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Format: 2020-01-28
Format: 2020-01-28
  • 2 February 2020 - 11:00am
    Andreas Haefliger (piano)
    Andreas Haefliger
    Old Swan Hotel Harrogate HG1 2SR
    United Kingdom

    Coming from a rich tradition, pianist Andreas Haefliger “belongs to that elite group of interpreters…one of the most serious, questing pianists on the circuit today…a complete Beethovenian.” Born into a distinguished Swiss musical family in 1962, Haefliger studied at Juilliard and has since enjoyed performing regularly both in recital and with orchestras across the globes. Haefliger’s elegant programme celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a fantasia and sonata, followed by Mussorgsky’s 10-movement musical work that was inspired by a visit to an art exhibition. Although originally composed in 1874 for solo piano, Pictures at an Exhibition became better known in orchestral form, particularly as arranged by French composer Maurice Ravel in 1922.

    Fantasia in G minor, for piano
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 30 in E
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
  • 29 January 2020 - 1:10pm
    Meera Maharaj (flute), Dominic Degavino (piano) plays Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev
    Dominic Degavino, Meera Maharaj
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Meera Maharaj enjoys a diverse performing career throughout the UK and beyond. She has given performances at the Concertgebouw, Bridgewater Hall, Wigmore Hall, St James’ Piccadilly and Cadogan Hall. She recently completed her Masters with Michael Cox and Sam Coles at the Royal Academy of Music. She received scholarships supported by Sir Elton John, Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Help Musicians UK. In 2017, she graduated from RNCM with first class honours, having studied with Wissam Boustany and Laura Jellicoe. Previously, she studied at Junior RNCM.

    Competition successes include winning the RAM Flute Competition and the Dutch International Flute Competition and 3rd prize in the British Flute Society ‘Young Artist’ Competition. Meera is a keen chamber musician and a Tunnell Trust Young Artist alongside Dominic Degavino. Meraki Duo with guitarist, James Girling recently reached the final of the Royal Overseas League competition and they are Live Music Now artists.

    Meera has enjoyed playing with the Pro Youth Philharmonia and with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. She enjoys improvisation and collaborating with other art forms. Jazz and music from across the world is of great interest to her.

    Pianist Dominic Degavino has performed concerts in venues across the United Kingdom and beyond, including Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, London as a Park Lane Group artist, at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and Lichfield and Edinburgh festivals, among others. Concerto appearances include performances with the Manchester Camerata and RNCM Symphony Orchestra.

    Having received the majority of his musical education in Manchester, at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, under the tutelage of Helen Krizos, Dominic completed his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with tutors Charles Owen and Noriko Ogawa.

    In recent years, Dominic has achieved considerable competition success, and is a Gold Medal winner at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has taken part in masterclasses with eminent pianists such as Lang Lang, Richard Goode, and Imogen Cooper. Alongside work as a soloist, he is a passionate chamber musician, accompanist, and jazz player. He is generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK and the South Square Trust.

    Free recital with retiring collection.

    Lenski's aria from Eugene Onegin
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Sounds of the forest, for flute and piano
    Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-)
    Sonata for flute and piano in D
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 31 January 2020 - 1:10pm
    Ensemble Hesperi (early music ensemble) performs baroque music from Scotland
    Ensemble Hesperi, Florence Petit, Magdalena Loth-Hill, Mary-Jannet Leith, Thomas Allery
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Ensemble Hesperi presents a sparkling programme of Scottish baroque music, unique for its ‘fusion’ of Italian virtuosity with traditional dance rhythms and soaring melodies. Featuring works by leading Scottish composer James Oswald, and the members of his secret London society, 'The Temple of Apollo', including Giuseppe Sammartini and the eccentric Scottish aristocrat, the Earl of Kellie.

    Free recital with retiring collection.

  • 30 January 2020 - 7:30pm
    Raphael Wallfisch and London Mozart Players
    London Mozart Players, Raphael Wallfisch, Simon Blendis
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Virtuoso cellist Raphael Wallfisch, one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage today, joins the London Mozart Players for an evening of sublime genre-spanning music that showcases two masterpieces of the cello repertoire.

    Symphonies by the giants of the Classical era Haydn (‘Miracle’) and Mozart (‘Prague’) book-end great works for the cello by two titans of romanticism, Schumann and Tchaikovsky. Schumann’s cello concerto boasts plenty of passionate melodies that soar against an unobtrusive orchestral accompaniment, particularly in the second movement with its passionate double-stopped surge – a golden moment in any cellist’s repertory. The Rococo Variations are the closest Tchaikovsky came to writing a cello concerto. Inspired by Mozart, whom he revered above all, Tchaikovskydazzles with his virtuosic cello-writing which will take soloist Raphael Wallfisch on a beguiling journey through duets, cadenzas, cantabiles, waltzes, run and trills to an invigorating conclusion.

    With concert appearances around the world, Wallfisch is at the height of his powers with a masterful technique and a soaring, singing sound that evokes a tradition continued from his teacher, Piatigorsky.

    ‘Wallfisch gives the finest account on cello I’ve ever heard.’ The Strad

    Symphony No 96 in D, 'Miracle'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Concerto for cello and orchestra in A minor
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Variations on a Rococo Theme in A
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 38 in D, 'Prague'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 30 January 2020 - 6:00pm
    Oxford Lieder: Anna Cavaliero and Sholto Kynoch | Britten, Poulenc and Walton
    Anna Cavaliero, Sholto Kynoch
    Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College Oxford OX2 6UD
    United Kingdom

    A graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, Anna Cavaliero also studied with Barbara Bonney at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and has recently returned from a year in the studio of the Opéra National de Lyon. She brings a programme with Britten's On this Island - settings of W.H. Auden - at its heart, alongside music by Bartók, Walton, Poulenc and Korngold. Much of the programme is inspired by folk song or cabaret, and a sense of nostalgia and separation sits alongside an atmosphere of humour and irony.

    On this Island
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    The last rose of summer from Folksong arrangements
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Sterbelied
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
    Gefasster Abschied
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
    Les chemins de l’amour
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    2 Poèmes de Louis Aragon
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Asszonyok, asszonyok, had’ legyek társatok from 8 Hungarian Folksongs
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
    Székely lassú from 20 Hungarian Folksongs
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
    3 Songs after Edith Sitwell
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
  • 31 January 2020 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Guards Virtuosi
    Guards Virtuosi, Stephen Maw
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    This fine ensemble of wind, brass and percussion players present a programme of seldom heard early 19th century repertoire.

    Nocturno, Overture for Winds
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Notturno
    Louis Spohr (1784-1859)
    Wellingtons Sieg, 'Die Schlacht bei Vittoria'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 7 February 2020 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Joanna Gutowska (cello) and Anna Szalucka (piano)
    Anna Szalucka, Joanna Gutowska
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Joanna Gutowska is a polish cellist based in London. She has made her debut as a soloist performing Goltermann’s Cello Concerto in G-major at the age of 12 and since that time she has appeared in concerts and festivals around the world as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. As a soloist she has performed in many renowned concert halls in Europe and Asia as well as at important festivals including: Presteigne Festival, Highgate Intenational Chamber Music Festival, International Festival Mistrzowie Polskiej Wiolinistyki, Piano Festival at the Royal Academy of Music London, International Festival of Mikolaj Gorecki, International Festival Cracow Autumn, International Festival of Krzysztof Penderecki Emanacje, International Festival Stars Promote, International Festival Music in Old Cracow. In 2017 she made make her debut on the BBC Radio 3 Broadcast. Her repertoire is very broad, encompassing works from the standard repertoire alongside lesser known pieces. In her recitals she often includes new works, many of them written especially for her and dedicated to her . The latest performances included 'Poems' for cello solo by Manos Charalabopoulos commissioned for her by the PRS recently shortlisted for the Ivan Juritz Prize. Since 2015 Joanna is a cellist in the Bukolika Piano Trio with whom she has enjoyed several important international successes, including: International the St John’s Smith Square Young Artists Scheme, the Ex-Animo Mentorship Foundation, the A.S.S.E.T Chamber Music Scheme at the Royal Academy of Music, Finalist tittle in the Final of the St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition and Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. She studied with Christoph Richter at Academy of Music, London, from where she graduated in 2018. Joanna was supported by a scholarship from the Clumber Studio. Currently she is completing her PhD degree at the Academy of music in Krakow. Her research focuses on the new qualities of sound and expression in Kaija Sariaaho’ music for cello. Joanna plays on a cello by Pawel Migiel.

    Anna Szalucka is an exciting Polish pianist recognized for her exceptional musicality and intense virtuosity. She completed the Master Degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the supervision of Ian Fountain where she is currently holding a piano fellowship. In November 2016 she won the 1st Prize together with the Eller, Orchestra, Recital and Estonian Museum Awards at the 3rd Tallinn International Piano Competition. Anna is also a laureate of many other competitions, among others: 1st Prize in Young Pianists Forum in Rybnik and the 2nd Prize and The Special Prize of Jerzy Waldorff on IX International Competition for Young Pianists 'Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam' in Bydgoszcz, Poland. During her studies in London she’s been awarded The Worshipful Company of Musicians – Harriet Cohen Bach Prize, 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at the Sheepdrove Intercollegiate Piano Competition as well as the 3rd Prize in the International Sussex Piano Competition. She was selected by the prestigious Musicians’ Company to give her Wigmore Hall debut recital in 2016. Her recent successes include multiple achievements among others St John’s Smith Square Young Artists Scheme and A.S.S.E.T. chamber music scheme with Bukolika Piano Trio. In September 2018 Anna became a finalist of the 1st International Szymanowski Music Competition in Katowice.

    Anna Szalucka has given numerous concerts and recitals around the world cooperating with such institutions as The National Fryderyk Chopin Institute, Wiener Beethoven Gesellschaft, The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation, The Worshipful Company of Musicians as well as BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and Classic FM. The orchestra appearances include concerts with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Worthing Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Baltica and Pomeranian Philharmonics among others. Anna has developed her passion for music by taking part in masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Imogen Cooper, Steven Isserlis, Lee Kum-Sing, Andrzej Jasinski, Paul Roberts and many others.

    Sonata for Cello and Piano No 3 in A major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for cello and piano in D minor
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
  • 7 February 2020 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Guards Virtuosi
    Guards Virtuosi, Stephen Maw
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    This fine ensemble of wind, brass and percussion players present a programme of seldom heard early 19th century repertoire.

    Nocturno, Overture for Winds
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Notturno
    Louis Spohr (1784-1859)
    Wellingtons Sieg, 'Die Schlacht bei Vittoria'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 2 February 2020 - 6:30pm
    Noûs Quartet + pre-concert recital
    Alberto Franchin, Noûs Quartet, Sara Dambruoso, Tiziano Baviera, Tommaso Tesini
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Formed in 2011, the Noûs Quartet have become much-loved regulars at Conway Hall. Their recent CD of Italian music for quartet on Warner Classics has secured their place as one of the finest up-and-coming quartets. We look forward to welcoming them back to Conway Hall in two works by Beethoven, representing his early and late periods. They begin their performance with Webern’s Langsamer Satz, his first assignment as Schoenberg’s pupil and inspired by Wilhelmine Mörtl, who was soon to become his wife.

    Pre-concert recital, 5:30pm | Paolo Rinaldi

    Italian pianist Paolo Rinaldi is a Steinway Artist and a Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. He opens the evening at Conway Hall with a short piano recital of virtuosic music spanning more than two centuries.

    Bach | Fantasia and Fugue in A minor BWV904 (1725)
    Brahms | Scherzo in E flat minor Op.4 (1851)
    Dallapiccola | Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera (1952)
    Prokofiev | Etude C minor Op.2/4 (1909)

    Conway Hall Sunday Concerts

    Founded in the 1880s, our chamber music concert series is the longest-running of its kind in Europe. Conway Hall was purpose-built in 1929 to host concerts and lectures, and they have continued here until the present day. The ethos of 'affordable classical music for all' still remains. Visit our website for more information about all our Spring 2020 season music events, including concerts, pre-concert talks and recitals.

    Langsamer Satz, for string quartet
    Anton von Webern (1883-1945)
    String Quartet No 3 in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    String Quartet No 13 in B flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 1 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    East Anglia Chamber Orchestra
    East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, Jacques Cohen, Michael Foyle
    The Apex Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD
    United Kingdom
    Dances of Galánta
    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 3 in A minor, 'Scottish'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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