LEO PATSALIDES | Artistic Director
Leo was an Exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Department of Initial Studies) between 1994-99 where he specialised in piano, violin, viola, and began formal conducting studies. Under the guidance of his late mentor, Frederick Applewhite, Leo conducted all the major college symphony orchestras.
While still at school, and early in his career, Leo was soloist with orchestra in concert performances of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, the Grieg Piano Concerto, and the Bach D minor Piano Concerto.
Leo studied viola and conducting at Trinity College of Music, London, graduating with the Conducting Prize.
He made his professional conducting debut in 2000. In the same year he became one of the youngest conductors ever to be admitted to the Dartington International Summer School Advanced Conducting Course.
EDOUARD ALEXANDRE WOOD | Leader & Soloist
Edouard is a professional violinist and teacher based in London, and Leader of the Amati Orchestra, with whom he was soloist in the Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 in July 2016, and the Beethoven Violin Concerto in March 2015. Having started his musical journey as a chorister with the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, he was inspired to play the violin at age 6 after hearing the Merseyside Youth Orchestra in Holst ‘The Planets’.
He entered Trinity College of Music London in 1989, completing graduate and postgraduate diplomas in violin performance under Hu Kun.
Edouard was awarded two scholarships to study chamber music with the world-renowned Brodsky and Smith quartet. As 1st Violin of the Marcucci String Quartet, Edouard toured Great Britain, Jersey and Northern France. He has also tutored and performed as a chamber music coach at the Dartington International Summer School and the Bath Guitar Festival.
Edouard has played with professional and amateur orchestras including the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, on tour with Sir Yehudi Menuhin, with the British Youth Opera Orchestra, Concilium, and on tour with Opera of the South.
MIHAI RITIVOIU | Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Born in Bucharest, the multi-awards pianist Mihai Ritivoiu won the Dinu Lipatti National Competition in 2010 and was laureate of numerous international competitions including the George Enescu Competition in 2011 (Bucharest), Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist Competition in 2014 and Teresa Llacuna Competition in 2015 (Valence). Most recently, he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Intercollegiate Competition.
Mihai leads an international career performing solo recitals in Europe and Asia. He also played concertos with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and the MDR Leipzig Radio Orchestra. Regularly invited to play on BBC Radio 3’s programme ‘In Tune’, his performances have been broadcast on Radio Romania Muzical, Radio Television Suisse and Medici TV. His debut album released under the label Genuin features works by Franck, Enescu and Liszt.
Graduated with the highest distinction from the National University of Music in Bucharest and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Mihai studied with Professors Viniciu Moroianu and Joan Havill. He also had the privilege to take part in masterclasses led by Dimitri Bashkirov, Dominique Merlet, Emmanuel Ax, Richard Goode and is mentored by Valentin Gheorghiu.
Mihai is a City Music Foundation artist and a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He has received generous support from the Liliana and Peter Ilica Foundation for the Endowment of the Arts, Erbiceanu Cultural Foundation and Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation.