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Dodgson 5 Occasional Pieces
Dodgson 2 Romantic Pieces Set B (1st performance)
Dodgson Tournament for 20 Fingers for piano duet
Schubert Fantasia in F minor for piano duet, D.940
Wagner Polonaise in D, Op.2 for piano duet
Janacek Cello pieces
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The Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate pursues a varied career as a chamber musician and vocal coach, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. Based in London, she has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Salzburg, Lisbon, Naples, Ischia, Koscierzyna and Sorrento, and in many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St George's, Bristol and for the Aldeburgh Festival.
Described as 'an amazingly talented pianist' by the leading Italian magazine Musica, Emma is planning a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Italian vocal chamber music. The first of these, entitled L'Infinito, has been released on Urania Records with the mezzo-soprano Kamelia Kader and includes works by Respighi, Casella, Alfano and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. It has been praised by Classical Music as 'a carefully planned treasure-trove of fascinating repertoire, warmly recorded and sympathetically performed'.
Emma has also released her second CD with Toccata Classics: the world-première recording of works for cello and piano by the late-Romantic English composer Algernon Ashton with her duo partner, the cellist Evva Mizerska. The disc has been highly praised by critics and rated among the 'Best Finds of 2012' by Classical Lost and Found. Their previous CD - the world-première recording of complete works for cello and piano by the contemporary Polish composer Krzysztof Meyer - was placed by William Zagorski of the American Fanfare magazine in his "Top 5" of all the CDs published worldwide in 2009.
Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and acts as a staff accompanist at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. She regularly coaches singers, and is an official accompanist for the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition and the Royal Over-Seas League Competition.
Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples at the age of only 19 and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London with Yonty Solomon. She completed her studies with Geoffrey Pratley and Patsy Toh as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Accompaniment with Distinction. Her many prizes have included the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust Award, the International Ibla Grand Prize as Distinguished Musician, the Grover Bennett Prize and the AMA Calabria Award. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples.
Evva Mizerska is recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. Born in Poland, she graduated with high distinction from the cello class of Andrzej Zieliński and Piotr Hausenplas at the Frédéric Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Later she completed the PGDip and MMus courses at Trinity College of Music in London, where she studied with Richard Markson. Evva has attended masterclasses with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, Raphael Sommer, Geneviève Teulières, Raphael Wallfisch, Gerald Robbins, George Hadjinikos. Bernard Greenhouse and Yonty Solomon. The latter two, together with her teacher Richard Markson she considers the most influential for her playing and musicianship.
Evva has been awarded numerous prizes including: the first prize at the Seventh International Leo Janáček Competition in Brno together with pianist Katarzyna Glensk (2000), the Vivian Joseph Cello Prize and the Leonard Smith Duo Prize in London (2002), again with Katarzyna Glensk. She also received scholarships from the Dartington Summer Music School (UK), Kronberg Academy (Germany), the Third World Cello Congress in Baltimore (USA). In London, Evva was awarded: the Trinity College of Music full scholarship (2001-4), the Joan Greenfield scholarship (2002 and 2007), the Solti Foundation grant (2005) and the Trinity College of Music Junior Fellowship (2006-7).
Evva currently lives in London where she is a cello lecturer at Morley College. She regularly gives recitals with pianist Emma Abbate. She is highly sought after as a chamber musician and has performed in various prestigious London venues including the Purcell Room (Queen Elizabeth Hall), the Conway Hall, the Fairfield Halls, the Blackheath Halls as well as various other festivals and concert halls across the UK, such as St Georges in Bristol, Cheltenham, Plymouth, Hexham Abbey and Chester Festivals. Abroad, she has appeared in recitals in Austria (the Nola-Salzburg Festival), Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Poland. Evva has particular interest in Polish and contemporary music. She has commissioned works by contemporary Polish composers and performed them as part of her Junior Fellowship concert series at Trinity College of Music. She also premiered together with her pianist Emma Abbate works by English composers Graham Coatman and Stephen Dodgson and Canadian!
Piotr Grella Mozejko.
Evva's début CD - a world première recording of complete works for cello and piano (featuring also pianists Emma Abbate and Katarzyna Glensk) by the contemporary Polish composer Krzysztof Meyer - has been released by Toccata Classics. The recording received outstanding reviews in magazines such as The Strad, The International Record Review, Fanfare and German Fonoforum. In the Fanfare the CD was chosen as one of the five best CDs of the year 2009.
Director of Sounds Baroque, Julian Perkins has appeared in major concert venues including New York's Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House and London's Wigmore Hall. He has performed concertos with leading groups including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Sixteen.
Julian was granted the rare privilege of playing on Her Majesty the Queen's Shudi harpsichord at Kew Palace for his recording of virtuosic suites, Ingenious Jestings. Featuring works by Handel and his younger English contemporary, James Nares, it received worldwide critical acclaim, being described as deserving 'nothing but praise' (MusicWeb International), 'a very fine debut' (Early Music Review) and 'a worthy addition to any CD collection' (Eighteenth-Century Music). Julian's next solo CD isHandel's Amanuensis (Chandos, June 2015) which includes an overture by Handel and suites by John Christopher Smith.
Julian Perkins has performed concertos with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Orchestra of the Sixteen and the New London Soloists in repertoire ranging from Arne and the Bach family to de Falla and Poulenc. He has played at the BBC Proms, the Royal Opera House, Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh International Festival, New York's Lincoln Center and Sydney Opera House, and is much in demand as a solo recitalist.
An advocate for the clavichord, Julian has given world-premières of works by Stephen Dodgson, which he subsequently recorded. He is the first musician to give clavichord recitals at international festivals in St Albans, Buxton, Cambridge and Canterbury.
In chamber music, Julian plays with many of the UK's leading period instrument ensembles and is a tutor for the Southbank Sinfonia. He has taught at the Royal Academy of Music and National Opera Studio and has been a guest teacher at the conservatories in Amsterdam and The Hague. Based in London, he currently teaches harpsichord and vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. One of only a handful of harpsichordists to have studied with Trevor Pinnock, Julian studied in Basel, Cambridge and London.