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Concert: Emily Hester and James Kreiling

Emily Hester (Viola) and James Kreiling (Piano)

Saturday 9th February 2013 19:30

Programme Details

Title Composer
Reflection for viola and piano (1930) Benjamin Britten
Sonata op. 5 no. 2 in g minor
Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo
Allegro Molto piu tosto presto
Rondo, Allegro
Ludwig von Beethoven
INTERVAL Refreshments Included
Stemming verses, echoes of Yarrow for solo viola (2012) Peter Longworth
Adagio and Allegro op. 70 Robert Schumann
Suite Hebraique (1950)
I. Rapsodie
II. Processional
III. Affirmation
Ernst Bloch

Emily Hester

Picture of Emily HestorEmily Hester has performed extensively as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in venues including London's Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Cheltenham Festival and the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden. She recently received a full scholarship to participate and perform at the Astona International Summer Music Academy in Switzerland and premiered Peter Longworth's Stemming Verses; echoes of Yarrow for solo viola at the City of London Festival. Having recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with distinction, Emily has studied with Krzysztof Chorzelski, Mark Knight and Philip Dukes and classical improvisation with David Dolan. She has been fortunate enough to receive coaching from members of the American, Endellion and Guarneri Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio and many other eminent musicians.

Emily has worked as a session musician for EMI at Abbey Road Studios and with ensembles including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra Anglia, Thames Festival Orchestra, Orion Symphony Orchestra, Euphonia Chamber Orchestra, Waldegrave Ensemble, Women of the World Symphony, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, where she was principal viola for the 2004 - 2005 season, appearing frequently at the BBC Proms and with the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra on BBC Radio 3. She has improvised to Handel's Passacaglia HWV 432, Lutoslawski's Subito and Consuelo Velázquez's Bésame Mucho live in concert as well as improvising with actors. Emily is grateful for her support from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Emanuel Hurwitz Chamber Music Charitable Trust, EMI Music Sound Foundation, Guildhall School Trust, Kathleen Trust, Reid Trust, Yorkshire Ladies' Council, John Nowes Exhibition Foundation and the Sir Samuel Mico Trust.

Emily's viola was made by Helen Michetschlager in 2009.

James Kreiling

Picture of James KreilingJames Kreiling started playing the piano when he was five, learning first with his Grandmother and then with local piano teacher Raymond Chandler. He started lessons with Professor John York at the age of 14 and studied with him until 2007. He is currently a chamber music fellow at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with fellow pianist Janneke Brits studying with Charles Owen and Martin Roscoe, recently gaining his Masters with distinction.

James has performed in masterclasses given by various musicians including Imogen Cooper, Christian Blackshaw, Peter Donohoe, Paul Roberts, Gary Hoffman, Bernhard Roberts, Philip Fowlke and Bengt Forsberg. He has performed solo and ensemble concerts in venues including the Royal Festival and Barbican halls, St Martin in the Fields, Wigmore Hall and Kettle's Yard as well as in Switzerland, Sweden, Greece and at the Edinburgh festival.

In the summer of 2007 he performed solo in the BBC Proms’ composer portrait of David Matthews at the Royal Albert Hall and on Radio 3 and in July 2008 he performed at the Spitalfields Festival as part of the Guildhall New Music Ensemble. In 2008 James was selected as one of the Park Lane Group's young artists and this resulted in a solo recital in 2009 at the Purcell Room to great critical acclaim, as well as recitals in St Martin in the Fields and in the Little Missenden Festival.

Recent concerts include a solo appearance at the Barbican Hall playing James Macmillans' piano sonata, a lunchtime recital in St David's Hall Cardiff with cellist Liubov Ulybysheva as part of Duo Margess, as well as a concert tour to France performing Stravinsky's Les Noces and the world premiere of Michael Finnissy's First Piano Quartet with the Da Capo string trio. In October 2010 James was awarded second prize in the 8th British Contemporary Piano competition and future engagements include a return to the Barbican in January performing solo piano works by Jonathan Harvey, as well as the Stravinsky Concerto at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on October 19th.

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