Wednesday January 16th 7.30 pm
Alena Walentin (flute) Joseph Havlat (piano)
Amirov: 6 pieces for flute and piano
Khachaturian 3 pieces for flute and piano
York Bowen: Flute sonata Op 120
Emily Sun (violin) Caterina Grewe (piano)
Mozart: Violin sonata in E minor K304
Franck: Violin sonata in A
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Alena Walentin (neé Lugovkina) (flute) was born in Moscow and studied at the Gnesins Special Music School, at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She won 1st Prize at the RAM competition “J&J Brough Prize”, as well as 1st Prize at the 13th International Flute Competition “Friedrich Kuhlau” in Germany and 1st Prize at the British Flute Society's Competitions. She has performed at the most prestigious UK venues including Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall, has toured throughout the world and has won several prestigious awards. She has recently played as a Guest Principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and has played with various other leading orchestras.
Joseph Havlat was born in Australia, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music from 2012 - 18. Joseph has performed in major concert venues around the UK and in Europe, America, Japan and Australia . He is a keen chamber musician, performing frequently with multiple groups - Tritium (clarinet) trio, Trio Derazey, Duo Ex Libris as well as the LSO percussion ensemble, with whom he toured Japan in 2018 giving the premiere of a work by John Adams. Passionate about contemporary music, he is a founding member and artistic director of contemporary music collective Ensemble x.y and is also an avid composer, having written for the aforementioned ensembles, among others. Having now graduated from the Academy, he is there serving as a Piano fellow for 2018-19, having also been a Chamber music fellow for the previous year.
Australian violinist Emily Sun is rapidly gaining international recognition as a rising soloist. She was recently named the 2018 ABC Australian Young Performer of the Year. She was awarded the Gold Medal and named Commonwealth Musician of the Year at the 2016 Royal Overseas League Music Competition UK. She is a prizewinner in many international competitions and was selected as a Young Concert Artist for The Tillett Trust and Making Music UK. Emily studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and since 2011 has studied at the Royal College of Music with Itzhak Rashkovsky, graduating Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music with First Class Honours, and Artist Diploma. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth Belgium, mentored by Augustin Dumay.
German-Japanese Pianist Caterina Grewe, born in Tokyo, has performed to great critical acclaim throughout the world. She has won numerous prizes at world-renowned piano competitions such as third prize at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and the Dublin International Piano Competition where she was a finalist and prize winner in 2015. Other prizes include First Prize at the 2010 Lagny-Sur-Marne International Piano Competition in Paris, First Prize at the Norah Sande Award in Eastbourne in 2010, First Prize at the 2011 Mayenne International Piano Competition in France, and First Prize at the 2014 Rhodes International Piano Competition in Greece. She studied at the Hamburg Conservatory, at the Chetham's School of Music and completed her studies at the Royal College of Music in 2013 where she graduated with distinction. She now teaches at the Purcell School and at St Paul's School.