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Sinfonia Verdi present
Classical music performances taking place in the stunning Drawing Room, surrounded by the museum's unique art collection and with spectacular views overlooking Wardown Park.
Line up for Sunday 19 August: Sinfonia Verdi presents a violin solo by the violinist Simon Smith
Simon Smith's Biography
Simon Smith is a violinist of wide ranging interests. He has been active as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher worldwide for 30 years. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Philharmonia, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Recitals have included the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. He has performed extensively across Russia with recitals and concerto performances from Moscow to Vladivostock, and played concertos in Hong Kong and Beijing. His repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary and has a number of ongoing projects to expand the violin repertoire through commission and rediscovery of lost works.
A committed chamber musician, Simon was a member of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Octet, performing in concert halls and broadcasts worldwide. Other projects have included the release of a CD of duos and trios by Kodaly and Dohnanyi and having been on the jury for international competitions, including as chair of a new competition in Kazan, Russia.
Simon has taught at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire since 2004 and also teaches specialist young musicians at the Royal College of Music Junior Department in London and at Wells Cathedral School. In addition to masterclasses throughout the UK he has visited and taught in institutions such as Central Conservatoire, Beijing; Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong; Zhiganov State Conservatoire, Kazan, Russia, and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and School of the Arts in Singapore. In 2018 he will be giving a class at the Moscow Conservatoire.
Simon Smith plays on a Rogeri violin, made in 1708 and acts as a consultant to Viaduct Violins in Paris.
“A virtuoso who is at once darkly cool and immensely persuasive” ... “selfless playing, devoted to making the music exist as fully as possible” The Times
“...startling talent” The Guardian
“...played with the characteristic poignancy and expressive power which made this concert so enchanting”...“luxuriantly detailed reading” and in Gramophone Magazine for “his thoughtful, sympathetic performances” The Strad Magazine
Download the Programme for Simon Smith's Violin Solo.
Line up for Sunday 15 July: Sinfonia Verdi presents a Clarinet Duo comprised of Stuart King and Massimo di Trolio.
Massimo di Trolio Biography
Massimo made his Kings' Place debut in 2012 as part of the Brahms ‘Unwrapped’ Festival with his duo partner Maiko Mori. His first appearance at the Purcell Room was in January 2007 as part of the Park Lane Group Series with the Aquilon Trio (violin, clarinet and piano). Solo engagements include Dance Preludes by Lutoslawski with the Trinity String Ensemble, Domaines by Boulez with the RCM Contemporary Consort, Theme and Variations (Rossini) with the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and more recently Krommer's Concerto for Two Clarinets No. 2 with the Hong Kong Camerata. He performs regularly with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the Aurora Orchestra, the London Contemporary Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and also in Norway, with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Massimo is a Woodwind D’Addario Artist.
Line up for Sunday 17 June: Sinfonia Verdi presents violinists Enrico Alvares and Stephanie Waite
Enrico Alvares Biography
Enrico’s violin studies began at the age of three - with lessons from his father, also a professional violinist. After studying at the Purcell School and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and after extensive quartet coaching from all four members of the Amadeus Quartet, he was invited to become a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, where he stayed for ten years. During this time he worked closely with all three of its artistic directors - Sir Neville Marriner, Iona Brown, and Ken Sillito - and with a roster of the world’s greatest soloists and singers. He has also played with the other major British orchestras and is a regular in the London commercial recording studios.
Enrico is very fortunate to have had coaching and composition lessons from two of the most important contemporary composers - Gyorgy Kurtag and Dmitri Smirnov. His lessons with Smirnov are ongoing and are indicative of a constant desire to deepen his musical insight. Current composition projects include a string quartet based on motives derived from the names of his three children.
Unusually, Enrico has also excelled in an area of expertise far from the world of music - namely that of financial investment. He spent several years as one of the partners in Nicola Horlick’s Bramdean Asset Management - one of a team of five investment professionals managing funds of $1.1billion. However, his all-consuming passion and devotion is unquestionably for great music and violin playing. He is, therefore, a devoted teacher - aware that all insight, whether gifted or hard-earned, must be passed on as a matter of duty.
Enrico is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is deeply committed to the Society's goal of finding innovative solutions to social challenges - principally by making use of skills gleaned from his time in both music and finance.
Stephanie Waite Biography
Stephanie grew up in a musical family, and began learning to play the violin at the age of 2. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department with Felicity Lipman before going to Cambridge to read English Literature. Once there, she continued her violin studies with renowned violinist Levon Chilingirian, and became an active chamber musician and soloist in the university's thriving music scene.
Following her degree, Stephanie took several years away from playing the violin, working for much of that time as a teacher in one of London's largest prisons, running arts and music projects with the inmates, and setting up Open University courses for those who wanted to further their education.
Eventually, however, she realised that the desire to play the violin had never left her. She studied intensively with Diana Cummings and has, for the last few years, enjoyed a diverse career performing in many orchestras, teaching a small but cherished group of students, and playing chamber music as often as possible.
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