Hailed by The Guardian for her “impressive control, irrepressible sense of drama and extraordinary self-assurance” Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean’s performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song, chamber music and early music. A versatile and sought-after concert artist performing predominantly in Australia and in the UK, Lotte has appeared at venues such as St John’s Smith Square, St Martin In The Fields, Cadogan Hall and the Sydney Opera House, and festivals such as Aldeburgh, Cheltenham and Buxton, among others. Lotte is currently Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia after winning the 2017 Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award, and is a member of London-based contemporary music group Ensemble x.y, with whom she has performed numerous world premieres. Lotte is a City Music Foundation Artist, a Yeoman of the Musicians Company, and an inaugural art song scholarship holder with the Imogen Cooper Music Trust. Lotte is a regular collaborator with guitarist Andrey Lebedev with whom she has performed throughout the UK and recently presented a sold out Australian recital tour.
Current season highlights include her debuts with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis, the Barbican Centre’s upcoming Sound Unbound Festival, and a guest artist position at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Recent performance highlights include a critically acclaimed UK-wide tour of Pierrot Lunaire with Manchester Collective, Anghiari Festival in Italy with Southbank Sinfonia, appearances at UK festivals including Gower, Oxford Lieder and the Lewes Festival of Song, her New York recital debut and a concert with Ensemble La Vaghezza in Vézelay, France. Recently in Australia, Lotte has performed at Adelaide Festival as a member of the semi chorus in Brett Dean’s Hamlet, and has appeared as soloist with several ensembles including the internationally renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra and Choir of London (Bach Christmas Oratorio) and the Song Company.
Lotte completed a Masters with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music under Catherine Benson and Audrey Hyland In 2016. Lotte also completed studies at the Australian National Academy of Music and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and attended the 2016 Darmstadt Musikinstitut.
Joseph Havlat was born in Hobart, Australia, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Prof. Joanna MacGregor from 2012 – 18. Joseph has performed in major concert venues around the UK and in Europe, America, Japan and Australia as a soloist and as part of chamber groups and orchestras. He is a keen sock enthusiast and chamber musician, performing frequently with multiple groups – Tritium (clarinet) trio, Trio Derazey, Duo Ex Libris as well as the LSO percussion ensemble, with whom he toured Japan in 2018 giving the premiere of a work by John Adams. Passionate about contemporary music, he is a founding member and artistic director of contemporary music collective Ensemble x.y and is also an avid composer, having written for the aforementioned ensembles, among others.
Having now graduated from the Academy with a BMus and MMus with distinction, a DipRAM, the Edwin Samuel Dove and HRH Princess Alice The Duchess of Gloucester prizes for exceptional merit, as well as the Postgraduate pianists prize for the best postgraduate recital, he is there serving as a Piano fellow for 2018-19 having also been a Chamber music fellow for the previous year.