Luba Tunnicliffe has performed solo recitals at the Royal Festival Hall and St John’s Smith Square, and made her debut as concerto soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra in June 2016. She won the Guildhall’s Max and Peggy Morgan Award with the Bartok Viola Concerto and was viola soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Alexander Janiczek and the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra in Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican. She is a recipient of the Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Artists through Making Music UK.
She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno and Pavlo Beznosiuk, and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin with Simone Jandl. Previously, she studied with Jacky Woods at the Junior Royal Academy of Music.
Her Flute, Viola and Harp trio, the Pelléas Ensemble won the Royal Philharmonic Society Henderson Award and the ROSL Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Ensemble in 2017, and the 2016 St Martin-in-the-fields Chamber Music Competition. They have commissioned several new works for the ensemble; they premiered Misha Mullov-Abbado’s Three Meditation Songs in the Wigmore Hall, London in November 2016 and Benjamin Graves’ Scherzo in the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series in April 2017. The Pelléas Ensemble are Tunnell Trust Award winners.
Luba is a member of the award-winning Ruisi String Quartet; founded in 2012 by brothers Alessandro and Max, the quartet perform regularly throughout the UK and Europe. The quartet are grateful for the long-term loan of a specially made set of matching instruments by Harris & Sheldon of London.
Richard Tunnicliffe is well known as soloist and chamber musician on both cello and viola da gamba. He is principal cello of the Avison Ensemble and has played as principal or continuo cellist with many other orchestras.
From 2004-2015 he was a member of viol consort Fretwork. His duo partners now include pianist Nigel Yandell and fortepianist Maggie Cole.
His large discography includes works from the 16th century to the present day. In particular his recording of the Six Cello Concerti by the 18th Century, Durham based composer John Garth and also his 2012 recording of the Bach cello suites on Linn Records were highly praised by critics, and have been played frequently on Radio 3 and Classic FM
Richard teaches at the Royal College of Music, London and has given master-classes, seminars and lecture-recitals across the globe.