Working as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Tim Lowe enjoys a busy and varied career. He spends much of his time playing recitals up and down the country and in major London venues including Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall and Purcell Room. Tim has played live on BBC Radio 3 as well as radio stations in Europe.
Tim is Guest Principal Cello of the English Chamber Orchestra and has been Guest Principal Cello with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. His work with the ECO and the ECO Ensemble takes him all over the world.
Tim is Cello Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He also teaches and coaches on courses and festivals throughout the UK and abroad. Tim is Artistic Director of York Chamber Music Festival which is rapidly establishing itself as a fixture in York's rich musical life.
Tim was educated at York Minster Song School and then at Eton College where he was a Major Music scholar before studying with Louise Hopkins at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He plays a cello made in Bologna in 1716 by Carolus Tononi.
Andrew Brownell won 2nd Prize at the 2006 Leeds Competition and has since pursued an active and varied international performing career. The press regularly remark on his creative programming and interpretive insight. Musical Opinion described him as "potentially one of the most significant pianists of his generation", and The Oregonian wrote that Brownell "impresses as much with his mind as with his hands… the anti-Lang Lang."
Andrew Brownell won 2nd Prize ex aequo at the 2002 International J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig and 1st Prize at the 2005 J. N. Hummel Competition in Bratislava, and has since achieved recognition as "one of the foremost Hummel interpreters of our time" (Hudobny Zivot).
His performances have aired on BBC radio and television, Classic FM (UK), NPR (USA), RBB KulturRadio Berlin and ORF Austria. He has been soloist with orchestras such as the Hallé , Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, and the Hermitage State Orchestra (Russia).
A native of Portland, Oregon, Andrew Brownell began studying the piano at the age of four. His teachers have included Nancy Weems and Horacio Gutiérrez at the University of Houston; John Perry at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles); and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.