Matthew Rye is a writer and journalist who worked for many years on the staff of BBC Music Magazine and more recently at The Strad magazine, where he is a reviews editor. He is a music critic for the Daily Telegraph, writing regular reviews of CDs and concerts, and he has also contributed to a wide variety of other titles on classical music. His publications include a chapter on twentieth-century opera for the Blackwell History of Music in Britain and contributions to the Rough Guide to Classical Music and Opera.
Steve Isserlis is one of the world's leading cellists. He regularly plays in all the leading concert venues as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. He has collaborated with top conductors and orchestras, including period-instrument ensembles. Hist extensive list of recordings ranges from Bach to Tavener and he has published two different books for children on the lives of great composers.