Penelope Lynex and Alexander Wells
Penelope Lynex was a pupil of Paul Tortelier in Paris, after graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she won all the cello prizes and was awarded the Suggia Scholarship. She also received a Countess of Munster Trust award. She studied in Pablo Casals' Masterclasses for two summers and Paul Tortelier later described her as one of the most talented pupils he had taught. Penelope Lynex has performed in Europe, the USA, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.
Known for her radiant tone, musicianship and bravura, her unusually large repertoire includes works dedicated to her by several composers. She performs and teaches in the UK and abroad, directs courses, and also writes, adjudicates and gives masterclasses.
She has composed cadenzas for the classical cello concertos. A dedicated teacher, her publications now selling internationally include Cello Ideas: A Practical Guide and 20 Carols for a Cellist and Friends. She has also had articles published in leading musical journals and magazines.
Her reviews have included 'technical brilliance and sound musicianship' (The Times), 'an uncommonly fine control of staccato, both on and off the string' (The Strad) and ' … a cellist of formidable gifts … her enviable sense of line' (M&V CD Spotlight).
For more information about Penelope please visit her web site.
Alexander Wells has a varied career as accompanist and chamber musician, with a speciality as a choral accompanist. With the New London Children’s Choir, for example, he has appeared at London’s South Bank, the Aldeburgh Festival and the BBC Proms, and made a number of recordings. Early teachers included Leonie Gombrich and Fanny Waterman, and he also had some informal composition lessons with Benjamin Britten. After taking a degree in Modern Languages at Cambridge he went on to study at the Royal College of Music with Stephen Savage and Alasdair Graham, training later as a répétiteur at the National Opera Studio in London. He has worked on the music staff at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at Glyndebourne and with many other companies.