Thursday 31st January at 1.00 p.m.
HARU SEKIYA - Violin
ILYA CHETVERIKOV - Piano
J.S. Bach :
Sonata No.3 in E major BWV1016
Cesar Franck :
Violin Sonata in A major
William Kroll :
Banjo and Fiddle
Admission £4.00 on the door
Friends of Gateway Arts £3.00
Children and Carers with disabled free
Born in 1981 in Tokyo Haru started the violin at the age of six under the direction of Ms Junko Isono and attended Toho music school for children. In 1995 she moved to England to study at the Purcell music school and subsequently studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with a first class honours degree, B.Mus. She has played extensively around the UK, both as a soloist and a chamber musician, with appearances at the Handel Festival, Japan Festival, Hegel Festival and the Leicester Early Music Festivals. Haru also participated in various orchestral concerts under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Vladimir Ashkenasy and Lutz Koller. Due to her own experience of playing induced back problems she has studied osteopathy in order to understand the postural issues affecting musicians, qualifying as an osteopath in 2008. She now works as an osteopath at the Natural Health Centre in Radbrook, Shrewsbury, and also as a private violin teacher and freelance violinist. Haru has recently begun studying with Brian Staites, a violin teacher renowned fro helping professional instrumentalists out of pain. His systematic guidance in minimizing the tension whilst playing has helped her enormously, and she hopes to be able to follow in his footsteps by combining her knowledge of body mechanics with the art of violin playing.
Ilya Chetverikov studied at the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow, Russia with reknowned master of the past generation, Prof. O. Boshnyakovich and professor of Moscow conservatoire, M.Olenev. During his studies, he has successfully taken part in several international competitions and master classes in Russsia and abroad, and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras performing concertos. After completing his post-graduate course as a pianist in 2005, he went on gaining qualification as a choirmaster of the Russian Orthodox Church and has has served as a choral conductor in St-Alexius church in Moscow. In 2011, he moved to the U.K. with his family where continues to pursue a musical career.
J.S. Bach: Sonata No.3 in E major for violin and keyboard BWV1016
Bach held several musical posts throughout Germany during his musical career. Around 1717 when he has written this sonata, Bach has just undergone a slightly turbulent time where he was abruptly discharged from his post in Weimar and was newly appointed as Kapellmeister (music director) by Prince Leopold, Prince of Anhalt-Kothen. Although a musical enthusiast and a fine musician himself, the Prince was a Calvinist and did not require elaborate music for the worship. For this reason during the Kothen period many of Bach’s compositional output has been secular and some of his most popular secular and chamber music works belong to this period, including the Brandenburg concertos, Solo suites for the unaccompanied cello and Solo Sonatas and Partitas for violin. This sonata belongs to a set of 6 sonatas for the violin and harpsichord and follows a typical compositional style of the period for the sonata in four movements, where slow and lyrical 1st and 3rd movements are each followed by fast movements.
Cesar Franck: Violin sonata 1886
Written in 1886 when Frank was 63, the sonata was dedicated to the celebrated Belgium violinist, Eugene Ysaye, as his wedding gift. Ysaÿe kept the Violin Sonata in his repertoire for the next 40 years of his life contributing to the public recognition of Franck as a major composer. Today, it is regarded as a one of the key repertoire of any aspiring violinist. The form of the sonata follows ‘cyclical form’ where all movements share a common thematic thread. The technique is influenced by Franz Liszt’s compositional style where themes from one movement appear in subsequent movements often transformed. The opening first movement with its gentle balcarolle like rocking rhythms provides the thematic core for the entire sonata. Out of this arises 2nd movement where the themes takes on a feverish and furious character. The third movement, Recitative-Fantasia, perhaps demonstrates this most clearly, where the themes from the other movements are weaved together in an improvisatory manner. The final movement displays beautiful interweaving of the piano and the violin parts in canonic imitation.
William Kroll:-Banjo and the Fiddle
William Kroll was an American violinist who was born around the end of 20th century. His compositions are mainly written for violin and the piano. As the title suggests, in this piece the pizzicato part are played typically as if to mimic a Banjo. In 2011, he moved to the U.K. with his family where continues to pursue a musical career.