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Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Ian Brown & The Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Sunday 29th May 2011

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

This event was part of the 2011 Festival Programme.

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This year's Festival Concert features Grammy Award winning American violinist, Joshua Bell, with cellist Steven Isserlis and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and will be conducted by Ian Brown. Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis join forces in the radiant lyricism of Brahms’s Double Concerto.  This concert is part of a series of hugely successful classical Festival Concerts in recent years that have featured Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Lesley Garrett, Nicola Benedettti, Barbara Bonney, Alison Balsom, The RPO, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The RSNO and The Halle.

Haydn               Symphony No. 13 in D major
Mendelssohn  Italian Symphony No.4
Brahms            Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op.102

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras, renowned for its polished and refined sound, rooted in outstanding musicianship. More than 50 years after its foundation by Sir Neville Marriner, The Times journalist Richard Morrison articulates the unique reputation enjoyed by the orchestra: ‘As you travel round the globe, the Academy’s name has an aura possessed by no other British orchestra’.

Formed in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, and working without a conductor, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church on 13th November 1959. Its debut recording just two years later, had‘...precision, care, consummate musicianship and more sense of style than all other chamber orchestras in Europe put together’ (Denis Stevens).

Demand for the Academy, particularly in the recording studio, soon began to grow as did the size of the orchestra and the repertoire it performed. Eventually Sir Neville put down his violin and took up the conductor’s baton, but the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductorless ensemble remains an Academy hallmark. Today the Academy performs in combinations ranging from a chamber ensemble to a symphony orchestra.

"...this band operates like a pack of wolves. The impact of the ensemble was breathtaking, a riveting like-mindedness, laced with spectacular displays of inspired individuality." The Scotsman, April 2007

For more than two decades, Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide
with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty. He came to national
attention at the age of 14 in a highly acclaimed orchestral debut with
Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A Carnegie Hall debut, the
prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a recording contract further confirmed
his presence in the music world. Today he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber
musician, and orchestra leader. His restless curiosity and multifaceted musical
interests have taken him in exciting new directions that has earned him the rare
title of "classical music superstar." In addition to his concert career, Bell enjoys
chamber music collaborations with artists such as Pamela Frank and Steven Isserlis.

Acclaimed worldwide for his technique and musicianship, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Highlights of recent and future seasons include performances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, the Washington National Symphony and the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Ivan Fischer, the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vanska, the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta and Kurt Masur, and the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andras Schiff.

Ian Brown is a musician of great versatility whose career embraces chamber music, solo and duo playing and conducting. His musical life began as a bassoon player, eventually concentrating on the piano when he became pianist-in-residence at Southampton University. As concerto soloist he has appeared with many of Britain's leading orchestras playing a diverse solo repertoire from Bach to Rachmaninov and Bartók. Performances have taken him to the major European and Scandinavian countries, the Middle East, North and South America, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. As a duo partner he is in great demand, working with many musicians including Mstislav Rostropovich, Henryk Szeryng, Ruggiero Ricci, Elisabeth Söderström, Felicity Lott, György Pauk, Ralph Kirshbaum and James Galway.

Supported by The Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust

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