James Lisney... petits concerts II
Monday 10 December 2018
Tickets by donation: £25
The second of six 'petits concerts', curated by James Lisney, raising funds for musical/education charities. The title is taken from the annual series of recitals given by Charles-Valentin Alkan at the Erard showroom in Paris during the 1870s.
From 2pm on concert days, James Lisney offers a piano clinic with all proceeds benefiting the relevant charity. Application through email@example.com
Next petit concert is 21 January 2019:
Bach-Busoni Chaconne (arranged for cello); Ravel Duo for violin and cello; Smetana Trio Op.15
Emma Lisney violin. Joy Lisney cello; James Lisney piano
James Lisney piano
Chopin Nocturne Op.55/2
Chopin Impromptu Op.51
Chopin Fantasy Op.49
Chopin Sonata Op.35 (marche funébre)
Schubert Sonata in B flat, D.960
“I have nothing but praise for James Lisney's piano playing; he combines velvet touch and wide range of colour with complete understanding of phrasing and dynamic shading. This is someone who can really give the mechanical box of wires and wood a singing soul.” The Telegraph
James Lisney enjoys a rich musical life, moving seamlessly from concerto and recital soloist to chamber musician, song accompanist and pianist director. Initiatives, such as his Schubertreise series at London's SouthBank Centre, and his extensive Beethoven Project for the recording company Woodhouse Editions, provide a platform for his wide-ranging musical sympathies.
James Lisney made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1986 and early representation by the Young Concert Artists Trust in London led to a career that has taken him to many prestigious venues and gained invitations to appear with major orchestras. Highlights include residencies at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Carnegie Recital Hall in New York.
James Lisney's repertoire ranges from baroque masterpieces to music of the present day. In the past decade, the music of Schubert and Beethoven have been a central pre-occupation (in performance and in recordings) and he regularly presents cycles of the piano sonatas and relevant chamber music. His recordings (on Naxos, Bis, Somm, Olympia and Carlton) have gained the highest recommendations. Recent months have seen him performing Schubert cycles in the Oxford International Piano Series, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the first Schubert piano sonata cycles on the Indian subcontinent and his recital debut at the Prague Rudolfinum.
James Lisney curator/pianist website
The Amber Trust was founded in 1995 to help blind and partially sighted children across the UK who have a talent or love for music. Our vision is for blind and partially sighted children, including those with additional disabilities, to have the best possible chance to meet their musical needs and aspirations and fulfil their potential.
For all the children Amber supports, music has a significant impact. It not only gives them great joy, it encourages them to learn, boosts their confidence and helps them to share their thoughts and feelings with others, opening up a world of independence, fulfilment and hope for the future. As many blind children in the UK live in relative poverty, they suffer a double disadvantage. Their families cannot afford to give them the musical experiences that can make such a difference to their lives.