Formed in 2003, the Evva&Emma Duo has performed in many European countries and in such British venues as Fairfield Halls, Cheltenham Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St George’s, Bristol. Recent performances include appearances at the Salzburger Schlosskonzerte, Aldo Ciccolini Musical Association (Naples), Koscierzyna Chamber Music Festival (Poland), Pump Room (Bath), Chester Summer Music Festival, Hexham Abbey Festival of Music and Arts and various festivals and concert societies throughout the UK. Their discography includes world-première recordings by Krzysztof Meyer and Algernon Ashton and the most recent cello and piano works by Stephen Dodgson. Published by Toccata Classics, their performances have been critically acclaimed in magazines such as The Strad, International Record Review, German Fonoforum and American Fanfare – where the Meyer album was selected as one of the five best CDs of 2009. Contemporary music plays a central part in Evva and Emma’s careers: they have performed various works written for them and have given several world premières including Two Romantic Pieces for Cello and Piano by Stephen Dodgson, Fable Fantaisiste by Graham Coatman, Numen by Piotr Grella Możejko and Blue Note by Weronika Ratusińska.
Named “the rising star” by The Strad, Evva Mizerska is a recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. Born in Poland, she graduated with high distinction from the cello class of Andrzej Zieliński and Piotr Hausenplas at the Frédéric Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Later she completed the PGDip and MMus courses at Trinity College of Music in London, where she studied with Richard Markson. She also received tuition from Yonty Solomon, Bernard Greenhouse, Raphael Sommer and Erling Blöndal Bengtsson. Evva has been awarded numerous prizes, including the first prize at the Seventh International Leoš Janáček Competition in Brno, the Vivian Joseph Cello Prize and the Leonard Smith Duo Prize in London, as well as scholarships and grants in the UK, Germany and the USA.
Evva currently lives in London where she is a cello lecturer at Morley College. Apart from her duo partnership with Emma Abbate, Evva is also a member of the string trio – Veles Ensemble. She is highly sought after as a chamber musician and has performed in various prestigious London venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room (Queen Elizabeth Hall), the Conway Hall, the Fairfield Halls, the Blackheath Halls as well as various other festivals and concert halls across the UK, such as St Georges in Bristol, Cheltenham, Plymouth, Hexham Abbey and Chester Festivals. Abroad, she has appeared in recitals in Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Poland. Evva has particular interest in Polish and contemporary music. She has commissioned works by contemporary Polish composers and performed them as part of her Junior Fellowship concert series at Trinity College of Music. www.evvamizerska-cellist.co.uk
The Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician. Described as “an amazingly talented pianist” by the leading Italian magazine Musica, she has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Salzburg, Lisbon, Naples, Ischia, and Koscierzyna, and at many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, St John’s Smith Square, St George’s, Bristol and at the Aldeburgh Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.
Emma is releasing a series of recordings devoted to 20th-century Italian vocal chamber music, the latest of which is Sera d’inverno: a disc of songs by Ildebrando Pizzetti with mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp for Resonus Classics. She has previously recorded the world-première disc of Shakespeare Sonnets by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the BBC New Generation Artist Ashley Riches, and two volumes of Mozart’s complete piano duets on original fortepianos with Julian Perkins. A keen advocate of contemporary music, Emma has also recently released two discs devoted to works by Stephen Dodgson for Toccata Classics: world-première recordings of his cello and piano music with Evva Mizerska, and his piano quintets with the Tippett Quartet. The latter disc was named a Musicweb International Recording Of The Year 2017.
Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and a staff coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London with Yonty Solomon. She completed her studies with Geoffrey Pratley as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she graduated with distinction. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples. www.emmaabbate.com