MATILDA LLOYD trumpet
Thursday 22 November 2018
Tickets: £15 each
(including a pre-concert drink, and light refreshments after the recital)
MATILDA LLOYD trumpet
(Current Hattori Foundation senior award winner)
with LEO NICHOLSON piano
Matilda won the inaugural Eric Aubier International Trumpet Competition in October 2017 in Rouen France, beating 53 other contestants to claim the First Prize in the Master Category. Matilda will return to Rouen in the next season to make her international solo debut with the Opera Orchestra of Rouen. Matilda made her solo debut at the BBC Proms in July 2016. She performed the third movement of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Alpesh Chauhan at the two BBC Ten Pieces II Proms. In conjunction with these events, Matilda performed live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune Proms Special on the opening night of the Proms, and on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Matilda has also performed as a soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. She will make another radio appearance with the BBC Concert Orchestra in September 2017 to celebrate BBC Radio 2's 50th Anniversary.
Matilda is a Making Music UK's Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist 2017-19, performing both concertos and solo recitals across the UK. She is also the current recipient of the Sidney Perry Brass Award, granted by the Philharmonia's Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, and joined the Philharmonia Orchestra on tour in Klosters in December 2016. Matilda is also a Park Lane Group Young Artist, opening the 2017 Spring Series with a recital of contemporary music for trumpet and piano at St. John's Smith Square, London. She will make her Wigmore Hall recital debut with the Park Lane Group in July 2018. Matilda is also a Concordia Foundation Artist, performing many recitals across London in venues such as St. James' Piccadilly. Matilda was recently awarded The Royal Warrant Holders Association Alan Britten Bursary to participate in a week of lessons and masterclasses with legendary trumpet soloist Hakan Hardenberger in Snape Maltings.
Matilda has won many competitions. In 2014, she won both the BBC Young Musician of the Year Brass Final and the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award. Her success led to concertos with the BBC Concert Orchestra for BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night and with the Cory Brass Band at the European Brass Band Championships Gala Concert in Perth, Scotland in 2014. She also performed live on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans' Breakfast Show. Matilda was also the first ever trumpeter to win the Junior Guildhall's annual Lutine Prize in 2013, and has won many regional Young Musician of the Year competitions in Croydon, Woking, Guildford and Marlowe (Canterbury).
Leo Nicholson studied at the Purcell School, the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and with Douglas Finch and the late Yonty Solomon at Trinity Laban.
He was a consistent prize-winner at Trinity, winning both the John Longmire Beethoven Competition and the Alfred Kitchen Chopin Competition, and graduated with First Class Honours, the TCM Silver Medal (Keyboard) and a Silver Medal awarded by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He continues to work as a soloist and performs with six-piano group Piano Circus and the Birmingham based contemporary group Thumb.
Leo is also a much sought-after accompanist, and has returned to Trinity as a faculty member, primarily accompanying singers and wind players. Five years ago he formed a flute and piano duo with Rosanna Ter-Berg, and their critically acclaimed Purcell Room début (under the auspices of the Park Lane Group) in January 2012 led to performances at the Wigmore Hall and the Bridgewater Hall. More recently Leo started working with saxophonist Anthony Brown, who he met through the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and they have since played together all over the country.
Leo has a fondness for Musical Theatre, and has worked on everything from small fringe shows (Belle Canto’s Opera Hour, and the Crowd (wept) and Hamlet! The Musical) to large commercial productions (Jekyll & Hyde UK Tour).
He lives in south London with his partner, cellist Samara Ginsberg, and Teddy the cat.
The Hattori Foundation was established as an Educational Trust by the Hattori Family and granted charity status in 1992.
The aim of the Foundation in the field of music is to encourage and assist exceptionally talented young instrumental soloists or chamber ensembles who are British Nationals or resident in the UK and whose talent and achievements give promise of an international career.