Mats Lidström, cello, Philippa Mo, violin
Saturday 17 October 2015, 6.30pm
Tickets: £15 or £30 with buffet dinner afterwards. Please phone 01308 459511 to book.
Join the phenomenal Swedish cellist Mats Lidström and acclaimed violinist Philippa Mo for a glimpse into the string duo repertoire. Their programme takes you from Bach to Bartók alongside works of great energy and beauty by Honegger and Glière.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Vier Duette BWV 802-805
Franz Joseph Haydn, Duo Hob VI:D1
Béla Bartók , 44 Duos
Reinhold Glière , Huit Morceaux Op.39
Artur Honegger, Sonatine
Niccolò Paganini, Duetto in G minor
‘When Lidstrom turns on the heat,the excitement comes from the musicality of interpretation as from his impressive dexterity and astonishing dynamic range.’
‘The ingenuity of the writing was quite dazzling; so was the playing – the expertise of Mo’s near-instantaneous transitions from one style to another was often startling and always impressive.’
Mats Lidström, cello
As an international soloist and chamber musician, Mats Lidström has gained a reputation for performances of great insight and virtuosity. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, currently living in London, Mats combines performing with teaching and composing. Appointed professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1993, Mats Lidstrom has given masterclasses at conservatories worldwide.
As a soloist he has performed and recorded with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche S.O.Berlin, Czech Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony, with conductors such as André Previn, Andrew Litton, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Maxim Shostakovitch and Leif Segerstam. As a chamber musician, Mats has performed in many of the major halls, including Alice Tully Hall and The Y (New York City), Théâtre du Châtelet and Cité de la Musique (Paris), Musikverein (Vienna), Gulbenkian (Lisbon) and the Wigmore-,Queen Elizabeth- and Royal Festival Halls of London. In 2013 he gave his debut at the London Barbican Hall, playing the first concerto by Shostakovitch. His passion for, and research of, neglected but beautiful music for his instrument, has resulted in several highly acclaimed and award-winning CD’s.
Mats has worked as Principal Cellist with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia and St. Martin’s-in-the-fields of London,The Scottish BBC and Royal Scottish National Orchestras, The Concertgebouw orchestra, Los Angeles and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras, Bergen Philharmonie, Bournemouth- and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, and the major symphony orchestras of Sweden.
Mats’ compilation of orchestral excerpts for Boosey&Hawkes, The Orchestral Cellist, prompted the founding of his own publishing company CelloLid.com. (distributed worldwide by Spartan Press). Besides his own compositions and transcriptions, it offers the series if Bach was a cellist which lives the fantasy that everything Bach wrote was intended for the cello. g
Compositions include Rigoletto Fantasy for cello and orchestra on Verdi’s opera, Interlude for string quartet and orchestra, Maze of Love for voice, piano and orchestra, Marche Triomphale for two pianos and percussion (GSO 2012 Commission), Carnival in Venice for violin and two cellos, My Heart Is In The East Raoul Wallenberg In Memoriam for solo cello (performed at the centenary celebrations and at the Swedish Parliament and members of the US Congress, 2012), René Descartes in Stockholm, for solo recorder, The Sea Of Flowers Is Rising Higher, elegy for solo cello in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, Christmas Cookies for mezzo-soprano and 3 cellos, Suite for solo cello. For cello and piano: Suite Tintin – 9 scenes from The Adventures of Tintin, four sets of pieces for young players (Spooky Pieces, Traffic, Ballroom Dances and Hotel Suite),Concert Suite (extract from his melodrama The Stamp King, premiered at the Wigmore Hall, London Dec, 2010),Windows Swedish Rhapsody (for Prime Minister Olof Palme and premiered at the WIgmore Hall Dec.2011), four Love Songs, and Le Cygne,,in honour of Camille Saint-Saëns. Several of the above are printed by CelloLid.com
Philippa Mo, violin
Philippa studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. 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 Barbara Hepworth Museum and 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 given 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 continues to work closely with many leading British composers including David Matthews, John McCabe, Jim Aitchison, Dai Fujikura and most recently Gabriel Prokofiev and has given premieres of their solo and violin duo works.
In the violin duo, Retorica, with violinist Harriet Mackenzie, Philippa has performed worldwide. Highlights of their performing career include recitals at the most prestigious halls in China, including the Beijing NCPA and Shanghai SHAOC; performances in Odessa, Ukraine as part of the 2D2N Festival, and closer to home, in the Barbican Centre, London, at the Jersey Liberation Festival, the Bury St Edmunds Festival and the Ripon International Festival. Retorica were also ‘Artists in Residence’ at the Presteigne Festival. In 2014 they performed in Japan, and Germany with a world premiere by Gabriel Prokofiev and this year returned to give a second concert tour in China.
Retorica’s debut CD English Violin Duos, released on the NMC label has been highly acclaimed. It was launched in London at LSO St Luke’s in September 2012. This CD was chosen as the ‘must hear’ for chamber music and ‘editor’s choice’ in the Gramophone Magazine. Retorica also recorded John McCabe’s double concerto Les martinets Noirs released on the Dutton Epoch label and their third CD has been released this year in Japan to mark the anniversary of the Tsunami with eight new works by Japanese composers.
Philippa plays a violin by Julius Cesare Gigli from 1786.
The concert will be followed by a delicious buffet dinner served by Sladers Yard’s celebrated 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, starters, 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.