The Full Works Concert – Friday 24 May: Rising Stars
Jane Jones rounds up her week of great concerts featuring some of the brightest young stars of today.
Tonight's concert opens with Mozart's Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor played by the Italian Alessio Bax. He was born in 1977 and graduated from the Bari conservatory at the age of 14. He won the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in 2000 after first participating in 1993. Bax regularly performs with his wife, Lucille Chung. "They are a great team," he says. "There is total trust and…we think so much alike, we don’t even have to talk while rehearsing."
29-year old violinist Julia Fischer, pictured, won the International Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in 1995, where she won both the first prize and the special prize for best Bach solo work performance in 1995. She has also had the opportunity to play Mozart's own violin in the room in which he was born in Salzburg to honour the 250th anniversary of his birth. Tonight she is joined by fellow German, the cellist Daniel Muller-Schott in Brahms' Double Concerto in A minor.
Born in 1989, clarinettist Julian Bliss has performed both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and also recently designed his own range of Bliss Clarinets for instrument maker Leblanc. In this evening's concert he plays Louis Spohr's Clarinet Concerto No.2 in E flat major.
The concert ends with Bach's Keyboard Concerto in D major played by Alexandre Tharaud. Parisian Tharaud has enjoyed an international career since the late 1980s. But the pianist refuses to keep his piano in his house - he says that he'll begin to prefer the pleasure of improvisation to the necessity of rigorous work.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor
Piano: Alessio Bax
Simon Over conducts the Southbank Sinfonia
Johannes Brahms: Double Concerto in A minor
Violin: Julia Fischer
Cello: Daniel Muller-Schott
Yakov Kreizberg conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Louis Spohr: Clarinet Concerto No.2 in E flat major
Clarinet: Julian Bliss
Kenneth Sillito conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Johann Sebastian Bach: Keyboard Concerto in D major
Piano: Alexandre Tharaud
Bernard Labadie conducts Les Violins du Roy