The Pelléas Ensemble was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011. Playing with “verve and polish” (The Times), they won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award in 2018, and the 2017 Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the Royal Overseas League competition. In 2016 they won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, and were awarded a place on the prestigious Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Programme. In 2015 they won First Prize at the British Harp Chamber Music Competition.
Their Wigmore Hall debut was praised for its “captivating vitality” and “effortlessness and delicacy” (Seen and Heard International). They have appeared live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, and have given numerous recitals in London and around the UK. They have been praised for creating an immediate and intimate connection with their audiences, and perform much of their repertoire from memory.
They are dedicated to performing new music, and have had four pieces written for their ensemble. Their debut CD will be released in 2021.
Luba Tunnicliffe - Viola
Luba has performed solo recitals at London’s Royal Festival Hall and St John's Smith Square, and made her debut as concerto soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra in June 2016. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno and Pavlo Beznosiuk, and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin with Simone Jandl.
Luba enjoys a busy concert schedule as a chamber musician playing a wide range of repertoire including new commissions. Her flute, viola & harp trio, the Pelléas Ensemble, has received awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Royal Overseas League and will be releasing their debut CD early next year. Luba has performed at the BBC Proms and the Barbican Sound Unbound Festival as Principal Viola of the 12 Ensemble. She is a member of the Ruisi Quartet who recently performed at the Wigmore Hall and participated in the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition 2019. Luba is also regularly invited to Open Chamber Music sessions at IMS Prussia Cove.
She has played as a guest associate principal with the Britten Sinfonia and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and regularly freelances with other groups such as the Aurora Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Henry Roberts - Flute
Henry studied as an undergraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Sarah Newbold and Ian Clarke. He was selected for the BBC Total Immersion project, leading to performances of Oliver Knussen’s chamber music on BBC Radio 3. He went on to study on the Orchestral Artistry programme in association with the London Symphony Orchestra under Philippa Davies and Christopher Green. During this time he was generously sponsored by the Leverhulme Arts Trust as a Guildhall School scholar.
Whilst studying, Henry was principal flute in the LSO Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, and played with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall and at Milton Court. He worked with conductors such as Sir Antonio Pappano and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Henry gained a place at the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden where he studied with Denis Bouriakov.
As a soloist, Henry has performed across the UK, including Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G at the Capitol Theatre with the Horsham Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician Henry was principal flute for the Exeter College Choir, Oxford, recording the first ever CD of Stanford Mass in G (EM Records). He has regularly played under the baton of Jamie Phillips with the Birmingham Festival Orchestra and toured France with Don Giovanni and Italy with La Traviata.
Henry is extremely grateful to the Westdene Fund, the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Trust, the Wolfson Trust, EMI Foundation and the LFMI for their support.
Oliver Wass - Harp
Oliver Wass studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Imogen Barford. He graduated from the University of York with a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry.
He recently won the Suoni d’Arpa International Competition in Italy, and will record a CD with the Tactus Label early next year. In May 2016, he became the first harpist ever to win the Guildhall Gold Medal, the Guildhall’s most prestigious prize. Previous winners of the competition include Jacqueline du Pré, Bryn Terfel and Tasmin Little. He has performed all the major harp concertos, including directing the Handel Harp Concerto in the Barbican Hall. He has also performed concertos at the London Handel Festival, the City of London Festival, with the Oxford Sinfonia, and with the World Chamber Orchestra. He won the Andrea Vigh Jury Prize at the 4th International Harp Competition Szeged. He is a Musicians’ Company Yeoman, and will give his Purcell Room debut in 2018. He is very grateful for support from the Hattori Foundation.
He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2016, where he was praised for his “tremendous dynamism” and "remarkable range of timbres and warmth of tone” (Seen and Heard International).