Rayfield Allied present piano stars across the world

4 February 2015

Rayfield Allied is proud to present a growing roster of pianists, who have started the new year with a flurry of special concerts.

Leeds International Piano Competition Winner, Federico Colli thrilled audiences at London’s Barbican early in January as he made his London concerto debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under its Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo. Stepping in at the last moment to play Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3, Colli received standing ovations from the audience as well as glowing reviews from the critics.

Named as “One to Watch” by Michael Church, International Piano Magazine (Jan/Feb 2015) Colli gives a recital at the Turner Sims, Southampton today and returns to the UK later this year for Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 1 with the Orchestra of Opera North under Kees Bakels.  This season he makes his debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, tours with the Orchestra della Toscana, performs with RAI National Symphony Orchestra and gives recitals in Rome, Milan, Ferrara, Brescia and at the Orpheus and Bacchus Festival in France.

Christian Blackshaw returned to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459 under the baton of Mo Neuhold. He performed two concerts on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th January in Victoria Concert Hall as well as giving a master-class at the Yong Siew Conservatory of Music. Mervin Beng writes that his “sterling reputation” for Mozart “belies the technical demands of the piece, as does Blackshaw’s elegance and lack of fuss at the keyboard” (The Straits Times Singapore).

Blackshaw performs next with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under conductor Matthew Wood with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 on Sunday 8th March. Future recitals include his return to Southampton Turner Sims, Holkham Hall, Forde Abbey and the Leicester Piano Series this summer. The highly anticipated Third Volume of his Mozart Sonata cycle on Wigmore Hall Live is due to be released in April 2015.

Louis Lortie performed as part of the International Piano Series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. It was a programme of two distinct halves, as the first included early works by Fauré and Scriabin and the second included much later works by the same composers. Louis captivated the audience with his beautiful lyricism and incredible virtuosity, not to mention his impressive stamina.

Lortie returns to London in March for a solo recital at Wigmore Hall. His programme includes Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major and Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor. Details of this concert can be found on the Wigmore Hall website.

Robert Levin‘s all-Mozart project with the Academy of Ancient Music concludes with the final concert at the London Barbican Centre on Wednesday 4th February. They were at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Thursday 29th January, where he received a scintillating welcome. The programme includes Piano Concertos No. 24 in C minor and No. 25 in C major, directed by Levin from the fortepiano. Later this month, Levin joins Steven Isserlis on tour with the Beethoven Cello Sonatas in Salzburg, Berne, Cleveland and Vancouver before performing all five Beethoven Piano Concerti with the Reno Chamber Orchestra in April. He returns to the Academy of Ancient Music this summer for more Mozart before performing at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

Rayfield Allied’s latest addition to the pianist roster, Sergio Tiempo, will perform a lunchtime concert at LSO St Luke’s with Natalie Clein today. Tiempo will join Clein in Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata in D minor as well as treating the audience to a selection of Chopin preludes. For more information about this concert, please visit the London Symphony Orchestra website.

Later this season Tiempo performs Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and has recital tours in China and Japan.

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