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Thursday, March 15th, 2018
7:00 PM
Concert is part of Barnes Music Festival 2018
Please note the performance starts at 7:30 pm


Robert Salter - violin
Benjamin Hughes - cello
Kathron Sturrock - piano, artistic director


Programme:

Schubert - Notturno in E flat for violin, cello & piano, D.897
JS Bach - Suite No.3 in C for solo cello, BWV.1009
Mozart - Violin Sonata in A, K.526
Tchaikovsky - Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50


Kathron Sturrock is a British pianist who studied with Cyril Smith, Joan Trimble, Alfred Brendel and Rostropovich, and worked with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

She is a professor at the Royal College of Music and has recorded for Hyperion, Chandos, Pickwick, Sain, Gamut, ASV, Naxos and Black Box Records. Sturrock is the artistic director of the Fibonacci Sequence. She is also the only pianist to have twice won the prize for the best accompanist at the Sofia International Opera Competition.

She has performed in most countries in Europe, North America, India and Australia, performs regularly in the London concert halls, and records frequently for BBC Radio 3.


Robert Salter is a freelance violinist, teacher and coach, and member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Aged 13, he won a full music scholarship to Wells Cathedral School, and continued his studies with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. There, he was a founder member of the Guildhall String Ensemble, and as its Leader/Director gave concerts at the most prestigious venues in Europe, North and South America and Asia. The GSE recorded extensively (with RCA and Hyperion) repertoire ranging from the complete sets of Handel and Corelli to the string works of Stravinsky, as well as many commissions from living composers.

Alongside his work with the GSE, Robert worked with the English Chamber Orchestra for many years and appeared as guest Leader with many other orchestras, including the City of London Sinfonia, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and both English and Welsh National Opera. He led the Glyndebourne Touring Opera orchestra from 1990-2010, and has been Leader of the Garsington Opera orchestra since 1993.

Robert taught the violin at St Paul's School (Hammersmith) from 1997-2002 and at the JRAM from 2007-2010. He has coached at Pro Corda, is a regular coach at Grittleton Chamber Music summer course and has led several projects with the Southbank Sinfonia.


Benjamin Hughes, Principal Cello of the BBC Concert Orchestra, is making a name for himself as one of the UK's most dynamic and versatile young cellists. He is in great demand as a chamber musician and performs regularly with the Fibonacci Sequence at prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, King's Place, Conway Hall, the Holywell Rooms in Oxford and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Australia. Benjamin has recorded works by Messiaen, Schubert, Elgar and Brahms with the Fibonacci Sequence for Deux Elles and Dutton. He appears regularly on BBC Radio and Television as a soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and recently performed Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations live on BBC R3. He is equally at home playing Bach, Bartok or Brubeck.

Benjamin studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he won all the major prizes for cello and graduated with a first class BMus (Hons) degree, after which he took up an invitation to study at the Hochschule fur Kunste in Bremen with the internationally acclaimed cellist and teacher Alexander Baillie. During his time there, Benjamin gave many solo recitals and concerto performances including live broadcasts for Radio Bremen and Deutschland Radio, Berlin, and performed with the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra and the acclaimed Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Benjamin went on to study with Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music, New York, graduating with a Master's degree in music performance and literature. On returning to the UK he was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma after studying for a further year at the Royal Academy of Music, and was made an Honorary Member of the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2005.

As Guest Principal Cellist, Benjamin has worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Lorin Maazel, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Giovanni Antonini, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Donald Runnicles and Ilan Volkov, as well as Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Opera, Opera North and Britten Sinfonia. He was a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra from 2006 to 2007 and worked with many of the world's leading conductors in Britain and abroad touring Europe, Mexico, Japan and China. Benjamin took up the post of Principal Cello of the BBC Concert Orchestra in September 2007.

Last year Benjamin was appointed Professor in Orchestral studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, teaching cello and coaching students involved in the Academy's orchestral activities.

Benjamin has also made two instruments; a natural acoustic cello with an unusual body shape, which won national design competition and a semi-acoustic electric cello, which has been featured on a BBC Radio 3 programme dedicated to the progress of electronic music called 'Electronica'.

Benjamin is deeply grateful to Kathron Sturrock for the loan of a wonderful Ouchard bow in memory of her late husband Professor David Bennett.