May 4th Tasmin Little (violin) & Andrey Gugnin (piano)

May 4th Tasmin Little (violin) & Andrey Gugnin (piano)

Sat 4th May 2019  Big School, Tonbridge School   7.30pm

A richly romantic and exhilarating programme from two of the most exciting musicians on the current worldwide scene. Tasmin Little “One of the supremely great violinists of our time” Music-Web International is joined by Andrey Gugnin, winner of the Sydney Piano Competition 2016 and performer of the Shostakovich concerti on the soundtrack of Steven Spielberg’s film, ‘Bridge of Spies’.  They will play Brahms’  Sonatensatz, Prokofiev’s Sonata in D major, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, Richard Strauss’ Sonata and Szymanowski’s Notturno e Tarantella

“Little can justly be regarded as Britain’s finest violinist” The Independent

Come early for a free pre-concert interview with Tasmin and Andrey at 6.15 pm

Programme:

  • Johannes Brahms: Sonatensatz
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata in D major
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending 
  • Richard Strauss: Sonata
  • Karol Szymanowski: Notturno e Tarantelle

Artists:

Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent and in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall.As a recital and chamber music artist she returns to the Wigmore Hall, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and all the major UK Festivals regularly.

In 2008, Tasmin launched her project, ‘The Naked Violin’, aimed at breaking down barriers to classical music by releasing a free CD for download on her website, and by performing in communities where music is rarely heard. Within days of the CD release, 6,500 websites had linked to Tasmin’s site and within a few months, more than half a million people had visited and downloaded. The project was filmed for television by ITV’s The South Bank Show.

Tasmin is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (FGSM), a Vice President of the Elgar Society, an Ambassador for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, and for Youth Music, and has received Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Bradford, Leicester, Hertfordshire and City of London. In 2016, she was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon RAM) by the Academy and the University of London. She is the recipient of the Gold Badge Award for Services to Music and in 2012 was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List, for Services to Music. She plays a 1757 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin.

Andrey Gugnin’s versatility puts him in the spotlight as a recitalist, chamber music partner and a soloist with orchestras. He is much in demand as a recording artist, with recordings of piano concertos by Shostakovich (State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia – Delos International, 2007), music for piano duo iDuo (with Vadim Kholodenko – Delos International, 2010) and a recital programme (Steinway & Sons) with ‘Pictures of the Exhibition’, receiving high critical acclaim. The recording of Shostakovich concerti was used on the soundtrack of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning film, ‘Bridge of Spies’. Andrey has also recorded for TV and radio in Russia, The Netherlands, Croatia, Austria, Switzerland and the USA.

In 2013 Andrey gained 2nd  prize at the Ludwig van Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna, and 2014 saw the Gold Medal and the Audience Award at the XVI International Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, followed by 1stprize in the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2016, taking the accolades for best overall concerto, best 19thor 20thcentury concerto, best violin and piano sonata, and best preliminaries round one recital.

Andrey will be touring throughout Australia and New Zealand as the winner of the coveted Sydney International Competition and will be recording for Hyperion in 2018.