voice + guitar
Mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean and guitarist Andrey Lebedev met in 2014 while studying at the Royal Academy of Music, and began performing together shortly after. With a shared interest in a broad variety of repertoire- encompassing early music, contemporary music, and everything in between, even bossa nova- the duo have formed a strong musical relationship that has taken them to stages throughout the United Kingdom and Australia. In recent seasons Lotte and Andrey have performed together at several festivals in the UK, including Cheltenham International Festival, Buxton Festival, Llandeilo Fawr, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Gower Festival and the Lewes Festival of Song, and presented a sold out Australia-wide recital tour.
Both artists with the City Music Foundation, they have presented a number of concerts for the organisation, including opening their new recital series at St Bartholomew The Less, and in June presented an ambitious program at the St Bart’s Pathology Museum featuring David Lang’s “death speaks”, alongside works by Kurtág, Bach, Ravel, Dowland and Radiohead.
In 2018, Lotte and Andrey were invited to become the inaugural art song bursars with the Imogen Cooper Music Trust, which saw them travel to France to study intensively with the great British pianist, alongside Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair. Other recent highlights include their Wigmore Hall debut in February 2019 and an appearance on BBC Radio 3 In Tune
Upcoming engagements for the duo include performances at the Barbican Sound Unbound Festival, Wiltshire Music Centre, Guildford Festival and Bristol University, amongst others.
Lotte and Andrey are honoured to be the inaugural holders of the 2019 New Elizabethan Award through the Musician’s Company, and are looking forward to presenting a variety of programs throughout 2019 celebrating British and Commonwealth music from the Elizabethan age to the present day.
Lotte and Andrey’s broad repertoire covers composers such as Dowland, Morley, Campion, Britten, Brett Dean, Manuel De Falla, Heitor Villa-Lobos and popular bossa nova tunes, mostly by Antonio Jobim.
They are passionate about new music and will soon be premiering a new work by Arthur Keegan Bole.
Lotte and Andrey are available for recitals of various durations, ranging from 45 minutes to 90 minutes of music, and are flexible in terms of programming. They also have a range of popular songs in their repertoire and are available for weddings.
Fees are negotiated per performance, depending on repertoire and duration.