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Emma Purslow (violin) and Eleanor Kornas (piano) play Medtner and Stravinsky

Monday September 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. 2 Canzonen mit Tänzen Op 43 - Nikolai Karlovich Medtner
  2. Suite Italienne - Igor Stravinsky

Violinist and violist Emma Purslow was born in the Peak District and is now based in London following her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music studying with Daniel Rowland and Sasha Rohzdestvensky.

Emma is a passionate chamber musician, and her ensemble the Vasara String Quartet have appeared in multiple venues throughout the UK and abroad. These include appearances at the Wigmore Hall, the Elgar Rooms at the Royal Albert Hall, and Kings Place, and they have also performed at venues including Leith Hill Place and the British Ambassadors Residency in Paris. In 2014 they collaborated with Marc Danel of the renowned Quatuor Danel in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet at Wigmore Hall. She has also played with the award winning Ruisi Quartet in the prestigious ‘ChamberStudio’ Masterclasses at Kings Place. Slightly alternative venues have included the Hammersmith Apollo alongside violinist Jack Liebeck and Professor Brian Cox, Kensington Palace and the National Portrait Gallery. In her time at the RCM Emma was awarded RCM String Quartet of the Year 2012 and the Britten Intercollegiate Prize 2013. She is a Pro Corda Leverhulme Fellow 2016-2017 so has the privilege of coaching young talented chamber musicians between the ages of 8-18.

Emma has appeared in recital in venues throughout the UK and abroad, including Lincoln’s Inn, the Grieghallen in Bergen, and Cividale del Friuli, Italy with her duo partner, Eleanor Kornas. Recent concerto appearances include Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2 with the Hereford Symphony Orchestra and Street Orchestra of London. Emma is looking forward to appearing in recital at The Elgar Rooms, Royal Albert Hall, as a part of the Leeds International Concert Season and as the New Generation Young Artist at the Stift International Festival in Holland.

Emma has always loved orchestral performance and is passionate about bringing live performance to everyone. She currently leads the Street Orchestra of London; described by the Guardian as “truly uplifting” this 40 piece ensemble aims to bring live orchestral performance to those unable to access it. Emma recently represented them as a guest speaker at the Association of British Orchestras Conference 2017. She was privileged to be part of of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestras’s Shoulder to Shoulder Scheme 2015-16. She also works with various orchestras around London, including the Little Orchestra, Trafalgar Sinfonia, the Faust Ensemble and co leading the Women of the World Orchestra. In her time at the RCM Emma led all the major RCM ensembles, including the RCM Symphony Orchestra in a performance for Steve Reich, the RCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the RCM Opera Orchestra in Albert Herring.

Outside of her classical musical activities Emma can often be found performing with Rwandan singer and peace advocate Jean-Paul Samputu, and has also appeared in a short film by Bohemia Junction which featured at both the Cannes and the British Independent Film Festival, as well as winning Best Short Film at the Rajasthan Film Festival 2017.

Emma plays on a modern violin by Neil Értz and a Bellosio viola kindly on loan from the RCM. Her undergraduate study was kindly supported by Douglas and Hilda Simmonds.

Eleanor Kornas began learning the piano at the age of five and, from the age of nine, attended Chetham’s School of Music, studying piano with Dina Parakhina. From 2012 to 2015, Eleanor read Music at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree. Throughout her time at Cambridge, alongside studying Academic Music, Eleanor performed with Trinity College Chapel Choir as their Organ Scholar and was selected to participate as a pianist in various University music schemes such as the Pembroke Lieder Scheme, the Royal Academy of Music-University of Cambridge Collaboration Scheme and the Instrumental Award Scheme. Eleanor also won Trinity College's Edith Leigh Piano Prize and the Cambridge University Music Society Concerto Competition. For academic achievement, Eleanor became a Senior Scholar of Trinity College and was awarded the Donald Wort Prize by the Faculty of Music. Upon leaving university, having been the first female Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Eleanor was awarded the Forbes-Dunlop Grant by the Women's Careers Foundation which enabled her to accept the offer to work as an Adami Award Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment (working with the String and Vocal faculties) at the Royal College of Music from September 2015 to July 2016. Eleanor then worked as a Staff Accompanist at Chetham's School of Music from November 2016 to June 2017.

Eleanor has had many performing opportunities as a soloist, an accompanist, in chamber ensembles and in chamber orchestras, both in the UK and internationally. These have included performing in venues such as St James Piccadilly, the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall, London; Bridgewater Hall and the RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester; Troldsalen (the concert hall at Troldhaugen, Norway), where she was invited to perform as part of Grieg’s bicentenary celebrations; and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, where she was the soloist in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Cambridge University Music Society Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Eleanor was invited to perform along with duo partner, Emma Purslow, as a New Generation Artist at Stif Music Festival in Holland. Eleanor also enjoys performing as an organist and harpsichordist. As the Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge, Eleanor played for chapel services three times per week and accompanied the choir for their recordings; Eleanor is the accompanist on discs of music by Eriks Ešenvalds, Kenneth Leighton, and Herbert Howells, all released by Hyperion and nominated for Gramophone Awards. She also toured with the choir to Canada, Germany, Switzerland and the United States of America. Eleanor is currently the Royal College of Music's Piano Accompaniment Fellow for the Wind, Bass and Percussion faculties.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
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