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Harpsichord duo - David Wright and Petra Hajduchova

Saturday May 18, 2019 at 18:30
Storey's Field Centre, Cambridge
£15, £10 concessions; £5 children/students
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  1. Goldberg Variations BWV 988 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Suite L'imperiale, from Les Nations - François Couperin
  3. Toccata per cembalo d’ottava stesa - Alessandro Scarlatti
  4. Concerto No 5 for keyboard and strings in F minor BWV 1056 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  5. Suite 2 harpsichords in C minor HWV 446 - George Frideric Handel
  6. Fandango - Antonio Soler
  7. Concerto for 2 harpsichords and strings in C BWV 1061 - Johann Sebastian Bach

The English harpsichordist, David Wright received no musical training as a child and taught himself to play ‘by ear’. It was not until he was 16 that he had his first piano lesson and learned to read music, later going on to study harpsichord, organ, and viola da gamba as an undergraduate at Trinity College of Music, where he won the Ella Kidney prize for early music. In 2004, he graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music, where for two consecutive years he won the Richard the Third and Century Fund Prizes. In the same year he also won first prize in the prestigious Broadwood Harpsichord Competition - an international event held biannually at London’s Fenton House, home of the historic Benton Fletcher collection of early keyboard instruments, where he subsequently became artist in residence.

During 2006 and 2007, much of David Wright’s time has been devoted to JS Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), which he has performed extensively though out the UK and abroad. Future live performances include: Bournemouth Festival in May 2007, Dartington Summer School in July-August 2007, and Handel House Museum on the August 23, 2007. In 2007, he launched his new recording of the work.

Petra is a classically trained harpsichordist with a passion for a wide range of musical genres. She completed her studies in 2011 at Trinity Conservatoire of Music, London and was awarded a TCM Trust Scholarship and the Raymond Russel Prize. Prior to coming to the UK, she was active on the continent as an accompanist and also organist in Salzburg, having the rare privilege of being Mozart´s successor at St Peter´s Church. Since the arriving in the UK, Petra has been in high demand as a soloist, accompanist, orchestral and chamber musician, worked for BBC radio 3 and television. In addition to performing, Petra enjoys teaching piano and harpsichord and has participated in various educational projects. She is also a member of Prima Vista (flute and harpsichord duet), winners of the June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize 2011, Recent projects included a production of Monteverdi´s L´incoronazione di Poppea in Brazil with Ensemble OrQuesta.

In addition to this, Petra enjoys playing contemporary music and has premiered works by composers such as Stephen Montague, Sivan Shenhav, Effy Efthymiou, Caroline Heslop and Karel Janovický.

Storey's Field Centre
Eddington Avenue
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