Eriko Nagayama was born in Japan in 1993, and is currently studying as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. She won first prize and also the Jean Schmidt prize for outstanding musicianship at the International Yokohama Music Competition in 2015. Recent performances include Bruch's Scottish Fantasy op.46 with Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra at the Rising Star Concert Series of Japan Performance Federation, and a programme of Chausson's Poème and Franck's Violin Sonata at the YAMAHA Music Foundation Concert. As a chamber musician she has performed at various venues including Suntory Hall, after winning full scholarships from the Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy for two years. Eriko is generously supported by the Yellow Angel Foundation in Japan.
Yi-Shing Cheng is from Taiwan, and has been based in London since 2014, and gained her Master's degree with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music. She is now studying for the Professional Diploma there, under the tutelage of Michael Dussek. Yi-Shing was the winner of the Wilfrid Parry Prize Brahms duo competition in 2016 and the winner of Rex Stephans Schumann Lieder Accompanist Prize in 2017. Recent performance highlights include a concert of Bach sonatas for violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, a live performance on BBC radio 3 and a song concert at Wigmore Hall.
The Coriolis Quintet, named for a scandalously underappreciated meteorological phenomenon, was founded in 2017 by five former and current postgraduate students of the Royal Academy of Music as they set out on their freelance careers. Based in London, the members have trained with prestigious organisations such as the Britten-Pears Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra Academy and Lucerne Festival Academy, and have worked professionally with orchestras and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, Janus Ensemble, and Melos Sinfonia. Individually, they have won accolades such as the Wind Finalist of BBC Young Musician of the Year, British Flute Society Young Artist 2018, the Lions Club prize at the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition, and the Countess of Munster Award. Their creative participation work has taken them to the Wigmore Hall as performers and workshop leaders, to school workshops with English Touring Opera, to hospitals with the Open Academy; it has involved working with people with special needs, with homeless people with St Martin-in-the-Fields Music, and with BBC Proms Family Events.