Stephen Kovacevich is an American pianist and conductor, who moved to London aged 18 to study under Dame Myra Hess. He is greatly admired for his interpretation of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert. These photos show him rehearsing with Alissa Firsova in 2006.

Alissa Firsova is a Russian-British composer, pianist and conductor born in Moscow in 1986. Seen here rehearsing with Stephen Kovacevich in 2006. He said of her, “Alissa Firsova is a triple threat, pianist-composer-conductor, gifted and interesting in all.” She first met Stephen at a master class at Dartington Summer School in 2000 and he has been her friend and mentor ever since.

Piotr Anderszewski, the Polish pianist and conductor, rehearsing at Dartington in 2006.

Joanna MacGregor OBE, is a British concert pianist, conductor, composer and festival curator – currently the director of Dartington Summer School of Music. She is also Head of Piano at The Royal Academy of Music and a Professor at London University. She is shown here at a piano masterclass at Dartington in 2015.

Russian born Veronika Shoot moved to England aged 5 and made her debut piano recital at 7.

Diane Ambache founded the Ambache Mozart Ensemble in 1984 to specifically accompany her in Mozart Piano Concertos. The orchestra is no longer functioning but Ambache is still deeply involved in raising the profile of women composers through the Ambache Charitable Trust.

David Owen Norris is a British pianist, composer, academic and broadcaster. He has accompanied soloists such as Dame Janet Baker and Larry Adler and his solo career has included appearances at the Proms and performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.