William Conway – Cello 

Co-founder and Artistic Director of Hebrides Ensemble, William Conway is well-known as both conductor and cellist.  He has had many concertos and pieces written for him, underlining his strong commitment to contemporary music.  With Hebrides Ensemble, he has commissioned over seventy works in the last twenty years.
His concerts have been praised for both quality of performance and imaginative programming.  William was Principal Cello with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for ten year and throughout his career has been Principal with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, of which he is a founder member, working with conductors including Karajan, Harnoncourt and Abbado.
He is Artistic Director and Head of Strings and Chamber Music at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh and works regularly with young musicians notably at National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra.  He was a finalist and prizewinner in the Leeds Conductors; Competition and has established himself as a conductor of versatility in chamber, symphonic and operatic repertoire. As well as the major Scottish orchestras, he has conducted throughout the UK, Europe and America.

Huw Watkins – Piano

In 2001, Huw was awarded the Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music. Huw now teaches composition at the Royal Academy of Music.  
As a pianist, Huw is in great demand with orchestras and festivals including the London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, the BBC Orchestras and Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals.  Strongly committed to the performance of new music, Huw has recently had piano concertos written for him by Philip Cashian, Helen Grime and Tansy Davies.
Huw Watkins is one of Britain’s foremost composers and his music has been performed and commissioned by music groups in Europe and North America including the Nash Ensemble, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.  His cello concerto was premiered at the Proms in 2016.
Huw Watkins is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, both as a performer and as a composer.  NMC have released a disc dedicated to Huw Watkins’ work entitled ‘In my craft of sullen art’ (NMC).  The disc showcases Huw’s ‘outstanding pianism’ (Andrew Clements, The Guardian).

Zoe Beyers – Violin

South-African born Zoe Beyers has established herself as one of the UK’s most versatile violinist and performs a soloist, chamber musician, director and orchestral leader across the world.  She also has a passionate interest in education, teaching at the Birmingham Conservatoire but also coaching ensembles and violinist at the start of their careers.

As an orchestral leader, Zoe performs regularly with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, the Philharmonia, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Aurora Orchestra.  She has played as leader on several highly regarded recordings with Andris Nelsons, Juano Mena and John Storgards, most recently on discs of de Falla and Ginastera with Mena and the BBC Philharmonic for Chandos.  

The 2018/18 season sees Zoe performing with the English Symphony Orchestra, both as their newly appointed concertmaster and as a director and soloist.  She is dedicated to performing the music of contemporary composers and the commissioning and premiering of several new works.