Simone Pirri & Conal Bembridge

Simone Pirri & Conal Bembridge-Sayers – Baroque Violin & Harpsichord Duo

Born in Pescara (Italy), Simone Pirri began studying violin at the early age of three and subsequently entered the Conservatoire Luisa d’Annunzio of Pescara, where he graduated with honours in June 2012 after a 10-year bachelor degree course. In 2013 he entered the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied with Simon Standage and Nicolette Moonen.

Together with his baroque ensemble, he was the winner of the Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize in both 2014 and 2015 and has performed at the fringe of the world’s leading early music festivals – Musica Antiqua (Bruges) & Festival Oude Muziek (Utrecht). In June 2015 Simone performed at the Lincoln Centre (New York City), New England Conservatory (Boston) and St. Thomas Church (Leipzig) with the Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard School baroque orchestras. In 2016 Simone joined three youth period orchestras: Theresia Youth Orchestra, Talenti Vulcanici Youth Ensemble and the Dutch Baroque Orchestra. In July 2016, he graduated from his Master of Arts degree with Distinction.

Thanks to the generous contribution given by the Countess of Munster Music Trust, he is now pursuing a further Postgraduate Diploma course at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, studying with his idol in baroque music, Rachel Podger.

Pianist, harpsichord player and conductor Conal Bembridge-Sayers has received numerous prizes for his playing including the Roderick Bryson Memorial Award, Sam Hutchings Pianist Prize, Simon Clarkson Memorial Award for outstanding all-round musicianship, Gregynog Young Accompanist Prize, and was a finalist in the Junior Kathleen Ferrier Accompanist Prize. Conal is currently: Junior Répétiteur Fellow at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Official Accompanist of the Gregynog Young Musician Competition, and Principal Conductor of Orchestra Caritas. Recent performances include recitals at the Leeds Lieder Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Ludlow English Song Festival, Powerdow Castle, St. Martin’s in the Field, Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, and St. David’s Hall, in addition to regular engagements with Welsh National Opera, Winterbourne Opera, and the National Gilbert and Sullivan Company. Conal has also had the privilege to receive invitations to perform for HRH Prince of Wales, and Dame Shirley Bassey.

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