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Riccardo Pes (cello), Alison Rhind (piano) play Bach, Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn

Friday September 28, 2018 at 1:10 pm
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Suite for cello No 3 in C BWV 1009 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Sonatina for cello and piano - Gian Francesco Malipiero
  3. Per Slava, for solo cello - Krzysztof Penderecki
  4. Allegro Appassionato in B minor, for cello and piano Op 43 - Camille Saint-Saëns
  5. Lied ohne Worte in D, for cello and piano Op 109 - Felix Mendelssohn
  6. Il bell’Antonio, for cello and piano - Giovanni Sollima
  7. Tarantella, for cello and piano - Alfredo Casella

Riccardo Pes was born in 1987 in Spilimbergo, Italy. He currently studies at the Royal College of Music, London, on the Artist Diploma course under the tuition of professor Melissa Phelps. He is an RCM Scholar, supported by a Soiree d'Or Award, Pauline Hartley Award and the Kathleen Trust. Riccardo previously studied at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia and attended the High Specialization Music Courses held by Giovanni Sollima at Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome. He graduated the highest mark and the congratulations of the jury.

Riccardo has attended international masterclasses with Franz Bartolomey, Frans Helmerson, Ludwig Quandt, Michael Sanderling, Johannes Goritzki, Gustavo Tavares, Julian Arp, Maria Kliegel, Enrico Dindo, Michael Flaksman and Jelena Ocic.

As a soloist, Riccardo has played with I Solisti Veneti conducted by Claudio Scimone, and performed the Tartini Cello Concerto in A Major in Padua and with the Ensemble Serenissima, and the Vivaldi Concerto in B-flat, unpublished, at the Theater Zancanaro in Sacile. He has played music for solo cello from Bach to Morricone at the Aha! Festival at the University of Gothenburg, Terre di Maremma Festival, High Notes Festival in Lucca, Biennale of Venice.

As chamber musician Riccardo has worked with important musicians such as Mario Brunello, Giovanni Sollima, 100 cellos of Teatro Valle Rome and Triennale of Milan. He regularly plays in a cello and piano duo with Matteo Andri, and also with I Solisti Veneti in Padua performing works by local composers, Ferruccio Busoni Orchestra in Trieste with pianist Roberto Plano on various recording projects.

As a collaborative cellist, Riccardo has worked with the scientist Margherita Hack, writer Alessandro Marzo Magno, poet Morten Sondergaard, photographers Giuliano e Gianni and Cesare Borghesan, as well as actors and contemporary circus artists. Riccardo played as part of the commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Founding of Italy (broadcast live on Mogliano TV) and has collaborated with the electronic artist and European competitions winner, Jens Thomsen (Suns festival, 'Nordic Matters' at Southbank Centre in London).

Riccardo has studied composition with Battista Pradal and recently published his first solo album called Cellina Work. He has made recordings for the music labels Velut Luna, Concerto (Milan), Irene (Spilimbergo) and for the national magazine Amadeus.

Riccardo received the “Man of Peace” Award after his performance at the Tibet Pavillion in Venice last summer, where he has also been given an honorary passport for Tibet.

Riccardo has won First Prize (concerto competition category) and Second Prize (recital category) at the Richmond Festival Competition; Second Prize at both the Hatfield and District Festival Competition and Piove di Sacco Competition.

Riccardo plays a cello made by Edgar Russ in Cremona, 2014.

Alison Rhind is recognised as one of the leading collaborative pianists specialising in the repertoire for piano and strings. Her ability to accompany was recognised and nurtured at an early age whilst still at Chetham’s School of Music and she became increasingly in demand throughout her time at Oxford University where she read Music at Wadham College. Chetham’s invited her back immediately she had finished her degree but she completed her studies with Edith Vogel at the Guildhall School of Music before returning there.

In 1994, she moved to the Yehudi Menuhin School where she worked for twelve years. She toured Israel and Germany with the students and was invited to accompany at the prestigious Kronberg Akademie after her recitals there with the school. During this period, she coached many young instrumentalists with whom she has since forged notable recital partnerships particularly the violinists Alina Ibragimova and Nicola Benedetti with whom she toured the USA and Japan.

Due to increasing amounts of work outside of her job at the school, Alison left to become a freelance accompanist often working with students at the London colleges. The Royal College of Music recognised her work and in 2009 created a post for her as Coach for the String Department which she now combines with freelance recital work. Her work at the college has also lead her to being invited to Oslo and Singapore to coach students there and she has a collaborative relationship with many teachers who send their students to her specifically for duo coaching.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
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