The Pelléas Ensemble was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011. Playing with “verve and polish” (The Times), they recently won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award, 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 won a place on the prestigious Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Programme. In 2015 they won First Prize at the British Harp Chamber Music Competition. They are Tunnell Trust Young Artists.
Their Wigmore Hall debut was praised for its “captivating vitality” and “effortlessness and delicacy" (Seen and Heard International), and they have recently appeared live on BBC Radio 3's ‘In Tune’. They were selected to represent the Guildhall at the City of London Festival, and have given numerous recitals at other London venues including St John’s Smith Square. They have been praised for creating an immediate and intimate connection with their audiences.
They are dedicated to performing new music, and have premiered three new works this year, with two further commissions planned for next year.
Luba Tunnicliffe - Viola
Luba studied with David Takeno and Pavlo Beznosiuk at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating with first class honours. She has performed recitals at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund series, and at St John's Smith Square as one of the Park Lane Group Young Artists. She made her concerto debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in June 2016.
She won the Guildhall's Max and Peggy Morgan Award with the Bartok Viola Concerto and was soloist in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Alexander Janiczek and the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra in Milton Court Concert Hall. Previously, she studied with Jacky Woods at Junior RAM where she won the concerto prize.
In 2014, Luba was chosen to be on the London Symphony Orchestra String Scheme. Since then she has played with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Britten Sinfonia.
Luba has been the grateful recipient of awards from the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, Help Musicians UK, the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund (Sidney Perry Award) and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
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).