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Szymanowski Mythes, Op.30
1. La Fontaine d'Arethuse
Beethoven Violin Sonata No.10, in G major, Op.96
Fritz Kreisler Tambourin chinois
Amarins Wierdsma, born in 1991 to conductor Oane Wierdsma and clarinetist Nancy Braithwaite, began playing the violin at the age of two. After studying with Coosje Wijzenbeek and Vera Beths in the Netherlands she is now pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music and drama with David Takeno, having completed her Master’s degree there with distinction.
Amarins has taken part in many masterclasses including the International Music Seminar Prussia Cove, The International Holland Music Sessions, London Masterclasses, Keshet Eilon, and Imuse Enghien among many others. She is also lucky to have been invited to participate in the East Neuk Festival in Fife and Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove.
In April 2013 Amarins was awarded the third prize at the Dutch national violin competition Oskar Back. The jury complimented her on her large stage presence and personality and on her interesting playing full of temperament and spirit. Other prizes include first prizes during the Iordens Viooldagen, the Davina van Wely violin competition and the Princess Christina Competition and the Young Music Talent of the Year prize of the Netherlands. In October 2012 Amarins Was awarded the Kersjes Scholarship, a Dutch scholarship awarded to a promising young violinist or violist every year.
Amarins is the first violinist of the London based Barbican String Quartet. The Quartet is part of the ProQuartet Scheme in Paris and the Belcea Quartet Scheme. They have taken part in IMS Prussia Cove, where they worked with Rita and Ferenc Rados. Upcoming performances include recitals at Wigmore hall, supported and organized by the Musicians Company and Masie Lewis Trust and a residency at Aldeburgh where they will work with Günther Pichler. Amarins is not only very active as a chamber musician , she has also performed as soloist with orchestra in concertos by Bruch, Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Sibelius among others. During the final of the Oskar Back competition she was the soloist with the orchestra of the conservatory of Amsterdam in Brahms’ violin concerto.
After winning the Westbourne Concerto Competition this fall, Amarins performed Brahms’ violin concerto twice in Bournemouth this summer. Upcoming concert appearances include concertos by Mendelssohn and Prokofiev among others.
In April of the year 2011 Amarins went on tour with pianist Didel Bish and soprano, Nikki Treurniet, to The United States on invitation of the Netherlands-America Foundation. Amarins traveled to Porto, Portugal twice. Once with her piano trio, Strings Attached, and in 2015 with the Barbican String Quartet to represent the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at Harmos Festival.
Representing the International Holland Music Sessions, Amarins performed together with Victor Alsén and Ole Christian Hagenrud for the Dutch Queen Beatrix in March 2013. Together with Sophiko Simsive, piano, Amarins went on a tour to Indonesia, organized by the Dutch Erasmus Huis and she has recently been selected for the TIHMS Masters on Tour, bringing her to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Bratislava Concert halls in May 2017 with Edward Liddall playing the piano. Amarins has participated in masterclass from many musicians , including Herman Krebbers, Gyorgy Pauk, Mark Lubotski, Emmy Verhey, Philippe Graffin, David Takeno, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Petru Munteanu, Patinka Kopec, Mi-Kyung Lee, Isabelle van Keulen, Gerhard Schulz, Nikolaj Znaider, Viviane Hagner, Ferenc Rados, Andras Keller, Pierre Amoyal, Ivry Gitlis and Anner Bijlsma, from whom she often receives lessons on works by J. S. Bach. Amarins plays on a violin which she has on loan from the National Music instrument foundation.
Edward Liddall is a young British pianist, active as a solo pianist, chamber musician and song accompanist. He has performed at venues across the UK and Europe both as a solo pianist, and as a chamber musician, including at The Barbican, The Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields.
Recent highlights include a playing and acting role in Iain Burnside’s play Why Does The Queen Die? at the Oxford Lieder Festival and in London, a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise as part of Graham Johnson’s Song Guild, touring with Où donc est tombée ma jeunesse? in France, several Radio 3 broadcasts, and winning The Accompaniment Prize at the 2015 Maureen Lehane vocal Awards at The Wigmore Hall, and a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto. He has a keen interest in new music, and has recorded several works from the ABRSM volume, Spectrum for Piano Duet, with Thalia Myers.
Edward has had the opportunity to take part in masterclasses with artists such as Susan Tomes, Ferenc Rados, Ralf Gothoni and Emanuel Krasovsky, and earlier this year attended IMS Prussia Cove, where, together with 'cellist Leander Kippenberg, he took lessons with Thomas Ades.
Forthcoming plans include a recital at St John's Smith Square as a Park Lane Group Young Artist, with saxophonist, Alastair Penman; and performances in The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and in countries across Europe.
He has recently completed a Junior Fellowship at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama under the tutelage of Caroline Palmer, having previously completed a Masters degree (with distinction) there. Prior to this, he studied with Thalia Myers both at the Royal College of Music, Junior Department, and as an undergraduate at King’s College, Cambridge. He is grateful to The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers for supporting his studies at Guildhall; and to The Solti Foundation for providing a bursary to attend IMS Prussia Cove.
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Beethoven Piano Society of Europe
The Beethoven Society of Europe was established in London in March 1993 by a steering committee of distinguished pianists and scholars. Activities for our members involve musicians and scholars from all over Europe and beyond, concerned with the enrichment of both performance and reception of the repertoire. Through a wide variety of events the Society aims to encourage the highest standards of interpretation and scholarship. Our programme of events covers such issues as the comparative study of interpretation and editions, the historical context of the oeuvre, and the most recent Beethoven research. Our concerts feature not only the familiar repertoire of sonatas and concertos but also the less frequently performed chamber and piano music.