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Forthcoming Performances

MIKA ORAVA, piano

Thursday 17th May 2018 7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Mika Orava

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mika Orava was born 1972 in Imatra, Finland. He started to play the piano at the age of 8, completed his studies at the Sibelius Academy, and received his Master’s of Music degree in 2002. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree (2007). In addition to teaching, coaching and creating original works in media art, Orava has performed over 500 public piano recitals, chamber and lied concerts in Finland, Europe, Russia and the United States.

Programme

Johann Sebastian BACH: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Prelude & Fugue E minor (X)
Prelude & Fugue G sharp minor (XVIII)
Prelude & Fugue C sharp major (III)
Prelude & Fugue D major (V)
Prelude & Fugue E major (IX)
Prelude & Fugue F major (XI)
Prelude & Fugue F sharp minor (XIV)
Prelude & Fugue F minor (XII)

Franz SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata A major D.959

“Mika’s work is extremely rare in its fearless crossing of imaginary borders, in its intensity, and in its out-of-the-box thinking. He is a man of sweeping vision and boundless courage.” – Matti Raekallio, Pianist, Professor, The Juilliard School.

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ANGELA BROWNRIDGE, piano

TWO SIDES OF THE PIANO

Tuesday 29th May 2018 7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Angela Brownridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distinguished pianist Angela Brownridge has been hailed as a ‘major star in classical music’ & ‘one of the world’s finest pianists by the New York Times. Her playing brings spontaneity, character and beauty of sound to the platform. In this contrasting programme, Angela plays piano works by great classical and jazz-influenced composers.

Claude DEBUSSY: Pour le Piano (Prelude; Sarabande; Toccata)
Felix MENDELSSOHN: Variations Sérieuses Op. 22
Frédéric CHOPIN:Polonaise in A flat Op. 53

Samuel BARBER: ‘Excursions’
VARIOUS: Humph’s Blues – A selection of Humphrey Lyttelton favourites
George GERSHWIN: A selection from his 18 Song Arrangements / 3 Preludes

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GENEVIÈVE TEULIÈRES-SOMMER, HÉLÉNE DAUTRY, cello & SANDRA CHAMOUX, piano

Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at 7.30pm
Leighton House Museum,12 Holland Park Rd, Kensington, London W14 8LZ

GenevieveTEULIERES-SOMMER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What better way to spend a May evening than in the beautiful surroundings of Leighton House, Kensington – home and studio of the one of the most famous British artists of the nineteenth century, Frederic Leighton – in a performance by three of France’s most distinguished performers and pedagogues; cellists Geneviève Teulières-Sommer and Hélène Dautry, and pianist Sandra Chamoux.

Programme (no interval):
Gian Carlo MENOTTI: Suite for 2 Cellos and Piano
Claude DEBUSSY: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
Johannes BRAHMS: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38

Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.

Originally from Bordeaux, Geneviève Teulières-Sommer studied the cello with André Navarra and chamber music with Joseph Calvet at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, graduating with the first prize in both. A prize winner in many international competitions, she was professor at the Conservatoire in Aix en Provence and then at the Conservatoire National de Région in Marseille for 20 years, and Cello-Solo of the Marseille Opera Symphony Orchestra.

As a member of the distinguished Trio Gabriel Fauré with which she toured extensively in Europe, she recorded for Lyrinx the Kodaly solo sonata as well as a vast repertoire for piano trio. She is presently Professor of Cello at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris and at Junior Guildhall in London, her place of residence.

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Purcell Room, Southbank Centre


JUDITH JÁUREGUI, piano

Wednesday 30 May 2018 at 7.45pm
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

Judith Jáuregui

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAMME

Enrique GRANADOS: Danzas españolas (No.2 Oriental / No.5 Andaluza)
Frédéric CHOPIN: Ballade No.1 in G minor Op. 23
Claude DEBUSSY: Estampes (Pagodes / La soirée dans Grenade / Jardins sous la pluie)
Claude DEBUSSY: L’isle joyeuse
Federico MOMPOU: Scènes d’enfants (Cris dans la rue / Jeux sur la plage / Jeu 2 / Jeu 3 Jeunes filles au jardin)
Karol SZYMANOWSKI: 9 Preludes Op.1
Alexander SCRIABIN: Sonata No.5 Op.53

Combining elegance and exuberance, the celebrated Spanish pianist Judith Jáuregui gives a captivating recital of music that travels from her Spanish roots to French refinement and the musical brightness of Poland and Russia.

Judith Jáuregui, born in San Sebastian in 1985, has been recognised throughout Spain for her pianistic brilliance and individuality, and has also been hailed abroad in countries from France to Japan, Germany to Venezuela and China. Forthcoming engagements include performing in Caracas with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel, the Folle Journée de Nantes in France, and at the Murten Classics Festival in Switzerland, where she will be artist in residence next season. In 2013 Jáuregui formed her own record label, BerliMusic, on the latest release of which she explores the artistic links between three of the composers in this recital – Chopin, Scriabin and Szymanowski. Together with the zestful colours and rhythms of Granados and the finesse and sparkle of Debussy, her fascinating choice of programme for her London recital reflects both the openness and the deep insight of her musical personality.”

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CADOGAN HALL


MOTOKI HIRAI, piano

Thursday 27th September 2018
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

Motoki Hirai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programme to be announced.


 


ST. JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE


LGT YOUNG SOLOISTS

Tuesday 2nd October 2018 at 7.30pm
St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The LGT Young Soloists delight audiences worldwide with their rousing performances at highest artistic level. They are invited to perform regularly at renowned concert halls around the world in cities like New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Munich, Vienna, Zurich, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tel Aviv.

The string ensemble is made up of highly gifted young musicians aged between 12 and 23 years. Each member already has a successful soloist career: between them, the LGT Young Soloists have already won more than 80 prizes in national and international competitions.

In the season 2016/2017, the LGT Young Soloists opened the Liedwochen at Schloss Elmau along with the renowned soprano Juliane Banse and toured Israel, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Highlights of the 2017 summer include their debuts at the Rheingau Music Festival and a performance at Zurich’s Tonhalle. The LGT Young Soloists have also been engaged for the first time for four concerts and two open rehearsals as orchestra in residence in Mattsee in Austria. They will return there during the next two summers as well.

The 2015-2016 concert season was marked by performances at the Gasteig in Munich, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, at the Shenzhen Concert Hall and the Taiwan Art Festival, as well as tours through Asia and Europe. The LGT Young Soloists also performed as orchestra in residence at the newly opened Art and Concert Hall Arlberg 1800.

The ensemble has recently released its second CD, Russian Soul, on RCA Red Seal (Sony), featuring works by Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Rachmaninoff,  Glinka and Koussevitzky. The Moscow-based composer and arranger Paul Struck arranged most of the works to be heard on this CD especially for the LGT Young Soloists. Thus, Glinka’s The Lark, transcribed by Balakirev for piano, will be heard in a completely new orchestra version.

In 2015 the LGT Young Soloists became the first youth orchestra in the world to have a CD released on this label – their Italian Journey featured works by various composers, most of them Italian. The CD won outstanding reviews and was nominated for the International Classical Music Award (ICMA). A DVD was released in February 2017 by C Major, produced by Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images.

Alexander Gilman and Marina Seltenreich initiated the LGT Young Soloists together with LGT Private Banking in 2013. The concept is as simple as it is unique: exceptional young talents perform together with their peers as soloists within their own orchestra, sometimes as tutti players, sometimes as soloists, accompanying each other and sharing their passion for music. This gives them the singular opportunity to regularly be on stage and gain experience as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians, build repertoire and develop their stage presence. In all this, Alexander Gilman’s committed leadership has a lasting effect in the musical and personal development of the young musicians.

The members of the dynamic ensemble hail from various different countries and cultures, sharing new stimuli and impulses, and establish international relationships and friendships. In addition, the musicians are also given the opportunity to play top-level instruments such as Antonio Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù, which are generously provided by various sponsors.

Commitment to people in need is particularly dear to the young virtuosos, and they make regular appearances at charity concerts. A part of the campaign “Children Helping Children”, the LGT Young Soloists have succeeded in raising considerable funds for children in need at various fundraising events.

Programme to be announced.


ALBERTO REYES, piano

Wednesday 17th October
St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Alberto Reyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beginnings of Alberto Reyes’s life as a pianist are remarkably similar to those of any other gifted child. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1948, Alberto Reyes was reading music by the age of three-and-a-half; started formal lessons at six, and made his recital debut in Montevideo as an eight-year-old in October 1956, playing works by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Debussy, repeating the program a month later in Buenos Aires.

More recitals followed throughout Uruguay, and at thirteen he made his debut with the Uruguayan Symphony Orchestra (SODRE) at Montevideo’s Teatro Solís, the oldest extant theater in the Americas. For the next five years he led a busy life playing recitals and concerto performances, and making appearances on radio and television in Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil.

In 1966, as a recipient of a grant from the Organization of American States, Alberto Reyes came to the United States to study at the world-renowned Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington. A string of prizes and awards followed starting in 1969, including the Rio de Janeiro International Piano Competition, the 1970 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, the 1971 Leventritt Competition in New York, and the 1973 Van Cliburn International Competition in Texas, leading to successful tours in the U.S. (where he made his orchestral debut under the baton of Aaron Copland), Canada, the Soviet Union (with eight appearances in Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and the Ukraine) and South America.

In 1971 he was appointed to the Piano Faculty at Indiana University. Reyes made his recital debut in Moscow in 1972 and his New York debut at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, in 1974.

Then, in 1976, his musical life underwent a dramatic departure from the usual script. Deeply doubtful of the attractions of a touring pianist’s existence, and equally skeptical of his own suitability for the academic life, Reyes made a startling career change, and in just six months mastered the considerable demands of the profession of a simultaneous interpreter, earning a place on the permanent staff of the United Nations in New York City.

For thirty-one years until his retirement in 2007, Reyes, working as an interpreter in the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly, had a front-seat view of the political and diplomatic dimensions of the major international issues of our time, such as the two Gulf wars, the dismantling of Apartheid, the war in the Balkans, the Middle East conflicts, the World Trade Center attack and the war on terrorism, as well as the international investigation of human rights abuses in Pinochet’s Chile, and participated in U.N. conferences in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

During those three decades, Reyes was content to limit his infrequent concert appearances to New York City, (where he played a recital at the 92nd Street Y in 1988 that was praised in The New York Times for “[his] way of capturing each work’s essence – the quality of its nervous energy, its musical fingerprint – and his ability to transform it into something like a living organism”), and his native Montevideo. Perhaps, the relative anonymity in which he worked during those years was partly responsible for his falling victim – along with many other pianists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yefim Bronfman, Marc-André Hamelin and John Browning- to one of the recording industry’s most notorious scandals: the Joyce Hatto hoax. In fact, in 1991, Connoisseur Society had released his recording of Franz Liszt’s complete Verdi Opera Paraphrases and Transcriptions, a recording that was praised in American Record Guide, Gramophone (U.K.) and Scherzo (Spain) among other publications. Two tracks of that CD were lifted wholesale by Concert Artists Recordings, an English label, and passed off as the work of British pianist Joyce Hatto who, at the time, was being hailed by The Boston Globe as “the greatest living pianist that almost no one has heard of”. In 2006, William Barrington-Coupe, Hatto’s husband and producer of the Concert Artists Recordings, admitted responsibility for the fraud.

After his retirement from the U.N. Reyes returned to his professional activities as a pianist, recording a double-CD of music by Chopin that was released by VAI Audio in late 2009. The recording garnered unanimous praise in publications such as Fanfare, International Record Review, BBC Music, Pianist, Scherzo and ABC,  in the U.S., the United Kingdom and Spain. In 2010, in honor of the Schumann Bicentennial, VAI released Reyes’s recording of the composer’s Kreisleriana, Kinderszenen and Fantasy in C Major, eliciting accolades from Gramophone and American Record Guide and Fanfare. 

His recent public appearances have included recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall, New York City, Washington D.C., the International Piano Festival of Houston, Texas, the Beethoven Festival of Bogotá, Colombia, and The Teatro Solís’ Great Performers series in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Alberto Reyes had only two teachers in his pianistic life, and his playing reflects the influence of two major piano schools of the early XX Century. In Uruguay, his teacher was Sarah Bourdillon, who throughout the 1930s studied at Alfred Cortot’s Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. In Bloomington, his mentor was American pianist Sidney Foster who, along with Jorge Bolet, Shura Cherkassky and Abbey Simon, studied with David Saperton at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, which was then under the aegis of legendary pianist, Josef Hofmann. In the words of London critic Colin Clarke, Reyes is “a musician who clealy hearkens back to the Golden Age of piano playing in the Romantic tradition”.

Mr. Reyes nowadays divides his time between New York and Montevideo. His other passion besides music is the thoroughbred horse, and his favorite vacation is a trip to Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, Saratoga Springs, or the Breeders’ Cup Championship Series, although his handicapping skills lag far behind his pianistic prowess.

Programme to be announced.


 


KINGS PLACE


Further concerts to be announced.


 


 WIGMORE HALL


Further concerts to be announced.