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Michael Lan (piano) and Victoria Puttock (saxophone) play Chopin and Muczynski

Friday May 25, 2018 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for Piano No 2 in B flat minor Op 35 - Fryderyk Chopin
  2. Sonata for saxophone and piano Op 19 - Paul Creston
  3. Sonata for saxophone and piano Op 29 - Robert Muczynski

British-Chinese pianist, Michael Lan, began taking lessons at Hindhead Music Centre aged six with Nikiforos Klironomos and then with Ourania Gassiou. At thirteen he started studying with Janet Newman at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, where he was also the King’s Music Scholar. He is currently in his third year of undergraduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the tutelage of Philip Jenkins.

Michael has been prizewinner in a number of competitions, ranging from local contests to the international stage. In his junior years, he received concerto and recital prizes from the North London, Farnham, Godalming, and Woking music festivals, and won the Steynor Prize for Musician of the Year at the RGS, Guildford. More recently, he received a Tilford Bach Society Award and was a finalist and winner of the Kawai Prize at the 9th Young Pianist of the North International Competition in Newcastle. Whilst attending the Kent International Piano Course 2017, Michael won the Romantic, Baroque, and Steinway Hall Recital Prize. Michael has participated in masterclasses with Richard Goode, Artur Pizarro, Noriko Ogawa, Christopher Elton, Melvyn Tan, Anne Queffélec, and Martin Roscoe amongst others.

As a chamber musician, Michael has performed as part of numerous ensembles, receiving tuition from Krysia Osostowicz, Carole Presland, Waka Hasegawa, Joseph Tong, and the Endellion Quartet. He is the pianist of the London Panufnik Trio, appearing with them as the youngest finalists in the Guildhall School's Ivan Sutton Award, and most recently in a concert tour of Poland. Named after the late Polish composer Andzrej Panufnik, the trio aim to showcase lesser known repertoire to a wider audience. The trio has also participated in masterclasses with Ralf Gothóni, Levon Chilingirian, Daniel Tong, and the Gould Piano Trio. Recently, he founded the Leipzig Piano Duo, with which he has won multiple awards at UK festivals and courses, and in 2017 his performances of piano duo works by Schubert were broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Michael's concert appearances as soloist, concerto performer, and chamber musician have taken him across the UK and Europe at venues such as the V. Sarajishvili State Conservatoire Grand Hall in Georgia, the Silesian Philharmonic Concert Hall in Poland, and Milton Court Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, St. John's Smith Square, and St. John's Church, Waterloo in London. Other notable highlights include performances of concerto works by Rachmaninoff with Southern Pro Musica, Tchaikovsky with the Guildford Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Saint-Saëns with the RGS Symphony Orchestra. Michael is grateful for the support of Talent Unlimited and the Guildhall School Trust.

Classical Saxophonist Victoria Puttock prides herself on championing the core saxophone repertoire whilst exploring and commissioning new contemporary works that showcase the full range of this diverse instrument.

Born in Hampshire Victoria has won many awards for her performances including the Jane Melber Saxophone prize and reaching the final of the prestigious TrinityLaban concerto competition. She was awarded the Soirée d'Or Award and the Ian Evan Lombe Award as well as awards from the Countess of Munster Trust, the Seary Trust, the Sir Richard Stapley Trust, Nadfas, The Women’s Career foundation, the Wolfson foundation and the EMI Sound foundation. Victoria is part of the Talent Unlimited family of musicians. Victoria is an alumni of both TrinityLaban Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music where she achieved a First class performance degree and a Master of Performance with Distinction respectively.

As a soloist, Victoria has performed recitals at venues including the Royal Albert Hall - Elgar room, the V&A museum, the National Maritime Museum, and the Old Royal Naval Chapel. She made her debut concerto in 2009 with Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera and has since gone on to perform many others, including Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for Saxophone, the Tomasi Ballade with full saxophone choir, Glazunov’s Concerto for Saxophone, and the Ronald Binge Concerto.

Victoria is the Tenor player in the award winning Borealis Saxophone Quartet who recently gave recitals at St James Piccadilly and St Martin in the Fields, the later of which included a world premiere of a new commission by Lucy Armstrong. The Quartet are ParkLane artists and Live Music Now artists and they recently performed live on Radio 3 as BBC introducing artists. Borealis have been selected as recommend artists by Making Music for the 2018/19 series.

Victoria is a dedicated and active chamber musician and has worked with a wide range of large ensembles including the London Sinfonietta Academy, where she was selected to perform as a soloist with the ensemble, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Future Firsts Scheme), the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and the London Electronic Orchestra. She recently performed in the BBC Proms as a member of the Multi-Story Orchestra in Steve Reich's much acclaimed Music for a large ensemble. As the Soprano player in the Oracle Saxophone Quartet who won the Douglas Whittaker Woodwind Chamber Music Competition Victoria had the honour of performing at the Pride of Britain Awards and the Royal Variety after show party. The quartet were chosen to perform for the presidential visit of HRH the Prince of Wales to RCM.

Victoria has performed at many prestigious venues including Cadogon Hall, the Science Museum, the Barbican, St Johns Smith Square, the Southbank Centre, and Chateau du Lac in Belgium as part of the Musica Mundi Gala Concert.

Critics have praised Victoria’s playing as ‘technically impressive’, ‘beautiful’, ‘dynamic’, ‘brilliant’, ‘thrilling’ and ‘very characterful’.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
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