Lunchtime Concert: Katarzyna Franczak, violin, Peter Fenech, viola & Irina Lyakhovskaya, piano

THU 7 APR 13.05h

Thursday concerts by Trinity Laban performers continue across the Easter Break with a programme of Mozart and Elgar.

Mozart Violin Sonata No. 21 in E Minor, K. 304
I. Allegro
II. Tempo di Menuetto

Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola in G major, K423
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondeau. Allegro

Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor, Op.82
I. Allegro risoluto
II. Romance. Andante
III. Allegro non troppo

In 2014, Katarzyna Franczak was a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, Szczecińska Młodzieżowa Orkiestra Kameralna. She played alongside the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Szczecin Opera House. In the UK, Katarzyna has played with members of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony and RPO at the Dorset Opera Festival. Katarzyna studied at Trinity Laban with Gillian Findlay and John Crawford. She is continuing her studies with Jan Schmolck. Since May 2021, Katarzyna has been working as a part of The Benedetti Foundation as a Teaching Ambassador. Katarzyna has been awarded Ofenheim and Trinity College London Scholarship to support her postgraduate studies.

Peter Fenech is a Maltese born violist currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under the pedagogy of British violist Roger Chase. His studies are generously supported with the help of the Drapers’ Scholarship, The Joan Greenfield Fellowship Trust Scholarship and the Trinity College London Scholarship. Peter completed his undergraduate studies in 2020 and was awarded the Trinity College Silver Medal for Strings for his distinctive contribution made during his time at Trinity Laban. During his studies, Peter has performed in numerous orchestral projects and notably in side-by-side performances with members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Peter has performed in masterclasses with world renowned violists such as Nobuko Imai, Lawrence Power and Krzysztof Chorzelski of the Belcea Quartet.

Irina Lyakhovskaya was born in St Petersburg, Russia. She graduated from the St Petersburg Conservatoire in 1999, where she studied with Alexander Sandler. In 2000, she was invited to continue her studies in England as a postgraduate scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (then known as Trinity College of Music) with John Bingham. In 2003, Irina won first prize in the TCM Association’s Soloist Competition with her interpretation of the Schumann Piano Concerto. Since then, she has given many performances at leading international venues including the Philharmonic Hall in St Petersburg, Smetana Hall in Prague and the Coliseum in Porto. In the UK, she has appeared at the Southbank Centre, Symphony Hall, St John’s Smith Square and Cadogan Hall performing solo recitals and as the concerto soloist in Mozart, Haydn, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov concertos. Her work has also been broadcast on BBC television and radio. An active chamber musician, Irina performs internationally with violinist Eleanor Percy, with whom she has given numerous recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London. They have recorded sonatas by Brahms and Prokofiev for the ImLab label, and the complete Mozart sonatas for Melodiya. Currently, Irina is artist in residence at Eastbourne Arts Centre where she is performing the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in eight concerts. Irina has worked at Trinity Laban as a professional accompanist since 2002.

St Alfege Church
Admission free, no ticket required

Dates and times

This event finished on 07 April 2022.

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