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Symphony No 52 in C minor (25’)
Triple Concerto (33’)
Symphony No 38 ‘Prague’, K504 (30’)
KRISTIAN BEZUIDENHOUT - Piano / Harpsichord / Conductor
BENJAMIN MARQUISE GILMORE - Violin
PHILIP HIGHAM - Cello
Beethoven wrote more music for piano, violin and cello than for any other instruments - they truly were at the heart of his musical universe, which gives his Triple Concerto a special place among his works. Bezuidenhout is joined for it by two SCO Principals who are also distinguished soloists in their own right.
The two symphonies he has chosen could not be more contrasted. The Haydn is stormy: it has been called “the grandfather of Beethoven’s Fifth“. Mozart’s ‘Prague’ also opens with thunder, but that soon yields to sunshine, high spirits and gorgeous song.
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These can be purchased and read online or downloaded the morning of the first concert of the week. We will then make these available free of charge the following Monday.
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Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa in 1979, he began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music, and now lives in London. After initial training as a pianist with Rebecca Penneys, he explored early keyboards, studying harpsichord with Arthur Haas, fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, and continuo playing and performance practice with Paul O’Dette. Kristian first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize, and audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition.
Benjamin Marquise Gilmore grew up in England and studied with Natalia Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Conservatory, as well as with Julian Rachlin, Miriam Fried, and members of the Artis quartet and the Altenberg trio. His father was the musicologist Bob Gilmore, from whom he received instruction in music theory at a young age, and his grandfather is the conductor Lev Markiz, with whom he has performed on many occasions.
Born in Edinburgh, Philip studied with Ruth Beauchamp at St Mary's Music School and subsequently at the RNCM with Emma Ferrand and Ralph Kirshbaum. He also enjoyed mentoring from Steven Isserlis. In 2008 he became the first UK cellist to win 1st Prize in the Bach Leipzig competition, and followed it with major prizes in 2009 Lutoslawski Competitions, and the 2010 Grand Prix Emmanuel Feuermann in Berlin. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artist Trust, between 2009 and 2014.