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Wednesday 4 October, 2017  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH

 

Clare Hammond    piano

 

 

 


 

Programme

 

Haydn    Fantasia (Capriccio) in C, Hob.XVII/4

Unsuk Chin    Studies Nos.4, 5 & 6

Schubert    4 Impromptus, D.899

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Beethoven    Piano Sonata in E, Op.109

Scriabin    Piano Sonata No.2 in G sharp minor, Op.19 (Sonata-fantasia)

Stravinsky    Petrushka Suite

 

 


 
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Acclaimed as a pianist of 'amazing power and panache' (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a 'reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes' (BBC Music Magazine, 'Rising Star'). She recently won the Royal Philharmonic Society's 'Young Artist Award', in recognition of outstanding achievements in 2015. Highlights in 2016 included a performance at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia, and a concerto tour of Poland, with a newly discovered work by Josef Myslivecek, a mentor of Mozart. Over the autumn, Clare curated three concerts for the BBC at the Belfast International Arts Festival, which were broadcast in November as part of the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts series.

Future projects include the premiere of Edwin Roxburgh's Concerto for Piano and Winds with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and world premiere recordings of two keyboard concertos by Myslivecek with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan for BIS Records.

Clare's most recent disc for BIS, of music by Ken Hesketh, has been widely praised with the Observer describing her as a 'star interpreter of contemporary music'. Her previous release, 'Etude', received unanimous critical acclaim for its 'unfaltering bravura and conviction' (Gramophone) while the BBC Music Magazine stated that 'this array of wizardry is not for the faint hearted'. 'Etude', and Clare's previous disc of music by Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik, 'Reflections', have been featured on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' and 'CD Review', and on radio in Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, the US and Canada.

In 2015, Clare performed at the Barbican Hall, where The Guardian described her as a 'dazzling athlete', and recorded discs for Sony, BIS and Signum. She also made her film debut as the younger version of Maggie Smith's character, 'Miss Shepherd', in the Alan Bennett film adaptation, The Lady in the Van, directed by Nick Hytner. In 2014, Clare gave a Panufnik Centenary tour of Poland with a series of recital and concerto performances, under the auspices of the British Council's 'Artists' International Development Fund'. Her debut recital at the 'Chopin and his Europe Festival' in Warsaw was recorded for broadcast on Polish Radio. Clare also co-curated and managed the festival 'Panufnik 100: a family celebration' with the Brodsky Quartet at Kings Place in London which was hailed as the 'culmination of this year's Andrzej Panufnik centenary' (The Telegraph).

Contemporary music forms an important part of Clare's work. She has given 35 world premieres including those of major works by composers Robert Saxton, Michael Berkeley, John McCabe and Arlene Sierra. Recently she has premiered and recorded concertos for trumpet and piano by Geoffrey Gordon, Toby Young and Nimrod Borenstein with Simon Desbruslais and the English Symphony Orchestra, to be released on Signum Records.

An active chamber musician, Clare has worked with the Brodsky, Endellion, Badke, Dante and Piatti Quartets and with Henning Kraggerud, Andrew Kennedy, Jennifer Pike, Philippe Graffin and Lawrence Power.

Clare completed a BA at Cambridge University, where she obtained a double first in music, and undertook postgraduate study with Ronan O'Hora at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and with Professor Rhian Samuel at City University London. She completed a doctorate on twentieth-century left-hand piano concertos in 2012. In 2014 Clare was paired with French pianist Anne Queffelec on the Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme run by the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Clare is grateful for the support of the Fidelio Charitable Trust, Help Musicians UK, Stradivari Trust, Ambache Charitable Trust, British Korean Society, Chandos Memorial Trust, Vernon Ellis Foundation, Polish Cultural Institute, RVW Trust, British Council, Arts Council England, John S Cohen Foundation, Britten-Pears Foundation and the Hinrichsen Foundation.

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Monday 20 November, 2017  7:30 pm

  OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0LF

 

Alicia's Gift: The Concert of the

Novel

 

Jessica Duchen - Author & Narrator

 

 

Viv McLean - piano

 

A narrated concert based on Jessica Duchen's novel Alicia's Gift. Repertoire includes works by Chopin, Debussy, Granados, Ravel and Gershwin played by the award-winning pianist Viv McLean.

What does a family do to a talented child? What does the presence of a prodigy do to the family? The topics of this acclaimed novel hold perennial fascination for countless music-lovers. Duchen's story follows the piano prodigy Alicia Bradley and her embattled parents from the revelation of her talent, aged three, through to her adulthood and her participation in the Leeds International Piano Competition. The process leaves none of them unchanged and ultimately forces Alicia to face harsh truths about herself, her guidance and her gift.

 


 
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Jessica Duchen was born in London, where her parents settled after leaving South Africa. She regrets that she can't remember her encounter with JRR Tolkein in Oxford at the age of six, which has become a family legend. She first tried to write a novel when she was 12 and her efforts soon found their way into the hands of a distinguished author and a literary agent, who both provided valuable encouragement. After studying music at Cambridge and piano with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she worked as an editor in music publishing and magazines for ten years, then went freelance to concentrate on writing.

Her journalism has appeared in The Independent, The Guardian and The Sunday Times, as well as BBC Music Magazine, Opera News and numerous other journals.

 She has given pre-concert talks at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the Wigmore and the Royal Festival Hall and served on the juries of the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and the BBC Music Magazine CD Awards. Jessica Duchen's Classical Music Blog has frequently been ranked among the world's top blogs of its kind.

Her latest novel, Ghost Variations, is inspired by the true story of how the Schumann Violin Concerto was rediscovered in the 1930s. Others focus on the tensions and cross-currents between family generations, ranging from a painful exploration of the effects of anorexia (Rites of Spring) and the rearing of a child prodigy (Alicia's Gift) to the long-term effects of displacement and cultural clashes (Hungarian Dances and Songs of Triumphant Love). Music is a recurring theme and in 2009 the celebrated violin and piano duo Philippe Graffin and Claire Desert recorded a CD inspired by Hungarian Dances, designed as a companion to the novel (on Onyx Classics).

Jessica's first play, A Walk Through the End of Time, a one-act drama introducing Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, was commissioned by her frequent collaborator, violinist Philippe Graffin, the artistic director of the Consonances Festival, Saint-Nazaire, in 2007 and won her the Medal of the Town of Saint-Nazaire. She and the great tenor Robert Tear gave the play's UK premiere in 2008. Further performances have included the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in the International Wimbledon Music Festival and the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire, and among its actors have been Dame Harriet Walter, Janet Suzman, Michael Pennington, Guy Paul and Henry Goodman. Sins of the Fathers, Jessica's first full-length play, is a fantastical comedy about Wagner, Liszt and Cosima, created for the International Wimbledon Music Festival in 2013, Wagner's bicentenary year, and presented at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, starring John Sessions, Jeremy Child and Sarah Gabriel.

Jessica frequently appears as narrator in concert versions of her novels Ghost Variations, Hungarian Dances (both with violin and piano) and Alicia's Gift (with solo piano). Hungarian Dances was devised for the Fiddles on Fire Festival at The Sage, Gateshead and King's Place, London, in 2009. Alicia's Gift, suggested by the pianist Viv McLean, launched in November 2013 and has been presented in venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Buxton Festival, the Kensington & Chelsea Music Society and the Chopin Society, London.

Jessica's first books were biographies of the composers Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Gabriel Faure. She wrote the text for Inside London, Dorothy Bohm's photographic portrait of the city, and has published several short stories, including Too Much Mozart, commissioned by Graffin for the booklet of his CD with Nobuko Imai of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante. She lives in London with her husband and cat, and enjoys theatre, playing the piano, cookery, jogging and plundering second-hand bookshops for out-of-print gems.

 

Winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. Viv's concerto work includes appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan, London Concert Orchestra, Scottish Concert Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra

 Recent concerto highlights include Mozart K. 467 with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Grieg with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican, a tour of the USA with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gershwin, Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto with the RPO in Cambridge, Gershwin, Bernstein, de Falla and Ravel with the Halle at the Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead and other venues in the North of England, and Beethoven's 5th Concerto with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall. Future plans include a tour in 2018 with the London Concert Orchestra where Viv will be playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, St David's Hall Cardiff, Philharmonic Hall Liverpool and Leicester's De Montfort Hall.

Viv has performed chamber music with leading groups such as the Adderbury Ensemble, Ysaye String Quartet, the Sacconi String Quartet, Callino String Quartet, Ensemble 360, the Galliard Wind Ensemble, the Bristol Ensemble and the Leopold String Trio and has collaborated with musicians such as Natalie Clein, Marianne Thorsen, Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power, Matthew Sharp, Kate Gould, Guy Johnston, Alena Lugovkina, Sarah Gabriel, Richard Dubugnon, David Le Page, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, Philip Hesketh, Christopher George, David Charles Abell, Carl Davis and Marvin Hamlisch.

Viv McLean has performed at festivals including the Cheltenham International Festival, Buxton Festival and Harrogate Festival in the UK, the International Beethoven Festival, the Mecklenburg Festival and the Kultur Kreis Festival in Germany, the Festival International de Musique Classique d'Aigues-Mortes, the Melle Festival and Festival de Saintes in France, the Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Norway and the Musik vid Kattegatt Festival in Sweden. Since 2013 he has been pianist-in-residence at the Glossop Music Festival.

Viv studied from an early age with Ruth Nye and after attending Chetham's School of Music he went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne. At the Academy he held the Hodgson Fellowship and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2005. He made his Wigmore Hall recital debut through winning the Friends of the Royal Academy Wigmore Award. Whilst studying at the Academy, he was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition and was selected as one of three winners of the National Federation of Music Societies' Young Artists Competition, leading to various recitals and concerto appearances throughout Great Britain

Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 since making his recital debut through the BBC Radio 3 Young Artists Forum scheme and has also recorded for Classic FM, WDR Radio in Germany, Radio France, ABC Radio in Australia, NRK Radio in Norway and for the Sky Arts television channel. His commercial releases include recordings for such labels as Sony Classical Japan, Naxos, Nimbus, RPO Records and ICSM Records.

 


 

 

Friday 19 January, 2018  7:30 pm

  OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0LF

 

Hugo Ticciati   violin

Natacha Kudritskaya    piano Julian Arp    cello

 

 


 

Programme

 

Franck    Violin Sonata in A

Lutoslawski    Partita for violin and piano

Messiaen    Theme & Variations for violin and piano

Ravel    Piano Trio in A minor

 


 
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Hugo Ticciati embraces the world of contemporary music, collaborating with composers such as SvenDavid Sandstrom, Albert Schnelzer, Anders Hillborg, Djuro Zivkovic, Leonardo Coral, Andrea Tarrodi, Tobias Brostrom, Thomas Jennefelt, Sergey N. Evtushenko, Esaias Jarnegard, Wijnand van Klaveren. In the coming seasons he will be performing world premieres of concertos dedicated to him in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Hugo also loves devising concerts and events that combine music with dance, literature and more obscure arts such as kinetic painting and rock balancing.

  Last season's highlights included concertos by Bach, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schnittke, Hartmann, Shchedrin, Piazzolla, Auerbach, Glass, Lutoslawski, Takemitsu and world premieres of concertos by Tobias Brostrom, Sergey N. Evtushenko and Albert Schnelzer in venues including Carnegie Hall, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, King's Place. He also curated a series of concerts at the Wigmore Hall and the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam.

Hugo has a passion for chamber music and gives regular recitals in prestigious halls across Europe and the Far East, collaborating with artists such as Anne Sofie von Otter, Steven Isserlis, Angela Hewitt, Olli Mustonen, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Collins, Torleif Thedeen, Nils Landgren, Philippe Graffin, Christian Poltera. He is also regularly invited to renowned music festivals such as Kuhmo, The Baltic Sea Festival, St-Denis-Festival, Cervantino, Edinburgh Festival, St Magnus Festival, Gstaad, Hermitage Music Festival, Gotland Chamber Music Festival. Hugo is the artistic director of his own festival O/MOD!RNT at Ulrikdal's Palace Theatre Confidencen, Stockholm, and a string festival in Kazan, Russia. Hugo directs the O/MOD!RNT chamber orchestra, which is the resident orchestra at Musikaliska Stockholm. Last season, the orchestra made its debut in London at King's Place. This season it will perform in Berlin's Konzerthaus, tour the Netherlands and Thailand and return to King's Place for a series of concerts.

Hugo regularly gives masterclasses and seminars on violin teaching, and lectures on music-related subjects all over the world. In autumn 2008, he was invited to the post of guest violin teacher and lecturer in music history at a newly-started university in New York. At the heart of Hugo's teaching is the exploration of ways to apply the physical and spiritual aspects of meditation to the art of practising, playing and living in music. He is currently working on a series of articles with Simone Kotva which explore music-making and repetition through the lens of various strands of Continental Philosophy.

Hugo began his violin studies in London before going to the University of Toronto. He continued his studies with the Russian violinists, Nina and Oleg Balabina in Sweden, where he has now settled as a Swedish citizen. Together with many scholarships Hugo has won the international competitions Giovani Talenti and Rovere d'Oro at San Bartolomeo al Mare, Italy (2002), and the Mendelssohn Cup in Bari, Italy (2004). In 2007 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music in the United Kingdom. Hugo plays on a 1751 G.B. Guadagnini.

 

Natacha Kudritskaya was born in Perm in the Urals in 1983. Her parents, both musicians, encouraged her to play the piano. She studied in Kiev, first at the Lysenko School and then at the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music. From 2003 she worked with the pianist Alain Planes at the Conservatoire de Paris and in 2007 she was admitted to the Conservatoire's advanced course to study with Jacques Rouvier. She continues to work with pianists Ferenc Rados and Elisabeth Leonskaja.

 

Natacha feels 'very comfortable' playing French music. In 2009 she was awarded the Grand Prix by the Safran Foundation for Music and featured on the Generation Spedidam programme. She won first prize at the Vibrarte International Music Competition and the Robert Casadesus Prize for her performance of French music.

 

She is particularly fond of baroque music, of Bach, Rameau and Couperin, and of the romantic repertoire. She has record works by Rameau, Berio and Ravel.  Her CD of suites by Rameau on a modern Yamaha piano has been greatly praised.

 

At present her thoughts are with the people in Ukraine where 'times are difficult, but I have never seen those people so united and determined in the feeling that change is possible.  The Maidan revolution was the most powerful and dramatic and hopeful time I have ever experienced.'

 

Julian Arp was born in 1981 in northern Germany into a big family of musicians.  When he heard one of his family practise the first Bach Cello Suite, he knew that he wanted to learn the cello. He had his first lessons at the age of six.  In 2002 he began to study at the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Boris Pergamenschikow.  'He showed me how vital the engagement with other art forms such as literature, theatre and cinema are for the artistic development of a musician.' In recent years he has enjoyed working intensely with Gyorgy Kurtag, Ferenc Rados and Eberhard Feltz.

 

Julian made his solo debut in 1997.  The same year he formed a duo with pianist Caspar Frantz, the Duo Arp Frantz.  Together they perform all over Europe and have won several prizes.   'Playing both chamber music with musicians I admire and playing as a soloist is my ideal.'  He is one of the founders and the artistic director of the festival Zeitkunst which explores the links between contemporary chamber music and literature.   He is a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz.

 

 Julian plays a new cello modelled on the Stradivari Stauffer Ex Christiani 1700 and made for him in Paris in 2010 by Stephan von Baehr.

 


 

 

Thursday 15 February, 2018  7:30 pm

  OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0LF

 

 

 

Pelleas Ensemble

 

 

Henry Roberts   flute

 

Luba Tunnicliffe    viola

 

Oliver Wass    harp

 

 


 

 

Programme

 

Dubois    Terzettino for flute, viola & harp

Corelli    Trio Sonata in D, Op.3 No.2

Bartok    Suite Paysanne Hongroise for flute & piano

Stephen Roberts    Moroccan Sketches

JS Bach    Flute Sonata in C, BWV.1033

Tchaikovsky    Melodie & Chanson Triste

Ravel    Le tombeau de Couperin

 


 
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The Pelleas Ensemble was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011. Playing with 'verve and polish' (The Times),  they recently won the Royal Philharmonic Society's Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award, and the 2017 Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the Royal Overseas League competition. In 2016 they won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, and won a place on the prestigious Tillett Trust Young Artists' Programme. In 2015 they won First Prize at the British Harp Chamber Music Competition. They are Park Lane Group Young Artists.

 

In November, they made their debut at the Wigmore Hall, where they were praised for their 'captivating vitality' and 'effortlessness and delicacy' (Seen and Heard International) and have recently appeared live on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune'. They were selected to represent the Guildhall at the City of London Festival, and have given numerous recitals at other London venues including St John's Smith Square. They have established a reputation for performing their recitals from memory, which they believe creates an immediate and more intimate connection with their audiences.

 

They are dedicated to performing new music, and have premiered three new works this year, with two further commissions planned for next year. They are delighted to be represented by the Tillett Trust and to be featured Making Music artists.

 


 

 

Saturday 10 March, 2018  1:30 pm

  St Mary's Church, Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HL

 

Young Musicians' Event

As part of the Barnes Music Festival 2018

The final round of the competition for local young performers to become Barnes Young Musician of the Year 2018.  For full details see http://www.barnesmusicfestival.com.

 


 

 

Thursday 15 March, 2018  7:30 pm

 St Mary's Church, Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HL

 

 

Fibonacci Sequence

 

As part of the Barnes Music Festival 2018

 

 

 

 

Robert Salter   violin

 

Ashok Klouda    cello

 

Kathron Sturrock    piano

 

 


 

 

Programme

 

Schubert    Notturno in E flat for violin, cello & piano, D.897

JS Bach    Suite No.3 in C for solo cello, BWV.1009

Mozart    Violin Sonata in A, K.526

Tchaikovsky    Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50

 


 
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Kathron Sturrock is a British pianist who studied with Cyril Smith, Joan Trimble, Alfred Brendel and Rostropovich, and worked with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

 

She is a professor at the Royal College of Music and has recorded for Hyperion, Chandos, Pickwick, Sain, Gamut, ASV, Naxos and Black Box Records. Sturrock is the artistic director of the Fibonacci Sequence. She is also the only pianist to have twice won the prize for the best accompanist at the Sofia International Opera Competition.

 

She has performed in most countries in Europe, North America, India and Australia, performs regularly in the London concert halls, and records frequently for BBC Radio 3.

 

 

Robert Salter is a freelance violinist, teacher and coach, and member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

 

Aged 13, he won a full music scholarship to Wells Cathedral School, and continued his studies with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. There, he was a founder member of the Guildhall String Ensemble, and as its Leader/Director gave concerts at the most prestigious venues in Europe, North and South America and Asia. The GSE recorded extensively (with RCA and Hyperion) repertoire ranging from the complete sets of Handel and Corelli to the string works of Stravinsky, as well as many commissions from living composers.

 

Alongside his work with the GSE, Robert worked with the English Chamber Orchestra for many years and appeared as guest Leader with many other orchestras, including the City of London Sinfonia, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and both English and Welsh National Opera. He led the Glyndebourne Touring Opera orchestra from 1990-2010, and has been Leader of the Garsington Opera orchestra since 1993.

 

Robert taught the violin at St Paul's School (Hammersmith) from 1997-2002 and at the JRAM from 2007-2010. He has coached at Pro Corda, is a regular coach at Grittleton Chamber Music summer course and has led several projects with the Southbank Sinfonia.

 

Cellist Ashok Klouda has performed all over the world and currently leads a busy and varied career as performer and teacher.

 Ashok made his solo Wigmore Hall debut in 2010 as a result of winning the Worshipful Company of Musicians/Concordia Foundation Young Artists Fund award. He has won many other awards and prizes, including 1st prize in the 2006 J. & A. Beare Solo Bach Competition, the 2007 Royal College of Music Cello Competition and the 2009 Tunnell Trust concert scheme

Since 2010, Ashok has been on the Advisory Board for The London Cello Society. Teaching is an important part of Ashok's life - he has taught cello at the Yehudi Menuhin School and given classes at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Ashok now heads up the Ex-Animo Mentorship Scheme - a new initiative to help and mentor today's most talented young ensembles and prepare them for the profession.

Ashok has performed many times on BBC Radio 3 and he has recorded for the Nimbus Alliance label with the Barbirolli Quartet, for Music Chamber and Edition Classics as a member of Cellophony and for Champs Hill Records as a member of the Artea Quartet

Ashok is a Founder and joint Artistic Director of the Highgate International Chamber Music Festival in London, in which he performs annually with many of today's most eminent chamber musicians and soloists.

In 2016, Ashok was made an associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

 Ashok performs on a cello made in 2012 by Tibor Szemmelweisz.

 


 

 

Thursday 26 April, 2018  7:30 pm

  Velherad, 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9JP

 

 

 

William Howard    piano

 

 

 


 

 

Programme

 

Janacek    In the Mists (V mlhach)

Schumann    Humoreske in B flat, Op.20

Chopin    Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor, Op.31 & Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52

and a selection of piano arrangements of love songs by Suk, Janacek, Pavel Novak and others

 


 
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William Howard is established as one of Britain's leading pianists, enjoying a career that has taken him to over 40 different countries. His performing life consists of solo recitals, concerto performances, guest appearances with chamber ensembles and instrumentalists, and regular touring with the Schubert Ensemble of London, Britain's leading group for piano and strings and winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble. He can be heard on around 40 CDs, released by Chandos, Hyperion, ASV, NMC, Collins Classics, Black Box, Champs Hill, Nimbus and Orchid Classics.

 

His solo career has taken him to many of Britain's most important festivals, including Bath, Brighton and Cheltenham, and he has been artist in residence at several others. He has performed many times in the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank in London and has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 3. For many years he has been invited to perform and teach at the Dartington International Summer School. His recording of Dvořak Piano Works was selected in the Gramophone Critics' Choice, and his recording of Fibich's 'Moods, Impressions and Souvenirs' won a Diapason D'Or award in France.

 

Recent solo engagements have included a performance at the 2015 Bermuda Festival, the premiere of David Matthews's Four Portraits at the Spitalfields Festival in London and performances at the Cheltenham, Deal, Leamington, Petworth and Paxton Festivals, at Kings Place in London, in Brno (Czech Republic), Italy and Oregon, USA. In 2011 he made a recording of Pavel Zemek Novak's extraordinary 75-minute cycle of 24 Preludes and Fugues. A double five-star review in the BBC Music Magazine described the performance as 'superb' and the music 'a real discovery'. His most recent album, Sixteen Love Songs, released in June 2016 on Orchid Classics was selected as 'Drive Discovery of the Week' on Classic FM.

 

He is passionate about 19th century piano repertoire, especially Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Faure. He also has a strong interest in Czech piano music, and has been particularly acclaimed for his performance of Janacek, for which he received a medal from the Czech Minister of Culture in 1986. Many leading composers of the present day have written for him, including, Sally Beamish, Petr Eben, Piers Hellawell, David Matthews, Pavel Novak, Anthony Powers, Howard Skempton and Judith Weir. In 2016 he launched a project to commission sixteen love songs for solo piano from leading composers in the UK and abroad, including Elena Kats-Chernin, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry and Judith Weir. He also set up an international composing competition for writing piano love songs that attracted over 500 entries from 61 countries.

 

 


 

 

Thursday 17 May, 2018  7:30 pm

  OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0LF

 

 

 

Akiko Ono violin and Friends

 

 

 

 


 

 

Programme

 

A varied programme including works by Mozart

 


 
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Akiko Ono
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Akiko Ono launched her successful career after winning numerous prizes in prestigious competitions such as The Yehudi Menuhin, Queen Elizabeth, Szigeti, Paganini and the Forval-Scholarship Stradivarius Competitions.

Since then she has performed throughout Europe, the Middle East, the US, Central America, North Africa and East Asia with orchestras including the Belgian National Orchestra, Lille National Orchestra, London Mozart Players, London Chamber Orchestra, Weimar Staatskapelle, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Polish Radio Amadeus Chamber Orchestra in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Carnegie Hall and Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall.

Akiko made her debut with Yehudi Menuhin and the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra at the UNCEF Gala Concert in Germany in 1998. In the same year she was invited by Vanessa Redgrave to perform at the UN Headquarter in New York to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 'Universal Declaration of Human Rights'.

A keen chamber musician, Akiko is also invited as guest concertmaster by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Nederlands Symphonieorkest, and Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, HPAC Orchestra and Orpheus Sinfonia.

Akiko sets great value in outreach activities and other educational projects. She is one of the appointed artists of the Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities since 2006, and has released a highly acclaimed CD with composer/pianist Ichiro Nodaira.

Born in Tokyo, Akiko moved to UK when she was 12 to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where is is now a principal instructor. She later moved to the University of Music and Performing Arts under Prof. Dora Schwarzberg and Prof. Michael Frischenschlager in Vienna.