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    Programme for Season 2013

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    Alexandra Dariescu

    Morgan Szymanski   &  Harriet Mackenzie

    Jubilee String Quartet

    Sunday 27 October 2013 at 3:30pm


    Alexandra Dariescu




    1. J S Bach – Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 893
    2. Shostakovich – 24 Preludes op. 34, Nos. 1-12
    3. Beethoven Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 (14’)
    4. Chopin – 24 Preludes op. 28





    Artist Biography

    Pianist Alexandra Dariescu is fast becoming one of the most recognised pianists of her generation, winning international competitions and performing to sell-out audiences at venues throughout the world.

    Named BBC Music Magazine’s Rising Star in June 2011, the Romanian graduated from the RNCM in 2008 and was chosen for representation by the Young Classical Artist Trust (YCAT) in the same year. She’s also one of the first musicians to take part in the Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme which pairs young professional musicians with leading stars of the classical world. For this, Alexandra is mentored by international pianist Imogen Cooper.

    Committed to chamber music, Alexandra has collaborated with the Belcea, Elias, Idomeneo and Sacconi Quartets, and violinist Alina Ibragimova at venues including Wigmore Hall and the City of London Festival. Further afield she has given recitals in the USA, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Moldavia and Argentina, broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, radio and television stations across Romania, Manx Radio, Isle of Man and Nevada Radio in California.

    In early June Alexandra made her debut at the Royal Albert Hall to a sold out audience including members of the Romanian royal family, playing Beethoven’s 5th piano concerto.   Read more...

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    Sunday 3 November 2013 at 3:30pm


    Morgan Szymanski Harriet Mackenzie

    Classical Guitar & Violin



    1. Vivaldi - Violin concerto No. 9 in D maj. RV230
    2. Ponce - Estrellita
    3. Bartok - Romanian Folk Dances (1915)
    4. Mangore - Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios
    5. Falla - Five Spanish Folk Songs, Spanish Dance
    6. Paganini - Cantabile in D maj.
    7. Bach - solo violin sonata II in A, andante
    8. Piazzolla - Bordell 1900, Cafe 1930, Nightclub 1960






    Artist Biography

    Born in Mexico City in 1979, Morgan Szymanski started playing the guitar at the age of six. Early studies at the National Music School (Mexico) and the Edinburgh Music School led to a scholarship to study under Carlos Bonell and Gary Ryan at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London, graduating in 2004 with first class honours. During his studies he won all guitar prizes from the RCM as well as scholarships from the Tillett Trust, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Leverhulme Trust and a scholarship to study at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam. He immediately went on to become the first solo guitarist to be selected by YCAT and was the first guitarist to be awarded a Junior Fellowship at the RCM, where he completed his Masters with distinction.

    Morgan has won many international competitions and has performed as a soloist and with orchestras all over the world. In the UK he has given recitals in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, King’s Place, The Sage Gateshead, Royal Opera House, and many festivals. He has also worked with some of the major orchestras and artists such as John Williams and Carlos Bonell (guitar), Mark Padmore (tenor), Alison Balsom (trumpet), Priya Mitchell and Harriet Mackenzie (violin), the Sacconi, Doric and Carducci Quartets. He regularly broadcasts live on TV and radio worldwide, can often be heard on BBC Radio 3 and has made several CD’s.   Read more...

    Violinist Harriet Mackenzie graduated from the Royal Academy of Music where she was supported by numerous awards : the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Tillett Trust, Hatton Foundation and the Manoug Parikian Award. She is passionate about contemporary music and has collaborated with many musicians and composers who have written works dedicated to her.

    As a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician Harriet has toured throughout the world and performed in many prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, South Bank London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Expo Dome in Japan, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, etc. She has broadcast live recitals for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Hungarian National Radio. She has also released several CD’s.   Read more...

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    Sunday 17 November 2013 at 3:30pm


    Jubilee String Quartet

    String Quartet

    Violin I – Tereza Privratska
    Violin II – Alma Olite
    Viola – Stephanie Edmundson
    Cello – Lauren Steel



    1. Haydn - string quartet op. 54 no. 2
    2. Mozart - string quartet no. 15 in D minor, KV 421
    3. Janacek - string quartet no. 2, "Intimate Letters"






    Artist Biography

    First prize winners of the ‘Val Tidone International Chamber Music Competition’ and recipients of the Tillett Trust ‘Young Artists’ Platform’ and the Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF ‘Charles Henderson Ensemble Award’, the Jubilee Quartet was formed in 2006 at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where they currently hold a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship. During this time, they were given instruction under professors such as Thomas Brandis, Garfield Jackson, Martin Outram, and Jon Thorne, and have received masterclasses from the Skampa and Chilingirian Quartets, Pierre Colombet, Miguel da Silva, Hatto Beyerle, and Sylvia Rosenberg.

    The quartet have performed extensively in the UK and their continental tours have included a performance in the presence of former Czech president Vaclav Havel. They also enjoy a variety of outreach work as part of the ‘Live Music Now!’ scheme.

    In May 2012 the quartet performed Chausson’s ‘Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet’ with Jack Liebeck and Katya Apekisheva at the Purcell Room, and last summer participated in the Lake District Summer Music and St Magnus Festivals.

    In November 2012 the quartet were finalists in the ‘Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition’, Weimar. Recent engagements include concerts around the UK and Italy, including a Purcell Room recital in May 2013 and in September the quartet will attend the ‘Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition’, having been preselected.

    The quartet currently play on fine instruments kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music for the duration of their fellowship.

    • Violin I – Omobono Stradivarius (1740)
    • Violin II – Niccolo Gagliano (1735)
    • Viola – Gasparo da Salo (1580)
    • Cello – Rogeri (c.1690)


    Programme Notes

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