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Timothée Botbol (cello), John Paul Ekins (piano) play Beethoven, Bridge, Popper

When
Wednesday August 21, 2019 at 13:10
Where
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Tickets
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for Cello and Piano No 3 in A major Op 69 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  2. 4 Pieces for Cello and Piano - Frank Bridge
  3. Hungarian Rhapsody Op 68 - David Popper

Swiss cellist Timothée Botbol is a Park Lane Group Young Artist, Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and Concordia Artist. He has given solo performances in the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Italy in venues including St John’s Smith Square, Royal Albert Hall, Kings Place, St James’s Piccadilly, Chapel Royal, Lausanne Steinway Hall and Kultur-Rockt Festival. He has appeared as guest principal cellist with the Welsh National Opera orchestra, principal cellist of ensemble Collegium under direction of soloist Lawrence Power, as well as chamber musician in the 2017 Concerts in The West series, the Royal Overseas League and St Martin-in-the-Fields. In February 2017, he was awarded the Grand Prize Special from all categories at the II Augustin Aponte International Music Competition in Tenerife.

Starting his early musical education in Geneva at the Jaques Dalcroze Institute, he later progressed to the Lausanne Haute École de Musique and the Royal College of Music on the Artist Diploma program, under tutorship of professors such as Patrick Demenga, Alexander Chaushian and Richard Lester where he was supported by a Musicians’ Company Lambert Studentship, the Concordia Foundation, the AF Marescotti ville de Carouge Award and the Fondation F and M-F Minkoff. He also has participated in numerous masterclass with renowned cellists such as Gary Hoffman, Franz Helmerson, Jérôme Pernoo and Miklòs Perényi.

A keen orchestral musician, Timothée has performed with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and the European Philharmonic of Switzerland in venues including Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Lausanne’s Salle Metropole and Palais Beaulieu, Montreux’s Auditorium Stravinsky and the Opéra de Vichy, under conductors including Charles Dutoit, Markus Stenz and Christian Zacharias, and with soloists including Martha Argerich and Leonidas Kavakos. He is currently holding a trial position as sub-principal cellist with the Welsh National Opera.

In addition to cello, Timothée has performed regularly as a baritone soloist, singing at Geneva’s Victoria Hall accompanied by the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, as well as guitarist in the West End show 'Waitress' since spring 2019.

In great demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, John Paul Ekins has given performances throughout the UK and Northern Ireland, and overseas in Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Kuwait, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain and Switzerland. He has been broadcast on the BBC, on Romanian national television and radio, and on Polish television. Studying first with Judith Chapple, then with James Lisney at Royal College of Music Junior Department, in 2009 he graduated from the RCM Senior Department with First Class Honours, having studied with John Barstow. In the same year, he was awarded the James Anthony Horne Scholarship by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Charles Owen, graduating from there with Master’s of Performance (Distinction) in 2011. He was the recipient of a Music Education Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, and receives generous support from Making Music, The Concordia Foundation, The Razumovsky Trust and The Keyboard Charitable Trust.

He has performed as soloist at a number of prestigious venues in the UK and abroad, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Fairfield Hall and Steinway Hall, Belfast’s Ulster Hall, Bergen’s Troldhaugen, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Bucharest’s Athenaeum, Kraków’s Florianka Hall, Prague’s Martinu Hall, and Zürich’s Tonhalle. His concerto highlight thus far has been his 2013 debut at The Royal Albert Hall, where he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue alongside Southbank Sinfonia. He has also performed concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Gershwin with orchestras throughout the UK.

International Competition successes include some 19 awards, scholarships and prizes. He was also accepted onto the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme, and recently he was delighted to have been selected to appear in Making Music’s Concert Promoter’s Network Brochure 2013-14. He was also the only successful pianist in Making Music’s Young Concert Artists Competition 2012, and as such was a Recommended Artist under Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award scheme.

Educational and outreach work is enormously important to John Paul too, and he has given workshops and masterclass-recitals with great success in the UK. He was recently appointed as piano teacher at St. Paul’s School, London.

John Paul has been particularly honoured to be presented to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip at a Reception for Young Performers at Buckingham Palace.

Free recital (retiring collection)


Venue
St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
London
London
W1J 9LL
England
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