12th April: Lunchtime piano concert – Irena Radić

fb_event_buttonAfter a break for Easter, Tuesdays Till Two resumes with the first in our Spring season of lunchtime concerts. Pianist Irena Radić will return to St John’s Church, Cathedral Square to give a recital of dramatically varied and contrasting works, including Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue in D minor and Ginastera’s exciting Argentinian Dances.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade cakes,scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but those who are able to afford it are asked to make a donation. The suggested amount is £4

Programme

Ravel – Sonatine
i. Modéré
ii. Mouvement de Menuet
iii. Animé

Bach – Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor BWV 903

Brahms – 3 Intermezzi Op.117
i. Andante Moderato
ii. Andante non troppo e con molta espressione
iii. Andante con moto

Ginastera – Danzas Argentinas Op.2
i. Danza del viejo boyero
ii. Danza de la moza donosa
iii. Danza del gaucho matrero

About Irena

British pianist Irena Radić is currently studying at the Royal College of Music, London with Niel Immelman. She began learning the piano with Jenny Macmillan and later studied with Lynette Stulting at the RCM’s Junior Department as a Tsukanov Scholar and recipient of the Wolfson Music Award.

She has won several awards and was chosen to perform at the Wigmore Hall as a prizewinner in the Jaques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival 2012 & 2013. Other awards include the Teresa Carreño Piano Prize 2014, Young Musician of the Year 2013 at both Peterborough and Oundle Music Festivals, and runner up in the Gordon Turner Memorial Competition. Irena has performed in venues such as the Venezuelan Embassy’s Bolivar Hall, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge and the Amaryllis Flemming Concert Hall. She has also had the pleasure of performing in numerous public masterclasses across the UK, Jersey, and Greece with pianists including Cristina Ortiz, Norma Fisher, Charles Owen, Murray McLachlan and Vanessa Latarche.

Irena performs regularly as a chamber musician and this year founded a duo with Swedish guitarist Jonatan Bougt, with whom she enjoys creating new arrangements for their Piano and Guitar duo; upcoming performances feature their arrangements of Ravel’s Ma Mere l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite) and Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes Op.34. Irena has worked in various ensembles, performing works including Piano Trios by Beethoven and Rebecca Clarke.

In addition to her work as a chamber musician, Irena enjoys orchestral piano and celeste, and has performed in venues including the Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square in works such as Prokoffiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, Shostakovich’s Symphony no.5, Bernstein’s West Side Story – Symphonic Dances, Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto no.1, Walton’s Cello Concerto and Webern’s Five Pieces for Orchestra.

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