“The Resonanz Duo aim to explore the different sound worlds of flute and marimba, always seeking new ways to contrast and combine the two instruments. With a repertoire that spans from the baroque to the contemporary, they aim to continually expand and experiment the possibilities for this unusual ensemble. Laura Davies (flute) and Hyungi Lee (marimba) have recently graduated from the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music respectively and formed their duo during their time at The Purcell School. They have received coaching from David Hockings, She-e Wu, Karen Jones and Marta Klimasara and most recently performed at the Korean Cultural Centre in London.
LAURA DAVIES began learning flute when she was eight and at ten was awarded a scholarship to The Purcell School, where she was taught by Anna Pope. In 2014 she won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where she learns with Karen Jones. After graduating with First Class Honours, she is now studying for her Masters with Robert Winn at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. She has performed in masterclasses with musicians such as William Bennett, Marisa Robles, Andrea Lieberknecht, Michael Cox, Emily Beynon and Gareth Davies.
With the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra, Laura has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Sage Gateshead and given solo or chamber performances at the Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace and St Martin-in-the-Fields. Laura was principal flute for the London Schools Symphony Orchestra, with whom she has performed at the Barbican and on tour to Poland. As part of the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra she has performed under conductors Semyon Bychkov and Pascal Rophé. She regularly performs with the Janus Ensemble, which whom she has performed Malcolm Arnold’s Concertino for flute and orchestra at the Malcolm Arnold Festival. Laura has been also involved in many music outreach workshops both in the UK and in South Korea as part of the Purcell School’s ‘Impulse’ project. Alongside her studies, Laura teaches the flute privately.
HYUNGI LEE was born in South Korea and came to UK at the age of 12. She held the ABRSM Scholarship during her studies at the Royal College of Music studying orchestral percussion with David Hockings and solo percussion with She-e Wu and Daniella Ganeva. Hyungi has been awarded First Prize at the Seoul University National Competition, the Guildhall and Trinity Hall Marimba Competition and the Fermo International Percussion Competition in Italy at the age of 13. She reached the semi-finals of the 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and was awarded the Walter Todd Bursary for her performance. She has performed as a soloist and as a chamber group at various concert venues including Wigmore Hall, Elgar room (RAH), Royal Opera House, Cadogan Hall and V&A Gallery.
More recent competitions include first prize the RCM Percussion Competition in 2016 and 2017 and the second prize in Karl Jenkins Award 2017 and 2018. Hyungi was one of the Featured Young Artists at the London Ear Festival 2018 and she has recently performed a Bach Harpsichord concerto arranged for two marimbas with the RCM Symphony Orchestra. Awards include Feltenstein Leaver’s award, Macklin bursary for an outstanding student in the final year of undergraduate studies from ABRSM 2017 and Joy Hockings Prize 2018 for excellent contribution at the RCM. She is looking forward to her solo recital at St-Martin-in-the-fields and a premier of a concerto with Croydon Symphony Orchestra in 2019.”