LEICESTER INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: 20TH - 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018
Tickets for this year's Festival are now on sale online or from the box office at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. For programme details, news of our fabulous line-up for 2018 and for ticket details, follow the links on our menu bar.
The distinguished composer, Thea Musgrave, will be a 'featured composer' at this year's Leicester International Music Festival - 'A New World: Composers who moved to America' (20th-22nd September 2018).
Thea will be flying across the Atlantic to be our very special guest at the Festival, with opportunities to hear her music at all five concerts.
SUMMER FUNDRAISING CONCERT: 23rd JUNE
YEVGENY SUDBIN (piano)
We are very pleased to announce that the outstanding Russian pianist, Yevgeny Sudbin (now based in London), will be visiting us for this concert. Yevgeny's recent recording of Rachmaninov's 2nd and 3rd concertos is now one of the top recommendations on CD, but he is also renowned for his dynamic performances of Scriabin - this composer's works (along with pieces by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin and Saint-Saëns) feature in this concert.
'Last month at London's Wigmore Hall, Yevgeny Sudbin gave a blistering recital which had as its climax the Ninth Piano Sonata by Scriabin...The sheer demonic terror that the performance evoked is recaptured on this superb disc, on which Sudbin asserts his credentials as an interpreter of Scriabin par excellence.'
Geoffrey Norris (Daily Telegraph)
LUNCHTIME CONCERTS 2018/9
Details of our next season of Lunchtime Concerts will appear very soon! In the meanwhile, you will find the dates of these concerts on the Lunchtime Concert page.
LAST CONCERT: THURSDAY 22ND MARCH 1PM, ARONOWITZ ENSEMBLE
Mathilde Milwidsky (violin), Simone van der Giessen (viola), Guy Johnston (cello) and Tom Poster (piano)
Schubert: String Trio in Bb major, D. 471
Brahms: Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 26.
Our Lunchtime Concert series ended on a high note, with a charming Schubert miniature and a thrilling performance of the Brahms A major Piano Quartet. At nearly 50 minutes long, this is a work of stupendous scale and invention and the Arononitz Ensemble conveyed every change of mood with some dazzling playing. We are accustomed to reaching for superlatives with our old friends, Guy Johnston (cello) and Tom Poster (piano), but the two new faces with the group - Mathilde Milwidsky (violin) and Simone van der Giessen - were very much their equals and there was some lovely interplay and ensemble. Without any doubt, this was a worthy end to an outstanding season!
Read the review by Leicester Concert-goer here