Thursday 9 December 3.00 pm
Martin Cousin (piano)
Mozart: Piano sonata in A minor K310 (20')
Allegro / Andante / Presto
Anton Rubinstein: Six Preludes Op 24 (30')
Moderato con moto
Allegretto con moto
Allegro non troppo
Chopin: Ballade no 3 in A flat Op 47 (7')
Martin Cousin is now regarded as one of the most exceptional pianists of his generation, having been awarded 1st prize at the 2005 Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition and Gold Medal at the 2003 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition. He has appeared regularly in the major British musical venues and performed internationally since graduating from the Royal College of Music, making his London solo debut at the Purcell Room in 1998. Numerous solo recitals followed, notably at the Wigmore Hall in 2001,2005 and 2011. He has performed as soloist with the London Philharmonic, Halle, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia and BBC Concert Orchestras. 2006 saw the release of his debut CD of Rachmaninov's Sonata No 1 and Morceaux de Salon with SOMM Recordings, which was selected as Classical CD of the week by the Daily Telegraph. His disc of Rachmaninov's Études-Tableaux was released in 2014 and was proclaimed 'a landmark recording' by The Observer with a 5-star review. Fanfare Magazine proclaimed, 'Based on the present disc and on the towering performance of the First Sonata on his debut CD, I am prepared to state that Cousin is among the most distinguished Rachmaninoff pianists of our generation.'Martin's hands are also featured on the big screen in the Oscar-winning film "Shine",for the scenes involving Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto.
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