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Solo Piano - WAITING LIST ONLY
Ankara-born pianist Can Çakmur was the first prize winner of the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018, the biggest and most prestigious international piano competition in Japan, and the Scottish International Piano Competition in 2017. The jury chairman of the Hamamatsu Competition, Noriko Ogawa, described him as “a true thinker and artist already at such a young age”. A sincere performer with a wonderful personality, Can is also an avid writer and speaker who is passionate about spreading classical music to a wider audience.
Violin & Piano - WAITING LIST ONLY
Since the start of their collaboration in 2012, the Foyle-Štšura Duo have performed extensively throughout the UK, Europe, and North America, with prestigious performances at Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace, Bridgewater Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and at the New York Chamber Music Festival. Praised for their “playing of compelling conviction” (The Daily Telegraph) and “astonishing mutual feeling, understanding and responsiveness” (Seen and Heard International), Michael and Maksim are exactly the type of sought-after chamber group Breinton audiences seek.
Solo Piano - WAITING LIST ONLY
Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova has demonstrated an innate musical maturity and outstanding technical capability from a young age, accelerating her international concert career. As a recitalist, Anna has appeared at prestigious concert halls in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, and Royal Festival Hall. Having mastered a formidable concerto repertoire, Anna has performed with orchestras around the world including the Dallas Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Matinee: Cello & Piano
Laura MacDonald is a local cellist based in Woking who has been performing in concerts and participating in music festivals in and around Surrey from a young age. Now a 3rd-year undergraduate scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, Laura studies under the guidance of Felix Schmidt. Laura has received masterclasses by renowned cellists Steven Isserlis, Raphael Wallfisch, Alexander Baillie and Colin Carr. As a former member of the National Youth Orchestra and National Children’s Orchestra, Laura has played at many of the UK’s major concert halls. Laura is a passionate and dedicated chamber musician. Her piano trio, the Torridon Trio, formed with fellow Royal Academy students, has an active performing schedule.
"... an intense programme which included both a Beethoven and a Rachnaninov Sonata... Lauren Zhang gave a powerful, fulfilling and compelling performance, and thrilled the audience...
Lauren has everything to make us believe that she will ripen and mature into a performer who can take her performing career onto the world stage."
"... a tremendously enjoyable evening" Kotone: "beautiful tone with no impurity and lovely sonority, something powerful and strong-willed"; Isabelle: "charming and infectious personality, which shone throughout her performance"; Annie: "constantly tuned to her sound... such a sensitive feeling.... and amazing focus"; Imaan: "extraordinary maturity and musical depth... she had a vibe which the audience enjoyed so much".
Flute & Piano
"...The programme by flautist Emma Halnan and pianist Daniel King Smith featured the musicians’ effortless harmony with co-ordination between the playful piano with a delightfully light touch and the flute’s joyful singing tone. ...
The duo-ship was natural and seamless, rhythmically tossing-and-receiving effortlessly, always complimenting each other"
"...Yevgeny Sudbin’s performance was never set and fixed in mould, it had spirit and spontaneity... The audience fell into a total silence; super sensitivity with pure clarity were treasured while bold passages spoke inspiration...
Yevgeny’s impeccable technique pinned the audience to the chair – never a dull moment... It was a victorious performance of a victorious piece"
"The pieces were carefully planned and mapped out to create different sound worlds and draw the audience into them. It was clear that the quality of the sounds meant a lot to Danny Driver, and that he was passionate, almost obsessed, with sharing his creation with the audience. His superb pianism was abundantly heard, his deep insight into the music and control meant an excellent articulation which we all appreciated."
Viola & Piano
"... little details, such as Lawrence Power’s warm tone of the lower register notes, or Simon Crawford-Phillips’s skillful accompaniment to compliment his partner, or the impeccable partnership which must have been nurtured through many years of experience... the evening was a perfect package, consisting of diverse musical elements, sounds and messages, and the excellent performers who delivered them. It was intensely engaging, intellectually entertaining, thought provoking and stimulating."
Saxophone & Piano
"... the long-awaited opening recital of our new season, saxophonist Huw Wiggin and pianist John Lenehan satisfied our thirst, treating us with their truly creative and magical sound world. The partnership showed a most intimate musical dialogue in the first half, while in the second half they showcased their dynamic and bold approach. From a concert promoter’s point of view, it is always a challenge to include a not-so-familiar instrument in a series, but tonight I was confident that it had worked beautifully"
"Katya swiftly and calmly walked in, and from the moment she put her fingers on the keyboard, her outpouring musicality was un-stoppable... Her voicing of the melodies was ever so natural, with attention and care to the minute details. All this contributed to express the beautiful, long-singing phrases, which people have never ceased to adore for the past centuries."
Cello and Piano
"the dark, glowing sound from deep within, suffusing with the haunting spiritual outcry of Bloch, highly melodic lines of Beethoven’s unpretentious beauty, empowering lyricism with hints of atonality of Bridge, to tremendously controlled and fun-kicked Paganini, the tonality and sonority produced from Jamal’s gut strings changed shape and appearance at their own will"
Matinee, Violin and Piano
"A most delightful one hour with a bag of pleasure to listen to. The pure simplicity was touching and elevated the emotional level, with both musicians’ sounds so gentle and caring, showing unpretentious beauty...the duo were met by an uproaring applause by the audience."
Violin & Piano
"Callum excelled in pouring out simple, but most glorious melodies, while Richard’s flow serenaded gracefully, and together they sang... we received a true sense of musical integration and harmony, created and executed by two individual instruments right there and then, in front of our eyes"
Two Solo Piano Recitals on Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 January 2019
"This wonderful programme performed by one of the world’s most prominent young pianists twice in a row is something you don’t come across very often, and the experience was exceptional and irreplaceable... Benjamin is a musician with an outpouring musicality and his own very clear musical ideas".
Violin & Piano
"There was a fierce loyalty between Alina and Cédric... the partnership breathed the same air and shared the same mood; his variety of tone, sometimes warm and caressing, sometimes crisp and distinctive, was the most valuable gift to match her sublime clarity and deeply engaged sounds."
Matinee, Solo Piano
"When an excellent instrument finds an excellent performer who can understand, experiment and extract the best out of it, the result is powerful. Yesterday our lovely piano, which is sweetly voiced by our technician to suit our concert room, found a perfect owner."
Clarinet & Piano
"a most pleasant intimacy... whisperingly delicate sounds produced by musicians with the utmost care... moments where we held our breath in anticipation for what would be come next... impeccable timing achieved naturally by a spirited partnership in front of our eyes."
"It was an evening of pure delight, an exploration of richness in sounds, texture, mood and imagination. Throughout the performance, Llŷr kept every aspect of the music under control; his meticulous precision and clarity was admirable to the extent that we appreciated every single note played."