Matthew Schellhorn

pianist

Navigation
twitter-m soundcloud-m youtube-m vimeo-m rss-m email-32

Talk at London International Piano Symposium now online

Matthew Schellhorn’s successful talk at the London International Piano Symposium is now online.

poster2012

Many of Olivier Messiaen’s works testify to the fascination the composer had with temporal aspects of music – titles allude to such concepts as ‘eternity’, ‘immortality’, and indeed ‘the end of Time’. This paper examines the role of time in Messiaen’s great piano cycle Catalogue d’oiseaux (Bird Catalogue) (1956–8), exploring how narratives are articulated through a sense of the passage of time. Specific chronologies within the music are identified, along with their function as ‘harnesses’ of the form and of the expressive power of the performance. The paper was illustrated with live performance excerpts from the one-movement masterpiece La Fauvette des jardins (Garden Warbler) (1971).

The paper examines the intended psychological effects of the passage of time in Messiaen’s piano music, discussing further the role of interpretative decisions in enhancing (or lessening) the composer’s aims and the music’s ‘goals’. At the same time, the paper discusses the vast impact had on the composer by his wife and main interpreter, Yvonne Loriod, drawing upon key recordings and documentary evidence.

In this way, the presentation addresses three key main areas by the first London International Piano Symposium, which invited submissions presenting original research on subjects surrounding evidence-based directives to enhance modern piano performance practice, psychology and research into inspirational performers and teachers past and present.

To read the talk click here.

Pioneers of Electronic Music Festival

Matthew Schellhorn will perform at XOYO tonight in a performance as part of Nonclassicals's "Pioneers of Electronic Music" festival.

eflyerpioneers21024x8012

The evening begins at 8pm with a programme including Jolivet's Hymne à Saint-André and a new version of Messiaen's Oraison for ondes Martenot and 3 synthesisers. Guests will also perform Varèse's Poème Electronique (with original film by Le Corbusier).

Tickets available: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/208839.

Performance on BBC Radio 3 "Afternoon on 3"

Matthew Schellhorn's recent appearance with the Ulster Orchestra will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 22nd January 2013.



The performance took place in October last year and was part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens.

The broadcast, presented as part of the Lutoslawski Centenary Week on BBC Radio 3, feature Lutoslawski's
Musique funèbre, written in memory of Bela Bartók, and Ian Wilson's piece for orchestra, solo piano and flute band, Flags and Emblems. The composer himself conducts, and the orchestra is joined by the Ballygowan Flute Band and long-time collaborator Matthew Schellhorn. The performance was the world premiere.

“Afternoon on 3” begins at 14:00 and the performance will begin at around 15:05.

Listen online here.

New interview on birdsong

Matthew Schellhorn discusses the connexions between birdsong and music in a new online interview.

logo

The interview, on the 15questions.net site, answers questions such as “Can animal sounds be considered music?” and “Is birdsong a display of creativity?”

Matthew, who has built several programmes around the theme of bird song, asserts that the most remarkable thing about these programmes is that they both confirm and contest Messiaen's position in the field of birdsong: "One of the things I wish to articulate in this programme is how dependent he was, perhaps, on those who had gone before him.”

Read the full interview here: http://www.15questions.net/interview/interview-matthew-schellhorn/page-1/

Performance workshop in Cambridge

Matthew Schellhorn recently gave a performance workshop at the University of Cambridge.

University-of-Cambridge

The class, taking place at the Faculty of Music, was held for 2nd and 3rd year students as part of the Music course.

Students presented several contemporary piano works, including Piano Piece (to Philip Gustan) (1963) by Morton Feldman, ff (Fortissimo) (1995) by Jonathan Harvey, and Lucifer’s Banjo (2006) by Martin Butler.

Read more about Matthew’s educational work.

Performance with Notes Inégales in Cambridge

On Monday 26 November 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will perform at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.

Peter-Weigold3-580x305

He joins ensemble Notes Inégales, directed by Peter Wiegold, in performances of works by Richard Causton, John Hopkins and Peter Wiegold. The day will also see workshops with current students at the University of Cambridge, culminating in a performance of their Postcard Pieces.

Programme:

Peter Wiegold 3 Songs from Within this Body (Sufi texts) John Hopkins For the Far Journey Richard Causton Phoenix


Ticket & booking information:
£10, £5 (concessions) Tickets available from the ADC Theatre: 01223 300085
http://www.westroad.org/event-info/notes-inegales/

Performance with Ulster Orchestra in Belfast Festival

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

ulster-orchestra

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.

Recent festival performance now online

Highlights from Matthew Schellhorn’s recent recital at the Walled City Fesitval are now online.

Exploring a huge range of idioms, this recital of Irish contemporary piano music gave a survey of Irish music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and included two world premieres of newly commissioned works by Gráinne Mulvey and Nicola LeFanu (daughter of Dame Elizabeth Maconchy).

The programme included several pieces commissioned for the (AXA) Dublin International Piano Competition, and also made a special feature of the music of Ian Wilson, with whom Schellhorn has developed a close working relationship over the last decade.

Listen online at SoundCloud

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
interval
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.

Aisha-3-small

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.

Buy tickets

outside
Read about the CD here
See more news...