|November 13th 2010
|Concert £7 (£9)
| Tamsin Waley-Cohen
| ~ violin
| Gemma Rosefield
| ~ cello
Tamsin Waley-Cohen began her 2010 season with a solo violin recital in the Southbank centre, opening the Park Lane Group series, to high critical acclaim. Described recently by the Guardian as a performer of "fearless intensity" and by the Times as a violinist who "held us rapt in daring and undaunted performances", next season will see performances at Wigmore Hall and King's Place in London, concertos with the RPO and Brighton Philharmonic, as well as concerto and chamber music concerts in the US, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Holland. She will also premiere a new work for violin and string orchestra by Huw Watkins. Tamsin was born in London in 1986. She became a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music. At the RCM she won all available awards, including, twice, the concerto competition, and was their String Player of the Year. She has also participated in master classes given by Ida Haendel, Igor Ozim, and Ruggiero Ricci, the latter describing her as "the most exceptionally gifted young violinist I have ever encountered." Since early 2007 she has played the 1721 ex-Fenyves Stradivarius violin.
Gemma Rosefield, born in London in 1981, studied for a Masters Degree with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music, supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. She had previously graduated with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music. When she was only 18, The Strad wrote about her:
"Eighteen-year-old Gemma Rosefield gave a heartfelt reading of Bruch's Meditation on the Jewish chant, Kol Nidrei. Her eminent control, her fine contrast between light and shade and her broad, expressive brush strokes made this a deeply affecting performance".
She has appeared at all major London venues, including the South Bank, Barbican and Wigmore Hall, where at her debut recital in 2004, she was described by The Strad as "a mesmerising musical treasure" and praised by the London Evening Standard in 2005 as "a phenomenal talent". Gemma's plans include solo recitals throughout the UK and performances of the Elgar, Schumann and both Haydn concertos.
| Duo in B flat