Esther and Mina initially began playing together as members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2015 and 2016. However, it wasn’t until they both started at RAM that they began playing together as Equinox Duo. Since then they have had the privilege of playing in a masterclass to renowned harpist, Isabelle Perrin and have performed in concerts inside RAM as well as around England, including an evening recital for the Hambleden concert series of 2018 and an evening soiree concert for the Barnes Music Festival 2019. They are looking forward to performing an evening recital in July for the Richmond Concert Society with a programme focussed around a new work written for them by composer David Nunn.
Mina Middleton is from Northamptonshire, but spent 5 years in Manchester learning with Belinda Gough, Laura Jellicoe and Katherine Bryan at Chetham’s School of Music. In 2016 Mina went on to begin her studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Kate Hill and in her third year, began learning with Michael Cox. Her place there is generously supported by the Jo Weinberg Flute Award and in 2017 she was a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrument grant allowing her to buy a Burkhart Piccolo, with which she was awarded first place in the RAM Jonathan Myall piccolo prize 2018. As a soloist, she performed the Nielsen Concerto at the Bridgewater hall and has since played the flute on screen for the BBC drama series Fleabag and solo alto flute for the soundtrack to MacBeth at the Chichester Festival Theatre. As well as with Equinox Duo, she performs regularly with her other chamber groups, Image Flute Trio and Lyrus Winds. Outside of music Mina enjoys other creative arts such as drawing, working with textiles and acting on film sets as an extra.
Esther Beyer began to play the harp at the age of six and is now a fourth year undergraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music. She is under the tutelage of Karen Vaughan, and was recently commended in the 2018 Skaila Kanga Harp Prize. As an orchestral harpist, Esther has worked under the batons of renowned conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardener and Ilan Volkov, and has premiered works by Tansy Davies, Unsuk Chin, Larry Goves and Iris ter Schiphorst. Esther has played in many major venues across the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Sage Gateshead, Snape Maltings, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Leeds Town Hall and Bridgewater Hall. Notable solo highlights include playing for HRH Duchess of Cornwall on the Royal Harp at Clarence House and in 2020 Esther was awarded 1st place in the inaugural RAM Bicentenary Award at Wigmore Hall. She is a grateful recipient of a Wolfson Foundation Grant (2018) which allowed her to buy her Salvi Iris harp.