Mainly Two début concert

Here’s some very exciting news (at least for me) fresh off the press. Marie Schreer and I have found a venue for the first concert of our contemporary duo project Mainly Two. Not just any venue either. We’ll be taking over the Norfolk House Music Room in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, two Friday evenings on the trot. It’s a spectacular place to unleash upon the world this colourful new music for the first time. As well as premiering the new works by some top composers of the moment (over a dozen in total), we’ll be taking a brief stroll into the archives of the violin duo world, exploring some of the repertoire, giving a bit of context to this relatively unknown medium. All very exciting stuff!

Join us on May 2nd and 9th. More details can be found here.

Norfolk House Music Room

 

Moritzburg Chamber Prize

Whilst I was on the Moritzburg Festival Academy in Gemany, it transpired that one of the chamber concerts was also a competition, with the audience as the jury! I performed the first and second movements of Shotakovich’s glorious second piano trio with the very talented Samuel Justitz (cello) from Switzerland and Ho Jeong Lee (piano) from South Korea. We beat off some really tough competition to steal first prize which was a very nice surprise! I was also interviewed before our concert at the Konzerthaus Berlin by a journalist from Deutsche Welle for a rather interesting article:

Deutsche Welle article 1

Deutsche Welle article 2

Greetings from Moritzburg

I am currently at a tinz (damn German kezboard) village near Dresden in Germany, attending the Moritzburg Festival Academy. Great people, lovely place and nice music. What more could you want?! (That’s a rhetorical question.) Next week I’m off to sunny (hopefully) France with the Park Quartet in Combret sur Rance. Here are a few pictures of my trip to Dresden (where we performed in the Volkswagen Factory) and a brand-spanking new video featuring Clement Rooney. It’s the grunge classic ‘Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana.