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Sun 4th Feb 2018 2.15pm: SOPHIE ROSA (violin) and DUNCAN GLENDAY (piano): A duo masterpiece by Beethoven plus Brahms, Schubert and Dvorak

Sophie Rosa (violin), Duncan Glenday (piano) 

Programme to include:

Schubert Sonatina G
Beethoven Sonata op 96
Brahms Scherzo
Dvorak Songs My Mother Taught Me
Brahms Hungarian Dances (selection)

Sophie Rosa has performed across the UK as a recitalist in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the photo of Sophie RosaPurcell Room and Bridgewater Hall. In 2011 was awarded the Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2nd Manchester International Violin Competition and she has since performed live for BBC Radio 3 and has appeared as soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata.

Sophie’s debut album, ‘Reve d’Enfant’ was released in 2016 on the Champs Hill Records label. It was described in Musical Opinion as, ‘…. a very fine disc, containing uniformly excellent performances in great style and played with complete musical understanding …. a very desirable record of the year.’ The disc has also received excellent reviews from Fanfare Magazine, Music and Vision and it was selected as one of the highlights of the year in the Manchester Evening News. Sophie is currently working on a disc of violin duets for EM Records with Midori Komachi and Simon Callaghan, which will be released in April 2017.

Sophie has performed at the MBNA Chester Music Festival, The Manchester Midday Concert Society, The Aurora Festival, Sweden, Musique Cordiale Festival, France, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove. As a chamber musician Sophie has collaborated with notable musicians including Martin Roscoe, Nobuko Imai, Hannah Roberts, Giovanni Guzzo, Craig Ogden and James Gilchrist. Sophie is a member of classical and contemporary music collective, Pixels Ensemble and performs with Psappha contemporary music ensemble.

Sophie studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM with Wen Zhou Li. She was a recipient of the RNCM Gold Medal and was also awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal in recognition of her musical achievements. After completing her Masters’ Degree with Distinction, Sophie completed the RNCM International Artist Diploma in Solo Performance and furthered her studies in America where she has been mentored by Midori Goto, Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein.

Sophie was kindly supported during her studies by several foundations including: the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Music Scholarship, The Solti Foundation, The Hattori Foundation, The Manchester Graucob Award, the Leverhulme Scholarship, The High Sheriff of Cheshire Prize for Music, The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, The Lauriston School Trust, The Stanley Picker Trust and Help Musicians UK.

Sophie is also extremely grateful to the Stradivari Trust for their assistance with acquiring a fine Gagliano violin for her career through a syndicate trust.
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British pianist Duncan Glenday enjoys a busy and varied performing career as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Since completing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, he has performed extensively throughout the UK and has appeared at venues such as St James’ Piccadilly, London, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, and the Lowry, Salford Quays.

For over 20 years he has given solo and duo recitals for music societies around the country, whilst in 2010 he gave a solo recital for the inaugural Geneva International Academy and Festival. He has also performed over 20 concertos, including mainstream works by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt, Brahms and Rachmaninov with orchestras such as the Northern Chamber Orchestra and Amadeus Orchestra, plus works by Dohnanyi, Copland and Henze with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his active solo career, Duncan is also in great demand as an accompanist and chamber musician, with collaborations recently taking him to the International Lake District Summer Music Festival and the Buxton, Ryedale and Isle of Wight Festivals.

Born in Oldham and educated at the Hulme Grammar School for Boys, he continued his musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Renna Kellaway and John Gough, where he followed the joint degree course with Manchester University, graduating with a first-class honours degree and Diplomas in professional performance. Duncan is currently a tutor of piano at Manchester University, Chetham’s School of Music and at the RNCM Junior Department. He is also the Artistic Director of Leigh Music Society, the Uppermill Summer Music Festival and Uppermill Coffee Concerts Series.