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Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, with Tom Poster

Friday 14th June 7.30pm

£22 per ticket

Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, with Tom Poster

Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words for piano
Clara Schumann - Three Romances for violin and piano, Op. 22
Fanny Mendelssohn - Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 11
Schumann - Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47

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Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective was formed in 2017 by Tom Poster and Elena Urioste, who met as fellow members of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme. Its primary aim is to bring talented musicians together to perform in new and varied diverse combinations through creative and innovative programming and playing with passionate commitment, inspiring and educating younger generations (and older ones too). Recent and forthcoming highlights include festival appearances in Beaminster, Cheltenham and Oxford, residencies in Ischia and at Kettle’s Yard, and a series of performances at Wigmore Hall.

Tom Poster is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry and versatility. In this concert he is joined by colleagues Savitri Grier, Juan-Miguel Hernandez and Laura van der Heijden.

Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist. In demand internationally as soloist and chamber musician across an unusually extensive repertoire, he has been described as "a marvel, [who] can play anything in any style" (The Herald), "mercurially brilliant" (The Strad), and as having "a beautiful tone that you can sink into like a pile of cushions" (BBC Music). Tom has performed more than 40 concertos ranging from Bach to Ligeti with the Aurora Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, China National Symphony, Hallé, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and St Petersburg State Capella Philharmonic, collaborating with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, Thierry Fischer, Robin Ticciati and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Tom features regularly on BBC Radio 3 and has made multiple appearances at the BBC Proms. He is pianist of the Aronowitz Ensemble (former BBC New Generation Artists), and enjoys established duo partnerships with Alison Balsom, Guy Johnston, and Elena Urioste. He also collaborates with Ian Bostridge, Steven Isserlis, Matthew Rose and the Carducci, Danish, Navarra and Skampa Quartets. Tom has recorded for Chandos, Decca Classics, EMI and Warner Classics, and regularly features as soloist on film soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated score for The Theory of Everything. He studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at King's College, Cambridge, where he gained a Double First in Music. He won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition 2007 and the keyboard section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 2000. Increasingly in demand as a curator and innovative concert programmer, Tom is artistic director of Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective.

Over the last year Savitri Grier has returned to Wigmore Hall both as soloist and with the IMS Prussia Cove Ensemble. She toured throughout China, and collaborated with the renowned sarod players Amaan Ali and Ayaan Ali Bangash at The Times Swarsangam Music Festival in Bangalore. In 2019 Savitri undertakes a complete Beethoven Sonata series in Scotland as part of a Tunnell Trust award with pianist Richard Uttley. Recent solo highlights include the Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, English Chamber, London Mozart Players, Welsh National Opera, Barbican Young and Oxford Philharmonic Orchestras. In 2016 she made her debut at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. Savitri has given recitals at festivals and venues across Europe including the East Neuk Festival retreat, the Holland International Music Sessions, Musique à Marsac in France, Krzyzowa Chamber Music in Poland, Avigdor Classics in Bern, Sage Gateshead, the St Magnus, Bury St. Edmunds, Newbury, Norfolk & Norwich, Portsmouth, Harrogate and Roman River Festivals. Sought after as a chamber musician she has collaborated with Susan Tomes, Christoph Richter, Steven Isserlis, Kryzstof Chorzelski, Tom Poster and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, Richard Uttley, Andrew Marriner and Alasdair Beatson, and regularly gives recitals with the Grier Trio. During her studies Savitri participated in masterclasses with Ferenc Rados, Johannes Goritski, Maxim Vengerov, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Thomas Adès, and was especially grateful for guidance from Ana Chumachenco and Andras Keller. Awards include 1st Prize at the Oxford Philomusica and Tunbridge Wells International Competitions. She was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2015. Savitri read music at Christ Church, Oxford and in 2017 completed her Artist Diploma with distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno. She is currently at the Universität der Künste Berlin in the class of Nora Chastain on a full DAAD scholarship. Savitri plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin on generous loan from the Aidan Woodcock Charitable Trust.

An artist defined by the critics as "tender, lyrical, loaded with personality" (Atlanta Journal Constitution), Canadian violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez is also recognised for drawing "the sweetest, most sonorous tone" (Washington Post). In September 2009, Juan-Miguel won the first Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and the 9th National Sphinx Competition in 2006. As a featured guest soloist, Juan-Miguel has appeared with the Atlanta, Seattle, Colorado Symphonies, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Chicago Sinfonietta. In 2010, he was recognised with the medal of honour from the National Assembly of Quebec for his significant international musical accomplishments. A dedicated chamber musician, Juan-Miguel was a member of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet, an original member of the Harlem Quartet, as well as a founder and member of Trio Virado (flute, viola and guitar) and Boreal Trio (clarinet, viola and piano), both specialising in the creation of new repertoire. His musicianship has led to a wide array of collaborations with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Matt Haimovitz, Kim Kashkashian, Gerard Caussé as well as jazz legends Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Stanley Clark.

Born in Montreal (Canada) in 1985, Juan-Miguel began studying the violin at age seven, then switched to viola at age twelve. Education being a prominent part of his career, Juan- Miguel joined the faculty of the Royal Academy of Music in London as Professor of Viola in September 2016. He plays on a beautiful 2008 Miralles viola from Altadena CA.

Laura van der Heijden has already made a name for herself as a very special emerging talent, captivating audiences and critics alike with her "compelling, intelligent, natural, imaginative, sensitive, heartfelt" interpretations. Having turned 21 in 2018, Laura can already look back on a number of exceptional achievements, among them becoming the winner - at the age of just 15 – of the BBC Young Musician 2012 competition, and performing with such distinguished musicians as Sir Andrew Davis, Fazil Say, Kirill Karabits, Huw Watkins, Krzysztof Chorzelski, and the Endellion String Quartet. Laura released her debut album in 2018 with pianist Petr Limonov to exceptional critical acclaim (Champs Hill Records). Described as an "imaginative and impressive debut… Laura van der Heijden dazzles in both rare and well-known cello sonatas of the Soviet era", the CD was also "Record of the Month" in BBC Music Magazine. In the past few years, Laura has performed with leading orchestras such as the Philharmonia, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, European Union Chamber and English Chamber Orchestras. She has also given debuts at the Wigmore Hall, in Holland, Germany, New Zealand, and in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the opening concert of the inaugural BBC Proms Australia, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. As a chamber musician, Laura has collaborated with Tom Poster, Huw Watkins, Petr Limonov, Matthew MacDonald, and Krzysztof Chorzelski and regularly participates in international chamber music courses and festivals.

Laura was born in England to Dutch-Swiss parents and gave her first public performance at the age of 9. Since 2008 she has been a student of the renowned British-Russian cellist Leonid Gorokhov. She is currently studying for her Bachelor's Degree in Music at St John's College, Cambridge, while also maintaining a busy concert diary. Laura plays a late 17thcentury cello by Francesco Rugeri of Cremona, on generous loan from a private collection

Tom Poster, Piano
Savitri Grier, Violin
Juan-Miguel Hernandez, Viola
Laura van der Heijden, Cello

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