Jennifer Pike, Jeremy Pike and Arsha Kaviani (violin & piano) 29th-30th October 2011
Jennifer (violin) and Jeremy Pike (piano) combine artistic forces with pianist Arsha Kaviani to present what will undoubtedly be 2 concerts that showcase the talents of these young musical prodigies. Jennifer and Jeremy will perform one half of each concert whilst Arsha will perform the other. More detailed programme information will soon be available, but will include:
29th October 2011, Bodega Stratvs.
|Arsha Kaviani (piano)
||Arsha Kaviani: 'Sonata-Fantasy'
Brahms: Rhapsodies Op.79
Brahms: Scherzo, from Piano Concerto No.2 in Bb Op.83, transcribed by Arsha Kaviani for Solo Piano
|Jennifer Pike (violin) and Jeremy Pike (piano)||Debussy: Sonata in G minor
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro
30th October 2011, Camel House
|Arsha Kaviani (piano)||Scriabin: Op.8 No.2|
|Brahms: Intermezzo in A major|
|Liszt: Sonata in B minor S. 178|
|Jennifer Pike (violin) and
Jeremy Pike (piano)
|Beethoven: Sonata in A minor op 23|
|Clara Schumann: Three Romances op 22|
Jennifer Pike (violin)
In 2002, at the age of twelve, Jennifer Pike became the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, following her performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 she was honoured with The South Bank Show/The Times Breakthrough Award and became a member of the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists scheme.
She has already performed with the UK’s major orchestras and has given recitals around the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the USA. At the age of fifteen she made her BBC Proms début in the Royal Albert Hall and has since made recital débuts in London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room to great critical acclaim. Past engagements include performances with London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Gramophone Awards Ceremony and with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Festival, televised throughout Europe.
In a new and exciting development in her career, Jennifer has recently signed a three year record deal with Chandos. Her first recording for the label will be the Rozsa Violin Concerto and Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song with the BBC Philharmonic. This year sees the release of her CD of French recital repertoire.
Jennifer Pike’s 2009/10 season included concerto engagements with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Hallé, Ulster Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and the Philharmonia, in addition to recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London; Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and for the BBC in Aberdeen and Manchester. She made her Japanese debut in the autumn of 2010, with a recital for the Musashino Foundation and performances of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Nagoya Philharmonic. She performed twice in the 2009 BBC Proms Season, firstly as soloist with the BBC Philharmonic in the Royal Albert Hall and later in a Cadogan Hall recital. She also made a guest appearance in the Last Night of the Proms. This year she is performing the Brahms Concerto with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras on tour in the UK.
In 1998 she became a day pupil at Chetham’s School of Music, and at the age of just 16 she was awarded a postgraduate scholarship, with the generous support of the Leathersellers' Company, to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning the Derek Butler London Prize in 2007 and gaining a Master's degree in 2009. In 2005 and 2007 she won the prestigious Manoug Parikian Award. Since 2009 she has been studying as an undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
“Her playing has led to her being hailed as one of Britain’s brightest musical prodigies for a generation. I heard in Jennifer a remarkable understanding of music far beyond her years. It was really quite astonishing. I felt it was like listening to a 12-year-old Menuhin.” Daily Mail, May 2002
“The most rewarding part of the whole five-hour venture came in the first five minutes, when 15-year-old Jennifer Pike played a pair of movements from Bach's solo Partita No.3 with great subtlety and composure” The Daily Telegraph, August 2005 (BBC Proms)
“Equipped at 16 with phenomenal tuning, pace, control of timbre and range of dynamics, she brought the house down with Saint-Saëns' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” The Independent, March 2006 (Barbican Hall)
Jeremy Pike (piano)
Jeremy Pike studied piano with Christopher Elton and violin at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music whilst taking composition lessons with Bryan Kelly and Sir Lennox Berkeley. At the age of seventeen he went to read Music on an open scholarship at King’s College, Cambridge, where he studied piano with Phyllis Palmer and composition with Gordon Crosse. In his final year he won the university composition prize and conducted the university orchestra and chamber orchestra. In 1976 he continued his studies in conducting and composition with Paul Patterson on a postgraduate scholarship at the RAM. In 1979 he won a Polish government scholarship to study composition with Henryk Górecki in Katowice, where he met his wife Teresa. His fifth string quartet was runner up for the international Carl Maria von Weber composition prize in 1985. He has directed the electro-acoustic music studios at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Warwick and he is currently Head of Composition at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
In 1998 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, enabling him to undertake research in the USA and France into the application of new technology to the arts. He gained a PhD through London University in 2000. Major commissions include a Bassoon Concerto and The Crossing Point, premiered by the City of London Sinfonia in November 2005. He frequently gives recitals with his daughter Jennifer, including live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme. Recent performances of his music have included Processions for violin and piano, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from the Wigmore Hall in London.
Arsha Kaviani (piano)
Arsha was born in Dubai, in 1990. From an early age he showed interest in music and started piano lessons at the age of six; in 2005 he won the Young Musician of the Gulf Piano Prize and in 2006 the Overall title of Young Musician of the Gulf. He then won a scholarship to the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, which he attended from 2006-2008.
During his time at Chetham’s he won the the Chetham’s Concerto Competition in his first year there with Prokofiev’s 2nd piano Concerto which resulted in a performance with Franz Anton Krager and the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra (he also performed this with Alexander Rahbari and the Istanbul Symphony Orchestra, in Istanbul that same year), Later that year he was asked to play the opening recital of Steinway & Sons Middle East, in the Burj Al Arab’s Ballroom in Dubai. In his second year he played an all-Godowsky program at Ronald Stevenson’s birthday celebration concert at St. John’s Smith Sq. London, and in 2009 he performed at the Al Ain Classics festival in the U.A.E to critical acclaim.
He has since had the fortune of performing critically acclaimed concerts with Symphony Orchestras, chamber ensembles, and at festivals around the world; alongside and under the guidance of world renowned musical authorities (such as Stephen hough, Lang Lang, Vladimir Jurowski, Nelson Georner, Bryce Morrison, Peter Donohoe, Kristjan Jarvi among others) who have been very enthusiastic and supportive of his music. He now studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester as a bursary student in his third year and in his first year there he was selected for the Gold Medal Weekend in which he played the Busoni Fantasia Contrappuntistica from memory ( Busoni expert Carlo Grante called this performance of the work 'revelatory'). In August 2010, he played the opening concert of the Chetham's International Piano festival with Busoni's monumental Piano Concerto Op.39.
Besides composing himself, he has a very diverse repertoire that includes lesser known works such as the concertos and sonatas of Medtner, Feinberg and Busoni, to staples of the classical and romantic repertoire such as the Brahms Bb Piano Concerto and sonatas and concerti of Beethoven, and Schumann among many others.
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