Please note, this event has been rescheduled from an earlier advertised date, with a revised programme, and is now taking place on Friday 10 March at 1:10pm.
Madeleine Mitchell and Ian Pace, both members of the City Pierrot Ensemble, performs Brahms' and Beethoven's last violin sonatas.
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- Ludwig van Beethoven, Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, op. 96 (1812)
- Johannes Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (1886-88)
- Madeleine Mitchell, violin
- Ian Pace, piano
About Madeleine Mitchell
Madeleine Mitchell has been described by The Times as ‘one of the UK’s liveliest musical forces (and) foremost violinists’. She has performed as solo violinist and chamber musician in 50 countries in a wide repertoire, frequently broadcast for radio and TV, in major festivals including the BBC Proms. She recently recorded live with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales the Grace Williams Violin Concerto for BBC Radio 3 and Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending. Her ‘Century of Music by UK Women’ 1921-2021, for International Women’s Day with her London Chamber Ensemble was widely featured in the national media and in 2022 she won a Royal Philharmonic Society Enterprise Award to make a short film which she introduces with Anglo-Russian Music at the V&A during their Fabergé exhibition.
Madeleine Mitchell has performed concertos including with the Czech and Polish Radio Symphony orchestras, Württemberg and Munich Chamber, Kyiv Radio/TV, the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras, Orchestra of the Swan, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra de Bahia Brazil and for the BBC. She was invited to tour Japan, performing Bruch's violin concerto in Tokyo.
As a recording artist with a wide discography, Madeleine has been nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Awards. Many well known composers have written works specially for her, which she has recorded including Sir James MacMillan, Michael Nyman, Errollyn Wallen and Howard Blake, featured on Classic FM. Mitchell’s Naxos album of the Chamber Music of Grace Williams with the London Chamber Ensemble entered the Classical Charts at no.2. Her recording of the Suite written for her by Robert Saxton, premiered at Three Choirs Festival, was released in September 2022 and her next album Violin Conversations is released in June 2023.
In recital, Madeleine Mitchell represented Britain in the festival UKinNY at Lincoln Center, for the Queen’s Jubilee in Rome and ‘Great British Week’ in Kuwait and the St Petersburg Festival of British music. She has given recitals at Sydney Opera House, Seoul Center for the Arts, Vienna, Moscow, Singapore as well as Wigmore Hall and London’s Southbank Centre. She’s frequently toured the USA and returned there in January 2023.
A highly creative personality, Madeleine devised the eclectic Red Violin, the first international festival celebrating the violin across the arts. She is a Professor at the Royal College of Music London, giving master classes worldwide and on the faculty of the Orfeo Music Festival in the Dolomites and Language and Music for Life, performing and teaching.
About Ian Pace
Professor Ian Pace is a pianist of long-established reputation, specialising in the farthest reaches of musical modernism and transcendental virtuosity, as well as a writer and musicologist focusing on issues of performance, music and society and the avant-garde.
Based in London since 1993, he has pursued an active international career, performing in 24 countries and at most major European venues and festivals. His vast repertoire of all periods focuses particularly upon music of the 20th and 21st Century. He has given world premieres of over 250 piano works.
He has played with orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach (with whom he premiered and recorded Dusapin's piano concerto À Quia), the SWF Orchestra in Stuttgart under Rupert Huber, and the Dortmund Philharmonic under Bernhard Kontarsky (with whom he gave a series of very well-received performances of Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand).
He has recorded nearby 40 CDs, including Michael Finnissy's five-and-a-half hour The History of Photography in Sound (of which he gave the world premiere in London in 2001) and the complete piano works of Brian Ferneyhough. Forthcoming recordings include the Piano Sonatas of Pierre Boulez, and John Cage's Music of Changes.
He has previously held positions at the University of Southampton and Dartington College of Arts, before becoming Professor of Music at the Department of Music at City, University of London. His areas of academic expertise include 19th century performance practice (especially relating to the music of Liszt and Brahms), modernist aesthetics, the Frankfurt School of thought, contemporary performance practice and issues, music and culture under fascism, the post-1945 avant-garde, in particular in West Germany, and issues of critical musicology and musicological method.
He has contributed to and co-edited a number of monographs and volumes, including Critical Perspectives on Michael Finnissy: Bright Futures, Dark Pasts, co-edited with Nigel McBride, (Routledge, 2019) and Researching and Writing on Contemporary Art and Artists: Challenges, Practices, and Complexities, co-edited with Christopher Wiley (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Forthcoming publications include monographs on music in the Weimar Republic and post-war Germany, a book on Brahms Performance Practice, and a history of specialist musical education in Britain.
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