COLIN CURRIE, SAM WALTON, PAVEL KOLESNIKOV, SAMSON TSOY
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‘One of the greatest musicians in the world today’ — Steve Reich
‘The world’s finest and most daring percussionist’ — The Spectator
‘An athlete and a star, as well as an outstanding musician’ — The Guardian
We are excited to welcome percussionist Colin Currie to Bold Tendencies. For our first live events of the summer he will be joined by Sam Walton, Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy to perform Béla Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.
One of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century, Bartók wrote his Sonata for two pianists and two percussionists, who play seven instruments between them: timpani, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, snare drum, gong and xylophone. He was very attached to the piece: he and his wife played in its première in 1938 and gave its earliest performances.
The programme also includes three special solo performances by Colin Currie: Asanga, a multi-percussion work by Kevin Volans, Dark Ground by award-winning English composer Tansy Davies and Realismos Mágicos by Rolf Wallin, a suite of 11 pieces for solo marimba, each taking its title from the short stories of Gabriel García Márquez.
Béla Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
Kevin Volans Asanga
Tansy Davies Dark Ground
Rolf Wallin Realismos Mágicos
A solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Colin Currie champions new music at the highest level. He is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Currie's dynamic ensemble the Colin Currie Group was formed in 2006 to celebrate the music of Steve Reich and made its five-star debut at the BBC Proms.
Sam Walton is Co-Principal Percussion of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared both as a solo recitalist and with duo partner Colin Currie at numerous venues in the UK and worldwide. As a chamber musician he performs regularly with violinist Viktoria Mullova.
Pavel Kolesnikov was born in Siberia into a family of scientists. His work is celebrated for its “intelligence, imagination, and instrumental mastery”. He has performed around the world and regularly at the Wigmore Hall in London. His major ongoing project is with the Rosas Dance Company, performing the Bach Goldberg Variations with the company’s founder Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Applauded for the originality and intense drama of his interpretations, pianist Samson Tsoy has performed internationally. Active both as a soloist and a collaborative musician he plays in a duo with Pavel Kolesnikov which has been praised as “inspiration for our dark times”.
Presented by Bold Tendencies.
This is an all ages event.