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Jack Liebeck violin & Martin Cousin piano

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The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA (map)
 
Jack Liebeck Martin Cousin


Born in London in 1980, Jack Liebeck is established as one of the most compelling young violinists on the concert platform.  He has appeared with all the major British orchestras and with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony, Sinfonica de Navarra, Belgian National, Lausanne Chamber, Queensland Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and Indianapolis Symphony, among others. He has performed under the baton of conductors such as Martyn Brabbins, Paul Daniel, Roy Goodman, Gunter Herbig, Alexander Lazarev, Andrew Litton, Sir Neville Marriner, Sakari Oramo, Libor Pesek, Vasily Petrenko, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Yuri Simonov, Leonard Slatkin and Bramwell Tovey.

Jack made his acclaimed London recital debut to a sold-out Wigmore Hall in 2002 and has gone on to perform recitals all over Europe, plus tours of Australia, China, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand and the USA. Jack is a committed chamber musician, collaborations have included performances with Katya Apekisheva, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Michael Collins, Julius Drake, Bengt Forsberg, Lynn Harrell, Angela Hewitt, Gary Hoffman, Piers Lane, Christopher Maltman, Leon MacCawley, Christian Poltera, Joan Rodgers, Katherine Stott, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Ashley Wass. Jack has appeared at many major festivals including Bath, City of London Festival, Cheltenham, Harrogate, Belfast, Aldeburgh Summer Proms, Kuhmo, Montpellier, Montreux, Reims, Spoleto, Stockholm and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. In 2013 Jack became the new violinist of renowned Paris-based piano trio, Trio Dali. Formed in 2007, the trio has a prize-winning international career with acclaimed recordings and performances scheduled all over Europe and further afield.

Since a hugely successful recording debut on the Quartz label with pianist Katya Apekisheva (“CD of the Week” the Telegraph, “Strad Selection” in Strad magazine and a Classical Brit Award nomination), Jack has recorded two critically acclaimed discs for Sony Classical (Dvorak, awarded a 2010 Classical Brit Award and Brahms) and is about to start a new recording relationship with Hyperion Records. Jack has an established bond with Oscar winning composer Dario Marianelli and is featured as soloist on the film scores of Jane Eyre (2011) and the 2013 Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Nominated soundtrack for Anna Karenina (released 2012).

He performs a broad range of concerti this season; from Maxwell Davies, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Glass and Lindberg to Brahms, Mendelssohn and Mozart, with the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestra of Opera North, Queensland Symphony, English Chamber and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra respectively. Other recent orchestral appearances include the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia (Bruch); Real Filharmonia de Galicia (Gerhard); Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (Brett Dean’s The Lost Art of Letter Writing); Auckland Philharmonia (Dvorak); Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra (Brahms); Oslo Philharmonic (Lindberg); Ulster Orchestra (Korngold); BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Chausson’s and Saint-Saens) and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (play/direct) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jack is professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music and is the Artistic Director of Oxford May Music Festival, a festival of Music, Science and the Arts (www.oxfordmaymusic.co.uk).

Jack plays the ‘Ex-Wilhelmj’ J.B. Guadagnini dated 1785.


Martin Cousin is now regarded as one of the most exceptional pianists of his generation, having been awarded 1st Prize at the 2005 Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (Seregno, Italy) and Gold Medal at the 2003 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition (London).

Martin has appeared regularly in the major British musical venues since graduating from the Royal College of Music, making his London solo debut at the Purcell Room in 1998. Numerous solo recitals followed, notably at the Wigmore Hall in 2001 and 2005. He has performed as concerto soloist with the London Philharmonic, Halle, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia and BBC Concert Orchestras. Performances further afield have included tours of New Zealand, the US, Italy and concerts in Stockholm, Brussels, Toronto, Tokyo, Berne and The Hague.

2006 saw the release of his debut CD of Rachmaninov's Sonata No 1 and Morceaux de Salon with SOMM Recordings, which was selected as Classical CD of the week by the Daily Telegraph, with Geoffrey Norris stating that, "Martin Cousin's debut disc establishes a striking new benchmark for the interpretation of Rachmaninov's 1st Piano Sonata ..... has discretion, judgment, perception and formidable technique." The US magazine Fanfare added, "This is the performance of the 1st Sonata that I have always heard in my head but never thought I'd actually get to hear with my ears. This guy's the Real Deal!"

His second CD for SOMM, featuring Glazunov's piano sonatas, was released in 2010 to great acclaim, with Gramophone stating that the new release is "in every way, an impressive disc" and International Piano remarking "this new disc showcases playing that is both seemingly effortless in its technique and yet utterly natural and sympathetic in its musical narrative and characterisation."

Highlights of the last two seasons have included Rachmaninov's 2nd Concerto with the Philharmonia at Barbican Hall and Royal Festival Hall, Grieg's Concerto at Symphony Hall and a solo recital at Wigmore Hall.

Alongside his solo schedule, chamber music has taken him to Prague, Tokyo, Indonesia and Thailand, Zimbabwe and Barbados and he is a founder member of the Aquinas Piano Trio.
In 2009, Trinity Guildhall Exams invited him to record the Grade 6-8 violin and piano syllabus (2010-2015) with Andrew Haveron.

Martin's hands are also featured on the big screen in the Oscar-winning film "Shine", for the scenes involving Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto.