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Sara Trickey Violin Daniel Tong Piano

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Programme includes:
 
Schubert Sonatina for Violin & Piano in G minor, D408
Beethoven Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 10 in G, Op 96
Mathias Sonata for Violin & Piano No.1, Op 15 – 1 movement
Ravel Tzigane – Rhapsody for Violin & Piano (1926)


Friday 19 September 2014 at 7.30 pm

The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA (map)

Sara Trickey Daniel Tong

Sara Trickey brings her “beautifully refined tone” (Musical Opinion) and her “fiery and passionate” performance style (The Strad) to her award-winning career as both solo violinist and chamber musician. She studied at the Royal College of Music, at Cambridge University (where she achieved a double starred First) and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a Scholarship Student of Camilla Wicks. She has also been a regular participant at the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove.

Sara performs regularly with the pianist Daniel Tong and their duo has been awarded Selected/Recommended Artist status for 2014 under the Making Music/NFMS scheme. She has also played in recent years with Stephen Kovacevich, Tom Poster, Roger Vignoles and Iwan Llewellyn-Jones. As winner of the Grace Williams Memorial prize she has given recitals at St David’s Hall in Cardiff, and she has also performed on many occasions at the Purcell Room, the Royal Opera House, King’s Place and at numerous festivals and music societies. She performed at the Legion of Honour in San Francisco as a winner of the Heifetz Guarnerius Award from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her performances in the UK also include broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Welsh television. In her duo with Andrew Watkinson, leader of the Endellion Quartet, she continues to explore the repertoire for two violins, appearing for example at Kettles Yard, Cambridge and at the Lichfield Festival.

As an experienced concerto player Sara Trickey has performed most of the major repertoire for violin and orchestra. She has performed concertos with the City of London Sinfonia, the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square under John Lubbock, the New London Soloists Ensemble, the South Bank Sinfonia, the Haydn Chamber Orchestra, the Welsh Sinfonia and many others. She was also the soloist in the Mendelssohn concerto with the Cardiff Philharmonic on tour in France and was the featured violinist at the Presteigne Festival in 2007. She returned to Presteigne in 2011 and again in 2013 when she performed a new concerto for violin, viola and orchestra written for her by David Matthews.

She has recently recorded Schubert’s Sonatinas with the pianist Daniel Tong and the Rondo in A minor with the Callino String Quartet for the Champs Hill label, as well as all the violin sonatas by William Mathias for Naxos with pianist Iwan Llewelyn-Jones – the first time these pieces have been recorded. She has a strong interest in contemporary music, and the violin and piano piece Adonis was written for her by David Matthews.

As a chamber musician Sara Trickey was leader of the Bronte string quartet between 2001 and 2006. The quartet were prize-winners at the 2005 international competition in Cremona and won first prize at the Royal Overseas League competition in 2003. They performed at many of the UK’s major venues and festivals. She has led many other ensembles, including the Orchestra of St Johns and Independent Opera. She also teaches the violin at Junior Guildhall. Sara Trickey lives in London with her husband and two children, Leo and Anna.

Daniel Tong was born in Cornwall and studied in London, where he now lives.

His musical life is spent performing as soloist and chamber musician, as well as directing two chamber music festivals, teaching and occasionally writing. Outside the UK he has performed in Sweden, France, Belgium and Portugal. He has recently released his first solo CD of works by Schubert for the Quartz label. He also recorded short solo works by Frank Bridge for Dutton as part of a London Bridge Ensemble disc and broadcast Janacek's piano sonata live on BBC Radio 3.

He has appeared at many of the foremost British venues and festivals - Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, St Georges Bristol, Birmingham Town Hall, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh as well as the Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals. He is frequently heard on BBC Radio and his performances have been broadcast throughout Europe and beyond. His project, 'unravelled' in collaboration with musicologist Richard Wigmore, has seen a series of lecture-recital weekends on Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert amd Schumann piano works. It continues throughout 2013 and 2014 in Oxford and Winchester. In autumn 2012 he was invited to curate an Elgar festival at Kings Place in London and he will curate a Dvorak programme there in 2014. This year he has presented lecture-recitals on Beethoven piano sonatas at St Georges.

His London Bridge Ensemble has established itself as an exciting presence on the UK music scene, combining different combinations of strings, piano and voice to form challenging and inspiring programmes. They were resident for several years at the Ponte de Lima Festival in Portugal and have recorded two CDs of works by Frank Bridge for Dutton (the most recent of which was shortlisted for the Gramophone Chamber Music Award) as well as Schumann and Faure for Sonimage. These releases have each been praised and recommended in the press. The ensemble recently gave performances at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London and broadcast a live concert from Champs Hill in Sussex on BBC Radio 3. In 2009 they established their own festival in Winchester.

Daniel has collaborated with the Elias, Navarra, Callino, Barbirolli and Allegri quartets. He has a regular duo with baritone Ivan Ludlow. Each year Daniel plays with an array of wonderful individual artists, often at his own chamber festivals; in Winchester and also in the Wye Valley. Founded in 1999, the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival attracts many of the most exciting chamber musicians of the younger generation to spend ten days making music in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Festival has become a well-established and treasured event in the region’s cultural life, also gaining national attention for its creative spirit and artistic vibrancy.

For 2015 and beyond, Daniel is teaming up with violinist, Krysia Osostowicz for Beethoven Plus! They will present the ten sonatas by Beethoven for violin and piano alongside ten new pieces, each written by a different composer as their reaction to one of the Beethoven works. The project is expanding quickly, but the series is already set to take place at St Georges Bristol and Kings Place in London.

Daniel teaches at the Centre for Young Musicians in Westminster, St Paul's Girls' School and privately. He has given classes for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Junior Guildhall, the Gothenburg Conservatoire and Oxford University. He studied piano with Hilary Coates at school and with Irina Zaritskaya and Paul Roberts at music college. He then went on to work with Grorgy Sebok, Andras Keller and Ferenc Rados at IMS Prussia Cove.