James Lisney... petits concerts III
Monday 21 January 2019
Tickets by donation: £25, student discount £12.50, early bird discount (pre 1 Dec) £12.50
The third 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.
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Emma Lisney violin
Joy Lisney cello
James Lisney piano
Alex Stobbs piano*
J.S. Bach Chaconne BWV1004 (arranged for cello by Joy Lisney)
M. Ravel Duo for violin and cello, M.73
A. Stobbs Winter vignettes for cello and piano* (world premiere)
B. Smetana Piano Trio in G, Op.15
“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
Emma Lisney has recently graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford with First Class Honours and will be taking an M.Phil at Cambridge next year. She has studied with Pauline Scott and Paul Barritt and has taken masterclasses with Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin and Pinchas Zukerman.
In 2016, she won the Oxford Concerto Competition and performed Prokofiev’s Second Concerto with the Oxford Philharmonic. Last season she toured the Tchaikovsky Concerto, including a performances at major stately homes with the New English Concert Orchestra. She has given recital performances for Operation Smile, appeared with Richard Baker for the P&O ‘Music Festivals at Sea' - and collaborated with Dame Emma Kirkby. She is currently the Guest Leader of the Cambridge Union Orchestra.
The present season will see performances of the Brahms Double Concerto with her sister, including an appearance with the Royal Orchestral Society at St John’s, Smith Square - and she will be taking up a Fellowship position with the Southbank Sinfonia.
Emma’s violin is a Paul Bailly (circa 1890), kindly lent by Beare Violins Ltd. Bow by Tim Baker.
Joy Lisney sustains an international career as cellist, composer and conductor.
As cellist, she regularly gives duo recitals with her father in such major halls as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh and the Leipzig Gewandhaus - and she is recognised as one of the most virtuosic and insightful performers of music from the present century. As chamber musician, she has performed with the Wihan and Allegri String Quartets and her concerto performances in recent months have included works by Elgar, Prokofiev, Haydn and Turnage.
She has won the Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Arthur Bliss Prizes for composition and she has had works performed by the Arditti Quartet, received commissions from UK festivals and the Park Lane group - and had works performed throughout Europe.
She is the conductor of the Seraphin Chamber Orchestra and highlights for 2019 include a performance of Mahler Ninth Symphony - and the Busoni’s Piano Concerto at St John’s, Smith Square.
Her next performance at the Southbank Centre will be on 15 June when she will give two recitals: one featuring her compositions alongside music by George Benjamin and Thomas Adès; and a second recital that includes Bach, Brahms and Chopin.
Joy plays on a Seraphin violoncello (circa 1750), bow by Tourte, kindly lent by Beare Violins Ltd.
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.
"On 3rd March 2019 I will be conducting the best student players from Cambridge University in a performance of Mahler’s 9th Symphony at West Road Concert Hall. They will be joined by select graduate students from London Conservatoires, exceptionally talented young musicians from the Cambridge area (NYO principals and BBC Young Musician finalists) and guest players from professional orchestras. The concert will raise money for the Voices Foundation.