Ensemble Mirage is a dynamic flexi-ensemble based in London, UK, enabling the exploration and programming of the whole range of Clarinet-String-Piano chamber music, beginning primarily with the core three clarinet trios and building upwards. They were delighted to be selected for the 2016/17 St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ Scheme when they were able to present a rich variety of music and ensemble flexes in their programmes.
Ensemble Mirage evolved from the award winning ensemble Trio Mirage, which formed in early 2014; with British clarinettist Matthew Scott, Hungarian violinist Júlia Pusker and Romanian pianist Alexandra Vaduva. Having met earlier in their studies at the Royal Academy of Music, they began exploring the diverse range of repertoire their trio setting offered. They soon won the Academy's Harold Craxton Prize and were awarded a 2015/16 Chamber Music Fellowship, during which they worked with Academy composers to produce new works for the ensemble alongside chamber recitals.
To explore larger repertoire Trio Mirage began collaborating with other musicians, including Lithuanian violist Ugne Tiskute and Russian cellist Tatiana Chernyshova; resulting in Ensemble Mirage. Individually all members are award winning artists in their own right, active across all areas of the profession including solo, chamber, orchestral and outreach work. Through schemes including the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme (Matthew and Ugne) and Making Music’s Award for Young Concert Artists (Matthew and Júlia), the ensemble has performed in various flexes for Music Societies and Festivals throughout the UK. Highlights include performances at The Lantern Colston Hall, The Two Moors Festival, China Exchange, and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
During their Young Artists’ residency at St. John’s Smith Square they presented an exciting and emotive series of concerts crossing the whole range of their repertoire alongside newly commissioned works. Ensemble Mirage continues to evolve by working with a small group of dedicated chamber musicians to expand the repertoire offered, currently up to Octet.
Core Ensemble Members
British clarinettist Matthew Scott graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) with BMus(Hons) First Class in 2013, followed by an MA with Distinction and DipRAM in 2015, generously supported by scholarships from the Royal Academy of Music, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and The Greenbank Scholarship.
Júlia Pusker was born into a family of musicians in Hungary, where she began her violin studies at the age of five. Two years later she was awarded the First Prize at the János Koncz National Violin Competition held in Szombathely. Recently she has been a recipient of 'Zoltán Kodály Prize' and 'Junior Prima Primissima Prize' in her native Hungary.
Ugne Tiskute – young and vibrant Lithuanian born violist – has established herself as an internationally renowned musician and winner of various international competitions and major awards. She graduated from her Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music with distinction under the tuition of Paul Silverthorne and was offered one of only two string places a year on the prestigious Advance diploma course at the same institution.
Russian cellist Tatiana Chernyshova began cello and piano lessons at the age of six and in 2004, went to study at the Moscow Special Music School with Professor Vladimir Tonkha. In 2010 she moved to the UK to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Karine Georgian, before completing her Master of Arts under the guidance of Professor Felix Schmidt at the Royal Academy of Music, supported by the Yuri Rozum International Charitable Foundation.
Romanian-born pianist Alexandra Vaduva started playing the piano at age 4 under Doina Olteteanu. She has since won numerous national and international piano competitions, including; first prize at the "Vienna International Piano Competition", second prize at "Orpheus Young Musician of the Year" contest, third prize at the "Beethoven Piano Competition", second prize at the "Sterndale Bennett Piano Competition" and first prizes at the "Pro Piano" and "Carl Filtsch" International Piano Competitions.