The Doric String Quartet has established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. They last performed for ACMC in February 2014, and we are delighted to welcome them back to Aberdeen.
The award-winning jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello was born in Italy and began studying piano at the age of 9. Although he went on to study and graduate in classical piano at the Conservatory, his interest in jazz started early and at 16 he was performing at jazz clubs in and around Milan. He has now settled in New York City and performs throughout the US, but he also travels widely to perform and give masterclasses and workshops in Europe. His goal is “to play jazz and make it understandable to everybody.” Most of all, he says he wants to see people smiling and having fun. His concert in Aberdeen in December 2015 drew our largest audience.
This young Spanish soprano and her French accompanist were the Oxford Lieder Young Artists winners in 2016. Those of us who heard these outstanding young musicians perform in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in the summer of 2016 were so impressed that we invited them to come to perform for ACMC.
The Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. They have won top prizes at major international competitions, including 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff International Quartet Competition, 1st Prize and three special awards at the 2015 Lyon International Competition, and 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Kammermusik Hannover Next Generation Competition in 2013. They first played for us in Aberdeen in October 2014 and are making a welcome return visit.
In 2015 this young piano trio won 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition and this year they won 2nd Prize at the International Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna. They made a strong impression when they first played us in Aberdeen in February 2016, and many in the audience hoped that they would soon make a return visit.
The Schubert Ensemble is recognised as one of the world’s leading chamber groups, specialising in music for piano and strings. We are delighted that they are including Aberdeen in their final tour and that their programme features, in addition to the Dvořák and Chausson piano quartets, the recently commissioned Zustände by Charlotte Bray. The title, meaning “states”, refers to the various forms of ice that inspired this fascinating 12 minute piece.
:Please note that programmes and ensemble members are liable to alteration.