A distinctive combination; a new sound...
The Franco-British cellist, Florence Petit, is in demand as an innovative young soloist, with a regular programme of solo recitals throughout the UK. She is a laureate of several European competitions, including the Concours des Zonta Clubs de France. She works with the acclaimed Franco-Taiwanese pianist Lysianne Chen, and is a founding member of the Leben String Quartet.
Florence is passionate about discovering unusual and neglected chamber repertoire for cello and exploring interesting and unusual instrumental pairings. With this in mind, Florence formed Duo Dekacord with guitarist Elias Sibley.
As an orchestral musician, she performs extensively with chamber and symphony orchestras across Europe, most recently with the English National Opera. She has recently been accepted on the 2016 Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra's scheme.
Florence is also passionate about sharing music with children, teaching cello and piano privately and in schools.
She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree with First Class Honours and her Master of Performance Degree with Distinction both from the Royal College of Music. She was generously supported by the Raphael Sommer Fondation, the Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund, the Saint Jude's Trust and the Lynn Foundation during her studies.
The pioneering cello and guitar duo, Duo Dekacord, is passionate about bringing eclectic music to the wider public. Their compelling performances have already been acclaimed by both public and professionals in the UK and in Europe.
“We were privileged to witness such fine playing which produced a whole spectrum of emotions from the audience.” Terry Woodgate, editor, WSGC magazine.
Elias Sibley, BMus (Hons), MMus, is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, where he studied the classical guitar with Gary Ryan and Charles Ramirez. He was previously a Department of Education scholarship student at the Purcell School of Music from 1998 to 2004 where he studied with Roland Gallery.
Elias frequently gives solo and ensemble recitals, as well as writing and arranging music for the instrument. Elias has participated in masterclasses with many internationally renowned artists including: Roland Dyens, Ricardo Iznaola, Craig Ogden, David Russell, Gary Ryan, lutenist Jakob Lindberg and the Eden Stell Guitar Duo.
In addition to his work as a guitarist, Elias has established himself as a leading performer of the 5-string, classic banjo and regularly performs on the instrument, both solo and as a duo, with classic banjo legend, Chris Sands, most recently at Cecil Sharp House, London.
Elias has performed in many of London’s leading venues, including; the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall and has worked with various British contemporary composers, including Simon Speare, Edwin Hillier and Elis Czerniak.
Elias teaches advanced guitar for Berkshire Maestros (Berkshire Young Musicians Trust) and has taught regular workshops and summer schools for the BMG Federation.
Passionate about outreach projects and bringing classical music to the wider community, they have a regular programme of informal and engaging performances at various hospitals, community centres and care homes throughout the London area.
Recitals are Duo Dekacord’s raison d’être. They have a highly varied repertoire of original works as well as imaginative arrangements of pieces which showcase their unique and beautiful combination of instruments.
The duo has developed an eclectic repertoire for their unusual pairing of instruments, from arrangements and transcriptions of popular classics to original works by 20th Century composers.
Imaginative young musicians, Florence Petit and Elias Sibley formed their cello and guitar duo whilst students at the Royal College of Music, where they benefited from coaching with Gary Ryan.
They were selected to play as part of the Zurich International Orchestra Series at the Cadogan Hall in London. They perform regularly around London at venues including Saint Mary Abbots Church, Kensington, Waltham Abbey, Saint Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. They made their French début this summer, with a most successful performance in the Languedoc village of Junas.