MIWK is delighted to announce that, subject to prevailing Covid regulations, our concerts will return in October 2021. The programme will comprise:
We are delighted to be starting our forthcoming season with violin and accordion duo ADLibitum. Andrea and Djordje Gajic will perform their thrilling mix of classical, gypsy, and South American dance music for MiWK on Friday 22 October 2021. Andrea and Djordje perform an exciting repertoire and have given concerts in Scotland, England, Serbia, and regularly at the Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo, Malta.
Andrea Gajic received her early musical training at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh. When she was twelve, she performed the Bruch Scottish Fantasy at St James’ Palace, London for Yehudi Menuhin’s 60th Birthday celebration. Andrea studied for 5 years at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, Moscow where she gained her Masters Degree and Diploma in Solo Performance. She subsequently went on to study at The Royal College of Music for Post-Graduate. She has performed as soloist in Britain, The United States, Russia, Lithuania, Finland, Germany, France and annually gives recitals and Masterclasses in Serbia.
Djordje Gajic began his musical studies in Serbia at the age of six, finally graduating from the Russian Academy of Music in 1993 gaining a Master of Music degree and Honorary Title ‘Solo Performer’. Djordje has won many International Competitions, amongst them Tropheo Mondiale CMA in 1988 and the Grand Prix, France in 1987. He has performed with the RSNO and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yvgeny Svetlanov, as well as giving many solo recitals in Russia, Serbia, Andorra, Holland, France, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Norway and Britain. Since living in Britain he has given solo recitals in all the major cities. He has also performed at international music festivals in Dartington, Norwich, Salisbury and Birmingham.
Pianist Daniel Ciobanu first attracted international acclaim in 2017 at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv where he won both the Silver Medal and Audience Prize. He subsequently appeared at Carnegie Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Berlin, St John’s Smith Square in London, Enescu Festival in Bucharest, and toured in Japan, China, Taiwan, South Africa and Brazil. His recording of works by Prokofiev, Enescu, Debussy and Liszt was released by Accentus in 2020.
The New York Classical Review wrote: “Ciobanu’s blinding technique alone made this an exciting experience, and his power, smooth and quick fingering, and precise delicacy supported deeply musical and expressive playing… he clearly loves the sound of a piano—striking chords, playing fast figures, and pedalling as a way to relish the ring and glow coming off the strings… few pianists can make a Steinway sound as good as Ciobanu did Thursday night”.
Ciobanu will be playing MiWK’s Steinway on Saturday 20th November 2021. (Please mark on your calendar that, because we are dovetailing Daniel’s concert with other performances, this event is on a Saturday rather than our usual Friday).
Talented pianists Duo B!Zart proved so popular the first time round that we have invited them back again for a performance on Friday 21st January 2022.
Their programme will be “about the story of fabulous music celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic, the love story between French touch and American audacity”. Provisionally, it comprises – An American in Paris (Gershwin), La Belle Excentrique (Satie), Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring (Copland), Gazebo Dances (Corigliano), Mother Goose (Ravel), Souvenirs de Munich (Chabrier), Dolly, op. 56 (Fauré), Souvenirs op. 28 (Barber) and excerpts from West Side Story (Bernstein).
The long-awaited visit of Opera Alba will now take place on 11th February 2022. Opera Alba offer a wide-ranging repertoire, and we are likely to hear a blend of Verdi, Mozart and Puccini with slightly lighter works by J Strauss, Lehar and Gilbert and Sullivan.
Each member of Opera Alba has extensive experience of appearing on the professional operatic stage and on the concert platform. Catriona Clark (soprano), Grace Maria Wain (mezzo-soprano), Connor Smith (tenor), Steven Faughey (baritone) and Derek Clark (piano accompanist) bring together a wealth of virtuosity, experience and personality.
We have also re-booked the Bowker Myslek Duo, comprising Rosie Bowker (flute) and Aleksandra Myslek (piano), for 25th March 2022. Rosie and Aleksandra met in 2016 and have been performing together ever since. They have performed in festivals and concert series around the UK in London, Cambridge, Windsor, Scotland and Suffolk. They are winners of the 2020/21 Tunnell Trust Awards Scheme and are Live Music Now artists.
Both Rosie and Aleksandra have busy performing careers in their own right. As an orchestral musician Rosie has worked with the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras. She has appeared as a soloist in Milton Court Concert Hall, Powderham Castle, Deal Festival and on BBC Radio 3. Aleksandra started her musical education in Warsaw, Poland, and since moving to the UK has given numerous recitals, chamber music and concerto performances. She won the Brenda Webb Accompanist Prize, and the Wilfrid Parry Brahms Prize and has been invited to accompany at competitions such as the Two Moors Festival and Cambridge Strings Academy.
The highly acclaimed jazz ensemble Fergus McCreadie Trio will be with us on Friday 22 April 2022. Pianist Fergus is one of Scotland’s most exciting young talents. Born in Jamestown, near Strathpeffer, he grew up in Dollar and graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018. As well as winning the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award with his trio in 2016, he has twice won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year under-17s Prize and is the winner of the Guy Jones Prize, the Joe Temperley Prize from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Linda Trahan Memorial Prize from St Andrews University.
McCreadie is joined by bassist David Bowden, the winner of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year title in 2017 and leader of the acclaimed, world music influenced band Mezcla; and drummer Stephen Henderson, a Jazzwise magazine One to Watch in 2018.
If you have an hour to spare you can enjoy the Trio’s performance at Seven Arts Leeds in November 2020.
We are also delighted to be able to give advance notice of the first two concerts in our 2022-23 season.
The much-anticipated appearance of Scottish–Egyptian sisters Sarah and Laura Ayoub had to be postponed during the pandemic, but we are delighted that they have now accepted our invitation to perform on Friday 28th October 2022.
We are also privileged to announce a concert to be supported by the Tunnell Trust, whereby the Kwon-Lim Duo will bring their piano- and cello-playing talents to MiWK on 11th November 2022.