First appearing in the early 16th century, after the violin, the viola has provided the binding middle voice between the high and low notes of the violin and cello. Its rich qualities enhance quartets, quintets and orchestral scores. The solo viola comes into its own in Rebecca Clarke's 1919 sonata, Bridge's rarely played pieces and Britten's deeply coloured Lachrymae from 1950. Yuko and Tadashi complete their compelling programme with one of Brahms' late masterpieces.
12:00pm, Thursday 15 August 2013
£16* (includes tea/coffee & biscuits) Unreserved Seating
Rebecca Clarke Sonata for viola and piano 24'
Bridge Pensiero; Allegro Appassionato 8'
Britten Lachrymae 14'
Brahms Sonata in F minor 18'
Winner of the 17th Budapest International Viola Competition, Yuko Inoue has performed as soloist throughout Europe and Japan with many orchestras, including the Hungarian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and with such eminent musicians as Gidon Kremer, Sir Charles Groves, György Pauk, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Heinrich Schiff and Thomas Zehetmair.
Tadashi Imai made his debut in Tokyo in 1997 under the auspices of the Japan Committee of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As a prize-winner of several international competitions in Japan and the United States, he has performed Chopin's Piano Concerto no.1 with the Osaka Symphoniker and Tchaikovsky's Concerto no. 1 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.