The CICA Ensemble

Akito Goto, cellist

Cellist Akito Goto has won numerous prizes and awards, including the First Prize in the Japan Player’s Contest, the Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra-Young Musician’s competition and he was the youngest winner of Izuminomori Cello Contest. He recently received a generous scholarship from the Raphael Sommer Music Scholarship Trust. Previously he was selected to participate in the 2nd Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition and the 9th Rostropovich Competition, where he was the youngest participant. He has appeared as soloist with ensembles such as the London Mozart Players, Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra and Orpington Symphony Orchestra. He performed in masterclasses for Natalia Gutman, Miklos Perenyi, Jean-guihen Queyras, Colin Carr, Ralph Kirshbaum, Bruno Delepelaire, David Watkin, Máté Szüc, Ralf Gothoni, The Gould Piano Trio, The Takacs Quartet and The Endellion Quartet. He has given solo and chamber performances in major concert halls, such as Wigmore Hall, St Martin’s in the Field, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall, Salon Collina, Musikasa in Tokyo, Joy Concert, Clarendon Muse and Hakuju Hall. As an orchestral player he has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall, St Alban’s Abbey and the Sage Gateshead, with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Takuo Yuasa. 

Akito Goto started playing the cello at the age of 5; from the age of eight to thirteen he studied at the renowned Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan under the tutelage of Hakuro Mori. At thirteen he was accepted to study with Pal Banda at the Purcell School of Music in London. He completed his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2019 where he studied with the Head of Strings, Louise Hopkins, and received 1st class distinction in both Bachelor and Master of music. His regular Chamber music coaches include Caroline Palmer, Carole Presland, Adrian Brendel and Ursula Smith. 

He is currently a member of the Mitsu Trio and has a duo partnership with YCAT Finalist Ryan Drucker. Akito plays on a Henry Hill cello on generous loan from a private individual.  

Héloïse Werner

Recipient of the Michael Cuddigan Trust Award 2018 and Linda Hirst Contemporary Vocal Prize 2017, French-born and London-based soprano and composer Héloïse Werner was one of the four shortlisted nominees in the Young Artist category of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2017 and one of the BBC Radio 3’s 31 under 31 Young Stars 2020. Her debut solo album will be released on Delphian Records in 2022. 

She is soprano and co-director for award-winning contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment soprano, clarinet, harp and double bass). Their debut album HERE WE ARE is out now on Delphian Records (Presto Classical Recording of the Year, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, The Guardian’s 10 Best Contemporary Albums of 2020).

In 2019, Héloïse performed her solo opera The Other Side of the Sea at Kings Place as part of their Venus Unwrapped series  (“you can’t help but be dazzled by it” **** The Times).  Written in collaboration with poet Octavia Bright, director Emily Burns and visual artist Jessie Rodger, the opera explores language and identity.

Héloïse has recently written for musicians including mezzo-soprano Marielou Jacquard, pianist Kunal Lahiry, violinist Fenella Humphreys, mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston, The Gesualdo Six, The Bach Choir, mezzo-soprano Grace Durham and Miller-Porfiris Duo, commissioned by Spitalfields Music Festival 2020.

Jernej Albreht

Jernej Albreht is a clarinettist based in London, where he graduated from Royal Academy of Music, receiving BMus (First Class Honours), MA (Distinction) and DipRAM. He also completed an Erasmus Exchange at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique Paris.

Jernej regularly appears with orchestras in the UK and abroad as an extra player and a trialist. Most recent performances included streamed concerts for Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia.

As a chamber musician, Jernej is a member of the Tritium Trio, which he co-founded with Lydia Hillerudh (cello) and Joseph Havlat (piano). He is also a concert manager at St Stephen’s Church in Dulwich where he is curating and organising concerts.

Jernej co-founded Lammas Green Music Studio, an educational initiative, where he provides individually tailored lessons on clarinet and other woodwind instruments. He also teaches at Eaton House The Manor and for London Music Tutors, a network of high-quality, accredited music teachers, offering private home tuition across London.

Tyler Hay

Tyler Hay was born in 1994 in Kent and began learning the piano at the age of 6. He studied with the Head of Keyboard, Andrew Haigh at Kent Music Academy for 3 years before gaining a place to study at the Purcell School for Young Musicians in 2007 where he continued under Tessa Nicholson. He completed his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2016 where he received the keyboard department’s ABRSM scholarship. He studied with the Head of Keyboard, Graham Scott and the British pianist, Professor Frank Wibaut. Before completing his 4th year in June 2016, Tyler won the Gold Medal competition at the Royal Northern and played in the prize winner’s concert at Wigmore Hall in the Spring of 2017. He has also received a scholarship covering all fees to study at the Royal College of Music in 2017, where he studied with South African pianist, Niel Immelman and renowned British pianist, Gordon Fergus-Thompson.

Tyler has become a virtuoso pianist who enjoys tackling some of the most demanding works in the repertoire. He has performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Sonata at Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall, Scriabin’s 5th Sonata at the Southbank’s Purcell Room and as a result of winning the Senior Concerto Competition at the Purcell School, he played Ravel’s Concerto for Left Hand Alone at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Spring, 2013. Tyler is proud to have successfully organised a full evening recital at the Purcell School as a charity event, raising close to £2000 for the Watford Peace Hospice in Summer, 2012. He has also given a full performance of Chopin’s 24 Etudes in Blackburn, 2014. More recently, Tyler won first prize in the keyboard section of the Royal Overseas League Competition in February 2016 and also won first prize in the Liszt Society Competition in November that year. CDs of Liszt’s piano music, John Ogdon’s unpublished works and Kalkbrenner’s Etudes op 143 are available on the Piano Classics label and have all received excellent critical acclaim.

In 2012, Tyler won the £5000 Fenton Award from the Purcell School as a scholarship for furthering his musical education and as well as having performed in South Africa, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Germany, Tyler continues to play solo recitals, chamber recitals and Concertos throughout the UK.

Francesca Lombardelli

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and selected participant for the LSO Percussion Academy in 2017, Francesca enjoys a diverse career in percussion. Her most notable performances have included those at the World Economic Forum under Marin Alsop, Maria de Buenos Aires at Latitude Festival, Mahler’s 9th under Semyon Bychkov, Jonathon Dove’s Flight with Royal Academy Opera and as part of a drumline for Clean Bandit at the MTV EMA awards. Francesca looks forward to future engagements, including the production of Madam Butterfly for the Glyndebourne Tour, and embarking on further study as a Masters’ scholar at RAM.