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.
YOANNA PRODANOVA | Elgar Cello Concerto
Yoanna Prodanova was born in Bulgaria in 1992. She moved to Canada in her early teens before starting her studies at the Conservatoire de Montréal with Denis Brott and obtaining a Diplôme d’études Supérieures (with highest honours).
She completed her Bachelor and Master degrees at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (funded by the Guildhall Trust, Frost Trust and Help Musicians UK) with Louise Hopkins, Richard Lester and Rebecca Gilliver before continuing her studies in at the Royal Academy of Music with Hannah Roberts on the prestigious Advanced Diploma course as a Bicentenary Scholar in 2018.
Yoanna is recipient of the 2016 Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Artist, as well as the Sylva Gelber Award for two consecutive years. As a concerto soloist she has performed with the Banbury Symphony and Surrey Philharmonic, as well as the Sinfonia de Lanaudière (Canada) and Dobrich Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria).
She regularly performs in the UK, Europe and Canada and has appeared in such venues as the Wigmore Hall, Milton Court and Barbican Hall, Casa de Musica Porto and Tonhalle Zurich. Her festival appearances include recitals in St Magnus, Buxton and Harrogate festivals, as well as chamber music in Festival dos Siete Lagos (Argentina), Rencontres de violoncelle de Bélaye, Alderney and Newbury Festivals, among others.
She has also participated in IMS Prussia Cove, Music Academy of the West, London Masterclasses, Banff and Kronberg Festival. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, CBC Radio 1 and Medici TV.
A dedicated chamber musician, Yoanna is the cellist of the Barbican String Quartet, who did their Wigmore Hall début in 2017 thanks to the Maisie Lewis Award, and are also recipients of the RPS Frost Award.
She regularly works with pianist Mihai Ritivoiu. The duo is making their first recording in 2019 for Linn Records comprising of works by Janacek, Fauré and Chopin. Additionally, her recording of Brahms chamber music for clarinet and piano with Joseph Shiner and Somi Kim was released in 2019 on the label Orchid Classics.
Yoanna plays on a 1788 Giuseppe Gagliano cello generously loaned to her by the Canimex Group.