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Hay Music: The Solem Quartet
Friday 21st July 2017, 7pm
Hay Music: The Solem Quartet

Hay Music is looking forward to presenting for the first time the young Solem Quartet, who are rapidly making a name for themselves. Their choice of programme will give us a lively mix; one of Mozart's loveliest quartets, Ravel and Schubert, and finally Shostakovich's thrilling, and at times searing, eighth quartet.

Amy Tress (violin) Will Newell (violin) Alistair Vennart (viola) Stephanie Tress (cello)

Mozart - String Quartet in D minor K421
Shostakovich - String Quartet No 8
Gershwin - Lullaby for String Quartet
Ravel - String Quartet in F major

Winners of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition, The Solem Quartet were brought together in 2011 by their studies at the University of Manchester, where they take their name from the University motto “arduus ad solem", meaning “striving towards the sun”. The quartet has a busy concert schedule at venues across the UK including the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Bridgewater Hall, as well as performing internationally in several European countries. Their repertoire extends widely from early Haydn to living composers such as Emily Howard, whose quartet ‘Afference’ they recently performed in a BBC Proms Extra broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. They have recorded two CDs of 20th Century British music for Divine Arts record company. They have recently been announced as 2016/17 Park Lane Group Artists and will give recitals at Kings Place, St John's, Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-fields in the coming year as part of the PLG recital series. In September 2016 they took up the position of Quartet in Residence at the University of Liverpool. They were also recently appointed Ensemble in Residence at Aberystwyth MusicFest. They have been privately commissioned to undertake a complete Beethoven cycle, to take place over five years starting in 2017, in London and Aberystwyth.

Violinist Amy Tress enjoys a busy career around the UK and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Winner of numerous awards including Oxford University’s Gibbs Prize for the highest 1st class Music degree and the Royal College of Music Violin Competition & Unaccompanied Bach Prize, in recent years Amy has regularly appeared at major concert venues across the UK such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall. Having studied Music at Christ Church, Oxford, Amy went on to complete a Masters and Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, with Professor Maciej Rakowski. Subsequently she won a place at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Italy, to undertake a Corso di Perfezionamento with Professor Pavel Vernikov As well as the Solem Quartet, Amy is violinist of the Lipatti Piano Quartet, winners of the Elias Fawcett Trust Award for an Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the finals of the Royal Overseas League Competition 2016. They were selected as Park Lane Group Artists 2015-16. Amy's performances with orchestra include the concertos of Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Korngold, Schnittke (Concerto Grosso) and the Bach Double, as well as Ravel’s Tzigane, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade and Sibelius’s Humoresques. She has participated in many solo and chamber music festivals, including IMS Prussia Cove, Mendelssohn-on-Mull Festival and Academie Internationale de Maurice Ravel. Since August 2014 Amy has directed her own course, La Mariette Junior Masterclasses in France, where she teaches violin and chamber music.

London-based violinist Will Newell has recently completed his Master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he studied with Krysia Osostowicz and Alexander Janiczek. He has performed in masterclasses with András Keller, the Takacs Quartet and Levon Chilingirian, amongst others. As an orchestral musician at the Guildhall School he performed alongside the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev and Sir Simon Rattle.Will is a busy chamber musician, having performed across major stages in the U.K. as well as in Warsaw and Salzburg. With Ensemble Nova Luce, he was a recent semi-finalist in the St. Martin-in-the-Fields chamber music competition. At the Guildhall School, he performed John Adams’ Chamber Symphony in the presence of the composer in the Barbican Hall and was recipient of the St James’ Piccadilly prize in 2015. Originally from Romford in East London, Will enjoys playing a wide range of music. He performs regularly with folk groups and pop bands, and his violin and viola playing was featured on the 2016 Channel 4 series Flowers.

Alistair Vennart is from Northumberland and started playing the Viola when he was 9 years old. He graduated from the University of Manchester in 2011 gaining several prizes including the Keith Elcombe Award for highest overall performance. He was awarded the Thomas Barratt Memorial Prize for Viola in July 2013. He studied with Louise Lansdown for 4 years at Manchester University and the RNCM, and with contemporary specialist Garth Knox from 2013-14. He has had lessons and masterclasses with some of the world's greatest Violists including Thomas Reibl, Nobuku Imai, Maxim Rysanov, Roland Glassl, Tatjana Masurenko, Simon Rowland-Jones, Adam Romer and Susie Meszaros. He works professionally with the Hallé, Sinfonia Cymru, Northern Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. He has appeared as a soloist in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the UK, including performing Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Manchester University Symphony Orchestra and Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 with the Talich Quartet’s Vladimir Bukac. He also has a side-profession in composition and arrangement, writing new music commissions for the Solem Quartet and fiddle trio ‘Y Singhs’, as well as creating new arrangements of existing music, notably for the BBC documentary ‘Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance’.

Winner of numerous awards including the 2013 Sir John Barbirolli Cello Prize, Stephanie Tress has performed around the UK and abroad as a chamber musician and soloist. Before moving to Manchester, Stephanie studied with Michal Kaznowski and then with Alexander Baillie for a year at Bremen Hochschule für Künste in Germany.She completed the Joint Course at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music in 2014, with a First Class degree from both institutions. She studied at the RNCM with Nicholas Trygstad and has had masterclasses with Natalia Gutman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Gary Hoffman, Jens Peter Maintz and Miklos Perenyi. Stephanie freelances with various orchestras and also plays with London Chamber Collective and contemporary music group the house of bedlam. As a soloist, Stephanie has given numerous concerto performances with orchestras

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Please note: this concert takes place at St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye and starts at 7.00pm (not 7.30pm as is usual)
Price: £12.00