Abbate Perkins Duo

Saturday 8 October 2022 at 7:30 pm

Abbate Perkins Duo

Emma Abbate, piano, and Julian Perkins, piano
Four hands on one piano

The husband-and-wife Abbate Perkins Duo return to Breinton to open our season of indoor Soirées. On top of their passion and love of performing pieces that were written for four hands, Emma (an accompanist and chamber musician who has worked with leading singers and instrumentalists) and Julian (a conductor, pianist and period instruments player) bring their own strengths and specialties to form a strong duo-ship. Their varied programme is titled ‘Across the Pond’ – it will be exciting to find out what is to unfold!

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Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins have given duet recitals at many prestigious venues including the Royal Opera House, St George’s Bristol, St John’s Smith Square, Hatchlands Park, the Russell Collection and for the Mozart Society of America. Hailed for their 'impressive playing' by BBC Music Magazine, they have recently released Carl Maria von Weber's complete piano duets on an original Viennese fortepiano for Deux-Elles, and have previously recorded Mozart’s complete sonatas for keyboard duet on period instruments over two discs for Resonus Classics.

They have each been awarded Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of their ‘significant contribution’ thus far to the music profession, and look forward to their next release featuring works by British composers from the twentieth century on BIS Records in July 2022.

  • Beethoven
    • Sonata in D Major Op. 6
  • Schubert
    • Fantasia in F minor, D.940
  • von Weber
    • From Huit Pièces, op. 60:  Allegro – Alla siciliana – Rondo
  • Lambert
    • Trois Pièces nègres pour les touches blanches
  • Barber
    • Souvenirs, op. 28

Emma Abbate

The Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician. Described as "an amazingly talented pianist" by the leading Italian magazine Musica, she has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Austria, Portugal, Italy, Poland and USA, and at UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, St John’s Smith Square, St George’s, Bristol and at the Aldeburgh Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

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Shortlisted for the 2021 Gramophone Award, Julian Perkins is Artistic Director of Cambridge Handel Opera and Founder Director of Sounds Baroque. He has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms, and featured as soloist in concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Florilegium and Orchestra of The Sixteen.


  • This is an indoor recital, following our original, pre-pandemic, format
  • Tickets are £23 each; seats are guaranteed but not reserved
  • Snacks and drinks (included in ticket price) will be served during the interval
  • Prices broadly cover the cost of musicians; your voluntary donation will help us to continue to run these recitals
  • Recitals take place at Breinton, Heath House Road, Woking GU22 0RD - get directions
  • Car parking is available from 7:00 pm; Doors will open at 7:15 pm; Performance at 7:30 pm
  • Parking availability drives the capacity for this event and guests are encouraged to travel by foot, by bicycle, or to share rides
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance from this website.

Booking Terms

  • All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. This means that we cannot return your payment if you are unable to attend an event. Your payment will be refunded in full if we have to cancel a recital.  Donations are non-refundable.
  • Tickets may be transferred to others. This means that you may give away or sell your tickets to someone else. Tickets are not transferable to another recital or another date.
  • If you are unable to attend a recital that you have booked and paid for, we may be able to help you transfer your tickets to another member. If we successfully transfer your ticket to another member, an administrative charge equal to 30% of the ticket price will be payable.