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London debut for young Bulgarian rising star pianist at Wigmore Hall

Viktor Valkov

The highly acclaimed young Bulgarian pianist Viktor Valkov, a graduate of both the Juilliard School in New York and of Houston’s Rice University, and a serial gold medallist of several international competitions – including First Prize at the New Orleans International Piano Competition in 2012 – makes his London debut with a major solo recital at London’s Wigmore Hall on Sunday January 3rd at 7.30pm.

Valkov’s demanding programme is sponsored by the prestigious Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, and includes Busoni’s transcription of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D major BWV 532, Schumann’s Etudes symphoniques, Liszt’s solo version of Isolde’s Liebestod and two Nocturnes by Chopin. Valkov’s recital programme ends with two works by Liszt – the Valse-Impromptu S213, and the Ninth Hungarian Rhapsody in E flat S244. Tickets are available from Wigmore Hall box office on 020 7935 2141; prices from £10 - £20 – usual concessions.

Viktor Valkov’s programme is given under the auspices of Grant Rogers Musical Artists Management – 020 8950 2220.

 

Japanese Tsunami of 2011 commemorated in fifth anniversary Charity Concert

Tsunami Charity Concert

The fifth anniversary of the tragic Japanese tsunami in 2011 will be commemorated in a special Charity Concert at the Princess Alexandra Hall of the Royal Over-Seas League in London on March 17 at 7.30pm.

The programme, to be given by Yusuke Osada - Piano, Rhys Watkins - and Rowena Calvert cello, with the Music of the Spheres Ensemble - Director Orpheus Papafilippou – will include music by Mendelssohn, Bach and Takemitsu.

 

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Ian Venables Premieres

Worcester Cathedral

Further to Michael Bywater’s article on Ian Venables in this issue, two important premieres of the composer’s music take place within the coming months. On April 16th, at Worcester Cathedral, the first performance of the cantata Remember This, a work written to commemorate the fallen of World War I, will be given by Clare Prewer, sopano, and Richard Coxon, tenor, with the BPSO under Richard Jenkinson.

On June 30th in the concert hall of the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, the world premiere of Venables’ ‘Through these pale cold days’ Opus 46, for tenor, viola and piano, will take place, to be performed by Nick Pritchard, tenor, Louise Williams, viola and Benjamin Frith, piano.

 

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