20th Century Chamber Masterworks
The symphonies that Shostakovich wrote during the Second World War toed the party line. To find out what he really thought, you have to hear his Second Piano Trio: a no-holds-barred musical autobiography that veers between blistering anger and frozen despair. It’s one of the greatest chamber works of the 20th century. Vaughan Williams’ boisterous early Piano Quintet comes from an altogether happier world – but it’s definitely got something to say!
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Scotland-based pianist Scott Mitchell has performed extensively as a chamber music pianist and accompanist throughout Great Britain, Europe, South America and the Middle East. As a recording artist Scott Mitchell has released CDs for Chandos Records, ASV, Collins Classics, Black Box and Tosca Records. He has recently recorded Dave Heath’s Piano Concerto, “The Passionate”, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, released on the Freestyle classics label. He is a regular performer on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and has also appeared on Channel 4 and the satellite Arts Channel. In competitions he has been awarded the Lisa Fuchsova Prize for outstanding chamber music pianist and the Eric Rice Memorial Prize for outstanding accompanist, both at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London. Scott Mitchell is a senior staff accompanist and lecturer in accompaniment at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) in Glasgow where he also teaches piano at the Junior Department. He is also a member of the accompaniment staff at Napier University in Edinburgh and also one of the founding members of the Cantilena Festival on Islay, a Festival for strings taking place on the island of Islay every summer.
Born in 1982 in Lublin, Poland, Lena started playing violin at the age of 7. She obtained her MA degree with distinction from the Poznan Academy of Music in 2006 studying with Prof. Marcin Baranowski, and continued her PGDip studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied with Prof. Erich Gruenberg. During her time at the Academy, Lena was a finalist of the Ricci Foundation Competition and a winner of the RAM Sir Arthur Bliss competition. Having graduated with First Class Honors in 2008, Lena pursued a busy orchestral career. She was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, and guested with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 Lena was appointed Sub-Principal First Violin with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where she stayed until 2016. She currently holds the position of Associate Principal First Violin with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Since 2011 she has also been a member of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Highlights of her time in the CBSO and BCMG have included numerous performances at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall and the Luzerne Festival. In 2013 Lena was granted a 2-year sabbatical to complete a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), studying Violin Performance with Prof. Gerardo Ribeiro. During her time at NU she was a first-prize winner at the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation String Competition, a third-prize winner at the Thaviu String Competition, and the winner of The NU Concerto Competition. In Nov 2014 she was the soloist for Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto, performed with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Victor Yampolsky. In April 2015 Lena was one of only four NU students to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as part of The Conservatory Project 2015.
Born in Paris, Arthur discovered music with the cello at the age of 5 under the guidance of Erwan Faure at the Schola Cantorum of Paris. His studies in France and Switzerland with renowned teachers such as Phillipe Muller, Marc Coppey and Francois Salque lead him to London where he was taught by Helene Dautry at the Royal College of Music and Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, thanks to the generous support of the Guildhall Trust. He was the recipiant of the Marjorie and Dorothy Whyte Memorial Fund and a Fellow. After taking part in several masterclasses with great cellists such as Gauthier Capuçon and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Arthur is now a member of teaching staff at the Oxford Cello School. As a soloist he has performed Elgar's Cello Concerto with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra and Dvorák's Cello Concerto with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra as part of the LSO Donatella Flick conducting competition. A keen chamber musician, Arthur has taken part in festivals such as Pro-Quartet, the Rising Star Series at the Cadogan Hall, in the Barbican as part of the pre-LSO series under the guidance of John Adams, the RSNO chamber music series, the Multi-Story chamber music series and the Aurora festival in Sweden. Arthur was a member of the Camerata de Lausanne led by Pierre Amoyal and a member of Southbank Sinfonia as principal cello. He performed with the LSO as part of the string scheme experience and is now a member of the London based ensemble Camerata Alma led by Charlotte Maclet. Arthur was appointed as sub-principal cello of the RSNO in 2016.
Ana Cordova was born in Soria, Spain where she studied under Professor Karen Martirossian. In 2007, she moved to London to study both, undergraduate and postgraduate, under the tutelage of Professor Rinat Ibragimov at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Ana joined the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as Principal Double Bass in 2014 and regularly works with different orchestras around the world and the UK. She has been a Guest Principal in orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Royal Birmingham Ballet. Ana has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra. Between 2009 and 2012, Ana was a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester where she had the privilege to be Principal Double Bass. Ana has working under the baton of the many prestigious conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, John Elliot Garniner, Berard Haitink, Ivan Fischer, Franz Welser-Möst and many others. Ana is currently a teacher at the Purcell School in London and is a former teacher at the Junior Royal Academy of Music.