Yuri Bashmet is one of the world's greatest living violist.
Through his virtuosity, strength of personality and high intelligence, Yuri Bashmet has given the viola a new prominence in musical life. The pre-eminent viola player of the modern age, he has motivated the leading composers of our time to expand the repertoire with significant new music.
The Nash Ensemble is an English chamber ensemble. It was founded by Artistic Director Amelia Freedman in 1964, while she was a student at the Royal Academy of Music, and was named after the Nash Terraces around the Academy. The Ensemble has won awards from the Edinburgh Festival Critics and the Royal Philharmonic Society, as well as a 2002 Gramophone Award for contemporary music.
Marta Deyanova first achieved critical recognition when she won First Prize at the Third National Competition for Children and Young Performers in her native Sofia, an early success which she soon consolidated with a Gold Medal at the Busoni International Competition in Italy and the First Prize at the Ninth World Youth Festival in Sofia.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Count Johann Nicolaus Graf de la Fontaine und d'Harnoncourt-Unverzagt) (b. 6 December 1929) is an Austrian conductor, particularly known for his historically informed performances of music from the classical era and earlier.