Widely praised for her expressive and strikingly individual performances, Tamsin Waley-Cohen has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many of the world’s great concert halls. An adventurous and prolific recording artist, her recent recording of Beethoven Violin Sonatas on the Signum Classics label has received widespread critical acclaim.
Described by the Boston Music Intelligencer as a “heroic piano soloist” with “stunning virtuosity”, American pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu has established an international reputation as a captivating musician with distinctive intelligence and sensitivity. Passionate about the creation of new work, he is also a composer and an avid performer of contemporary music.
This phenomenal duo will present a programme that includes the F-A-E Sonata, uniquely co-authored by three great 19th century composers, Stravinsky’s exquisite Duo Concertant, Beethoven’s much loved ‘Kreutzer’ sonata and Release, a Music Network commission written by New York-based Irish composer Finola Merivale.
“Waley-Cohen’s achievement of pure legato is wondrous and her sound is tinged with golden frailty” Gramophone
“A spiritually intense expressivo reminiscent of Yehudi Munuhin in his prime” The Strad
“Her sense of line and capacity to make things happen are both beautiful and strikingly individual” BBC Music Magazine
“George Xiaoyuan Fu impressively navigated the fierce demands of Messiaen’s ecstatically-charged piano writing” Boston Globe
“The piano soloist was constantly in motion, fingers flying and playing with amazing skill.” Times-Union
Presented & Supported by
F-A-E SonataIgor Stravinsky
Duo Concertant (for Violin & Piano)Finola Merivale
Release (Music Network Commission)Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’