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Performance with Ulster Orchestra in Belfast Festival

On Tuesday 30 October 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will perform with the Ulster Orchestra.

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The concert, part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens, will feature the World Premiere of Ian Wilson’s new piano concert Flags and Emblems, commissioned by the Ulster Orchestra with funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Unit.

Taking two very different types of musical material and exploring how having them in close proximity can alter their fundamental characteristics, this new work by Ian Wilson is exciting, contemplative and uplifting. Pianist Matthew Schellhorn, a long-time collaborator of Wilson’s, and the Ballygowan Flute Band combine to create this unique performance.

The programme will also include Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and Lutoslawski’s Musique Funèbre.

The concert begins at 20:00, with a pre-concert talk at 19:30.

To see full details and buy tickets visit the Ulster Orchestra website.

Forthcoming recital in Walled City Music Festival, Derry

On Wednesday 2 August 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will give a solo recital in the Walled City Music Festival, Derry, Northern Ireland.

Exploring a huge range of idioms, this recital of Irish contemporary piano music gives a survey of Irish music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and includes two world premieres of newly commissioned works by Gráinne Mulvey and Nicola LeFanu (daughter of Dame Elizabeth Maconchy). The programme includes several pieces commissioned for the (AXA) Dublin International Piano Competition, and also makes a special feature of the music of Ian Wilson, with whom Schellhorn has developed a close working relationship over the last decade.

Programme:

Ian Wilson (b. 1964) Verschwindend (2001) NORTHERN IRELAND PREMIERE
Siobhán Cleary (b. 1970) Chaconne (2008) UK PREMIERE
Nicola LeFanu (b. 1947) Eight Studies (selection) (2012) WORLD PREMIERE
Deirdre McKay (b. 1972) time, shining (1998)
Linda Buckley (b. 1979) zone (2006) UK PREMIERE
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Jennifer Walshe (b. 1974) becher (2008)
Gráinne Mulvey (b. 1966) Steel Grey Splinters (2012) WORLD PREMIERE
Ian Wilson Lim (1998) NORTHERN IRELAND PREMIERE

Forthcoming recital at Vortex Jazz Club

On Tuesday 26 June 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will collaborate with UK-based Kazach violinist, Aisha Orazbayeva, in a recital at London’s Vortex Jazz Club. The pair will perform Ravel’s Sonata for violin and piano in a programme built around the nonclassical release, Outside, released earlier in the year.

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Orazbayeva and her album 'Outside' have been reviewed as “a rich mix of uncompromising contemporary music, electronics, even singing“ (The Strad), and as “inventive textures you could use to resurface half of the UK’s motorways… superb” (The Sound Projector). The evening, a rich mix of uncompromising contemporary music, electronics and singing, will also feature an appearance by Peter Zinovieff (computer) in music by Sciarrino, Ravel, Zinovieff-Orazbayeva, Salvador Lachenmann-Orazbayeva.

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Forthcoming song recital in Cambridge

On Tuesday 15 May 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will collaborate with American lyric coloratura soprano, Michelle Latour, in a song recital in Cambridge. The evening will feature the beautiful Hölderlin Lieder by Silesian-born Austrian composer, Viktor Ullmann (1898–1944), as well as new works by Americans Lori Latiman and Ned Rorem. The programme also includes the UK Premiere of pieces from the evocative set, Vteřiny (‘Seconds’), by Czech composer Vitĕzslava Kaprálová (1815–1840).

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Full programme:

Lori Laitman (b. 1955) On the Green Trail
On the Green Trail
Looking at My Hands
Small Night Song from Oneonta

Vitĕzslava Kaprálová (1815–1840) Vteřiny (‘Seconds’) (selection) UK Premiere:
Bílým šátkem mává (‘With a white handkerchief he waves’)
Píseň milostná (‘Love Song’)
Velikonoce (‘Easter’)
Posmrtná variace (‘Posthumous variation’)
Léta mlčí, léta jdou (‘The years are silent’)
Novoroční (‘New Year’)

Viktor Ullmann (1898–1944) Hölderlin Lieder
Sonnenuntergang (‘Sunset’)
Der Frühling (‘Spring’)
Abendphantasie (‘Evening reverie’)

Ned Rorem (b. 1923) Nantucket Songs (selection)
The Dance
Mother, I Cannot Mind my Wheel
Fear of Death
Thoughts of a Young Girl
The Dancer

Related links:
Michelle Latour
Lori Laitman
The Kapralova Society
The Viktor Ullmann Foundation

Forthcoming recital in Bath

On Wednesday 29 February 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will give a solo recital in Bath at the Michael Tippett Centre.

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The programme, entitled “In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen”, includes works by Messiaen’s teacher, Maurice Emmanuel, Tristan Murail and Jonathan Harvey, and also features the UK premiere of The shadow of the blackbird by David Bruce.

The concert will be preceded by masterclasses at 13:00–15:00.

Full programme:

Maurice Emmanuel (1862–1938)
Sonatine No. 2 ‘Pastorale’, Op. 5 (1897)
1. La Caille (Quail)
2. Le Rossignol (Nightingale)
3. Le Coucou (Cuckoo)

David Bruce (b. 1970)
The Shadow of the Blackbird UK PREMIERE

Tristan Murail (b. 1947)
Cloches d'adieu, et un sourire... in memoriam Olivier Messiaen (1992)

Jonathan Harvey (b. 1939)
Tombeau de Messiaen (for piano and digital audio tape) (1994)

INTERVAL

Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
La Fauvette des jardins (Garden Warbler) (1970)

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World Premiere of First Piano Sonata by Wojciech Kosma

Matthew Schellhorn will give the World Premiere of Wojciech Kosma's First Piano Sonata, tonight at Deptford Town Hall.

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Kosma composed his First Piano Sonata by following a random system of selection from a complete catalogue of piano's chords and their rhythmic and dynamic properties. The work is notated using an unorthodox continuous form (using no bars), irrespective of the technical difficulties it might create in reading or performing the score. As the result the music is challenging, complex and unpredictable. The piece is a part of a larger compositional project, which will present further instances of Kosma's method.

The concert is supported by Polish Cultural Institute in London.

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Performance on BBC Radio 3 "Hear and Now"

Matthew Schellhorn’s performance in the opening concert of the 2011 Sligo New Music Festival will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 2 July 2011 at 22:30.

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Following his collaboration with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, bassist Malachy Robinson and saxophonist Cathal Roche, BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now will feature Matthew Schellhorn’s performance of Ian Wilson’s re:play.

Ed McKeon introduces the second of two programmes of recent music from Ireland.

You can listen in the UK on 90–93FM, on Digital Radio and via digital TV, or online.

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Matthew Schellhorn records Stations

Matthew Schellhorn returned to the studio this week to record Ian Wilson’s Stations.

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Stations is a fourteen-movement work for solo piano inspired by the Catholic devotion of the Stations of the Cross – a narrative in fourteen scenes that relates to the events leading from Christ’s death sentence to his entombment. It was written for Matthew Schellhorn between 2006–07.

The work is divided into four Books and each Book is also performable as a separate entity. Matthew Schellhorn gave the world premiere of each Book separately between 2007 and 2008 and also gave the first complete performances of the work in 2009.

Recordings took place in the Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music, between Wednesday 1 June and Friday 3 June 2011, and the disc is due to be released later this year.

Matthew Schellhorn to perform in 2011 Sligo New Music Festival

Matthew Schellhorn will perform in the 2011 Sligo New Music Festival later this month.

He will join the award-winning RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, saxophonist Cathal Roche and bassist Malachy Robinson in a performance of Ian Wilson’s re:play. The work, composed in 2007, is for the unusual combination of for improvising saxophonist, piano, string quartet and double bass. This will be the work’s second performance, and will take place in the opening concert of the festival.

The concert will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 to be broadcast later in the year.

For full Festival details visit the website: http://themodel.ie/music/sligo-new-music-festival

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Win at British Composer Awards 2010

One of the pieces commissioned and premiered by Matthew Schellhorn has led to a win for its composer at the BASCA British Composer Awards 2010.

Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b. 1980) won the award for best piece in the Instrumental Solo or Duo category. Her piece, 'Stolen Rhythm' was written last year as part of a project to commemorate the Haydn bicentenary. The six pieces, grouped together as Homage to Haydn, received their world premiere performances in the 2009 Cambridge Festival and were published later that year in Muso magazine.

This year’s event proved exceptional on account of the unprecedented number of female composers who received accolades, as well as the outstanding number of young composers who have been awarded. Cheryl impressed the judges on two counts this year, also winning in the Liturgical category for 'Psalm 1: Blessed is the Man.'

The British Composer Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music. In association with BBC Radio 3 the event will be broadcast in `Performance on 3’ at 7pm on Wednesday 1 December 2010.

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World Premieres in Britain and France

During December, Matthew Schellhorn will join in performances of 12 world premieres as part of the International Composer Pyramid project 2010 in Canterbury and France.



The concerts are in association with SOUNDS NEW Contemporary Music Festival, UK, and Coups de Vents, France, and is being funded by INTERREG IVA 2 Mers Seas Zeeën – European Union.

The first concert will be at 4pm on Saturday 4th December 2010 at Augustine Hall, Canterbury. The second will be at 3pm on Sunday 5th December 2010at the Conservatoire de Musique et d’Art Dramatique de Dunkerque (Centre Maurice Ravel Rue du Nouvel Arsenal / 59140 Dunkerque). The conductor will be Gerry Cornelius.

Composers from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom were invited to submit works for selection to participate in a unique, new competition. The winning composers are: Stephen Mark Barchan (UK), Phil Dawson (England), Clara Iannotta (Italy) , Ryan Latimer (UK), Mateu Malondra Flaquer (Spain), Elo Masing (Estonia), Florent Motsch (France), Benjamin Oliver (UK), Hugo Ribeiro (Portugal), Daniel Saleeb (UK), Mike Solomon (French-America), Nicolas Tzortzis (Greece).

In 2011, this competition extends its boundary to Europe, where composers can apply to take part in a rigorous advanced composition course. In 2012, the year
of the Olympics, an International Composers Competition will be held in Canterbury.



Works to be performed:

Ben Oliver - Smash and Grab
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Clara Iannotta - Il Colore dell'Ombra
vln - vc - pno

Daniel Saleeb - Die Nacht
1 [+picc].1.1.1 [+dbsn] - 1.1.1.1 - perc - pno - 1.1.1.1.1 + Tape & Film

Elo Masing - Resonance
fl - clr - hrn - pno

Florent Motsch - Light and Shade
Cl [+bs cl] + vn, va, vc

Hugo Ribeiro - Diurne: alter ego
1[+picc].1.1.1. - 1.1.1.1 - perc - pno - 1.1.1.1.1

Mateu Malondra Flaquer - Signals and Bipolar Coordinates
1.0.1[bs cl].0 - nat hrn.0.0.0 pno - 1.0.1.1.1 +Tape

Mike Solomon - norman (age 7) dreams of being a violin
1.1.1.1 - 1.1.1.1. - perc - 1.1.1.1.1

Nicolas Tzortzis - Femme - tête - temps
String Quartet

Phil Dawson - Chimera
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Ryan Latimer - Beta and Tau
1[picc].1.1[bs cl]. 1[c.bsn] - 1.1.1.0 - perc - pno - 1.1.1.1.1

Stephen Mark Barchan - Opened Up
1[+picc. alto fl & perc].1 [+c.a.]. 1[+cl in Eb & bs cl] 1 [+c.bsn & perc] - 1.1 [+perc]. 1[+perc].0 - pno [+perc] - 1.1.1.1.1

Haydn commission shortlisted for British Composer Awards 2010

One of the pieces from Homage to Haydn, commissioned by Matthew Schellhorn and premiered in the 2009 Cambridge Festival, has been shortlisted for a British Composer Award.

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‘Stolen Rhythm’ by Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b. 1980), was written last year as part of a project to commemorate the Haydn bicentenary. Six composers were commissioned to write a piece based on the letters H-A-Y-D-N, taking as their inspiration a similar set of pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Dukas, d’Indy, Hahn, and Widor. ‘Stolen Rhythm’ was the fourth piece in the set. The other composers involved in the project were Tim Watts, Colin Riley, Cecilia McDowall, Michael Zev Gordon, and Jeremy Thurlow. The six pieces, grouped together as Homage to Haydn, received their world premiere performances in the 2009 Cambridge Festival and were published later that year in Muso magazine.

Cheryl Frances-Hoad writes: ‘I took inspiration from the third movement of Haydn’s piano sonata in E flat (Hob XVI: 45) – the way it continually moves forward with a boundless energy and wit is thrilling. It seemed to me that it was the rhythmic content of the movement that gave it these properties, so I decided shamelessly to steal the rhythm – hook, line and sinker – and simply put my notes to it. I have played with various transmutations of the notes B, A, D, D, G, generating lots of different sets of pitches by methods such as inversion and transposition in order to arrive at the harmonic and melodic content.’

‘I am delighted that Cheryl’s piece is gaining the recognition it deserves,’ says Matthew Schellhorn. ‘“Stolen Rhythm” is a fabulously crafted and witty piece, which is great fun to perform, and which makes a very fitting tribute to Haydn.’

Listen to the piece

See the music and read the interview in Muso magazine

Visit Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s website



Matthew Schellhorn with five of the six composers. From left to right: Tim Watts, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Jeremy Thurlow, Michael Zev Gordon, Cecilia McDowall. Absent: Colin Riley.

Messiaen CD on BBC Radio 3

Messiaen: Chamber Works was played recently on Radio 3 Requests.



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New Messiaen CD released

British pianist Matthew Schellhorn is joined by the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra in this recording of Olivier Messiaen's chamber works, including the eight-movement masterpiece Quartet for the End of Time, written while the composer was a prisoner of war and premiered in 1941 at the Stalag VIIIA camp in Silesia.

Marking one hundred years since the birth of the composer, the disc also includes the newly published Fantaisie for violin and piano (discovered after the composer's death) and the world première recording of a beautiful miniature for solo piano.



Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra

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Matthew Schellhorn on BBC Radio 3 In Tune

Matthew Schellhorn will be playing some items from his forthcoming Wigmore Hall programme and talking about his recent and forthcoming activities on BBC Radio 3's In Tune tomorrow (Friday 21 March 2008).

You can listen online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/intune and the interview should be just after 6 p.m.

Forthcoming Wigmore Hall recital

Matthew Schellhorn will be performing birdsong-inspired works by French composers Daquin, Rameau, Ravel, Dutilleux and Messiaen, and also bringing to completion the wonderful cycle of Stations written for him by Irish composer Ian Wilson.

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There will also be favourites by Mozart and Chopin.

You can download the full flyer by clicking on the poster above.

Tickets begin at £10 and can booked by telephone (020 7935 2141) or online at www.wigmore-hall.org.uk.

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