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Warren Mailley-Smith to perform a complete Chopin Cycle at St John’s, Smith Square

Warren Mailley-Smith

The distinguished pianist Warren Mailley-Smith has long wished to perform the entire solo piano works of Frédéric Chopin and in a series of Friday evening recitals at St John’s, Smith Square, which are to run from September 4th until July of next year his dream will at last come to fruition.

St John’s Smith Square Director, Richard Heason, has commented on the series: "Warren’s performance of all Chopin's solo piano works will undoubtedly be a highlight of our 2015-16 season.  An accomplished pianist and exciting performer, Warren makes a welcome return to St John's, providing a great opportunity for lovers of Chopin to experience the composer’s entire solo repertoire.”

The individual programmes of the Chopin series have been planned so that each includes an early and a late work, a well-known and a lesser work with a major group –with such as the Ballades, Scherzos or Études featuring as a main theme. The fifty-plus Mazurkas are evenly split between programmes and run chronologically from the first programme to the last.

Tickets now available for the series with good deal on subscriptions for the whole series, or five concerts. Visit www.sjss.org.uk

 

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World Premiere of Benjamin Ellin’s Violin Concerto

Mayuko Katsumura violin and the Philharmonia Orchestra

Mayuko Katsumura

The young British composer Benjamin Ellin makes his conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Cadogan Hall on Thursday September 3 (the concert begins at 7.30pm) in a programme which features the world premiere of his first violin concerto entitled, Miyabi. Ellin was invited to compose the concerto by the young Japanese violinist, Mayuko Katsumura, who will perform the work on this occasion.

Mayuko Katsumura’s commission arose from working with Ellin for performances of his violin sonatas in 2014. Since then, their musical relationship has continued to flourish with further concert appearances and Katsumura’s keen interest in Ellin’s cross-cultural composition. She explains: “After I heard Ben’s Viola Concerto, which perfectly describes Canada's Blackfoot nation and evokes their culture, his great ability to express cultures beyond his own became very clear to me. Around this time I also started to think more about Ben’s style of composition and the unique way in which he collaborates. This inspired me so much that I felt he would be perfect to write a Japanese inspired concerto for the violin. Our intention has been to focus on Ben’s ability to reflect the traditions of my Japanese culture in the music and merge these with his style of classical writing. And we hope this creates an interesting and relevant new work which catches the imagination of both Japanese and Western audiences.”

 

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Armenian In Memoriam Centenary Concert

Alexander Chausian

A concert commemorating the centenary of the 1915 Armenian Massacre will be given at Wigmore Hall on Sunday July 12 at 7.30pm by a group of world-renowned artists in a programme of works chiefly by Armenian composers. Devised by Alexander Chausian and supported and planned by the Armenian Institute of London, this concert will celebrate the fact that, despite the genocide of 1915, Armenians and their musical culture survived and continue to flourish to this day.

Among the artists taking part are Alexander Chausian, cello, Levon Chilingirian and Sergey Khachatryan, violin, Kim Kashkashian, viola, Steven Isserlis, cello, and pianists Sergei Babayan, Lusine Khachatryan, Vahan Mardirossian and Yevgeny Sudbin. <.

Music to be performed includes works by the founding father of Armenian music, Komitas, alongside compositions by Alexander Arutiunian and Arno Babadjanian. The programme concludes with Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E flat Opus 47.

The concert is being promoted by Grant Rogers International Artists’ Management. Further details from the Wigmore Hall Box Office 0207 935 2141 [10am – 7pm] www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

 

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