Regarded as one of the leading accompanists of her generation in Ireland, DEARBHLA BROSNAN began her musical studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she studied piano with John O’Conor. She received an Honours Degree in Music from Trinity College Dublin, before commencing her postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where her teachers included John Streets and Iain Ledingham.
Dearbhla has performed extensively throughout Ireland, Great Britain, Europe, the United States and the Far East as a recitalist and chamber musician, in venues from Dublin’s National Concert Hall to St. Martin-in- the-Fields. She regularly performs with Irish soprano Celine Byrne with whom she has given concerts in Portugal, Switzerland, Bratislava, Italy, and at St. James’s Piccadilly, London and in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.
As an instrumental accompanist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dearbhla has worked with many distinguished musicians including violinists Daniel Rowland and Baiba Skride, cellists Daniel Müller Schott and Alban Gerhardt, clarinettists Jörg Widmann and Michael Collins and RIAM International Visiting Artist, Sir James Galway. She has frequently broadcast on both television and radio and has worked as official accompanist for music festivals and competitions including the RTÉ Musician of the Future Festival, the Freemasons’ Young Musician of the Year and the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival.
Dearbhla is passionately committed to teaching and in addition to her own studio at the RIAM, has given classes in the United Kingdom, Italy, China and New Zealand. Dearbhla was recently appointed Head of Chamber Music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
MIRKO MALTONI, born in Ravenna in 1975, graduated with top marks from the "G. Verdi" Academy of Music in Ravenna in 1999. He studied piano with Nazzareno Carusi and Massimiliano Ferrati, and chamber music with Pier Narciso Masi in the "Incontri col Maestro" International Piano Academy in Imola, where he got the Master in Chamber Music degree with top marks in 2007. Maltoni also received a harpsichord degree from the "G. Frescobaldi" Conservatory in Ferrara.
As continuo player, Maltoni recorded a CD for the magazine Amadeus and he performed at both the MITO Festival and at Sagra Musicale Malatestiana. As piano accompanist, he collaborates with afritsts at the Ravenna Festival, Accademia Bizantina, "B. Maderna" Conservatory in Cesena and "G. Frescobaldi" Conservatory in Ferrara. Maltoni had worked with many musicians, accompanying their recitals and music courses. He is currently accompanist at the "G. Verdi" Academy of Music in Ravenna and for two years he has collaborated with violinist Claude Richard at the University of Montreal. Maltoni has been a resident pianist with Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway at the Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland since 2006.
KAMELIA MILADINOVA was born in Bulgaria and had her first piano lessons at the age of six. She studied at the National School of Music and the National Academy of Music in Sofia with Stella Dimitrova-Maystorova. Whilst a student, she made her debut with the Sofia Philharmonic as soloist in Prokofiev’s 3rd Concerto. She was awarded the Debut Prize of the Bulgarian National Radio. In 1994 she was a prize-winner at the Eduard Flipse Piano Competition in The Netherlands, including the prize for best performance of contemporary Dutch music.
Kamelia has lived in The Netherlands since 1997. She studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Geoffrey Douglas Madge and there she earned her Master degrees for Piano and Piano Coaching focusing on working with singers and instrumentalists. She has worked with musicians such as Geörgy Kurtág, Herman Krebbers, Elly Ameling, Bart van Oort and Sir James Galway.
Since 2003 she has been a piano coach at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and has frequently appeared as a soloist and performed in various chamber music ensembles, as well as accompanying singers and operas.
She is currently accompanist at the Grolloo Flute Sessions in The Netherlands and is a resident pianist at the Galway Flute Festival.
CATHERINE RECHSTEINER, currently working at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich as piano coach and accompanist, started playing the piano at the early age of four. She took music lessons at the Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, New Jersey (USA), at the London College of Music in Singapore and the Heinrich Neuhaus Stiftung in Zurich. The pianist Esther Yellin and Prof. Elisso Virsaladze, both exceptional teachers and former scholars of the Russian pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus, had a deep influence on her artistic development. In 2003 she achieved her Masters in Music while enrolled in the class of Prof. Elisso Virsaladze at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.
She has won various national and international prizes and awards for both solo piano and chamber music: Her first being granted in the USA at the age of six, a scholarship for her outstanding achievements in a competition with 1,300 participants. She won first prizes in “Virginia’s Central District Audition“, the Yamaha Music School Competition and the “National Competition“ in Singapore. She was granted the Licentiateship of the “London College of Music“ at the age of twelve and was Finalist in the Chopin Piano Competition in the Czech Republic. In Switzerland she won first prizes in the Swiss Youth Competition (chamber music) and in the Kiwanis Club Competition.
Catherine has played recitals and concerts in Switzerland, USA, Indonesia, Singapore, and South Korea. In Germany she has performed as a soloist, with chamber music and orchestra and was also broadcasted by the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting). She participated in last years ARD music competition in Munich as an accompanist as well as in this years Gonjiam Music Festival in South Korea.