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Piotr Dec (clarinet) and Edyta Lajdorf (piano) play Brahms and Poulenc

Wednesday April 4, 2018 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for clarinet and piano No 2 in E flat Op 120 No 2 - Johannes Brahms
  2. Sonata for clarinet and piano - Francis Poulenc
  3. Fantaisie brilliante sur 'Rigoletto' - Luigi Bassi

Piotr Dec is currently studying clarinet with Mark van de Viel and Angela Malsbury as a scholar of Master of Music program at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2017 Piotr has completed Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the Royal College of Music in London (RCM), where he studied modern clarinet with Janet Hilton and Barnaby Robson, as well as classical clarinet with Professor Colin Lawson CBE and Dr. Ingrid Pearson, generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

In May this year, Piotr made his professional debut playing solo in the Royal Albert Hall. Piotr is also a laureate of the Solo Woodwind Competition (2017), held at the RCM, where he won the main clarinet prize

Together with stunning soprano Jennifer Coleman, he was in the final of National English Song Competition (2016 and 2017) and performed at the famous London Summer Exhibition in Royal Academy of Arts. He recently premiered Dan Chappell's 'After a Portrait' at the National Portrait Gallery and featured playing solo on a recording for Chinese Berita Global Television.

In 2015, collaborating with Dr. Caroline Potter from Kingston University, he made the world premiere of Satie’s Furniture Music at the Southbank Centre and performed Sir Arthur Somervell’s Clarinet Quintet at the 'Exploring the Archives’ concert at the RCM. In the same year, he received a scholarship to work with artists from the Vienna International Music Academy and Berlin Philharmonic Academy. Together with soprano Helaine Liebman, Piotr gave a series of concerts at St. George’s Hanover Square commemorating the holocaust, composed by the American composer Lori Laitman.

Piotr was the winner of the National Polish Clarinet Competition in Wroclaw (2013), and was also a laureate of second prize at the International Woodwind Competition in Wroclaw (2013) and International Clarinet Festival in Szczecin (2013).

He has appeared playing solo in many well-known venues such as: Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, St. John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St. George’s Hanover Square, Southbank Centre, St. James's Piccadilly Church, Foundling Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Charlottenburg Palace, Wroclaw Philharmonic, Wroclaw Radio and Television Concert Hall, and many more.

He has participated numerous masterclasses given by: Philippe Berrod, Julian Bliss, Patrick Messina, Shirley Brill and Wenzel Fuchs.

He began his musical training in Wroclaw, Poland, with Mieczyslaw Stachura, professor of Karol Lipinski’s Academy of Music in Wroclaw, gaining a diploma with the highest distinction.

Piotr regularly plays with Arch Sinfonia, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and In-Tune Orchestra.

Edyta Lajdorf was born in Poland. She is a Master of Music scholar of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studies piano with prof. Paul Roberts and prof. Martin Roscoe, and harpsichord with prof. Carole Cerasi. Edyta has completed her Bachelor Degree at the Royal College of Music in London, where she was under the tutelage of prof. Gordon Fergus – Thompson for piano and prof. Jane Chapman for harpsichord.

Edyta has received the Donemus prize in the Prix Annelie de Man in Amsterdam in the Netherlands (2015), second prize in the Valetta International Piano Competition in Malta (2014), been the finalist of the 1st International Piano Competition ‘Performance without limits’ in Lodz in Poland (2013), won the WISE Foundation’s Outstanding Artist award in Boston in the United States (2012), received second prize in the I. J. Paderewski VIII National Piano Competition in Piotrkow Trybunalski in Poland (2011) and second prize in the J.S.Bach XX International Piano Competition in Gorzow Wielkopolski in Poland (2011). In the International Piano Competition in Usti upon Laben in the Czech Republic she received third (2006) and second (2007) prize, and a prize for her interpretation of Beethoven (2007).

Edyta has performed concerts internationally in the Czech Republic, United States, Netherlands, Malta, Poland and in the United Kingdom at venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room, Victoria and Albert Museum, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James's Piccadilly Church, Milton Court, The Bridgewater Hall, St. George’s Hanover Square, Huddersfield Town Hall, Regent Hall, Savile Club, the Royal College of Music, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, St Mary Abbots Parish Church, Bush Hall and Toynbee Hall. In addition to her solo performances she has played with orchestras, string quartets and choirs

Edyta has attended many music workshops and masterclasses which gave her the opportunity to work with professors from all over the world (I. Itin, G. Isphording, V. Rosenbaum, A. Korsantia, J. Stanford, A. Wodnicki, J. Banowetz, M. McLachlan, A. Barutti, P. Slavik, V. Nossina, R. Fric).

Edyta is supported by the Henry Wood Trust, Leverhulme Trust, EMI Music Sound Foundation and WISE Foundation.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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