Ania Safonova (violin) and Jean Bernard Marie (piano) play Beethoven

Ania Safonova (violin) and Jean Bernard Marie (piano) play Beethoven

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 13:10

Russian violinist Ania Safonova is Associate Concert Master with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. She joined the Orchestra as Associate Concert Master in 2008. During the 2018/19 season, she performs in The Royal Ballet productions of Frankenstein and Don Quixote.

Safonova was born in Siberia and started playing the violin at the age of five. She made her concert debut aged seven with the Omsk Philharmonic. She emigrated with her family to Israel in 1991 and continued her violin studies at the Tel Aviv Conservatory, later moving to London to study at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music. She was Associate Leader of the Halle Orchestra 2001–06.

Safonova has performed at many international festivals and played as a guest leader with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She also features as Associate Concert Master in the 2009 Royal Ballet production of Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling, which is available on dvd by Opus Arte.

Jean-Bernard Marie was born in Mauritius and moved to Australia at an early age where he was taught by Josephine Bell and Igor Hmelnitsky at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He subsequently studied with Venstislav Yankoff at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and obtained the 'Premier Prix'. He then pursued his studies in London with Geoffrey Parsons before embarking on an international career.

He performs with various ensembles, orchestras, as vocal accompanist and soloist in Europe, Asia, USA and Australia and has collaborated with many composers including Pascal Zavaro, Oliver Knussen, Morgan Hayes, Jesus Torres, Lowell Lieberman, Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe and Edmund Campion.

He has performed at many international festivals, including Prague Spring, BBC Proms, Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo, Cheltenham, Spitalfields, Hong Kong Arts and Festival Estival de Paris. He has recorded and taken part in live broadcasts for BBC, ABC, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Radio Prague, Radio France, RTVE (Spain), RAI (Italy).

Free recital (retiring collection)

Sonata for Violin and Piano No 5 in F, 'Spring'
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)


St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
London W1J 9LL
United Kingdom
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