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Tuesday 5 March 2019, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Master Pianists V: ARCADI VOLODOS, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Please note the change of programme (18 January 2019).

Sonata in E, D. 157
Moments musicaux, D. 780
Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2; Prelude in G-flat, Op. 23 No. 10; Prelude in B minor, Op. 32 No. 10, Romance, Op. 21 No. 7 (arr. Volodos); Serenade, Op. 3 No. 5; Étude-tableaux in C minor, Op. 33 No. 3
Mazurka, Op. 25 No. 3; Caresse dansée, Op. 57 No. 2; Enigme, Op. 52 No. 2; Deux danses, Op. 73
Vers la flamme, Op. 72

Born in St Petersburg in 1972, Arcadi Volodos is amongst the most sought-after pianists of our day. Since making his New York debut in 1996, Volodos has performed throughout the world in recital and with the most eminent orchestras and conductors. Since his Gramophone Award-winning debut recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall, released by Sony Classical in 1999, Arcadi Volodos has recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums. These include revelatory interpretations of Schubert sonatas and Rachmaninov solo pieces, and live performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, conducted by James Levine, and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. His Vienna Musikverein recital from 2010 was released on CD and DVD to rapturous international critical acclaim. Volodos Plays Brahms, released in April 2017 –  an album of thirteen piano pieces by Johannes Brahms, including Opus 117 and 118 and a selection of Op. 76 – was immediately considered a landmark on the music scene, and has since been awarded the Edison Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or.

He has worked with, among others, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the New York Philharmonic and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, collaborating with conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, , Paavo Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, Semyon Bychkov and Riccardo Chailly.

Piano recitals have played a central role in Volodos’s artistic life since he began his career. His repertoire includes major works by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev and Ravel together with less often performed pieces by Mompou and de Falla. Volodos is a regular guest of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe and appears regularly in Berlin, Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Zurich, Brussels, Munich as well as at the Klavierfestival Ruhr, the Festival La Roque d’Anthéron and the Salzburg Festival.


Saturday 2 February 2019, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

Master Pianists IV: LEON McCAWLEY

Sonata in E, Op. 109
Sonata in A-flat, Op. 110
Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

One of Britain’s foremost pianists, Leon McCawley has forged a highly successful career since winning First Prize in the 1993 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna, building on his earlier success as Winner of the Piano Section of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1990. Since then, McCawley’s impressive discography has established him as a pianist of great integrity and variety, bringing freshness and vitality to classical, romantic and twentieth-century repertoires. His recent CD of Haydn’s Sonatas and Variations for SOMM Recordings was awarded a Diapason d’Or in July 2017.

As a concerto soloist, McCawley performs with many of the world’s leading orchestras, among them the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, St Petersburg Symphony and Vienna Symphony and has worked with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Daniele Gatti, Paavo Järvi, Andrew Litton, Kurt Masur, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, and Sir Simon Rattle.

McCawley’s discography includes Schumann piano music (Avie Records) selected as Editor’s Choice in The Gramophone; the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas (Avie), awarded a Diapason d’Or; Barber piano music (SOMM), awarded Critic’s Choice in The Gramophone in 2011; Brahms piano music (SOMM), selected as Classic FM ‘CD of the Week’ in 2012; Schumann Piano Music (SOMM); Rachmaninov’s complete Preludes (SOMM); and many other major works.

Saturday 19 January 2019, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Generously sponsored by Mr David Kitson
Sonata in A minor, K. 310
Sonata in A, Op. 101
Sonata in G minor, Op. 22
Four Mazurkas, Op. 24
Polonaise in A-flat, Op. 53

In October 2005, Rafał Blechacz emerged as the unquestioned winner of the 15th Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw (to underscore his distinguished performance among the remaining Competition participants, the international jury decided not to award the 2nd prize). Since this triumph, Blechacz has built an impressive reputation as a pianist of exceptional intelligence and spontaneity, combining flawless technique with a highly distinctive sense of musical poetry.

He has performed in the world’s most renowned concert halls, among them the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Berliner Philharmonie, the 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, the Avery Fisher Hall in New York, La Scala in Milan, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, to name but a few.

He has performed with some of the most distinguished orchestras under the direction of such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Pavo Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Viktor Pablo Perez, Trevor Pinnock, Mikhail Pletnev, Antoni Wit, and David Zinman.

Rafał Blechacz records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon.