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.
United Strings of Europe
“The audience will remember the impeccable quality of the ensemble, especially the joy they exhibit playing together, palpable throughout their performance.” L’Impartial - November 2018
The United Strings of Europe has earned praise for its original programming and ‘virtuosically expressive’ playing (The Times), delighting audiences across Europe and the Middle East with performances ‘full of life and of an exceptional calibre’ (L’Impérial). Bound by friendship and years of experience playing together, the ensemble brings together outstanding players from across Europe for intensive periods of touring and recording.
Into the second season of its New Horizons International Artist Concert Series at Conway Hall in London (supported by Arts Council England), USE fosters collaborations with celebrated soloists including violinists Amalia Hall and Itamar Zorman, and flautist Sébastian Jacot. Guest artists in 2020 include soprano Joanna Songi as well as pianist Simon Callaghan and jazz composer Denis Badault. The ensemble holds annual residencies in Lebanon as well as at the Théâtre Molière in Sète, France, and gives regular performances in Switzerland.
Sharing a desire to explore different music and styles, the United Strings of Europe is at the forefront of developing new audiences, championing living composers and commissioning new works. Highlights include bespoke arrangements of chamber music and vocal works, the world première of Houtaf Khoury’s Et le vent qui souffle..., national premières of works by Osvaldo Golijov, Matthew Hindson, Gareth Farr, Arturo Corrales, Arvo Pärt, Cyril Squire, Stevan Hrsitic, Mateja Marinkovic, Charbel Rouhana, Bechara El-Khoury and Pēteris Vasks, and commissions from Jasmin Kent Rodgman and David Winkler.
Determined to reach beyond the concert hall, the ensemble has developed an innovative education programme that includes workshops tailored to young people, music students, composers and conductors, as well as work with refugees and under-privileged groups in partnership with charities and social enterprises in the UK and Lebanon.
In November 2020, the United Strings of Europe will release its debut album In Motion with leading independent classical label BIS Records featuring world premiere recordings of new works, original arrangements and a collaboration with violinist Amalia Hall.