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Jonathan Radford (saxophone), Eleanor Kornas (piano) play Gershwin and Albéniz

Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Chaconne in G minor for violin and continuo - Tomaso Antonio Vital, arranged by Gérald Venturi
  2. Suite española No 1 Op 47 - Isaac Albéniz
    • Granada
    • Sevilla
    • Asturias
  3. Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin

Praised for his “exceptional musicianship and emotive playing", saxophonist Jonathan Radford is the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition Gold Medalist and first prize winner. He is currently a Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist with Making Music (PDGYA), a Park Lane Group Young Artist and a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme Artist. He is featured as a Rising Star in the August 2018 BBC Music Magazine.

Jonathan has given recitals at major venues in Europe including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Grieg Hall in Bergen, the Centre Pompidou and Philharmonie in Paris. He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including the Slovenian Chamber Orchestra and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. A keen advocate of contemporary music he has premiered works by Luis Naón (co-commissioned by Radio France), Betsy Jolas, and collaborated with IRCAM in Paris.

Highlights this season include recitals for music societies and festivals throughout the UK and performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre), Wigmore Hall, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the Fields and St James’s Church Piccadilly. Over the past year Jonathan explored and commissioned new works for saxophone and mixed ensemble as part of his Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music.

Born in 1990, Jonathan studied at Chetham’s Schools of Music and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSM) with Claude Delangle, graduating in 2017 with Masters degrees in both saxophone and chamber music with distinction. He recently graduated from the prestigious Artist Diploma course at the Royal College of Music, London with Kyle Horch where he was the Mills Williams Junior Fellow 2017-18.

Passionate about chamber music, Jonathan is a co-founder of the Yendo Quartet. The Quartet is regularly broadcast by Radio France featuring on Generation Jeunes Interprète, Alla Breve and En Piste, they have recently released their first CD, Utópico. This summer they take part in festivals in Croatia, France and Spain.

Jonathan is grateful for support from the Mills Williams Foundation, the Royal Over-Seas League, the Hattori Foundation (Senior Soloist Award), the Musicians' Company (Maisie Lewis Young Artist) and Help Musicians UK (Ian Fleming Award). He is also a Vandoren Paris Artist.

Eleanor read Music at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree. From September 2015 to July 2016, Eleanor was an Adami Award Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, working with the String and Vocal faculties, and she now works as a Staff Accompanist at Chetham's School of Music.

Eleanor Kornas has had many performing opportunities as a soloist, an accompanist, in chamber ensembles and in choirs, both in the UK and internationally, performing in halls such as the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, London; Bridgewater Hall and the RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester; Troldsalen, Norway; and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. Eleanor appears on discs of music by Eriks Ešenvalds, Kenneth Leighton, and Herbert Howells, all released by Hyperion and nominated for Gramophone Awards.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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