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Featuring some of the most talented young musicians at the start of their professional careers alongside students from the Uk's leading conservatoires and junior colleges.

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  • Leeds LunchtimeChamber Music2014/15Wednesdays at 1.05pmThe VenueLeeds College of MusicQuarry Hill, Leeds

  • Welcome to another exciting season of lunchtime chamber recitals at The Venue, featuring some of the most talented young musicians at the start of their professional careers alongside students from the UKs leading conservatoires and junior colleges.

    This seasons highlights include a performance of Beethovens Archduke Trio by Arcturus, a song recital by renowned international baritone and Opera North favourite Roderick Williams, a recorder recital by BBC Young Musician 2012 finalist Charlotte Barbour-Condini and piano recitals by international prize-winners Kausikan Rajeshkumar and Ammiel Bushakevitz.

    Whether you work in Leeds city centre, are a student or a senior member of the community, Leeds Lunchtime Chamber Series offers the perfect midday respite with a chance to hear world-class performances for free! Each concert lasts fifty minutes so that it can easily fit into your lunch break or daily routine.

    Leeds College of Musics caf bar stocks a range of drinks, sandwiches and light meals and is open before and after the concert. So why not make a lunch date with us this season!

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    1 October 2014

    Kausikan Rajeshkumarpiano

    Beethoven Sonata No 30Schumann Carnaval

    Kausikan was born in London in 1990 and began to learn the piano at the age of seven. In 1999, he won a scholarship to attend the Purcell School, where he studied the piano under Tessa Nicholson. He was offered top scholarships from the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, but instead took up a place to read Music at Cambridge University, where he graduated with First Class Honours.

    He has performed extensively across the UK and abroad, has been broadcast on BBC television and radio and was a Piano Finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in both 2006 and 2008. Kausikan won the Weimar International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in 2009 and more recently, First Prize at the Maria Herrero International Piano Competition 2013 in Spain, Second Prize at the Darmstadt International Chopin Piano Competition 2013, the McCallum Prize at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition 2013 and First Prize at the RCM Schumann Competition.

    Future engagements include recitals in Spain and at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, and concerto appearances in Hanover and at St Johns, Smith Square.

    8 October 2014

    Pro CordaLeverhulme Fellow:Alice Pinto pianoProgramme to include works by Britten and Chopin.

    Prize winners in Pro Cordas National Chamber Music Festival for Schools:

    Nottingham High School Trombone QuartetJacob Suite for Four Trombones Tomasi tre ou ne pas tre LaRocca/Gale Tiger Rag

    Shrewsbury School Senior Saxophone QuartetRavel/Enzel Le Tombeau de Couperin: PreludeKaren Street Tango Gershwin/Wood An Americanin Paris

    British pianist Alice Pinto gained her MMus degree in Piano Performance and Research from the Royal Academy of Music in 2012. She currently teaches at Junior Guildhall and holds a Leverhulme Fellowship with Pro Corda.

    Nottingham High School has one of the busiest and most vibrant music departments in the Midlands. The Trombone Quartet has been together for four years.

    The Senior Saxophone Quartet from Shrewsbury School has performed in numerous concerts. The saxophonists have all gained their ATCL diplomas and are taught by Maria Eglinton.

    15 October 2014

    Amy Tressviolin

    Alison Rhindpiano

    Beethoven Violin Sonata No 6Schumann Fantasy in C major Debussy Violin Sonata

    Amy Tress recently completed her Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, studying with Maciej Rakowski, winning both First Prize and Unaccompanied Bach Prize in the Violin Competition.

    As a soloist and chamber musician, Amy has performed in venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Conway Hall, the Purcell Room, and the Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room.

    Amy performs regularly around the UK with duo partner Anyssa Neumann and her ensemble the London Chamber Collective. Her performances with orchestra include the concertos of Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Korngold, Schnittke and the Bach Double, as well as Ravels Tzigane, Rimsky-Korsakovs Scheherezade and Sibeliuss Humoresques.

    In recent years Amy has played with the London Sinfonietta, the LPO Future Firsts scheme and English National Opera.

    Amy is very grateful for the support of the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Albert Cooper Memorial Trust, Kathleen Trust, St Marylebone Foundation and Stephen Bell Charitable Trust.

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  • 22 October 2014

    Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Isabel Kent oboeLaura Williamson celloIain Clarke pianoSuzanne Murphy voice

    Isabel started playing the oboe at the age of eight and joined the Junior Conservatoire when she was thirteen, studying oboe with Stephen West as well as piano with Marika Slater. She is currently a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

    Laura, aged sixteen, is a pupil at Prestwick Academy in Ayrshire and has been learning cello with David OConnell since the age of eight. She has attended the Junior Conservatoire since 2008 and hopes to become a professional musician in the future.

    Iain attends the Junior Conservatoire for piano, taught by Professor Heather Slade-Lipkin, and saxophone, taught by John Miller. He has passed his Grade 8 piano and saxophone and Grade 7 clarinet. He recently won the Moray Piano Competition in Elgin.

    Suzanne is currently studying at Craigholme School in Glasgow and is being trained as a classical singer at the Junior Conservatoire under the tuition of Margaret Izatt. In May 2014 she won the Glasgow Grand Opera Society Cup for Voice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

    5 November 2014

    Nathalie Shawviolin

    Sebastian Mllerviolin

    Julian Shawviola

    Dvork TerzettoMozart String Duo No 2Kodly Serenade

    Nathalie is a seasoned recitalist and concerto soloist in Europe and the USA. She is currently Solo Violin of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (USA) and Ensemble Stravinsky (Metz, France). She holds a professorship at the Conservatoire Municipal Darius Milhaud (Paris).

    Sebastian is professor of violin at Leeds College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Universities of Sheffield and Chichester. He appears as soloist both in, and outside Europe and has been principal leader and soloist of the German String Orchestra.

    Julian is ex-solo viola of the Zurich Opera, London Philharmonic and English Chamber Orchestras. He is a well-known chamber musician, soloist and jurist in the UK, across Europe and in the USA.

    Nathalie and Julian are Artistic Directors of the Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente in France.

    12 November 2014

    Ji Liupiano

    Busoni Sonatina No 6(Carmen Fantasy)Schubert Fantasie in C (Wanderer)Gershwin/Wild Three Virtuoso Etudes: Man I Love, Embraceable You and I Got RhythmLiszt/Gounod Waltz from Faust

    Born in 1990, Ji studied at the Shanghai Conservatoire of Music.In 2005 and 2006 he took part in the Verbier Festival and Academy where he received the Tabor Piano Award and CUBS Prize. He went on to study at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia with Dmitri Bashkirov and at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton, graduating in 2013.

    Ji has appeared as soloist at major venues and festivals internationally including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Concertgebouw, Auditorium du Louvre, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), Rachmaninov Hall (Tchaikovsky Conservatoire), Stavanger Chamber Music Festival and the Gstaad Festival where he performed JS Bachs Goldberg Variations.

    Engagements during 2013/14 included his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, a performance of Liszts Totentanz at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and recitals at the Purcell Room and The Sage Gateshead. His first CD recorded for Classic FM was released in January 2014 and was No 1 in the Classical chart for several weeks.

    19 November 2014

    Zelkova String QuartetMozart String Quartet No 16Ravel String Quartet

    The Zelkova String Quartet was founded in 2010 at the Royal Northern College of Music under the guidance of Petr Prause, of the Talich Quartet. In 2012 it won the Christopher Rowland Chamber Ensemble of the Year Prize, receiving both First Prize and the Audience Prize.

    The Quartet performed in the RNCM Chamber Music Festival in both 2011 and 2012 and in the 2013 RNCM Beethoven Festival. It also made its debut at St Martin in the Fields and St Johns Smith Square with recitals at both venues last season.

    The Quartet has received coaching from Gbor Takcs-Nagy, Levon Chilingirian, Hatto Beyerle, Joha