James Lisney enjoys a rich musical life, moving seamlessly from concerto and recital soloist to chamber musician, song accompanist and pianist director. Initiatives, such as his Schubertreise series at London`s South Bank Centre, his extensive Beethoven Project or the recording company Woodhouse Editions, provide a platform for his wide-ranging musical sympathies.
James Lisney made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1986 and early representation by the Young Concert Artists Trust in London led to a career that has taken him to many prestigious venues and gained invitations to appear with major orchestras.
James Lisney`s repertoire ranges from baroque masterpieces to music of the present day. In the past decade, the music of Schubert and Beethoven have been a central pre-occupation (in performance and in recordings) and he regularly presents cycles of the piano sonatas and relevant chamber music. His recordings (on Naxos, Bis, Somm, Olympia and Carlton) have gained the highest recommendations. His present season sees him performing Schubert cycles in the Oxford International Piano Series, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and, later in 2017, Mumbai.
Joy Lisney is one of the most exciting young string players to emerge in recent years. Her early promise was highlighted by Carlton Television when they chose her, at the age of six, as a possible high achiever of the twenty first century.
She has since fulfilled expectations with a distinguished international career, launched by a debut series of two concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 2012.
She has enjoyed collaborations with artists including Dame Emma Kirkby, Alexander Baillie, Howard Williams, Robert Max and the Wihan Quartet and also performs regularly in duo with her father James Lisney. Venues for duo recitals have included the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and St. John’s Smith Square. Her most recent project was the highly acclaimed Beethoven Grand Tour that encompassed Beethoven cycles with her father James Lisney at major venues across Europe including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Edinburgh Queen’s Hall, St George’s Bristol and a sold-out performance at the Southbank Centre.
As a passionate advocate of new music Joy has commissioned two new works from the Dutch composer Jan Vriend, the first of which she recorded on her debut CD in 2012. In 2014 she performed as a London Sinfonietta Emerging Artist at the BBC Proms in a concert broadcast on Radio 3 to celebrate the 80th birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies. In 2017 Joy has been selected to open the Park Lane Group Recital Series at St. John’s Smith Square, for which she will perform a solo recital including two premieres, one of which will be her own composition specially commissioned for the occasion.
Joy is also attracting attention as a composer. Her first string quartet was premiered by the Arditti Quartet and she won the Ralph Vaughan Williams Prize in 2014. This year, she won the Sir Arthur Bliss Prize for her M.Phil at Cambridge and she will be completing her PhD at King’s College, Cambridge. She is supported by the AHRC and will be an Honorary King’s College Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar for the duration. She will also be Composer in Residence at Cambridge University Music Society for 2016-17.
Recent works include her string quartet Apparitions, premiered by the Arditti Quartet in 2014, a piano trio commissioned by the Kings Lynn Festival and Sea Interlude, composed for the Orford Lighthouse Festival.
Joy plays on a Seraphin violoncello on loan from Beare Violins and is supported by the Hattori Foundation.
Piano sonata 1.x.1905
In the mist
Sonata op.38 n.1,”Reminescenza”
Romances op.21 n.1
Giulio Potenza (Italian, b. 1990 in Palermo) has been playing piano since the age of six and giving piano recitals since ten.
He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in major international festivals and venues, including: Martha Argerich’s Lugano Project of Lugano, the Palermo Classica International Music Festival of Palermo, the Ciclo de Clásica at the MEAM and the Hammerklavier International Piano Series of Barcellona,the Grieg in Bergen International Festival of Bergen, the Fringe Festival of Edinburgh, the Hammamett Piano Festival of Tunis, Steinway Hall of London, St. Martin in the Fields, Conway Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Balckheat Hall, Bridgwater Hall of Manchester, Cauchi Hall of Mdina, Bellinzona Theater of Lugano, Marcello Theater and Baldini Hall of Rome, Auditorium St. Stafano of Florence, Stavanger Chatedral of Stavanger, Schulman Auditorium of Oxford, RAI Auditorium of Palermo, Atelier Marcell Hastir of Brussels. Giulio also performed for major music societies including: Concordia Foundation, Associazione Mozart of Rovereto, Edinburgh Society of Musicians, Associazione Il Tempietto of Rome.
His work with orchestras includes performances with the Florence Symphony Orchestra, directed by Piero Bellugi, the University of London Symphony Orchestra, directed by Daniel Capp and the North Beds Orchestra directed by Jan Kaznowski.
He has collaborated with many renowned artists such as Jose Menor, Daniel Rivera, Gabriele Baldocci, Nicolas Dupont.
His recitals have been recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3, the Swiss Classical Radio, Radio Vaticana, Radio Mozart Italia and Rai National Television.
Giulio has won prizes at several important piano competitions including: the Hanna Brooke prize for piano, for his excellence in the concert career at the Trinity Laban Conservatory; 2nd prize at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition of New York (2016); 1st prize at the Seiler International piano competition (2002); 1st prize at the Stratford and East London Music Festival (2014); 1st prize at the International piano competition “G. Campochiaro” in Pedara (Italy); “Highly Commended Award” at the Jacques Samuel Piano Competition of London (2012).
In addition to his teaching activity at the Windsor Piano Academy, he is the artistic director of the Windsor International Piano Competition and of the Windsor Piano Festival. He regularly gives master classes in the UK and abroad and he is visiting professor at the Ribera Music Conservatory (Italy).
Giulio is currently studying with Professor Denize Gelenbe. Previously he has studied with professors Gabriele Baldocci and Mikhail Kazakevich (Trinyty Laban Conservatory, 2012-2015), Franco Scala (Imola Piano Academy, 2006-2008) and Bruno Canino (Milan, 2009-2010). He has attended master classes and lessons held by renowned pianists such as Andrzej Jasiński, Martino Tirimo, Barry Snyder, Andrei Gavrilov, Pascal Rogè, Daniel Rivera, Irene Inzerillo, Riccardo Risaliti.
Giulio was also selected by London’s Concordia Foundation as participant to the Young Artists Programme.
A collaboration with Norvegian pianist Oda Voltersvik (Volt&Potenza Duo) established in 2014 underpins Giulio’s interest for four hands/two pianos compositions. The Duo’s debut CD “Khoreia”, including a commissioned contemporary work by Irish composer P. Martin, has been released in April 2016 (Velut Luna label).
Giulio holds Postgraduate and Artist Postgraduate Diplomas from Trinity Laban Conservatory and a Bachelor in History from University of Palermo. He completed his undergraduate music studies at the conservatory of Trapani (Italy), under professor Walter Roccaro.
Program : Haydn and his friends. Details to come.
“Delphine Bardin offers a splendid perspective both intimist and dreamy, she plays the chiaroscuro without ever overstating it, she takes us to a unreal world with an incredible softness …”Gérard Pangon, Radio Classique, Juin 2010 Delphine Bardin’ssound of the piano is magnificent: density, clarity, carnal softness radiate with extraordinary shining, which makes the 13 Barcarolles of G. Fauré to a completely new way of playing… She has exceptional pianistic abilities, and she succeeds to produce colours, shades, clear phrases to bring them up to an apex of intensity… Diapason Music Review, Alain Lompech, May 2010
Delphine Bardin started playing the piano at the age of five. She was taught by Paule Grimaldi in Tours, France and attended the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique at the age of fifteen.
There she won not only the Piano and Chamber Music first prizes but also those for Piano Accompaniment and Vocal Accompaniment.
She went on to study piano as a graduate at the Conservatory under Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and chamber music under Christian Ivaldi.
In 1996 she was awarded the Yvonne Lefébure exhibition, which allowed her to acquire her own concert instrument, a vital asset for the artistic development of a young talent.
In Vevey, Switzerland, in 1997, Delphine Bardin won the Clara Haskil prize, one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world.
Numerous solo engagements followed in which her precise virtuosic mastery of the instrument, the sensitivity of her playing and her musical intelligence attracted the attention of audiences throughout Switzerland, Canada, Germany and France.
In 1999 she was awarded the Bunkamura Prize and was named Laureate of the “Fondation d’entreprise Groupe Banque Populaire”.
As a rising star in 2001-2002, Delphine Bardin was invited as a soloist to Birmingham, to the Cologne Philharmonic, to Carnegie Hall in New York, to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, to the Cité de la Musique in Paris, to the Wigmore Hall in London and to the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
Since then, Delphine Bardin has been travelling the world both as a chamber musician and soloist playing in France, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. She has also formed two duos: one with the cellist Ophélie Gaillard, winner of a Victoire de la Musique award in 2002, and another with Sarah Louvion, First Prize winner at the Kobe International Festival in Japan and Flute soloist with the Frankfurt Opera. Delphine Bardin has recorded a Mozart and Schumann CD for Claves, with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne under the direction de Jésus Lopez Cobos.
Fantaisiestuecke opus 73 de Robert SCHUMANN
– Zart und mit Ausdruck
-Rasch und mit Feue
4 pièces de Serge RACHMANINOV
Sonate en la majeur de César FRANCK
-Allegretto ben moderato
-Allegretto poco mosso
She was born in Bordeaux, France. From an early age, she showed great interest in music and started to play the piano with promising talent.
By the age of 15, having completed her musical studies at the Conservatoire National de Région of Bordeaux, she went on to perfect her skill and knowledge at the Ecole Normale of Music in Paris in Serge Petitgirard’s class. There she obtained a Concert Degree.
Marie-Martine speaks fluent German, English and good Italian and this has enabled her to travel throughout Europe and broaden her musical knowledge. She attended Master Classes, working with Germaine Mounier at the Mozarteum of Salzburg (Austria), with Vitaly Margoulis in Freiburg (Germany) and with Guido Agosti at the Accademia Chigiana in Sienna (Italy). She also worked with two great masters, Eliane Richepin and Catherine Collard. She participated in the Musical Festival of Flaine in Haute-Savoie, where she met some of the greatest European contemporary artists. There, she played with Federico Mondelci, a well-known Italian saxophonist.
Having made the decision to focus her career on soloist performances and chamber music, in 1985 Ms. Bollmann became a member of the Pro-musica Association, supported by the French Ministry of Culture. This association has resulted in her performing with various music groups in Aquitaine.
Currently, Ms. Bollmann regularly plays with great international and national soloists from the Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra, including Jacques Libouban,solo flutist,Cécile Berry,solo viola and Mark Drobinsky cellist , the Faure quartet of Paris and with the Australian tenor Julian Gavin. She also plays throughout Europe, including Lisbon, Portugal, and Hanover, Germany. Ms. Bollmann has also performed in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with Samuel Coles,English solo flutist and with the Bordeaux Wind Ensemble.
French cellist, former student of Mstislav Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory. He won first prize at the Munich International Competition and became a professor at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow.
Born in Baku, he left the USSR in 1974 and settled in Paris. The critics are unanimous in recognizing him as one of the masters of the cello.
While dominating the classical repertoire, he is passionate and ardent defender of the music of our century: H. Dutilleux, S. Gubajdullina, A. Rabinovitch, H. Sauguet, J. Dorfman, A. Schnittke, F. Kaufman
He has performed under prestigious conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Saulius Sondetskiss, Eduardo Mata, Charles Dutoit, Alexandre Rabinovich, Arnold Katz, Dmitri Liss, Maxime Schostakovitch etc …
Many recordings of Milhaud, Saint-Saëns, Shostakovich and Veinberg were made with the Swedish Radio and Symphony Orchestras of Yekaterinburg.
With Alexander Rabinovitch, He recorded the Variations of Beethoven
His CD, Adolf Biarent’s Sonata, won the Top Prize Winner at MIDEM (Cannes) in 2003.
With Martha Argherich, he recorded three CDs in 2003, 2004 and 2006.
Since 2001 he has participated in the Martha Argherich Festival in Lugano and in 2002 at the Martha Argherich Festival in Buenos Aires.
During 2006 and 2007 he has participated in numerous tours in Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Poland, Italy, Russia and Switzerland with various orchestras and has given numerous concerts with prestigious soloists such as Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, Ivry Guitlis, Alexander Rabinovitch, Dora Schwarzberg, Lilya Zilberstein and others.
In 2008 his tour in Japan was a great success and while preparing that in New Zealand, he continues his numerous concerts in France with different orchestras of the countries of the east.
Mark Drobinsky plays on an Italian cello made in 1748 by Carlo Antonio Testore