EnsembleExposé is a professional ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and experimental music. It was formed in 1984 by the composers Richard Barrett, Roger Redgate and Michael Finnissy and has since established a reputation for its commitment to presenting the most challenging of contemporary music. The ensemble has assembled an international membership of virtuoso musicians and a repertoire whose power and directness is matched by its lack of intellectual compromise. The group has given extensive concerts and broadcasts throughout Europe and has appeared at many of the major festivals of new music in France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Sweden and the USA.
Catherine Beynon began playing the harp at the age of eight, and attended both the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London and then completed her studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Lyon with Fabrice Pierre. She is an enthusiastic chamber musician and has performed across Europe and Japan with distinguished artists such as Quatuor Debussy, Francois Le Roux and the Lindsay String Quartet. Catherine has given solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Fairfield Halls and St Martin-in–the-Fields, and in 1997 made her BBC Prom debut in the Chamber Music Series.
As principal harp of the European Union Youth Orchestra, Catherine worked with many eminent conductors, such as Haitink, Ashkenazy, Giullini and Rostropovich. She has made chamber music recordings for labels including Naxos, Metier and Hyperion. She has also performed as concerto soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Chamber Orchestra.
Iñigo Alonso was born in Vitoria, Spain, in 1970. After finishing his studies in Spain, he attended the Royal Flemish Conservatory, Antwerp, where he studied with Walter Boeykens and Jan Guns, obtaining the highest distinctions. He was then awarded a scholarship to study with Andrew Marriner, principal Clarinet of the LSO, and completed a postgraduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music. A keen player of contemporary music, Iñigo has been a member of the Aquarius Ensemble, Champ d’action, the Composers Ensemble and the New Music Players.
He has also performed in the Asturias Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestrated and the Belgium Radio Television. Conductors he has worked under include Michael Tilson-Thomas, Christopher Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostropovich, Tadaaki Otaka and Jerzy Semkow.
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We are delighted to team up with Sound and Music to release this collection of works that were recorded between 2004-2006 as part of the Contemporary Voices scheme and are now held as part of the British Music Collection.
For more information about all the works in this 8 volume series visit www.nmcrec.co.uk/digital-discoveries