Susan Milan

susan_milan.jpg At the age of eleven Susan Milan started having flute lessons with Prof. John Francis at the Royal College of Music (London) and joined the London Schools Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve. After her first year of study she was awarded a Junior Exhibition to the RCM and at sixteen she won a RCM scholarship to study music full time. Further studies lead to participate at Marcel Moyse's master classes in Boswil (Switzerland) and, after graduation, to study with Geoffrey Gilbert at the Guildhall School of Music. She started her career as a professional musician at the age of 21 as second flute and, after a year, principal flute in the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and finally, in 1974, after having played principal flute with almost every London orchestra, she was appointed principal flute of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. After 8 years with the RPO she pursued at career as guest principal with the London Orchestras as well as doing solo work, recording and branching out into chamber music.

Susan Milan tours regularly throughout the UK, Europe, USA, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and South. She is often featured on BBC Radio and Classic FM and records for labels such as Chandos, Hyperion, Upbeat, Da Capo, Omega, Denon, Cala and Metier. She has given numerous UK and world premieres and has inspired contemporary composers such as Richard Rodney Bennett, Antal Dorati, Carl David, Jindrich Feld, Robert Simpson, Cecilia Mc Dowall, Ian Finney and Brian Lock and many more to write for her.

As Professor and Fellow of the Royal College of Music Susan Milan is an engaged teacher whose master classes are asked for all over the world. In 2006 she founded the Charterhouse International Music Festival (British Isles Music Festival) for outstanding young musicians.

Susan Milan is a regular juror at the Kuhlau competition in Uelzen.

Martina Graf-Nießner (Pianist)

Martina_Graf_Niessner.jpg Born in Curitiba/ Brazil, Martina Graf-Nießner received her degree in the soloist piano class from the Federal College in Sao Paolo. In 1987 she moved to Germany. She subsequently won a DAAD scholarship to continued postgraduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, where from 1988-1991 she specialized in chamber music and Lieder accompaniment.

Awards include a special price as accompanist in the international singers' competition "Hans Pfitzner" in Hamburg and the Diapason d'or award in France, awarded in 1990 for one of her solo CD’s. Many chamber music concerts followed in Germany, France, Norway and South America.

From 2001-2003 she accepted a post at Mainz University to teach as a piano accompanist for the wind section. Since 2002 she has been a professor of piano accompaniment and head of the opera school of the Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt. She is the pianist of the trio "Trois Femmes."

Martina Graf has collaborated with Susan Milan in numerous master classes held in Germany.