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
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
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