Three acclaimed musicians, Bartosz Woroch, Tim Lowe & Andrew Brownell come together for one evening at Conway Hall, performing Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio and piano trios by Hummel and Franck.
Bartosz Woroch (violin)
Tim Lowe (cello)
Andrew Brownell (piano)
Hummel Trio No. 2 in F Op. 22
Franck Trio in F-sharp minor Op. 1 No. 1
Beethoven Trio in B-flat Op. 97 “Archduke”
Born in Poznan, Poland, Bartosz Woroch studied at the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan, the Hochschule der Kunste Berne and with Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is now a professor. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2011. Recent concert highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, The Phillips Collection Washington D.C., Lublin Philharmonic, the Bath International and Lammermuir Festivals.
As a soloist Bartosz has appeared with the Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Bristol Ensemble, Poznan Philharmonic, Bern Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, Sinfonia Juventus Silesian and Polish Radio Orchestras. Between 2012-2015 he has worked with Sinfonia Cymru as soloist, leader and director, culminating in the orchestra’s first ever international collaboration, of which he was artistic director.
A committed chamber musician, over the last year Bartosz has given recitals throughout Europe with the Lutoslawski Quartet, recently undertaking a residency at IRCAM in Paris. He continues to explore the world of the solo violin, each concert having its roots in JS Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, giving recitals throughout the UK and in Poland.
Tim Lowe enjoys a busy and varied career and is quickly emerging as one of the new generation of outstanding young British cellists. He is established as a recitalist and chamber musician appearing regularly in festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He has played as a soloist in all the main concert venues in the UK and in London many times at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square. Tim is Guest Principal Cello of the English Chamber Orchestra and tours around the UK and internationally with the ECO and the ECO Ensemble. He has also been Guest Principal at other major orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Irish chamber Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia.
This season Tim has performed the Elgar, Walton, Schumann and Dvorak concertos and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Rococo Variations’. He has built a reputation as an outstanding teacher and was by some distance the youngest Professor of Cello in London when he was appointed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2012.
Andrew Brownell won 2nd Prize at the 2006 Leeds Competition and has since pursued an active and varied international performing career. Musical Opinion has described him as “potentially one of the most significant pianists of his generation”, and The Oregonian wrote that Brownell “impresses as much with his mind as with his hands… the anti-Lang Lang.” Mr. Brownell won 2nd Prize ex aequo at the 2002 International J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, making him the first American pianist to have ever won a prize in the history of the competition. He also won 1st Prize at the 2005 J.N. Hummel Competition in Bratislava, has since achieved widespread recognition as “one of the foremost Hummel interpreters of our time” (Hudobný Život), and is an honorary member of the Hummel Gesellschaft in Weimar. His edition of the Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 85 was released last year by Breitkopf & Härtel.
Highlights for the current season include solo appearances in Europe and North America, in addition to numerous chamber music collaborations in the UK. Mr. Brownell’s performances have aired on BBC radio and television, Classic FM (UK), NPR, CBC, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, and RBB KulturRadio. He has been soloist with orchestras such as the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, and the Hermitage State Orchestra (Russia); and he has collaborated with such conductors as Sir Mark Elder, Owain Arwel Hughes CBE, André Bernard, and Murray Sidlin.
Photo of Bartosz Woroch © Kaupo Kikkas
Pre-concert talk by Joseph Fort at 5:30pm in the Brockway Room
Beethoven's 'Archduke' trio has achieved mythical status in the repertoire. Probably Beethoven's last complete composition in this genre, it was also the last work he ever played on the piano publicly. This rich programme juxtaposes Beethoven's piece with two less well known piano trios: César Franck's Opus 1 from his student days, and another by Beethoven's contemporary Johann Nepomuk Hummel. This talk will consider the context in which these three trios were written, and will introduce and explore some of the music prior to the evening's performance.