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Devine Music Piano Trio: "Gypsy Rondo"

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This is an online event for you to enjoy at your leisure and will be available to view from Thursday 11 March at 6pm.

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Programme

Haydn Piano Trio  No.39 “Gypsy Rondo”

“Gypsy Rondo” Programme note:

Haydn Piano Trio  No.39 “Gypsy Rondo

i. Andante; ii. Poco adagio, cantabile; iii. Rondo all'Ongarese: Presto

Joseph Haydn wrote this work in 1795 during the final few weeks of his second trip to London. It is perhaps his best-known piano trio, nicknamed the "Gypsy" or "Gypsy Rondo" because of its Rondo finale in Hungarian style.  Haydn spent most of his life as court composer to the Esterhazy family in rural Austria close to the border with Hungary.  Contact with a wide variety of folk music was an inspiration for many compositions and the finale of the Trio includes some “Recruiting Dances”.  These were used by the army, performed by gipsy musicians, in recruiting campaigns.  Pablo Casals, the great cellist, was so taken with the melody of the central section that he would steal it from the violin during the repeat.

 

DOMINIKA FEHÉR (violin)

Hungarian violinist Dominika Fehér was born into a musical family and has always had a passion for chamber music. During her studies at the Franz Liszt Music Academy Budapest she had regular coaching with members of the Bartók and Kodály Quartets as well as János Rolla, the leader of the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra. Upon completing her Masters degree with highest honours, Dominika was awarded the Weingarten Scholarship to study with Oistrakh pupil Rimma Sushanskaya at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she later became a Junior Fellow as a member of the Bantock Quartet. Their performances included Steve Reich’s ‘Different Trains’ and ‘Triple Quartet’. While at the Conservatoire, she developed a passion for early music under the guidance of Margaret Faultless, Lucy Russell and Oliver Webber, and has become a sought-after performer specialising in historically informed performance practice of 17th – 19th century music.

Dominika has toured the world with leading early music ensembles, such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Baroque Soloists, Academy of Ancient Music, Early Opera Company and The Kings Consort, and recorded for Signum Classics, Resonus Classics and Convivium. She has appeared at the BBC Proms and also performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Royal Festival Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, La Scala in Milan, Konzerthaus in Vienna and National Centre For the Performing Arts in Beijing.

Dominika has broadcast live as soloist in Dittersdorf’s Double Violin Concerto on BBC Radio 3 and given solo performances of works by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Piazzolla, Schnittke and Malcolm Arnold. In 2019 she was a finalist in the Premio Bonporti International Baroque Violin Competition. She plays a Rogeri violin kindly loaned to her by Simon Smewing through the Beare’s International Violin Society.

 

ANDREW SKIDMORE (cello)

Andrew Skidmore enjoys a varied career performing on both period and modern instruments. He has been cellist of the Salomon Quartet since 2010, before which he spent three years as cellist of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet.

He is a member and regular guest principal of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, principal cellist of Collegium Musicum 90 and Ex Cathedra, and plays as a guest principal, continuo cellist and in chamber music with groups such as Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo, Gabrieli Consort & Players, the Early Opera Company, the Academy of Ancient Music, Ensemble Marsyas, the Taverner Consort and Players, Classical Opera Company, Irish Baroque Orchestra and The Sixteen.

On the modern cello he has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Cappella Andrea Barca and has been invited as a guest principal with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Haydn-Philharmonie, Eisenstadt.

Andrew studied at New College, Oxford, and the Royal Academy of Music, London, and has taught and given classes at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music.

 

STEVEN DEVINE (fortepiano)

Steven Devine enjoys a busy career as a music director and keyboard player working with some of the finest musicians.

He is the Principal Keyboard Player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and also the principal keyboard player for The Gonzaga Band, Classical Opera (The Mozartists) and performs regularly with many other groups around Europe. He has recorded over thirty discs with other artists and ensembles and made six solo recordings. His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations (Chandos Records) has been received critical acclaim – including Gramophone magazine describing it as “among the best”. The complete harpsichord works of Rameau (Resonus) has received five-star reviews from BBC Music Magazine and Steven’s latest recording of Bach’s Italian Concerto has been voted Classic FM’s Connoisseur’s choice. Steven has recently released Book 1 of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (“it’s the one of all I’ve heard in the past ten years that I am happiest to live with.” Early Music Review) with Book 2 being released at the start of 2020.

He made his London conducting debut in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall and is now a regular performer there – including making his Proms directing debut in August 2007 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has conducted the Mozart Festival Orchestra in every major concert hall in the UK and also across Switzerland. Steven is Music Director for New Chamber Opera in Oxford and with them has performed repertoire from Cavalli to Rossini. For the Dartington Festival Opera he has conducted Handel’s Orlando and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He is currently conductor and Artistic Advisor for the English Haydn Festival in Bridgnorth.

Steven works regularly with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Trondheim Barokk, the Victoria Baroque Players (BC, Canada) and Arion Baroque Ensemble (Montreal).

He teaches harpsichord and fortepiano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London and is Early Keyboard Consultant to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Welsh Colleges.

Finally, Steven is thrilled to be a member of the ground-breaking Art of Moog: an electronic music group specialising in the performance of Bach.


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