SOLOISTS
2021-22

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RICHARD GOWERS — Poulenc Organ Concerto (June 2022)

Richard Gowers is a British pianist. He performs extensively as a song accompanist and chamber pianist, conductor and organist.

In 2017-19 he held a scholarship at the

Richard Gowers is a British pianist. He performs extensively as a song accompanist and chamber pianist, conductor and organist.

In 2017-19 he held a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Michael Dussek and Joseph Middleton and won prizes for song accompaniment and chamber music. He has given many performances at Wigmore Hall, most recently in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards with Stephanie Wake-Edwards, and the finals of the 2019 Wigmore Hall Song Competition with Kieran Carrel; in April 2019 he took part in Wigmore Hall’s first Liederabend of the works of Carl Loewe with members of the Royal Academy Song Circle. In duo partnership with Kieran Carrel, he was awarded the Schubert Institute UK Prize at Leeds Lieder Festival.

 

He previously studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater 'Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy' Leipzig and Cambridge University, where he was organ scholar at King’s College and graduated with a starred first class degree in Music. With King’s College Choir he performed at the major venues and festivals around the world, including in Aldeburgh, BBC Proms, Concertgebouw, Hong Kong, MDR Musiksommer, Rheingau, Vancouver and tours of the USA and China. His time at King’s culminated in the worldwide broadcast of the 2016 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and the release of his critically acclaimed disc of Messiaen La Nativité du Seigneur, which was a Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’.

 

Richard Gowers is based in London, where he pursues a busy freelance schedule. As well as extensive piano collaborations, he is under demand as a concert organist. Recent performances have included festivals in Toulouse, St Albans, Germany, the USA and Australia, as well as major UK venues. He is active as a chorus accompanist for the BBC Singers, London Symphony Chorus and Philharmonia Chorus; as an ensemble member he has performed with the Academy of Ancient Music, Aurora Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony, King’s Consort, London Philharmonic, OAE, Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic. He is a keen conductor of choirs and orchestras, and has repetiteured for Hampstead Garden Opera, Waterperry Opera and the Royal Opera House.

 

Richard teaches at Cambridge University, Tiffin School and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and is Director of Music at St Saviour’s Church, Pimlico. He is a passionate advocate of musicians’ rights in the current political climate, and has a weakness for dry humour and artisan crisps.

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EMMANUEL BACH — Bruch Scottish Fantasy (March 2022)

Emmanuel Bach won the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League String Competition and was an Artist on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, 2017–20.

He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at venues such as Wigmore Hall, St George’s Bristol, St Martin-in-the Fields, St James’s Piccadilly and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Emmanuel has played concertos including Brahms, Mendelssohn, Paganini No.1 and Tchaikovsky. In 2017, he played in a live-streamed masterclass conducted by Maxim Vengerov, on the Brahms Concerto. He was invited to play as a co-soloist with Anne-Sophie Mutter in Bach’s Double Concerto. 

As a chamber musician, he was a Fellow on the Yale Summer School 2016, USA, working with the Artis, Brentano and Emerson String Quartets. From 2013-15, he held a Leverhulme Fellowship at Pro Corda Chamber Music Academy, coaching young musicians. He also lead the Bach Quartet, whose performances include playing on Radio 3 Music Day 2017.

He has benefitted from masterclasses with musicians including Miriam Fried, Dong-Suk Kang, Shlomo Mintz, Cho-Liang Lin and Hugh Maguire. He also attended the Academié Riviera 2018 with Pierre Amoyal.

Emmanuel read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, gaining a double First. He studied with Natasha Boyarsky, receiving his Masters from the Royal College of Music. He completed an Artist Diploma in 2018 at the RCM with Radu Blidar. Alongside solo and chamber playing, he played on orchestral schemes with the BBC and London Symphony Orchestras. He is grateful for support from the RCM, HR Taylor Trust, Drapers’ Company, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, English-Speaking Union and Tompkins Tate Trust.