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 2001, he returned to the UK as Director of the Lichfield Festival, subsequently becoming head of programming at the Aldeburgh Festival/Snape Proms, before taking up his present post at Cheltenham in 2007, where he succeeded Martyn Brabbins.
Meurig is also a well-known music journalist and commentator who regularly writes for the national press. He has written and presented a number of radio programmes for ABC Classic FM in Australia and BBC Radio 3. A widely experienced Adjudicator, he has been on the jury for both the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards. He is also a Trustee of the elite choir Ex Cathedra and the Holst Birthplace Museum.
Born in Moscow, into a family of musicians, Katya Apekishiva attended the Gnessin Music School for exceptionally gifted children making her stage debut at the age of 12. She continued her studies in Jerusalem at the Rubin Music Academy and later at the Royal College of Music in London. From these auspicious beginnings she went on to be a Prizewinner of the Leeds International Piano competition and has gone on to enjoy a career performing with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, working with renowned conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, David Shallon, Jan Latham-Koenig and Alexander Lazarev.
As a recording artist, Katya has received widespread critical acclaim for her interpretations from Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award and International Piano Magazine’s Critics’ choice to Classic FM’s CD of the week as well as a Classical Brit award to name but a few. Katya’s discography includes solo and chamber works by Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Dvorak and Rachmaninov.
Katya is a most sought after collaborative pianist, working with artists such as Janine Jansen, Natalie Clein, Guy Johnston, Maxim Rysanov, Jack Liebeck, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexei Ogrinchouk and Nicholas Daniel. She appears regularly at major chamber music festivals around the world and also has a highly successful piano duo partnership with Charles Owen. Together they are co-Artistic Directors of the London Piano Festival which began in 2016.
Sarah Bruce has over 20 years' experience of managing musicians, having launched Lomonaco Artists in 2007. At heart, she is a quality musician herself still playing the oboe in the Kensington Symphony Orchestra. She graduated in music from Edinburgh University and also plays flute and piano. During the pandemic she picked up the flute again and succeeded in obtaining Distinction in her Grade 8 flute exam.
For over two decades she has travelled widely around the globe managing both instrumental soloists such as cellist Matthew Barley, clarinettist Julian Bliss, oboist Nicholas Daniel and pianist/composer Rolf Hind as well as the conductors Michael Seal, Joshua Gersen and chamber ensembles including the Calefax Reed Quintet, Lendvai String Trio and the Kamus Quartet.
Sarah gained her initial experience in managing artists through working with Seaview Music in Cambridge; then a move to HarrisonParrott in London brought her to manage such stars as Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Vladimir Ashkenazy. She worked at Ricordi London publishers - managing the careers of composers - before launching Lomonaco Artists.
She has toured several international orchestras in territories from Europe to Japan and South America; most recently the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Perhaps not surprisingly, Sarah speaks Italian, French and Spanish.