Kirsty Michele Anderson (soprano) won the title of Open Mic UK in 2009 a competition into which 10,000 singers entered. Since then, she has performed in prestigious venues, including the 02 Arena, Greenwich; Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Buxton Opera House. In April 2010, Kirsty made her operatic debut as Mimi in Puccini's La bohème, and in the following year, she played ‘Gilda' in Verdi's ‘Rigoletto'. Her first album “Introducing – Kirsty Michele Anderson” was released in May 2011. She studied with Australian tenor, Anthony Roden at the London College of Music, where she has recently won 1 st prize in the John Ireland Competition and Michael James Prize. She is now studying at the Royal Academy of Music.
Charles Economou (piano) lives in Ealing, and was educated at St Paul 's School and Cambridge University , where he read mathematics. Whilst at Cambridge he was awarded an Instrumental Award, and gave many performances of solo and chamber music as a pianist, including a performance of Beethoven's Emperor piano concerto with a university orchestra. Since leaving Cambridge , he has concentrated entirely on his musical studies, giving many solo recitals, covering a wide repertoire from Bach to Boulez.
The Jubilee Quartet was formed in 2006 at the Royal Academy of Music. They held a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Academy from 2012/13, and have been awarded the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship for String Quartet at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for 2013/14. The quartet won first prize in the ‘Val Tidone International Chamber Music Competition' and the ‘St Martin's Chamber Music Competition', and have won several other prestigious awards. In 2012 the quartet were finalists in the ‘Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition', Weimar, and in 2013, the Royal Over-Seas League. The quartet have performed extensively in the UK and their continental tours have included a performance in the presence of former Czech president Vaclav Havel. In May the quartet gave their debut recital at the Purcell Room. Future engagements include concerts around the UK and Italy, and recitals in the Purcell room in January 2014, and the Wigmore Hall in November 2013 and July 2014. The Jubilee Quartet would like to thank the Mears/Speers family for their generous support.
Karim Said (piano) was born in Jordan in 1988, and won an international competition in Romania when aged 9. In 1999 he attended a workshop with Daniel Barenboim, and since then has had regular masterclasses from him. He joined the Purcell School in 2000, and gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. He has already performed concerti with Sir Colin Davis at the Barbican, and with Daniel Barenboim at the Proms, and given concerts in prestigious venues throughout the world. He was the subject of a 7 year film project by Christopher Nupen, broadcast on BBC4 in November 2008. He made his Southbank Centre debut with a sold out recital as part of ‘The Rest Is Noise'. Future engagements include performances at Switzerland's Lucerne Festival, with the Czech Philharmonic in Japan, at the ‘Piano aux Jacobins' festival in France and chamber music recitals in Malaysia.
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