We are very excited to welcome the Marsyas Trio (flautist Helen Vidovich, cellist Val Welbanks and pianist Olga Stezhko) to Polyphony Arts’ performers! The London-based trio was formed in 2009 by graduates of the Royal Academy of Music, and is the UK’s leading flute, cello and piano ensemble. Showcasing a hugely diverse repertoire from the Classical and Romantic eras to the present day, the Marsyas Trio’s programming illuminates forgotten masterpieces, whilst inspiring a generation of new works.
Audiences around the world have been captivated by compelling narratives within programmes, whose themes varied from historical women composers and Suffrage to the reimagining of the history of humankind in the cross-art project Shadows of Time. The Marsyas Trio’s CD A Triple Portrait (Meridian Records 2015), featured chamber works by the formerly blacklisted Russian émigré Elena Firsova, in celebration of her 25 years in the UK, and their latest CD In the Theatre of Air (NMC Recordings 2018), debuted at No. 7 on the classical charts.
Caroline joined Polyphony Arts in 2021, having previously worked for Hazard Chase as Assistant Artist Manager in the Vocal Department. Caroline is a singer and choral conductor, and has enjoyed performing at the BBC Proms and World Choir Games, and was a guest conductor for Sandi Toksvig’s live show at the Women of the World Festival. Caroline has lectured at the universities of Reading and Leeds, and has been a member of Music staff at the cathedrals of Leeds and Bradford. She has devised and led singing projects for English National Opera, Opera North, English Touring Opera, Mahogany Opera and the Voices Foundation amongst others.
Caroline enjoys a wide range of music from jazz and bluegrass to gospel and folk, and specialises in operatic and vocal repertoire. She particularly enjoys working with composers both as a manager and a performer.
When she isn’t making music, Caroline enjoys rowing and yoga. During the coronavirus pandemic she wore various hats as an NHS receptionist, a food delivery volunteer, and a florist – but she is glad to be firmly rooted in the Music world again!
Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome the impassioned composer and artist Nina Danon.
Nina is a Franco-Italian composer and sound artist based in London, where she teaches composition and arranging at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute.
She excels at writing strong memorable melodies, arranging music to tell a story, and finding connections between ideas to come up with imaginative solutions.
Nina’s music allows her to explore her identity as a mother, a woman and a multicultural artist. She specialises in site-specific projects exploring the link between music and the natural world, and projects empowering women and marginalised communities.
The climate emergency is a cause Nina is particularly passionate about. The central idea of the body of work she is currently producing is that, by experiencing (and, crucially, by being an active part of) the natural world through art, we get to empathise with it, gaining a sense of connection, of understanding.
Nina is currently researching how our tactile perception of sounds can enhance our emotional understanding of cetaceans, and is actively looking for projects and collaborations to expand this investigation.