Profile

An exciting new trio, Iris brings together three brilliant young musicians:

Violin
Canadian violinist Yolanda Bruno began studying the violin at le Conservatoire de Musique et d'Art Dramatique in Quebec at the age of five. Twice a recipient of the Sylva Gelber career Development Award, she is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Yolanda has performed extensively on radio and television as soloist and chamber musician. As a member of the Hieronymus String Quartet, she was awarded first prize and audience prize in the CAVATINA Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition in March 2012. Recent performances have included recitals at the City of London Festival, the Charter House, and King's Place, with an invitation for a quartet residency in Aldeburgh for March 2013.  Yolanda is currently on scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is completing postgraduate studies with David Takeno.

Cello
Born in 1987, cellist Jessie Ann Richardson joined the Purcell School in 2000 where she studied with Alexander Boyarsky before joining the Royal Academy of Music under David Strange and Moray Welsh in 2008.  A recipient of many awards and prizes, Jessie was a Chamber Music Fellow at the Royal Academy as a member of the Piatti Quartet and has continued under the patronage of the Martin Musical Scholarship and the Countess of Munster Funds.  As the winner of the Park Lane Group Young Artist in the 2011 series, Jessie gave her debut performance at the Purcell Room in January 2012. She now performs regularly with duo pianist Lynn Carter and amateur orchestras around the UK.

Piano
At twenty, Jordanian-born pianist Karim Said gave an acclaimed Barbican debut performance with the English Chamber Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis.  Only a few months later a BBC Proms performance of Berg’s Chamber Concerto with Daniel Barenboim and the West Eastern Divan followed, which led to engagements at such halls as the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein, Salzburg’s Mozarteum and many others (including a recital as part of the International Piano Series at the Southbank Centre).  After leaving the Purcell School of Music in 2007, he has won numerous awards and prizes and has been the subject of a documentary film by Christopher Nupen (2008) screened internationally and on BBC4.  Karim was awarded a full Scholarship to study with Professor Tatiana Sarkissova and is currently studying for his Masters which he hopes to finish this year. He is currently supported by the Peter Andry Scholarship.

Further reading:
Serially fascinating: Karim Said plays Schoenberg atThe Rest is Noise
Link to Karim's website