Our International Artists

The 8th annual Whittington International Chamber Music Festival will take place from May 12-17 2020 and be based around the theme Folklassical.

The festival will bring together world-class folk and classical artists from Britain, Hungary and the Alps to explore the inspiration behind the music of Vaughan Williams, Schubert, Bartok and others.

Artists will be announced in November.

2019 Whittington International Chamber Music Festival artists

Artistic Director: James Barralet 

Maia Cabeza, Tim Crawford, Greg Lawson and Priya Mitchell (violins), Léa Hennino and Francis Kefford (violas), Julian Arp, James Barralet and Adrian Brendel (cellos), Sophia Rahman and Robin Green (piano)

The Artistic Director reserves the right to find a substitute for any of these artists should it prove necessary to do so.

Sophia Rahman

Sophia Rahman has recorded piano concertos with Scottish Ensemble, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and thirty chamber music discs for companies including Linn records, cpo, Guild, Naxos, ASV, Dutton/Epoch, Meridian and Resonus. She is Head of Chamber Music on the String Masters programme at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. … Read more

Priya Mitchell

Priya Mitchell grew up in Oxford and studied with David Takeno at the Yehudi Menuhin School and with Zachar Bron in Germany. She was then chosen as the British representative of the European Concert Halls Organisation ‘Rising Stars‘ Series, this success led to highly acclaimed tours and performances with, amongst others, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic … Read more

Greg Lawson

Greg Lawson is a violinist, composer and conductor who has explored music from many genres. He studied violin at the Royal Northern College of Music with Malcolm Layfield and Eligh Goren and in West Berlin with Ilan Gronich. As a classical violinist he has held principal and Leading positions in most of the orchestras in … Read more

Francis Kefford

Australian-born violist, Francis Kefford, is a frequent performer with the UK’s leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. After studying in Toronto with Steven Dann, his most affecting musical influence, Francis remained in Canada for a time working as a guest Principal Viola for Toronto … Read more

Léa Hennino

Considered one of the most promising viola players of her generation, Léa has played in major international venues with such artists as the Modigliani Quartet, Eric Le Sage, Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer, Nicolas Dautricourt and many others. In 2014 she participated in a European tour of the complete Mozart quintets with Renaud Capuçon, Alina Ibragimova … Read more

Robin Green

“A light touch and an engaging tone” (The Strad magazine), Robin Green enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor.   Robin’s CD, Dialog mit Mozart released on the Gramola label was ‘Editor’s Choice’ in the Strad Magazine. His recording Games Chorales and Fantasie released on the Claves label was reviewed by … Read more

Tim Crawford

Tim Crawford is an increasingly sought after instrumentalist, regularly plying across the U.K. and Europe. He has recently completed his undergraduate degree with Alexander Janiczek at the Guildhall School of Music in London, being awarded a Concert Recital Diploma, Ivan Sutton Chamber Prize and Lord Mayor’s Prize for the highest mark across the music department, … Read more

Maia Cabeza

Canadian-American violinist Maia Cabeza enjoys a multi-faceted performing career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She has been successful in several international competitions, and her major awards include 1st prize at the 2013 Leopold Mozart Violin Competition in Augsburg and 2nd prize (Bach-prize) of the 2018 Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. As … Read more

Adrian Brendel

One of the most versatile and original cellists of his generation, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher. His early immersion in the core classical repertoire inspired an enduring fascination that has led to encounters with many fine musicians at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. His discovery of … Read more

Julian Arp

Julian Arp was born in 1981 in northern Germany into a big family of musicians. When he heard one of his family practice the first Bach Cello Suite, he knew that he wanted to learn the cello. He had his first lessons at the age of six. In 2002 he began to study at the … Read more

James Barralet

James Barralet, cellist, arranger and composer, is Artistic Director of the Whittington International Chamber Music Festival.