Daniel Peev was born in the Bulgarian town of Ruse. He began playing the violin at the age of six, receiving tuition from the National Secondary School of Arts “Prof. Veselin Stoyanov”.
After he graduated, Daniel received a scholarship to continue his studies at Birmingham Conservatoire with Susanne Stanzeleit. He was part of a string quartet between 2008 and 2013 which took part in many Masterclasses including The Wihan Quartet, Dante Quartet, and Takacs Quartet as well as participating in courses such as Cadenza International Music Summer School and Greenwich International String Quartet Festival in London.
Daniel was granted with a scholarship to continue his study with Zoë Beyers (CBSO Associate Leader) for the Orchestral Performance course at the Birmingham Conservatoire in collaboration with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra which he graduated with Distinction. Daniel was invited to take part in the CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy in the summer of 2014 as a guest leader. He is also offered regular work with Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Johanna Niederbacher, born in Austria, started to play the cello at the age of nine. She continued her studies at the Conservertoire in Innsbruck/ Austria with Michael Hell and at the Academy of music and drama in Gothenburg/ Sweden with Harro Ruijsenaars. Part of her final recital was a successful performance of the Concerto for Violoncello and Wind orchestra by Friedrich Gulda.
She participated in several chamber music courses and master classes in Austria, Greece, Sweden and England and had lessons with Robert Cohen, Robin Michael, Daisy Vatalaro, Adrian Brendel and Zoe Martlew. Furthermore she developed a deep sense and passion for chamber music and gained a lot of experience with several orchestras like Gothenburg University Symphony orchestra, Innviertler Symphonieorchester, Symphony orchestra Innsbruck, Universitätsorchester Innsbruck as a section leader and recently in the Royal Ballet mentoring scheme.
Johanna is currently studying at Birmingham Conservatoire with Alexander Baillie.
Romanian pianist Arthur Bocaneanu has completed his undergraduate studies at the National University of Music Bucharest this is year, and is currently studying for his postgraduate degree at the Birmingham Conservatoire. After an Erasmus exchange at the Conservatoire last year, Arthur has returned to study here under the tutelage of John Thwaites and Fabio Bidini. In his home country he has performed in numerous solo and chamber music engagements in venues such as the Romanian Athenaeum, the George Enescu Museum in Bucharest and state philharmonic halls across Romania.
Outside of his country he has played in Italy, Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Arthur has had the chance to perform several concertos with different Romanian orchestras. He particularly enjoys playing chamber music, obtaining a scholarship for the SoNoRo chamber music Workshop and Festival in Montepulciano, Italy in 2013. Arthur has newly discovered a passion for the pipe organ, performing organ recitals on historic organs in Transylvanian churches, since last year.
During his study at the Birmingham Conservatoire, he participated in masterclasses with pianists Peter Donohoe, Mikhail Kazakevich and Tim Horton.