Polish-born violinist Bartosz Woroch is a prize winner at major international competitions such as Pablo Sarasate in Spain and Michael Hill in New Zealand. As a soloist Bartosz has appeared with orchestras across the world, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic, Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony and Polish Radio Orchestras. For the past three seasons, he has lead, directed and appeared as soloists with the Sinfonia Cymru, culminating in the orchestra's first ever international collaboration, ‘Small Nations Big Sounds' Festival, of which he was Artistic Director. Bartosz performs widely across Europe at venues including Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Royal Albert Hall etc. He recently released his debut CD, ‘Dancer on a Tightrope' as well as a concerto disc ‘ConNotations' with the Britten Sinfonia and Mei Yi Foo. Both recordings have been met with unanimous critical acclaim. A committed chamber musician, Bartosz is the leader of the Lutoslawski Quartet and has given recitals throughout Europe with a recent residency at IRCAM in Paris. Bartosz studied at the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan, the Hochschule der Kunste Berne and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he was guided by Marcin Baranowski, Monika Urbaniak-Lisik and Louise Hopkins.
Bartholomew LaFollette has a rich and varied career as an international solo cellist and chamber musician. His debut CD of Brahms's Sonatas for Cello and Four Serious Songs, with pianist Caroline Palmer, was released to great critical acclaim in October 2017 on the Champs Hill label. As a YCAT artist (Young Classical Artists Trust) Bartholomew gave numerous performances at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Royal Festival, and Bridgewater halls. His highlights with orchestra include performances of Dvorák's Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Walton and Elgar Cello Concertos in the Barbican Hall, as well as appearing as soloist with the City of London Sinfonia. His musical collaborations have included Anthony Marwood, Christian Tetzlaff, Alina Ibragimova and András Keller. He works with the award-winning Doric String Quartet with whom he recorded Eric Wolfgang Korngold's string sextet for the Chandos label. Born in Philadelphia, Bartholomew LaFollette has lived in Britain since the age of 13. At the age of twenty-six he was appointed Principal Cello Teacher at the distinguished Yehudi Menuhin School. Bartholomew is artistic director of the Marryat Players International Chamber Music Festival, now in its fourth year, which takes place in Wimbledon Village.
Caroline Palmer studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Edith Vogel and later continued her studies with Peter Wallfisch and Hans Keller. She was a finalist in the Busoni competition and has played in the USA and in much of Europe. Well-known as both a solo pianist and chamber musician, she has recorded for British, Swiss, French, German and Italian radio stations and has made televised appearances in Italy and Bulgaria. Caroline's latest CDs include the cello sonatas of Saint-Saens, Faure and Busoni and the Brahms violin sonatas with Krzysztof Smietana. She has made numerous recordings as soloist and chamber musician for the BBC. Caroline has been a piano professor at the Guildhall since 1990, where she coaches chamber repertoire as well as teaching individual students