Remaining Soirées and Matinées this Season
Anna Tsybuleva was the first prize winner at the Leeds International Piano Competition 2015, one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world. We are so fortunate to invite this truly special pianist who was selected from 301 applicants (291 from 43 countries and 10 from the UK), climbing through the rigorous competition process. Her final performance of Brahms Concert No. 2 with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder stunned the full house audience and juries. She will perform a full-length programme with a short interval.
Since our first encounter with the duo of violinist Joo-Yeon Sir and pianist Irina Andrievsky at St Martin in the Field in London, we keep hearing their name and successes everywhere and it was not a surprise to learn that Joo-Yeon was the first prize winner of the prestigious Sir Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award in association with Classic FM, and the Royal College of Music President’s Award presented by HRH the Prince of Wales. Having performed at Royal Albert Hall with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Mancester Bridgewater Hall and other major venues, Joo-Yeon is currently one of the resident musicians for St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ series. This recital is kindly supported by Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists scheme.
When I was pulling my hair out trying to complete the planning for this series, I asked a conductor in my musical network for help: “I need a good cellist! Is there anyone you can highly recommend?” He answered in a flash without hesitation, “Philip Higham”. So here he is! The First Prize winner at the Leipzig International Bach Competition in 2008, his recording of Bach’s Cello Suites has garnered critical acclaim. At Breinton, he will perform the cello suites No. 2, 4 and 5. You cannot find anyone more suitable to perform an all-Bach programme. Definitely not to be missed.
Hong Kong-born pianist Chiyan Wong recently made his debut with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 and earned all-round plaudits. He was the First Prize winner at the Jacques Samuel Piano Intercollegiate Piano Competition 2011, and recent laureate at the Premio Liszt in Parma. “Chiyan Wong is an exciting, original and thoughtful pianist. Nothing sounds ‘bought in’, everything sounds freshly but not self-consciously conceived”, was how Stephen Hough described him.