For our Celebrity Recital we welcome English violinist Anthony Marwood and long time collaborator Aleksandar Madžar. They are both flying to Cape Town especially for this recital- which will be their only performance in South Africa this year. All proceeds go towards the running costs of the Concert Series in the year ahead. Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine/soft drink after the performance and a chance to meet the artists.
Schubert Sonatina for Violin and piano in D major D384
Elgar Sonata for violin and piano in E minor Op 82
Debussy Sonata for violin and piano
Prokofiev Sonata no 2 for violin and piano Op 94
ANTHONY MARWOOD enjoys a wide-ranging international career as soloist, director and chamber musician. Recent solo engagements include performances with the Boston Symphony, St Louis Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New World Symphony and Sydney Symphony. Current invitations include the London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall (Adès Concerto), Schumann and Adès concertos with the Adelaide Symphony, his concerto debut in Budapest (Beethoven violin concerto and triple concerto) at the Liszt Academy, conducted by Andras Keller, his debut with the Spanish National Orchestra in Madrid, and return visits to Les Violons du Roy in Canada, where is Principal Artistic Partner, and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta (Mendelssohn double concerto with pianist Alexander Melnikov). He has worked with conductors Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Thomas Søndergård, David Robertson, Gerard Korsten, Ilan Volkov, Jaime Martin, and Douglas Boyd, and in the current season will complete a Faure project with the cellist Steven Isserlis at the Wigmore hall in London, and give recitals with pianist Aleksandar Madzar in Serbia and London, and with accordionist James Crabb in Australia and New Zealand. Anthony will appear at festivals in the USA (Yellow Barn, Bridgehampton) and Brazil (Illumina Festival São Paulo). Many leading composers have written concertos for him, including Thomas Adès, Steven Mackey, Sally Beamish and Samuel Carl Adams. Anthony is a prolific recording artist, and his most recent release – his 50th on the Hyperion label – is a recording of Walton’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins. The disc received wide critical acclaim, including a 5-star review in The Guardian and a ‘Recommended Recording’ in The Strad Magazine, whilst the Sunday Times described him as “a thrilling, virtuosic soloist”. Anthony studied with Emanuel Hurwitz and David Takeno in London. He has collaborated with numerous actors, Indian classical dancer Mayuri Boonham, Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor, sculptress Nicole Farhi and South African guitarist Derek Gripper. He was the violinist of the Florestan Trio for sixteen years and won the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist award in 2006. Anthony was appointed an MBE in the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Born in Belgrade in 1968, Aleksandar Madžar first studied piano with Gordana Matinovic, Arbo Valdma and Eliso Virsaladze in Belgrade and Moscow, then with Edouard Mirzoian at the Strasbourg Conservatory and in Brussels with Daniel Blumenthal. He now holds professorships at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire, Brussels and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Bern.
In 2008/09 Madžar maintains his schedule of diverse performance activities taking him world wide: in recital he returns to Tokyo, as also to Paris, Théâtre de la Ville, Cardiff and the Vlaanders Festival. With Stuttgart Philharmonic he performs in Milan´s Conservatorio G Verdi, returns to the Irish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Belfast Symphony and Belgrade Philharmonic.
Various select partnerships are key to Aleksandar Madžar´s current performance schedule. His partnership with violinist Ilya Gringolts sees them next perform a complete Beethoven cycle at the 2008 Verbier Festival and, following the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies´ Violin Sonata at St Magnus and Cheltenham Festivals in summer 2008, recitalsat Prague and Beethovenfest Bonn Festivals. His partnership with soprano Juliane Banse continues next season with a tour of Spain to Bilbao, Valencia, Leon and Lisbon´s Gulbenkian Foundation.
After a successfull cooperation with the Irish Chamber Orchestra´s 2007 summer festival, under the Artistic leadership of colleague Anthony Marwood the two further collaborate in recital in Edinburgh, and future plans include a cycle at the Wigmore Hall.
Other notable highlights will include his recital debut in Amsterdam´s Concertgebouw Hall and a return in recital to the Wigmore Hall, London.