Forthcoming Concerts

Thursday 15 January 2015, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Thomas Murphy
Sonata in D, K. 311
Sonata in C minor, Op. 13, ‘Pathétique’
Trois Valses, Op. 64
Trois Mazurkas, Op. 56
Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44

Student tickets for this concert are now on sale (see below for the link)


In October 2005, Rafał Blechacz emerged as the unquestionable winner of the 15th Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland (to underscore his distinguished performance among the remaining Competition participants, the international jury decided not to award the 2nd prize).  All the special prizes of the Competition went to him as well: Polish Radio Prize for the best performance of the mazurkas, Frédéric Chopin Society Prize for the best performance of the polonaise, National Philharmonic of Poland Prize for the best performance of the concerto, and the Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of the sonata. He also won the Audience Award.

Born in 1985 in Nakło nad Notecią, Bydgoszcz province, Poland, Blechacz began his piano lessons at the age of five. He continued his piano education at the Artur Rubinstein State School of Music in Bydgoszcz.

The victory of 2005 in Warsaw opened for him the doors of the world’s most renowned concert halls such as, the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Berliner Philharmonie, Herkulessaal in Munich, Alte Oper in Frankfurt-am-Main, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tonhalle in Zurich, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, La Scala in Milan, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, just to name a few.

He performed with the best symphonic orchestras under the direction of such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Pavo Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagono, Andris Nelsons, Viktor Pablo Perez, Trevor Pinnock, Mikhail Pletnev, Jerzy Semkow, John Storgards, Antoni Wit, and David Zinman.

In May 2006 he was invited to sign an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon becoming the second only Polish artist, after Krystian Zimerman, who had enlisted under this prestigious classical music label.


Tuesday 3 February 2015, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Generously sponsored by Mr Dilip Chandra
Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703
Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Quartet in F, Op 59. No. 1 ‘Razumovsky’

Student tickets go on sale on Monday 1 December 2014


Recognised as one of the world's great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humour, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. The Takács Quartet was formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and first received international attention in 1977, winning First Prize and the Critics' Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The quartet's award-winning recordings include the complete Beethoven Cycle on the Decca label. In 2005 the Late Beethoven Quartets won Disc of the Year and Chamber Award from BBC Music Magazine, a Gramophone Award, Album of the Year at the Brit Awards and a Japanese Record Academy Award. Their recordings of the early and middle Beethoven quartets collected a Grammy, another Gramophone Award, a Chamber Music of America Award and two further awards from the Japanese Recording Academy. In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takács was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker.


Tuesday 5 May 2015, 8:15pm
Trinity College Chapel

LA VENEXIANA, directed by CLAUDIO CAVINA, in Trinity College Chapel


Monica Piccinini, soprano

Francesca Cassinari, soprano

Claudio Cavina, alto and harpsichord

Raffaele Giordani, tenor

Salvo Vitale, bass

Gabriele Palomba, theorbo



‘Ohimè il Bel Viso’ (Libro VI, 1614)
‘O Come Sei Gentile’ (Libro VII, 1619)
‘Lamento di Arianna’ (Libro VI, 1614)
‘Gira il Nemico Insidioso’ (Libro VIII, 1638)
‘Batto, Qui Pianse Ergasto’ (Libro VI, 1614)
Romanesca: ‘Ohimè dov’è il Mio Ben’ (Libro VII, 1619)
‘Lamento Della Ninfa in Genere Rappresentativo’ (Libro VIII, 1638)
‘Addio Florida Bella’ (Libro VI, 1614)
‘Misero Alceo’ (Libro VI, 1614)
‘Non è di Gentil Core’ (Libro VII, 1619)
‘Parlo Miser, O Taccio’ (Libro VII, 1619)
'T’amo Mia Vita’ (Libro V, 1609)
‘Zefiro Torna’ (Libro VI, 1614)

Please note the special prices for the concert by La Venexiana in Trinity College Chapel on Tuesday 5 May 2015:

Band A: £25 (Concessions £19), Chapel Premium (first half of the stalls, closest to the stage)

Band B: £20 (Concessions £15), Chapel (second half of the stalls)

Please also note that all seats are in the Chapel proper and with a view of the stage; no seats are located in the Antechapel, or have a view obscured by the organ screen.


La Venexiana has established a new style in Italian early music performance: a warm, truly Mediterranean blend of textual declamation, rhetorical colour and harmonic refinement, in marked contrast to the English choral tradition. Founded by the countertenor Claudio Cavina, they take their name from the anonymous comedy La Venexiana (‘The Venetian Girl’) of c.1537.  They aim to incorporate the theatrically, attention to language, and exultation of contrasts between refined and popular, sacred and profane, which abound not only in this comedy, but in the madrigal repertoire of  Sigismondo d'India, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Luca Marenzio, Barbara Strozzi, Gesualdo da Venosa and Claudio Monteverdi.

Acclaimed for their interpretations madrigals and opera alike, they have been the recipients of the Cannes Classical Award, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, BBC Classical Music Award Gramophone Award (in both 2001 and 2008) and Gramophone's Editor Choice.


'In their Monteverdi Editions, La Venexiana bring a dramatic delivery of the words and a uniquely Italian blend of solo voices to this glorious music, unrivalled on disc.'  The Sunday Times

''The performances crackle with theatricality, the ensemble playing is first rate and the outstanding.'  The Guardian

Saturday 13 June 2015, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Generously sponsored by Mr Fred Shahrabani
The F-A-E Sonata (1853)
Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

Isabelle Faust is one of Europe's most distinguished violinists, a prodigious talent who has won five-star reviews for her concert performances and recordings alike. Faust captivates her listeners through her insightful and faithful interpretations, based on a thorough knowledge of the historical context of the works as well as her attention to current scholarship. After winning the prestigious Leopold Mozart and Paganini competitions early in her career, she was soon invited to appear with the world's leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo. She continues to be one of the most sought-after violinists in the world, having worked with renowned conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Mariss Jansons, Giovanni Antonini, Philippe Herreweghe, Daniel Harding and Bernard Haitink.

Her recording of the Beethoven and Berg violin concertos with the late Claudio Abbado and Orchestra Mozart received a Diapason d'or'(France), Echo Klassik (Germany), Gramophone Award 2012 (UK) and the Record Academy Award (Japan).  Faust has made over a dozen critically-acclaimed recordings for Harmonia Mundi, spanning concertos, quartets, quintets and solo recitals. I n 2010, her recording of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin was awarded a Diapason d'Or de l'Annee. She also won a Diapason d'Or and a Gramophone Award for her recording of Beethoven's Sonatas for Piano and Violin with recital partner Alexander Melnikov.


Alexander Melnikov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Naumov. His most formative musical moments in Moscow include his early encounter with Svjatoslav Richter, who thereafter regularly invited him to festivals in Russia and France. As a soloist, Melnikov has performed with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philadelphia Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester, HR-Sinfonieorchester, Russian National Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and the NHK Symphony, under conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Teodor Currentzis, Charles Dutoit, Paavo Järvi, Philippe Herreweghe and Valery Gergiev.  His recording of the complete Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Award, Choc de classica and the Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and was also named by the BBC Music Magazine as one of the '50 Greatest Recordings of All Time'.