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Julian Scott (born 1991 in Edinburgh) graduated from St. Anne’s College, Oxford with a first class honours degree in Music in 2012. He was taught oboe from a young age by Rosie Staniforth and Steven West in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Formerly principal oboe in the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland and the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, he joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2008 and was principal oboe during the 2009/10 concert series. In Oxford, he has performed in many ensembles including the Oxford University Sinfonietta and the Oxford University Orchestra, in which he was principal oboe. Throughout his bachelors degree, Julian was taught by Christopher Cowie, principal oboist in the London Philharmonia and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Julian is currently studying for his Masters at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin, where he is taught by Jonathan Kelly, principal oboe in the Berlin Philharmonic.


Yanhua Liu was born in Henan, China. In 2003, she began her studies at the China Music Conservatory in Beijing, where she did her Bachelors and Masters. Since 2010, she has been studying at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin, where she studies singing with Prof Carola Nossek and Professor Uta Priew. Whilst studying in Berlin, she has taken part in mastercourses and opera projects. 


Guro Kleven Hagen (born 1994) made a highly successful debut playing Tchaikovsky with the Oslo Philharmonic conducted by Jukka Pekka Saraste in the 2010/11 season. She is the prize winner of numerous International competitions, including the 2nd prize in the Eurovision Young Musician Competition 2010, and EMCY’s prize for Music in the Menuhin Competition 2010.
Engagements in 2012-13 include performances with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra (Copenhagen), recital at the Louvre-museum (Paris) and performances at the Risør International Chamber Music Festival (Norway).
Guro has performed with orchestras in Norway, Estonia, Poland, Austria, Russia and Germany. As a chamber musician she has been working with Maxim Rysanov, Andreas Brantelid and Leif Ove Andsnes. Guro is currently studying with Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin, Germany.
Guro plays on a C. Bergonzi, also known as the “Kreisler-Bergonzi”, kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.


Changbo Wang was born in 1987 in China. He began his musical education playing the Accordion. When he was 16 years old, he started singing lessons, studying simultaneously with both Professor GuPing and Professor Yu Ziyheng. In 2005 he moved to the Music College of Shanghai Normal University. From 2009-2010 he took part in a Chinese study program at Hamburg Konservatorium. 

From 2010-2011 he studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. Following this, in 2012, he began further studies at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin, in Martin Bruns‘ class. 

At Aachen Theatre in 2011, Changbo sang the part of Menschenfresser in Hans-Werner-Henzes‘ opera „Il Pollicino“. He has also performed Bach Cantatas in Anna Church, Aachen, in addition to other concerts in Shanghai and Hamburg.


The Mezzosoprano Katharina Thomas (born in Berlin) grew up in a musical family, who recognised and promoted her talent from a young age. Katharina started playing piano when she was 5, and took home the first prize at the „Jugend musiziert“ competition when she was just 14. 

After her Abitur she studied piano at the Universität der Künste Berlin, taking private singing lessons at the same time. After completing her studies at the UDK, Katarina continued her musical education at the Hochschule fur Musik „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin, where she studies singing with Thomas Quasthoff.

Katharina sings a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary. She feels equally comfortable on the operatic stage as in the concert hall. 

She has sung in masterclasses led by Edith Wiens, Hedwig Fassbender and Stella Doufexis. She also appears regularly as guest soloist with various ensembles, notably under the baton of Peter Schreier and Rolf Beck, and last year in Stuttgart with the Gächinger Kantorei directed by Helmut Rilling during their Bach week.