The Kirckman Concert Society launches a major new venture with the first Kirckman Young Artists Series at St John's Smith Square

The Kirckman Concert Society launches a major new venture with St John’s Smith Square in 2019. From January to June the Society presents a series of seven concerts featuring outstanding young artists at the outset of their careers. The series opens on 10 January with the Maxwell String Quartet, who are rising stars of the chamber music world following their win at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017. Their programme celebrates the Quartet’s folk music roots alongside some of the greatest works in the Quartet repertoire.

Pianist Jamie Bergin recently completed his studies at the University of Hanover with Lars Vogt and has since been working as his assistant. His 24 January recital features works by Beethoven, Brahms, Albéniz and Ravel.

On 7 February the Ruisi Quartet offers a wide-ranging programme of Purcell, Stravinsky, Haydn and Mendelssohn. Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Young British String Players, the Quartet has established a reputation as a charismatic and expressive ensemble. Pianist Ariel Lanyi, still an undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, has been impressing audiences with playing of striking authority and a maturity beyond his years. His programme on 7 March features works written during the late Classical and early Romantic periods, with works by Mozart, Schumann and Schubert.

Described by Martha Argerich as ‘an outstanding young pianist’, Florian Mitrea has already achieved considerable success in a number of international competitions, and he recently performed at Carnegie Hall as a prizewinner at the New York Piano Festival. His 10 April recital includes works by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Haydn along with lyrical folksong variations by Romanian composer Paul Constantinescu.

Yehuda Inbar came to the UK after completing his Bachelor's degree in Jerusalem, and is now studying for a Ph.D at the Royal Academy of Music. His 2 May recital reflects his twin passions of Schubert sonatas and contemporary music, including the completion of the D.840 Reliquie Sonata, commissioned by Yehuda from Michael Finnissy.

Trio Anima came together at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The flute, viola and harp trio won the Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the 2012 Royal Over-Seas League Competition. On 20 June they perform a colourful programme of British and French music focussing on the first major works written for this combination at the turn of the 20th century: Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio and Debussy’s Sonata, as well as the world premiere of Trio Notturno by Rory Boyle, commissioned specially for the Trio.

Kirckman Concert Society Chairman and Artistic Director Andrew West writes: “As a former Kirckman artist I know how important it is for a young musician to have the chance to perform on a major London concert platform. Now, as Artistic Director of the Society, I am thrilled that we are launching this new series at St John’s Smith Square, giving this opportunity to our wonderful young musicians in 2019.”


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