Players

Our musicians

Matthew Shlomowitz

Director, composer, auxiliary instruments

Matthew Shlomowitz is a composer of concert music and performance pieces. He has three ongoing projects: Popular Contexts, a series combining recordings of recognisable real world sound with instrumental music; Letter Pieces, which combine physical actions, music and text; and Lectures about Music, a series of lecture-pieces addressing ideas such as aesthetic judgement and emotional responses to music. He is Associate Professor in Composition at University of Southampton.

Matthew Shlomowitz
Dimitri Djuric

Vicky Wright

Director, clarinets

A founding member of Plus-Minus, Vicky Wright is also a member of the Danish ensemble Scenatet and has worked with the groups Lontano, Expose, Apartment House, Chroma and the Ruysdael Quartet. As a soloist she has performed at the Wigmore Hall, London; the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York and was one of the ‘flying soloists’ in Birmingham Opera’s award winning production of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she was awarded numerous prizes and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Vicky Wright

Mark Knoop

Director, conductor, piano, keyboards

London based pianist and conductor Mark Knoop is known for his fearless performances and individual interpretations. He has commissioned and premiered countless new works and worked with many respected composers including Michael Finnissy, Joanna Bailie, Bryn Harrison, Johannes Kreidler, Matthew Shlomowitz, and Steven Kazuo Takasugi.

Mark Knoop

Tom Pauwels

Guitar

Tom Pauwels (Bornem, Belgium, 1974). Since 2002 he has worked as the guitarist and co-artistic leader for the new music ensemble ICTUS (Brussels). Project-wise, he performs with the Anglo-Belgian octet Plus-Minus. Within the frame of the School of Arts in Gent he has developed an advanced master program with emphasis on contemporary chamber music in collaboration with the Spectra ensemble and Ictus. Since 2010 he has taught guitar at the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt. His broad interest in performance has led to collaborations with choreographers as Xavier Le Roy, Maud Le Pladec and Andros Zins-Browne.

Tom Pauwels

Roderick Chadwick

Piano, keyboards

Roderick Chadwick is a pianist, teacher and writer on music. Recent performances have been at the Pharos and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festivals. He is Reader in Music at the Royal Academy of Music and will be writing about Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux for the foreseeable future.

Roderick Chadwick

Aisha Orazbayeva

Violin

Aisha Orazbayeva is a Kazakh-born London-based violinist, she has released two critically acclaimed solo albums on Nonclassical and PRAH recordings, and has performed in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Aisha Orazbayeva
Phil Sharp

Alice Purton

Cello

Alongside her work with Plus Minus, Alice is a founder member of Distractfold ensemble, and the Chagall Piano Quartet. She is also a member of Trio Atem, a Manchester-based ensemble who have been commissioning works for cello, voice and flute since 2007, and has recently started collaborating with acclaimed jazz musicians Alice Zawadzki and Alex Roth for a forthcoming album.

Alice Purton

Serge Vuille

Percussion

Serge Vuille is a percussionist, curator and composer based in London. He performs with Martin Creed, the OAE and the London Sinfonietta, curates the series Kammer Klang at Cafe OTO and created context specific music for Le Corbusier architecture amongst other things. He also coaches the percussion ensemble and teaches experimental music at the Royal College of Music in London.

Serge Vuille

Newton Armstrong

Electronics and sound design

Newton Armstrong is a composer, performer, and occasional builder of electronic musical instruments. The focus of much of his work is directed towards practices of music-making that emerge in the composed interactions between people, technologies, and their environments. He teaches at City University London.

Newton Armstrong

Marcus Barcham Stevens

Violin

Marcus Barcham Stevens is co-leader of the Britten Sinfonia and a member of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet. He has played with Ensemble Modern, Musikfabrik and BCMG, also plays in recital with his wife, pianist Christina Lawrie and composes.

Marcus Barcham Stevens

Joanna Bailie

Composer, auxiliary instruments

Composer and curator Joanna Bailie was born in London and currently resides in Berlin. Her recent work includes chamber music and installation, and is characterized by the use of field recordings together with acoustic instruments. She is also interested in the interplay between the audio and visual as evidenced by her works for camera obscura (The place you can see and hear, Analogue) and film (The Grand Tour).

Joanna Bailie

Guests

Founding members

  • Kirsten Le Strange
  • Alex Waterman

Guests

  • Emma Arden
  • Severine Ballon
  • Mira Benjamin
  • Elsa Bradley
  • Bridget Carey
  • Richard Craig
  • Laurence Crane
  • Adam de la Cour
  • Toon Callier
  • Matthew Coorey
  • Angharard Davies
  • Anders Førisdal
  • Juliet Fraser
  • Angela Wai Nok Hui
  • Ilze Ikse
  • Tom Jackson
  • Zubin Kanga
  • Toby Kearney
  • Gijs Kramers
  • Gordon Mackay
  • Sarah Nicholls
  • Tim Parkinson
  • Lucy Railton
  • Christopher Redgate
  • Joe Richards
  • Trond Reinholdtsen
  • Gwen Rouger
  • Tanja Orning
  • James Saunders
  • Maarten Stragier
  • Primož Sukič
  • Jennifer Walshe
  • Kerry Yong
  • Katarzyna Zimińska