Wednesday December 6th 7.30 pm
Rosalind Ventris (viola) Marisa Gupta (piano)
Schubert: Sonata in A minor D 821 ‘Arpeggione'
Brahms: Viola sonata in F minor Op 120 no 1
Iuno Connolly (soprano) Dylan Perez (piano)
Songs by Strauss, Walton, Hahn and Faure
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
British violist Rosalind Ventris is emerging as one of the most sought after young violists internationally. She performed at the Wigmore Hall's 2014 viola celebration, and received five prizes at the 2013 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, including Yuri Bashmet's President's Prize. She is a winner of the Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Awards for Young Concert Artists (AYCA) 2016. She has frequently appeared as a concerto soloist, and given recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, St Martin in the Fields etc. She has regularly been invited to play at the IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music. She performed at the Salzburg Festival for the IMS Prussia Cove 40th Anniversary Celebrations & Sándor Végh Centenary, and the 2013 IMS Prussia Cove Tour: their concert at St. George's Bristol was subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Last autumn, she broadcast on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune' as part of the Hatfield House Festival with Katherine Gowers, Guy Johnston and Nicholas Daniel. After reading Music at Cambridge University, Rosalind studied with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Fellow 2011-12) and at the New England Conservatory.
Born of Thai and Indian parentage, pianist Marisa Gupta studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at Geneva Conservatoire. She won numerous awards, including top prizes at the International Concours Maria Canals in Barcelona and the Gian Battista Viotti International Piano Competition, a Solti Foundation Award, a Fulbright scholarship, and first prizes at the Corpus Christi Young Artists Competition (USA), Kingsville International Music Competition (USA) and Haverhill Sinfonia Soloists' Competition (UK). Recent highlights include a performance of Bartok's Sonata for two pianos and percussion with Stephen Kovacevich, Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9 in Munich, as well as chamber music performances in Spain, France, and Norway.
Iúnó Connolly (soprano) has recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music. Whilst there she won the Elena Gehardt Lieder Prize and was a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Soloist; a member of the Academy's prestigious Song Circle and a Josephine Baker Trust soloist. Iúnó has been generously supported by a Jennifer Vyvyan scholarship; the Rothermere Foundation; the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust etc. Plans for 2017 include recitals at the Chipping Camden International Music Festival; City Lit Concert Series, London; competing in the Das Lied International Song Competition, Heidelberg. She is a Britten Pears Young Artist and a Concordia Foundation Artist and continues her training with Lillian Watson.
Pianist Dylan Perez is a highly sought after recitalist, chamber musician and coach specialising in vocal repertoire. He graduated in 2016 with Distinction from the Artist Masters programme at the Guildhall School. Recently, he was awarded the Gerald Moore Award and the Paul Hamburger Prize for Accompaniment. In April 2016, he was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier awards at Wigmore Hall. He was recently featured in a BBC Proms Extra concert, broadcast live on Radio 3 from Imperial College. Prior to relocating to London, he studied at the University of Michigan. He was a participant in The Song Continues masterclass series at Carnegie Hall with Marilyn Horne, Jessye Norman and Dalton Baldwin, and has played in masterclasses with Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato and Dame Felicity Lott.