After a long and distinguished career as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras worldwide, Brian Benedict has dedicated the last few years to the study and performance of Art Song and Chamber Music, performing at notable venues both in the UK and throughout Europe. He marked his eightieth birthday in 2018 with recordings of Brahms 3 Intermezzi Op. 117 and Liszt's complete Consolations. He is a founder member and Chef-de-Chant of L'Opéra de Chambre de France en Résidence à Menton.
Paul Ellis-Howe was born in the lively Bow Quarter of East London. He holds a BEd degree and is a graduate of Trinity College London where he studied with the pianist and harpsichordist Valda Aveling and the conductor Meredith Davies. Recent concert appearances include a performance of the Dussek Concerto for Two Pianos with the Orchestre des Jeunes d'Auxerre in August this year. He is currently planning series of concerts and recordings of the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas.
Duo Serenata was formed last year and is a natural culmination of several years of collaboration between Brian and Paul in their work with 'Serenata', the North London based group of singers and pianists.
Born in Kagoshima, Japan, Tokyo-based pianist Koichiro Honda began to play the piano at the age of seventeen. He quickly excelled, obtaining numerous prizes which enabled him to participate in the 64th Concert for Young Musicians in Tokyo.
He subsequently moved to Spain to work under the tutelage of renowned pianist Professor Juan José Pérez Torrecillas at the Granada Conservatoire. Whilst in Spain he embarked on his career as a solo and chamber pianist, giving many concerts and playing with leading orchestras in Spain and throughout Europe. He was awarded First Prize at the Barcelona International Festival and Second Prize in the International Spanish Piano Competition.
He later transferred to London, where he began to work with the legendary Maria Curcio. He participated in many competitions, gaining accolades and excellent reviews. Koichiro collaborated with the Serenata International Group on many occasions, play solos and duets and accompanying singers.
On returning to Japan he used the many experiences gained in Europe to teach at a prestigious musical university. He runs a music school to help talented young musicians to take the ABRSM examinations without the need for an interpreter.