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Talk and Russian Song Recital: "The Guest from the Future"

24 November 2016, 18:00 - 19:00


Recital


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The Leonard Wolfson Auditorium

Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford, OX2 6UD, UK



As part of Wolfson College's 50th anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to co-present a talk and concert of Russian music, The Guest from the Future, focussing on the poet Anna Akhmatova. This one-hour event will take place in the stunning Leonard Wolfson auditorium (opened in 2013) on Thursday 24 November at 6pm, and is completely free, with no need to book. There is ample parking on site.

Julie Curtis, Professor of Russian Literature and Fellow at Wolfson College, will begin the event with a short talk about the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova and her friendship with Isaiah Berlin (Founding President of Wolfson). Russian soprano Ilona Domnich, a fast-rising star, will then perform Prokofiev's five settings of Akhmatova's poetry with Sholto Kynoch. Ilona Domnich and the Phoenix Piano Trio will also perform Shostakovich's Seven Romances of Alexander Blok.

Tickets are free and booking is not required. More information can be found here.


Artist Portrait

Ilona Domnich

Ilona Domnich

Soprano

Ilona Domnich is a lyric soprano (leggero), described by critics as a memorable voice of silken beauty with a luminous edge to the tone, a sensitive musician and an actress of magnetic presence. She was chosen by Opera Now 2014 as Top 10 high flyers, “new generation of sopranos who are destined to have impressive careers”. The Artist of the Month in Opera 2015 and was a Telegraph’s choice of best British-based talent December 2016. Originally a pianist, Ilona was plucked by a legendary singing teacher Vera Rosza at o... Read Full Biography
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The Phoenix Piano Trio

The Phoenix Piano Trio

Ensemble

Jonathan Stone - violin Christian Elliott - cello Sholto Kynoch - piano The Phoenix Piano Trio is established as one of today’s leading ensembles, bringing together three renowned players and praised for a ‘musical narrative of tremendous, involving depth’. Their highly successful debut season in 2011 included over twenty concerts across the UK as part of their “Beyond Beethoven” cycle, performing all of Beethoven’s works for Piano Trio. They have performed on several occasions at London’s Wi... Read Full Biography
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Jonathan Stone

Jonathan Stone

Violinist

British violinist Jonathan Stone is an internationally acclaimed chamber musician, soloist, concertmaster and director. As soloist and chamber musician, highlights of this season include appearances at the Larzac, North Norfolk, Battle, Ironstone and Marryat Players chamber music festivals, as well as the Oxford Lieder Festival. In May 2019, he appears as a guest artist with the Nash Ensemble to record Fanny Mendelssohn’s string quartet, and in January 2020 he returns to Wigmore Hall as violinist of the Phoenix Piano Trio. Jonath... Read Full Biography
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Christian Elliott

Christian Elliott

Cellist

Christian Elliott enjoys a varied career as chamber musician, orchestral musician, and soloist. He was appointed Principal Cellist of the Irish Chamber Orchestra in 2016, with whom he has appeared as soloist and director. He is also a member of the Phoenix Piano Trio whose upcoming discs feature works by Robert and Clara Schumann, Niels Gade, Brahms, and Mendelssohn. Born in Ottawa, Canada, Christian began his musical studies with his father, guitarist Garry Elliott, at the age of nine. When he was 13 he had the opportunity to learn the... Read Full Biography
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Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch

Pianist

Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in chamber music and song accompaniment. In addition to a busy performance schedule and a fast-growing discography, he is the founder and director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, the UK’s most renowned song festival, which recently won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award. In recent years he has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Berliner Konzerthaus, the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, the Opéra de Lille... Read Full Biography

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