Mishka Rushdie Momen, born in London 1992, studied with Joan Havill and Imogen Cooper at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has also studied with Richard Goode and Sir Andras Schiff, who presented her in recitals in Zurich Tonhalle, New York's 92Y, Antwerp deSingel, and several cities in Germany and Italy for his 2016-17 “Building Bridges” Series. A committed chamber musician whose partners have included Steven Isserlis, Midori, Daniel Phillips, and members of the Endellion, Belcea, and Artemis String Quartets, she played in the 2016 Marlboro and Krzyzowa Music Festivals and participates in Open Chamber Music at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, Cornwall. In 2014 Mishka Rushdie Momen was unanimously voted the 1st Prize winner of the Dudley International Piano Competition. In the same year she won 2nd Prize at the Cologne International Piano Competition.Mishka has given solo recitals at the Barbican Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, and major venues across the UK, as well as abroad in New York City, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and India. She is currently studying at the Kronberg Academy as part of the Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists. This study is funded by the Henle Foundation.
Ater gaining a degree in Mathematics at Imperial College London, Gamal completed his formal musical education at the Royal College of Music. He first performed at the Wigmore Hall at the age of ten, and has since appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Sage Gateshead, Oxford Lieder Festival, Buxton Festival and Chipping Campden Festival, among many others. He has participated in festivals in Canada, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. He has won major prizes at the Norah Sande, ESO Young Soloist and Christopher Duke piano competitions, as well the Collaborative Piano Prize at the 2017 ROSL competition and the Help Musicians UK Accompanist's Prize at the 2017 Ferrier Awards. Gamal has given world premieres of works by Timothy Salter, Andrew Toovey, Eleanor Alberga, Howard Skempton, Shiva Feshareki and Charlotte Harding, and has also worked with Thomas Adès and Mark-Anthony Turnage on their solo piano compositions. His playing has also been broacast several times on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and Dutch radio, as well as Danish and Arabic television. Gamal is an Artist with the Concordia Foundation, Park Lane Group and Samling, and is a member of the Lipatti Piano Quartet who won the Elias Fawcett Trust Award at the 2016 ROSL Music Competition, and recently made their Wigmore Hall debut. He also performs regularly with Sinfonia Cymru. Gamal would like to thank The Carne Trust for their continued generous support.