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Robert Atchison was born in London and studied music from a young age. His teachers included Sheila Nelson, Bronsilaw Gimpel at the Royal Northern College of Music, Emmanuel Hurwitz at the Royal Academy of Music and Maurice Hasson. In 1982 he was a finalist in the Abbado International Competition in Milan, Italy. Mr. Atchison has given concerto performances and recitals in the USA, South America, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Ireland.
In 1983 Mr. Atchison made his concerto debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall playing the Beethoven concerto and in 1984 at the Barbican with the Vivaldi Four Seasons. He joined the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1984 and remained there until 1990. From 1991 to 1997 he was a member of all three orchestras of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and was co-principal to Iona Brown. In 1993 he was appointed Director of the Spanish Chamber Orchestra, appearing frequently as soloist. Since then he has had a busy chamber and solo career. Mr. Atchison is Violinist with the critically acclaimed London Piano Trio and tours regularly with them throughout the UK, Germany, Spain and the Far East. Plans for 2008 include a tour of Canada and the United States. He is also in demand as a freelance leader in the United Kingdom and Europe. He is Leader of the Disney production The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Mr. Atchison’s recordings include the Telemann Twelve Fantasias and the complete Sonatas and Partitas of J. S. Bach for the Altamira label. Also on Altamira he has made many recordings with the London Piano Trio including the recently released Complete Piano Trios of Armstrong Gibbs. Future recordings for 2007-8 include two violin and piano recital albums and the two Mendelssohn concertos and the world premiere recording of the Haydn Wood violin concerto for Toccata Records. Mr. Atchison was recently appointed as the Artistic Director of the new Gibbs Festival at Danbury, Essex. The Festival’s inaugural season is 2008.
He is also Artistic Director with Renato Bossa of the International Music Series at the Certosa di Capri, Italy.
Olga Dudnik was born in the Ukraine into a family of professional musicians. From an early age she has been giving concerts in the most prestigious musical venues throughout the Soviet Union. She studied at the Special Music School for Gifted Children where she received the Gold Medal for Excellence and at the age of 16 she won the Ukraine Piano Competition. In 1990 Olga continued her studies with Professor A.Volkov at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University and since 1993 she moved to London where she undertook Advanced Solo Studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Professor J.Gibb. Upon completion of the course Olga was awarded the "Premier Prix", later she continued her studies at the Royal College of Music with Professor I.Zaritskaya, where she gained her Masters Degree (MMus) in Advanced Performance.In competitions Olga is especially proud of the 1st prize in the Arianne Katz Competition and prizes in the Young Soloist of the Year Competition (1996) and Hong Kong International Piano Competition (1997).In London Olga made her Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall debuts with a BBC live broadcast and has appeared with numerous orchestras including London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Her performances received great critical acclaim.
Since 1999 Olga joined the staff at the Guildhall School of Music and combines a teaching career with a busy schedule of piano recitals, concerto and ensemble appearances across Europe. Her two solo CDs featuring romantic virtuoso works were received with great enthusiasm. Olga's interpretation of contemporary repertoire also attracted keen attention and her most recent recordings include W.Wallace’s Second Piano Concerto (2002), performed with the Slovak Radio Orchestra under Maestro Kirk Trevor and a Piano Concerto by the award winning British composer Christopher Gunning (2003). Both recordings are released on Albany Records label.
Bozidar Vukotic was born in London and started playing the violin at the age of three and the cello at seven. As the Performance Scholar he graduated with a BA (hons) in music from the University of East Anglia. In 1991 he was awarded the prestigious Goldsmith Company Scholarship to study with Stefan Popov on the Advanced Solo studies course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After winning the concerto, sonata and string quartet prizes he was awarded the coveted Performance Recital Diploma (Premier Prix) in 1993. With the aid of Wingate Trust and Hattori Foundation Scholarships he completed his studies with Alexander Kniazev in Moscow.
In 1994 he was a prizewinner in the National Federation of Music Societies competition, which included a debut recital in London’s Purcell Room and in the following year he was a finalist and prizewinner in the Jeunesses Musicales International Cello Competition.
As a soloist and a chamber musician Bozidar has performed throughout the UK, Europe and has been acclaimed in The Times as “ a glorious individual player..” He is a founder member of the Tippett String Quartet whom give regular recitals in London’s Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall and were recently described in the Daily Telegraph as “ a quartet of such exciting ideas and vital interpretative insight that it promises to make a significant contribution to the realms of chamber music.”
This year has seen Bozidar give a sell out solo recital at the Purcell Room in which he premiered works by David Matthews and Alexander Levine. He has been invited to perform at the Belgrade International Cello Festival, tour Denmark and will also record a CD of Chopin for Toccata Records.
As well as teaching at the Royal Academy of Music in the Junior department Bozidar is Principal cello in the Oxford Philamusica Orchestra with whom he has just performed with at the Athens Festival . He regularly appears as a guest principal with many of London’s orchestras, most recently the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
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