Forthcoming Concerts

Tuesday 16 February 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

CHRISTOPH KONCZ, violin, and ALEKSANDAR MADZAR, piano

Mozart
Sonata in B-flat, K. 454
Beethoven
Sonata in F, Op. 24 'Spring Sonata'
Richard Strauss
Sonata in E-flat, Op. 18

The Austrian-Hungarian violinist Christoph Koncz made his North American debut with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit at age 12, followed by appearances on tour and in concert with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Sitkovetsky, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gábor Tákacs-Nagy and the renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields. His concert activities have led him to numerous countries in Europe and to the Middle East, to Asia and Australia, as well as North and South America. In January 2016, he performs the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K. 364 with Les Musiciens du Louvre, under Marc Minkowski, as part of the Salzburg Mozart Week. He performs frequently with his older brother, cellist Stephan Koncz. Further musical partners include Leonidas Kavakos, Julian Rachlin, Kim Kashkashian (viola), Gautier Capuçon, Gary Hoffman (cello), Franco Petracchi (double bass) and Francesco Piemontesi (piano). In 1997, Christoph Koncz played a leading role in the Canadian production of "The Red Violin", which won an Academy Award for Best Score. Christoph Koncz performs on a 1762 Giuseppe Gagliano.

Born in Belgrade in 1968, Aleksandar Madzar first studied piano with Gordana Matinovic, Arbo Valdma and Eliso Virsaladze in Belgrade and Moscow, then with Edouard Mirzoian at the Strasbourg Conservatory and in Brussels with Daniel Blumenthal. In Europe he regularly gives recitals in London’s Wigmore, Milan’s Conservatorio Giuspeppe Verdi, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw halls whilst maintaining close duo partnerships with violinist Ilya Gringolts, and soprano Juliana Banse. He is a regular guest artist at the festivals of Bad Kissingen, Schleswig Holstein, the Ivo Pogorelich Festival at Bad Wörishofen, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Davos, Roque d’Antheron, Salzburg, Sintra and Aldeburgh. A regular concerto soloist, he has worked with conductors of the calibre of Paavo Berglund, Ivan Fischer, Paavo Järvi, Carlos Kalmar, Libor Pešek, André Previn, Andris Nelsons and the late Marcello Viotti.

 

 

Saturday 27 February 2016, 7:30pm
Trinity College Chapel Cambridge

THE DUNEDIN CONSORT, directed by JOHN BUTT Sophie Bevan, soprano Ÿ Cecilia Bernardini, violin Pamela Thorby, recorder

Please note this concert takes place in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Bach
Cantata ‘Falsche Welt’, BWV 52
Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049
Handel
Cantata ‘Alpestre Monte’, HWV 81
Handel
Concerto Grosso in B-flat, Op. 3 No. 2
Handel
Gloria, HWV deest

Dunedin Consort takes its name from Edinburgh’s castle (Din Eidyn) and, like the famous landmark, has great cultural significance in Scotland’s capital city and beyond. Founded by Susan Hamilton and Ben Parry, the Dunedin Consort, under the musical direction of John Butt, has consolidated its existing strength in the Baroque repertoire, winning the 2008 Midem Baroque Award and the 2007 Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Vocal Album (for its recording of the original Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah).

John Butts conducting engagements with the Dunedin Consort (2003 –) have included major Baroque repertory and several new commissions. He has been guest conductor with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert, The Irish Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Royal Academy of Music Bach Cantata series, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. John Butt also continues to be active as a solo organist and harpsichordist. Eleven recordings on organ, harpsichord and clavichord have been released by Harmonia Mundi.