WOJCIECH HAZANOWICZ is a Polish musician, workshop leader and music activist. In 2012 Hazanowicz was elected a president of JM Poland and appointed soon as a General Manager of Polish National Youth Orchestra. He is the author of a widely acclaimed unique live composing method which was used on variety of workshops in Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany and Poland. As a violinist and violist Hazanowicz became a locally renowned session player, made his appearance on many both classical and pop releases. Recently he’s more dedicated to conducting, acting as a music director for commercial shows and leading The Social Orchestra. He plays various instruments (piano, guitar, winds, drums) which helps him in his day to day work. As an active workshop leader Hazanowicz works annually with hundreds of children, students and music teachers. He works for the Polish Music Council as the Secretary of The Board and supports local and central Polish governments with music education expertise. Hazanowicz was also co-owner and music director of Brothers in Arts music agency and currently is co-owner of technological start-up Calmi.pl.
ADRIAN VARELA joined the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2002, being at the same time the youngest concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay. Adrián is the conductor and artistic director of the only Polish National Youth Orchestra ‘POM LYO’, and of the One Tree Hill Sinfonia, the London orchestra which he co-founded in 2015. In 2018, Adrián became the Music Director at de Montfort University in Leicester, where he is involved in choral and orchestral conducting, teaching and arranging.
As composer, a number of his compositions are published by Schott, Mainz. His works have been performed by Ashkenazy, Kopatchinskaja, Ehnes, the Philharmonia and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and have been broadcast by the BBC, Tokyo FM, and national Uruguayan and Polish radio.
During the COVID-19 pandemic Adrian has been helping others to find alternative solutions to current industry problems through multi-tracking webinars and online teaching, and via dozens of tutorial and ‘musician’s toolkit’ videos on his YouTube channel, ‘The Cool Violin Channel’.
Adrian has been described as “an artist who can rise above the prejudices of a difficult profession to defy conventions … a great example of an artist transcending all barriers’
JAN REGULSKI is a versatile violinist working with London’s leading music institutions. He is a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra and guest player with the London Symphony Orchestra. Aside his classical work he has recorded soundtracks for composers such as John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, Steven Price and Patrick Doyle. His pop recordings include songs with Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and Rag’n’Bone Man.
Music education has always played an important role in Jan’s life. He has worked as guest tutor at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the London College of Music. He has taught in masterclasses in Germany, UK and Poland. In 2013 he co-founded the Polish National Youth Orchestra (POM LYO).
Jan was born in a family of music producers in Warsaw, Poland. His teachers include Joshua Epstein, Krzysztof Smietana, Szymanowski Quartet and Belcea Quartet. He holds a Masters’ Diploma with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as well as Diploma from the Hochschule fur Musik in Saarbrucken, Germany and Diplome Superieur from the Conservatoire de Musique du Nord in Luxembourg.
LAURENT BEN SLIMANE was born in France where he studied the clarinet at the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris (CSP) with Richard Vieille and the bass clarinet with Bruno Martinez. Laurent joined the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2005 and is also founder member of Ailleur5 in France with whom he has recorded two CDs for Cristal Records. Laurent has played with different orchestras including the London Symphonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic of Manchester, Northern Sinfonia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre National de France. He is currently Professor of bass clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music, and Professor at the Ponte Cultura International Summer Academy in Corsica.
CARSTEN WILLIAMS was born in Ealing, West London. He attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department before studying with Tony Chidell, Jeff Bryant and Tony Halstead at the Guildhall School of Music. Carsten later took up a position as horn player at the English National Opera and spent a good number of years ploughing through all the Wagner and Richard Strauss Operas with Mark Elder and others. In December 2007 he emerged from the Pit and joined the Philharmonia Orchestra where he remains to this day. Carsten has travelled extensively, as guest principal horn of Opera Australia, in the section of the New Zealand Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Tucson and Seville. In 2016 he was asked to play solo and conducted part of the closing ceremony of the International Horn Society conference at Ithaca University.
LUKE WHITEHEAD is Principal Contrabassoon with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has been with the Orchestra since 2011. Luke was born in Thorne, South Yorkshire. He took up the bassoon aged fifteen, and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with (among others) Edward Warren, Alan Pendlebury, and Meyrick Alexander, and for the Contrabassoon, Nicholas Lander. Luke has appeared with many orchestras throughout the UK and abroad, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, Northern Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, as well as working extensively with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of Opera North.
GIJS KRAMERS studied viola in The Hague with Vladimir Mendelssohn and with Hatto Beyerle at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany. He studied conducting with Tim Redmond and participated in masterclasses with Peter Stark in London. In 2001, Gijs Kramers was appointed co-principal viola of the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra before joining the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2002. As a member of the Ruysdael Quartet, he performs regularly both in and outside of the Netherlands. He also works with other chamber groups in London, such as the Tate Ensemble. Performances include Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall London, the Aldeburgh, Bath, Newbury festivals and BBC Radio 3. As a soloist, Gijs Kramers performed works of John Cage, George Benjamin and Pierre Boulez in the Festival d’Art Lyrique in Aix-en-Provence. Gijs has been conducting the Ricciotti Ensemble since April 2006, of which he is also artistic director. Also a keen composer, Gijs has had several compositions and arrangements performed by the Ricciotti Ensemble, the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and the Dutch Students Orchestra. As a member of the Ruysdael Quartet, Gijs Kramers received de Prix de la SACEM at the International String Quartet Competition in Bordeaux in 2001, and the Press Prize and AVRO Prize in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In December 2006, the Ruysdael Quartet was honoured with the Kersjes van de Groenekan Prize, awarded for their unique contribution to Dutch chamber music.
PETE SMITH grew up in the north of England and spent much of his early musical life playing in local brass bands, a tradition still thriving across the UK and one which has produced countless world-leading players.
Pete studied at Chetham’s School of Music and then at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Patrick Harrild and Oren Marshall. Appointed Principal Tuba of Philharmonia Orchestra in 2008, he is also a founder member of the critically acclaimed brass ensemble Septura. He has toured extensively around the world.
In addition to his work with these groups Pete has played with orchestras across the UK and in the studio recording soundtracks for film, computer games and TV. He has played on film scores by composers including Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard, George Fenton and Brian Tyler and has performed on TV shows such as Parkinson, Jools Holland and U2’s recent Live From Abbey Road on the BBC. He has also had the privilege of performing with an eclectic range of artists that includes Grace Jones, Feist, Pete Doherty, Baaba Maal, Jarvis Cocker, Gregory Porter, Johnny Marr and Laura Mvula.
Pete is professor of tuba at the Royal College of Music and was recently appointed a professor at the London Performing Academy of Music.