Thursday 12 May 3.00 pm
Ronan Magill (piano)
Scarlatti : Three sonatas (10')
C major K 420 / F minor K 481 / A major K 39
Brahms: Variations on a Hungarian Song Op21 no 2 (8')
Debussy: Rêverie (5')
Chopin: Mazurka in C Op 33 no 3 (2')
Chopin: Étude in F Op 10 no 8 (3')
Brahms: Intermezzo In A Op 118 no 2 (6')
Brahms: Paganini Variations Op 35 Book 1 (14')
The pianist and composer RONAN MAGILL (born Sheffield 1954) was, as a nine year old, chosen to be one of the founder pupils of the Yehudi Menuhin School. Later after a period at Ampleforth College, and on the advice of Benjamin Britten, he went to the Royal College of Music working with David Parkhouse and later John Barstow, and winning all the major prizes for piano and composition. After his Wigmore and South Bank debuts (Brahms 2 nd Concerto) in 1974, and again on Britten's advice, he moved to Paris to study with Yvonne Lefebure at the Conservatoire, and then remained in Paris for a number of years, performing regularly both in concert and on TV and radio, and also receiving advice from Pierre Sancan, and Nikita Magaloff and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli in Switzerland. In 1985 Magill won ist Prize in the 1 st “Milosz Magin” International Competition for Polish Music, followed by a European tour, and then after returning to the UK , he won the 3rd British Contemporary Piano Competition which a UK tour and concerts on BBC Radio 3. In recent years Magill has been performing in the UK, USA (Rachmaninoff 3 rd Concerto) and most recently in Japan where he has been living since 2013 performing in many cities. He returned to the UK in April 2021 and gave a memorable recital at St Mary's Perivale last year.
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