Sun 2nd Sept 2018 2.15pm: AMY JOLLY (cello) with GEMMA BEESON (piano) play Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Schumann, Rachmaninov
AMY JOLLY (cello) with GEMMA BEESON (piano)
7 Variations on a theme from Mozart’s Magic Flute
Cello Sonata no.2 in F major, op.99
Mephisto Waltz no.1 in A major
Five Pieces in Folk Style, op.102
Amy Jolly is a cellist and collaborator, currently studying towards a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her research is inspired by the piece Tema by Benjamin Britten. Amy will work with 11 composers to complete a set of variations based on this theme. You can read more about this project on the page ‘Variations on a Theme by Britten’.
Aside from her research, Amy works in many performance situations. She has appeared as an orchestral musician with BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the Hallé. She is a member of the award-winning Scarlet Trio and has worked with Manchester-based chamber ensemble Psappha, and pianists Gemma Beeson (UK) and Ida Andersson (Finland). Amy’s work has taken her all over the world in a chamber and orchestral setting. This has included recitals in the UK, Japan and Scandinavia and tours to China, America, South Korea and most European countries. This year she looks forward to duo recitals in Finland, Norway and Sweden.
She has received support as a chamber musician from Help Musicians UK, the Holst Foundation, Daiwa Foundation and the Britten-Pears Foundation. As a soloist, she won the Royal Warrant Holders Aldeburgh Bursary in 2013 and the Charles Hallé Award in 2014. Amy has been awarded the 2017 Dame Gillian Brown Scholarship in recognition of her work and studies in Norway.
Amy graduated with distinction from the MA program at the Royal Academy of Music as a student of Josephine Knight, achieving DipRAM for outstanding final recital and the Rhoda Butt Award for achievement and contribution to the institution. She went on to gain a place on the Hallé String Leadership Scheme and is now completing a diploma in the soloist class at the Institute of Music and Dance in Stavanger, Norway. She studied previously with Professor Valter Despalj in Zagreb and Jakob Kullberg at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where she completed her bachelor studies.
Award-winning pianist Gemma Beeson has performed around the world as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. Having taken up the piano at the age of four, much of Gemma’s formative musical experience was as a violinist, performing in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and leading Stockport Youth Orchestra for several years. Largely through string quartet playing, she developed a love of chamber music that has highly influenced her career path as a pianist.
In 2002, Gemma entered the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Carole Presland. She won numerous awards and prizes both in the college and in national competitions, and discovered an enduring passion for lieder and song accompaniment that has taken her around the world working with emerging young professional singers. After postgraduate studies and receiving a Young Artist’s Fellowship in Piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Gemma worked as an accompanist and coach in many of the UK’s leading music education institutions including Chetham’s School of Music and Wells Cathedral School. She is currently on the team of staff accompanists at the Royal Northern College of Music and Leeds College of Music, as well as on the piano teaching faculty at Chetham’s, and is an examiner for the ABRSM.
In addition to solo and duo recitals and concerto appearances, Gemma’s freelance playing work encompasses many genres of music. Gemma appears regularly in the Hallé Orchestra, was a pianist-director in renowned multi-piano group Piano Circus for several years, has performed new commissions with contemporary chamber group Psappha, and has made several world premier recordings and live broadcasts with the BBC Singers and for the Hyperion, Naxos and Prima Facie record labels. Recent performance venues include the Wigmore, Cadogan and Bridgewater Halls.