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2.00 pm Ashley Fripp
Mazurkas Op 24 (9)
no 1 in G minor / 2 in C / 3 in A flat / 4 in B flat minor
Impromptu no 1 in A flat Op 29 (5)
Nocturnes Op 9 nos 1&2 (9)
no 1 in B flat minor / 2 in E flat
Barcarolle Op 60 (10)
British pianist Ashley Fripp has performed extensively as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls. Highlights include the Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Philharmonie halls of Cologne, Paris, Luxembourg and Warsaw, the Bozar (Brussels), the Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (London). He has won prizes at more than a dozen national and international competitions, including at the Hamamatsu (Japan), Birmingham and Leeds International Piano Competitions, the Royal Over-Seas League Competition, the Concours Européen de Piano (France) and the coveted Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. In 2013, Ashley won the Worshipful Company of Musicians' highest award, The Prince's Prize, and was chosen as a ‘Rising Star' by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO). He has also performed in the Chipping Campden, Edinburgh, Brighton, Bath, City of London and St. Magnus International Festivals as well as the Oxford International Piano Festival and the Festival Pontino di Musica (Italy). A frequent guest on broadcasting networks, Ashley has appeared on BBC television and radio, Euroclassical, Eurovision TV and the national radio stations of Hungary, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and Portugal. Ashley Fripp studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Ronan O'Hora and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Italy) with Eliso Virsaladze. In 2022 he was awarded a doctorate for his research into the music of Thomas Adès.
2.45 pm Amit Yahav
Prelude in C sharp minor Op 45 (4)
Waltzes Op 64 nos 1&2 (6)
no 1 in D flat / 2 in C sharp minor
Nocturne in G minor Op 15 no 3 (4)
Mazurkas Op 56 (12)
no 1 in B / 2 in C / 3 in C minor
Scherzo no 4 in E Op 54 (10')
Multi-award-winning pianist Amit Yahav is much in demand as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist, having earned his reputation for interpretations that grip and move audiences with passion and intellectual insight. His interpretations of the music of Chopin and Schumann in particular have received high praise. In 2018, he earned a Doctor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music for his thesis investigating interpretation in the music of Chopin. Amongst Amit's success are the Anthony Lindsay Piano Prize and the György Solti Award for Professional Development. Amit also won the 1st International Israeli Music Competition in London and consequently performed Israeli composer Zvi Avni's On the Verge of Time in London's Southbank Centre in the presence of the composer. In 2014, Amit attracted much positive attention with his CD “Amit Yahav Plays Chopin“, containing the four Ballades. This release followed Amit's tour showcasing the four Ballades in an explained recital, which was also selected by the Royal College of Music as part of their Insight Series of soirees offered to their donors. Most recently, his newest disc featuring Romantic piano fantasies by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Chopin appeared on the GENUIN label.
3.30 pm Joanna Kacperek
Nocturne in C minor (1837) (3')
Waltz in A flat Op 64 no 3 (3')
Polonaise in E flat minor Op 26 no 2 (7')
Rondo à la mazur Op 5 (7')
Scherzo no 2 in B flat minor Op 31 (10')
Joanna Kacperek has performed in major concert halls in Poland and abroad, including United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, Russia, the Ukraine, Canada and Japan. She has performed with such orchestras as the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, State Academic Symphony Orchestra in Moscow and Lviv Virtuosos Chamber Orchestra. In 2021 she graduated with distinction from The Royal College of Music in London as the recipient of the C. Bechstein Scholarship and The Zetland Foundation Scholarship. She is also a graduate from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (diploma with distinction), and studied at the ‘Berlin University of Arts' in Germany. Joanna has received scholarships from the Polish Minister of Culture and the Prime Minister. She has won international piano competitions in Szafarnia (‘F.Chopin'), Pilsen (‘B.Smetana'), Paris (‘M.Magin') as well as the National Witold Lutoslawski Music Competition in Warsaw, and she won a special prize at the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition in Bergen (2016). In November 2017, together with violinist Roksana Kwasnikowska, Joanna won the 2 nd International Beethoven Chamber Music Competition. Her duo with violinist Roksana Kwasnikowska represented Poland at the Kyoto International Music Students Festival in Japan (2015) and regularly performs recitals both in Poland and abroad. In 2021 she was chosen as Young Artist and took part in The Leeds Lieder Festival 2021.
4.00 pm tea interval
4.30 pm Andrew Yiangou
Nocturne in G Op 37 no 2 (7')
Trois Nouvelle Études (6')
no 1 in F minor / 2 in A flat / 3 in D flat
Waltzes Op 70 nos 1-3 (8')
no 1 in G flat / 2 in F minor / 3 in D flat
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Op 22 (15')
Andrew Yiangou, was selected as one of the fourteen semifinalists to participate in the 12th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition 2020 in Utrecht. He was a recipient of the prestigious Mills Williams Junior Fellowship whilst studying at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Professors Norma Fisher, Vanessa Latarche and Gordon Fergus-Thompson. He was awarded multiple scholarships including support for his studies from the Tillet Trust and Eileen Rowe Musical Award Trust. Andrew has worked with artists such as Robert Levin, Ya-Fei Chuang, Stephen Hough, Lang Lang, Charles Owen, Kathryn Stott, Peter Jablonski and Boaz Sharon, and is a prize winner of many international competitions. He has performed at many venues in the UK including Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. James's Piccadilly, Steinway Hall, St. Lawrence Jewry, St. Barnabas Ealing and St. Mary's Perivale. He has travelled all over the world to perform in countries including USA, Serbia, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France and Poland. Alongside mainstream repertoire he has a particular affinity for the music of lesser known composers such as Nikolai Kapustin, Leopold Godowsky, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Nikolai Medtner, Georgy Catorie and Sergei Lyapunov.
5.15 pm Callum McLachlan
Waltzes Op 34 nos 1-3 (9')
no 1 in A flat / 2 in F minor / 3 in F
Mazurkas Op 63 (6')
no 1 in B / 2 in F minor / 3 in C sharp minor
Nocturne in E Op 62 no 2 (6')
Scherzo no 1 in B minor Op 20 (10')
Callum Mclachlan was born into a family of musicians, and started lessons with his father at the age of 7, and entered Chetham's School of Music at age 11, where he studied with Dina Parakhina. He currently studies at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg. He has performed at many prestigious concert venues in the UK, Europe and USA, including performing Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, works of Benjamin Britten in Steinway Hall London and Liszt's 2nd Piano Concerto at RNCM Concert Hall and at the Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton. In 2019, he made his New York recital debut, performing works of Beethoven, Brahms and Percy Grainger. Most recently, he made a recording of Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata in Salzburg, in collaboration with G. Henle Verlag. He has won 1st prizes in the Welsh International Piano Competition, The Youth Scottish International Piano Competition, the RNCM Chopin Competition as well as reaching the final of the EPTA Piano Competiton. He is a prize-winner of the Musical Odyssey Talent Unlimited Prize. He also receives funding from the Royal Philharmonic Society, who generously support his studies abroad.