“Emma Besselaar (cello) and Inga Liukaityte (piano) met on their first day at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, at the beginning of their Masters studies in 2015. Their first project together was Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, which earned their ensemble the privilege to represent the Guildhall School at the Torroella de Montgri Festival in Spain.
Together, Emma and Inga have performed in St James Waterloo, St James Paddington, St Pancras Church and St Mary’s Perivale and have given interactive workshops in schools in London and Peterborough. Their repertoire ranges from Elgar and Piazzolla to lesser known composers from their home countries.
Emma Besselaar is currently a Guildhall Artist Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. In June 2017 she completed her Masters Degree at the same institution with Distinction, studying with Louise Hopkins. Previously she studied with Quirine Viersen at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, graduating in June 2014 with ‘very good results’. During her undergraduate studies she followed regular lessons with Dmitri Ferschtman and studied baroque cello with Viola de Hoog. From the age of 15 Emma attended the Young Talent Class at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam where she took lessons with Maarten Mostert.
Emma attended masterclasses including with Raphael Wallfisch, Troels Svane, Adrian Brendel, Anner Bylsma and attended the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in April 2015, following masterclasses with Ralph Kirschbaum. She is a laureate of various competitions in the Netherlands and an active chamber musician – her piano trio was awarded the first prize in the St. James Chamber Competition and in July 2016 she performed Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Torroella Festival (Spain) with another of her chamber groups, the Idiomelo Ensemble. In May 2017 she performed chamber works by Mahler and Webern in the Barbican Hall. As an orchestra musician Emma has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. Emma plays on a cello (Francesco Toto, Cremona, 2007) given on loan by the Dutch National Instrument Foundation. Her study in London is made possible by a scholarship from the Dutch Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
Inga Liukaityte is a Lithuanian pianist based in London. She has won prizes in international piano competitions in Italy, Czech Republic, Romania, Greece, France and Lithuania. Inga gave her London debut in 2012 playing a solo recital at the Bond Street Chappell for the Yamaha Lunchtime series. This was followed by solo recitals in the South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell, the Brunton Theatre at the Edinburgh
Fringe and for Music Nairn. Since then Inga has appeared in major UK venues including Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Barbican Hall. Inga holds a first class Bachelor degree in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a Masters with distinction in Piano Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where her studies were supported by generous scholarships.
As part of her chamber ensemble Inga has performed at the prestigious Torroella de Montgri Festival in Spain. She regularly gives solo and chamber recitals in Southwark Cathedral, St James’ Waterloo, St James’ Paddington, St Pancras Church, St Mary’s Perivale and other venues accross the UK. Inga also enjoys undertaking a wide range of outreach work – she regularly performs in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and has delivered interactive performances for children in London and Peterborough.”