Wigmore Hall presents

Augustin Hadelich and Charles Owen

Beethoven, Perkinson and Ravel

The Grammy Award-winning violinist and his regular pianist partner offer two classics of the duo sonata genre alongside works by the African-American composer, conductor and educator Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004), who enjoyed a significant career in classical music as a successful composer of ballet and film scores as well as concert works in addition to being involved in jazz and popular music as well.

Augustin Hadelich, violin

Augustin Hadelich is one of the great violinists of our time. From Bach to Brahms, from Bartók to Adès, he has mastered a wide-ranging and adventurous repertoire. He is often referred to by colleagues as a musician’s musician. Named Musical America’s 2018 “Instrumentalist of the Year,” he is consistently cited worldwide for his phenomenal technique, soulful approach, and insightful interpretations.

Augustin Hadelich’s 2020/21 season culminated in performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. These were the first performances played by the full ensemble to a live audience in Davies Hall in 15 months. In the summer of 2021 he appeared at the Aspen, Colorado, Grant Park and Verbier festivals, as well as at Bravo! Vail with the New York Philharmonic. 
Augustin Hadelich’s 2021/22 season started off with stunning debut with the Berlin Philharmonic (Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2) with Gustavo Gimeno on the podium. Shortly thereafter, came the European premiere of a new violin concerto written for him by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy. Other highlights of the 21/22 season include being named Artist-in-Residence with the Frankfurter Museumsorchester and continuing his residency as Associate Artist with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester (Hamburg), as well as debuts with Orchestre National de France, Prague Radio Symphony and the Warsaw Philharmonic, and return engagements with the Danish National Orchestra, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester (Salzburg), Munich Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony  and WDR Orchestra (Cologne).

He holds an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Joel Smirnoff. After winning the Gold Medal at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, concerto and recital appearances on many of the world’s top stages quickly followed. Among his other distinctions are an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2009); a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the UK (2011); the Warner Music Prize (2015); a Grammy Award (2016); as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in the UK (2017). He has recently been appointed to the violin faculty at Yale School of Music.

Charles Owen, piano

Charles Owen enjoys an extensive international career performing a wide-ranging repertoire to outstanding critical acclaim. He appears at many major UK venues such as Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, The Sage & Kings Place. Internationally, he has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Brahms Saal in Vienna’s Musikverein, Paris Musée d’Orsay, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Moscow Conservatoire. His chamber music partners include Julian RachlinAlina Ibragimova, Steven Isserlis and Augustin Hadelich as well as the Vertavo and Takacs Quartets. His piano duo partnership with Katya Apekisheva has received widespread recognition. Together they are Co-Artistic Directors of the London Piano Festival held annually at Kings Place. 
A regular guest at UK festivals such as Aldeburgh, Bath, Buxton, Cheltenham, Oxford Lieder and Ryedale he has also performed at the Verbier Festival and in Australia at the Perth and Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville. Charles’ concerto appearances have included the PhilharmoniaHallé, Aurora and London Philharmonic orchestras. He has enjoyed collaborations with many leading conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Ryan Wigglesworth, Nicholas Collon and Martyn Brabbins.

Charles Owen is a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School, of Music & Drama, London and Guest Professor at RWCMD, Cardiff. He was appointed Steinway & Sons UK Ambassador in 2016 and is also an Ambassador for the Help Musicians Charity.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Op. 24 ‘Spring’

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004)
Louisiana Blues Strut: A Cakewalk
Blue/s Forms for solo violin

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in G

Monday, February 14, 2022
Live stream starts at 8:00am EST / 1:00pm GMT
The video will be available on demand for 30 days after the date of the broadcast.

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