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Soloists for 13 & 14 June

© Kasskara/DG

© Nina Large

Vadim Repin (violin)

Andrew Marriner (clarinet)

Born in Siberia in 1971, Vadim started to play the violin at the age of five, and six months later had his first stage performance. At only eleven he won the gold medal in all age categories in the Wieniawski Competition. In 1985 he made his debuts in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Helsinki; a year later in Carnegie Hall. Two years later Vadim Repin was the youngest ever winner of the Reine Elisabeth Concours. Since then he has appeared with the world’s greatest orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony. Vadim Repin has been a frequent guest at festivals such as the Tanglewood, and the BBC Proms. His busy season includes concerts in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and a European tour with the Melbourne Symphony. Vadim plays on the magnificent 1736 Guarneri del Gesù ‘von Szerdahely’ violin. Visit www.vadimrepin.com.

Andrew Marriner became Principal Clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1986. During his orchestral career he has also maintained his place on the worldwide solo and chamber music platform. His professional musical career began at the age of seven when he was a boy chorister at King’s College Cambridge. Joining the National Youth Orchestra in 1968 he studied briefly at Oxford University and then extensively in Hanover, Germany with Hans Deinzer. Andrew has recorded the core solo and chamber clarinet repertoire with various record companies including Philips, EMI, Chandos, and Collins Classics. Andrew is visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded an Hon RAM in 1996. He will perform with the renowned soprano Edita Gruberova in Wigmore Hall in 2008.

Irina Vasilieva (soprano)

Irina Vasilieva was a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers in 1999, and made her Mariinsky Theatre debut in 2000 as Wellgunde in Wagner’s Das Rheingold, and joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2005. Irina is the recipient of a special diploma and prize for best performance of a work by a 20th century composer at the Fourth International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition in 2000, and a prizewinner at the International Izabella Yurieva Competition in Tallinn in 2004. Her repertoire includes Anna (Nabucco), High Priestess (Aida), and Mercédès (Carmen). She has worked with conductors including Gergiev, Bertini, Glinka, Bashmet, Walander, Kantorov and Sokhiev, and has toured the USA, Finland and Japan.

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