8th August 7:30pmTheatre Royal, Dumfries Adults £15, Under 26 Free
Brahms Piano Quartet N.2
Schubert Trout Quintet
Brahms Piano Quartet N.2
Schubert Trout Quintet
A champion of Norway’s rich musical tradition, Eldbjørg Hemsing has been a household name in her native country since childhood and made her solo debut with the Bergen Philharmonic at the age of 11. Studying with Boris Kuschnir in Vienna, she has since carefully positioned herself on both the national and international stage, fine-tuning her performance-style and absorbing repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Dvořák, Grieg to Tan Dun. Together with Tan Dun she has collaborated on numerous projects in both Europe and Asia and is currently working with the composer on a new work dedicated to her and scheduled for a 2018 world premiere.
Eldbjørg Hemsing plays a 1754 G. B. Guadagnini violin on kind loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation. Her long-term artistic development is generously supported by the Göhde Foundation.
Russian-German violist Georgy Kovalev, born in 1990 in Tiflis (Georgia), is one of the leading violists of his generation. After finishing his studies with Yuri Bashmet and Matthias Buchholz, currently he is a student of Nobuko Imai at the Kronberg Academy.
Georgy Kovalev has performed with leading orchestras such as the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra among others.
He is a prize winner and a finalist of international competitions such us Yuri Bashmet International Competition in Moscow, Tokyo International Viola Competition, Brahms International Competition. In 2011 he received the Neva Foundation Prize awarded by the Verbier Festival.
His future engagements include solo recitals and concertos in USA, Germany, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy, Austria, Greece.
Georgy plays a viola by Simon Bernand Fendt (London 1820) kindly on loan to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s premier young pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and outstanding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child, and audiences around the world were stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression. Critics have praised Anna’s signature “sweet modesty and wild expression,” which rendered listeners “completely taken by surprise, compelled and astonished.”
In September 2013 Anna performed Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto at the opening of the season of Sunday Morning Concerts series at the Great hall of the Royal Concertgebouw. Within two and a half a years, the recording of this concert received over 9 million views on YouTube and was highly praised among renown musicians. In November 2015 she returned to perform in the big hall of Concertgebouw in Sunday Morning Concerts series Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 3, this performance was again steamed live on TV, internet and radio.
Germany’s most promising cellist Benedict Klöckner (1989) plays concerts with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic, the NDR and the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica, the Slovak Radio Orchestra and the Russian and Polish State Philharmonic Orchestras under conductors such as Simon Gaudenz, Howard Griffiths, Ingo Metzmacher, Michael Sanderling, Karl Heinz Steffens and Heinrich Schiff. He performs all over Europe, USA and South America at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Athenäum Bukarest, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Musikverein Wien, the Arts Center Seoul, the Barbican and the Caldor Hall London.
Double bassist, Nicholas Santangelo Schwartz is one of the most exciting double bassists of his generation. He is a laureate of multiple international competitions, including being the youngest winner ever of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition and commission prize. He was also the first double bassist to win the Stulberg International String Competition and its Bach Society Award in its 43 year history.
In 2013, Nicholas became a tenured member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, widely known as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. He formerly played with the Berlin Philharmonic as a member of the Karajan Academy. In addition to being a long time member of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland, he was guest artist at many international chamber music festivals with such artists as Anna Fedorova, Kirill Troussov, Benedict Klökner, Eldbjørg Hemsing, and Maximilian Hornung. With world famous pianist, Anna Fedorova he has formed the “Oyster Duo” performing across Europe, Ukraine and the US to promote the double bass as a solo instrument.
As a jazz bassist, Nicholas won his first international competition at Carnegie Hall at the age of 15 with the “Midday Jazz Quartet”, receiving the Grand Prize in the Chamber Music Foundation of New England International Chamber Music Competition. He has shared the stage with distinguished artists such as Mark O’Connor, Russell Malone and Clark Terry. In addition to his numerous concert performances, Nicholas enjoys teaching privately and giving master classes and is a mentor in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Academy program. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts (USA) Nicholas resides in Amsterdam. Nicholas is a sponsored artist of Pirastro strings.