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Ben Goldscheider (horn), Fenella Humphreys (violin), Michael Dussek (piano) – Lunchtime Chamber Music
Saturday 10th February 2018, 1:00 pm
Beethoven – Horn Sonata in F major
Schumann – Fantasy Pieces
Brahms – Horn Trio in Eb major
Three outstanding musicians join forces to present a programme that culminates with the richly expressive and much-loved trio that Brahms composed following his mother’s death. Alongside it, Ben Goldscheider plays a virtuoso tour de force for horn by Beethoven and Fenella Humphreys plays three pieces which find Schumann in storytelling mood, full of fantasy and melodic beauty.
About the Artists
Described as a musical Bear Grylls (Huffington Post), Ben Goldscheider has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting horn players of his generation. Winner of the Brass Category Final of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition, Ben went on reach the concerto finals at London’s Barbican Hall, where he performed Strauss Horn Concerto No. 2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. In the same year, Ben took up a sought after place at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, where he studies with Radek Baborák.
With playing described in the press as ‘alluring’, ‘unforgettable’ and ‘a wonder’, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work. Performances have taken her around the world to venues including the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, and the new Helsinki Music Centre. She has broadcast for the BBC, Classic FM, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, West-Deutsche-Rundfunk, ABC Classic FM (Australia) and Korean radio, and performed the Walton Concerto at the composer’s home at the invitation of the Walton Trust in a performance that was recorded by Canadian TV.
Michael Dussek has been described as “an outstanding artist” and a “hugely respected pianist”, and in January 2014 Fanfare Magazine, USA, described his playing as “nothing short of amazing”. Michael specialises in chamber music and song accompaniment. For more than thirty years he has been privileged to perform in the world’s major concert halls with an array of internationally acclaimed artists. Since 2006 he has undertaken three major recital tours of Japan with violinist Ryu Goto, with whom he has also performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2008 he formed a duo with violinist Leoš Čepický; they have performed at major British and European festivals, including the Prague Proms, also collaborating with cellist Gemma Rosefield.
Photo credits: Ian Stark (F Humphreys), Operaomnia.co.uk (M Dussek)