News from Meet the Artist #1

A round up of concerts, CD releases, and other events from people who have featured in my Meet the Artist interview series.

Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi (interview coming soon) performs music by Haydn, Nancarrow and Prokofiev as part of the Festival (Piano) Oxygene in Paris. His new disc of Haydn Piano Sonatas was released on 15th September. Further details here

Platinum Consort, directed by Scott Inglis-Kidger, performs choral works by Howells, Batten, Tallis, Josquin, Sheppard, Purcell, Lassus and Bainbridge, together with the world premiere of Miserere by Richard Bates in a concert on Saturday 27th September at Holy Trinity church, Sloane Square, London SW3. Further information here

Hannah Woolmer, violin, and Daniel Roberts, piano perform at the Foundling Museum, London on Sunday 5th October. The concert includes music by Nimrod Borenstein. In November, Hannah and Daniel release a CD of works by Franck and Brahms. Further information here

Pianist Jonathan Powell tackles some of the most fearsomely difficult and lengthy music in the repertoire with performances in Seattle of works by Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892–1988), including Sorabji’s 1949 Sequentia cyclica super Dies irae, a set of 27 variations on the Gregorian requiem chant— seven hours of music in all, performed in bouts of roughly three, two, and two hours with two intervals. More on this pianistic marathon here

Congratulations to harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani for the Gramophone Baroque Instrumental Recording Award for his disc of CPE Bach’s Wurttemberg Sonatas. Mahan has recently been signed by the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Fortepianist John Irving is giving a series of concerts, masterclasses and lectures around the UK and in Europe, focusing on Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven:

4 October 2014: Finchcocks (Mozart Kegelstatt Trio and chamber music by his Viennese contemporaries – with Jane Booth and Peter Collyer)

31 October 2014: University of Hull – Haydn Keyboard Sonatas, 1.15pm – followed by masterclass for students

14 November 2014: Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich (Beethoven Trio for Clarinet, Cello, Piano, Op.38 – with Jane Booth and Ruth Alford). 2.30pm. Greenwich International Early Music Festival.

27 November 2014: Masterclass at Conservatorio “Benedetto Marcello” di Venezia

28 November 2014: Fondazione Cini, Venice: Beethoven and Mozart sonatas with Davide Amodio (violin)

30 November 2014: Holywell Music Room, Oxford (Haydn and Mozart sonatas), 4.00pm

21-4 January 2015: Masterclasses/Lecture-recital at Conservatorio dell Svizzera Italiana, Lugano

22 February 2015: Milton Court, London (Mozart’s 1764 ‘London Notebook’)

Another post to follow soon with more news from Meet the Artist…..