Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome award-winning composer Matthew Rooke. Born in England, of Scottish and Gabonese descent, Matthew Rooke’s works span an eclectic and diverse range of forms and creative partners, crossing the worlds of opera, classical music, contemporary jazz, rock and traditional music.
Matthew Rooke’s path through music followed two parallel worlds. In classical music, Matthew began as a double-bassist. At the same time, he began playing electric bass and guitar in rock and jazz bands. At the age of 17, he won a Cleo Laine Award which enabled him to study contemporary jazz with many of the leading practitioners on the scene, later winning the Abe Laboriel Bass Scholarship and a Professional Music Award at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
As a composer, Matthew’s wide-ranging catalogue of works includes two operas, orchestral and chamber music, and has produced new performing editions for reduced forces — from Debussy to Monteverdi. Beyond classical music, Matthew has produced scores for leading theatre companies in the UK, including the National Theatre; orchestrations for films, such as Outlaw King; and worked closely with acclaimed Scottish film composer Jim Sutherland on several projects as an orchestrator and musical collaborator. Throughout his busy career, Matthew has also joined the Arts Council (UK) as lead officer for establishing the African and Caribbean and Asian music circuits.
Matthew is an active opera producer, winner of five-star reviews in the national press, as well as a theatre director and play-writer. The past decade has seen a particular focus on his operatic works and classical music.
Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome the remarkable prize-winning pianist Rossina Grieco.
Rossina began her musical studies with St. Petersburg pedagogue, Luba Ugorski, at four years old. After winning global recognition and prizes across America, she made her formal debut at Copley Hall with the San Diego Symphony at eight years old.
She has appeared as soloist with the Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xiamen Symphonies, Shanghai Philharmonic, and the China Philharmonic in venues including the Lincoln Center, Poly Theatre, Koerner Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Xinghai Concert Hall, The Auditorium at TSRI, and Sherwood Hall.
She has also worked with conductors including Gábor Takács-Nagy, Yu Long, Xu Zhong, Chen Zuo Huang, Chen Xie Yang, Yoon Jae Lee and Jung-Ho Pak. Rossina was invited as guest artist at the Beijing International Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society, Antheneum Concert Series, as well as performing numerous private recitals across San Diego, Toronto, Leeds, and New York.
Rossina became the longest standing recipient of the Ihnatowycz Prize, one of the highest and most prestigious artistic awards offered in North America, and has received accolades and academic recognition from institutions including Juilliard, The Glenn Gould School, Escuela Superior de Música de Reina Sofía and Curtis. She released her debut recording in 2020 with Orpheus Classical, featuring Chopin’s Scherzi and Preludes. A second recording of works by Beethoven will follow soon.
Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed pianist Avguste Antonov! Avguste has performed across the globe and is a passionate advocate of 20th and 21st century music. He’s performed numerous World and US premieres of works by composers including Carter Pann, Gregory Hutter, Michael Colgrass, Raina Murnak, Matthew Lewis, Till Meyn, Matthew Saunders, Robert Rollin, William Vollinger, as well as many others.
Recent season highlights include a recital at the Bulgarian Ambassador Residence in Washington, DC, the performance of Carter Pann “Concerto Logic” with the San Jose State University Wind Ensemble, a live performance for the Kansas Public Radio, the World and US Premiere of Matthew Saunders “Piano Concerto” with the University City Symphony (University City, MO) and the Lakeland Community Orchestra (Kirtland, OH).
In addition to performing, Avguste gives guest lectures and is currently professor of piano and accompaniment at the Conservatoire de Châteaubriant. He also adjudicates for various competitions, including the ENKOR Piano Competition, the Sound Espressivo Global Competition and the Music International Grand Prix. Outside of music, he’s a chess player, member of the chess club Cercle d’Echecs Castelbriantais and participates in regional and national tournaments.
Having recently relocated to France after living in the US for 20 years Avguste is looking to perform more in the UK and Europe, and is currently accepting bookings in these territories. Find out more about him and the repertoire he’s offering here: https://polyphonyarts.com/avguste-antonov/
We’re thrilled to have you join us, Avguste!