Wednesday January 23rd 7.30 pm
Dominic Childs (saxophone) Simon Callaghan (piano)
Debussy: Rhapsody for Saxophone & Piano
Decruck: Alto Saxophone Sonata
Borne: ‘Carmen' Fantasy
Cristian Grajner de Sa (violin) Somi Kim (piano)
Beethoven: Violin sonata in G Op 30 no 3
Strauss: Violin sonata in E flat Op 18
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Dominic Childs is a classical saxophonist who enjoys a multi-dimensional career. He studied at Chetham's School of Music, the Royal College of Music and in Cologne and Lyon on prestigious scholarships. He was awarded 2nd Prize in the prestigious ‘Tunbridge Wells International Young Artist Competition.' As an orchestral musician, Dom has toured, recorded and performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra etc including live broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and perfoming at the ‘Last Night of the Proms'. In 2019 Dom's Debut Solo Album will be released with the Resonus Classics record label. He has been a member of the award winning Forseti Saxophone quartet based in Cologne. He is a passionate music educator having been the Saxophone Tutor for the National Youth Wind Ensemble, and has taught at Birmingham Conservatoire, Chetham's School and Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Simon Callaghan (piano) studied at Chetham's School of Music and gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where he graduated with First Class Honours and won various prizes. He won the Prix Special in the 8th Concours International Jean Francaix in Paris, and has won prizes in various other international competitions. He has performed concertos and solo recitals through the UK in all the major concert halls, and will undertake concert tours in UK, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. He has a busy career performing, teaching, and organising chamber music concerts, and is a particularly well-regarded chamber musician. He is Artistic Director of Conway Hall Sunday Concerts, the longest-running chamber music series in Europe.
Cristian Grajner de Sa made his concerto debut at the age of 14 and has performed in many of the prestigious concert halls in the UK, most notably at the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Colston Hall, St Martins in the Fields and a recent live broadcast on BBC Radio 3's InTune Programme. He won 1st prize at the Groba International Violin Competition in Spain 2015 and was a strings finalist in the BBC Young Musician 2012 and Royal Overseas League Competition 2014. He was born in 1994 of Portuguese and Italian heritage, Cristian was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music when aged 13, graduating in the summer of 2017 with a First Class Honours degree as the only student of Tasmin Little and under the close supervision of Maxim Vengerov. Upon his graduation, he was awarded the Regency Award and the J & A Beare Bow Prize. He is now enrolled at the Mozarteum of Salzburg. He plays a Camillo Camilli, 1740, kindly on loan from the Benslow Music Trust.
South Korean born New Zealand pianist, Somi Kim graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with an Advanced Diploma in Performance, receiving the HRH Princess Alice The Duchess of Gloucester's Prize for exemplary studentship. Previously Somi gained her Master of Arts with Distinction, receiving a DipRAM and the Christian Carpenter Prize for the Best Recital. Somi is the winner of several prestigious prizes for accompanists. She is sought after as a chamber musician, song accompanist and répétiteur. She is an artist for the Park Lane Group, Kirckman Concert Society, Concordia Foundation and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.