Emma Halnan, Daniel King Smith & Bartholomew LaFollette 21st February 2019 at 7.00 pm

Emma Halnan & Daniel King Smith (Photo: Ian Dingle)

Bartholomew LaFollette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Programme:

  • Ferdinand Ries: Trio for flute, piano and cello in E flat, Op 63
  • Clara Schumann: Three Romances for flute & piano, Op 22
  • Brahms: Cello sonata No 2 in F major, Op 99
  • Villa-Lobos: The Jet Whistle (flute & cello)
  • Weber: Trio for flute, cello and piano in G minor, Op 63

We’re delighted to welcome the flautist Emma Halnan, pianist Daniel King Smith and cellist Bart LaFollette for this varied concert of works for cello, flute and piano.

Emma Halnan (flute) and Daniel King Smith (piano) have been performing together since 2008. They have appeared at venues including St. David’s Hall (Cardiff), Gower Festival, Benslow Music Trust, The Guildhall (Bath International Music Festival), the English Music Festival and the “La Côte” International Flute Festival 2016 (Switzerland). Their forthcoming performances include recitals at St. John’s Smith Square and St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

In demand flautist Emma Halnan first came to prominence as the woodwind category winner of BBC Young Musician 2010. Since then, she has gone on to perform at many of the major UK venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square, as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 2’s “Friday Night is Music Night” as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Emma has also appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras such as the European Union Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, and the Welsh Sinfonia. She won the Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club Classical Music Award 2016, in association with Classic FM. As a result, she recorded and broadcast on Classic FM a piece specially composed for her by Sir Karl Jenkins. Emma also won the Croydon Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition 2017, and has been selected as a “Making Music” Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artist 2018-20.

Emma was principal flute of the European Union Youth Orchestra 2014-16. She has also performed as guest principal flute of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and guest principal piccolo of English National Opera. Emma works regularly with harpist Heather Wrighton and violist Jordan Sian (the Aurora Trio); they have appeared at venues including Wigmore Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. They were awarded a Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music for 2014-16, and also work together as Live Music Now artists. Emma is also a highly reputed and very dedicated teacher, her pupils having gained places in the National Children’s Orchestra, National Children’s Wind Orchestra and at Junior Trinity. Emma has taught students at Cambridge University and King’s College London. She has also given numerous masterclasses, most recently at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where she also adjudicated the Final of the 2018 Woodwind Competition. Emma studied at the Royal Academy of Music with William Bennett and Kate Hill. She previously learnt with Anna Pope at the Purcell School of Music, where she won the 2010 Fenton Leavers’ Award, and continues to study privately with Robert Winn. Emma has been generously supported the Hattori Foundation and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. She also won the 2014 Kenneth Loveland Gift and is a City Music Foundation Artist.

Daniel King Smith has given concerts all over the world as both soloist and accompanist. He has been broadcast on both BBC TV/Radio in the UK (In Tune, Proms, Young Musician of the Year) and NHK TV/ Radio in Japan , most recently in recital with Yuki Ito as part of NHK’s “Best of Classic” and “Classic Club” series. Daniel has recorded a number of CDs, including releases with Anna Hashimoto on the Meridian label. As soloist Daniel’s extensive concerto repertoire has lead to many concerts in the UK and around Europe and he has frequently been a featured Solo Classical Artist on many Cruise lines around the world. Accompaniment and chamber music are a major part of Daniel’s life, having held staff accompanist posts at both Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music Junior Departments and at the Purcell School. He regularly accompanies auditions, lessons, masterclasses and end of year recitals at the London conservatoires as well as being official accompanist for the Countess of Munster Trust. Daniel gives recitals every year with a number of people who have been accepted onto the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme as well as both the Tillett Trust and Awards for Young Concert Artists Recital Schemes. He is also official accompanist for the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists competition. Daniel is often resident pianist on summer music courses including the British Isles Music Festival and Musicale. He has given recitals with Michael Collins, Carmel Kaine, Susan Milan, Robert Max, Stefano Canuti, Yuki Ito, and Anna Hashimoto, amongst many others.

Bartholomew LaFollette has a rich and varied career as an international solo cellist and chamber musician. His debut CD of Brahms’s Sonatas for Cello and Four Serious Songs, with pianist Caroline Palmer, was released to great critical acclaim in October 2017 on the Champs Hill label.

As a YCAT artist (Young Classical Artists Trust) Bartholomew gave numerous performances at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Royal Festival, and Bridgewater halls. He went on to win first prize at The Arts Club’s and Decca Records’ inaugural Classical Music Award. Bartholomew was also the first recipient of the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Ardán Award.

Hailed by the Irish Times for being “as free in touching the heartstrings as he was in dashing off dazzling runs”, Bartholomew’s highlights with orchestra include performances of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Walton and Elgar Cello Concertos in the Barbican Hall, as well as appearing as soloist with the City of London Sinfonia. He has also performed Brahms’s Double Concerto with Daniel Stabrawa and the Poznań Philharmonic in Poland, Elgar’s Cello Concerto at the Sibelius International Music Festival in Helsinki and Shostakovich 1 with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. This year Bartholomew made his Romanian debut at the ‘Vibrate!’ festival in Brasov in June.  July and August saw a tour with the Danish String Quartet in the USA and Canada, as well as playing and teaching in courses (La Mariette & The Thinking Musician) and concerts in France and Italy. Plans for next year include a debut recital in Argentina.

Bartholomew’s musical collaborations have included Anthony Marwood, Christian Tetzlaff, Alina Ibragimova and András Keller. He works with the award-winning Doric String Quartet with whom he recorded Eric Wolfgang Korngold’s string sextet for the Chandos label.

Born in Philadelphia, Bartholomew LaFollette has lived in Britain since the age of 13. At the age of twenty-six he was appointed Principal Cello Teacher at the distinguished Yehudi Menuhin School. Bartholomew is artistic director of the Marryat Players International Chamber Music Festival, now in its fourth year, which takes place in Wimbledon Village.

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