Born in the Colorado Rockies, soprano Emily Atkinson studied music education in New York and singing in London, and now enjoys performing both as a soloist and consort singer.
She appears most frequently as a member of The Tallis Scholars, with whom she has toured five continents. Emily has been a featured soloist with chamber groups including Chelys Consort of Viols, Concentus VII, and the City Bach Collective, and she recently gave a recital of Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres with Dame Emma Kirkby.
Other recent performances include Iberian polyphony with La Grande Chapelle, Handel and Purcell with Freiburger Barockorchester, and Bolivian baroque music with Florilegium.
Yu-Wei Hu, flute
Johan Löfving, guitar/theorbo
"Flautist Yu-Wei Hu was sublime and her handling of Gluck and Paganini, accompanied sensitively by guitarist Johan Löfving, was my personal highlight..." Early Music Today
Flauguissimo Duo was founded by flautist Yu-Wei Hu and guitarist Johan Löfving in 2008 whilst studying at the Royal College of Music in London. Together they have dazzled audiences across UK and beyond, performing in venues such as Kings Place, Cadogan Hall and St. John’s Smith Square in London, Sage Gateshead in Newcastle and St George’s Bristol. Recently Flauguissimo was invited to perform in the Stratford-on-Avon Festival, Kings Lynn Festival and London Guitar Festival; abroad their performance highlights include Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe in the Netherlands, Swedish Guitar and Lute Festival and the Bach Hall in Taiwan.
Passionate about both early and contemporary music, Flauguissimo Duo performed and led composer’s workshop at Bristol University in the UK as well as master classes at Ingesund College of Music, Kalstad Unitversity in Sweden. Selected for Brighton Early Music Festival Live and International Guitar Foundation Young Artist Platform 2015, Concordia Young Artists and Live Music Now, theri performances were highly appreciated by both audience and music critics.
In 2019 Flauguissimo Duo's debut album ‘A Salon Opera’ was released under Resonus Classics and has been recieving reviews to great acclaims.
Besides Flauguissimo Duo, Yu-Wei and Johan have won many prizes in prominent competitions, including International Early Music Competition in Middelburg/The Netherlands 2011, Uppsala International Guitar Competition 2011 and London International Guitar Competition 2012. They have performed at MuTh-Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Radio France Festival Montpellier, Palace of Versailles, BBC Proms Cadogan Hall, Bachwoche Festival Vienna, Carinthischer Sommer Festival Austria, Opera Barga Festival Italy, London Handel Festival and London Festival of Baroque Music. Their performances have been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 & Radio 4, Radio France, Austrian Radio Ö1 and Swedish Radio P2.
British tenor Rory Carver is gaining a reputation as an interpreter of art song and baroque repertoire. He is a member of Les Arts Florissants’ young artist programme Le Jardin des Voix, and was a competitor in the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition and the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform.
He was a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds scholar at the Royal College of Music, London. Recent performances include Il Podestà in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera with Les Arts Florissants; First Augur/Second Priest in Eccles' Semele with Cambridge Handel Opera and the Academy of Ancient Music; and Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato conducted by William Christie.
Rosie studied with Peter Buckoke at the Royal College of Music and subsequently with Mirella Vedeva and Alberto Bocini at Geneva Conservatoire where she also had regular classes with Franco Petracchi.
As a regular performer with Florilegium, she recently recorded Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos with the ensemble live on BBC Radio 3 at the York Early Music Festival and performed with them at Wigmore Hall. She is currently a continuo player for the Oxford Bach Soloists, aiming to perform all of Bach’s cantatas over 12 year period. Rosie has performed with La Nuova Musica, The Feinstein Ensemble and recently toured Vivaldi’s ‘Griselda’ with Irish National Opera and Irish Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Peter Whelan.
As a modern bassist, she has played with Aurora Orchestra, Camerata Alma Viva and performed Schubert's ‘Death and the Maiden’ with Terpsycordes Quatuor in the Victoria Hall (Geneva). She enjoys playing contemporary works, and recently part of the premiere for Frank Denyer's piece, 'The Fish that became the Sun' at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with Octandre Ensemble which was recorded live for BBC broadcast. Rosie is also a trained primary school teacher, and has taken part in outreach projects for OAE and Britten Sinfonia. She has recently started combining her bass playing with spoken word; both as a solo performer and with Eleanor Conlon with whom she has created the newly released work, ’The Northern Siren’.