Mahler & Brahms Piano Quartets: Urioste, Hernandez, van der Heijden, Poster
24 October 2017, 17:30
Mahler’s only chamber work is his single-movement Piano Quartet in A minor, a haunting work that belies the composer’s youth: it was first performed just after Mahler's 16th birthday. It is heard here alongside Brahms’s A major Piano Quartet, a work of uplifting grandeur, performed by three exceptional string players and renowned pianist Tom Poster.
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)Piano Quartet in A minor
ViolinistElena Urioste, amusingly hailed by The Washington Post as “a drop-dead beauty who plays with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor,” was recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist and has been featured on the cover of Symphony magazine. She has given acclaimed performances with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras; Boston Pops; New York and Buffalo Philharmonics; and the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, C... Read Full Biography
ViolaAn artist defined by the critics as "…tender, lyrical, loaded with personality" (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pierre Ruhe), violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez is also recognized for drawing "...the sweetest, most sonorous tone..." (Washington Post, Charles T. Downey). In September 2009, Juan-Miguel won the first Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition, Austria, adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and the 9th National Sphinx Competition in 2006, presented by JPM... Read Full Biography
Cellist“The beauty of Laura van der Heijden’s playing lies in the fact that she has a wonderful expressivity, but never, ever overdoes it.” Jane Shuttleworth, Bachtrack Laura van der Heijden has already made a name for herself as a very special emerging talent. Having won many prizes and awards from a very young age, Laura was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician 2012 at the age of 15, performing Walton’s Cello Concerto with Kirill Karabits and the Northern Sinfonia at The Sage, Gateshead. In September 2014 Laura ... Read Full Biography
Pianist“And what can I say about the excellent Tom Poster? His versatility and unerring sense of what works best marks him out as a musician’s musician and everyone in the business should be beating a path to his door” – MusicWeb International, Cheltenham Festival Tom Poster is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry and versatility, equally in demand as soloist and chamber musician across an unusually extensive repertoire. He has been described as “a marvel, [who] can play anything in any st... Read Full Biography
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