Duo Antipodes – Irish guitarist, Manus Noble and Australian cellist, Jehanne Bastoni. Coming together from opposite sides of the world, Duo Antipodes performs music from all eras and genres, from every corner of the world.
In 2011, Jehanne Bastoni obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, having previously studied at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore as the recipient of a full scholarship.
Jehanne has performed solo, chamber and orchestral concerts in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and has participated in festivals such as the Cambridge International String Academy and the International Menuhin Academy Summer School, Switzerland. She has played with orchestras such as the Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra in Milan and the Opus Orchestra in New Zealand. Jehanne has been a prize winner for several of her recitals with the Recitals Australia Pilgrim Church Lunch Hour Series and her time playing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra National Youth Orchestra. As well as having the privilege of working under the tutelage of cellists such as Stefan Popov, Niall Brown, Nelson Cooke, and Li Wei Qin, Jehanne has also played in Master classes for cellists such as Ralph Kirshbaum and Maria Kliegel.
As well as her background in classical music, a desire to explore the full range and capabilities of the instrument has led Jehanne to develop a keen interest in playing and performing a wide variety of music, from contemporary, to folk and world music. Jehanne is proud to be the cellist for singer/songwriter Jesse Will. They have toured the UK together performing at venues such as the Queens Hall in Edinburgh, Liverpool Sound City Festival, Google London.
Manus Noble studied at the Royal College of Music in 2006. In 2010 he graduated with first class honours and was awarded a scholarship to do his Masters in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. He gave his debut performance at the Cadogan Hall, London at the age of 19. He was also given Performance Awards by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Countess of Munster and Ian Flemming Trust, and was accepted onto the Park Lane Group Young Concert Series at the Purcell Room, London. He won first prize in the Ivor Mairants Guitar Competition in 2011.
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction, Noble launched his career in the UK, giving recitals and masterclasses at festivals such as West Dean, Cheltenham Guitar Festival, Bath International Guitar Festival, Beechwood Guitar Course and London International Guitar Festival. He has been accepted onto the Countess of Munster for two years running, as well as the Making Music recital scheme in 2014, and is now in high demand as a performer. Recent performances include solo recitals at Kings Place (London), Sage Gateshead (Newcastle) and Bridgewater Hall (Manchester). He was also awarded first prize for the Guitar Competition at the Royal College of Music before going on to the String Player of the Year Competition.
He is now the Musical Director of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble in Wales, and teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Boccherini – La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid
de Falla – Nana (Suite Populaire Espagnole)
Granados – Andaluza (Danza Espagnola, No 5)
de Falla – Asturiana (Suite Populaire Espagnole)
Irish Trad – Starry Night
Joe Hisaishi – Kimi Wo Nosete (from Studio Ghibli film ‘Laputa Castle in the Sky’)
Joe Hisaishi – The Merry-go-round of Life (from Studio Ghibli film ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’)