Meet the talented performing artists who entertain, distract, soothe and cheer patients, staff and visitors throughout healthcare settings.
RUBY ASPINALL | Harpist
Ruby trained at Trinity College of Music in London and now performs as a soloist, plays in orchestras and records for film and TV. Career highlights have included performing at Buckingham Palace and playing in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet at Sadler’s Wells. Ruby is a prizewinning composer (Young Composer Award of Wales) and enjoys writing for the harp and other instruments.
KALIA BAKLITZANAKI | Singer and Flute Player
Kalia sings and plays a variety of flutes including nay (Arabic flute), kaval (Greek/Bulgarian flute) Western flute and others. Originally from Greece, she came to London to study for a BA in Ethnomusicology, an MA in Ethnochoreology (University of Roehampton) and a Diploma in Flute (ABRSM). She performs original compositions and arrangements from the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East with her own ensemble. Artists she has worked with include Natacha Atlas, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Syriana, Paprika and Kid Downs. Kalia also does session work recording music for films, video games and leading educational projects for the Barbican, British Museum and BBC Children in Need.
DIMITRIS DEKAVALLAS | Classical Guitarist
Winner of more than 16 awards, Dimitris Dekavallas has established himself as one of the most talented guitarists of his age. Since graduating from London’s Royal Academy of Music he has given recitals at some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall and the Southbank Centre in London. Dimitris has also given a private recital for the Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Benedict II.
A multiple award winner, music producer and virtuoso player, Ahmed is one of the finest young performers of the Cuban Classical Guitar School. His fresh lively repertoire combines Cuban and Latin American genres with classical music and a hint of jazz. Ahmed has appeared at several prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, and performed for the likes of Fidel Castro and Princess Anne, as well as at various music festivals in South America and Europe.
PABLO DOMINGUEZ | Multi-instrumentalist
Pablo followed the encouragement of his father Chano Domínguez and showed an interest in music at an early age. He is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, acclaimed by various audiences on the London music scene. Pablo is the lead guitar player and music director of the band Jardares por Fuera, as well as a guitarist/percussionist for traditional Flamenco performances with the group Trovador. He’s also bass player with the band MamáNoLLora. After finishing his degree in Music Technology, he plans to carry on producing music and developing his musical talents.
JEAN KELLY | Harpist
Jean hails from an Irish family which has been producing professional musicians for several generations. A versatile and pioneering musician, she won a scholarship to study concert harp at the Royal College of Music and has an eclectic career spanning classical, contemporary and world music. Jean specialises in classical, folk, medieval and wire strung harps. She has played on several film scores including The Lord of the Rings and We Need To Talk About Kevin, scored for solo harp by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead.
MARK LEVIN | Harpist
Mark is a contemporary harpist and plays a 29-string Celtic Harp. His performances blend a light jazz and classical style into unique arrangements of rock and Motown classics, popular standards and current hits to offer something for everyone. As well as performing for Breathe, Mark provides concerts and music workshops in hospital wards and special needs schools around London and the South East. His live credits include Glastonbury and Latitude music festivals, a session for BBC Radio 1, press events for Channel 4, MTV and The Guardian, plus an appearance in the Royal box at Cheltenham racecourse.
MARIA-CHRISTINA PAPADOPOULOU | Harpist
Maria-Christina graduated in piano and harp with distinction and has performed all over Europe playing jazz/funk music with loop and wah wah pedals (harp and drums). Winner of the 2010 Wales International Harp Competition, her work has included recording for BBC Radio 1. Maria-Christina holds an MA in Music Therapy (University of Roehampton, London) and also works as a music therapist. She is working on a PhD on ‘The Modern Harp’ at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.
DEIAN ROWLANDS | Harpist
Welsh harpist Deian has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at venues worldwide, including the UN Headquarters in New York, Wigmore Hall in London and the Houses of Parliament. For the Queen’s 80th birthday HRH The Prince of Wales invited Deian and his flautist to entertain the entire Royal family at a private party at Kew Palace. He performs regularly with the BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras and has worked with Bryn Terfel, Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, Smokey Robinson, The Streets and McFly.
GUILLERMO ROZENTHULER | Vocalist & Guitarist
Charismatic Buenos Aires-born Guillermo Rozenthuler has become one of the leading voices of Argentine Tango and South American song in the UK. He started his vocal career as a jazz singer and still cultivates a love for vocal improvisation and a creative approach to interpretation and arranging. His solo performances combine “passion and tenderness with a rare rhythmic precision” (The Guardian).
KEZIAH THOMAS | Harpist
Keziah made her solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall whilst still at school. Since studying at the Royal College of Music she has built a busy career performing around the world and won many prizes, including the 2008 Camac Harp Competition and the 2011 Contemporary Records Society Competition. Keziah has performed in a huge range of venues, from going solo at New York’s Carnegie Hall to a party for the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
OSAMU YANO | Guitarist & Composer
One of the most versatile guitarists of his generation, Osamu Yano works as a recitalist and session musician around the world. His highly acclaimed performances are noted for their sensitive musicality, diversity in style and technique, and impressive improvisation. He has performed on international radio and television, as well as played live on BBC London Radio, BBC6 Music, BBC World Radio, Xfm, BBC1 TV, Channel 4 and Japan’s Fuji TV.
REGINALD ‘JOJO’ YATES | Traditional African Musician
Born in Ghana, Jojo Yates is a musician and instrument maker specialising in ancient African instruments. Jojo mesmerises audiences with intricate melodies on his handmade seprewa and other instruments, including the Ghanaian kpanalogo drums and thumb piano. He has recorded with popular artists such as Nelly Furtado, worked with John Scott on the soundtrack for HBO’s film Deadly Voyage and toured the world with Moire Music Drum Orchestra, Master Drummers of Africa, Sun-Ra and KonKoma (Afro-funk band) among others.