Named “the rising star” by The Strad, Evva Mizerska is a recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. Evva has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships, amongst them the First Prize at the 7th Leoš Janáček International Competition in Brno, Czech Republic. She gave recitals in the major UK venues as well as in Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, USA and Brazil. Evva has published three critically acclaimed CDs with Toccata Classics, featuring cello and piano music by K. Meyer, Algernon Ashton, and – the most recent one – with complete cello and piano music by Stephen Dodgson. Besides her solo career, Evva is also a cellist in the Veles Ensemble and lectures at Morley College.
Born in Bulgaria, Ralitsa began her musical education at the age of six, studying the violin at the National Academy of Music in Bulgaria before moving to London to complete her master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM).
During her studies at RAM, Ralitsa discovered her passion for the viola and began studying with Rivka Golani and Emanuella Reiter. Ralitsa was awarded a full scholarship for three years and continued with postgraduate studies in performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, gaining postgraduate diplomas on both the violin and viola.
Ralitsa has also been accepted onto the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme, parallel to her year in Southbank Sinfonia. Currently Ralitsa works as a substitute for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo National Opera and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.
German-born violinist Hartmut Richter is a soloist and chamber musician, giving regular concerts in Europe and North America. Recent performances and tours have taken him around England and Scotland, France, Slovakia, Canada and Germany. He is active in several ensembles including the Veles Ensemble string trio, the Richter-Housden Duo (violin/guitar) and the Richter-Ardelean Piano Duo. Hartmut has recorded CDs on NAXOS with music by Stephen Dodgson, released in August 2017, and on Toccata Classics: Egon Wellesz – Chamber Music (February 2023) and Steve Elcock (December 2018) with the Veles Ensemble.
Hartmut studied at the Hanover Academy of Music, Germany, under Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Atila Aydintan and Ina Kertscher, before completing his studies with a soloist diploma at the Nuremberg Academy of Music under Lydia Dubrovskaya. Richter won several first prizes in German national competitions including Jugend Musiziert and the Mozart Competition Hildesheim, and has received scholarships for international masterclasses working with renowned professors including Herman Krebbers, Robert Szreder, Rosa Fain, Kurt Sassmannshaus and Christian Altenburger.
Apart from his performing career, Hartmut is a composer, producer and sound engineer and a dedicated violin teacher and frequently holds music workshops internationally. Hartmut plays a copy of the Hart (Ex-Francescatti) Stradivarius violin (1727), made by Christian Erichson, Hanover.