Events/Cultural programme

Salon Musical: the musicians

Please find below a short introduction to the musicians that the Alliance Française de Manchester will be welcoming for our concert on 22 March!


Anna, flutist

Anna Murphy began learning the flute at the age of ten, and went on to win the Jean-Pierre Rampal prize at the age of seventeen. In September 2012, she started at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where she studied for two years with Laura Jellicoe. She is currently in her third year at the RNCM, still under the tuition of Laura Jellicoe.
Anna has had opportunities to play to many renowned flautists from around Europe such as Samuel Coles, Michael Cox, William Bennett, Julien Beaudiment, Robert Winn and Michael Hasel. Although she enjoys performing as a soloist, Anna also has orchestral experience, having performed in venues such as the Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Royal Festival Hall with Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra.
At the RNCM, Anna has performed with the symphony orchestra, the concert orchestra and performed in the opera Cosi Fan Tutte. Anna also enjoys chamber music work, and has performed with ensembles such as the Trio Céleste. This year Anna has participated in the PES Scheme, performing with the BBC Philharmonic in several concerts.


Maria, pianist

Maria Luc is from Chichester and is currently studying with Helen Krizos at the Royal Northern College of Music. She started learning the piano at the Regis School of Music with Nina Levtov, then attended the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music after being awarded a national grant. She then attended the sixth form at Chetham’s School of Music, where she studied with Masayuki Tayama. Maria also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London for a year with Ian Fountain before moving to Manchester.
Maria has taken part in many local festivals and concerts since a young age and has played at venues including the Wales Millenium Centre, London’s Wigmore Hall and Burgh House in Hampstead. Recent competition successes include being awarded first prize in the Worthing Music and Arts Festival’s Senior Concerto category and winning the West Sussex Youth Music Award in 2015. Within the RNCM, she reached the final of the Concerto Competition, was awarded the Peter Donohoe Keyboard Prize, and received the Fergal O’Mahony Memorial Prize.


Lee Jae, pianist

Malaysian pianist Lee Jae Phang is a student of Graham Scott and is currently working towards a Master of Music in Performance (MMus) degree at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester, where he also studied as an undergraduate. Lee Jae has received many performance awards during his time at the RNCM. Most notably, in March 2015 he was a winner of the RNCM Concerto Auditions, which led to a concerto appearance with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra and conductor Mark Heron in December. In November that year, he also won the annual RNCM Helen Porthouse Paganini Prize with violinist Oliver Baily and was a finalist in the RNCM Chopin Prize in 2016.
Masterclasses he has participated in include those given by Christopher Elton, Vanessa Latarche, Ronan O’Hora, Matti Raekallio and Bernard d’Ascoli. Lee Jae has also taken lessons from Michel Beroff, Philippe Cassard, Kathryn Stott, Nelson Goerner and Stephen Hough.


Liga, pianist

Originally from Latvia, Liga is a pianist currently pursuing a Masters degree at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Peter Lawson.
A keen chamber musician, Liga actively involves herself in various chamber ensembles and often works with instrumentalists towards concerts, festivals and masterclasses. She is also a member of a piano duo, which this January won the RNCM Duo Prize for a performance of Vision de l’Amen by Oliver Messiaen.
As a soloist, she will be performing at the Wigmore Hall, London in May 2017 and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester as part of the 2017/18 season of Manchester Mid-Day Society Concerts.


Becca, bassoonist

Becca is a bassoonist at the Royal Northern College of Music studying with David Chatwin and Bill Anderson. Alongside her regular teachers at the RNCM, Becca has been taught by prominent bassoonists including Stefano Canuti, Ole Kristian Dahl, Gretha Tuls and Graham Salvage.
Becca has performed with RNCM ensembles such as the Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra, and also works with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra and North East Wales Ensemble. She has performed with the Hallé as part of their Youth Orchestra.
Becca has also had the opportunity to work with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and distinguished conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, En Shao and Juanjo Mena. She worked with Markus Stenz and Jan Latham Koenig as part of the 2015 Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte in Montepulciano.


Pola, flutist

Pola started learning the flute at the age of eleven and began her musical education in her home country, Poland. She maintains a strong connection with several local ensembles and recently joined the Szczecin Opera Orchestra at their New Year Gala Concert.
In 2013 she received the RNCM Entrance Award and moved to the UK to commence her studies on the Bachelor of Music Performance course at the Royal Northern College of Music with Wissam Boustany.
Pola regularly attends masterclasses with international musicians, including flautists Michael Cox and Patrick Gallois amongst others. She also enjoys developing her solo performance, giving recitals at venues such as St. Ann’s Church and St. Emanuel’s Church at the popular Didsbury Coffee Concerts, as well as playing in the Royal Eye Hospital at concerts organised by the charity Music in Hospitals.
In 2015 she was offered the opportunity to take part in the prestigious RNCM Monday Lunchtime Recital series. She frequently appears with various RNCM Orchestras and has recently been involved in a recording of R.R. Bennett’s music for Chandos.

Clémence, violonist

Clémence comes from Pau in South West of France and went to study at Chetham’s School of Music with Benedict Holland in September 2011. In 2013 she went to study at the RNCM and is now in her fourth year with Gina McCormack. As an orchestral player, she has performed in venues such as the Cadogan Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Bridgewater Hall. More recently she has been offered the opportunity to perform as part of a professional scheme with the BBC Philharmonic.
As a chamber musician, she has won the Mozart Scholarship prize with her string quartet in her final year at Chetham’s and more recently Clémence has enjoyed performances at St Ann’s and Emmanuel Churches, and at the Withworth Art Gallery in Manchester. She has had the opportunity to have masterclasses with artists including Nicola Benedetti, Jack Liebeck, Yair Kless, Marianne Thorsen, Frans Helmerson. This year Clémence has enjoyed starting her teaching experiences with Olympia Music Foundations, an organisation based in Manchester that aims to raise musical aspirations in local schools.