Thursday May 13 4.0 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
Maxim Calver (cello)
Beethoven: Vars on "Ein Mädchen" from Mozart's Magic Flute Op 66 (11')
Janacek: Pohadka (‘Fairy Tale') (12')
Dvorak: Waldesruhe ('Silent Woods') (7')
Shostakovich: Cello sonata in D minor Op 40 (29')
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British cellist Maxim Calver made his concerto debut in Symphony Hall, Birmingham as part of the Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2018. His performance of Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, was praised for its ‘natural ease' and ‘emotional lyricism'. Earlier in the competition he won the Strings Category, performing works by Lutoslawski, Brahms and Stravinsky. Highlights since then include concerto appearances across the UK with the Bath, Stockport and Maidstone Symphony Orchestras, the Orpheus Sinfonia and Brahms' Double Concerto with Menuhin Competition prize-winner Tianyou Ma at Cadogan Hall, London. He has also performed recitals at St. James's Church, Piccadilly, Norwich Assembly Rooms, St James', Guernsey and Wethersfield Chamber Concerts amongst others.In February 2020 he was a finalist in the Strings Category of the Royal Overseas League Competition, where his performance was singled out for the “elegance of his technique, overall sound and natural poeticism” (Strad Magazine, 2020). Upcoming highlights include recitals as well as a performance of Shostakovich Cello Concerto no.1 at St. John's Smith Square, London. Originally from Gorleston-on-Sea in Norfolk, Maxim studied with Maja Passchier before moving to the Yehudi Menuhin School to study with Thomas Carroll. He currently studies at the Royal College of Music with Professor Melissa Phelps, where he is the Herbert Howells & Thomas Fielden Scholar. Maxim is also a Hattori Foundation Junior Award recipient and has participated in masterclasses with leading cellists including Steven Isserlis, Heinrich Schiff, Julian Lloyd Webber, Paul Katz and Guy Johnston. Also a passionate chamber musician, Maxim has performed in many leading venues across the including St. John's Smith Square and a performance of Strauss' Metamophosen Septet at the Wigmore Hall. He has also appeared at the Lewes Chamber Music Festival, Klosters Music Festival in Switzerland and the East Neuk Festival in Scotland. In 2018, Maxim toured the Netherlands as part of Trio Pantoum, which included a performance of Ravel's Piano Trio broadcast live on Dutch radio from the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. Winner of the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition, she has also won numerous other international competitions. After graduating from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Kumi studied at the Royal College of Music where she completed her Artist Diploma, Master's degree and the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow in Accompaniment. She won the RCM concerto competition twice. She has also played Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No.1 conducted by Vladimir Jurowski at the Queen Elisabeth Hall. Kumi made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and a tour in New Orleans with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto in 2015.
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