Mozart’s piano Quartet in G minor throughout its 3 movements admirably displays the composer’s instrumental virtuosity and flair for dramatic effects in the classical era. By contrast, the deeply romantic piano Quartet in C minor, by Brahms, delves typically in powerful and sincere emotions, equally shared by all 4 instruments.
W. A. Mozart , Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478
Allegro, Andante, Rondo
J. Brahms, Piano Quartet in C minor Op. 60
Allegro non troppo, Scherzo: Allegro, Andante, Finale: Allegro comodo
Variously described as having … ”eloquent cello sonorities and dignified treatment of music that reaches the essence of its emotions”…”technical mastery of his instrument with excellent intonation”… and …”the cello came to the fore with marvelous singing tone”… Niall has, over the course of the past 3 decades, established himself as an internationally renowned cellist, chamber musician and pedagogue.
Completing his studies under the tutelage of distinguished musicians Maurice Gendron, Ralph Kirshbaum, Radu Aldulescu, Robert Masters, Alberto Lysy and Nadia Boulanger, Niall has since dedicated himself to a career as an all-round musician.
For a decade as cellist of the prestigious Australian String Quartet, and as a principal cellist the Camerata Bern, Camerata Lysy and the Scottish Ensemble, Niall has toured the world performing in some of the most prestigious concert halls and festivals including the Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Centre, New York, Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Théâtre du Chatelet, Paris, Konzerthaus and Philharmonie, Berlin, Sydney Recital Hall and Melbourne Concert Hall, Australia and the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He has collaborated with such artists as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Nikita Magaloff, Janos Starker, Bruno Giuranna, Stephen Kovacevich, Melvyn Tan, Edith Fischer, Alberto Lysy, Antonio Lysy, Sine Nomine Quartet, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Thomas Füri and Milan Horvat.
Living in Luxembourg, Niall combines activities as co-principal cellist of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, cellist of the Kreisler Quartet and professor of chamber music at the Conservatoire du Nord with regular performances as soloist, together with Isabelle Trüb, pianist, in the “Trüb- Brown Duo” and his position as Artistic Director of the festival “Automne Musical d’Ollon” in Switzerland.
The Swiss/Australian pianist Isabelle Trüb represents the fourth generation in a long line of distinguished musicians. Hailed by the press as possessing… “wonderfully fluent and liquid outpourings of pianistic brilliance”…“endlessly expressive range of piano textures”…and more recently…”Isabelle Trüb’s playing was a masterclass in romantic élan and expressiveness”…Isabelle performs extensively in duo with ‘cellist Niall Brown as well as with other renowned artists.
Already a prize winner at a young age, a scholarship from the Goehner Stiftung/Migros enabled Isabelle to further her outstanding musical potential at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, USA, where she studied amongst others with Gyorgy Sebok, Shigeo Neriki, Franco Gulli and Janos Starker.
Throughout her subsequent career, Isabelle has collaborated regularly throughout Europe and the USA with renowned artists such as Pierre Fournier, Janos Starker, Marçal Cervera, Bruno Giuranna, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Maxim Vengerov and Joseph Silverstein.
Living for many years in Switzerland and Australia, she was much in demand as both a piano teacher and chamber music partner, performing frequently in both countries. From 2009 to the present day she has served on the faculty of the Conservatoire de Musique de la Ville de Luxembourg.
The versatile British violinist Elisabeth Perry is widely acclaimed for her contributions to all facets of the musical métier. Applauded for her virtuosity in the standard repertoire, an avid proponent of contemporary music, a committed chamber musician, dedicated pedagogue and an internationally renowned concertmaster, Ms. Perry has reaped unanimous praise for her ability to convey urgency while emphasizing the distinctive lyrical and dramatic qualities in a large repertoire.
Ms Perry showed great musical talent at an early age. She was privileged to join the first class of pupils at Yehudi Menuhin’s school in Surrey. At the age of fourteen, Perry shared center stage with Lord Menuhin in a memorable Royal Albert Hall concert and subsequently recorded the Bach Double Violin Concerto for Teldec. Perry has been a welcome guest soloist with Britain’s leading orchestras including the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Generous grants allowed her to continue her studies at the Juilliard School of Music in the famed classes of Dorothy Delay and Oscar Shumsky. Making her mark in the United States, Perry won New York’s prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition and was invited to perform Bartok’s Second Violin Concerto in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.
A passion for contemporary music and a commitment to expanding the violin repertoire led to many acclaimed premieres. Perry was the first to champion Alfred Schnittke’s quasi una sonata performing its US premiere at Alice Tully Hall. Critically acclaimed recordings bear testimony to her premieres of works by Michael Nyman and Andrew Poppy and her American Heritage series cd recording of Leon Kirschner’s Duo for violin and piano was released in 1984.
Renowned for her leadership skills in the orchestral sphere, Ms. Perry served as concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie from 1985 to 1990. She holds the position of First Concertmaster of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic with numerous recordings and concert tours to her credit.
Ms. Perry’s list of prestigious awards includes: the Greater London Arts Award and the ISM Award.
Richard Wolfe was born and raised in New York. He studied violin with Dorothy DeLay and Patinka Kopec, and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Walter Levin (primarius, La Salle Quartet.)
Wolfe moved to Israel in 1977, where he was a member of the 1st violin group of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and of the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
It was while with the ICO, and at the request of chief conductor Rudolph Barshai, that Richard first played the viola in a professional setting.
In 1982 Wolfe made the Netherlands his permanent home. He joined the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in 1982, and became its principal violist in 1986.
With the NCO Wolfe has appeared frequently as soloist, in the Netherlands and abroad. In January 2017 he is scheduled to perform and record Mozart’s Symfonie Concertante with Gordan Nicoliç and the NCO.
Richard is an active chamber music player. He was a member of Sergiu Luca’s‘Music in Context’ in Houston, Texas, and of Ensemble Explorations in Belgium. At present he is a member of the Rietveld Ensemble in Utrecht.
Richard Wolfe is a faculty member of the conservatoria of Utrecht and of Amsterdam.
Sunday 7th October 2018 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Doors open at 2:45pm.
Venue: Haddo House Hall