19th October 2019 7pm St. John’s Hall, Penzance
Esmé String Quartet
Frank Bridge Novelletten H.44
Mozart String Quartet in G K387 'Spring'
Webern Langsamer Satz
Schumann String Quartet in A minor Op. 41 No. 1
In just three years the Esmé Quartet have gained a massive reputation and are already much in demand across Europe, Canada and Korea. Winners of the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and four of the five special prizes at this illustrious event, this concert forms part of a prize-winner’s tour of Britain.
Praised for their warm sound and powerful stage presence, the German based Korean quartet have recently been resident quartet at the Aix-en-Provence festival, McGill Academy in Montreal and Classic Esterhazy in Eisenstadt, Austria. Other concerts this year include a tour of Italy, Lucerne Festival and Lübeck Brahms Festival, and London’s Wigmore Hall.
9th November 2019 7pm St. John’s Hall, Penzance
Anush Hovhannisyan & Sam Jewison soprano & piano
Gershwin and Friends
Highly acclaimed classical musicians Anush Hovhanissyan and Sam Jewison celebrate the great composer George Gershwin, whose music is as rooted as much in the classical tradition as it is in jazz - a programme exploring life and love with touching humour.
Praised as a "fully rounded musician" (Next BRIT Thing), Sam is a vocalist, pianist and conductor. Anush is a multi-award winning soprano nominated for the 2018 International Opera Awards and was a finalist at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017. Her debut as 'Violetta La traviata' with Scottish Opera in 2017 was described as "star is born moment" by The Sunday Times. Together they bring Broadway to Penzance.
7th December 2019 7pm St. Mary’s Church, Penzance
Maxim Rysanov & Ashley Wass viola & piano
Grammy nominated Ukrainian born violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the worldʼs most vibrant and charismatic musicians. As a solo violist, he works at the very top of the international music scene, with appearances at the Last Night of the BBC Proms and the festivals of Edinburgh, Salzburg and Verbier to name just a few.
"Rysanov's golden song carries us through to another perfect peace." BBC Music Magazine
“Maxim Rysanov is the kind of musician who can do the musical equivalent of reading from the phone book and making it exciting.” American Record Guide
Ashley Wass is one of Britain’s most creative pianists – a soloist of the highest calibre with appearances with leading orchestras and festivals across Europe and beyond and a distinguished chamber musician, his career includes teaching, promoting music to young audiences, project consultancy, festival directing – any way possible to share and deepen musical understanding.
"A thoroughbred who possesses the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays into pure gold" Gramophone
"A probing and intelligent musician…and one who relishes in making these pieces sound ever fresh, ever new, ever exciting. It is not often we get a musician of this caliber." International Piano
4th January 2020 7pm St. Mary’s Church, Penzance
John Law Quartet
With John Law on piano, Sam Crockatt on Saxophones, James Agg on bass and Paolo Adamo, on drums and percussion.
With appearances at over fifty festivals and with thirty albums and rising, John Law is one of the most interesting, diverse and prolific jazz pianists in Britain.
A prize-winning classical pianist in his youth, John turned away from classical piano studies to pursue jazz and improvised music but has been involved in, and acclaimed for, a wide variety of contemporary jazz and classical projects - from solo piano concerts and albums through trio and quartet tours and recordings, to large scale works for his semi-classical ensemble Cornucopia.
John Law presents his latest project playing well-known tunes from the world of jazz, classical and pop. Alongside classic jazz standards the quartet plays intriguing new arrangements of songs by The Beatles, Sting, Radiohead, Adele, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, weaving in classical works by Rossini, Satie and others.
“One of the UK’s most imaginative and versatile jazz pianists” International Piano
8th February 2020 2.30pm St. John’s Hall, Penzance
The Heath Quartet
Beethoven Quartet in D major op.18 no.3
Brahms Quartet in A minor op.51 no.2
Beethoven Quartet in C major op. 59 no.3
The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet first visited Concerts Penzance as young ‘rising stars’ but a decade later the quartet have earned a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles today with regular performances at leading venues across Europe and North America. Recent performances have included many at the Wigmore Hall, a complete Beethoven Cycle at Kilkenny Festival, a John Tavener premiere at the BBC Proms, concerts at the Beethovenfest Bonn, Mecklenburgh-Vorpommern Festival, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musée d’Orsay and Louvre Auditorium in Paris, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York as well as concerts in Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto.
Their recording of Tippett’s string quartets won the 2016 Gramophone Chamber Disk of the Year. Later recordings of Tchaikovsky Quartets and the complete Quartets by Bartók have received outstanding reviews.
“The music’s potency and bravura were conveyed with thrilling conviction” The Guardian
14th March 2020 4pm St. Mary’s Church, Penzance
Charles Owen & Dominic Degavino piano
The Romantic Piano – Brahms and the Schumanns
Music for solo piano and piano duet
Described by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest British pianists of his generation”, Charles Owen has enjoyed an extensive international career performing a wide ranging repertoire to outstanding critical acclaim. His most recent CD of Brahms Late Piano Music was chosen as ‘CD of the Month’ in International Piano magazine and ‘Instrumental Choice’ in BBC Music Magazine – this programme is inspired by that recording.
Dominic Degavino is a new generation pianist of whom we are likely to hear a great deal in future years: He has a talent for winning competitions, in Britain, France and Italy so far. He is currently combining studying with Charles Owen and Noriko Ogawa at Guildhall School of Music & Drama with professional performing including at most of Britain’s major concert halls.