Philippa Mo violin
Branimir Pustički cello
Friday 30 September 6:30pm
Tickets: £15 or £30 with dinner to follow
Phone 01308 459511 to book now.
Join the internationally acclaimed Philippa Mo and leading Croatian cellist Branimir Pustički in their thrilling new collaboration as the duo play a programme of music that takes us through time and around Europe, including work by J S Bach, Martinu, Honegger and the virtuosic explosive twentieth-century Kodály, overflowing with the folk influence of his native Hungary.
4 Duettos, BWV 802-805, Johann Sebastian Bach
E minor, F major, G major and A minor
Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 (1914), Zoltán Kodály
I. Allegro serioso, non troppo
III. Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento: Presto
Duo for Violin and Violoncello No. 1, H. 157 (1927) Bohuslav Martinu
Preludium. Andante moderato
Rondo. Allegro con brio
Sonatine 4 for Violin and Violoncello in e minor (1932)
Andante – Doppio movimento- Tempo 1
Branimir Pustički, cello
One of the leading Croatian cellists of his generation, Branimir Pusticki has appeared as a soloist with the leading Croatian ensembles: Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra, and the Zagreb Soloists; but also with the Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Youth Orchestra and Human Rights Orchestra. With the Radio Symphony he has also performed and recorded works for cello and orchestra by prominent Croatian composers; the near-forgotten first Croatian cello concerto by Juro Tkalcic, Changeant for cello and orchestra by Milko Kelemen and Essay for cello and orchestra by Marko Ruzdjak.
Branimir was born into a musical family in Zagreb in 1981, where he had completed his graduate studies with Valter Despalj, before moving to Vienna where he studied with Reinhard Latzko and served as assistant principal in the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the ORF. During his studies, he won prizes in cello competitions in Italy, Poland, Croatia and Austria and was awarded the prize for the best young Croatian musician in 2003.
In addition to his permanent chamber groups Piano Trio Gilming-Akamatsu-Pusticki, which won the recent Papandopulo Croatian national competition for chamber groups; and Pusticki String Trio, where he plays with his siblings, Branimir performs with many specialized chamber ensembles and groups, ranging from baroque to contemporary music. He has worked with many notable musicians, including Allesandro Tampieri, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Christian Altenburger and Boris Pergamenschikow.
Branimir is also a part of the Human Rights Orchestra, an initiative that includes instrumentalists of major European orchestras with the goal of raising awareness of human rights issues and to raise funds to support effective grassroots organizations.
Branimir is the solo cellist of the Symphony Orchestra of Croatian Radiotelevision and Assistant Professor at the Music Academy in Zagreb.
Philippa Mo, violin
Philippa studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Philippa now performs extensively as a chamber musician. She has given concertos and chamber performances all over Europe, including her acclaimed debut at the Wigmore Hall, recitals at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, St John’s, Smith Square, London, the Deutsches Museum, Munich, the Natural History Museum, Ulaan Bataar, when she was invited as the only British musician to participate as soloist in the International Music Festival of Contemporary Music, Mongolia in 2002. Philippa has also been invited to play at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, The Tate St Ives in the UK and more further afield at the Ankara International Music Festival and the Lincoln Center, New York.
A champion of contemporary music, Philippa has led workshops on British music at the Central Conservatory, Beijing and at Bilkent and Hacettep Universities in Ankara, Turkey. She coached students of the Kurmangazy National Conservatory of Kazakhstan in Almaty 2007-09. She has worked closely with many leading British composers and has given premieres of their solo and violin duo works, most recently a new concerto by Jim Aitchison at Truro Cathedral with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2015 Philippa premiered a new solo work by composer Jim Aitchison alongside his monumental solo work Shibboleth at CAST, Helston and at the Porthmeor studios, St Ives.
She is the founder member of the highly acclaimed violin duo Retorica. Retorica’s debut CD English Violin Duos was chosen as Gramophone Magazine’s ‘Editor’s choice’ and the ‘must hear’ CD for chamber music: “superbly responsive playing from Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo…. faultless technique and unfailing insight” – Richard Whitehouse. Retorica have also received critical acclaim for their recording of John McCabe’s Double violin concerto on the Dutton Label. Highlights of their performances include two tours in China with recitals in the most prestigious halls in the country including the Beijing NCPA and Shanghai SHAOC; performances in Odessa, Ukraine, tours of Japan, Germany and the Channel Islands. This Autumn they will give their debut tour of South Korea.
Philippa is a member of the award winning contemporary opera company Music Theatre Wales and recently led Massanet’s Werther for English Touring Opera. She was appointed to the post of Senior Lecturer in Violin at Leeds College of Music in 2015.
Philippa was awarded Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2015.
The concert will be followed by a delicious buffet dinner served by Sladers Yard’s award-winning Licensed Café. The £15 ticket price buys a full main course from a choice of seafood, free-range meat or vegetarian dishes with salads and vegetables. Drinks, desserts and cheese can be ordered from the wine list and menu and will be billed on the night.
Please phone 01308 459511 to book your tickets now.