Archive - 2009 Meet The Artists






Artistic Director

William E. Kunhardt

William E. Kunhardt is widely considered one of his generation’s most exciting young conducting talents. A student of conducting and violin at the Royal College of Music, London, he works closely with Richard Dickens and Dona Lee Croft, as well as such exceptional and international artists as Bela Katona, Cynthia Fleming, Alison Rhind and Gordon Back, and has performed as an instrumentalist both in London (St. Martins in the Fields, St Paul's Cathedral, Cadogan Hall, Amarylis Fleming and Recital Halls - Royal College of Music) and through Europe (Krakow Cathedral, Positano International Chamber Music Festival). Later this year Will enters into an exciting period of residential study at the Canford Music School, working directly with Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Denise Ham, and legendary pedagogue, George Hurst, conducting a diverse programme of orchestral repertoire from Haydn to Stravinsky.

Mr. Kunhardt is founding artistic director and principal conductor of the Arensky Chamber Orchestra, an elite group of young professionals based in London. Under Mr. Kunhardt’s the group are quickly establishing a reputation as one of the most exciting young ensembles in London, with upcoming engagements at St. Martin’s in the Fields along such guest artists as Clio Gould (leader, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Pieter Schoeman (concertmaster, London Philharmonic Orchestra) and Stephanie Gonley (leader, English Chamber Orchestra). Mr. Kunhardt also directs Ensemble Pelozzi, a group of exciting and likeminded students from the Royal college of Music, with whom he will gives upcoming concerts of Tchaikovsky and Suk.


Yekaterina Lebedeva

Yekaterina Lebedeva made her performance debut in an extensive national concert series in her native Russia. In 1988 she entered the Kiev State Conservatoire in the Ukraine. There she became in constant demand as a recitalist, performing solo and chamber concerts and appearing at major festivals in both the Ukraine and Russia. She graduated from the conservatoire with distinction in 1993.

Yekaterina moved to London to establish a European base from which to develop her solo career further. In March 1998 she made a debut in the Purcell Room, invited to play as part of the SBC Young Musician's Platform "FRESH". Since then she has appeared regularly at the South Bank Centre and abroad.

Yekaterina has performed Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds with the Orchestra of Colours in the Athens Megaron, and has premiered Schnittke Concerto for Piano and Strings at the Cairo Opera House She has also performed in concerts in Sicily, Cairo, Russia and appeared at Warwick Festival. Recently she has performed in Amman, Jordan under the Patronage of HRH Prince Ali Ben Al Hussein. Future performance plans include concerts at Fairfield Hall, Croydon, Bolivar Hall, London and Purcell Room, South Bank Centre.

“Poetry and insight … her winning ability to capture and project mood … an artist of exceptional attainments"
Musical Opinion
“Imaginative and of inner intensity … Beautifully and excitingly played, a gripping performer”
Musical Opinion
“Percussive rhythmical robustness and technical championship…”
Eleftherotypia, Greece



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