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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

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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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Tribute to Yvonne Loriod published in Musical Opinion

Matthew Schellhorn’s tribute to Yvonne Loriod published in Musical Opinion is published in the January–February 2011 issue of Musical Opinion.

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In this personal and moving article, Matthew shares his thoughts about Loriod’s life, career and teaching. Matthew Schellhorn writes: Loriod had the gift of bringing the piano to life, and whenever I met her I came away more inspired and more in love with Messiaen’s music. My personal sadness on her death was balanced by an intense gratitude for having had the opportunity to meet her, to play for her, and to enjoy her guidance at the instrument. The warmth and good humour that characterised being in her company will always stay with me.’

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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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