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Hay Music: Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins - Four Hands on One Piano
Friday 1st September 2017, 5pm
Hay Music: Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins - Four Hands on One Piano

Hay Music’s September early evening concert is in the glorious setting of Dorstone House giving us piano music for four hands on the superb Bosendorfer. We all know the composers well but less so the works they wrote for four hands.

P Grainger - Let’s Dance Gay in Green Meadow
W A Mozart - Sonata for four hands in C major, KV 19d
C M von Weber - From Huit Pièces, op 60
R Wagner - Polonaise in D Major, op 2
R Schumann - Kinderball, 6 leichte Tanzstücke, op 130
C Debussy - Petit Suite, L 65
G Gershwin (arr. Gregory Stone) - I got rhythm

Described as ‘an amazingly talented pianist’ by the leading Italian magazine Musica, the Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. She has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Salzburg, Lisbon, Naples, Ischia, Koscierzyna and Sorrento, and at many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, St John’s Smith Square, St George’s, Bristol and Aldeburgh Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

Emma has recently released the first of two volumes of Mozart's complete piano duets on original fortepianos with Julian Perkins for Resonus Classics, and two discs devoted to works by Stephen Dodgson for Toccata Classics: world-première recordings of his cello and piano music with Evva Mizerska, and his piano quintets with the Tippett Quartet. She is also releasing a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Italian vocal chamber music, the latest of which is the world-première disc of Shakespeare Sonnets by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the BBC New Generation Artist Ashley Riches for Resonus Classics.

Future plans include the world-première recording of songs by Ildebrando Pizzetti with the mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp for Resonus Classics. Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a coach for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London with Yonty Solomon. She completed her studies with Geoffrey Pratley as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she graduated with distinction. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples.

Described as ‘exuberantly stylish’ by the Sunday Times, Julian Perkins is Founder Director of Sounds Baroque and designate Artistic Director of the Cambridge Handel Opera Company.

Solo recitals have included appearances for international festivals at St Albans, Buxton, Canterbury, Oundle, Ryedale and Two Moors in repertoire including J S Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues. Julian has appeared with many leading soloists and ensembles at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, London, Lincoln Center, New York, and Sydney Opera House, as well as at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival. In addition to performing as solo harpsichordist in productions at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Welsh National Opera, Julian has performed concertos with groups including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Sixteen and New London Soloists. As a conductor, Julian has performed staged opera productions for organisations such as the Buxton Festival, Dutch National Opera Academy, Grimeborn Festival, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Kings Place, New Chamber Opera and New Kent Opera, and concert performances with, among others, the Bampton Classical Players, Barts Chamber Choir, Bury Court Opera, New London Singers, Rodolfus Choir, Southbank Sinfonia and Spiritato.

Julian’s discography has seen acclaimed solo and chamber recordings for Avie, Coro, Chandos, Opus Arte and Resonus on a wide range of instruments, including the Queen’s harpsichord at Kew Palace. Recent releases include the world-première of J C Smith’s op 3 solo harpsichord suites, described as ‘brilliant and fresh’ by American Record Guide. His 2016 recording of J S Bach’s French Suites on clavichord was described as ‘music making of the highest order’ by the Boston Clavichord Society.

Julian read music at King’s College, Cambridge, and completed his formal studies at the Schola Cantorum, Basle and the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his ‘significant contribution’ thus far to the music profession.

Tickets holders are welcome to come before the 5.00 pm start to enjoy a walk in the garden and arboretum. Weather permitting you may also fancy bringing a teatime picnic.

After the concert a complimentary glass of wine (or soft drinks) will available.

Tickets sold by Richard Booth's Bookshop on behalf of Hay Music.
Please note: this concert takes place at Dorstone House and is at 5.00pm (not 3.00pm as is usual)
Price: £14.00