Rachel Roberts joins London Conchord Ensemble
London Conchord Ensemble are delighted to announce that they have appointed Rachel Roberts as violist. Rachel Roberts is one of the leading British violists today and is in demand internationally as soloist and chamber musician.
She appears at leading international festivals such as Festwochen Wien, Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Heimbach in Germany and Lofoten in Norway, playing chamber music at venues such as the Grosse Saal of Musikverein in Vienna, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Prizes for her chamber music recordings include the Diapason D’or in France for Mendelssohn and Enescu octets, the Supersonic Award of Pizzicato Magazine in Luxemburg, and CD of the month in Fonoforum Magazine, Germany, for her recording of Bach’s 6th Brandenburg Concerto with Antoine Tamestit.
Her recently released recording of Brahms sonatas with pianist Lars Vogt on the CAVI label was received to critical acclaim in The Strad and Gramophone Magazine, in which it was described as “exceptionally beautiful and searching performances”, and was awarded the Supersonic Award of Pizzicato Magazine in Luxembourg. A live recording of Beethoven String Quartet op. 132 with Christian Tetzlaff, Tania Tetzlaff and Antje Weithaas was released in Autumn 2011, and she works regularly alongside artists such as Isabelle Faust, Lisa Batiashvili, Francois Leleux, Alina Ibragimova, Steven Isserlis and Gustav Rivinius.
Projects for 2012 include performances as concerto soloist with Cologne Chamber Orchestra, chamber music at the Salzburg Festival, and chamber music appearances at the Wigmore hall and Kings Place.
Rachel Roberts held the post of Principal Viola with the Philharmonia Orchestra from 2000-2010, appearing as a soloist with them at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. John’s Smith Square in London under the baton of Christoph von Dohnanyi. In the contemporary music field Rachel Roberts has premiered solo viola works by Tristan Murail and Derek Bermel in the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
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Clarinetist, Emma Johnson joins the roster of O’Carroll Artist & Project Management
I am delighted to announce that the wonderful British clarinetist, Emma Johnson, will join the roster of O’Carroll Artist & Project Management with immediate effect. As an agent, I am always keen to represent artists who have a diverse range of creative interest and a truly imaginative sense of programme and Emma is a leader in this field.
One of the few clarinettists to have established a busy career as a solo performer which has taken her to major European, American and Asian venues as well as to Africa and Australasia, Emma Johnson is one of the UK’s biggest selling classical artists, having sold well over half a million albums.
Emma has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras in repertoire which includes all the major clarinet works as well as pieces written especially for her by John Dankworth, Will Todd and Michael Berkeley amongst others. She has also collaborated with artists such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin and Dame Cleo Laine and she directs her own group, Emma Johnson and Friends. Her recording of the Brahms Quintet with the Michelangelo Quartet was recently made CD of the month by Music Web International.
Emma works in a diverse range of genres; her jazz trio has been particularly well received by concert audiences and she has also collaborated with composer Jonathan Dove on a retelling of the story of the Pied Piper for children. Her compositions and arrangements have been published by Music Sales and Faber Music.
Emma Johnson’s TV appearances range from a recital for Sky Arts TV, to gala events such as a recent televised Prom celebrating the BBC Young Musicians programme. Emma played the popular hit theme tune for The Victorian Kitchen Garden on BBC TV which won an Ivor Novello Award. Her radio work includes Artist of the Week for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and for radio stations worldwide as well as guest slots on programmes such as Woman’s Hour and World at One on BBC Radio 4. Her broadcasts about Finzi and Milton were both chosen as picks of the week.
Emma grew up in London and her career was launched when, at the age of 17 she won BBC Young Musician of the Year followed by the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York. However, she decided to study Music and English at Cambridge University before embarking fulltime on a musical path. A Patron of ClicSargent, the childhood cancer charity (www.clicsargent.org.uk), Emma was the first woman to be made an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge and to have her portrait commissioned by the college. She was honoured by the Queen with an M.B.E. in 1996.
Ahead of their residency at the Wigmore Hall, a wonderful review for the Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch’s first release of Beethoven piano trios.
‘Dans le trio pour piano « L’Archiduc » Beethoven s’est sublimé pour son dernier trio, Il est vraiment d’une beauté divine. Et l’interprétation du Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch est d’une grande prouesse, le violoncelle de Raphael Wallfisch s’exprimant toujours avec passion, nous fait voler. Le piano est tenu par Arnon Erez qui joue tout en subtilités, et sa dynamique est parfaite, ses phrasés sont finement joués, bref Raphael sait nous captiver de son jeu cristallin. Le violon de Hagai Shaham conduit parfaitement les différents thèmes de ce trio.
L’espiègle Allegro Moderato nous offre une admirable partie de piano menée de main de maître par Arnon Erez donnant ainsi plus de couleurs aux notes.
Dans le second mouvement le violoncelle est dansant et le violon se fait meneur
Mais le bonheur est de courte durée, dans le troisième mouvement nous tombons dans les profondeurs d’un malaise, une blessure…
Le dernier mouvement est plus léger et plus dansant, le piano y est d’une telle splendeur, le rythme se fait tarentelle. C’est dans un mouvement joyeux que le pianiste achèvera par d’éclatants arpèges le dernier trio de Beethoven.
“Dans le trio pour piano « L’Archiduc » Beethoven s’est sublimé pour son dernier trio, Il est vraiment d’une beauté divin’. Et l’interprétation du Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch est d’une grande prouesse, le violoncelle de Raphael Wallfisch s’exprimant toujours avec passion, nous fait voler. Le piano est tenu par Arnon Erez qui joue tout en subtilités, et sa dynamique est parfaite, ses phrasés sont finement joués, bref Raphael sait nous captiver de son jeu cristallin. Le violon de Hagai Shaham conduit parfaitement les différents thèmes de ce trio.’
Cet album « Beethoven: Piano Trios Vol. 1 » est un beau moment à passé avec un beau trio de musiciens bourrés de talent.
Emanuel Moor, Classiquehd.fr
‘Not-so-little women emerge from the shadows’ Steve Moffat, Limelight Magazine, 20 May 2019
BEACH • SMYTH • CLARA SCHUMANN (TASMIN LITTLE, JOHN LENEHAN)
Not-so-little women emerge from the shadows.
by Steve Moffatt on May 20, 2019