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The Conova Trio plays Ravel and Vasilis Alevizos

Monday January 20, 2020 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Piano Trio - Vasilis Alevizos
  2. Piano Trio in A minor - Maurice Ravel

Constantin Riccardi is a French violinist and conductor born in 1996 in Luxembourg. He started to play the violin at the age of four and eventually studied under the direction of Philippe Koch at the Conservatoire Royal de Liège. At the age of 15 he also started studying conducting and received his Premier Prix three years later with honours.
He is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London in the class of Clio Gould.

As a soloist and conductor he regularly performs with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg, the Oltenia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Musique Militaire Grand Ducale du Luxembourg with repertoire that stretches from Bach to John Adams - whom he had the chance to collaborate with.

In chamber music he has played in various European festivals such as the British Isles Music Festival, the Festival d’Echternach, or the International Chamber Music Festival 'Sugrižimai' in Vilnius.

During masterclasses and advanced courses he has had the chance to work closely with renowned violinists such as Maxim Vengerov, Pierre Amoyal, Svetlin Roussev and Alena Baeva.

Over the past year he has played in internationally renowned concert halls such as the Philharmonie de Luxembourg, the Royal Albert Hall and in a tour with Trevor Pinnock and the Academy Soloists in the Sheldonian Theater in Oxford and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Constantin plays on a violin by Carlo Landolfi from 1775 and is generously supported by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music scholarship.

Nora Braun is a laureate of several international competitions: she has won two 1st Prizes (2012 and 2014) at the International Cello Competition in Liezen (Austria), the 1st prize at the Bundeswettbewerb 'Jugend Musiziert' 2011 (Germany) in the category ‘Neue Musik’, three gold medals at the European Competition for Young Soloists (Luxembourg), including two prix Sacem. In 2012, she was attributed a scholarship by the Rotary Club Luxembourg-Kiem.

As soloist, Nora has appeared with orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg, L'Estro Armonico, the Luxembourgish Military Music and the Cologne WDR-Symphonieorchester. With various ensembles she has played in halls such as the Philharmonie de Luxembourg, the Philharmonie of Cologne, or the Beethovenhaus in Bonn.

Born in 1996, Nora began to play the cello at the age of 8. She started her musical education at the Conservatory in Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) with André Navau and Jean Halsdorf, and in 2007 began lessons with Claude Giampellegrini at the Conservatory of the city of Luxembourg. After her 'Premier Prix' on the Cello, Piano and Chamber music, she was admitted in 2010 at the "Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln" as a junior student in the class of Prof. Claus Kanngiesser. Currently studying with Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, she has been selected to participate in masterclasses with Gary Hoffman, Pierre Doumenge, David Grigorian, Jeroen Reuling, Didier Poskin, Mirel Iancovici, Boris Berman and Thomas Duis.

A devoted performer of chamber music, partners have included violinist Alena Baeva and pianist Jean Muller.

Vasilis Alevizos was born in Athens, Greece. He made his first musical footsteps at the age of 8 in the Musical School of ‘Tersichoris’ in Patras, Greece, where he studied the guitar and the piano. In an early age he got his Piano Degree and his Harmony degree with ‘Excellent’ grades. He continued his studies at the Conservatory of Athens, in the class of both pianists Aris Garoufalis and Maria Efstratiades, and composer Periklis Koukos, showing not only a pianistic virtuosity but also a special interest in composition. He graduated with the Piano Diploma (Excellent grade, First prize along with the distinction of the Golden Medal of the Conservatory of Athens) and Counterpoint degree (Excellent grade), whilst he continues having courses on Fugue and Orchestration. Recently, he was among the first in the International Film Music Competition ‘Bleeding Fingers Contest’ of the United States, which was organized and mentored by Hans Zimmer.

Vasilis now lives in London, where he studies at the Royal Academy of Music. He has received scholarships and awards by the Royal Academy, the Athens Conservatory, the ‘Athena Trust’ foundation of London, the ‘Maris Vergoti’ foundation, and the “Onassis Foundation” in Greece.

Free recital with retiring collection.

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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