For our closing concert LDSM is thrilled to bring NYSO for its first visit, as the culmination of its summer course. Founded in 1995, NYSO is one of the UK's most prestigious training organisations for young string players up to the age of 21. Pärt's Cantus – the most popular orchestral work by the world's most performed living composer – forms a bridge between Britten's 1943 gem and Strauss's 1945 elegy to a world devastated by war. The concerto spot highlights Mendelssohn's rarely-heard first concerto, written – astonishingly – when he was 13. Revived in the 1950s by Yehudi Menuhin, it has all the hallmarks of the genius which flooded his mature repertoire. To bring the curtain down, while we cannot promise a fortnight of sunshine, with Tchaikovsky's Serenade, all ends radiantly.
Damian Iorio CONDUCTOR
Mathilde Milwidsky VIOLIN*
8:30pm, Friday 10 August 2018
A £24 / B £16 RV Allocated Seating
Supported by Rathbone Investment Management
Britten Prelude and Fugue for 18 strings, Op.29 9’
Pärt Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten 6¾’
R Strauss Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings 27’
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto No.1 in D minor* 24’
Tchaikovsky Serenade in C major, Op.48 29¼’
The National Youth String Orchestra trains string players up to the age of 21. Membership is by audition and players take part in residential courses at Easter and summer in venues around the UK, followed by experience in the art of public performance. In recent years the ensemble has performed at Cambridge Summer Music Festival, the Three Choirs Festival and Wiltshire Music Centre, as well as making regular appearances at Kings Place.
Born in London into a distinguished family of Italian and English musicians, Damian Iorio began his professional life as a violinist. Following studies at the RNCM and Indiana University, Damian went on to study conducting at St Petersburg State Conservatoire whilst serving as a member of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has subsequently worked with some of the world's greatest orchestras and opera companies. His most recent credits include engagements with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia.
Mathilde's studies began at the RCM Junior Department where she was a Tsukanov Scholar, taught by Viktoria Grigoreva & David Takeno. Mathilde subsequently studied at the RAM as a full scholarship student under György Pauk, graduating in 2017 with first class honours. She is currently studying under Mi-kyung Lee at the Hochschule für Musik München. She has performed as a soloist at major London venues as well as across Europe and is regularly invited to UK and European festivals.