Emma Halnan flautist flute teacher Letchworth

Emma Halnan and Daniel King Smith

Emma has been performing regularly with Daniel since 2008. Daniel King Smith has given concerts all over the world as both soloist and accompanist. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Harold Craxton and Max Pirani prizes for Chamber Music and others for his all-round musical ability. His teachers were Piers Lane, Ruth Nye and Vanessa Latarche. 

His extensive concerto repertoire has lead to many concerto performances in the UK and around Europe, including the Royal Festival Hall, London, various theatres in Cataluña, Spain, and San Stefano al Ponte, Florence. Daniel has frequently been a featured Solo Classical Artist on many Cruise lines including Crystal and Cunard.
Accompaniment and chamber music are a major part of Daniel’s life and he has been staff accompanist at both Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music Junior Departments and at the Purcell School leading to concerts for Prince Charles, at the Wigmore Hall and at the Royal Albert Hall. He also regularly accompanies masterclasses and end of year recitals at the London conservatoires and is often official accompanist for the Countess of Munster Trust auditions. Daniel accompanies on summer music courses including the British Isles Music Festival and Musicale. He has given recitals all over the world with Michael Collins, Carmel Kaine, Susan Milan, Robert Max, Stefano Canuti, Yuki Ito, and Anna Hashimoto, among many others. 
Daniel has performed on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Ulster, and appeared in the televised finals of BBC Young Musician of the Year 1996 as soloist and regularly since then as accompanist. He was also a prizewinner in the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist competition in 1996 and has subsequently won the Best Accompanist Prize in the same competition. In September 2003 he played as orchestral pianist with the Philharmonia Orchestra. 
Daniel has recorded a number of CDs, including releases with Anna Hashimoto on the Meridian label.

Emma Halnan and Manon Fischer-Dieskau

Emma has been performing with Manon since 2012.

Born in Stuttgart in 1987, Manon Fischer-Dieskau is the granddaughter of the great German Baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. During her early musical training at the Purcell School of Music in London, Manon’s talent was quickly recognised and she was invited to perform both in the UK and overseas.  UK venues included the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Wigmore Hall and in 2004 St Martin-in-the-Fields. Later in 2004 at the invitation of the Maltese government Manon gave a series of chamber music and solo concerts.  In 2006, as part of celebrations for the centenary of the birth of Antal Dorati, Manon performed his Piano Concerto with the New Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel and the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Turkey. In 2008 Manon participated in the International Hindemith Competition in Berlin and won second prize.  This was followed by her debuts in both the Kammermusiksaal of the Berlin Philharmonie and in the Musikhalle in Hamburg, performing Chopin’s first Piano Concerto with the Haydn Orchester.  

After obtaining her Bachelor of Music with honours at the Royal College of Music in 2009, there came an episode pivotal in Manon’s musical development:  at the invitation of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau she accompanied singers at his masterclasses in Berlin and at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg.  Manon was so inspired by the experience of working on German Lieder that she chose to focus on piano accompaniment for her Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music. 

While studying at the Academy, Manon won the Scott Huxley and Rex Stephens prizes for piano accompaniment, was selected as a Samling Scholar and received awards from the Countess of Munster Trust and the Hope Hambourg Trust.  In addition, Manon performed for numerous Royal Academy projects such as recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Wigmore Hall. In June 2013 Manon graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and was named the Hodgson Junior Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music for the year 2013/14. For this Fellowship Manon devised and performed recitals of Hugo Wolf songs which received much praise for their imaginative programming. 

2015 has seen Manon perform both as a soloist and accompanist throughout the world, with recent highlights including a tour of China with the Deutsche Rundfunk Kammerorchester, performing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. Upcoming performances include concerti by Chausson, Chopin and Beethoven, in the Czech Republic, Romania, Germany and Israel.