Harpsichord - Organ
After studies in London and Holland, harpsichordist and organist James Johnstone has forged a career as recitalist, chamber musician, continuo player and teacher. His recordings include eight solo discs of works by Blow, Gibbons, E Pasquini, Cornet, Elizabethan Virginalists and a Bach organ recital. In 2015 he undertook a series of Bach recordings on historical instruments for Metronome Recordings of which Volume 2 received a Diapason d’Or. Both Volume 3 of the Bach series and François Couperin’s two masses are due for release in 2019.
James is Professor of early keyboards at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Classical Guitar - Lute - Theorbo
Born in Florida, William Carter received a rigorous but conventional training as a classical guitarist with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University before falling in love with the earlier plucked instruments and the world of historical performance. Following initial guidance from Pat O’Brien in New York City, he travelled to London as a Fulbright Scholar where he studied the lute with Nigel North and quickly established himself as one of the leading players on old instruments.
Concert tours and festival appearances followed, throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, both as an orchestral player and as a chamber musician, and soloist with his own group, The Palladian Ensemble. Carter has an extensive discography (including ten albums with The Palladian Ensemble) and has featured on numerous recordings of the Academy of Ancient Music and The English Concert, for both of which he acts as the principal lutenist. He is also an enthusiastic teacher and is Professor of Baroque Studies and Lute at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
2005 saw Carter embark on a series of solo Baroque guitar recordings for Linn, the first, La Guitarre Royalle: The Music of Francesco Corbetta, was named in Gramophone’s ‘Critics’ Choice’ end of year list. Carter has been awarded Gramophone’s ‘Editor’s Choice’ accolade twice: for La Guitarra Española: The Music of Santiago de Murcia and Fernando Sor: Early Works. His most recent recording in the series, Le Calme: Fernando Sor Late Works, was awarded an Opus d’Or and also topped Gramophone’s ‘Critics’ Choice’ list.
Julien Barre began learning the cello aged seven. He studied with Marc Benyahia-Kouider, Marc Coppey, and Christophe Coin, and received chamber music coaching from the Quatuor Ysaye. Alongside his modern cello training he completed period instrument post-graduate studies with Ageet Zweistra, Anner Bylsma, Petr Skalka, David Watkin and Jonathan Manson.
From 2006-2014 he held the principal cello position with Les Siècles (conductor Francois-Xavier Roth). He works regularly as principal cellist for ensemble Pygmalion, B’Rock, Le Concert de La Loge, Le Banquet Celeste and has also been invited to work with Les Talens Lyriques, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, La Chambre Philharmonique, Anima Eterna, and the Orchestre des Champs Elysées.
Violin and viola
German born violinists Julia Kuhn received her first violin lesson at the age of 5 at the Georg-Friedrich-Händel Conservatoire in Halle and won prizes in national and international competitions from an early age.
Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance from the Mozarteum Salzburg and a Master of Arts degree in baroque violin from the Royal Academy of Music London. She was made an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) in 2016. In 2018 Julia was awarded a scholarship and a teaching assistantship from Stony Brook University, USA, to persue a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) degree. Her main area of research is the music of the Weimar Republic and the socio-political influence on music in that period.
Julia is a member of the English Concert, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, and performs with the English Baroque Soloists. She has played for renowned conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir András Schiff, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Mark Elder, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Marin Alsop, Robin Ticciati und Ivor Bolton.
Julia enjoys teaching and regularly gives masterclasses and workshops on both modern violin and historically informed performance practice.