THE 2017 ABSOLUTE CLASSICS FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE BETWEEN 11 AND 20 AUGUST

Filip Pogády, Violin and Simon Callaghan, Piano
Saturday 19th August 7.30pm
Theatre Royal, Dumfries
Adults £15, Under 26 Free


Programme:

Kreisler/Corelli Variations on "La Folia”
Fauré Sonata No. 1
Interval
Saint-Saëns Havanaise
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen
Waxman Carmen-Fantasy

Filip Pogády, Violin

Filip Pogády has been praised by the press for the beauty of his tone and his “lightning-like virtuosity”. Pogády gave his solo debut with orchestra at age 11 at the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna after winning the 1st prize at the Tsusuki Violin Competition as the youngest contestant. He participated three times
at Austria’s nationwide music competition “Prima la Musica” and won the 1st prize each time. He was also honored with special prizes by the Austrian String Society and the Raiffeisen Bank for extraordinary results at this competition. After being invited by Pinchas Zukerman personally to study with him, Filip Pogády followed his advice and earned his Master’s Degree in Violin Perfomance at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded a full scholarship.

Since then he has performed in concert venues such as the Rudolphinum Prague, Wiener Konzerthaus, Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House, Brucknerhaus Linz, Ed Sullivan Theater and the Apollo Theater. TV apperances include the “Late Show” with David Letterman and a guest starring on Louis CK’s popular TV-show “LOUIE” where he acted as a subway violinist. As a firm believer that music should be available to everyone, Filip Pogády joined Yehudi Menuhin’s “Live Music NOW!” Foundation, which is dedicated to bring music to orphanages, nursing homes, prisons and hospitals. Pogády has played over 30 recitals for “Live Music NOW”. Pogády decided to take this concept to the next level and has been performing the Sonatas and Partitas by J.S.Bach in the New York City subway throughout his studies at the Manhattan School of Music until present. “Most of these people have never heard this kind of music before, and yet it touches them on a basic human level, because this music is just SO good”, he says.

Simon Callaghan, Piano

Simon Callaghan performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. His recent tours have taken him to Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and on two occasions to the Banff Centre in Canada. He has performed at all of the UK’s major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and St David’s Hall Cardiff. 2017 will take Simon throughout the UK and to Italy, Holland and Switzerland.

Simon’s interest in rarely performed works has led to invitations to perform concerti by Françaix, Tippett and to give the first UK performance since 1946 of Medtner’s 3rd Concerto. His rapidly-expanding discography includes solo works by Sterndale Bennett, Parry, Sacheverell Coke and two volumes of Delius with Parnassius Duo partner, Hiro Takenouchi (on SOMM). In 2017 he will release his debut concerto recording for Hyperion’s lauded Romantic Piano Concerto series: the first recordings of Roger Sacheverell Coke’s Concerti with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins.