Wednesday April 22nd 2020 7.30 pm
Tessa Uys & Ben Schoeman (piano duo)
Beethoven arr. Scharwenka: Symphony no 3 Op 55 ‘Eroica'
The Armorel piano trio
Lucia Veintimilla (violin)
Yuuki Bouterey-Ishido (cello)
Kathy Chow (piano)
Beethoven: Piano trio in B flat Op 97 'Archduke'
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Tessa Uys was born in Cape Town and gave her first public performance at the age of seven. She first studied with her mother and, at 16 won an Associated Board Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she won several prestigious prizes including the Macfarren Medal. Shortly after this she was the 1st prize winner and gold medallist of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition. In 1994 she was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Tessa Uys has performed in many different countries and has broadcast frequently for the BBC. In recent years she has regularly given recitals in the City of London and at the Wigmore Hall.
South African pianist Ben Schoeman is a Steinway Artist. He has won major awards, including first prize in the 11th UNISA International Piano Competition, Pretoria (2008), gold medal in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, London (2009), the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music (2011) and the Contemporary Music Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, USA (2013). He has given solo, chamber music and concerto performances throughout Europe, Canada, the USA and South Africa. Ben Schoeman has completed a doctoral thesis on the piano music of the eminent South African composer Stefans Grové at City University London/Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is a senior lecturer in music at the University of Pretoria, where he received the Laureate Award.
Lucia Veintimilla (violin) was born in Spain and studied there and at the Guildhall School where she completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees with Distinction. She has been awarded many prizes in various solo and chamber music competitions. She now enjoys a busy career performing regularly with different ensembles and touring extensively to major concert halls in Europe and Asia.
Yuuki Bouterey-Ishido (cello) studied at the Menuhin School and the Royal Northern College of Music, and currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music. He won the String Player Award at the Gisborne International Music Competition 2017, First Prize in the Barbirolli Cello Prize 2018, and 2nd Prize in the National Concerto Competition in New Zealand, among numerous other prizes and awards. He has performed at major festivals around the world, and given solo recitals in Japan, Italy and New Zealand.
Kathy Chow (piano) was born in Australia in 1993 and studied in Melbourne where she won various awards, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she completed her Masters with distinction and is currently on the Artist Diploma Course, on a full scholarship. She has won several awards including first prize in the 2018 Birmingham International Piano Competition, and is a finalist in the 2019 Royal Overseas League Keyboard Prize.
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