“[Martyn Jackson is] a truly sensitive musician, impassioned playing and utterly compelling”
The Berliner Morgenpost
"[Petr Limonov] ... Artistic, mature and utterly compelling playing." - Carole Pressland
Martyn Jackson, violin
Petr Limonov, piano
Martyn’s recent concert schedule has included solo and chamber music performances at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Musikverein, Berlin Konzerthaus, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Gasteig Philharmonie, Purcell Room and King’s Place. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Berliner Capella. He has performed chamber music with principle players from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Milan and Rome and has also collaborated with musicians such as Henri Demarquette, Guy Johnston, Valeriy Sokolov, and Guy Ben-Ziony.
In addition to his solo concert schedule he is now leader of the Allegri Quartet, having led the Cavaleri Quartet until February 2016 when the quartet disbanded. Whilst Martyn was performing with the Cavaleri Quartet they won Second Prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition 2014. Highlights of the quartet’s last few seasons included appearances at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Schubertiade in Austria and major tours of New Zealand, Australia and Colombia. They were also Quartet in Residence at Oxford University for three years.
Martyn and duo partner violist Ann Beilby were winners of the Royal Overseas League Competition Ensemble Award 2015 and look forward to future engagements at Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a series of concerts in Lucerne. Martyn has served as guest Assistant Concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, and BBC Scottish Orchestra and is frequently invited to appear as guest leader of Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa da Música in Portugal.
In 2008 Martyn featured alongside internationally renowned violinist and conductor Shlomo Mintz in the Holocaust documentary film “Amnon’s Journey”, a film depicting the intricate relationship between musicians and their instruments while giving voice to a lost generation. He has also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Suisse Romande Television et Radio, Suddeutsches Radio and on BBC 4 television.
Martyn studied at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin with Professor Stephan Picard and was a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music, studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky. He has frequently attended the International Musicians’ Seminar Prussia Cove and has also studied with Zakhar Bron and Ana Chumachenco.
Petr Limonov was born in Moscow in 1984 and started playing the piano at the age of 5. In 1991 he entered the Central Music School, where he studied under Siyavush Gadjiev, Valery Pyasetsky and, later, Andrei Pisarev.
After winning the First prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein piano competition in Paris (1998) he started giving concerts in Europe, Russia and Japan, sponsored by the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation. In 2003 Petr was awarded a full international scholarship by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, which allowed him to continue his studies in the Royal Academy of Music (London) under professor Hamish Milne and visiting professor Alexander Satz. Since then Petr took part in master classes given by Alfred Brendel, Stephen Kovacevich, Stephen Hough, Boris Petrushansky, Bernard d'Ascoli and Vitaly Margulis.
After graduating from RAM Petr continued his studies in Paris in the École Normale Cortot with Ramzi Yassa and Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy. In 2010 Petr returned to London to commence his Masters program in the Royal College of Music under Dimitri Alexeev on a full scholarship. During his studies at RCM he began taking conducting lessons with Peter Stark. In 2012 Petr became the principal conductor of the London Soloists Philarmonia orchestra, preparing for his Cadogan Hall debut in November 2013.
Petr's notable appearances included the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, La Roque d'Antheron festival (broadcast by radio France Musique), Salle Cortot, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, a recital in Duke's Hall in presence of HRH Prince Charles, broadcasts for "Culture" television channel in Russia and BBC Radio 3. In May 2013, he was invited to participate in a recording of the "My First Decade" album for Decca Classics in collaboration with violinist Nicola Benedetti. His repertoire stretches from Orlando Gibbons to Arvo Pärt.
"...Petr Limonov, avec un détachement apparent, a joué les morceaux les plus ardus avec une aisance incroyable, une simplicité et une sincérité parfaite."- La Nouvelle République
"Unique pianist with great pianistic facilities" - Noriko Kawai