St Mary's Perivale Chopin Festival -
Friday June 15th 7.00 - 10.00 pm
7.00 pm Amit Yahav : Introduction
'Chopin - A Polish Poet at the Piano in Paris'
Amit Yahav is a distinguished pianist and lecturer who was recently awarded doctorate degree at the Royal College of Music for his research into the music of Chopin. In this short talk he summarizes the main features of Chopin's short life, and the various influences which had such a profound impact on his immortal piano music. This will set the scene for the remainder of our weekend festival.
7.25 pm Colin Stone
Nocturne in F sharp Op 15 no 2
Grand valse brillante in E flat Op 18
Nocturne in G Op 37 no 2
Mazurkas Op 41 nos 1-4
Polonaise-Fantasie Op 61
Colin Stone's career as a performer began in the late 1980s. He was encouraged by Sir Charles Groves at the finals of the 1985 Young Concert Artist's Trust and went on to win the Royal Over-Seas League piano competition in 1986. A subsequent debut at the Wigmore Hall and numerous broadcasts on BBC Radio3 helped to establish his growing reputation and has led to performances around the world. A number of acclaimed recordings followed both of solo repertoire and chamber music with the London Mozart Trio which he founded in 1989. He gave his first cycle of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas in 2005 and most recently has been recording the Prokofiev sonatas. He has a particular affinity with the music of Shostakovich. He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
8.20 pm Mihai Ritivoiu
Mazurkas Op 59 nos 1-3
Variations sur un air national allemande
Waltz in A flat Op 42
Ballade no 1 in G minor Op 23
Mihai Ritivoiu was born in 1989 in Bucharest, Romania, and studied there and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama from 2012. He is a laureate of a number of international competitions, such as the George Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest, 2011, Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist Competition in 2014 and Teresa Llacuna International Competition, Valence, 2015. He has played recitals in England, Romania, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Japan, and has appeared as soloist with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia of Cambridge. His performances have been broadcast by Radio Romania Muzical, Radio Television Suisse - Espace 2, Medici.tv and he has been a guest on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. His debut CD with works by Franck, Enescu and Liszt has been recently released on the Genuin label. Mihai is a City Music Foundation Artist and a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
9.10 pm Julian Trevelyan
Polonaises Op 71 nos 1-3
Piano sonata no 3 in B major Op 58
Julian Trevelyan was a laureate in the Long-Thibaud-Crespin 2015 international piano competition – at the age of 16 one of the youngest laureates in its history. More recently, he was awarded the Luitpold prize for the most promising young artist at the 2017 Kissinger Summer Festival; and 2nd prize and audience prize in the Dudley International Piano Competition in November 2017. He has performed in Switzerland, France, Russia, Poland, Germany and Hungary. Julian is now based in Paris, where he studies at the Ecole Normale. In November 2016 he gave the world premiere performance of Howard Blake's Snowman Rhapsody, a solo piano concert arrangement of music drawn from the film and stage show, and will be giving the German premiere in July. He will perform Beethoven op. 110 and Tippett sonata no. 1 at a lunchtime concert in St James, Piccadilly on 8 August. He also plays the violin and enjoys acting. He is a keen geologist and has a first class BSc honours degree in the subject from the Open University.