7th Season
25th September - 20th October 2001
Performers
English String Quartet
with
Richard Durrant guitar
David Farmer classical accordion
Emily Hazelhurst viola
Martin Jones piano
David Kenedy cello
Nona Liddell violin
Gabrielle Painter violin


BIOGRAPHIES

The English String Quartet has a wide national and international reputation, with concerts and extensive tours in this country, Europe and the USA, and broadcasts for the BBC and radio stations abroad.  Many CDs have been recorded for several labels, including Chandos, Meridian and Unicorn-Kanchana, and the disc of Mendelssohn Quartets received the British Music Retailers Association Award for Excellence in Chamber Music.  The English String Quartet has been 'resident ensemble' at the Festival since 1995.

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Photo of Richard DurrantRichard Durrant.Since his debut in 1986 Richard Durrant has performed nearly all the mainstream guitar repertoire and a lot more besides. From his own transcriptions of Scarlatti for classical guitar to performances of the Bach Cello Suites on Tenor Banjo; from his own compositions for various combinations, including the band Sky, to world premieres of solo pieces on London's South Bank, the Albert Hall and at St John's, Smiths Square. Durrant has covered most aspects of his instrument's personality - inventing a few more along the way.

Durrant can be heard in concert throughout the UK and mainland Europe, usually performing in a cabaret setting but also suited and booted for chamber and concerto works. He also tours with bass supremo Herbie Flowers and with his own maverick trio "UnGaggged!". more details

     
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Photo of David FarmerDavid Farmer. The young classical accordionist David Farmer has already attracted considerable critical acclaim:"A talent to watch"  The Independent" He is manifestly born to his instrument. He seems almost organically joined to it, with a naturalness of technique that is clearly a natural stylishness"  The Sunday Times "....played with beguiling presence and skill"  Financial Times "The brilliant accordionist David Farmer squeezed and shook sounds from his instrument that we hardly guessed existed"  Evening Standard more details

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Emiley HazlehurstEmily Hazlehurst studied the viola at Trinity College of Music with Jane Atkins and Luciano Iorio.  During her four years at Trinity Emily won the Concerto competition, the Solo Bach Prize and the Barbirolli Quartet Prize; in the final year she was awarded the Guivier String Prize and the Louise Band Prize for a continuous high standard of playing.  Emily went on to study with Bruno Giuranna at Limerick University, where she completed a Masters Degree in Classical String Performance.  She is now developing a career as a freelance player and as a teacher, as well as a chamber music player, and gives Duo Recitals with the pianist David Harvey, with whom she has performed in many venues throughout England.
   
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Photo of Martin JonesMartin Jones  is one of Britian's most highly regarded solo and chamber music pianists. He has performed with the major British orchestras, has appeared in all the main concert halls throughout the country and has extensively toured Europe, Russia and North and South America. His many discs include the complete solo piano works of Brahms, Debussy, Grainger, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and Szymanowski.He has recently released two boxes of CDs of Spanish music, and a third will soon follow, including the major works of Albeniz and Turina as well as the complete piano works by de Falla, Granados and Mompou.  Martin has played at the London Festival of Chamber Music every year since it began.

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David KenedyDavid Kenedy studied the cello with William Pleeth from the age of 11, before gaining degrees from Cambridge and Yale, where he was a pupil of Aldo Parisot and winner of major prizes.  He gives recitals and broadcasts in Europe and the USA, and his recordings of piano trios by Schubert and Dvorak with the London Mozart Trio were selected as "overall first choice" in BBC Radio 3's Record Review.  He has twice had the honour of being invited to play in Jacqueline du Pré Memorial Concerts, at Lambeth Palace and in the Wigmore Hall.  Since 1990 he has been Professor of cello and chamber music at Trinity College of Music, where he is Post-Graduate Course Leader.  He is a member of the London Piano Quartet  and teaches and performs regularly at the Dartington International Summer School.

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Nona LiddellThe violinist Nona Liddell has had a long and varied career as a soloist, chamber music player, orchestral leader and teacher.  As a soloist she made her debut at the age of 20 at the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Adrian Boult, and has appeared with most of the leading British orchestras.  She was for many years the leader of the English String Quartet (which, now in a new formation led by Diana Cummings, is "in residence" at this Festival) and of the Richards Piano Quartet, and is now a member of the London Piano Quartet.  From 1970 to 1994 she was leader of the internationally renowned London Sinfonietta, with which she often appeared as soloist both in this country and abroad. She also led the Monteverdi and London Bach Orchestras and has appeared as guest leader of, among others, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique and, in Spain, the City of Granada Orchestra.  A regular broadcaster on radio and TV, Nona has made many records for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, L'Oiseau Lyre and Lyrita.  After teaching for many years at the Royal Academy of Music, she is now Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Trinity College of Music.  In 1992 she was made an M.B.E. and in 1994 she was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians' Cobbett Medal for services to chamber music.

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The violinist Gabrielle Painter has performed throughout Europe, Canada and the United States as soloist, chamber music player and orchestral leader.  Her recent concerto engagements include performances of Szymanowski's First Violin Concerto and Lou Harrison's Violin Concerto in New York and a performance of the Triple Concerto by Beethoven in Germany, recorded for German National Radio.  As a chamber musician she has performed for numerous organizations, including the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine Chamber Music Series (NY), the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), the Miller Theatre (NY) and the Leeds International Concert Series (UK).  She has performed many works written for her, and she is a founding member of the New York based furious band, who have premiered works of many composers and have recorded for CRI and New World Records.  Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied with Diana Cummings, and a Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she will also receive her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in December.  At Stony Brook she was a scholarship student of and Teaching Assistant to Mitchell Stern who sadly passed away this year.  Gabrielle is the winner of the 2001 Montgomery Violin Competition (United States).
    
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