Thursday 10 June 4.00 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
Toby Hughes (double bass)
JongSun Woo (piano)
Richard Dubugnon: Sonata for Double Bass Op 44 (21')
Adolf Mišek: Sonata no 2 in E minor Op 6 (23')
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From an early age Toby Hughes was determined to pursue a career as a soloist playing an instrument more familiar to most people in its role at the back of an orchestra or a jazz band. His education has placed him at the vanguard of the solo double bass movement. He first had lessons with Corin Long, former principal of the RPO, who taught him that he could play anything and should try everything. He moved, after Corin's death, to be taught by Graham Mitchell, and then at 16 he was invited to study at the combined Universities of Lausanne, Fribourg and Sion under the tutelage of Božo Paradžik. A year later, he was awarded the ‘Future Talent' Coombs Scholarship by the Duchess of Kent and in 2011 won the Royal Philharmonic Society's ‘Julius Isserlis Scholarship' to further his studies in Berlin with Matthew McDonald, principal bass of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He returned to the UK to learn with Jur?í Hudec at the Royal Northern College of Music from where he graduated in 2015.
Toby has been recognized widely for his exceptional accomplishment winning numerous awards including the Chandos Symphony Orchestra's ‘Young Musician of the Year', the 2014 Royal Over-Seas League Competition String Section (the first double bassist ever to win it), the 2016 Bromsgrove International Competition and the 2018 Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition. Toby has already performed in Wigmore Hall, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Edinburgh Festival. He has recently had a bespoke instrument made for him by Derek High which is built for solo playing, and which has opened up more repertoire opportunities for him.
Toby has been supported by the Tillett Trust, the Musicians' Company and Making Music, and has been a City Music Foundation Artist since 2018. He is delighted to record and release this debut album with Champs Hill Records featuring solo works for double bass on 30th April 2021.
JongSun Woo is a pianist, equally in demand as a lieder accompanist, chamber musician and soloist. She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Southbank Centre's Purcell Room and the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House, and made multiple appearances as a concerto soloist with orchestras in the UK.
With violinist Eleanor Corr, she gave the Gold Medal-winning performance at the Royal Overseas League's Annual Music Competition in 2020. JongSun will return to the competition as semifinalist in 2021, both in a duo with violinist Hatty Haynes and also with her recently-formed group, the Kofiko Ensemble. In 2017, JongSun performed Beethoven's complete works for ‘cello and piano, and upcoming highlights include a performance of Schumann's Dichterliebe live on BBC Radio 3 with tenor Alessandro Fisher.
JongSun started her studies with Patsy Toh at Junior Royal Academy of Music and the Purcell School. After graduating from Guildhall School of Music and Drama with First Class Honours in 2014, she then went on to win a full scholarship to study with Peter Serkin at Bard College Conservatory, New York. She has also participated in masterclasses with Ferenc Rados and Rita Wagner at Prussia Cove International Musicians' Seminar 2015 & 2016 and has received guidance from Krysia Osostowicz and Richard Lester among others. JongSun is currently in her second year of Masters in Collaborative Piano at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Eugene Asti, Pamela Lidiard and Carole Presland.