Programme to include:

– Beethoven Spring Sonata
– Vaughan Williams-The Lark Ascending
– Schumann Sonata no.3 in A minor
– Elgar-Chanson de Nuit & Chanson de Matin
– Tchaikovsky Valse-Scherzo

An evening of exquisite violin and piano from Sophie Rosa and Ian Buckle.

Sophie Rosa first garnered attention after winning the Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2nd Manchester International Violin Competition 2011. She has performed across the UK as a recitalist in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Bridgewater Hall and has appeared as soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Sinfonia Viva. Sophie has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and has released CDs on Champs Hill and EM Records labels to critical acclaim.

Sophie is leader of Sinfonia Viva and has made appearances as guest leader with orchestras throughout the UK, most recently with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. As a keen chamber musician, Sophie is a member of Pixels Ensemble and also performs with contemporary music ensemble, Psappha.

Sophie studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Wenzhou Li where she was a recipient of the RNCM Gold Medal and the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal in recognition of her musical achievements. After completing her Masters Degree with Distinction, Sophie completed the RNCM International Artist Diploma in Solo Performance and furthered her studies in America with Midori Goto, Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein.

Sophie was kindly supported by several award foundations including the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Music Scholarship, The Solti Foundation, The Hattori Foundation, The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, The Bowerman Charitable Trust and Help Musicians UK.

Sophie plays on a Joseph Gagliano violin dated 1795 and a Claude Fonclause bow made available through the generous support of the Stradivari Trust.

Ian Buckle maintains a varied freelance career working as soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and teacher. He enjoys longstanding associations with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the John Wilson Orchestra, and has appeared with them as soloist on numerous occasions. He has also played concertos with the Royal Philharmonic, Opera North, Sinfonia Viva and the Manchester Concert Orchestra.

Thursday 8th October 2020
St. John’s the Divine Church, Rastrick

Ian is pianist and artistic director of Pixels Ensemble a collective of classical and contemporary chamber music players. He teaches piano at the Universities of Liverpool and Leeds and is an examiner with ABRSM. Current CD releases include transcriptions for cello and piano with Jonathan Aasgaard, a disc of the songs of Stephen Wilkinson The Sunlight on the Garden; and a recital of new works for clarinet and piano with former BBC Young Musician winner Mark Simpson.

His performance of Gershwin’s New York Rhapsody live at the Royal Albert Hall is featured on Warner Classics’ The Best of the John Wilson Orchestra, and he and regular duo-partner Richard Casey are soloists in Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals with the RLPO and Vasily Petrenko.

Sophie plays on a Joseph Gagliano violin dated 1795 and a Claude Fonclause bow made available through the generous support of the Stradivari Trust.