Wednesday July 17th 7.30 pm
Meera Maharaj (flute) Dominic Degavino (piano)
Schumann: Three romances Op 94
Matthews: Duet variations for flute and piano
Mel Bonis: Flute sonata
Julia Pusker (violin) Renata Konyicska (piano)
Schubert: ‘Trockne Blumen' variations D 802
Elgar: Violin sonata in E minor Op 82
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Meera Maharaj graduated last year from Royal Northern College of Music with first class honours, and previously studied at the Junior RNCM. She is currently studying for her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music. She won first prize in the RAM Flute Competition and 3rd prize in the British Flute Society “Young Artist” Competition. In 2016 she won the Dutch International Flute Competition. She has given solo performances at the Concertgebouw, Bridgewater Hall, Wigmore Hall and St James' Piccadilly with frequent recitals across the UK.
Dominic Degavino grew up in Milton Keynes, and studied at Chetham's School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, all under the tutelage of Helen Krizos. He has won many awards, including the RNCM Gold Medal Competition and the keyboard sections of the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artsts Competition and the Royal Overseas League competition. He has performed concerts in venues across the United Kingdom and beyond.He also enjoys playing Jazz, and has appeared regularly with the RNCM Big Band. He is now continuing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Júlia Pusker was born in Hungary in 1991 and studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest before moving to England to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London with György Pauk, where she received her Master of Music degree with distinction in 2016. Júlia appears frequently as a soloist with orchestras such as the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer and the Liszt Chamber Orchestra directed by János Rolla. Júlia was recipient of the Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist Award granted by Making Music, which consequently led to engagements across the UK. A committed chamber musician, Júlia is a founding member of the Ensemble Mirage, which featured in the 2016/17 St. John's Smith Square Young Artists' series. Recently, Júlia was awarded the prestigious Junior Prima Primissima Prize in Hungary, which honours the country's finest young musicians. She is an Artist-in-Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels, since 2015, under the direction of Augustin Dumay.
Renata Konyicska is a Hungarian concert pianist based in London, UK. She has performed recitals and chamber music concerts in festivals such as IMS Prussia Cove, Nuits Classiques Megève, Festival de Piano Classique Biarritz, Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander, Internationale Sommerakademie der ISA Reichenau, and Liszt Week Esztergom. She studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and attained her Bachelors degree with highest honours. She then moved to London to study with Pascal Nemirovski at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she graduated with her Masters degree. After being accepted at Birmingham Conservatoire w ith full scholarship, she attained her Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in 2018. She has won the first prize in a number of international piano competitions, including Zlatko Grgosevic in Croatia, Cittá di Gorizia in Italy, Smetana in the Czech Republic. She was the winner of the inaugural Talent Support Competition at Liszt Academy in Budapest.