Sunday 19 June 3.00 pm
John Humphreys and Alan Schiller (piano duo)
JC Bach: Sonata in F Op 18 no 6 (12')
Allegro / Rondo
Schubert: Andantino Varié in B minor D823 no 2 (9')
Mozart: Fantasie for Mechanical Organ in F minor K608 (10')
Ravel: Mother Goose suite (15')
i. Pavane of Sleeping Beauty)
ii. Little Tom Thumb)
iii. Little Ugly Girl, Empress of the Pagodasi
v. Conversation of Beauty and the Beast
v The Fairy Garden
Dvorak: Three Slavonic Dances from Op 46
No 3 in A flat / No 2 in E minor / No 8 in G minor
Allan Schiller and John Humphreys have been playing as a piano duo since 1972 and in 2022 will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with appearances throughout the UK, ending with a recital at Wigmore Hall.They have recorded Busoni and Schubert for Naxos and on 26th January 2006 were invited by Wigmore Hall to present a recital on the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. In addition to BBC Radio 3 broadcasts they have played throughout the UK and more recently have played in Iceland.
Allan Schiller is widely regarded as one of the UK's finest pianists. Born in Leeds he studied initially with Fanny Waterman making his debut at the age of ten with the Halle Orchestra under Sir John Barbirolli. He later studied with Denis Matthews and became the first British pianist to be awarded a scholarship to study at the Moscow Conservatoire. After further study under Guido Agosti in Italy he returned to this country and rapidly established a reputation as one of the most exciting pianists of his generation with solo appearances throughout the country and concerto performances with all the major UK orchestras and the BBC Symphony Orchestras. He has made countless broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and recorded a number of highly regarded cds.
John Humphreys was born in Liverpool and studied with Henryk Mierowski and later with Harold Rubens at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1967 he was awarded one of four scholarships by the Austrian Government to study in Vienna and on his return to this country made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1972 with Busoni's rarely heard 'Fantasia Contrappuntistica'. Since then he has appeared throughout the country as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. In 1975 he performed the cycle of Mozart piano sonatas in London and elsewhere and has given many performances of Bach's 'Goldberg Variations'. John was Assistant Head of Keyboard Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire until 2009. He is also Chairman and Artistic Advisor to the Dudley International Piano Competition. In 1998 he was awarded the ARAM for 'his distinguished contribution to music'.
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