Admission Price: Free to attend; please book a place.
Musical Odyssey Masterclasses and City, University of London present a concert by pianist Henry Cash (UK) and soprano Laura Balla (Romania), prizewinners of the Musical Odyssey Summer School 2017.
Held annually in Nafplio, Greece, Musical Odyssey delivers world-class tuition to outstanding young musicians from around the world, making their first steps in their international musical career.
Full programme to be announced shortly.
Romanian-born soprano Laura Balla has previously has previously won the “Victor Giuleanu” National Competition (Bucharest), “Miniatura Romantică” in Galați, and “Ionel Perlea” contest in Slobozia. She is currently studying on the Master of Arts programme under Claudia Codreanu at the Voice Department of the National University of Music-Bucharest.
She has worked with distinguished professors and artists such as mezzo-soprano Claudia Codreanu, soprano Gladiola Nițulescu-Lamatic, participating in Musical Odyssey masterclasses in Greece with Sumi-Jo, Nuccia Focile, Manolis Papasifakis.
She has given recitals in Romania ( Bucharest, Focșani, Bușteni, Iași), Greece (Nafplio) and performed under conductor Vincent Grüger with the “Unirea” Orchestra. She made her operetta debut in in Gherase Dendrino's Lysystrata, and has performed roles including Geanetta In Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (National University of Music Bucharest), Lauretta and Liu ( Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Turandot), Lia (Debussy’s L’enfant prodigue), and Suzanna (Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro). She has a wide Lieder repertoire with particular attention for the French and German works.
Henry Cash is about to take up a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has previously won the 2016 RNCM Chopin prize and was the 2016 Pendle Young Musician of the Year and recipient of the Pendle Young Musicians Bursary. In August 2016 he was appointed a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM).
Henry has given numerous concerts in the UK and abroad, including Rachmaninov’s first piano poncerto, accompanied by the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra and Saint-Saens’s Carnival of the Animals with the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also played in concerts at the Barber Institute (Birmingham), Jersey Academy of Music, Lanercost Priory in Cumbria, St James’s, Piccadilly and The Bridgewater Hall. He is a laureate of the 2016 Mazovia Chopin Festival, Warsaw and performed Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in Chopin’s House. Over the past 12 months he has played in masterclasses given by world-class pianists including Stephen Hough and Peter Donohoe.