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    Programme for Season 2018

    This season has now concluded.  We look forward to seeing you next year

    Martin James Bartlett

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason

    Trio Isimsiz

     
    Sunday 8 April 2018 at 4pm

     

    Martin James Bartlett

    Piano

     

    Programme

    1. J.S. Bach : Keyboard Partita No. 2 in C minor. BWV826
    2. Beethoven : Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31, No. 3
    3. Rachmaninoff : Prelude in B minor, Op. 32, no. 10; Prelude in G major, Op. 32, no. 5; Prelude in G sharp minor, Op. 32, no. 12
    4. Prokofiev : Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83. "Stalingrad"

     

     




     

    Artist Biography

    In May 2014, at the age of 17, Martin James Bartlett was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician. His winning performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with conductor Kirill Karabits and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, received overwhelming acclaim from Edinburgh’s Usher Hall audience and from those tuning into the live recording broadcast on BBC4 and BBC Radio 3.

    Martin began his piano studies with Emily Jeffrey at the Royal College of Music Junior Department when he was 8 years of age, and then at the Purcell School also some 5 years later. This autumn, he commenced his undergraduate studies with Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music, notably as a coveted Foundation Scholar. Martin also previously studied the bassoon and the recorder, achieving Grade 8 Distinction on all three instruments by the age of 12.

    Throughout these formative years, Martin enjoyed considerable success in numerous competitions and festivals.

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    Sunday 22 April 2018 at 4pm

     

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason

    Cello

     

    Isata Kanneh-Mason Piano

     

    Programme

    1. J.S. Bach : Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028
    2. Beethoven : Cello Sonata in Gminor, Op.5, no. 2
    3. Debussy : Cello Sonata
    4. Brahms : Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99

     

     

     

     

     

    Artist Biography

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the 2016 BBC Young Musician, a title he won with a stunning performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto at London’s Barbican Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In April 2017, Sheku returned to the hall for another performance of the concerto, this time with the National Youth Orchestra and Carlos Miguel Prieto after which the Guardian wrote that “technically superb and eloquent in his expressivity, he held the capacity audience spellbound with an interpretation of exceptional authority” and the Telegraph acknowledged “what a remarkable musician he already is, bringing other- worldly tone to the haunting slow movement and displaying mature musicianship in his handling of the extended cadenza”.

    Only eighteen years old, Sheku’s international career is developing very quickly with engagements in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons including the CBSO, the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Newbury Spring Festival, a return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (his debut at the Concertgebouw), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Sheku’s concerto debut in North America), Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Seattle and Atlanta symphonies. He will also return to the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform the Elgar Concerto in his hometown of Nottingham and make his debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Japan Philharmonic. In recital, Sheku has several concerts across the UK with highlights over the next two seasons including his debuts at Kings Place as part of their Cello Unwrapped series, Milton Court, and Wigmore Hall. He will also perform a series of concerts in Canada in December 2017, and further recitals at the Zurich Tonhalle, and the Lucerne Festival.

    He plays an Antonius and Hieronymus Amati cello c.1610 kindly on loan from a private collection.

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    Isata Kanneh-Mason is in her third year as an undergraduate at The Royal Academy of Music, London, studying piano with Hamish Milne. She holds the prestigious Elton John Scholarship, and performed on stage with Elton John in Los Angeles in September 2013. Isata also studied violin and viola at Junior Royal Academy and has Grade 8 on both instruments, as well as two Gold Awards for the highest marks in the UK for Grades 7 and 8 piano (aged 10 and 11). Isata was in the Piano Final of BBC Young Musician 2014, winning the Walter Todds Bursary, and she played piano on ITV’s Born to Shine, aged 15. She has been on many television programmes, including Britain’s Got Talent, 2015. She is a member of Chineke! Orchestra, established by Chi-Chi Nwanoku. Isata, Braimah and Sheku played in the launch concert with Chineke! at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank in September 2016.

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    Sunday 6 May 2018 at 4pm

     

    Trio Isimsiz

    Piano Trio

    Erdem Misirlioglu - Piano
    Michael Petrov - Cello
    Pablo Hernán Benedí - Violin

     

    Programme

    1. Beethoven : Piano Trio in E flat, Op. 70 No. 2
    2. Tchaikovsky : Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 "In Memory of a Great Artist"

     

     

     

    Artist Biography

    Formed in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in 2015 the Trio Isimsiz won 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Trondheim Competition, and in 2017 2nd Prize at the Haydn Competition in Vienna.

    The Trio has performed widely in Europe, highlights including recitals at the Stavanger, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Aldeburgh and Peasmarsh Festivals, the Tivoli Concert Hall, Fundacion Juan March in Madrid and Marianischer-Saal in Lucerne. Further afield they have undertaken tours in China and Argentina.

    Engagements this season include an all Beethoven programme at the Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris, concerts at the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival and recitals at the Köln Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall and Saffron Hall. Their first CD will be released on the Rubicon label in November.

    The Trio Isimsiz are currently Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. They have collaborated with Anthony Marwood, Krysztof Chorzelski, Richard Lester and Aleksander Madzar and attended IMS Prussia Cove working with Ferenc Rados. The Trio was selected by YCAT in 2013.

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