Sophie Lockett joined the Barbican Piano Trio in 2009 and enjoys a diverse performing career playing with the London Chamber Orchestra, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra and The Hallé. She was awarded a scholarship to The Purcell School where she studied with Erik Houston. Her studies continued with Yossi Zivoni at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded Foundation and Leverhulme scholarships. Sophie leads the Cavell Quartet which won the RCM String Quartet Competition and gives recitals throughout the UK including at Wigmore Hall and King's Place. Sophie also plays in the Holywell string quartet and is a member of Albert’s Band, the Royal Albert Hall's education team, giving workshops and concerts for children in London. She also performs in concert, on recordings, in music videos and on television with Bastille, Mcfly, Alison Moyet, and John Barrowman. Sophie coaches at Junior MusicWorks, Pro Corda and Yorchestra courses and directs the York Young Soloists chamber orchestra.

Robert Max eenjoys a career that weaves together the threads of solo performance, chamber music, conducting and teaching. He has given recitals throughout the UK, Europe, Russia and the USA and performed concertos with the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players, English Sinfonia, Arad Philharmonic, Wren Orchestra, Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra and many others. Robert is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where he has taught at the Junior Academy since 1992, and has coached chamber music at MusicWorks since its inception in 2001. He is an Honorary Professor of the Rachmaninov Institute in Tambov (Russia), a member of the International Board of Governors of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and President of the North London Festival of Music, Drama and Dance. Robert is the principal cellist of the London Chamber Orchestra, conducts the Oxford Symphony Orchestra and plays a Stradivarius cello dating from 1726 known as "The Comte de Saveuse".

James Kirby performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK and Europe. He has appeared in major concert series in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Holland and the Czech Republic and in the UK at Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh and Aldeburgh Festivals. James studied at the Moscow Conservatoire and now returns to perform in the former Soviet Union every year. Highlights include performances at the Sakharov Festival in Nizhny Novgorod and the Omsk Festival. He has performed concertos with the Moscow, Khazakh and Belorussian Symphony Orchestras, the Arad and Oradea Philharmonic Orchestras, and the English and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. James has played with the Vanburgh Quartet, the BBC Singers, Lydia Mordkovitch and the mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly and has made recordings for Chandos. He teaches at the Royal Welsh College, Royal Holloway, University of London and is an Honorary Professor at the Rachmaninov Institute in Tambov, Russia where he makes annual visits to perform concertos, give recitals and masterclasses and lead chamber music courses. He has served on the Juries of several international Piano competitions, most recently in Romania, Latvia, Russia and Slovenia.


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