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Kris Garfitt (trombone) and Seri Dan (piano) play Krenek, Berio and Weber

Friday March 20, 2020 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Ballade - Frank Martin
  2. Five Pieces, for trombone and piano - Ernst Krenek
  3. Sequenza V, for trombone - Luciano Berio
  4. Romance, for trombone and piano - Carl Maria von Weber
  5. Improvisation No 1, for trombone - Enrique Crespo

Kris Garfitt is a member of the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and first prizewinner of both the 2018 International Tenor and Bass Trombone Competition in Budapest and the 2018 International Juozas Pakalnis Competition of Wind and Percussion Instruments in Vilnius.

He graduated in 2015 from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, with a First Class Honours Degree. During his time at Guildhall, he undertook regular lessons with Eric Crees, Peter Gane and Christopher Houlding, and later with Fabrice Millischer in Freiburg Musikhochschule.

Kris is extremely busy as an orchestral musician. Besides regular concerts with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, he is performing regularly with many of Europe’s biggest orchestras and has worked with some of the best conductors in the world.

Alongside his orchestral career, Kris also manages to negotiate a busy schedule as a solo musician. He has performed as soloist with orchestras on numerous occasions, with professional ensembles such as the Vilnius City Chamber Orchestra and the Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra, performing concertos by Nino Rota, Lars-Erik Larsson, Christopher Rouse and Gyula Fekete and a sonata by Benedetto Marcello.

Shortly after winning his job in 2016 Kris experienced an increased interest and love of the trombone’s wonderful solo repertoire, leading him to find a duo with the exceptional Korean pianist, Seri Dan. Together they perform regular concerts throughout Germany and beyond. In 2018 alone, they have performed concerts in Lithuania, and made small tours in England and Germany. They are already planning tours in 2019 in both China and Korea, along with another tour in England.

As well as Kris’s first award competition successes in Budapest and Lithuania, he was also the first prize recipient of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Brass Prize (funded by the Armourers and Brasiers) in May of 2015.

Seri Dan was born in 1992 in South Korea. She began her piano studies in 1999 with Chul-hee Yoon at the Kaywon High School of Art. Later she studied in Kyunghee University with a full scholarship, with teacher Hyo-sun Lim, a prizewinner of the famous Queen Elizabeth competition. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree there, achieving the highest marks possible. She then continued her studies in 2016 at Freiburg Music High School, doing her Master of Music with Alfonso Gomez. She completed her time there in 2018 with excellent marks.

In 2010 Seri took part in a piano academy at New York University with Eduardus Halim, the last student of Vladimir Horowitz, where she gave a solo evening concert. She has also partaken in a masterclass with Pavel Nersessian at Tongyeong International Music Festival and a masterclass with the Ludwig Trio in at Panticosa Musik Festival in Spain.

Seri is a prizewinner of the piano competition ‘Music Education’ in Seoul.

Seri is currently studying further at the High School for Music in Mannheim, where she is pursuing instrumental accompaniment. She specialises in trombone accompaniment and plays regularly in different combinations of wind and brass chamber music.

Free recital with retiring collection

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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