The
Bios



The
Performers


Neil Latchman

Tenor


The international career of the Trinidadian opera singer Neil Latchman began in 1997 when he was chosen as the tenor to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the life of Maria Callas in London. In London he has performed as soloist at the Barbican Centre, the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall, The London Palladium and St. John’s, Smith Square amongst other venues. In 1998 Neil made his debut with The Orchestral Soloists of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden performing the songs of Tchaikowsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Coady Green

Piano


Coady Green has been described as “a virtuoso pianist with sensitivity, intelligence and charm”, and “accurate and exhilarating” (Musical Opinion, London), with “a strong and versatile technique capable of the most delicate colouring and tonal brilliance, rising to the challenges of extreme virtuoso demands with relish” (The Advertiser, South Australia). He gained his Bachelor of Music Performance and Masters of Music Performance, both with first-class honours, on scholarship from the University of Melbourne.

Matthew Bengtson

Piano


Critically acclaimed as a "musician's pianist," Matthew Bengtson is a versatile pianist, harpsichordist, and fortepianist who commands a diverse repertoire ranging from Byrd to Ligeti. He has been presented as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous concerts across Europe, Mexico and America. His discography includes the recording of complete Scriabin Sonatas, which The American Record Guide compared to legendary performances by Horowitz and Richter asking, "Has Scriabin ever been played better?” Fanfare magazine calls him "a Scriabinist for the 21st century…upon whom future generations can rely for definitive interpretations."

Christopher Wayne Smith

Piano


Christopher Wayne Smith is an award-winning solo pianist and chamber artist who studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and graduated with honours at the Conservatoire in 2014. He has performed internationally at notable venues such as Steinway Hall, Purcell Room, Theatre Mwldan, and The Academy of Arts in Bulawayo. Christopher is a board director for the Liszt Society, regularly sets scores for the Annual Journal and is also joint Artistic Director and jury member for the annual Liszt Society, International Liszt Piano Competition.

Monks of Thikse Monastery

Dance


Cham is a dance unique to Buddhists who live in the Himalaya, from Ladakh to Bhutan and across Tibet. Every sect of Vajrayana Buddhism has its own sacred ritual dance. It is a dance embodying the protective deities, transcending the self. Cham is an act of meditation for the monk who is dancing as well as the person who is watching this dance-mandala unfold in time. It is not so much a meditative dance, as danced meditation. During the concert, Buddhist Cham dance will be performed by Monks of Thikse monastery.

Michel Roudnitska

Scent


French-born Michel Roudnitska has been immersed in the world of perfumery since his early childhood under the influence of his father, the great scent artist Edmond Roudnitska. Like all original compositions, his fragrances bring to life memories, create dreams and kindle yearnings. From the luminous dryness of Frédéric Malle Noir Epices to the elegant sensuality of Parfums DelRae Amoureuse, creations of Michel Roudnitska are marked by sensitivity to form and originality of expression. Michel has also been a pioneer of olfactory performances over the last 20 years having collaborated on ballet and opera productions around Europe and Russia.

Dagny Rewera + Vincent Rebers

Light


Dagny Rewera is an award-winning, London-based designer with degrees in Architectural Design from University of the Arts London and Product Design from the Royal College of Art. Her work sits at the cross section of nature and technology, with an appreciation of confronting and revealing the hidden dimensions of our everyday surroundings. She is the co-founder of the interdisciplinary design studio Bornanidea, which in 2013 was selected as one of the 50 talents that are shaping the future by Icon Magazine. After 5 years as a Creative Director of the company, she recently set up her own studio in London, taking commissions for a wide range of clients and exhibiting her work collectively and independently worldwide.

Vincent Rebers is a London and Berlin based multimedia artist with degrees in Media Design and Art in Context from the University of Arts Berlin. His interest in machines - how computers communicate with each other and how people interact and communicate with them - is a constant in the development of his work and thought processes. Specialising in laser lights, Vincent has worked on small to large scale performances worldwide, most recently a 5-day show shooting the Genome of Charles Townes - the inventor of the laser - into space at the Burning Man Festival in the United States.

Anna Gawboy

Scholar


Anna Gawboy’s research explores the intersection of music theory, cultural history, and musical performance. In 2010 she collaborated with the Yale Symphony Orchestra and lighting designer Justin Townsend to produce a new staging of Alexander Scriabin’s “Prometheus: The Poem of Fire”, based on her extensive research regarding the interaction of music and lighting. Dr. Gawboy’s articles and essays have been published internationally and she has presented her work at a variety of musical venues including Music Theory Midwest, New England Conference of Music Theorists, Society for Music Theory, and the American Musicological Association.



The
Partners


Between Friends

betweenfriends.co.uk


A London-based creative partnership. Specialising in creative direction and high-end production, Between Friends operates as a twin agency spanning multiple disciplines including film, photography, art direction and bespoke publishing. Recent projects include a feature-length documentary 'Piano to Zanskar', a charitable photography book 'Children of Zanskar', and production work for clients such as Hermes, Aitor Throup Studio and British Airways.

eks why zed

ekswhyzed.com


A London-based creative agency, curatorial advisory and ideas studio, eks why zed bridges the gap between culture and commerce, offering a range of services from product, print and digital design to producing unique exhibition and events, artistic commissions and bespoke creative projects. Past curatorial projects include House of the Nobleman: The Return at Boswall House Regent’s Park, New ReVisions: Art in Residence at Neo Bankside and Nigeria Monarchs by George Osodi at Bermondsey Project. Upcoming in March 2016, eks why zed will curate The Polska Projekt at Saatchi Gallery.

Quintessentially Travel

quintessentiallytravel.com


Quintessentially Travel is the sister company of Quintessentially, the world’s leading members-only Lifestyle Management and Concierge Club. As a standalone provider of luxury tailor-made travel, they offer a service that is available to all, crafting holidays which are tailor-made from start to finish so clients are able to explore the globe’s most glamorous, sought-after and remote destinations, all while being treated to VIP benefits and experiences along the way. They ensure arrival in style be it by private jet or even on the back of an Indian elephant! From the ordinary to the extraordinary, the known to the unknown, they don’t just create holidays; they create memories that last a lifetime.

Russian Art & Culture

russianartandculture.com


Russian Art and Culture started out as a blog and is now the leading online platform for Russian art and culture in the world. They work with some of the world’s leading cultural organisations including numerous museums, galleries, theatres, publishers and ballet companies to bring you news, exhibitions, and events on Russian culture throughout the world. In April 2014 Russian Art and Culture was voted one of the Top Ten Arts and Culture blogs alongside Tate Modern and the British Library at the UK Blog Awards.

Blue Shield / ICOMOS

unesco.org.uk / www.icomos.org


The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross and the Blue Shield network consists of organizations dealing with museums, archives, audiovisual archives, libraries, as well as monuments and sites. The Blue Shield, founded in 1996, comprises representatives of four Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working in this field, one of which is the International Council on Monuments and Sites. All are coordinating and strengthening international efforts to protect cultural property at risk of destruction in armed conflicts or natural disasters.