The Marsyas Trio frequently works with first class musicians and practitioners of other artforms to augment the ensemble, or perform certain special projects. Below is more information on these artists.
OLGA STEZHKO - PIANO
Olga is an award-winning concert pianist, recording artist and leading interpreter of early and mid-20th century piano repertoire. Acclaimed by Classical Source in a Wigmore Hall review as "a supremely delicate master of her instrument” who possesses "an extraordinary presence”, she has performed at premier venues from the Barbican Hall to Salle Cortot to the Carnegie Hall, both as a soloist and in recital. Recent highlights include performances in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, the National Gallery, Palermo Classica Festival, Leeds International Concert Season and the ‘Belarusians of the World’ Arts Festival in Minsk, where Olga was awarded a special recognition by the Ministry of Culture.
Born in Minsk, Olga was educated in Belarus, Italy and the UK where she completed her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music. Her successes on the international competition circuit include the Grand Prix at the First ‘Halina Czerny-Stefanska In Memoriam’ International Piano Competition in Poland, First Prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in France and Third Prize at the Prix Amadèo de Piano International Piano Competition in Germany.
Olga’s specialism is early and mid-20th century repertoire and she is particularly distinguished in Scriabin and Debussy. Her music is a journey for the soul but also for the intellect. Olga’s debut album ‘Eta Carinae’ where she combined her passion for astronomy with music by Scriabin and Busoni, was hailed by the Gramophone Magazine as "an outstanding debut" and “not a record for the faint-hearted but rather for those who enjoy dark and menacing regions of the mind”. Her next, eagerly anticipated all-Debussy album will be released worldwide in 2018 to mark the centenary of the composer’s death.
Jessica Summers - soprano
Jessica studied music at King’s College, London and is an alumna of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme (Contemporary Performance directed by Oliver Knussen). She has sung in several productions for English Touring Opera, the Royal Opera (Linbury Studio) and in many performances for the education departments of ROH, ETO and Opera North.
She has given a wide range of concerts nationwide. These include performances at St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Brighton, Newbury, King’s Lynn and York Late Music Festivals as well as at the Science Museum, HMP Wandsworth and the Young Vic. Performances of contemporary music include Birtwistle’sRing A Dumb Carillon, Benjamin’s A Mind of Winter, Finnissy’s Beuk O’Neucassel Sangs and Causton’sPoems Almost of This World. She recently performed Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (Holywell Music Room, Oxford) with the Marsyas Trio and Ligeti Quartet, and is developing her own performance project, Living Songs, showcasing songs written in the twenty-first century alongside more traditional repertoire.
Smoking apples - puppeteers
Award winning Smoking Apples produce high quality theatre, that more often than not, works with difficult, hard-to-digest subject matter. Using puppetry and visual theatre, the company create innovative shows, making their subjects enjoyable and accessible for audiences. They combine puppets, live actors and an identifiable and unique style of movement.