Forthcoming Concerts

Thursday 23 October 2014, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Robert Schumann
‘Widmung’, from Myrthen, Op. 25, no. 1
Clara Schumann
‘Er ist gekommen’, Op. 12, no. 2
Clara Schumann
‘Liebeszauber’, Op. 13, no. 3
Clara Schumann
‘Sie liebten sich beide’, Op. 13, no. 2
Clara Schumann
‘Liebest du um Schönheit’, Op. 12, no. 4
Robert Schumann
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42
Robert Schumann
‘Die Löwenbraut’, Op. 31, no. 1
Johannes Brahms
‘Von ewiger Liebe’, Op. 43, no. 1
Johannes Brahms
‘Auf dem See’, Op. 59, no. 2
Johannes Brahms
‘Meine Liebe ist grün’, Op. 63, no. 5
Johannes Brahms
‘O kühler Wald’, Op. 72, no. 3
Johannes Brahms
‘Lerchengesang’, Op.70, no. 2
Johannes Brahms
‘Wir wandelten’, Op. 96, no. 2
Johannes Brahms
‘Feldeinsamkeit’, Op. 86, no. 2
Johannes Brahms
‘Mondnacht’, WoO. 21

Christiane Karg is widely recognised as one of the most gifted and exciting sopranos appearing in opera houses and concert halls today.  Born in Feuchtwangen, Bavaria, she studied singing at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Heiner Hopfner and Wolfgang Holzmair, where she was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal, and at the Music Conservatory in Verona.  In 2009 she was named Young Performer of the Year by Opernwelt magazine, and the following year was awarded the prestigious Echo Klassik prize for her first Lied CD, ‘Verwandlung – Lieder eines Jahres’, accompanied by Burkhard Kehring. 

In 2006 she made an auspicious debut at the Salzburg Festival and has returned to sing Amor in Orfeo ed Euridice with Riccardo Muti and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Yannick Nezet-Seguin. She is a regular guest at the Theater an der Wien where she has sung Ismene in Mitridate, Telaire in Castor and Pollux and Hero in Béatrice et Benedict

In concert, Christiane Karg has recently appeared with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien, Daniel Harding and the Dresden Staatskapelle on tour in the USA (Brahms Requiem), Mariss Jansons in Tokyo with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra (Beethoven Ninth Symphony), and Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival (Brahms Requiem).

Recognised as one of the world’s leading pianists specialising in lieder, Malcolm Martineau has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Della Jones, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kozena, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Karita Mattila, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, and others.

He has appeared throughout Europe (including London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Opera House; La Scala, Milan; the Chatelet, Paris; the Liceu, Barcelona; Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; and his recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel (for Deutsche Grammophon); Schubert and Strauss recitals with Simon Keenlyside (for EMI); the complete Fauré songs with Sarah Walker and Tom Krause; the complete Britten Folk Songs for Hyperion; the complete Beethoven Folk Songs for Deutsche Grammophon; the complete Poulenc songs for Signum; and Britten Song Cycles as well as Schubert’s Winterreise with Florian Boesch for Onyx.


Tuesday 28 October 2014, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Generously sponsored by Sir Ralph Kohn FRS
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor for organ, BWV 542
Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139

Student tickets go on sale on Monday 6 October 2014


Born in Nizhniy Novgorod in 1991, Daniil Trifonov has already established himself, in the relatively short period since he first came to international prominence in 2011, as one of the finest musical talents to have appeared in the last two decades. His reputation for outstanding performances, musical insight and expressive intensity has already surpassed the attention he received when, during the 2010/11 season, he won medals at three of the most prestigious competitions in the music world: the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (First Prize) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (First Prize and Grand Prix). Jury members and observers at these competitions included Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Van Cliburn, Emanuel Ax, Nelson Freire, Yefim Bronfman and Valery Gergiev. Gergiev personally awarded Trifonov the ‘Grand Prix’ in Moscow, the award given to the best overall competitor in any of that competition’s categories.

Recent highlights for Trifonov have included debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (tour and subscription concerts in Vienna), London Symphony Orchestra and Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev, Israel Philharmonic with Mehta, Russian National Orchestra with Pletnev, as well as collaborations with Vladimir Fedoseyev, Pietari Inkinen, Sir Neville Marriner, Diego Matheuz and Antoni Wit. He also has given performances at the Wigmore Hall (London), Musikverein (Vienna), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Carnegie Hall (New York), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), and venues across North and South America, Europe and Asia. The audience responses and reviews he has received throughout the season have consistently marked him out as one of the outstanding talents of today.

Since  2012, Daniil Trifonov has made his debut with most of the world's leading orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic with Gilbert, Chicago Symphony with Dutoit, Boston Symphony with Guerrero, Cleveland Orchestra with Gaffigan, Philharmonia Orchestra with Maazel, Royal Philharmonic with Dutoit, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Znaider, Budapest Festival Orchestra with Takács-Nagy, Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Battistoni, the London Symphony and Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev, the Russian National Orchestra with Pletnev and the Warsaw Philharmonic with Wit.

Trifonov’s upcoming recitals include Washington Kennedy Center, New York Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), Boston Celebrity Series, Berlin Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie, Munich Herkulessaal, Amsterdam Concertgebouw (main auditorium), London Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Paris Auditorium du Louvre, Zurich Tonhalle and Lucerne Piano Festival, Brussels Palais de Beaux Arts, Schloss Elmau, Seoul Arts Center and many others.

Thursday 20 November 2014, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808
Métopes, Op. 29
Variations in E flat on an Original Theme, WoO 24 (‘Geistervariationen’)
Fantasie in C, Op. 17

Student tickets go on sale on Monday 20 October 2014

Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation.

Recognised for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, Piotr Anderszewski has been singled out for several high profile awards throughout his career, including the prestigious Gilmore Music Award, given every four years to a pianist of exceptional talent.

He has also been the subject of two award-winning documentaries by the film maker Bruno Monsaingeon for ARTE. The first of these, Piotr Anderszewski plays the Diabelli Variations (2001) explores Anderszewski's particular relationship with Beethoven's Opus 120, whilst the second, Piotr Anderszewski, Unquiet Traveller (2008) is an unusual artist portrait, capturing Anderszewski's reflections on music, performance and his Polish-Hungarian roots. A third film by Monsaingeon, Anderszewski Plays Schumann was made for Polish Television and first broadcast in 2010.

In the 2014-15 season Anderszewski can be heard in recital at the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and New York's Carnegie Hall. His orchestral engagements include appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Symphoniker, as well as three appearances in Bamberg as part of a residency with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Additional highlights include a series of recitals with the baritone Matthias Goerne in Vienna, Berlin and London. 


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 go on sale on Monday 17 November 2014


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. His first Deutsche Grammophon CD with all the Preludes by Frédéric Chopin was released in Europe in October 2007 and attained the Platinum Record status in Poland as early as in the second week of sale. This CD won also other awards, such as the German Echo Klassik and French Diapason d’Or. His second Deutsche Grammophon CD with the sonatas by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven released a year later, in October 2008, won immediately a great praise from music critics and the listening public. And his subsequent records of the music of Chopin for Deutche Grammophon have been similarly garlanded with prizes.

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)

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. T hey 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'.