Tickets £15 adults, £10 students
These individual programmes offer an interesting variety of traditional western classical music from Handel to Stravinsky passing by Brahms and Chopin and illustrate the Asian aspect of the festival with the addition of rarely heard music by Chen Yi and Adnan Saygun.
Ke Ma – piano
Chopin Etude Op.25 No.1, No.5, No.7 and No.11
Chen Yi, Duo Ye
Chinese pianist Ke Ma is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Christopher Elton for Master’s degree. Most recently, Ke won fifth place in the Hastings Piano Concerto Competition in Britain.
She was introduced to the piano at the age of three by her family and quickly reached an accomplished level; two years later she won second prize at the Xiwangbei piano competition in Beijing and subsequently went on to study with Professor Zhong. Later, she began studies with Professor Galina Popova in the Xinghai Conservatory of Music which opened a door for her musical studies, soon after she started to attend master classes and gave performances. She has played to many great pianists, including Angela Hewitt, Pascal Devoyon, Yevgeny Sudbin, Boris Berman, Arie Vardi and Imogen Cooper.
Ke has won several prizes including the Maisie Lewis Young Artists’ Fund and the academy’s Harriet Cohen Bach Prize and the Harold Craxton Prize. In 2012 she received 3rd place at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany. In 2015, she won the Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition in China and later that year received the Prince’s Award from the Worshipful Musicians’ Company.
Ke has appeared as a soloist with many different orchestras and collaborated with major Chinese orchestras, such as, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in Hastings. She is invited to perform with the Young Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Blair on 28 September.
Ke is most generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the Edward Mandel Bursary, Mr John Burgess, the Steinway & Sons Scholarship, the Help Musicians UK Fleming Award 2016/2017, the Hattori Foundation. Find out more about the performance here.
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Özlem Çelik – clarinet accompanied by Lysianne Chen, piano
J.Brahms Sonata Op.120 No. 2
Turkish clarinettist Özlem Çelik is an experienced orchestral player. In 2005 she was appointed to a chair at the Izmir State Opera and Ballet Orchestra as second and bass clarinettist. For the next four years she held this position, as well as performing on occasions as guest clarinettist for the Antalya State Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Antalya and Bursa Symphony Orchestras. In 2009 she accepted a permanent position as Principal Clarinet in the Samsun State Opera and Ballet.
Özlem Çelik’s musical education began in Dokuz Eylul University State Conservatory, where she studied clarinet with Atif Peynirci and chamber music with oboist Murat Ozulgen, principals of the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra. She graduated with honours in 2006. During her education she also took periodic lessons with Nusret Ispir who is principal player of Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. She participated in masterclasses with Alain Damiens, Nicholas Baldeyrou and Sarah Elbaz at Bilkent Clarinet Festival and attended the International Clarinet Festival (Happy Clarinet Days) and studied with Guy Deplus, Alexander Fitterstein and Karl Heinz Steffens.
She played as a soloist in the Youth-Genç Symphony Orchestra which was a cooperation between German and Turkish young musicians and she subsequently toured with this orchestra around Germany and Turkey in 2006.
Currently she is based in London, completing her MA in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, and will graduate in June 2016. She studies clarinet under Angela Malsbury and Timothy Lines, and is developing her chamber music repertoire. She was delighted to be awarded a full scholarship by the Borusan Philarmonic Orchestra. Özlem was also awarded a scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music in 2016 and is supported by Talent Unlimited.
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Lysianne Chen – Piano
Taiwanese-French pianist Lysianne Chen studied at the Conservatoire de Caen and Conservatoire Régional de Montpellier with Christian David and Pascal Jourdan, and later at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Carole Presland.
Lysianne has played internationally, with performances at venues including the Southbank Centre, Royal Overseas League, Thatro Nacional Sao Carlos in Lisbon, Teatro Académico Gil Vicente in Coimbra, Rekstensamlingene in Bergen, Theatro di Fumetto and Institut Luigi Boccherini in Lucca, Opera Comedie in Montpellier.
She is part of the 2017 artist-in-residence program at the Intercommunal Music School in Granville, France.
Gerard Aimontche – Piano
Handel: Keyboard Suite No 5 in E major ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’ Air and Variations
Stravinsky: Three movements from the ballet ‘Petrushka’
Russian pianist Gerard Aimontche has won a number of international competitions including the Grieg International Piano Competition, 8th Maria Yudina International Competition of Young Pianists, Piano Duets, and Chambers Ensembles, 7th Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition for Young Musicians, Chappell Medal Competition and Schumann Prize Award (London), American Protégé Romantic Music Competition (New York), Guzik Foundation Award (San-Francisco).
He is also a semi-finalist of Motreux Jazz Piano Competition (Switzerland), Hamamatsu Piano Competition and Cleveland Piano Competition.
He has performed in Russia and elsewhere in such well-known venues as the Carnegie Hall, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, The Kremlin Armoury, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and many others.
Several times he gave concerts in different Concert Halls with the State Symphony Orchestra of Moscow under the leading of Dmitriy Orlov, and he also played with the Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra under the prestigious batton of Aleksandr Andreev. In the year 2014 he has interpreted George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with Kursk Philharmonic Orchestra and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini with Yaroslavl State Philharmonic Orchestra.
Gerard has been invited to perform at such international music festivals as Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), Montreux Jazz Festival (Montreux, Switzerland), Visiting Larisa Gergieva (Vladikavkaz, Russia), The River of Talents (Saint-Petersburg, Russia), Night in the Museum (Tretyakovskaya Gallery, Moscow, Russia), and many others.
Gerard is studying simultaneously at the Royal College of Music (Masters in Performance, with Professor Norma Fisher), and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (postgraduate degree in performance, with Professor Sergey Dorensky). He holds a Music Diploma (Distinction) from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2014), where he studied with Professor Sergey Dorensky.
Gerard Aimontche has made his orchestral debut performing Rachmaninov 3r dConcerto during ‘Color of Music’ Festival in Charleston, South Carolina in October 2015,
In July 2016 Gerard is going to join Verbier Festival Academy, where he will master his performance skills under the guidance of such exquisite musicians as Klaus Hellwig, Ferenc Rados, András Schiff amongst others.
Watch Gerard Aimontche perform below:-
The lunchtime recital will last approximately 60-75 minutes and will be followed by complimentary tea & coffee.
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