Alissa Firsova

Since winning the BBC Proms Young Composer competition in 2001, Alissa Firsova received two world premieres at the Proms, both conducted by Andrew Litton. As a pianist she gave her Wigmore Hall and Proms debuts in 2009, and has performed for numerous prominent venues and festivals since.

Toby Purser

Toby Purser began his musical studies as a chorister and a music scholar at Winchester College and studied piano for a year in Vienna before returning to read music at Oxford. In 2005 he founded the Orion Orchestra, and has developed it into one of London’s great orchestral successes as a leading organisation for young professional musicians.

James Ross

James Ross is a BBC Conducting Competition finalist who studied in Hungary, France, Czech Republic and USA, including with Sir Charles Mackerras and Marin Alsop. Training as a violinist, he was a scholar at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford, writing his D.Phil. on French opera. He has performed 950 works in fifteen countries throughout Europe, North America and Asia.

Warwick Cole

Warwick Cole read Music at Brasenose College, and subsequently studied for a PhD on Bach. Since graduating he has divided his time between various musical activities. He has contributed to a number of musicological journals on Bach and the Early Piano, as well as writing reviews for books and recordings. As a harpsichordist he has played with a number of the country's leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the CBSO. He founded and directs the period-instrument Corelli Orchestra based in Gloucestershire in addition to performing with a number of chamber ensembles. Originally a first-study cellist, he has returned to playing the instrument more in recent years both on baroque and modern cellos.