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29 October 2017

Luba Tunnicliffe (Viola)


Gamal Khamis (Piano)

18 February 2018



Luba Tunnicliffe Viola

Luba grew up in a musical family. She is currently in her third year at the Guildhall School of Music studying viola with David Takeno and violin with Pavlo Beznosiuk, and recently won the school’s Max and Peggy Morgan Award with the Bartok Viola Concerto. Previously, she studied viola with Jacky Woods at Junior RAM where she was joint winner of the 2010 Concerto Prize, performing the 1st movement of Walton’s Concerto with the JRAM Symphony Orchestra. Luba has always loved orchestral playing; for 3 years she led the orchestra at Camden School for Girls and was leader of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra 2009-10. She is now principle viola of the London-based student orchestra, Sinfonia D’Amici, with whom she has participated in the Orpheus and Bacchus Music Festival in France. Luba was amongst the youngest players to win a place on the LSO Strings Academy in the summer of 2010. She has always been passionate about chamber music and has been part of many different ensembles within the Guildhall. 

Gamal Khamis pianist

After gaining a degree in Mathematics at Imperial College London, Gamal completed his formal musical education at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Niel Immelman, Simon Lepper, Ashley Wass and Andrew Ball. He first performed at the Wigmore Hall at the age of ten, and has since appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Sage Gateshead, Oxford Lieder Festival, Buxton Festival and Chipping Campden Festival, among many others. He has participated in festivals in Canada, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA, and has been lucky to work with musicians including Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Paul Badura-Skoda, Leon Fleisher and Robert Levin, among many others.

Gamal has won major prizes at the Norah Sande, ESO Young Soloist and Christopher Duke piano competitions, as well the Award for Accompanists at the 2017 ROSL competition and the Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s Prize at the 2017 Ferrier Awards. He has performed concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky and Finzi, with the University of London Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Orchestra, Guildford Symphony Orchestra, and many other UK orchestras. Gamal has given world premieres of works by Timothy Salter, Andrew Toovey, Eleanor Alberga, Howard Skempton, Shiva Feshareki and Charlotte Harding, and has also worked with Thomas Adès and Mark-Anthony Turnage on their solo piano compositions. His playing has also been broacast several times on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and Dutch radio, as well as Danish and Arabic television.

Gamal has been a Concordia Foundation Artist since 2010, a Park Lane Group Artist since 2013, and is a member of the Lipatti Piano Quartet who won the Elias Fawcett Trust Award at the 2016 ROSL Music Competition, and recently made their Wigmore Hall debut. He also performs regularly with Sinfonia Cymru. Gamal would like to thank The Carne Trust, Help Musicians UK, Else & Leonard Cross Charitable Trust, Kathleen Trust, Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust, and The Tillett Trust for their generous support.


These 5 young female guitarists from Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Japan and Austria have been enchanting a steadily growing international audience with their sensitive musical interplay and virtuous performances. In 2014 they provided with the 3rd Price and the special price from the Audience on the 3rd international competition for chamber music with guitars in Aschaffenburg, Germany impressive proof of their musicality and excited both the professional jury and the audience.

Thanks to their unusual line-up - the quintet consists of an octave guitar (Olga Dimitrova), three concert guitars (Réka Mihalovics, Antonina Ovchinnikova and Ayako Kaiosho) and an acoustic bass guitar (Emily Smejkal) - and their original arrangements, the ensemble is breaking new ground in the genre of classical guitar music.

They create a refreshingly original sound which gives a new dimension to popular classical works as well as less well known compositions. It is characterized by a wealth of musical colour and an orchestral density which is rarely heard.

One former member of the ensemble, Krisztina Dobó is also responsible for almost all of the arrangements, which combine cleverly balanced voicings with an airy transparency and make ingenious use of the entire range of playing techniques including percussive effects.

The current Line-Up wants to adopt the legacy of Gitarrissima, which was found and build with devotion and love to the music and the guitar by Krisztina Dobó, Olga Dimitrova, Maria Benischek, Réka Mihalovics and Carolina Auer since 2002, which love and devotion let them win a prize at the international guitar contest "Open Strings 2002" in Osnabruek (Germany) and led them to performances in Germany, Austria, Taiwan, China, Luxemburg, Italy, England, Croatia, Hungary, Mexico, Estonia and Turkey as well as appearances in various TV productions.


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