Stephanie Childress is a conductor and violinist who is distinguishing herself as one of the most interesting and versatile musicians of her age. Born in London to a non-musical family, she graduated from St John's College, University of Cambridge at aged 19. She is represented by HarrisonParrott.
Stephanie Childress - Conductor
Thomas Isherwood - Baritone
Thomas Isherwood is a 28-year-old baritone from London. Since graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music, Thomas has completed his postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Prof Susan McCulloch, achieving a distinction on the Master of Music programme.
Possessing a naturally powerful and versatile instrument, Thomas enjoys performing a diverse repertoire of music from Schubert through to Sondheim. Thomas has appeared in public master-classes with eminent musicians such as Amanda Roocroft, Julius Drake, Sir John Tomlinson, Graham Johnson & Elly Ameling as part of the Wigmore Hall 2015 season. Recent performances include the role of Happy in La Fanciulla del West by Puccini for Grange Park Opera and an evening with Alexandra Lowe & Thomas Isherwood at Chatsworth House for the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
Thomas was a member of the chorus for Fiddler on the Roof with Grange Park Opera, performing alongside Bryn Terfel for 10 performances in Hampshire and at the 2015 BBC Proms. Prizes and awards include the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for Young Singers, the Oncken & Alexander Young prizes at the RNCM and the 2016 London Song Festival British Art Song Prize.
Kumi Matsuo – Piano
Kumi Matsuo is establishing an international career as a versatile solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist. She studied at the Toho Gakuen College of Music, Tokyo, and then at the Royal College of Music, London studying with John Blakely and Ashley Wass. She completed her studies there with the award of the prestigious Artist Diploma with Distinction. In 2012 she won First Prize in the 6th Isador Bajic Memorial Piano Competition in Serbia, and in 2013 won First Prize in the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition, USA. She is now on the staff at RCM, working as Duo Coach to the String Faculty, as well as accompanying other instruments.
Kumi’s concerto experience is already considerable. She made her London debut in 2008 playing Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left Hand in Cadogan Hall with the RCM Sinfonietta, conducted by Peter Stark. The following year she played Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No.1 with the RCM Chamber Orchestra in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, under Vladimir Jurowski, and in 2012 she played Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto under Martin André at the Royal College of Music. She has also performed with the Symphony Orchestras of Tokyo, Galicia, Banatul in Romania, Rapides in Louisiana, USA, Constanza in Romania and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
As soloist and chamber musician Kumi has played extensively in the UK, and in the USA, France, Holland, Poland, Romania, India and Japan. She made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall in 2014 and gave an extended recital tour in Louisiana in 2015.