Sono Vivo was founded in 2016 by musicians and cancer survivors Richard Meyrick and Alisa Liubarskaya. Performers who work with the charity give their services for free in order to raise money for nominated cancer charities.
A dynamically powerful pianist, Richard Meyrick’s charismatic performances at major concert halls and more intimate venues frequently bring audiences to their feet in rapturous acclaim for his “thrilling technical wizardry … superb rich sonorities and genuine sensitivity” (Daily Telegraph). Meyrick is a consummate professional as both performer and teacher, effortlessly mixing scholarship, hard work and fun in all of his projects.
Awarded a foundation scholarship to the Royal College of Music at sixteen, Richard made his concert début at the Wigmore Hall, while still a student. This was followed by a live televised performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No 2 conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
Acclaimed by the music press and fellow musicians he has won accolades throughout North America, Russia, Australia and Europe. Richard premiered the Khachaturian Piano Sonata in the USA, Europe and the Antipodes. He has also sourced and introduced to international audiences a representative selection from the wealth of piano music composed in the Eastern Europe during the last decade.
In the early 1990s Meyrick’s playing career was interrupted by serious illness. His one London appearance during this period was described in the London Evening Standard – “a quite outstanding performance by this exceptional musician.” He recorded the Five Beethoven Concerti with the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra and the Complete Chopin Nocturnes. Both recordings are on international release.
With vigour and artistry fully restored, he has performed as soloist with orchestra in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra, plays regular solo and chamber concerts and is Director of the celebrated Piano Studio teaching practice in Mayfair, London. He is Director of the Pianoman Scholarships Scheme affording the finest tuition to talented young pianists attending state schools. These deserving young musicians, many from deprived areas of the UK, receive free, all expenses paid lessons from Richard and his team of talented international pianists. Pianoman is graciously sponsored by Sir Harvey and Lady McGrath.
Alisa Liubarskaya started learning the cello at the age of seven and began giving public performances soon afterwards. She received her early musical training at the Belarus State Music College in Minsk and early successes included prizes at the Heran, Beethoven and Chandos International competitions.
Since 2007 Alisa has been studying in London under Natalia Pavlutskaya and Hélène Dautry, generously supported by the Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Robert McFadzean Whyte and the Albert Cooper Trust. She was awarded first prize at the Vivian Joseph Concerto Competition, Vera Kantrovic, Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Competitions. She has also won the John Thompson, Cavatina Chamber Music Prizes and Barbirolli Memorial Prize for Cellists and has taken part in numerous masterclasses with cellists including Steven Isserlis, Torleif Thedeen, Karine Georgian, Bernard Greenhouse, Aleksander Ivashkin, Roel Dieltiens, Leonid Gorokhov and Patrick Demenga.
Alisa is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician and also works as an orchestral musician throughout the UK. She has undertaken recent solo concerto performances with Southbank Sinfonia, Trinity Laban Sinfonia and Canterbury Symphony Orchestra as well as chamber music recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martins in the Field, Warwick and Leeds University Halls, the Jaqueline du Pre Music Building in Oxford and the Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham. She has been a member of Southbank Sinfonia since 2012 and is a member of Covent Garden Soloists. Recent appearances as a guest cellist include with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Scottish Opera and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra.
Swedish cellist Elisabeth Wiklander completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Gothenburg and her Master of Music with honours at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 2008. She worked in Amsterdam with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra before accepting her position with the LPO in 2013. She engages in orchestral education and has taught students at conservatoires in both Amsterdam and London.
Elisabeth was awarded the Guido Vecchi Prize in 2012 and has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, including the LPO in a new work by Hunter Coblentz. Performances as a chamber musician include several prestigious venues in Europe such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and live appearances on radio and international TV.
In 2016 Elisabeth was appointed a Cultural Ambassador of the National Autistic Society in the UK. She is on the autism spectrum, diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and has helped people touched by autism since 2006, becoming a public autism advocate in 2015. She has given a TEDx talk on autism broadcast live on the internet and is in high demand for her autism support and as a public speaker.