an evening recital by Timothy Ridout (viola) & Alexander Gadjiev (piano)

Saturday 11 June 2022 at 7:30 pm

Ridout & Gadjiev

We are very pleased to be able to add an additional recital to our season with an extremely exciting occasion to hear the two brilliant BBC Young Generation Artists, Timothy Ridout (viola) and Alexander Gadjiev (piano).

Timothy is much in demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician; he is already one of Wigmore Hall's favourite artists, despite his young age.  Alexander is a prize winner of multiple international competitions; you may recognise his name as the 2nd Prize Winner of the most recent Chopin Competition in 2021.

Tickets will be on sale from 15 May 2022.

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Tickets are £20 each for adults and free for children. 

Timothy Ridout, viola
Alexander Gadjiev, piano

  • Hummel: Sonata Op. 5 No. 3
  • Stravinsky: Suite Italienne
  • Shostakovich: Viola Sonata



Timothy Ridout, a BBC New Generation Artist and Borletti-Buitoni Trust fellow, is one of the most sought-after violists of his generation. This season he appears as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at BBC Proms, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Hallé Orchestra and makes his Viennese solo debut at the Wiener Konzerthaus with the Graz Philharmonic. In 2020 Ridout won Hamburger Symphoniker’s inaugural Sir Jeffrey Tate Prize and joined the Bowers Program of the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in 2021.

Other highlights this season include recitals and chamber concerts at Wigmore Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid. Further afield, Ridout embarks on a Californian tour with Camerata Pacifica, followed by a series of appearances at Lincoln Centre in New York. In 2022 he returns to Japan to perform Bartók’s Viola Concerto at the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre.

In recent seasons Ridout has made his debut with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Hamburger Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lille, Camerata Salzburg, BBC Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra, undertaken a residency with Baden-Baden Philharmonie, and performed the Walton Concerto with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under the auspices of the Orpheum Foundation. He has worked with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman, Sakari Oramo, Gabor Takács-Nagy, Sylvain Cambreling, Nicholas Collon, Martyn Brabbins and Sir Andras Schiff.

Sought after as a chamber musician, Ridout has taken part in numerous festivals across Europe, including Rheingau, Bergen, Rosendal, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sion and Lockenhaus, and regularly collaborates with leading international artists including Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen, Isabelle Faust, Kian Soltani, Benjamin Grosvenor, Lars Vogt, Nicolas Altstaedt and Christian Tetzlaff, among many others.

Ridout records for the Harmonia Mundi label. His latest album – A Poet's Love – was recorded with pianist Frank Dupree and features selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and their own transcription of Schumann’s Dichterliebe.

Born in London in 1995, Ridout studied at the Royal Academy of Music graduating with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. He completed his Masters at the Kronberg Academy with Nobuko Imai in 2019 and in 2018 took part in Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World.

He plays on a viola by Peregrino di Zanetto c.1565–75 on loan from a generous patron of Beare's International Violin Society.

Musical exposure and Central European culture: Alexander Gadjiev owes the first to his family, with both parents being piano teachers and musicians, and the second to Gorizia – his city of origin – a natural crossroads of peoples, cultures and languages. These factors have both had a determining influence on his natural ability to absorb, process and rework, to his own taste, different musical styles and languages. Tutored by his father, a well-known Russian teacher, Alexander played for the first time with an orchestra at the age of nine, and held his first solo recital aged ten. He was awarded his diploma at the age of seventeen, with the highest marks and honours. This allowed him to participate in the Premio Venezia – a competition reserved for the best young talents in Italy – and to win the 30th edition of the award.

Alexander has just received the Second Prize and the “Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of a Sonata” at the”18th Chopin Competition” in Warsaw.

A few months before he won the First Prize and several other prizes the 2021 Sydney International Piano Competition.

Gadjiev is still currently “BBC New Generation Artist” from 2019 to 2021, which gives him the opportunity to record several times for renowned Studios in London and to perform in prestigious British festivals and venues and to collaborate with the BBC orchestras throughout the United Kingdom

Alexander Gadjiev has won in the past two other major piano competitions: First Prize in the 2015 Hamamatsu, where he also got the “audience prize” and First Prize at the 2018 Montecarlo “World Piano Masters”

Over the last yeas Gadjiev has been invited to perform in Japan and at major piano festivals, including: the Verbier Festival, the MiTo Festival in Turin, the “Chopin” Festival in Duszniki, the ClaviCologne International Piano Festival in Düsseldorf, Piano Festival Rafael Orozco in Cordoba, the Ljubljana Festival, Bologna Festival, Settimane Musicali for the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, the Festival Animato de Paris, Kammermusik Salzburg Festival, Teatro La Fenice, Kioi Hall and Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Kitara Concert Hall in Sapporo, Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Osaka, Salle Cortot in Paris, the Moscow Conservatory, and then in Salt Lake City, Istanbul, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, Wigmore Hall, Albeburgh Festival and many others.

Future engagements foresee a long tour of Poland, concerts in the UK, the Nederlands, Italy, a long tour in Japan and the year 2022 will gloriously end with an Australian and Far East tour lasting over 90 days!

The performer will be indoors and there are three types of tickets:

  • Standard Indoor ticket - £20
    • Limited capacity (approx 75% of pre-pandemic events)
    • Seats are guaranteed but not reserved
  • Patio and Lawn tickets are not currently available
  • All tickets include wines and soft drinks
  • Outdoor tickets subject to the whims of the British weather
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance from this website.

Parking Guidelines

  • Parking availability drives the capacity for this event and guests are encouraged to travel by foot, by bicycle, or to share rides
  • Parking may be reserved at the time of booking for a fee of £5; no additional space will be available without a booking
  • There is no on-street parking available
  • Please patiently follow car parking instructions on arrival
  • Please be considerate of neighbours, fellow road users and other guests.