Sunday July 26th 3.00 pm
Sophie Rosa (violin) Ian Buckle (piano)
Beethoven: Sonata in D major Op 12 no1
Hélène de Montgeroult: Sonata in A minor Op 2 no 3
Brahms: Violin sonata in G Op 78
Kreisler: Three Old Viennese Dances
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Sophie Rosa first garnered attention after winning the Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2nd Manchester International Violin Competition 2011. She has performed across the UK as a recitalist in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Bridgewater Hall and has appeared as soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata Sinfonia Viva and Skipton Camerata. Sophie has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and has released CDs on Champs Hill and EM Records labels to critical acclaim. Sophie is leader of Sinfonia Viva and guest leads orchestras across the UK. As a keen chamber musician, Sophie is a member of Pixels Ensemble and also performs with contemporary music ensemble, Psappha. Sophie studied at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Wenzhou Li where she was a recipient of the RNCM Gold Medal and the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal in recognition of her musical achievements. After completing her Masters Degree with Distinction, Sophie completed the RNCM International Artist Diploma in Solo Performance and furthered her studies in America with Midori Goto, Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein. Sophie was kindly supported by several award foundations including the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Music Scholarship, The Solti Foundation, The Hattori Foundation, The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, The Bowerman Charitable Trust and Help Musicians UK. Sophie plays on a Joseph Gagliano violin dated 1795 and a Claude Fonclause bow made available through the generous support of the Stradivari Trust.
Ian Buckle maintains a varied freelance career working as soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and teacher. He enjoys longstanding associations with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the John Wilson Orchestra, and has appeared with them as soloist on numerous
occasions. He has also played concertos with the Royal Philharmonic, Opera North, Sinfonia Viva and the Manchester Concert Orchestra. Committed to contemporary music, he has been the pianist in Ensemble 10/10 since the group's inception in 1997. Ian is pianist and artistic director of Pixels Ensemble www.pixelsensemble.org, a collective of classical and contemporary chamber music players. He teaches piano at the Universities of Liverpool and Leeds. Current CD releases include transcriptions for cello and piano with Jonathan Aasgaard, a disc of the songs of Stephen Wilkinson The Sunlight on the Garden; and a recital of new works for clarinet and piano with former BBC Young Musician winner Mark Simpson.
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