May, 2022

sat28may7:00 PM9:00 PMConcerts for Craswall: Piano Quartet7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Dore Abbey, Abbeydore, Herefordshire, HR2 0AA, UK

Concerts For Craswall Piano Quartet

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Concerts for Craswall: Piano Quartet

The colourful and distinctive musical voice of this exciting international piano quartet draws on the rich cultural and artistic backgrounds of the four musicians. Their multiple languages, nationalities, breadth of experience and specialisms range from historical performance to new music, contribute to their multifaceted and personal performances.

After winning some of the most important international awards including the First Prize at the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht and the Third Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition (2015), London-based Russian pianist Vitaly Pisarenko has been steadily gaining worldwide recognition.

Critically acclaimed as a pianist of unusually soft touch, prodigious technique and captivating expressiveness, Vitaly has performed in over 30 countries, including solo recitals at Wigmore Hall, Musikverein in Vienna, Bozar in Brussels, Moscow Philharmonic Recital Hall, National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai Concert Hall, Mozarteum in Salzburg, de Singel in Antwerp, Toyota Concert Hall in Japan, Hong Kong City Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris and Palace of Arts in Budapest.

Since January 2020 Vitaly has been teaching at the Purcell School of Music and in September 2021 he was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Royal College of Music in London.

Both Roman and Milena Simovic enjoy illustrious international music careers as soloists, chamber and concerto performers. He is leader of the London Symphony Orchestra and Milena is principal viola with the Ulster Orchestra.

As a much sought-after artist, Roman has been awarded prizes at numerous international competitions, including the Premio Rodolfo Lipizer, Sion-Valais, Yampolsky Violin Competition and the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition. He has appeared as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Regio Torino, Symphony Nova Scotia, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Bern, Camerata Salzburg, CRR Chamber Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonia, Prague Philharmonia, and North Brabant. Unsurprisingly, during his career he has worked with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding, Gianandrea Noseda, Kristian Jarvi, Jiri Belohlavek, Pablo Heras Casado, Nikolai Znaider, Sir Mark Elder and John Wilson.

Finally, as an educator, Roman has presented masterclasses all over the world.

Born in Belgrade, Serbia Milena acted as principal viola of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2017, performing to audiences in Austria, Sweden, Italy, USA, Brazil, Israel and Great Britain. She has been praised as a “unique talent with wonderful musicality”.

Enjoying a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher, Milena is was a recording artist with Nigel Kennedy between 2015 and 2017. She has appeared as a soloist in Italy, the United Kingdom, Norway, France, Portugal, and through the countries of former Yugoslavia.

Currently Principal Viola with the Ulster Orchestra, she has recorded several music programmes for radio and television across Europe and South America.

Tim Hugh is Co-Principal Cellist at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. A graduate of Yale University and St Johns College, Cambridge, he studied with Aldo Parisot, William Pleeth and Jacqueline du Pre.

Tim served as Principal Cellist with the London Symphony Orchestra for 24 years between 1995 and 2019. During this time, he played all the solo repertoire, most of the larger chamber repertoire and virtually all the orchestral repertoire. A particular highlight of Tim’s time with the LSO was the UK premiere of Tischenko’s Cello Concerto in 2007, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

During his final summer as an LSO Member, Tim spent ten days at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, coaching the next generation of classical musicians.


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