Thursday 20 January 3.00 pm
Elizaveta Lessoun (cello)
Thomas Kelly (piano)
Schubert: Sonata in A minor D821 'Arpeggione' (24')
Allegro / Adagio / Allegretto
Chopin: Cello sonata in G minor Op 65 (30')
Allegro / Scherzo / Largo / Finale
Belarusian cellist Elizaveta Lessoun performed with the President orchestra of Moscow at the festival “Melodic of generations” in 2014. In 2012, aged eleven, she had her concerto debut in Germany with the orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Perlin. From 2008-2017 she studied at Republican Music College in Minsk under the tuition of Irina Stepanova. In addition she performed with the Ciurlionis School of Art Symphony Orchestra in 2014, with the Chetham's Symphony Orchestra in 2018 and with the Zilina Chamber Orchestra in Slovakia in 2019. Elizaveta won several international competitions including Grand Prix at the Talents for Europe in Slovakia in 2017. Winning several Belarusian Republican Music College's competitions 2014-2017, Elizaveta had the opportunity to perform several times with the Belarusian State Chamber Orchestra in the big Philharmonic Hall of Minsk. From 2015-2017 she was a scholar of the Yuri Rozum Foundation. In May 2018, she gave her first recital at the Embassy in Paris. Following studies with Prof. Nicholas Jones at the Chetham's School of Music in Manchester with a full scholarship, Elizaveta had several solo, chamber and orchestra performances at the Stoller Hall and the Bridgewater Hall, as well as two solo performances with her professor at the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society in Minsk in 2016/17 and a performance at Walton's residence in Ischia (Italy) in 2019 as the Walton Scholar of Chetham's School of Music. From September 2020 Elizaveta is studying at the RCM in London with the ABRSM scholarship. Since October 2020, after winning the Audition of Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation, Elizaveta plays on Susanne's Lockey Hill cello (c1780). In October 2021 she appeared as a soloist in the Conway Hall Sunday Concert series.
Thomas Kelly was born in 1998. He passed Grade 8 with Distinction in 2006 and performed Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre two years later. After moving to Cheshire, he regularly played in festivals, winning prizes including in the Birmingham Festival, 3rd prize in Young Pianist of The North 2012, and 1st prize in the 2014 Warrington Competition for Young Musicians. Since 2015, Thomas has studied with Andrew Ball, initially at the Purcell School for Young Musicians and now at Royal College of Music, where he is a third-year undergraduate. Thomas has won first prizes including Pianale International Piano Competition 2017, Kharkiv Assemblies 2018, Lucca Virtuoso e Bel Canto festival 2018, RCM Joan Chissell Schumann competition 2019, Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition 2019 and BPSE Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition 2019. He has also performed in venues including the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Holy Trinity Sloane Square, St James' Piccadilly, Oxford Town Hall, St Mary's Perivale, St Paul's Bedford, Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre, Stoller Hall, Paris Conservatoire, the StreingreaberHaus in Bayreuth, the Teatro del Sale in Florence, in Vilnius and Palanga. Thomas' studies at RCM are generously supported by Pat Kendall-Taylor, Ms Daunt and Ms Stevenson and C. Bechstein pianos. He recently won 5th prize at the 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition, and was the first British pianist to reach the finals of this prestigious competition for 18 years.
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