Photograph of Manu Brazo by Julia Buchalska
The Mary Ryan Concert
Manu Brazo is an innovative musician who is redefining the concept of the classical musician in the 21st Century. Considered one of the most influential names around the saxophone on social media, his videos have reached a million views. His unique sound, sensibility and virtuosity have made his performances range from opening for Sir Cliff Richard and for Downton Abbey TV Series official concert to performing as a soloist in some of the most prestigious music halls in the world like Philarmonie Berlin, the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House, St Martin in the Fields and the 2018 Proms alongside the Britten-Pears Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop. Recently Manu has achieved the Audience Award at the Prince’s Prize of the Musicians Company.
Indonesian pianist Prajna Indrawati honed her Master of Performance degree in Collaborative Piano (2018) at the Royal College of Music under tutelage of Roger Vignoles, Kathron Sturrock, and Simon Lepper. Accompanying singers, she performed in few places in London, such as Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Festival Hall and in “Brahms and his poet” book’s launching by Natasha Loges. She was awarded second place for Accompanist Prize in “Brooks- van der Pump” English Song Competition and Joan Chisell Schumann Competition and Titanic Memoriam Award for accompanist in Lies Askonas Competition 2018. She has attended Oxford Lieder Mastercourse programme twice in 2018 (with Soprano Joyee Cole) led by Wolfgang Holzmair and in 2021 (with Soprano Sofia Livotov) led by Joan Rodgers. She has performed twice in BBRadio3 “in Tune”, Victoria and Albert Museum, St. Martin in-the-fields, Royal Festival Hall – Southbank Centre, St. James Picadilly, Debut with Tillett Trust in Kings Place London, Newbury Spring Festival, Alderney Music Festival, 2020 Leeds International Music Festival, etc; as well in Seville (Spain) and Crete (Greece). In July 2019, she joined Jakarta City Philharmonic as a soloist in Mozart Piano Concerto c minor. She has a Diploma in piano and Grade 8 in singing from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.
With Soprano Sofia Livotov, they have performed as a duo since 2018 and joined the 2021 Oxford Lieder Matercourse programme with a full support from Help Musicians UK and Oxford Lieder. Recently they have been awarded the Second Prize in the Chamber Music Category of the London Classical Music Competition 2022.