Cello Soloist - Liubov Ulybysheva

Liubov Ulybysheva was born in Moscow and started playing the cello at the age of five. Having studied at the Gnessin Special Music School and the Russian Music Academy, she came to London in 2003 to continue her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Oleg Kogan and the Royal Academy of Music with Felix Schmidt, winning the Mir Carnegie Prize for cello upon graduating. Liubov became the only cellist to win a prestigious scholarship from the Paganini International Competition in Moscow, funded by the Investment Programme Foundation. She was also featured in Reader’s Digest magazine as one of the young stars of the Russian Hope feature.

In 2006 she won the First Prize at the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist Competition, followed by winning the MBF Music Education Award, the Muriel Taylor Young gifted Cellist Award, the Hattori Foundation, the Jellinek and the Kenneth Loveland awards. Liubov was also a recipient of the Meyer Foundation Award and the English Speaking Union Scholarship. Liubov later became a member of the Razumovsky Academy and made her solo debut at Wigmore Hall as part of the Razumovsky Young Artists Recital Series in 2008. The same year she started teaching at the Razumovsky Academy herself.

As a concerto soloist, Liubov has performed in Russia, the UK, and Europe with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Russian State Symphony Orchestra Young Russia, and more. Liubov is also a keen chamber musician and regularly performs in the UK and abroad. She has participated in numerous music festivals such as the Manchester Cello Festival, Alderburgh Festival, Valdres and Lidkoping Music Festivals. She has played with, amongst others, Dora Schwarzberg, the Mozart Piano Trio and the Razumovsky Ensemble.

She has performed live on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Ulster and Classic FM. In 2018 Liubov joined the Royal Opera House orchestra and in the same year she released her debut recording, From the Shadow of the Great War, featuring works for cello and piano by English composers. In 2019, Liubov became an artistic manager of the Brundibar Arts Festival, which aims to bring little-known music written during the Holocaust to the general public.                                                                                                                                                                                                   liubovulybysheva.com

2019 Conductor - Robert Baxter 

Robert Baxter is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied trumpet. Since graduating he has, and continues to work extensively with every professional orchestra in Scotland. He has also performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Tenerife Symphony, New London Consort, Manchester Camerata, Bruckner Orchestra Linz and Flanders Symphony. He studied conducting with Ilan Volkov and Kristian Kluttig and has conducted the Lithuanian State Symphony. This season he has conducted at Scottish Ballet for Prokofiev’s Cinderella and for their world premiere production of Dextera. He has been MD for the film composer Craig Armstrong in an evening of the composers music. He has also been MD for the Scottish Concert Orchestra conducting for both Belle and Sebastian and Colours Classical 2018 in the SSE Hydro and for Celtic Connections in a televised concert from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with Chieftains and Kris Kristofferson.

He is MD for the Dunbartonshire Concert Band and the Helensburgh Orchestral Society where apart from regular concerts he has commissioned and premiered new works, toured and recorded. He conducts regularly for many regional youth orchestras and has been course director for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Spring Academy and conducted NYOS Juniors.

Robert has been guest conductor for the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra, RSNO Community Orchestra, Amicus, Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, Glasgow Orchestral Society and he also enjoys teaching trumpet and taking performance classes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland junior department and for the Music School of Douglas Academy. Many of his students have gone on to study at leading music conservatoires throughout the UK.                                                                                                                                                                                         robertbaxter.org.uk

Artistic Director - Chris Swaffer

Chris is currently Artistic Director of the Auricle Ensemble and the Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra. He has guest conducted many ensembles, including the Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestras and the Metropolitan Ensemble of London and recently made his debut with the Orchestra of Opera North conducting Copland's complete original score to Appalachian Spring. Christopher's passion for new music has seen him conduct many premieres, including the UK premiere of the Ives Society Critical Edition of Charles Ives' Second Symphony and seven world premieres at the Royal Northern College of Music with contemporary music group Ensemble 11. He conducted the first public performance of Howard Blake's Diversions for marimba in the presence of the composer, with soloist Heather Corbett. He also recently lead a Scottish Opera Connect workshop on a brand new contemporary opera. With Auricle he has directed several critically acclaimed projects including, Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, a two year Mini-Mahler project and two European premieres of works by Copland, one of which, The City, was performed live to film at the Glasgow Film Festival. Chris was educated at Chetham's School of Music and holds a Masters degree in composition and conducting from the University of Manchester. He has actively participated in many masterclasses across the world and gained a place at the Bard Summer Music Festival, New York where he conducted Mahler's Sixth Symphony


2019 Tutors

Conductor - Robert Baxter
Cello Soloist & Masterclass - Liubov Ulybysheva

Full Strings - Chris George
Violin - Chris George, Liz Beeston
Viola - Michael Beeston
Cello - John Davidson
Bass - May Halyburton

Full Wind - Michelle McCabe
Flute - Michelle McCabe
Oboe & Bassoon - Kirstie Logan
Clarinet - Calum Robertson

Full Brass & Percussion - Bede Williams
Horn - Christine Smith
Trumpet - Bede Williams
Trombone, Tuba
 - Ronnie McNivern
Percussion - Andrew Horne

Previous Tutors

Previous Conductors
Chris George
Chris Swaffer
Robert Baxter
Andrew Nunn - Les Sirenes Choir

Previous Soloists
Liubov Ulybysheva - Cello
Simon Donaldson - Narrator
Richard Ingham - Saxophone
Daniel Browell - Piano
Rudi de Groote - Cello
Tamas Fejes - Violin
Les Sirenes - Choir

Previous Tutors

Full Strings - Chris George
Violin - Justine Watts, Chris George, Tamas Fejes, Elita Poulter, Liz Beeston, Heidi Kuehne, Jacquie Speirs
Viola - Michael Beeston
Cello - John Davidson
Bass - Paul Sutherland, Paul Speirs, May Halyburton, Neil Cameron, Chris Gray
Harp and Celesta - Sophie Askew

Full Wind - Duncan Swindells, Julian Appleyard, MIchelle McCabe, John Cushing
Flute - Michelle McCabe, Emma Roche
Oboe - Kirstie Logan, Julian Appleyard, Rona Pollard, Colin Friend
Clarinet - John Cushing, Lawrence Gill, Duncan Swindells, Calum Robertson
Bassoon - Simon Rennard, Kath Nagl

Full Brass & Percussion - Robert Baxter, Bede Williams
Horn - Christine Smith
Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba - Robert Baxter
Percussion - Andrew Horne

Conducting - Bede Williams, Chris Swaffer